Bargain Bounty!

I popped into the British Heart Foundation shop yesterday & picked this little lot up for £11! Bargain!
The Water Babies was one of my favourite films when I was a child but I’ve never read the book. 
An illustrated version of The Twits by Roald Dahl? Yes please!
The RSPB book of birds is lovely and will come in very useful as I can now practise drawing birds realistically.
Cider With Rosie I read at school and remember really enjoying it so when I spotted this copy for £1 I couldn’t leave it sat on the shelf!
The McCalls Sewing book literally has everything you need to know in it! Plus some rather adorable illustrations which of course I’m going to have a go at drawing myself. 
Last but not least is the General Science book first printed in 1937 and reprinted in 1938. I’m fairly certain that a few of the scientific theories in here are now deemed incorrect but it has some beautiful illustrations in it so I thought it was worth it’s £3 price tag. It even has exam questions in the back!

The carrot illustration I’ve done from the General Science book. I’m sure when they printed it over 70 years ago this isn’t quite what they had in mind but at least I’m still learning something!

Hugs, Caz x

PS. If you’re on the hunt for Christmas decorations the British Heart Foundation shops are selling some quite adorable (new) ornaments this year!

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Challenges…

A few months ago I signed up for Isis’ ethical clothing pledge. I pledged to buy preloved, which I have… I’ve picked up an awesome khaki green Pineapple shirt dress, a cool Dr Seuss tee, a pretty green vest top & an georgeous 60s style Warehouse dress! I pledged to buy handmade and or reconstructed, which I haven’t done, mainly because I worry about sizing. However, there’s so much awesome stuff out there on Etsy & Dawanda that I think I’m going to take the plunge! I pledged to NOT buy from big companies that do not use environmental materials and that may practice sweatshop conditions… & I failed. Oh the seduction of bright, funky clothing displays amidst the grey gloomy weather of an English winter… I was seduced by Next I’m afraid. I also didn’t define my rules clearly enough for myself. Today though I saw dottie angels ‘challenge of an utmost kind’ & it reminded me of the reasons that I’d originally signed up to the pledge. So I’m giving it another go… Underwear & work clothes/shoes are exempt from my pledge but any other clothing that I’d like will be ethical. All books that I buy will be secondhand, as well as items for our home. I’m slowing cutting down on chemicals in the household too as the amount of chemicals that the human body absorbs freaks me out! With shops like CommonThreadz & Bleubird Vintage when I need some retail therapy it shouldn’t be too difficult… so today is day 1 of The Ethical Clothing Challenge Of The Utmost Kind!!! Being greener is one of the things I promised myself in 2010 so I feel that I’m getting back on track… anybody else out there doing anything similar?