Artist Profile :: Johanna Basford

Artist Profile :: Johanna Basfordartist profile :: Johanna Basford

You do not know utter happiness if you do not own the colour books and other crazy stuff designed by the amazing Johanna Basford. I own two of her colouring books, Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest (here is the link to the Amazon site) and some miniature notebooks. These books are perfect for relaxing after a long day, or doing whilst having a “deep n’ meaningful” over a cuppa with your Oma….

Artist Profile :: JOhanna Basfordartist profile :: Johanna Basford

These books are filled with both low detail pages for you to fill in and add your own flair or pages that are covered with freaky detail that will make your brain hurt and your eyes melt (again with the imagery Keeks!). I recommend this book for both kids who love to add colour to their lives, or adults and teens who love to colour in and out of the lines.

Artist Profile :: Johanna BasfordJohanna has just released her latest book “Lost Ocean” you can check it out through the link to Amazon above. Filled with whimsical water scenes, mystical mermaids and other amazing pieces of art that you can make your own, this book can make any emotionally deprived person smile.

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Book Reviews :: Frankie Magazine

DSC_0573Stop! Yes I know that Frankie Magazine is not a book exactly but *”Bear With”. Frankie magazine is not for the light-hearted or haters of design, art, photography, fashion, travel, music, craft, home or life run and hide because your greatest enemy is on the loose.

DSC_0568Frankie Magazine is written by the witty, full of all things crafty and 99% of the time hilarious. If you  are ever bored go to your local supermarket or news agency and spend (on average) $9.95 for this ultimate magazine.

DSC_0569At the same time, there is a smidge of the serious in it. This magazine is brilliant at bringing designers, artists, photographers and anyone who needs recognition to light and letting the world know that they are there and what they are doing.


And to add to this atomic level of ultimate awesomeness, every magazine comes out every month with….. wait for it…. a freeby, posters, cards, crafts anything! (if you start buying Frankie you will find that your bedroom will be littered with posters and other beautiful things).

Just a warning though. This magazine is a bit liberal with its opinion of the gay marriage and their use of language is arguable (i.e. sweary).

* that was for you mum!

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Book Review :: The bookshelf

Happy May everyone! One more month closer to winter woollies (not that anything is stopping me from rugging up), warm cups of tea (strong, dash of milk no sugar) and reading books in front of the fire (or gas heater in my case).

The bookshelf Cover Pic

Now, welcome to “The Bookshelf”. Here I will share with you some good bad and ugly books that I have recently read, either warning you to not read (they may ruin your life) and books that you must, and I mean must read.

Something that you should know about me. I am a serial book reader. I always, and I mean always have a book, or two, or maybe three on the go. I have read books that will make you laugh, cry, and fall in love… with the characters that is.

I have to admit that I have read a lot of books lately, despite girly dates, late nights doing homework and general life.

The most recent is The Strange and Beautiful sorrows of Ava Lavender’, by Leslye Walton.

Pain in love is the Roux family birthright. For Ava Lavender, a girl born with the wings of a bird, it is key to her fate. Ava traces the lives and loves of the Roux women as she tries to understand what has made her who she is and what she will become. On the night of the summer solstice, the skies open up, rain and feathers fill the air and Ava’s fate is revealed. This is a story that will make you weep and see love in a different way. The not so mainstream way.

The strange and beautiful sorrows of Ava Lavender

Another (real) stunner is Endgame: The Calling, by James Frey and Nils Johnson-Shelton.

The end of the world is coming. Play now. Or we all lose. After centuries waiting in secret, twelve unbroken bloodlines, armed with hidden knowledge and lethal training, are called to take humanity’s fate into their hands. Written into this book is a puzzle. Solve the puzzle and you will find the key to open a cose of gold. Play. Solve. Endgame is here. This story will have you yelling in frustration and loving it more and more with every page. For the lovers of Dystopian and action, and those who like to “shake it up a little”


And finally, I am Juliet, by Jackie French.

Everyone knows the story of Juliet Capulet and her love for Romeo. The star-crossed lovers from the warring Capulet and Montague families in Verona whose love was doomed. But who was this girl Juliet? This story will give you the point of view of the young Juliet and how she would have felt. Tears, cries of joy and grief this book is for all the romantics at heart.

Now a little bit of humour for your day….

Books: Your Reward for an Attention Span

Stay tuned for more “on the bookshelf” posts (trust me there will be heaps).

Keeki xx

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