I love notebooks, I don’t think I’ve ever completely used one up though as I always seem to buy a new one before I’ve properly finished the first (and being a grown-up I don’t have to prove to anyone I’ve used every last page like I used to at school when I wanted a new exercise book). I also don’t like to mix my notebooks so every time I have a new idea for a project or a design I have to find myself a new book and a new pen before I can start recording my ‘genius’.

Imagine my delight when the lovely people over at Quadrille Publishing asked me and Hannah to design our own stationery range to compliment our book Everything Alice. The range consists of notecards, a cake stand and my favourite, these notebooks.

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We originally came up with countless designs but settled on this set of three (not big, not small, kinda handbag size) books; each one with a ‘helpful tip for an easier life’ quote from a character in Alice in Wonderland or Alice through the Looking Glass. These books have everything I look for in a notebook (well, when you’re the designer I guess that’s the point). Three in a pack, check, one lined, one plain and one grided, check, brown card, check, screen-printed and a little bit embossed? check and check.

Thing is my love of notebooks hasn’t been satisfied so I’m already trawling the net for my next fix… and this little lot are on my list …

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1. A&7. Want? get here

2. Alphabet book. Want? get here

3. Blue and brown paper scrapbook. Want? get here

4. Dastardly nefarious plans for world domination. Want? get here

5. Orla Kiely flowers. Want? get here

6. Lisa London. Want? get here

Oh yeah and Everything Alice Wonderland Notebooks. Want? get here

I don’t really use salt and I don’t really like pepper so these little delights don’t have a terribly busy life. Though when I do need either of those things I like to have a choice of condiment container. I think these two have had a barny.


Very soon it is Mother’s Day (in the UK anyway, If you’re in America you have a little longer to get prepared), in two days in fact. If you want to make your wonderful, beautiful, loving, kind mother a little something to say thank you for all the wonderful, beautiful, loving, kind things she has done for you in the past year then these biscuits are simple to make and a little more exciting than your usual circular cookie.

Here is a recipe and some step by step instructions. Click here for larger instructions to download


Hurrah for mothers everywhere. They Rock.

Other than the Isle of Wight, Vegas is my most favourite place In The World. I love Vegas, like proper proper love it, I don’t know why, it might be the ridiculousity of it all, the people watching, the erupting volcano watching, the sinking pirate ship watching, the fact that I’ve seen more of ‘Europe’ in Vegas than I have actually seen in Europe.

I reckon the thing I love the most is the lights … The brash flashing, clashing, racing, chasing lights of the casinos, the hotels, the wedding chapels, the public toilets (probably). The picture above is of a six inch high bit of tourist tat (Vegas does the best tourist tat) that whenever I’m feeling blue I switch it on and watch the frantic lights for a minute or two and I can’t help but smile.

Vegas by its nature is a fast paced place; people come, people go, hotels are always either being put up or torn down, the amazing neon displays left for scrap. Fortunately the wonderful people at the Neon Boneyard have been trying to save these signs from extinction. Situated in Downtown Vegas in two massive parking lots signs from the original casinos built in the ’40’s rub shoulders with signage from the iconic hotels of the ’60’s and beyond.

If you’re looking for a slightly different photo opportunity than standing in front of the Bellagio fountains or with Elvis at the Chapel of Love take a guided tour round this little slice of Vegas history.I took these images on my first visit to Vegas and on my return showed my friends and family all 346 photos (patient people my friends). One friend Lady K shares my passion for all things Vegas and got this giant canvas made up using one of my shots.

There’s loads of places online that do this sort of thing, just do a search for giant photo canvases. Having discussed it with Lady K we have established that she can’t remember who made hers but it cost about £160 about three years ago.

When I get a house big enough I am totally having one too.