Wednesday, 13 April 2011

WOYWW: The Nose In A Book Edition

Morning, and welcome to another nose at what is on my desk this week.  If your curiosity needs further feeding, why not pop over to our esteemed leader, Julia Dunnit, using the WOYWW button to the left, where you can see more than a hundred crafty workspaces in action.

This week, it's all about the books.

First up, Dan Price's "How to make a journal of your life".  Great for inspiration, giving yourself "permission" not to be the best artist but to draw anyway and for encouraging the reader to really see things.  I keep a daily journal as well as the 2011 monthly journal challenge pages (button to the right, if you are interested), and inspired by this book, I spent a happy evening journaling last night.  My journal looks better for the inspiration from this book.

Then I've been perusing eBay for books to provide inspiration, backgrounds and general craftiness.  Above you can see a 1950s guide to British flora, which has beautiful and clear illustrations.  Also acquired this week, a book of French songs (I already have a big stash of sheet music), a very entertaining 1950s French phrase book (the concerns on holiday were so very different) and a guide for the new civil servant.  Can't wait to start playing!

If you are in need of a little laughter this morning, then please visit the post below this for an alternative view of the Royal Wedding, as expressed in gingerbread.

Happy Workdesk Wednesday!


  1. Love the idea of the ebay book especially the french phrase book lol ~ Happy Wednesday ~ Nicky

  2. Love the look of your floral book even better if it was a bargain.Happy Wednesday
    hugs judex 3

  3. Journaling can be so much fun....well, not always the writing part BUT I really like the art part. Mine started as a garden journal and now has a life of it's own. Happy WOYWW!

  4. This book on journaling sounds really wonderful. I guess I'm one who needs permission. BTW, I really love the gingerbread wedding, car, tavern, and all the shops in your previous post. It was simply knee smacking hilarious.

  5. What a lovely book you found... the drawings are inspirational

  6. Your books look interesting - will check out the first one and your ebay purchase looks fab - I have re-homed a few books from there - thanks for sharing

  7. Sounds like you found some great stash to use! Love the gingerbread display - how clever!

  8. That book is a must...I am going to track one down. I do exactly the same as you, I buy books just like the ones you show and describe, then use them in my creations.
    Thanks for the book reference. I shall look forward, very much, to your up-coming posts.
    Sue xx 41

  9. Loved the gingerbread post! :) Have fun with the journalling
    xoxo Sioux

  10. very nice book. Love all the florals. I am going to have to try journaling I think it looks like a lot of fun. Thanks for sharing. Vickie #78

  11. Ah the gingerbread is ace! Like the idea of the journalling book - will investigate that because I'm a bit scared of the whole phenomenomenomenom.Do you know I never thought about ebay for old books for working on!!

  12. Gorgeous books - you'll get a lot of inspiration from them! That Gingerbread wedding is so amazing - people are just so talented.
    Happy woyww
    Rebecca (84) x

  13. I have tried to get started with a journal so many times ....maybe I really should try harder

  14. Beautiful book - and I loved the gingerbread royal wedding!

  15. The How to Journal book looks good, not sure about the Guide for the new civil servant though - LOL.

    I just looked at your gingerbread post - what a glorious window display - TFS xx

  16. How hilarious, that someone had the idea to depict the royal wedding in gingerbread! I can't believe the details. Thank you for sharing it with us. I love reading about where you live and the things you do. That book about journaling looks fun. Have a great rest of your week. Thanks for the sweet comment on my blog today. :-) Hugs,xo

  17. Your desk looks very tidy, I am a scribbler of words, but have just recently started a journal. This is very interesting to me.
    Thanks for stopping by. Keep smiling and creating

  18. Love your old book and the journal ideas sound interesting too - never having given myself permission to do one!! The gingerbread wedding is brilliant, only the British have the ability to poke fun at ourselves in this way!! Annette #13

  19. It sounds like a real adventure, making an art journal. Love your old book with these fab drawings.
    Bye Franka

  20. Ah B. can smell the royal gingerbread all the way over here.. love it!!
    ...and journaling sounds very interesting we see what you come up with in the weeks ahead..thanks for popping over and happy WOYWW! Shaz in oz. x

  21. I want to sit and colour in those amazing plants. So if you could just scan the whole book and send it to me, that would be great! Now I have to go and check out books on Ebay.

    Thanks for visiting and making me like the orange in my project!

    cheers, rachel #70

  22. Such an interesting post... I took a peek at Taste of the Country too... love the gingerbread wedding! Haven't been down that neck of the woods for years.
    JoZarty x

  23. Fab space - thanks for stopping by! I like your idea of putting that sign in the front garden! I want to do one for my garden that says "Beware of the Snapdragons".

  24. Gingerbread wedding is fab - thanks for sharing.

  25. You may borrow Chris Packham, but I must have him back. Don't send him home covered in mud. He has a new programme coming up, may be even tonight. It looks fantastic!!
    Sue xx

  26. nothing better than a good book for ideas and inspiration, other than the inspiration that is Life...

    which comes for free... a mother's gift.

    for me To journal how I spend that gift is somehow a beautiful way to say thanks...

  27. It is me again, popping back to say that Cow Parsley would look amazing in metal...the most stunning of wild flowers..thank you for your comment.
    You probably have a wonderful image of one in your lovely book!
    Take care and have fun!
    sue xx

  28. I have that book somewhere! I have just started an art journal and I should dig that book out now that I am becoming a bit more "brave". Thanks for the peek (and the reminder!) Would love to see your journal posted up here! Or maybe it is more of a personal journal, and I respect that!
    Happy WOYWW!
    xoxo Karen

  29. Your book looks interesting! And a journaling challenge sounds like fun! I will have to check it out if I can find the link?

    Happy be-lated WOYWW!

    I have some yummy candy on my blog if you'd like to check it out! :D

    My Blog Candy!

    xx Tracey xx

  30. I would spend my last money on a book rather than food! I have so many its actually scary and even scarier, I do not put a book on my bookshelf unless I have read it. I don't have either of these two, so the search begins.
    Happy WOYWW

  31. Ooooo i so want to make a journal but still dont know where to start. Im off to see if i can get this book, thank you. Kezzy x

  32. Beautiful books. Enjoy!
    Seems like ages since I called by your blog! Hope you have a lovely Easter.

  33. How did I miss this post?

    That journalling book sounds fabulous!

    How are you missus? I hope you are just to busy being creative to have blogged for a bit :) Don't neglect Gollum now! We know how testy he gets :)

    Hetty sends her love.

  34. We have hot water at last. Up to our necks in it so to speak but a good few pounds lighter for it.
    I did ask Side Kick if he knew anything but he just looked very red in the face and passed it off by saying he had been in the sun too long!!!!
    Hugs Mrs A.

  35. What a fab book and the gingerbread wedding is really lovely. :-)
    Thanks for calling in on me today and for your lovely comments.
    A x