Spider in the Bath

Arachnophobes, look away now. For some reason I managed to escape a fear of spiders, despite my dislike of most creepy crawlies. In fact, I’d go as far as to say I actually… like ’em? Sorry. Don’t judge me. I watched a lot of Spider in the Bath as a kid. It made me sympathetic to their cause.

Anyway, here’s the first of two spindly-legged Wishlists to celebrate the holidays.


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PRINTABLE : Autumn Wreath

I can’t believe the last post I wrote was in May. It always seems like the more productive I am, the less I seem to actually output! Work on Printable Play is going swimmingly. There are a few sets up, which are currently being tested. I’ll let you know when the site is working fully. Until then I’m hoping to still role out fun freebies on OTGL.

We’re also only seven weeks away from having our baby! I’m getting so excited for the arrival of my little boy. It’s such an amazing feat of patience which parents have to go through to finally meet their little ones. I have no idea how people do it so calmly! I’ve also officially started my job as designer for the National Museum of Wales. I’m now overseeing the design for seven museums, a somewhat intimidating prospect but one I’m so keen to take on. I’ll be looking at design in museums over the next few months, and will hopefully be sharing some thoughts here.

Anyway, fingers crossed there will be a lot more creative fun stuff happening here soon. In the meantime have a new printable for Autumn. Hello, old friend. I’ve missed your misty, chilly ways <3

 

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Book Club – May 2017

Things as still pretty busy as I launch the new Printable Play site, so I’ve got little time to do anything except work, read and fall asleep. This month’s book is Here and Gone by Haylen Beck.

I’ve aways enjoyed multi-voice stories. Add in a bit of mixed media from emails and case reports, and you have my attention in whole. Told from a couple of view points, this novel creates the impression that something is going on and we, as the reader, are going to find out what that is at the same speed as the protagonist, which makes this a great piece of fiction for the amateur sleuths among us.

It’s an intense ride. Following Audra Kinney, we’re pulled into her get-away story as soon as the first page is opened. Underneath the premise of a road-trip the little elements of suspense which keep the story rolling begin straight away, from the eyes on the rear view to the headlights behind. As Audra’s panic mounts, your own heart will start going, and with each new darker memory revealed you’ll want to read as fast as you can to reach the final page.

All in all this is a fantastic new novel to add to the library of any thrilled-loving bookworm! Definitely recommended for any book clubs going on. I’m definitely going to have to re-start Design Between the Lines.

I managed to get a review copy of this thanks to the kind people at Crown Publishing. Thank you, chaps!

Patterns

It’s been a busy few months since Christmas! This blog was taken down for a while to repair some files, I’ve had a lot of personal family issues going on, and now I’m looking to the summer and all the things I have to get done by the end of this year. Our house is one of the things I’m most proud of in life, but four years in and we’ve still only managed to decorate a few rooms so I’m feeling very guilty whenever I sit down for a boxset (currently Line of Duty and the Alien movies, both of which are fantastic!)

I’ve taken this and last week off, so it’s time to get onto a few of those projects. In the interim I’m going to try and post one or two downloads here to keep me sane! I’m starting off with a pattern I whipped together to try out on some fabric. You can download the .ai here, but I’ve also included some different colour-ways and sizes if you want to use the pattern for wrapping or anything else creative.

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PRINTABLE : Santa Letters

Calling all parents! Today’s printables are from a very special person indeed. Of course, Father Christmas is fairly busy this time of year so you may need to help him write a few letters to put next to the ol’ milk and biscuits.

There are eight varieties to choose from, with slight wording changes. Pick your favourite, and get sending for Santa!

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