July’s Bookshelf

Another slow reading month for me unfortunately. Pesky end of school things and mobile babies getting in the way of quiet relaxation!

First up, a modern classic that has just been released as a Kindle version:

To Kill A Mockingbird

Believe it or not, I’ve never read this despite loving the film.

End of the school year also means no school books to read at bedtime.  I was planning a trip to the library when this children’s classic turned up courtesy of The Works*:

The Early Years At Malory Towers - 3 Books In 1

The Early Years at Malory Towers

My seven year old got a mini Enid Blyton book with a McDonalds Happy Meal a few months ago and enjoyed reading it.  I thought that she was a bit beyond The Wishing Chair et al and absolutely adores school so hopefully this will be perfect for the six weeks holidays.  We have already had tears at the opening chapter when the mothers see the new girls off to boarding school though.  Oops.  I think we’ll be able to read a chapter per night between us.

*In exchange for an honest review of the book.


Summer Wishlist Update

Yay, I managed to bag the Topshop midi skirt in the summer sales.  I actually like it more in the flesh as I was a little worried it might be too pale but it is a more flattering oyster tone.  An incredibly versatile colour and pattern actually with many red through to orange tones and grey through to black.  There is even a tiny hint of lime green in there.  It goes with an awful lot of my wardrobe and I can see me wearing this in autumn with a charcoal skinny roll neck sweater or fitted black cardigan too.

Topshop Midi

Unfortunately I do need some shoes to go with all of these planned outfits…. Step in Clarks sale!  I’m patiently (well not really) waiting in for my delivery right now.  I did try some on in store but unfortunately having titchy feet means store stock is equally titchy so I had to try on some larger sizes to gauge whether to go down a full or half size.  I want a court shoe with a comfortable and chunky heel:


Hopefully there will be a good one in that lot.

On the off-chance of my usual jeans I had a look in the Very sale and thought I’d take a punt on some super reduced ‘slim leg’ jeans to wear rolled up as slim boyfriend jeans.  I got them this morning and although they aren’t super slim they are great straight leg jeans.  Quite pleased I got these for under £7.


South Slim Leg Jeans

I was not looking for a coat at all but spotted this duster coat in store and it called to me to just try it on:

Black Mix Graphic Duster Coat

Marks and Spencer Duster Coat

Another walk-by:

Tropical Floral Maxi Dress

Oasis Maxi

A super fit with the floaty top half and elasticated waist. So really the plan of me just shopping my wardrobe didn’t work quite so well as I planned. Oops.

Recent Card Makes

I’ve had a good run of card making lately.  I love it when you hit on a design that can be replicated using different colours or papers to change it up.

These are wedding anniversary cards. Got three, including my own, coming up soon.

The background paper is by Magnolia.  I thought the distressed look went well with the linen textured card blank giving a kind of an antique tapestry feeling?  The stamp is a Do-crafts one.  It is fairly tricky to get a good stamp with it but I do like the text.  The background card is a mix of Bazzill and Colorbok.

Next are some birthday cards using a pennant design.  This is an excellent technique for using up those small strips of paper I always seem to end up with and odds and ends of ribbons that aren’t long enough to tie.

The papers are a mix of My Minds Eye (purple pleated ribbon card) and Kaisercraft (pearl accent card).  I just arranged them by eye and made sure the sides were equal length but I think anything goes really.  I also did a kraft style version for a teenage boy but didn’t manage to take a photo before it had to go in the post.  I think I’ll be making more of these as I get some more paper pads or double sided scrapbook papers in.

June’s Bookshelf

Well I didn’t get to read a lot.  In fact other than helping my seven year old with guided reading her chapter books from school I only managed to read the last book from May’s bookshelf:

The Rabbit Back Literature Society

It was very enjoyable.  I’m not surprised the reviews on Amazon were so varied as I would struggle to put this into a genre.  It was down right bizarre in parts, certainly one of those books where you have no idea of the ending put it that way.  I’m not sure I would read anything more by the author as the itch has been scratched.