a long time between posts…

It’s been a long time between posts so I thought it best to pull myself out of the hurricane of Christmas mayhem that’s zip, zip, zipping around me and do some sharing.

A few months ago, while on retreat at The Baldessin Press, I stumbled across a darling little book that hasn’t left my side since. Metaphysical Fishing by press owner and artist Tess Edwards is just divine. A teeny book of images and life ‘sayings’, Metaphysical Fishing comprises a series of artworks and quotes painted over the pages of discarded French prayerbooks that Tess discovered during the 17 years that she spent in France. And it’s oh so special. Rarely do I come across a book as magnanimous in spirit as this one. Tess’s paintings combine with the likes of Lao – Tzu, Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr to produce something just magical. Here are a couple of my favourite quotes:

you cannot raise a man up by calling him down

– William Boetcker

faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark

– Rabindranath Tagore

Get a hold of a copy for yourself or gift it to someone special – either way, the book is a blessing to own. To purchase a copy contact Tess directly here.

’til next time. Happy reading, shopping and sharing. The man in the red suit is nigh…

xx

image courtesy of http://www.isiiad.com.au

it’s time to turn a new page

My darling, loyal, inspiring and appreciative followers – thank you! Thank you for your comments, feedback, support and encouragement. Thank you for reading and sharing. Thank you for caring. Thank you for keeping this blog alive enough and growing at a rate whereby it’s seen its first new year. Thank you.

Now for an apology (!): my time management skills went out the window with all that Christmas wrapping and, alas, my book review for this month will have to be a 3rd of the month, or 4th of the month book review / bargain depending on how the next few days pan out – I’m sincerely sorry (it’ll be a good one when it arrives… I promise!). Continue reading

christmas surprise

My entire life, I’ve offered the same response whenever anyone has asked me what I’d like for Christmas: books. Big books, little books, good books, trashy books. Just books. However every year I’m met with a sack full of Christmas present disappointment. Maybe it’s under the socks? No, that’s a nail file. It could be hiding under that low fat cooking magazine? No, that’s just a book shaped body wash.

This year, I must have done something right because Santa heard me… well it was actually my mother in law but hey, Santa / mum – not much difference right? Those of you who follow me on Facebook will know that I was ecstatic to find on Christmas morning that I had received both the DVD and the book of The Bridges of Madison County. I must confess, ordinarily it would never be a book that I’d pick up to read / buy for myself but because it was a gift (and my MIL had raved about the film) I figured I’d give it a go. Continue reading

these made my day…

These darling little handmade author dolls made my day today… and they’re so timely given that we’re only 12 days out from Christmas (too soon, too soon – I know)!

There’s loads more on Uneek Doll Design’s Etsy page. She’s just fabulous.

I want one of each in my stocking this year (hint, hint)! Which one is your fave?

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xx SmartyKat