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!

Download here: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8

PRINTABLE : Christmas Tags

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Happy Friday-before-this-week-before-Christmas! Today I have for you some tags to start wrapping those presents. I know oodles of people who’ve already started/finished wrapping but, uh… I’m not the most organised of folk and I am planning to do mine this weekend. The best thing about being an adult is that I have my own money to buy pre-cut tape. Seriously. Life saver.

Anyway, there’s still a few more fun things to come so watch this space!

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PRINTABLE : Christmas Cards

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Today I have the first Christmas treat to share with you! It’s the weekend when I seem to have received the most Christmas cards so far, so what better way to celebrate than by offering you six Mid-Century style cards for you to print and send! Featuring six beautiful bombshells, this collection is ready for you to print at A4. Just cut the card out, fold in half, and write your message inside.

Card One | Card Two | Card Three | Card Four | Card Five | Card Six

December

December came in with a curtain of white, though it was fog, not snow, that hid most of Wales yesterday. Everything has been very frosty and and foggy for the past two days, with -5oC temperatures. A perfect start to December. I’m hoping that the festive weather will encourage me to go out more and take lots of pictures this weekend. I’d love to visit a christmas tree farm, as we used to go when I was little. Nothing says christmas for me more than the scent of pine and getting covered in sap. Although we have an artificial tree, I spent my weekends as a 16 and 17 year old working for a farm shop which bagged and sold christmas trees all throughout christmas. Frozen fingers, bobble hats, dark nights, and twinkling lights made up most of my happier memories in those years.

We’ve had a rather sad November. I can’t go into too much but something, something that we were wishing on stars for, didn’t happen. It’s hard to move on from things when you set your heart on them. There’s no loss, but the absence of good news feels like a loss all of its own. Topped off with my childhood dog becoming very ill, and a leak in our kitchen, it’s made our already glum year end a little more dimly.

Still, it is the best season of the year and we’ve lots to be thankful for. I’ve got some lovely printables to share, and whilst my Nanowrimo challenge result isn’t as I would like it, I’ll still share parts of it. I was hoping to share with you an advent calendar paper manor, but I’ll aim for some village houses and see where we can go from there!

Happy December, all!

Nanowrimo

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I’m not very good at remembering dates. Whenever January 1st rolls around, I always forget the significance of the date, and it’s usually a good four weeks later that I remember I should’ve started a diary. So today, when I looked in my calendar, I was thrilled to remember that Nanawrimo has started. Finally, I can try and commit to something day by day!

I love writing. In the past two years I’ve written two novels, with three very much in progress. I fall in love with my characters, their settings, their mysteries and intrigues. But life, as it has a tendency to do, has got in the way of late, and characters who I’ve written about every day for months on end have been left by the wayside.

I know I’ll return to them eventually, but in an effort to try and return my voice to me, I’m going to start writing this weekend. I know you should plan your Nanowrimo novels in October, but I’ve never been one to do things by halves!

Watch this space. I’ll be sure to update with my progress. Also, keep an eye out for some more paper houses. I’ve been sketching up some village designs and people who I think you’ll be happy to meet! Here are a few, just to get you excited…

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