Monday, 31 March 2014


last saturday I ran a session in work making Mother's Day Cards.
the above picture is the colouring sheet I made. That thing above the pigeon is meant to be a flower but it's been pointed out to me that it looks like a tyre. But mum's like tyres too right?
and dinosaurs....

I made a couple of examples....
I thought felt badges would be cute, and loved the idea of sewing a portrait of your mama!

it was a busy day, so didn't get to take photos of the children's work.
aside from this felt heart that a boy of about ten or eleven made. he also told me he liked Black Sabbath.

while I was busy making cards, the lovely bert tidied the flat.
He dusted and rearranged all our cute trinkets and books.

my sonny angels were all holding hands

and the tofu guys were all hanging out together.

Thursday, 20 March 2014

books read.. january/february 2014

we love reading over here.
So far this year I've read 17 books
some of those have been amazing.
some not so much.
These are the books I read in January and February... 


Girls, Visions and Everything by Sarah Schulman - 80s New York - one of my favourite things to read about
Hell-Bent by Benjamin Lorr - a memoir about bikram yoga. Love reading yoga memoirs and this one is fascinating as it's all about competitive hot yoga.
Rules of Civility by Amor Towles - reading group book which was frothy and fun and set in New York in the 30s
The Days of Anna Madrigal by Armistead Maupin - delightful Tales of the City novel. May have cried
Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld - thought this was ok, slightly disappointed as loved Sittenfeld's previous books
My Dog Tulip by J.R Ackerly - a memoir about a dog from 1956, slightly charming, slightly odd
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini - not my kind of thing at all... would have given up on it, but was doing a book quiz for my mum.

Little Fluffy Gigolo Pelu volume 2 by Juko Mizuno - gah. cuteness and weirdness all wrapped up in pretty drawings
Before I Die by Candy Chang - Candy Chang is an artist focusing on community art, really fascinating.
The Stranger's Child by Alan Hollinghurst - reading group book for february. well written and interesting but a little long for me.
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell - lovely and charming young adult novel set in 1986

have you read any of these?
what have you been reading?
tell me!

Tuesday, 18 March 2014


I've had a busy few weeks. Today I've taken the day off to read and cook green vegetables and feel grounded again. I have also been.....
reading Marigad Evans. This one 'The Wooden Doctor' was great! almost Plath-esque!
trying to make more of a lunch-effort.
This was rocket and sprouts with tofu and some veg and quinoa underneath.
watching burlesque.
because it takes a legend to make a star.
watching Sadie roll around in sunbeams
making sweet potato gnocchi with bert.
this is the before picture..

and here's the after.
we had it with sage, shallots and garlic and lots of vegan butter.
taking silly photos with bert....
going out for cocktails two nights running...
this one is a coffee, tequila, coconut, agave one.
it was ridiculously good.

and reading in bed.
love a bit of Francesca Lia Block.
how are you guys?

oh. and the soundtrack to all of this has been mainly Cat Stevens and Mountain Goats.

Sunday, 16 March 2014

the ghastling

The Ghastling is a new online magazine featuring stories of the macabre... it is very beautiful. Bert has a story in it! If you'd like to read his story and all the other creepies... go here

Sunday, 9 March 2014


french fancies are so pretty.
I love that colour combino of pink, yellow and brown....
they are not vegan obvs, so I just admire their beauty.

I just started reading this for reading group.
My friend Rhys has read it and says it's like a cross between 'A Welsh Witch' by Allen Raine (a previous reading group book written in 1902) and a Nick Cave murder ballad. 
I think he's right. It's a slight book (just over 100 pages), but pretty wonderful so far.

next on my list....

vegan pancakes for pancake day. 
we went for American style pancakes and had them with maple syrup and vegan butter.

Bert dressed up as Ginsberg for world book day. 
ginsbert props
last night we went to see 'only lovers left alive'
but more of that again.... my tiny mind was blown.

Sunday, 2 March 2014

gothic times


I read A LOT of Anne Rice as a teenager... that may be where my vampire obsession interest began.... I also read Dracula as a teenager but it was not a patch on the Anne Rice books! Dracula was not a hottie like Louis or Lestat!! Any-way. I re-read Dracula last October and this time round was swept away with the gothic-ness, it was so dreamy! (aside from the ending which was a little too adventurey for me). Since then I have been after something similar (bert just ordered me Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu) and have been loving anything gothicy, Victorian, and magical... with vampires as a bonus.

I have just finished reading Joyce Carol Oates's 'The Accursed' which is a big ol' book (650+ pages).. I loved the beginning but found it all a bit of a struggle... still, it was super atmospheric and reminded me a lot of dracula, it had some great bits in it and even though I found it hard work it has really stuck with me.
I have mentioned Vampire Diaries before... we can't stop watching it, and yesterday we re-watched The Moth Diaries which is a girls boarding school, possible vampire story movie... I really like it (although the book is better) and it's pretty too.

Yesterday I started Alice Hoffman's new book - 'The Museum of Extraordinary Things' which bert got me a proof copy of. It's delightful and is fitting in with my preferred themes! here's a trailer for it!


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