Books Create Design Ministry

I am inspired by the (very lovely herself) Blair, whom I share a bookclub with – she writes lists. So here are some charming ‘shares’ and some things that are pushing good buttons of late.


Bird and Banner – stationers and their blog makes me happy

Sheaf Ephemera – who doesn’t like vintage/old-school things, this person shows them off and consequently has given the internet a catalogue of superb inspiration

Fuck Yes Maps – glorious, glorious maps

The Blog on the Bookshelf – a blog about bookshelves… oh so lovely

Mad Men Cartoons – A Flickr set (I LOVE Mad Men)


The Smiths – pure old-school goodness

David Gray – it’ll never get old, I’m still obsessed

Vampire Weekend – Contra is golden


The Secret History by Donna Tartt – this is one of the best books I have read in a long time, it is totally wonderful with a perfect level of intelligent suspense and disturbing themes. Also a Penguin Classic and our current Bookclub book.

I Have a Bed Made of Buttermilk Pancakes by Jaclyn Moriarty- a terribly enjoyable/frolicking novel that plays with characters and conversation. It doesn’t pursue the greatest depths but it kind of doesn’t need to.


The challenge to listen and to ask

A weekend away with the Soul Survivor team

The fact that playing with words never gets old

Books Design General Life Lists Wedding Words

I will share how I’ve recovered the lovely footstool shortly… I have a second one ready to go.

Books Create Experiments Life

For the terribly delayed return of Illustration Friday, I’d like to introduce you to Oliver Jeffers. I own a couple of his books, they are most excellent stories and have quite lovely pictures which use what looks like found paper/paraphernalia (or is at least inspired by it) and incorporates beautiful hand done typography.

I am a very, very big fan of ‘The Incredible Book Eating Boy” – which is about the benefits of reading and bought both it and “The Great Paper Chase” on spec at Borders for quite a dandy bargain. I think the kind Borders people have now realised these books worth and are selling them back at normal prices, but oh it’s totally worth it. Besides, it’s got this marvelous bite taken out of the edge and a sensible disclaimer about ‘not eating this at home’.

Books Design Illustration Friday

I have decided that I would like to get paid to read books. That is all.