• Books and TV

    Sometimes we do judge a book by its cover

    by  • Thursday, March 3, 2016 • Books and TV, Designer secrets, Look what I found, Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    After a lengthy break, the book club group I have with my friends has been resurrected, our first choice was The Luminaries, very good but very looong…anyway, I was browsing a local book shop for ideas for our next choice (old school in a world on online book ordering), and I was drawn to the beautiful water colour designs of the Nancy Mitford covers (see below); I didn’t know much about Nancy Mitford, but my pattern loving eye made me pick it up and I discovered a writer I’d never read.

    To celebrate World Book day I’ve found some beautiful designs by talented artists and illustrators, so even if it’s just a beautiful book cover that encourages someone to pick up a classic, then it’s more than ok in my book. They also make lovely gifts and something to treasure or pass on, now that’s something an e-reader can never compete with, long live books!




    The covers are part of a cloth bound series at Penguin Books, by Coralie Bickford-Smith

    Emma, £9.02 and Sense and Sensibility, £11.94 by Jane Austen, Penguin Books Classics collection, Abe Books

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    Jan Constantine: GIVE AWAY

    by  • Monday, August 1, 2011 • Books and TV, Craft • 31 Comments

    Jan Constantine, Queen of Embroidered Cushions, has only gone and published another book. I know. And the good news is, in between scratching my mosquito bites, I’ve got hold of a copy to give to one lucky HomeShoppingSpy reader…

    Love Stitching is full of decorative appliqué and hand-embroidery projects from Jan, featuring some of her best-selling designs for cushions, throws, wall hangings, aprons and bags.

    While her first book (Heirloom Embroidery) focussed on traditional embroidery, Love Stitching takes a more modern approach, with bright colours and strong shapes in a series of graphic, bold designs. I like the anchor cushion project best:

    To win Love Stitchingsimply leave a comment on this post including your email address and we’ll pick a name out of the (hand-embroidered) hat at 6pm on Thursday 4th August. There are some helpful Terms and Conditions, here. (In case you’re not feeling lucky, it’s published by Jacqui Small and costs £20. You can buy it here.) – Ellie 

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    NEW BOOK: The Art of Instruction

    by  • Monday, June 6, 2011 • Books and TV, Lovely websites, News, Stylish shopping • 1 Comment

    Do you like vintage educational charts from the 19th and 20th centuries? Oh, you do? So does author Katrien Van der Schueren. So much so, in fact, that she’s collected over 100 for her beautiful new book called The Art of Instruction, due out this October in the UK, published by Chronicle Books.

    From the anatomy of a tulip to a French poster about ‘Les Fruits’, every page features beautiful vintage zoological or botanical diagrams. As the proud owner of a creepy bat poster and a university lab bacteria wall hanging, this is right up my rue, innit. I might accidentally lean on my mouse – squeak – and order two copies – one for the coffee table, and one to cut up so I can frame my favourite pages. HOW EXCITING. – Ellie

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