Thursday, 30 August 2012

Why I Can't Throw Out Old Books

I read an article in the Daily Mail a couple of days ago entitled "Chuck out my old Enid Blytons? It would be like killing an old friend" and like many of the commentors, I can totally relate to it.

For me, it's fiction, new or old. I don't really own many non-fiction books, most of the time I use Google for that stuff, but I love to escape into the pages of a good book.

I agree that modern books are "cheap, disposable, reproduced in large numbers" and if I was to throw out any books, it would be some of these.  When I moved house 4 years ago I donated some books to a local charity shop, but these were stories I didn't like or couldn't get into. I'd let someone else look after those.

But as a collector and seller of vintage books, I totally agree that letting go of these books is hard. I love the smell of old pages, the language, the imagery.

It's more than just the stories inside. I love to think that the books have been passed down through generations and that I'm part of this history. I imagine who has read them before, who has turned the same pages I'm turning decades before. I wonder who wrote the little inscription, and the circumstances in which it was given.

And now that I'm going to be an Auntie, I'm really looking forward to my niece or nephew selecting their favourite bedtime stories for me to read to them, maybe from one of my Enid Blyton books!

Karen x

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

I'm Going To Be An Auntie!

Yip, in about 5 months my family will be welcoming a tiny new addition courtesy of my brother and his girlfriend!
I know that scan pictures don't really mean anything to people if you don't know the family, but the parents also spotted this when turning another scan picture:
That's a bit creepy, eh?!

Karen x

Monday, 27 August 2012

My New Blog

I've just launched my newly designed blog!

I decided to change to Blogger so that I could do more with it and thought I'd go for a whole new look whilst I was at it!

My website at still stands and you can reach the blog from there. However, if you subscribe to my blog you might want to update your chosen reader.

It'd be great to hear what you think so any feedback would be appreciated!

From this:

To this:
Karen x

Monday, 20 August 2012

♥ This Week's Loves ♥

1. It's been a week of making and getting things ready for Aberdeen Craft Bazaar next Saturday! First up were these vintage cards I bought which used to come with boxes of teabags! These are from the 1950s and 60s and have these great pictures of birds on them but the backs were a bit worn so I turned them into magnets.

2. I also made some more of my Farmyard Magnets so I can make a pretty display of them altogether on my blackboard. These magnets are made from photos I took on a local farm on a family day out!

3. Still overcome with Olympic fever, I bought this Make Your Own Gingerbread Medals kit from Morrisons! It was half price so I couldn't resist and this is my one (it's meant to say #1)! It tasted good too!

4. Sky1 has been showing the Naked Gun films every Tuesday, ending with Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult tomorrow night. I LOVE these films! They are full of ace one-liners and the comedy isn't offensive or anything, it's just really silly, laugh out loud goodness!

5. I got another Glossybox this week and this one's full of International Superstars. I'm really excited about this one as it contains Lipcote, a Glossybox lipstick, Deep Cleansing Oil and imPRESS nails which I've been dying to try.

6. Here are my imPRESS nails! They're really easy to put on, you just use the wipe to clean your nails, peel off the back of the nail and stick it on! The only worry I have is that if one falls off they all have to come off unless you buy glue separately.

7. Even more making this weekend! I'm making some lunch bags for the Bazaar with this pretty oilcloth. I really liked the material but had no idea of what to make with it until now and the bags are turning out really well!

8. Aberdeen Art Fair was on this weekend at the Music Hall and there were lots of amazing artwork, sculptures and even furniture to look at.  One of my favourite stands was the one from a local school, the pictures were so bright and imaginative!

9. My cinema trip this week was to see Bourne Legacy. I never really got into the previous Bourne films that much, but I enjoyed this one. I'm quickly become a fan of Jeremy Renner, especially as Hawkeye in the Marvel films, and he really suits these rugged action roles. I'd say that a bit of knowledge of the previous films would help when watching this though as there are some references back to them.

Karen x

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Call Of The Wild

I haven't done one of these for a while! I've been trying not to spend lots on clothes as I'm saving for my trip to Japan, but this beast can only be contained for so long!

1. This was love at first sight! I saw it on a model in the shop and had to have it! It's a completely animal-free biker jacket with a grey suede-like body and black PVC sleeves from Dorothy Perkins, and it's a great any occasion jacket which can be dressed up or down as appropriate. This was my only full price item of the trip!

2. This Poison Arrow Ring is from Accessorize and was the last one in my size. Although it has a red stone missing it still looks super cool and was only £2.40 so I'm not complaining!

3. My star buy was this wolf t-shirt for £10 from Dorothy Perkins. I don't own a lot of t-shirts for some reason, I think it's because I'm really picky about the cut of them or something, but this one is great, it's boxy but hangs really well and has glitter through the image to jazz it up.

4. I couldn't find these shoes on Accessorize's website but I got the last pair in the Aberdeen store and they were just my size! These were £7.50.

5. And I couldn't find these online either, but these cream polka dot sunglasses were from Accessorize too and were only £4.50. I got a black 50's style pair from Dotty P's too for only £2. Now I just need to find the sun!

What's new in your wardrobe? Any sale bargains? What do you think of this little haul?

Karen x

Monday, 13 August 2012

♥ This Week's Loves ♥

1. Going out for a Thai meal with my friend to a restaurant I hadn't been to before.

2. After our meal we went to see Ted at the cinema. It was so funny, but also very rude and very close to being offensive! But it's hard to be offended when it's a cute little bear!

3. Saw a nice picture of someone with purple nails, so I painted my nails purple. Simple as that! This is Marshmallow Heaven by Rimmel.

4. I ordered some books on Japan, getting my research on for my big trip in 90 and a bit days (I have a countdown timer)! I got the Rough Guide to Japan, a Japanese phrasebook and Japanese In 30 Days.

5. I love Paperchase cards! I go there for most of my cards, just cos they have such great designs and they're not expensive. Luckily my great-auntie and friend's birthdays have passed, so I can show you these!

6. And I had to buy this card for me, just cos it makes me laugh!

7. My Dad appeared with a happy pear, left it on the mantelpiece, so I got a Sharpie and gave it another eye. It's even happier now!

8. Went on the hunt for a gold post box yesterday and here it is! Royal Mail are painting post boxes for every gold medal winner from Team GB at the Olympics and this one's for Katherine Grainger, gold medal winner for women's double sculls rowing. There's a handy website to see if there are any near you.

9. Our cinema trip this week was to see Brave. I didn't know what to expect because I didn't really know what the story would be, but it was good! I won't spoil it for you though, you'll have to go and see it for yourself! There's an animated short beforehand called "La Luna" which was really sweet and lovely!

Karen x

♥ This Week's Loves ♥

 1. Forgot how much I love Toffifee! I always nibble off the toffee outer shell, then devour the chocolate and hazelnut centre. This box did not last long!

2. I've been using Dove Nourishing Oil Care Conditioner for about a week now and it's really made my hair soft and shiny. I seem to struggle with hair oils usually because I have fine hair and even a drop too much can make it feel weighed down, so this product means I get the oil but in an easy to use way!

3. I took my sister to Yo! Sushi. She's never been before and wanted to try it out before our trip to Japan. She loved it (naturally!).

4. I did a little shopping and got some ace stuff in the sales, but I'll do a seperate post on that shortly.

5. I went to see Step Up 4: Miami Heat at the cinema this weekend. I love these films, they always make me want to dance (much better than I actually do!) and it doesn't hurt that the main men are a bit buff (Ryan Guzman is my new favourite eye candy)! The storylines are never amazing but the dancing is so awesome it more than makes up for it. Why do I not own more of these on DVD...

6. ...oh wait, I do! I went thrifting at the weekend and got Step Up and Step Up 2: The Streets for 50p each! Bargain DVDs! In my hunt for these I also found X-Men, X-Men 2, The Goonies, Fantastic 4 and Big Bang Theory Series 1. My whole haul cost £4.50.

7. Another bargain I found was this Hello Kitty alarm clock.  Unfortunately the alarm plays "Auld Lang Syne" and "Jingle Bells" so that won't be getting used! But it does tell the time, the room temperature and light up in a rainbow of colours when tapped, so that makes me happy!

8. I've added this vintage Thelwell jigsaw puzzle to my Whimsy store. I remember these illustrations from my childhood and I lit up when I saw it! They're always so cute with the little round-bottomed characters bounding about on their horses and this one is dressage themed.

9. The Olympic closing ceremony was brilliant, I love the cheesiness of it all! The teenage Karen inside me still loves the Spice Girls, and fireworks and music and dancing and bright colours are four of my favourite things! :D

Karen x
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