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31 Days of Inspiration: Pretty Honest pt 1

Pretty Honest book

I’ll be frank with you, this is not my copy of Pretty Honest. It’s my twin sister’s. I have my own copy and I seriously have been reading it, but in order for you to understand why I chose a beauty book over a diet or mindfulness book for the 31 days of inspiration challenge you need to understand where I stand with make-up. About ten steps behind my twin sister. My sister’s always been into her make-up, which if I’m honest has made me pretty lazy when it comes to making decisions about my own. Despite being only 40 minutes older than me, she’s got years on me in terms of cleansing, foundation, eye lash curlers (horrible, horrible contraption that I will never let her use on me again) and general beautification. Where I have a cute little china mug full of my make-up products, she has a cabinet.

Her methodical approach to Sali Hughes’ Pretty Honest came as no surprise this Christmas. And I’m trying really hard not to revert to type and just ask my sister to buy me the products she thinks I should be using, because as Sali says, we all have different skin types, and we should know our own skin better than anyone else.

Step one. Get to know my skin.

Step two. Look after it.

Easier said than done, however, Sali’s daily routine page spread has been genuinely helpful, and her revelation that toner is unnecessary made my week. I now have to somehow get to grips with SERUMS though… When did serums happen?!

(I’ve set myself a ‘Say Yes‘ challenge, I’ll be attempting to take charge of my beauty routine this January through the wisdom of Sali Hughes. I’ll illustrate my findings on postcards to share with you here and then send out into the world).


Listening to Febueder: Owing

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Bob Dylan: Hand Lettering Experience

A very lovely person just pointed me in the direction of this awesome video. It’s all the lyrics (not just the odd word like in the original video) to Bob Dylan’s Subterranean Homesick Blues in beautiful hand lettering. Frame by frame,  the awesomely creative Leandro Senna has created a truly lovely project that clearly took hours of care. Check out the website for behind the scenes photos.

This is for any of you who love music and stationery as much as I do! x

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Paper Cinema: West

It’s no secret that I think The Paper Cinema are one of the best artistic companies out there at the moment. They’re innovative, creative and oh so so lovely. Combining illustration, cinematic devices and live music, Paper Cinema bring stories to life like no other. And luckily for those of you who haven’t had the chance to see them live (and for those of us who miss them dearly when they’re not touring) Joshua Gaunt of Workshops and Docs has put together a lovely ‘making of’ documentary, as well as filming one of their most recent projects, West. They’re super x

The making of West:

Full length project, West:

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Little Papercuts by Catherine Campbell

Little Papercuts by Catherine Campbell

I love this print by Catherine Campbell. It’s so adorable.

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Oliver Jeffers, Picture Book Maker

Here’s a delightful video of my all time favourite Illustrator/Author Oliver Jeffers on how he makes such lovely books:

Courtesy of Vimeo and the man himself! Lush x

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Helen Oxenbury

One of my favourite picture books is Michael Rosen’s We’re going on a Bear Hunt, so when Picture Book Picnic recently posted a video of it’s Illustrator, Helen Oxenbury, I simply had to watch it. I love hearing about illustrator’s processes, and Helen Oxenbury is a delight to listen to.

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Picture Book Month

It’s been Picture Book month this November and reading all the posts on picturebookmonth.com reminded me of a post I wrote almost two years ago on battling homesickness with picture books.

Picture books really are special. They can cheer you up when you’re down, make you laugh time and time again, and more often than not they make you look closer, not just at the page but at life itself. They’re a way of seeing the world through another’s eyes; through picture book’s pages we’re introduced to the illustrators imagination and nothing can be as personal and important as that.

Picture books really did get me through my homesick blues, and they still do.

Shaun Tan and Oliver Jeffers are firm favourites, but I would also like to mention Rob Ryan, Polly Dunbar, Shirley Hughes (Dogger will forever and always hold a very special place in my heart), and the multi talented Alhberg’s for their upstanding picture books.

I’ve asked for Children’s Picture books – The art of visual storytelling for Christmas, I can not wait to delve through and discover even more picture books to add to my already overflowing shelves.


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Children’s Book Week

I couldn’t let it go past without mentioning that it’s Children’s Book Week this week. For me it’s pretty much always Children’s Book Week, to the extent that last week I thought I should probably read a grown up book, you know, to fit in with cohort, but upon remembering it was the best week of the year I have rapidly and far too happily swapped my copy of The Great Gatsby with John Green’s Paper Towns and Oliver Jeffers’ newest title This Moose Belongs to Me. I’m endeavouring to read a picture book a day, every day, either over my breakfast or with tea after dinner – who’s with me?! If you haven’t picked up a Children’s book in a while, do it, and use this week as an excuse to delve into the pages of artfully constructed stories with imagination, heart and hope.

Booktrust have an excellent Best Book Guide to help you make your Children’s Book Week choices. Let me know if you read any delights!

© Illustration Rebecca Cobb

Children’s Book Week: 1-7 October 2012

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