The perfect notebook for plotting world domination

evil plots and schemes steampunk notebook

We all know how it is, our evil genius friends and relatives are impossible to find presents for. They have all the bunsen burners they could possibly desire and you gave them socks last year.

This is the solution. A handy A6 hardbacked notebook with loads of lovely blank pages for drawing diagrams or writing lists on. A6 is a quarter of normal bit of photocopier paper so these notebooks fit nicely into bags or larger pockets.

The front cover features an iconoclastic Rag Baby composite design of cogs, a torso, a lady in a corset, mechanical legs, a very judgemental looking man on a bike and a cat, with it’s innards on display.

The paper inside is a good weight that would take ink pens, felt tips and probably blood though for safety and legal reasons I cannot recommend that. Not after what happened last time.

http://folksy.com/items/4187346-Evil-Plots-and-Schemes-Thick-A6-Steampunk-Notebook-or-Sketch-book-Blank-Pages

Rag Baby Crochet Kits Review “exactly what I was looking for and the yarns are beautiful”

Earlier this year I went through my yarn stash, which was pretty impressive and took up a lot of space. With the stash I made up these scrummy learn to crochet kits. The colours are carefully chosen to either blend or clash tastefully and the instructions included teach you how to make granny squares or hexagons. There are even crochet hooks included, all you need is a pair of hands.

This is what one Rag Baby customer had to say:

“I just received the two crochet kits I ordered off you yesterday! I can’t wait to get started. It was exactly what I was looking for and the yarns are beautiful. I’m still shocked they got here so quickly! Thank you very much!”

This little beauty is in the post to a lucky new owner today and if you want to see the others I have for sale then check out http://folksy.com/shops/ragbaby?shop_section=craft_kits

Rag Baby crochet kits

Capricorn Zodiac Card at Rag Baby

Capricorn Zodiac card at Rag Baby

December 21 – January 19
Capricorn the sea goat is in front of Saturn.

6 inch square card of brown 300gsm card with matching 100gsm envelopes – the brown has a subtle diagonal line on it like brown wrapping paper.

Packaged in a hygenic safety cellophane wrapper which won’t be safe if you swallow it so take care. Think once, think twice, think put the packaging down and pick up a biscuit instead.
For sale on Folksy –http://folksy.com/items/4186570-Capricorn-Card-Zodiac-Astrological-Sign-Large-Square-Blank-Card

Virgo Zodiac Card at Rag Baby

Virgo zodiac card at Rag baby

August 23 – September 22

Ceres, the goddess of agriculture, grain crops, fertility and motherly relationships is in front of Mercury.

6 inch square card of brown 300gsm card with matching 100gsm envelopes – the brown has a subtle diagonal line on it like brown wrapping paper.

Packaged in a hygenic safety cellophane wrapper which won’t be safe if you swallow it so take care. Think once, think twice, think put the packaging down and pick up a biscuit instead.
For sale on Folksy –http://folksy.com/items/4186562-Virgo-Card-Zodiac-Astrological-Sign-Large-Square-Blank-Card

Sagittarius Zodiac Card at Rag Baby

Sagittarius zodiac card at Rag Baby

November 23 – December 22
Sagittarius in front of Jupiter.

6 inch square card of brown 300gsm card with matching 100gsm envelopes – the brown has a subtle diagonal line on it like brown wrapping paper.

Packaged in a hygenic safety cellophane wrapper which won’t be safe if you swallow it so take care. Think once, think twice, think put the packaging down and pick up a biscuit instead.
For sale on Folksy –http://folksy.com/items/4186558-Sagittarius-Card-Zodiac-Astrological-Sign-Large-Square-Blank-Card

But I don’t really like bacon – a week practicing the Paleo diet.

Insipired by my super fit, lithe and lovely friend Becky and desperate to lose the headache I had for 3 weeks I’ve given the Paleo diet a go. It’s basically lots of meat, veg and fat and no sugar, grains, pulses, wheat diary or gluten. No potatos! So my normal, mostly vegi diet based around pasta, bread, potatos and pulses with very little meat has radically changed over the last week. I’ve been eating lots of eggs and chicken, some steak, some nuts and more fruit than Paleo people would probably say is right.

I’m getting loads of information about this from The Whole 30 Program who have the most wonderful graphics on their site. They have loads of very helpful information and free printouts to get you started if you want to try it.

I’ve lost 3lb’s in a week which is about as much as I’d lose if I gave up cake and bread for a week anyway. My skin has gone a bit weird, not spotty it just feels weird. I have had no headaches, even the next day after half a bottle of wine which would normally floor me. I feel good in myself, feel sort of clean inside and I haven’t had those desparate blood sugar drops when I’m hungry. I also don’t feel like I’m lugging round bodyfat, even though I’m about the same size as I was this time last week which is about half a stone over what I’d like to be.

A typical days food looks like this:  Breakfast; eggs, spinach, beetroot. Lunch; chicken, green leafy veg, sweet potatos. Dinner; steak, kale, avocado and spinach salad. I’m snacking on nuts, eggs and leftover meals but I’m not snacking as much as I used to.

After a week of it I have I lost interest in food. I’m a good cook, I enjoy cooking a lot but the life and soul has been kicked out of it for me with the Paleo diet. I’m not sure why, tonight I had salmon, king prawns, spring greens, courgette and carrots with a sprinking of sesame seeds, it sounds lovely but I was bored of it half way through. Now I just think of this lovely food as fuel. I also feel like I’m forcing down the protein when I’m not actually hungry because I know if I eat a reasonable amount of it, I won’t be hungry in an hour. I don’t miss sugar, I miss bread a bit, I miss mostly the fun of cooking, rolling pasty, kneading dough, even boiling shop bought pasta is more fun than eggs. I am so so bored of eggs.

It’s not a sustainable diet for me, not financially as all this meat is doubling my shopping bills. And I just don’t like meat that much. It used to be a treat for me and now it’s a chore. And I have the guilt that comes from my vegan family who I know would be just disgusted with me eating this quantity of dead stuff. I do feel better for cutting out the bread and pasta though and I’ll consider them as treats when I reintroduce them, something for now and then not everyday.

I’ve promised my friend Becky I’d do this for a whole month. I’ll give it another week but if I slip and have the odd potato it won’t be the end of the world for me, or for another pig heading to be bacon.

some time later….

I gave up at 10 days with a grinding stomach ache and the taste of death in my mouth. Not for me.

Scorpio Zodiac Card at Rag Baby

Scorpio zodiac card at rag baby

October 23 – November 21
Scorpio the scorpion is in front of his ruling planets which are Mars and Pluto.

When I was a teenager growing up in Plymouth there were two chapters of Hells Angels; the Aquilla and the Scorpio. My best friend had terrible Bikerchickitis and would stalk bikers. Some of the Aquilla used to do my physics homework at a very divish place called Ronnies who’s floor eventually caved in. In return they taught me to skin up. The Scorpio were the most feared but now I’m a big girl they all just look like little boys to me.

6 inch square card of brown 300gsm card with matching 100gsm envelopes – the brown has a subtle diagonal line on it like brown wrapping paper.

Packaged in a hygenic safety cellophane wrapper which won’t be safe if you swallow it so take care. Think once, think twice, think put the packaging down and pick up a biscuit instead.
For sale on Folksy –http://folksy.com/items/4177246-Libra-Card-Zodiac-Astrological-Sign-Large-Square-Blank-Card

Libra Zodiac Card at Rag Baby

Libra Zodiac card at Rag Baby

September 23-October 22

Libra is the only zodiac sign that does not symbolize a living creature. The scales are held in front of Venus, the ruling planet for Libra.

6 inch square card of brown 300gsm card with matching 100gsm envelopes – the brown has a subtle diagonal line on it like brown wrapping paper.

Packaged in a hygenic safety cellophane wrapper which won’t be safe if you swallow it so take care. Think once, think twice, think put the packaging down and pick up a biscuit instead.
For sale on Folksy –http://folksy.com/items/4177246-Libra-Card-Zodiac-Astrological-Sign-Large-Square-Blank-Card

Leo Zodiac Card at Rag Baby

Leo Zodiac card at rag baby designs

July 23 – August 22
Leo the lion is in front of the sun which is his ruler.

6 inch square card of brown 300gsm card with matching 100gsm envelopes – the brown has a subtle diagonal line on it like brown wrapping paper.

Packaged in a hygenic safety cellophane wrapper which won’t be safe if you swallow it so take care. Think once, think twice, think put the packaging down and pick up a biscuit instead.
For sale on Folksy –http://folksy.com/items/4176710-Cancer-Card-Zodiac-Astrological-Sign-Large-Square-Blank-Card

Cancer Zodiac Card at Rag Baby

cancer zodiac card at rag baby

22nd June – 23rd July
Cancer the Crab lurks in front of the moon which is is his ruling planet.

6 inch square card of brown 300gsm card with matching 100gsm envelopes – the brown has a subtle diagonal line on it like brown wrapping paper.

Packaged in a hygenic safety cellophane wrapper which won’t be safe if you swallow it so take care. Think once, think twice, think put the packaging down and pick up a biscuit instead.
For sale on Folksy –http://folksy.com/items/4176710-Cancer-Card-Zodiac-Astrological-Sign-Large-Square-Blank-Card