I have been chipping away at an order for a new stockist – the ‘part time’ job seems to be fairly draining on my little minx time, but I chug along. The new stockist wil be selling my Needle-Books and Pin Cushions, so I have been working on a new version of the Needle-Book using snap clasps, and the gorgeous Karen Walker dark gray linen I got from Global Fabrics. This one is for me, as my previous attempts at Needle Books are not quite what I am about now. Interestingly, I seem to be surrounded by a lot of yellow at the moment as I am behind the scenes organising some of the details for Simon’s parents, Marion & David’s, 50th wedding anniversary, an occasion for gold. Yellow seems to be a colour I crave at the moment, maybe it’s spring hanging over us. This Needle-Book is a real change from my normal approach in colours, rather intense and broody, but I’m really happy with it.
I have just finished reading Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen, a novel which completely transported and fascinated me. The whole subject matter, the travelling train circus of the depression era, was so beautifully, and sometimes brutally, conveyed. A wonderful novel, fabulous writing, it sent me straight back to the library to try and find more of her writing. In fact, having gone into a bookshop to buy it as a gift after finishing it in seven days (I literally couldn’t put it down, this is extremely fast for me) I found that she has just released a new novel, Ape House, which I shall be buying as soon as I am able to. What do you find moves you this spring?