Books Are My Bag: Desert Island Reads

Thursday saw the launch of this year’s Books Are My Bag campaign, a nationwide celebration of books and bookshops that hopes to encourage book lovers to visit their high street bookseller instead of the online retail behemoths when they want to buy a book. Now in its third year, and with the support of all the UK’s major trade publishers, this is the biggest BAMB campaign yet. There are hundreds of BAMB parties going on at bookshops across the country today – find your closest participating bookseller here. If you’re lucky you’ll be able to get your hands on the rather risqué limited edition tote bag designed by Grayson Perry, or the beautiful children’s tote designed by Lauren Child. 

Books Are My Bag

This year’s theme is #desertislandreads, and Books Are My Bag would like to know what eight books you would have with you if you were stranded on a desert island.  After much deliberation, I think I’ve settled on my eight. It was so hard – I swapped American Gods and The Buried Giant in and out so many times!

Books Are My Bag: Desert Island Reads

Tell me yours in the comments below! 

‘Pop in to your local bookshop. Book people are nice people and bookshops have become more than a place to buy books. In many small communities they are a valuable social hub for like-minded folks. But don’t forget to buy a book too!’
                                                                          –-Grayson Perry


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Life, Work, and the In-Between

Good grief it’s been ages, hasn’t it? I don’t know why I’m constantly surprised when summer completely passes me by since it’s been like this for the past six years, yet here I am, reeling at it being October. Already. October. Jeez.

For those of you who don’t already know what I do, I’ve been self-employed since 2009, selling my own handmade goods. My product range is hugely inspired by my Scottish heritage and runs from jewellery to bath and body products to hand bound books and paper goods, with the occasional soft doll and papier mâché objet d’art thrown in for good measure. Since 2010 I’ve been resident in Greenock’s ocean terminal for the summer cruise season, serving thousands of cruise ship passengers from all over the world, meeting some absolutely wonderful people, and getting up far too early in the morning. My life from April to October is a blur, regardless of how inordinately organised and ridiculously well prepared I am for it each year. I literally can’t think of a single non work related thing that happened in July or August.


Despite my misgivings about October, I am overjoyed to see Autumn creeping in. This is my favourite time of year; the space in-between when the world pauses for breath after the hustle and bustle of summer, before the harshness of winter hits.

Life, Work, and the In-BetweenOrange October

I’m looking forward to spending lots of quality time with my family, getting back to my regular blogging schedule, clearing my ever increasing TBR pile, crafting some non-work related stuff, baking way too much cake, enjoying the beautiful countryside around our wee white hoose, making a start on the book that’s been sitting in my head for months, and generally enjoying life, because despite the seasonal ups and downs, life is pretty damn good. 

How are you doing?


Fifty Day Drawing Challenge

It occurred to me last night that we’re now closer to the end of the year than we are to the start – that’s terrifying! Where have the last six months gone? Despite my brief panic I do love this time of year when the evenings seem endless, the rain occasionally stays off all day, and the girls finish school for the summer. A calm descends on the house as it sinks in that the seven o’clock alarms can be turned off for eight weeks and they can get stuck in to the ridiculously long list of the things that they vowed they would get round to doing in the holidays (they never manage to tick everything off!). We’ve decided to do a drawing challenge this year, fifty days long to take us right through the holidays. As with every challenge, there are, of course, some very stringent rules. 

Fifty Day Drawing Challenge – The Rules

1. Draw a thing that relates to the day’s word from the challenge list. Do this at least once a day, using whatever materials you feel like using.  

Yup, that’s it. You can download a printable list of challenge words from here. If you decide to take part, tag any photos with #50daydraw so I can keep up with you. Happy drawing :)

Fifty Day Drawing Challenge