Arts and crafts

march 2013 giant header

30 Days of Lists is coming! Beginning at the start of next month, I’ll be creating daily lists inspired by whatever prompts the lovely bloggers behind the programme send my way. This is such a simple idea that worked oh so well for me last September. It kind of took over my month a little bit, but the book I created in that time is now so precious.

debbiedoesdoodles finished book 30 Days of Lists super thick

I often look enviously at the pages other people create in travel journals, Project Life, or scrap-booking and wish I had time to organise all my memories so creatively. Being realistic, I just don’t; if I were to spend the amount of time some people do capturing the details and events of their lives, I would have to give up something vital, like work, or socialising, or sleep. And I sort of need to do all of these things to stay healthy, sane, and not a bank robber.

Handily, this list project requires a lot less time, and is concentrated into just 30 days of intense crafting fun. Some days if I have time I might make a super busy and fun page, but I’m OK with just putting pen to paper and writing a straight forward list every now and then too, since real life takes priority.

Here’s what I’m hoping to get out of March 2013’s Thirty Days of Lists:

Getting my blogging mojo back – this post is breaking one of the longest dry spells of blogging since it started! I’ve been super busy for the last month doing really interesting and varied social activities, exercising and getting much fitter, working hard (not robbing banks, for the record) and Internet dating (which I will definitely tell you more about sometime soon). These things have totally absorbed all my spare time; I’ve been collapsing into bed every evening and practically passing out from exhaustion. In a fun way. But I do miss blogging, and my ‘ideas’ list just keeps growing, and growing, and growing.

Using up some alphabets – I went totally nuts on eBay recently and bought multiple pizza-boxes of alphabet stickers and thickers from a crafter having a mammoth clear-out. Bargain! All those amazing alphabet sets! Taking up so much space on my bedroom floor!

Broadening my blog reading – Last time I did this I discovered a bunch of new bloggers who I felt I got to know through the listing process. Fingers crossed there are even more this time. You know I’ll post about them if there are.

Forming creative habits – I find I’m doing much less craft now than I used to in my old flat. Maybe something about sharing a living room? Hopefully this will help me overcome the fear of list-making in public!

Bonding with my mama – This year I also signed up my mum, who loves lists so much we nicknamed her List Woman a few years ago. For her birthday in January I made her a 6×6″ minibook and put together a box of fun papers, embellishments, washi tape and alphabet sets, to help encourage her inner creativity. She’s been wanting to become more crafty so I hope this is just the ticket. I’m seriously looking forward to seeing what she puts together – I’m hoping she’ll share some pages over at the blog I have thrust upon her, which is naturally titled “List Woman!”

If that sounds good to you, sign up to 30 Days of Lists right >>> here <<<

The sooner you do it, the more giveaways you can enter! Free stuff! Woooooo!


My love for Polish paper supplier Sodalicious is no secret, so it’s no surprise that I love their blog too, with its colourful layout ideas and art journal challenges.

It inspired me to start an art journal. Something to be messy in, to try things out and make mistakes. I am usually very controlled about art – everything is planned and measured, drawn up in pencil and templates. And being so controlled and striving for perfection often stops me from trying new things. And sometimes doesn’t feel so satisfying as just going for it. So, since I discovered through 30 Days of Lists that I am most creative and decisive when I have the pressure of a time limit, I have taken up the Sodalicious art journal challenge.

art journal cover
Now, so far my cover is distinctly un-messy. I covered the front of an A4 sketchpad with a wallpaper offcut and added some chipboard letters. It’s a little boring right now, but I imagine I’ll keep adding bits and bobs to it as I go.

The first art journal challenge of the year was to create something in the theme of ‘Something New’. So suitable for a New Year challenge, and great for me as I begin a whole new stage of my life. I created this page using almost entirely Sodalicious supplies, from the background paper to most of the letters, and even using a Sodalicious stencil for the chevron details. My favourite part was definitely flinging paint onto paper with wild abandon (while kneeling over my bath, since the messiness should probably be restricted to the page, rather than the walls).

Something new art journal challenge

Naturally after spending a few hours one afternoon creating this page of wishes and hopes for 2013, I forgot about it entirely until after the deadline passed. Ooooooops. So, before I do the same again, here is my entry for the art journal challenge number 19, with the theme ‘Brainstorm’

Brainstorm art journal challenge

I went for a more literal interpretation for this one. It’s funny timing – I was speaking on the phone to my Dad recently, who asked me what the weather was like in my head. My Dad is a bit of a weirdo so it didn’t seem like a particularly odd question – in fact we branched out into discussing the things that we keep in our heads too. Mine felt very heavy, like a grand piano; his felt rusty. These comments incurred strange looks from the strangers I was walking past in the street.

So, since the weather in my head is a little stormy lately, I’ve created my ‘brainstorm’ with black clouds moving across a blue sky, a jumble of thoughts, thunder, lightning. There’s a lot of paper scraps thrown in there, with bits ripped or cut out of magazines, messy paint, streaky yellow oil pastels, and some bold alphabet stickers. (I got a little ahead with myself with the month there though). Finally, a couple of Sodalicious elements by the way of chipboard embellishments to add a little geometric interest to the page. I like that this is messy – I stuck down lots of things without thinking about what came next and I grabbed what was to hand instead of sorting through my paper stash for co-ordinating patterns. I want to be even messier next time – that is my mission!

I definitely recommend art journalling for those looking for a little inspirational push – you may be surprised with how it all comes together!

A Polish friend had a birthday this weekend, so I decided to make him a card. Partly because making at least six cards in the next six months is part of my Working List, but also because I adore the paper ranges of I Lowe Scrap and spend way more money than I should online at Sodalicious, Poland’s finest scrapping supplier! So I had a bunch of Polish alphabets and papers that seemed just right for the occasion.

card making ingredients

Supplies used: ILS Tis the Season 05-06, ILS Tis the Season 01-02, ILS Vivid 01-01, ILS alfabet miętowy, Fiskars border punch, star punch, 1 inch circle punch, corner rounder (seriously, didn’t realise I had such a variety of punches!) and washi tape. I also used some yellow stickers at the last minute to punch the star details out of, which aren’t shown.

I sketched up a wee design of the card layout I was thinking of beforehand, since I don’t do this all that often. Sometimes ‘winging it’ with craft projects for me means ending up with sticky fingers and a strange assortment of mismatched paper shapes/yarn/sequins… So here’s what I drew up:

card layout

And this is what I created! I’m pretty happy with how all the shades and patterns of the I Lowe Scrap range compliment each other, and all the circles – gotta love the circles.

Lucas birthday card

1/6 handmade cards created! And that’s a teeny tiny step towards completing my Working List.

Ah, the alliteration.

Here are some funky freebies I’ve been collecting from different corners of the Internet to mark the beginning of 2013 and with which you can mark off the days that follow! Click the images or links below to visit the crafty creators’ pages…

Sweet New Year calendar
Free Printable “Sweet New Year” calendar by Amy Ross of Eat Drink Chic – download it here.

january2013 calendar 91 magazine
January desktop background (let’s just pretend we’re not half way through already) from 91 magazine – here (via Heart Handmade).

The Best is Yet to Come
Love Party Printables’ 2013 calendar is downloadable from Catch My Party here, and there’s a whole set of matching party printables there too!

Love Mae downloadable desktops
These downloadable desktops are released each month from Love Mae, one of my favourite blogs that makes me feel unashamedly girly. Get January’s here or wait a while for the brilliant March design which will instantly be at home on my laptop!

That’s all for today, have amazing weekends folks!

Meredithe over at Pomegranate and Chintz has been spreading the organisation inspiration by publicly announcing a Working List of ten craft projects and encouraging others to do the same.

The idea is, you list ten WIPs (Works In Progress), UFOs (Unfinished Objects), ideas or designs you’d like to work on, and then you do it. So simple! This is great for me. I am a Procrastinator. An Unfinisher. An Easily Distractable. I get half way through a project and then see something else I’d like to start, and like a fickle fool I drop one for the other. Chances are I finish neither. I’m the same with books – and will be talking more about the solution for that sometime soon too!

With this Working List I am publicly naming and shaming them. Ten projects that I will be working on from now. And since I know what I can be like (an easily distracted procrastinator who never finishes anything), I won’t let myself begin something new until I finish something off my list first. I know for sure I want to do 30 Days of Lists in March (sign-up opens 4th February!) so I need to get at least one of these projects completed in the next two months in order to do so guilt-free. Shamefully I have more than ten projects on the go right now, so this list will be my focus to get things done, until finally I have walls of handmade artwork, lovely personal gifts to give and definitely not a cupboard full of half-completed items.

Typography painting updates01 Typography painting
I was given a set of canvasses last Christmas (in 2011!) and chose to use the biggest one to paint an A-Z in different fonts and colours. It was a lot of fun to plan and begin but I gradually seemed to lose momentum and enthusiasm for this and haven’t touched it for over six months. Most of the base colours are on but I’d like to work on the texture and depth of the letters, and perhaps rough it up a bit – at the moment it seems flat and dull to me. The canvas is so large that this is probably the biggest project in terms of both time and space demands.

02 Knit an entire scarf
So far I have two lines. Learning to knit has been slow-going… I am yet to demonstrate the rhythmic clickety-clack that many knitters seem to have mastered!

03 A photo album for Laura
Beautiful Dutch Laura is well worthy of a photo album. I started this when she moved away from Edinburgh, two whole years ago. The ridiculous thing is that it’s almost complete, but now it’s two years out of date!

Two clipboard pinboards04 Clipboard Décor

I posted about these two clipboard pinboards I created for my old flat months and months ago. I really liked these at the time, even though the cork coasters made them totally unbalanced and wonky, and the washi tape wasn’t especially well colour-coordinated. Now I just want to refresh them – remove the coasters and the lengths of washi and cover them with some interesting paper or fabric instead. I’d like to continue using them to organise myself in my new flat for the new me.

05 Pattern book
Something I started to prepare for the screen-printing course that sadly fell through in November. I have no purpose for this book now, but I like the idea of collecting and sketching patterns. This is not the project I am most excited about, but will probably be one of the quickest to complete, since once I start doodling I often find it hard to stop!

wax crayon painting
06 Wax crayon painting
Ok, this one is a lot of fun. I saw this idea on Pinterest and decided to give it a go myself a few months ago. It’s super simple; all it takes is some wax crayons, a canvas and a hair-dryer (or some other source of heat). I built up a layer of wax crayon drips in purples, blues and greens, but soon discovered that the individual shades were almost indistinguishable, and some of the darker colours didn’t stand out so well on the darker-than-expected navy blue that I’d painted the canvas. So, while I’d planned to make another painting using the brighter, warmer colours from the crayon box, instead I’ll combine them all onto this one canvas. Since getting this far I’ve seen some really cool designs using the dripping wax – instead of a bunch of straight down wax drips that is! Until I begin anything more exciting with wax, I must complete this one – a straightforward wax crayon canvas should be an easy evening activity.

07 Mixed paper Minibooks
This is one thing I’m just itching to work on. In the last year I have totally fallen for all the colours and patterns of scrapbooking paper. And while I’m still not a scrapbooker, I do seem to be accumulating beautiful papers. I’ll be making a minibook for March’s 30 Days of Lists and would like to make a few more while I’m at it, for friends, family or even Etsy!

Laura birthday card08 Handmade cards
It’s totally crazy that while I have a couple of large boxes of interesting card and paper, alphabets and embellishments, I still find myself buying expensive and generic last minute birthday cards for people. I made this handmade card for Laura last September (apparently she is the most frequent recipient of my handcrafting!) and really enjoyed making something personal for her birthday – it was also surprisingly simple and quick to create.

Making handmade cards is more of a habit that I’d like to curate rather than a specific project. So for this list item I’ll set myself the goal of six handmade cards within the next six months. This allows for real life to get in the way, but I can always cross this item off sooner if I reach my goal quicker than that!

09 Postcard wall art
I just bought three different postcard box sets. It felt incredibly lavish of me. I also recently broke a large clip glass photo frame – leaving me with a sizeable ready-to-hang piece of chipboard. Oh, and my new bedroom has a large wall begging for a feature. So, how exactly these items will be combined I am yet to decide, but I am excited at the possibilities…

10 Font book
A while ago Emily Jeffords shared some attractive new fonts on her blog Beautiful Hello and mentioned her Font Book, which made me think of an actual book of fonts. While it turns out she was talking about her computer’s font library, the idea of flicking through a big shiny book filled with my favourite typography sounds glorious, and would also be a pretty useful resource for design projects. At the moment this is purely an idea, but I see a Blurb book in my future.

And that’s it! I’ll be keeping this list updated monthly and/or as I check things off it, since that’s the whole point of publicly committing to a working list. In fact, what better time to launch the new ‘Projects’ page of this blog – up the top there just under the ‘About Me’ tab. It’s a page to collect together all of my favourite and current projects – the things I aspire to do more of!

What better way to welcome the new year than with a brand new favourite shade?

Years ago, Pantone Inc. established the first standardised colour matching system that led to reliable printing as well as funky Pantone branded stationery and fashion. For the last few years they have predicted a Pantone ‘Colour of the Year’ with great fanfare and certainty. While critics may denounce this as a marketing ploy, it’s got to be said their colour selection is usually bang on trend.

Pantone colours of the year

Last year’s colour Pantone 17-1463, the deliciously named Tangerine Tango, was definitely still en vogue as the year drew to a close. In fact at some point in autumn I pulled together this little assortment of items available on the British high street that were a vibrant shade of Tangerine. Why I didn’t publish this then I’m not sure, but since I hate to waste good Photoshopping time, here is the collection now! My favourite has to be the beautiful bird dress, which was on sale in Dorothy Perkins for £15 but is sadly no longer in stock – boo!

tangerine tango uk products

So, as 2012 and the Tangerine Tango era is now officially ended, it’s time to embrace a new shade for the new year – which according to Pantone is Emerald 17-5641. Described by the company as a lively, radiant, lush green, to me Pantone’s Emerald is a surprisingly blue-ish tone, closer to jade than the bright Wizard of Oz green I would imagine being described as ’emerald’. But, I like it nonetheless!

Pantone Emerald 2013 colour of the year

I’ve been pinning an entire board of Emerald items recently, and here are a few of my faves:

Emerald fashion Pantone colour of the year

Find these items online: ASOS Gem Drop Earrings £8; Louche Zaza Crayon Print Dress from JOY £45; Dorothy Perkins Green cityscape dress £28; Green Pieces Green Funky Jeggings from New Look £21.99; Dazzle Dust in Parrot Green by Barry M £4.59; Hoxton Satchel from Accessorize £25; Women’s Green Toms Classic Seasonal Cord from Schuh £24.99; Thread Wrapped Ethnic Teardrop earrings from Accessorize £8

On a whim I bought the Hoxton Satchel a month or two ago and absolutely love it. It’s the perfect size, I love the way it looks, and now according to Pantone it’s also uber fashionable. Hooray for accidental trendiness!

How quickly is December whizzing by! Christmas is less than three weeks away and the flurry of parties and nights out has begun – hooray! While I’m loving the more exciting social life this brings (and the German market that takes over the centre of Edinburgh throughout December), I am rather envious of the gorgeous minibooks and Christmas craftiness I’m seeing pop-up all over blogland. At some point in the next three weeks I’m hoping to find time to make something seasonal myself! In the meantime I am getting my fix on others’ creations like some kind of creepy crafty voyeur.

A few brilliant December minibooks here by ladies well known for their skills in documenting life! The start of Elise Blaha Cripe, Amy Tan and Ali Edwards’ December books below…

Elise Blaha December Holiday Minibook
Amy Tan December Daily
Ali Edwards December Daily

I do love the idea of a December Daily – capturing the build up to Christmas one day at a time. But unfortunately for me just now, sorting and packing and getting ready to move house just doesn’t lend itself to a month of crafting! And I’ll be travelling down south in a couple of weeks to spend time with my delightful family – so excited to spend time with the little ones whose growing up is mostly witnessed via Facebook and the sporadic family event.

So instead I am celebrating December through #reverb12, hosted by Kat of I Saw You Dancing, who is fresh out of hosting Blogtoberfest just over a month ago! Reverb looks back over the year through reflective prompts and provides some focus on the important stuff for the coming year. What works for me is that there’s no daily blogging requirement, no need to dedicate an hour of every evening to craft, just a prompt to think about and react to in whatever way that works. For me right now, that’s mostly just something to mull over as I walk to work in the morning, or as I sit on the bus en route to a meet up of some kind or another, probably involving mulled wine, possibly also rum. They go together so well, it’s almost criminal. This is how my December rolls!

It’s so hipster it hurts, and it’s owned by Facebook, but there is something just so addictive about Instagram. I am not one to take photos of my food (often) or my feet or my newly manicured nails, but I love seeing the everyday ‘behind the scenes’ shots of all the super creative people I have at one point or another stumbled across on Instagram.

Quite a few of my Insta-pals were acquired through the 30 Days of Lists project, when Instagram became the only thing I would reliably update as soon as I’d finished a page (according to my Flickr, I am still only half way through – oops! That’s an update to add to my December goals list!). One of those, Schona Kessler (@schonakessler), hosts sporadic Project Life tag swaps for between 15-20 people. Essentially, each person involved makes a batch of matching 3×4 tags and sends them to Schona, and in return receives one of everyone else’s creations. It’s a fun and interactive way to swap ideas and gain a selection of new tags for scrap-booking or Project Life. I don’t do either of those things much, but happened to catch a new #pltagswap as it happened and couldn’t resist getting involved.

I sent off my own handmade tags, inspired by the Steranko illustrated Superman backgrounds and similar to those made for the giveaway, but with a ridiculous amount of cutting out and in a much larger volume! And in exchange I got these beauties. These came all the way from the US, which meant that while other participants were getting all excited about their handmade paper goodies, I was anxiously checking the post every day to find only bills and takeaway menus! But now they are here, and I intend to put them to good use… maybe my next 30 Days of Lists? March is only a few months away now after all!

Instagram pltagswap

Check out the #pltagswap on Instagram for all the details if you want to know more!

Hello dear readers! It’s been a while, so here is a giant update on the last month or so. Life has been busy since my ‘radio silence’ warning at the beginning of the month, so prepare yourselves for a long read…

Firstly, so many of you lovely bloggers left really supportive comments and advice when I posted about my recent break-up. Thank you very much to all of you! It meant so much more to me than I can explain here. One nugget of wisdom that really stayed with me was from Michelle, who told me to “keep creating. I really do think it helps us heal”. That pearl of advice couldn’t have been more spot on during that first emotionally tumultuous week when he behaved particularly atrociously – I filled up a whole sketchpad with doodles and words that reflected my emotional state – usually anger! It was extremely cathartic, and probably stopped me from lashing out at a friend, family member, or random unfortunate passer-by. Apologies for the NSFW language!

break up sketchbook

After working through that part of the Kübler-Ross cycle, I began sketching some drawings and patterns in preparation for a screen-printing course at Edinburgh Printmakers, a local arts studio which runs weekend courses introducing you to a range of different screen-printing techniques. I was so thrilled to be learning something new and creative, that was totally separate to the break-up and the seemingly endless flat hunting – until, that is, the course was cancelled with just a few days’ warning. I was gutted. And the stinger in the tail was that the course had been a birthday gift from the recent ex – so no chance of rescheduling, it was just gone. Cue more tears and anger! Oh the drama!

Happily though, I have some really lovely family and friends, and one, Sam, ordered me to visit her in London. And so obediently I obeyed! I took an extra day off to visit one of my sisters, Jenny, and her two boys Ben and (another) Sam. There is nothing like bringing the kid out in you like playing with actual kids. Ordinarily I’m unstoppable when there’s a wooden train set to assemble. It’s like something inside me forces me onto my hands and knees to fit all the pieces of track together in the most complicated railway route imaginable  It turns out I am worse when there’s a marble run. The resulting tower was a marble maze taller than the children, with multiple routes to the bottom and a precarious support system. Thank goodness I don’t design structures for a living, or we would all be surrounded by inter-looping train tracks, rubble, and giant glass marbles.

twins boys and a giant marble run

And so into London, where I seemed to spend a huge chunk of the weekend in various markets. I met up with Sam and Lizzie, two of my best friends in the world, and spent Saturday lunchtime together in Borough Market, the most amazing food market I’ve ever been to. We scoffed wild boar sausages accompanied by hot mead, followed by oodles of free samples of cake and cheese, taking home a chocolate brownie as dense and thick as a brick. And then on Sunday afternoon Sam and I wandered to Spitalfields and bought dinner at Brick Lane market, where even after many stallholders have started packing up you can still get delicious hot food from so many different countries, or in our case, a banana & chocolate Malaysian pancake accompanies by a cup of mulled wine. Yes, a steady stream of chocolate and hot alcohol prevailed! Not good for my Weight Watchers diet, but definitely good for the soul.

On Sunday afternoon we took a trip to the Barbican Centre to visit the Rain Room, hosted by Random International. It is exactly what it sounds like – a room where it rains – except for the fact that movement sensors can stop the flow, meaning that if you move slowly enough for the sensors to catch up with you, you can travel throughout the room without getting wet. I failed to do so, as I’m obviously impatient, so got fairly wet during my experience. But the sound and feeling of rain falling all around you was really magical (yes, more magical than just holding an umbrella), and the dramatic lighting made for some beautiful photographs. The bottom two were definite favourites on my Instagram feed!

Rain Room Barbican
Sam at the Rain Room Barbican
Me at the Rain Room Barbican

I’ve always hated London a little bit, because of how busy it is, how people surround you constantly and all the hustle-and-bustle of the streets and the tube and the shops, but finally that weekend I understood why some people just fall in love with The Big Smoke. That if you let yourself just be part of the madness and not try to push through it and seek tranquillity  it can actually be amazing. Instead of trying to compete with the crowds at the super touristy areas we enjoyed how busy the markets were. And we discovered little havens of calm, like Bunhill Fields cemetery with its seriously inquisitive squirrels, or Postman’s Park, which seems to feature on so many ‘Hidden London’ lists as well as providing a name for Natalie Portman in Closer. When we arrived at Postman’s Park we were the only people there, and only as we browsed the Memorial to Heroic Self Sacrifice did we realise how well timed our visit was – paying tribute to heroes on Armistice Day.

Heroes Wall

Back in Edinburgh, and flat hunting has proven to be a challenge. I have visited so many box rooms described as ‘cosy’, uninterested strangers described as ‘friendly’ and total dumps described as, well, habitable. I’m sure there are many people prepared to sleep with a noisy boiler next to their head, or in flats that reek of burned cooking oil, or who don’t care if a five-bed flat has a tiny kitchen, one bathroom and no communal living space. But I am not one of those people. Eventually, after turning down a couple of nice flats with friendly people but minor problems that meant they weren’t totally perfect, I found the home I’d been searching for. A lovely three bed flat in a quiet area half way between work and the centre of town, sharing with two friendly ladies who love films and books and tea and cake. I’m not moving in until the beginning of January, which gives me a chance to sort out and streamline my many piles of paper and clothes and ‘miscellaneous’ drawers. And I look forward to giving some updates on the new space I’ll be inhabiting in the new year! How crazy is it that 2013 is just around the corner.

In other news, I’m learning how to knit. I joined an Edinburgh meet and make group and we enjoyed some communal craft magic over cups of tea and scones at the lovely Mimi’s Bakehouse in Leith recently. Until that point my early ventures into knitting had been entirely YouTube taught, without any success at all. Casting on seemed so difficult! But thanks to instructions from the very patient Abi of Knitnicks I will one day own a scarf that I will have made with my own two hands (and some knitting needles, and some wool).

And that’s my not-so-brief update! There is of course always much more in the works which I am busting to share, but since I fear this post will already have resulted in oh so many TL;DRs, I think that’ll do for today. See you in the not too distant future!

Do you see what I did there? Oh yes, hilarious. See, it’s newly November. NEWvember. Oh my, the hilarity. I know, I know, you are struggling not to roll on the floor in floods of tears. Probably the best joke you’ll hear today, right? Hey, probably the best joke you’ll hear all month! Sometimes I wonder why I never began my professional comedy career. A wasted talent, I tell you.

So, moving on, and forgetting that ever happened, the new month means:

a) the end of Blogtoberfest, and the challenge to blog every single day. It’s often been tricky to find the time, but if anything this challenge gave me more ideas for posts and projects than a normal month, and definitely introduced me to some other brilliant bloggers. I have particularly loved seeing what littlewhitedove and whattaylormade managed to blog about in their 31 days, but am finding that I’m reading increasingly more through WordPress Reader than my RSS feed, which means non-WordPress bloggers have been somewhat neglected recently!

November calendar of the month

b) another awesome Calendar of the Month from Scout Creative. I am gutted to have been away from my printer this week because this is my favourite since I signed up – a nuclear charging station and calendar all in one! What more could a girl need?

Its a Giveaway

c) the giveaway ended! This was my first time ever hosting a giveaway and it turned out to be far simpler than expected… while the giveaway announcement got a few likes and a handful of new followers (according to my stats, anyway) it only generated two actual entrants! And so, without further ado, the winners of the giveaway are officially the super creative Pillows a-la-mode and the mysterious buntyw – drop me an email at with your postal addresses if you’d like to claim your prizes!

lots of moustaches

d) The beginning of Movember, which seems to become more and more popular each year – in Edinburgh, at least. Sadly Thankfully my female face isn’t inclined to sport the facial hair, but I look forward to seeing some cool tache’s about town and will gladly sponsor anyone taking on the hairy challenge for such a good cause!

Image: Moustaches from and available for free download as vectors in AI or EPS formats. Personally I love me a good Dali.