1 August 2012

Shiny Somethings

1.   Moo Mini Cards

From the moment I created the new Another Goldfish banner, I've been looking for an excuse for new business cards. My last set of Mini Moo Cards I got free through Klout, but the images came out a bit dark and miserable. So when I spotted a tweet mentioning a 30% off sale I jumped at the chance - especially when I realised I could save another £3 through Top CashBack. They arrived last week and I'm quite pleased with them. Still a bit duller than I'd like and there's a couple of things I'd tweak next time, but they're a fabulous improvement. Now I just need more opportunities to hand them out!

2.   Crochet Blanket Stitch

Our WI has started a Secret Knitting Project, which I'd love to tell you about, but I can't - because I don't know the details! All we've been told is that we need at least a hundred 20cm squares. I don't know how to knit, but luckily crochet is allowed too. I'd spotted this pretty Blanket Stitch on Pinterest and this seemed the perfect opportunity to try it out. As usual my stitches are too tight which makes the fabric quite stiff, but over all I'm quite pleased with the results.

3.   A Very Regal Seagull

I spotted this comical fellow on my way through Liverpool. I love his regal attitude, as if the only perch suitable for such a distinguished bird is atop King George III's head.

4.  Books!

Since we started the IVF injections I've been trying to keep myself distracted, which means I've been flying through the books again.

I started with I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith for our WI Book Club. It wasn't bad, but I can't say it captured my imagination. I found the Pride & Prejudice parallels rather irritating, and it was only in the last few chapters that I felt the book found it's own voice.

Next I got a head start on our next Book Club Novel, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. This I really enjoyed! Magical and intriguing, I couldn't put the book down.

Book Club is also good for recommendations, this time Morven suggested I might enjoy the Temperance Brennan series by Kathy Reichs. I started with the fourteenth book Flash and Bones as it was cheapest, and flew through it. Not sure the series will be one of my favourites, but they will keep me busy so I quickly moved on to the first novel Deja Dead.

5.  The Dark Knight Rises

We also took advantage of Orange Wednesday to go see The Dark Knight Rises. I really liked their interpretation of Catwoman, which was much more believable than previous incarnations of the character. But the best part was superb performances from Michael Cain and Joseph Gordon-Lovitt. It's a lovely finale to the Dark Knight trilogy.

If you'd like to share your own Shiny Somethings, feel free to leave a link in the comments below!