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Shabby Chic
Shabby Chic
by Rachel Ashwell
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £17.59

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An essentila style guide, 7 Aug. 2009
This review is from: Shabby Chic (Hardcover)
Beautiful photography, inspirational use of vintage items, a lovely design source book and an interesting read


The Shabby Chic Home
The Shabby Chic Home
by Rachel Ashwell
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great source book, 7 Aug. 2009
This review is from: The Shabby Chic Home (Hardcover)
Rachel Ashwell was far ahead of her time when she took faded florals to America, this is a superb sourcebook for anyone who loves vintage style and wants to apply the look to their own home. I really hope that Ms Ashwell brings her designs back to England as looking through this book is very much like browsing through the best bits of interior magazines.


Country Living Crafting a Business: Make Money Doing What You Love (Country Living)
Country Living Crafting a Business: Make Money Doing What You Love (Country Living)
by Kathie Fitzgerald
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very inspirational, 16 Jun. 2009
A lovely and inspirational book for artists and crafts persons hoping to go it alone. Useful business advice, beautiful photography, great for dipping into.
This book is printed by Country Living USA and whilst most advice is transferable I wonder have Country Living got a UK alternative with advice for grant finding or UK business support? That said, if you love this magazine and are even half entertaining the idea of a creative venture then this is well worth the purchase.


Paisley Designs (Dover Pictorial Archive)
Paisley Designs (Dover Pictorial Archive)
by Gregory Mirow
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.49

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful for artists, students and designers, 16 Jun. 2009
A good reference book for aspiring designers, worth having to use as a starting point, not quite as many designs as I'd hoped.


The Country Living Handbook: The Best of the Good Life Month by Month
The Country Living Handbook: The Best of the Good Life Month by Month
by Diana Vowles
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice table top book, a taster rather than main course, 16 Jun. 2009
As a long term Country Living Reader I found this book OK but I'd rather hoped it would expand and develop on themes within the magazine so whilst it is a pleasant read with beautiful photography and bits of insightful information I had hoped it would be a little more in depth.


Wuthering Heights/Romeo And Juliet [DVD]
Wuthering Heights/Romeo And Juliet [DVD]
Dvd ~ Leonard Whiting
Price: £6.37

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Win some/ lose some, 15 April 2009
I saw this version of Romeo and Juliet as a teenager, it is a little dated now, but given the time it was made, still beautiful and heartbreakingly good, how anyone so young as Olivia Hussy was could interpret and convey so amazingly is astonishing, certainly a must for anyone studying the text.

Wuthering Heights
Oh dear! I live near the Haworth Moors, most of the landscapes in this version were were filmed in North Yorkshire; this may not seem important but North Yorkshire was an area familiar to the Brontes and there is a stark contract between the soft undulation of the dales and the rough brutality of the Pennine moors, having often thought the character of Heathcliff is essentially a direct comparision with the environment, seemingly beautiful and alluring but unpredicable and dangerous I think the point of setting was somewhat diluted.
The Wuthering Heights building was sadly a Hollywood pastiche and whilst Ralph Fiennes is stunningly handsome and Juliet Binoche looks the part as Cathy, sadly her portrayal of the blonde wigged Catherine is cringeworthy and unfortunately the accent does slip towards French, she's a great actress and would be amazing in a production of Madam Bovary but this film falls very short of the mark.
Every version of Wuthering Heights offers something as the story is so consumingly complex, I'd love to take the best of each to create the ultimate version, here's looking forward to the production being launched this summer but I hope the new Cathy can manage and English accent.


Childhood Treasures
Childhood Treasures
by Caroline Zoob
Edition: Paperback

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful vintage insipred projects for all abilities, simply superb, 17 Mar. 2009
This review is from: Childhood Treasures (Paperback)
As an artist, teacher and crafts person I am intersted in the spectrum of arts and crafts; it is wonderful to find something new and innovative. This book is inspiration, beautifully written, featuring superb photographs, illustrations and original projects many suited beyond the nursery.
A highly creative take on vintage style. I also loved looking at the stunning interior design settings for the photographs, many taken at the home of Vanessa Arbuthnott whose beautiful textiles I have now discovered.
Country living crafts at their very best, My ten year old daughter also adored this book and wants to begin projects of her own. I have recommended it to all my friends who love vintage style whether a dab hand with a needle or not, as the projects are suitable for both the experienced and novice crafts person.


A Traveller in Time
A Traveller in Time
by Alison Uttley
Edition: Paperback

31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book every child should read. Essential KS2 reading, 4 Feb. 2009
This review is from: A Traveller in Time (Paperback)
Whilst staying in an old Derbyshire farm a young girl is drawn into the past and becomes embrioled in the doomed plot to free Mary Queen of Scots.
A great classic along with books such as A Little White Horse (The Secrets of Moonacre) and A Secret Garden
I read this book as a child, re-read it as an adult and have had the joy of sharing it with my own chidren. It is a book that should be on every school and library shelf, in the posession of every KS2 teacher as it brings to life both history and imagination, superbly crafted and beautiful; it was the book that first fired my imagination as a child and is still a joy to read.
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