Month: November, 2012

vade mecum

i want the scissors to be sharp
and the table to be perfectly level
when you cut me out of my life
and paste me in that book you always carry.

billy collins



three things that are nice about my tuesday are thus:

1. louis has made a small watery habitat on the table which i have grown to like over the past four hours (yes that’s the temperature in my flat – can’t feel my nose)


2. i bought this beautiful book and i love anything folklorey so i am really looking forward to reading it


3. my sister sent me this cool card with nice bits stuck to it and it fits perfectly on the mantlepiece



plus i spent all of yesterday watching girls with one of my best friends (hey anji!) and then today we met up with our best friend (hey anna!) for delicious lunch. a nice two days off work.


this is such a great invention.

The BIBLIO-MAT from Craig Small on Vimeo.

sunday songs



i read about connie converse on Rookie  (which is literally the best thing on the internet) and since then i’ve listened to her a lot. she’s got such beautiful and simple style reflected in the title of the first song- how sad, how lovely.

nu wallet

this literally took 5 minutes to make and was totally free cos i took the empty carton from work. all you need is scissors, staples, an elastic band and a tetra-pak carton. so frugally fashionable.

i followed the instructions on this website: http://www.bicycology.org.uk/tetra_pak.htm. it’s killa easy and you can decorate the carton and whatnot before or after you chop it up to make it a little more pretty… i just liked to keep the name soya soleil,

i carry your heart

this is one of my favourite poems of all time:

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear;and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)
                                                      i fear
no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you
here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart
i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)
e.e. cummings

shortcut to mushrooms

i really want to learn more about foraging before we head off in the van. i know this trip is going to cost a lot of money, so any saved on food is a plus. i just want to get out there and start foraging stuff already – i went blackberry picking at the start of autumn but that’s been all so far… i’m very aware that i may poison myself with misguided foraging and NOBODY wants that.

green fingas

did some potting this morning into some old tins. i knocked a couple of holes into the bottom with a nail, popped in a few pebbles for drainage and then topped up with compost. hopefully all this love and attention will stop another plant being lost to strange plant mould.

a long, long book

when i was doing research for my dissertation*, i read a lot about surrealism and its gothic influences. two gothic books that kept cropping up were ‘the monk’ and ‘the mysteries of udolpho’. i only had time to read ”the monk’ and so i left ‘the mysteries of udolpho’ on my reading pile and didn’t think about it until recently when the weather was dark and stormy and i wanted a good gothic novel to curl up with.

i am a fast reader but this took me so long to read! it’s not a heavy novel – just a bit slow to get used to (because of the wild amount of commas) and, although i liked the story, i felt it wasn’t quite the terrifying and supernatural book i thought i was going to be reading. i liked this quote though – i think it explains what the gothic is all about:

but a terror of this nature, as it occupies and expands the mind, and elevates it to high expectation, is purely sublime, and leads us, by a kind of fascination, to seek even the object, from which we appear to shrink.’

this is what i mean about the commas. i’d give it three and a half thumbs up, quite good.

*which was about the czechoslovakian surrealist novel ‘valerie and her week of wonders’


over the summer holidays i made these two little notebooks. they are both rough cut and sewn with a simple link stitch and have thin card covers. the first is covered with a page i ripped out of a magazine when i was feeling frugal. the second is made with an overpriced scrap of leather i bought when i was feeling fancy.

the little endpapers in this one are pictures of the barbican conservatory i ripped out of a magazine. the conservatory only opens on sunday but it is worth a trip – i love how the barbican is such a mixture of almost ugliness mixed with verdant plant life and the conservatory has the most plant life of all.