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Here is the book for February, its called Big Panda and Tiny Dragon

This is Amazons picture of the book Big Panda and Tiny Dragon by James Norbury

Author: James Norbury

ISBN: 978-0-241-52932-4

About this book

As the title suggests, it is about a year in the life of a big panda and a Tiny Dragon, who journey together. The book followes the seasons as well as their journey. They share wisdom and experiences with each other along the way. The author found a book on Buddhism, when he was in a difficult place and later joined the Samaritans, taking calls from people reaching out with anxiety depression and loneliness. Later he was inspired to create the images to help illustrate the ideas that have helped him through difficult times in the hope they would help others too.

My experience of this book

The book is full of brush paintings and wonderful wise words, though it can be read quickly. Take your time, savor those words and those images. Take what you need and be present in the moment.

I love the hardbacked version as I like hardbacked books, feel they are easier to prop open, as my dexterity isn’t great.

The illustrations show up well on the white smooth paper, though the paper is quite light in gsm. The font style looks like Times New Roman so it has serifs and the print is quite small.

Snap the ruler of comparison

I have and adore a book called The Boy the mole the fox and the horse. Before I got this book, I was worried I would compare it too much to that book, which I didn’t want to do. There are similarities, but it stands up well on its own as a different book. There are a nice mix of black and while illustrations and others with more colour.

Here is a link to Amazon UK for details about the book. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Panda-Tiny-Dragon-James-Norbury

Personally I found this book comforting and uplifting. See what you think. Do leave me a comment if you enjoy this book. I’d love to hear what you think of it.

Best wishes and see you soon

Billie

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I have a confession, I LOVE books. I was very lucky as a child that my Mum surrounded me with books and paper and crayons. Now these books were not always new, a lot were pre loved by others she knew and handed round to us to enjoy, keep or pass along.

My dyslexia makes reading novels difficult, so its all in the font as to weather I can read it or not. Kindle was a breakthrough from that point of view, as I was able to make the font larger, spaces between the lines larger, and even have it read aloud to me, so I admit thats the way I go for novels.

Why is this a new kind of book club?

There are lots of book clubs about novels, so this book club is a bit different, this one will be for art themed books, kind books, self care books, empowering books that kind of thing.

The sort of books that make you want to grab your art supplies and get creating. The kind of books you can dip into as and when you have a few moments spare, because not everyone has big blocks of time or capacity to read long posts, or long books.

I know in the past my posts have been really indepth reviews, but honestly, my health issues are making that kind of post difficult now. Instead and to keep posts short n sweet (that’s a first eh!) I’ll keep it minimal. Title, author, ISBN, where to buy and maybe a line or two about why I like it. Then an invitation for you to share your thoughts on the book, if you have it too.

Do you like this idea? Shall I start writting some of these?

Would love some feed back on this, so thought I’d ask while people are maybe not back at work yet.

As a spoonie, I have to plan ahead and write when I can, as I can’t post to order. This will need to be written ahead of time so they can go out in something like a regular slot.

I have some more ideas for the blog, so keep checking back in the coming days to find out more.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie x

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I’d like to share a video I made a while ago, where I share the books that I have found good companions for self care when I am struggling with anxiety and depression.

What helps each of us is as unique as we are. What helps me moment to moment varies too. Sometimes a gentle story on a Kindle reading it outloud to me helps, other times I’m looking for an activity, like the art, journalling and so on. I adore the Kate Allan books they have been wonderful for when I can’t process thoughts feelings and emotions and just want to hear words of ecouragement that one day it will be ok, even if it isn’t right now.

Links

Books mentioned in this film are;

I have included links to these books on Amazon UK, but I am not sponsored in any way for this.

And the one I forgot to add in the film is by Johanna Basford

I also enjoy Johanna Basford books, her drawing inky wonderlands is brilliant here is her video walk though of that book. I forgot to add that one in the video I made, this video is JOHANNA’S.

Check out her You Tube channel as she often does video tutorials for drawing and its also soothing to watch her colour in. Johanna Basford on You Tube

I hope you find something here that is helpful, for yourself of someone you know. Please share it so others can find it. If you too, are struggling with your mental health, please look at the post I put up yesterday which has links out to sites of support. Some days we can, some days we can for a little while, and somedays we just can’t. Its not great, its not fun, its not a fad or fashion and for a lot of us its not all over in a month or so. Be kind to yourself when you are struggling. The media says a lot and not all of it helpful. Take in what helps and walk away from the rest. Its such a personal thing as to what each of us find helpful in the moment. This post isn’t trying to tell anyone what to do, say or think, its just sharing what was holding me safely in the moment I wrote it or filmed it.

I own the fact its an opion NOT a fact, and not dummping this opinion on anyone. I hope you find what helps you feel softer, safer and makes this moment feel a bit more possible for you. Stay safe and I hope the day is as kind to you as possible x

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie x

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Here is a picture of a recent Zentangle I drew.

Getting Tangled with Zentangle

Getting Tangled with Zentangle

I’m learning to Zentangle to help me relax and the principle of doing something repetitively and with no pressure works. The book I’m using is;

One Zentangle a Day book.

One Zentangle a Day book.

Not getting along overly well with it, there are a lot of tangles in it and it has more wording than I’ve seen on previews of other Zentanlge books on Amazon preview, but I’m not sure how and when to turn the card, so kinda winging it. I also get the feeling that the style show in the way it is in the book puts pressure on and leads you to over think things a bit.

I have really enjoyed Tiffany’s tutorials on Zentangle on You Tube as you see the tangle created and are then able to use the design show in a more freestyle way. Have to say I’m on the fence about Zentangle, the relaxation part works but as yet haven’t created something that I ‘love’ at the other end. Maybe because I’m still learning. There seem to be a lot of ‘rules’ about Zentangle which to me flies in the face of it being a calming thing. But hey, I guess The Tea ceremony and calligraphy are also zen like activites and they too have a set way of doing things, so maybe it isn’t so strange.

Do you tangle? Would love to see what you have drawn, there seems to be a wide range of ways people use this art form. If you have found any great tutorial sites do let me know and I’ll try and add them to the Art tab at the top of the blog.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie 🙂

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Still have yet to finish the Coptic stitched Anna Griffin book I’m working on as I need help creating the hole in the book board covers. In the meantime I’m sharing a picture of another little notebook that I made.

Hand made notebook embellished with Anna Griffin Stamps

Hand made notebook embellished with Anna Griffin Stamps

This was decorated using Anna Griffin clear stamps from QVC. It’s a quick n simple pamphlet stitched exercise style notebook. Its been ages since I’ve made a book and here we are with three on the go at the same time! Another addictive hobby.

I’ve been using it to make notes of recipe ideas that come on the TV, I used to write them on scraps of paper and either loose them or get cross when they fell out of recipe books that I would randomly stuff them into DOH! So decided it would be handy to have a dedicated book. Once I’ve tried out the recipe and decided it works or any modifications I did, then I’ll write it in clearer handwriting into the hard backed book I’m making. Still waiting on DH for help with the Dremmel 😉

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie 🙂

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Today I’d like to share a picture of a notebook that I made and decorated using Anna Griffin stamps.

Hand made notebook embellished with Anna Griffin Stamps

Hand made notebook embellished with Anna Griffin Stamps

Just wanted something quick n easy, but more decorative than the office style notebooks you get in the shops, so I made my own. This is decorated using Anna Griffin’s recent stamp set to QVC, I think it was called Fastenings?.

Coloured using Derwent Inktense and Studio pencils.

Close up detail of hand made notebook embellished with Anna Griffin Stamps

Close up detail of hand made notebook embellished with Anna Griffin Stamps

Best wishes and thanks for reading see you soon

Billie 🙂

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After watching the recent Docrafts & Beaders Companion shows where they demo’d Shamballa style bracelets, I was inspired to have a try myself. Wanting to add my own spin to the concept I created a book tie.

Shamballa inspired Book Tie

Shamballa inspired Book Tie

Materials Used

  • Waxed cotton cord 2mm thick
  • Note book is a Daler Rowney sketch book

I find book ties helpful in keeping a page, like a book mark. For keeping a book closed, and for holding pages in place while you are sketching on location.

In place of beads I tied Chinese Button knots on the ends of the cords.

Hope you like it, it was quick to make and perhaps I’ll make some of these for Christmas gifts.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie 🙂

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