books, tea, and colouring in

January 29, 2011 § Leave a comment

Since today is supposed to be a day of finishing unfinished jobs and tying up loose ends, I am devoting it mostly to procrastination. First in the worthy line-up of displacement activities comes Drawing This Love, providing me with an excuse to lie on the floor on my tummy surrounded by crayons (click the link if you fancy doing this too, and want to help contribute to an animated music video in the process).

Next is tea, tea, and yet more cups of tea.

Thirdly is twenty minutes of bookshelf browsing. One day, perhaps, I’ll have sufficient shelf-space for all the books that need it. At the moment, the bookcase is three layers deep in places, and the appropriate collective noun is definitely ‘chaos’ and not ‘library’. I’ve a longstanding love of bookshops that operate on this system, though, so perhaps the day when Bukowski is no longer pressed against Sufi mysticism (which in turn is squashed under vintage knitting instructions) will be a bit of a sad one.

And anyway, books are brilliant because you can do this with them:-

Have a good weekend x


kitchen witchcraft

January 25, 2011 § 2 Comments

This is delicious corruption of Green and Black’s ultimate chocolate brownie recipe. Can’t recommend it highly enough. (Try not to eat ALL the raisins before you put them into the mixture, and if you can convince someone else to wash up the pan, so much the better!)

Yum yum! x

a wee brown fox

January 21, 2011 § Leave a comment

…because I haven’t posted a picture of a fox for at least a fortnight, and I rather like this one (ink and watercolour on brown paper).

an afternoon with rubberstamps and treetrunks

January 20, 2011 § 2 Comments

So today has involved more doodling about with The Random Family in mind, and some hot storms of anger at my wobbly computer literacy…

To stay sane while the Mac and I attempt to outdo each other in the failing-to-understand-what’s-required stakes, I have been listening to this, this, and this. They are all beautiful. It is a good idea to ignore the videos though, and just listen. If you want a moving pictures, try this instead.

Oh, and I really want this illustration by Fee Harding to exist in the form of a Valentine’s card. It made me grin…

illustration friday: chicken

January 19, 2011 § 2 Comments

I think this image partly comes from the women who are birds who are women in The Erl-King (“she will open all the cages and let the birds free; they will change back into young girls, each with the crimson imprint of his love-bite on their throats” – Angela Carter.), and partly from my desire to doodle repetitive feathery scaly patterns.

My other chicken image, which only exists inside my head, is a single white (chicken’s?) feather – which is what used to be given to conscientious objectors during the First World War to imply that they were cowards. Which, of course, is utter balderdash.

a little bit of irrelevant knitting

January 17, 2011 § Leave a comment

I don’t really think this belongs on my blog. But I got some beautiful bamboo needles for my birthday and spent yesterday evening learning to knit Fair Isle with two hands, and am unreasonably pleased with myself. Other casual knitters can find more and better yarn-related things at

Hugs and tea x


January 14, 2011 § 5 Comments

More evidence of my recent scalpel-happy approach to picture making, from my personal journal.

The words are from this poem by Louis MacNiece, which I love very much. The crayons I got for Christmas. I love them as well. Even if they do leave little bits of bark wherever I put them down.

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