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New Books & Fabric

by greenrabbitdesigns

Just thought I would share some of my new books with you. The above three were all birthday presents.
The Orla Kiely book(from my husband) is great. It’s so interesting reading all about her life and how she got to where she is today and the patterns and photographs inside are wonderful. She obviously grew up in the same era as me, as so many of the retro patterns are so familiar to me, I’m sure we had wallpaper and curtains like that when I was a child!
Nigella Lawson’s ‘Kitchen’ (from my kids) is delicious and I’ve tried out the Guinness Gingerbread and the Sweet and Salty Crunch Nut Bars and both were yummy! I’m looking forward to the television programme.
The third book in the photo is Knitted Cakes (thanks Emily) and as the title suggests it has 20 delicious cakes to knit, so I’m looking forward to having some fun with that.

This book arrived today, it’s Mr Marshal’s Flower Book. Now it’s no secret that I love flowers and plants and I also love botanical drawings so this little book is a delight. It has the most beautiful drawings set out in the seasons.

Alexander Marshal lived from 1620 to 1682. So these drawings were made almost 400 years ago. They really are wonderful!

Now for the fabric part of this post. This little lot arrived in the post a few days ago, I ordered them from M is for Make. I just love the colours in these fabrics, not sure what I’m going to do with them yet but I am enjoying just looking at them for now, until I decide!

Not sure what to expect weatherwise this coming weekend but if I can’t enjoy the great outdoors at least I’ve got enough reading material and material of the other sort to keep me busy!!

Have a great weekend whatever you get up to, indoors or out! ๐Ÿ™‚

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18 comments

handmaidliset September 17, 2010 - 8:28 am

Lovely fabrics and great books!
I tagged you with a tag/award!! Hope you like it.

greenrabbitdesigns September 17, 2010 - 9:43 am

Thanks Lisette! I’ll answer my questions soon!
Have a great weekend. ๐Ÿ™‚
Vivienne x

Claire September 17, 2010 - 1:44 pm

Love those pics….patterns and cook books. A heady combination.Don’t you just wish we had an extra day at the week end.

greenrabbitdesigns September 17, 2010 - 3:08 pm

That would be just great Claire, do you know anywhere we could order one online!! ๐Ÿ˜‰
Have a great weekend. ๐Ÿ™‚
Vivienne x

Jane September 17, 2010 - 2:42 pm

Lovely books Vivienne, you can never have too many. Is Nigella doing a new series…I do so love her style, she is very cool lady. Interesting pattern and botanical drawings books too but the knitted cakes just sounds such fun! If I needed a cake knitted it would have to be a slice of victoria sponge…much less dangerous than the real thing me thinks! Have a great weekend. We are hoping the plasterer will make an appearance so ours could be pretty chaotic but will be great when finished.
Jane x

greenrabbitdesigns September 17, 2010 - 3:13 pm

Hi Jane
Apparently Nigella has a new series out in the autumn to accompany the new book, just don’t know when exactly.
Have a lovely (and hopefully not too messy)weekend! ๐Ÿ™‚
Vivienne x

nina - tabiboo September 17, 2010 - 4:18 pm

Aaahhhhh Nigella – we tried the beef casserole last weekend….delicious. I have also been eyeing up the chocolate recipes so maybe flourless brownies this weekend.

Have a fabulous weekend and…..Happy Birthday’ish’

Nina xxx

greenrabbitdesigns September 17, 2010 - 4:49 pm

Thanks Nina!
It’s a great book. Have a lovely weekend and enjoy your baking! ๐Ÿ™‚
Vivienne x

Emma Angel September 17, 2010 - 4:30 pm

Hello. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a lovely comment. Your blog is lovely, I’ve only looked at the 1st page but will look further. I love your fruit salad flowers, they made my mouth water.
I’m off for an explore. Hope you have a good weekend.
x

greenrabbitdesigns September 17, 2010 - 4:51 pm

Thanks Emma for dropping by and for your lovely comment! ๐Ÿ™‚
Have a great weekend!!
Vivienne x

Mia September 18, 2010 - 4:31 pm

How lovely books, Viv – youยดll have the greatest weekend with those even it rains! I especially love the flower-book! And the fabrics, ah…Cannot wait to see what you’ll create from them!

Happy weekend!

Yours,
Mia

greenrabbitdesigns September 18, 2010 - 9:57 pm

Thanks Mia, you have a lovely weekend too!! ‘See’ you on Monday! ๐Ÿ™‚
Vivienne x

Pam September 19, 2010 - 6:20 pm

Those fabrics are gorgeous as is the illustration of the Sweet Williams – my favourites. I have some – not all – of the Nigella books, but everyone seems to be saying that this latest one is very good. May treat myself tomorrow – dressing and clips off, so I need something to take my mind off that!
Take care and enjoy your reading – may have to take a look at the Orla Kiely one too.
P x

greenrabbitdesigns September 19, 2010 - 6:24 pm

Thanks Pam and all the best for tomorrow! ๐Ÿ™‚
Vivienne x

Jill September 19, 2010 - 9:40 pm

Great fabrics and books – the botanical prints have really caught my eye, they’re beautiful.

Jill x

greenrabbitdesigns September 19, 2010 - 10:21 pm

Thanks Jill!
They really are very beautiful and remarkable considering when they were drawn and painted. ๐Ÿ™‚
Vivienne x

Pammy Sue September 22, 2010 - 7:24 pm

Gorgeous flowers, as usual!

greenrabbitdesigns September 22, 2010 - 8:19 pm

Thanks Pammy Sue! ๐Ÿ™‚
Vivienne x

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