In a break from regular programming…

I bring you…pumpkin carving!

Yes, when you live in a historic, atmospheric old city like Edinburgh, Halloween’s a great excuse to break out the creepy carving skills…

First, a sketch, then a bit of freehand drawing…and cutting..

Then some scraping…

And some scooping…

And finally…a haunted house!

Not content with that though, after a bit more sketching, I moved on to another pumpkin: off came the top and out came the innards…

…and then came….a howling werewolf!

Dumpling in a Hanky: available for all your pumpkin carving needs 😉

Law books ain’t cheap

Certain old law books are very, very expensive (like this one).

Certain new law books are also very, very expensive. This book has slipped from its original publication date by about 3 years so far, so there’s no guarantee that it will actually be coming out in November this year, as currently promised. But just look at that price.
£785.
Yes: that’s not a typo. It actually costs £785 for a single volume of a single book.
It has 568 pages. 
That’s £1.38 per page.
Law book prices are just insane sometimes.
 

Here be pirates…

People searching for a pirate treasure map seem to be one of the most frequent hits on my blog. Now, I’m not entirely sure what amoral baddies that steal goods from others have to do with a blog about lawyers and the law but…oh. Right.

Anyway, I thought I’d oblige, and share a pirate treasure map that I made on here. It’s got a sea monster, octopus, whirlpool, pirate ship, mountains, a volcano, and all sorts of terrain on the island.

It also has an X marking the spot…can you find it?

The book…stuff

This is the post of oddments, strange bits, and things that I accidentally missed from the other posts, and expands slightly beyond “books” into “books and library ‘hings”. I think it’s best that I don’t even try to explain some of these….

Kusudama flowers are pretty, easy to make, and look kinda funky when made from old book pages:

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They’re also nice in a bunch:

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And as roses too:

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Books can have all sorts of covers, as these show:
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Make sure the books stay on the shelf with a bit of punctuation geekery:
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You could carry your books about in a bag…with a picture of books on it:
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Make sure you never lose your place again, with some unusual bookmarks:
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Some more necklaces here:
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Badges are also a good wearable way of showing your book love:
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If you need to get yourself organised, this library card catalogue style box could be just the thing:

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And every library needs its own bookworm:
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That’s it, folks! I hope you’ve enjoyed my Etsy goodies posts, and maybe been inspired to pick up some nice things. I’ll try and put some more together before Christmas again…and always remember…
LOVE [the] BOOK