Instagrammer of the week #009

I’ve been following Marryl on Instagram for a while now. I think I first came across one of her gorgeous journal pages on Pinterest and I was hooked. I am so in awe of anyone who can create journal pages that have substance – you know, text and pretty pictures. I can do words no problem, it’s the pictures that I fail at.

If you are in need of some journal inspo follow Marryl.

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A photo posted by Marryl (@marrylcrafts) on

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A photo posted by Marryl (@marrylcrafts) on

6 droolworthy libraries

One of my life goals is to cultivate a fantastic collection of books and house said fantastic collection of books in an equally fantastic library. I’m going really well in the accumulation of books part. So well in fact that my collection has spilled out of its bookcases to inhabit a large proportion of our wardrobe. The things we do for books, right?

I could look at pictures of libraries all day, seriously. If you’re the same, I hope that these pics satisfy your thirst.

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Team Form AG

 

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Gaia Repossi’s Paris apartment

 

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As a magazine hoarder of epic proportions I can’t tell you how much this image delights me. Mark D. Sikes’ magazine library. Photos by Heather Clawson for Habitually Chic.

 

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House Dreams

 

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Home of Lee Mathews via The Design Files

 

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Jeffrey Bilhuber design via Laurel Home

 

Want to see more pictures of libraries? Follow my Love Your Library board on Pinterest.

Hooray for paper plants

I like to think that there are a lot of things that I can do well. I write well. I drive well. I can cook salmon well. But there is one thing that I can’t do and that is keep plants, especially indoor plants, alive. I’ve tried many times over the years and the end result was pure carnage. So when I came across these gorgeous paper plants that look real, but are unkillable, my heart exploded with joy!

They are the product of talented paper crafter Corrie Beth Hogg and you can find out how to make some of them by visiting The House that Lars Built.

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[images sourced via Corrie Beth’s instagram account]

Instagrammer of the week #008

Who loves snail mail? Who loves super pretty snail mail? Yep, I do too. If you want to see more I suggest you follow along with Fab’s feed (@snailmaillove). So many cute ideas for happy mail. Want to write to me? I’ll totally write back. Details are over on the sidebar →

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A photo posted by ƒabs (@snailmaillove) on

Book review – Thicker than Water – Brigid Kemmerer

I finished reading a great book called Thicker Than Water by Brigid Kemmerer last week. It was actually a recommendation from a brilliant writer – Sarah Ayoub (follow her on Facebook too).

Thicker Than Water is a paranormal YA but the paranormal stuff develops in the last third of the book which I found really interesting. Usually the paranormal stuff is kind of in your face right from the get go. The first two thirds of the book were about getting to know the characters on a really personal level. I think developing this connection, particularly with the main male character Thomas is pretty important; you’ll understand why when you read the book.

Oh and the emergence of the paranormal stuff was so well done – it had me really questioning the feelings I’d developed for Thomas in particular. Was he a good guy or had he fooled us?

Thicker Than Water is an easy read and is perfect for when you want something quick but engaging. I give it 4 out of 5 stars. 
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Felicity French

I am smitten by these cards from Felicity French. Her illustrations are all so magical and bright and full of happy thoughts and messages.

Not only is she a card and print designer extraordinaire, but she also illustrates children’s books and colouring-in books. How awesome!

Here are some of my favourite designs by Felicity. Be sure to visit her website to see more loveliness.

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You can follow Felicity on Twitter and Facebook.

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