'Darling Child' Japanese stab-bound album or scrapbook

This is a little Japanese stab-bound album which I've just listed in my Etsy shop. All handmade by me, of course - right from cutting the board and papers, through to the stitching!

Perfect for a New Arrival (or a tongue-in-cheek prezzie for a baby who's all grown up - Golden Wedding Anniversary, lol).

Hope you like it.

pink saturday

Finally, please visit Beverly at How Sweet the Sound to see all the other wonderful Pink Saturday posts!


I've just been too busy to participate in Pink Saturday - too much digital stuff (see post below) but am really happy to be joining in this week. Plus... I finished another journal! (It's now in my Etsy shop).


Soft-backed: a flexible cover in extra-heavyweight watercolour paper with my own take on a paste paper & gesso treatment, stamping into the surface to create texture, then lots of sparkly colour with Glimmer Mists, gilt creams etc. The swirl and lettering are sugared with glitter glue for extra sparkle, and I've hand-plaited the silk Sari ribbon for the tie fastening.  I've also sprayed the end papers for extra pizazz...

Now in my Etsy shop! And if you fancy making your own, my tutorial is in my Etsy shop as well.

Hope you like it!

pink saturday

Finally, please visit Beverly at How Sweet the Sound to see all the other wonderful Pink Saturday posts!


I'm really pleased I've managed to finish some of my own art stuff at long last - I've been busy with two blog makeovers, now finished: June's Dezinaworld and Kate Crane's The Kathryn Wheel, and June and Kate are really pleased with them- which means I'm really pleased!

Plus I've finished some journals (two of which I've now listed on Etsy).

Perfect Princess Kiss Journal

A tone poem in pinks, creams and blues.

This is a paste paper and gesso technique I've developed, with a crown stamped into the paint, resulting in a raised dimensional image. I've lined the book with Laura Ashley scrapbooking paper, and for this one I've wrapped the signatures in a handmade blue paper and added a pen/paintbrush holder and a pocket. It's rather special...

Crackled Kiss Journal

This one is another softcover journal, painted with acrylics and a paste paper crackle finish. I've used pure pigment powder in gold to dust on top of the crackle, to make the colours pop. 

Hope you like them!

Both journals are in my Etsy shop right now... and if you fancy making one yourself, the tutorial is there as well.


What with the Olympics etc, there'll be more visitors to London than ever - so I thought a series on great shops to visit might be a good idea.

Cornelissen is the most fabulous art shop in London!  On Great Russell Street (same road as the British Museum) and just off Tottenham Court Road, so very easy to find. If you get a chance, you must visit.

They sell most art materials, some unusual ones, and pure powdered pigment in glass jars for you to mix your own watercolours and oil paints, just like the Old Masters - and as when the shop first opened (in 1855). Of course they now sell acrylics, wonderful brushes etc, and some really unusual watercolour pans. The floorboards are the originals,and creak wonderfully, the staff are knowledgeable and helpful, and all in all, it's irresistable!

I took these a little while before Christmas, intending to write a post,  but what with Christmas etc, and having been polaxed with flu (first me, then Himself, then I went down with something else...)  so better late than never, lol.


Hardback, case-bound, this was very wide when opened, so I think is a very early one. As per usual, a lot of these early books don't have dates in, so I can only estimate mid 19th century.

Handwritten notes inside the fly leaf of 'The China Collector's Pocket Companion' 1874

Book plate, 1925

I've put these on my Freebies site as well.


Happy New Year, everyone!  I thought you might like a desktop calendar screensaver for the month. I've made it in 3 sizes.

Resolution: 1074 x 768
Resolution: 1600 x 1200 px
Resolution: 1680 x 1050
To add to your desktop,left-click on the images to bring up to full size and then right-click to copy to your own computer. Then click your Start button (on your bottom toolbar) and then Control Panel > Display. Click on ScreenSaver, then Browse and select your image. Save!  Here's my tutorial for Windows XP users.

To add your own notes to the calendar page, or rearrange your desktop icons where you want them here's my tutorial for Windows XP.  Windows7 users: just drag&drop your desktop icons wherever you want them.

If you need to change the size of your screen resolution, in Windows 7 go to Control Panel > Display > Screen Resolution and adjust to whatever feels comfortable to you. Windows XP users, scroll down to the middle of this tutorial.

Calendar from Jerry Jones at Shadowhouse Creations
Snow ladies by DJ Pettit from art-e-zine

Hope you like the calendar! If so, I'll do them as a regular thing.