I have a wish list on Amazon which mainly consists of Craft books. At Christmas I usually pick one or two and send the link to my parents as a suggestion. What's great is that now I always get recommended new craft books which I might not have noticed before, and this is how I came across "Chic on a shoestring" by Mary Jane Baxter. The name rang a bell, and then I remembered that a while ago I posted a link here where she was going on a £10 wedding dress challenge for the BBC. Intrigued, I had a quick look at the book description- sounded interesting and right up my street. The raving reviews on Amazon (6 reviews all giving 5 stars) and the cover finally convinced me to order the book in one click:
|The hat, the shoes, the tights, the collar, the coat, the floor... I love everything in this pic (pinched from Amazon.co.uk)|
At £8.50 with free postage I thought I had not much too loose, apart £8.50 but somehow I had a feeling I would like this book.
Let's just say it didn't disappoint.
Since I received it yesterday, I've been glued. I haven't managed to make anything yet but my head is full of ideas. The photos are amazingly inspirational, the illustration are very cute and with simple ideas Mary Jane shows us how to unleash our creativity and make simple but highly stylish projects look oh-so-special. There are two many nice projects to mention but the scarves projects, collars and tie purse caught my attention and I can see myself turning to her book whenever I need some inspiration.
All in all, a great book which I highly recommend.
On another completely different subject, I have been on TV yesterday! If you fancy having a laugh check this BBC News page and scroll to the second video, at the beginning behind Colette Hume you see somebody folding envelopes- well that's good old me in my purple cardi and spotted skirt. I didn't realise I was in the frame for so long (I do glance a couple of time at the camera). And yes, I look a bit grumpy. After all this was filmed at 7.10am (when the students are interviewed you can see a clock behind them).
The first video is a heated exchange between the Education minister and a BBC correspondent, it was also filmed where I work but by then we were all busy working (as you can see in the background).
Have a great week-end all!