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A Necklace of Memorable Days

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"Happiness is a matter of one's most ordinary everyday mode of consciousness being busy and lively and unconcerned with self. To be damned is for one's ordinary everyday mode of consciousness to be unremitting agonising preoccupation with self."

Iris Murdoch, The Nice and The Good

What sort of diary should I like mine to be? Something loose-knit and yet not slovenly, so elastic that it will embrace anything, solemn, slight or beautiful, that comes into my mind. I should like it to resemble some deep old desk or capacious hold-all, in which one flings a mass of odds and ends without looking them through. I should like to come back, after a year or two, and find that the collection had sorted itself and refined itself and coalesced, as such deposits so mysteriously do, into a mould, transparent enough to reflect the light of our life, and yet steady, tranquil compounds with the aloofness of a work of art. The main requisite, I think, on reading my old volumes, is not to play the part of a censor, but to write as the mood comes or of anything whatever; since I was curious to find how I went for things put in haphazard, and found the significance to lie where I never saw it at the time.

V. Woolf

" She strung the afternoon on the necklace of memorable days, which was not too long for her to be able to recall this one or that one; this view, that city; to finger it, to feel it, to savour, sighing, the quality that made it unique."

Virginia Woolf, Moments of Being

"Why did I write any of my books, after all? For the sake of the pleasure, for the sake of the difficulty. I have no social purpose, no moral message; I've no general ideas to exploit, I just like composing riddles with elegant solutions."

Vladamir Nabokov

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So, I got a neat little electronic paper cutter as a Christmas present ( a present for me and my whole family!). Now I'm trying to figure out what it will and won't do! It cuts beautifully; the challenge is getting the cut paper off of the sticky cutting mat without tearing it!
The white and the green are the cutout papers, against a red background.
The cut out lozenges are interesting too.
3rd Jan 2012, 23:55   | tags:

swamprose says:

uh oh. a new toy. want one.

4th Jan 2012, 02:30

JokerXL says:

Wow! Great gadget.
And can you set it for various patterns?
Do you have a link to a website maybe? Would be interested to see more.

4th Jan 2012, 05:08

crickson says:

*eyes go funny looking at the cut-outs

4th Jan 2012, 10:12

Viv says:

lots of fun

4th Jan 2012, 10:49

Factotum says:

There are a number of such things available for the consumer market now, but this one is a "Silhouette Cameo". You can create your own patterns, Joker, using its Illustrator/Photoshop-like software

4th Jan 2012, 12:37

JokerXL says:

Just looked it up, what a great bit of kit!

4th Jan 2012, 20:19

Factotum says:

Perfect Xmas present for a family of artsy crafty geeks!

5th Jan 2012, 00:44

Factotum says:

The experimentation continues... I am now surrounded by piles of fancy shapes of confetti.

5th Jan 2012, 23:40

minushabens says:

Great! lovely tool! I want TWO! :)

9th Jan 2012, 17:10

MaggieD says:

Oh, I likey!

9th Jan 2012, 19:07