Sneak peek – You Are Here

I was really in to colouring books for a while, like a lot of people but they never had much staying power with me and I hadn’t bought any new ones for ages but I couldn’t resist Jenny Lawson’s You Are Here because I love her first book (I haven’t read her second, yet) and…

A completed sketchbook

I’m a big fan of Traveler’s Notebooks. Although mine has way too much stuff in. Anyway, if you don’t know Traveler’s Notebooks, they’re great, you can get loads of different notebook inserts, plus things like little folders, to store your junk little bits and pieces in. In mine I have two plastic folder things, a cardboard…

The Witchfinder’s Sister

The Witchfinder’s Sister by Beth Underdown My rating: 4 of 5 stars The Witchfinder’s Sister imagines what it would have been like if the Witchfinder, Matthew Hopkins had had a sister. Hopkins may well have had a sister, it is known that he came from a large family but not much else is known about…

One Two Three Swing!

We went to see One Two Three Swing! that has just opened in the Tate Modern Turbine Hall today. It definitely has to be the most fun Turbine Hall exhibit in a few years. It has a giant swinging ball, mad stripy carpet and a whole load of swings for three people. Definitely worth the…

A London Day Out

It was London Design Week this week, something that I always look forward to. So on my day off, I went for an explore. Now London Design Week is spread over the capital but there’s always a lot on at the V&A plus I wanted to see the Camilla Walala installation at Broadgate and (not…

To Kill The President

To Kill the President by Sam Bourne My rating: 3 of 5 stars This is an airport blockbuster with a scary, all to real heart, set in the White House, very few names have been changed and the President himself is never actually named because we all know who he is. It’s scary reading a…

Built on Bones

Built on Bones: 15,000 Years of Urban Life and Death by Brenna Hassett My rating: 3 of 5 stars A book looking at why humans have settled into cities when, on the face of it, they’re not good for us, through the evidence of human bones. This is a lengthy book and unless you’re really…

Sneak peek – some illustration progress

My favourite thing, when I worked as a science teacher (pretty much the only thing I liked, to be honest, it wasn’t the greatest of career choices) was making scientific diagrams. Anyway, in my attempt to do something creative, inspired by each book I’ve read, I’ve recently read a book about bones, so these two…

5 things I liked this week – 7.4.17

Finishing some embroidery and starting on a new project. The kids being on school holiday. Finding a new bakery in town, this attracted my kids to the window like magnets and ooh their dough balls were good (not dough balls as in Pizza Express type dough balls, no, they were little miniature doughnuts, coated in…

Ten Days, Six Nights

I needed to pop into central London today for a blood test and I didn’t want to just go into London for something which, it turned out, took just 8 minutes (pretty much zero waiting, take note my local hospital), so I thought I’d also pop into Tate Modern to see Ten Days, Six Nights….