Maggie Bob Makes: Book Page Art

I’ve seen loads of gorgeous art prints made out of book pages, and I’d been meaning to have a go at making one myself. Advanced to everyone who sees cutting pages out of a book as akin to removing your limbs! Then as my brilliant sister’s birthday approached, I decided I would make one for her with one of her favourite quotes, which just happens to be from Alice In Wonderland.


I managed to pick up a cheap but nice copy of the book, then had a dig around in my stamps and ink. Annoyingly I only have two font sets – this ‘bubble’ font I’ve used here and a tiny typewriter font style one, which obviously wouldn’t have worked over the text on the page itself. This is a legitimate excuse to go stamp shopping, right? (Right? Validate me!).


I wanted to make the art using the same page with the quote I was using, but I smartly decided to do a test run on a different page first. The quote was longer than I thought – especially given the size of my letter stamps – and I ended up shortening it slightly (without losing the meaning) for the final product. I also had this perfect stamp from Gorjuss Girls to be my Alice. I added some subtle colouring and I’m really pleased with how it turned out. And I think my sister liked it too!


The full quote quote is “I can’t explain myself, I’m afraid, sir. For I’m not myself, you see”. I’m looking forward to doing something similar with some different quotes. Do you have a favourite quote from Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland, or another book?


Friday High Five #11 (Hamilton Special)

I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t openly babble about my interests, and anyone who has come within 100m of me (or my twitter account) this month will have seen my growing ardour for the hit Broadway musical Hamilton. I’ve gone from curiosity about the show everyone was talking about to full-blown listen to the soundtrack 2 times a day, YouTube everything going, boring anyone who will listen about it obsession. In ridiculously quick summary, Hamilton tells the story of Alexander Hamilton, one of the founding fathers, through a mixture of hip-hop, rap and r&b – as well as most other musical styles that you would expect to find in the theatre.

So for this Friday High Five I’ll simply be sharing 5 Hamilton related things that I love and I hope you will too. I cannot recommend enough that you go out and listen to the soundtrack – it’s available anywhere good music is sold, and also to stream on Spotify. The show’s creator (and star) Lin-Manuel Miranda grew up listing to cast albums, unable to afford tickets to the shows, so he’s managed to put together an album that definitely works as a stand-alone thing.


  • Through Hamilton I found Genius, an amazing annotation website. I love knowing everything I can possibly know about something and the annotations on Hamilton have opened the whole thing right up for me!
Hamilton Greeting Card | 446 Bridges on etsy | £4.20
  • I would swoon if someone sent me this card for sure, sir

  • All of the Ham4Ham shows (done to entertain the crowds waiting for lottery tickets to see the eternally sold out show) are worth looking for on YouTube, but this Schuyler Georges one is definitely my fave
My Shot Print | thejoyfulfox on etsy | £13.99
  • This print based on My Shot is brilliant, and is one of my favourite quotes from the show. Who am I kidding? Every line in the show is my favourite!


  • This gif of Lin-Manual Miranda being ridiculously excited and cute on The Tonight Show. I. AM. DONE.


Maggie Bob Bakes: Coconut Loaf Cake

Sometimes I just feel the need for a nice, crumbly and moist slice of coconut cake. Don’t you? Perfect with a nice cup of tea and so satisfying. Like most loafs this is a ‘low and slow’ type deal, so I tend to stick one of these in the oven on a Sunday morning and leave it to do its thing while I get some bits done (or nap on the sofa, whatever*).


This keeps well in an airtight tin for 5 days or so, making it ideal to cut and come again throughout the week. I’ve gotten in to a habit of doing a couple of batches of baking on a Sunday to see me through the week, like a proper old fashioned housewife or something. I find the baking relaxing and it takes the edge off of Sundays, preparing some nice things for the coming days at work at least.

(*probably best not to fall asleep while you have the oven on btw. Be safe!)

[recipe title=”Coconut Loaf Cake” servings=”10 approx” time=”1hr” difficulty=”easy”]

4oz butter
4oz soft brown sugar
6oz self-raising flour
2oz dessicated coconut
3tsp lemon juice
2 medium eggs



  1. Preheat your oven to 150oC and grease and line a standard loaf tin
  2. Cream the butter and sugar together in a large mixing bowl
  3. Sift the flour in to another bowl and stir through the coconut
  4. Add the flour/coconut mix to your butter/sugar mix and stir to combine
  5. Whisk the eggs with the lemon juice and gradually add this to the rest of your mixture until you have a thick batter
  6. Spoon your batter in to your prepared tin and level the top with a pallet knife
  7. Bake for 50 minutes until the top is nicely browned and an inserted skewer comes out clean


Now the only question is, what kind of tea are you going to have with your slice?


Maggie Bob Watches: iZombie on Netflix

I am in grieving! Despite my best efforts to make it last, we polished off the last episodes of iZombie over the weekend. There is a third series on the way (hurrah!), but having ‘accidentally’ watched the whole of series 1 in one weekend, we had hoped to make series 2 last a bit longer. Which we sort of did – if two weeks could be considered any length of time. So what, you may ask is so good about this show that we binged two series in less than a fortnight? Well…


The premise

The pilot episode quickly sets up the idea, so there’s no spoilers here I promise. Olivia “Liv” Moore used to be an over-achieving medical resident with her future all planned out… until she wakes up in a body bag hungry for brains. She breaks off her engagement to Major Lilywhite and transfers her medical residency to the morgue working for Dr. Ravi Chakrabarti, who figures out her secret pretty quickly. At least this way she has easy access to food. Turns out when she snacks on someone’s grey matter she also (temporarily) inherits some of their personality, and memories. Realising she can use these memories to help work out how these people were killed, Liv pairs up with homicide detective, Clive Babineaux – passing her insider knowledge off as a psychic gift. In doing so, Liv finds a measure of peace, and a new sense of purpose in what her “life” has now become.

This show could fall in to so many genres, but first and foremost it plays as a investigative police show. Then there are elements of thriller/horror, some pin point precise (if sometimes a little dark) humour, and even elements of straight drama, relationships and such.

The characters

There’s a strong cast and some good writing behind this show – the main creative team is Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero who were also behind Veronica Mars. Although Liv’s personality changes every week depending on who she’s been snacking on – an artist, a radio relationship counsellor, an agoraphobic internet troll – she still stays very much Liv underneath that all and this comes through. I won’t reel through all the characters here as you should definitely find out more about them by watching, but I do have to briefly mention my favourite.


Rahul Kohli as Ravi Chakrabarti is my favourite thing on TV for a long while. He’s basically a big nerd, but he’s also a sweet guy, a loyal friend, a smart and dedicated scientist and, well, just funny. The number of occasions where Ravi’s response to a situation either had me chucking or throwing my fist in the air in celebration are too many to count.

The running joke

There’s a few big story arcs, but something I’ve loved is the running joke about the way Liv eats her brains. For whatever reason the morgue she works at seems to have a rather function kitchen and Liv has whipped up all sorts of gourmet treats from brain sushi, brain-burgers, brain smoothies and a BLT (that’s brains, lettuce & tomato, obvs). It’s usually only in there as a throw away but I found myself eagerly waiting to see how the brains would be cooked up this time.

Another episodic giggle can be had if you check out the titles for each episode. My favourite is “Fifty Shades of Grey Matter”. Although “Blaine’s World” is a close second.


The good news

iZombie was added to UK Netflix at the start of May, so it should be hanging around for a while. There’s two series totalling 32 episodes, so far. The most recent of these was only aired for the first time in the US in April of this year, but it’s been confirmed that the show has been renewed for a third series already, so you can bet I am eagerly anticipating that!

So, have you watched iZombie yet? Are you as hooked as me? Or is there something else you’d recommend on Netflix to fill the void? Do drop a comment below.




All images property of The CW/iZombie

Maggie Bob Wants: Fresh Stationery for Summer

I would say there’s something about the sunshine that makes me want to refresh my stationery, but in all honesty, there’s something about any day ending in ‘y’ that compels me to stock up on notebooks and pens and post-its and highlighters and notecards and… okay, I’ll stop.

Here’s some stuff I’m lusting after that needs to get off of my screen and on to my desk.


Flamingo Pen | La La Land | £4 £3.20

Flamingos are everywhere right now and I’m not complaining!


Choo Choo Kitty Post-it Notes | Little Miss Delicious | £2.50

Cats + sticky notes = too cute for words.


Rotating Quote Stamp | Typo | £6

I particularly need the one that says “You’re weird, I like it”.


Open Me Tape | Marby & Elm | £6.95

For when you’re wrapping very impatient presents of course.


Smell No Evil A5 Notebook | Ohh Deer | £7.95

I would never open this notebook. It would sit on my desk closed just so I could chuckle at the cover.


Kate Spade What’s The Word Pencil Set | Liberty | £17.95

Who knew pencils could be so elegant?


Shark Attack Stapler | La La Land | £16 £12.80

Because who doesn’t love to pretend their stapler is chomping up their papers?


Let’s Squawk Notecards | Paperchase | £6

As if Let’s Squawk wasn’t enough of a pun, take a look at what’s hidden under the parrots’ wings…


Christina Lacroiz Multicolour Notebook | Liberty | £10.95

I’ve been rewatching Absolutely Fabulous lately and I feel I’m channelling Edina with this notebook.


Unicorn Bobble Head Pen | Typo | £6

I am powerless to resist a novelty pen, more so if it involves unicorns.

So – seen any good stationery lately?


Tuesday Quickie: Bacon & Rosemary Popcorn

Popcorn is the ultimate quick snack, don’t you think? My sister gave us a popcorn maker for Christmas a couple of years ago and I’ve taken great delight in coming up with lots of flavours for our Netflix & chill (no, actual chill) snack. I make a mean salted caramel, and I’ve served parmesan & paprika popcorn as pre-dinner party nibbles with great success.


So here’s a quick one you can try to make movie night more special.

[recipe title=”Rosemary & Bacon Popcorn” servings=”2″ time=”20mins” difficulty=”easy” image=”” description=”A savoury popcorn for couple’s movie night”]


  • 3 rashers streaky bacon
  • 4tbsp popcorn kernals
  • 2tbsp oil
  • 2 sprigs rosemary


  1. Put the oil and rosemary sprigs in to a pan and warm through for 5 minutes. Then put to one side and leave to infuse while you prepare everything else.
  2. Lay the bacon out on a baking tray and place in a cold oven. Turn the oven on to 200oC and leave for 15 minutes until the bacon is crispy.
  3. While the bacon is cooking pop your corn in your air popper or in a pan with a small amount of oil.
  4. When the bacon is cooked chop it up in to small bits. Remove the rosemary sprigs from the oil and finely chop about half of a sprig.
  5. Stir the infused oil, bacon & chopped rosemary through your popcorn and serve.


Happy snacking!

Friday High Five #10

It’s 5pm on a Friday at the end of an unexpectedly sunny week here in Edinburgh. I’m dreaming of a hot fish supper, a cold beer, and these 5 lovelies to see me through to the weekend:


  • New shoes! I love Vans – find them very comfortable for walking about in, and I wanted a new pair for my upcoming holiday. With enough time to break them in of course. I saw these Digi Aloha Era ones and instantly went all heart-eye-emoji faced.


  • Planning! I watched a load of planning videos on YouTube during National Stationery Week and the inevitable happened. But I’m being sensible, for now. Rather than rush out and buy an expensive new planner only to never use it (not that any of us stationery addicts would do anything like that, right?), I’m dipping my toes in the water by converting one of my many (many, many, many) notebooks in to a weekly planner. And I already feel more on top of my life.



  • I’ve been hearing this song from Last Shadow Puppets a lot on BBC6 Music and now there’s a video I love it even more.

Happy weekend folks!



Maggie Bob Drinks: Infused Water

Infused water isn’t exactly a new thing, but there’s been a recent surge in Instagram-able bottles stuffed with all sorts of colourful fruits, vegetables and herbs, and the internet is flooded with posts about the health benefits. Now I’m not one to latch on to a health fad but I do already drink a lot of water and I love a colourful Instagram so I thought I would at least give this one a go. Plus I was in Primark and they had infuser bottles for £4, so why not?


A photo posted by Maggie Woodward (@maggiebob84) on

Generally, lemon water has been known to be a metabolism booster for a long time, but there’s loads of pseudo-science out there about the miraculous things water with stuff floating in it can do for you  – weight loss, the perfect complexion, cure diseases, win the lottery. I can guarantee the following are at least true:

  1. Water and proper hydration is fundamental to basic good health. If infused water encourages you to drink more of that good old H2O this is a good thing. Being properly hydrated can improve your energy levels; help your organs function better; and keep your skin, hair and nails in tip-top condition. Basically – water is good.
  2. This one especially applies to working in an office – drinking water makes you need to pee more. Especially if you are infusing it with known diuretics such as cucumber or lemon. This means you are regularly getting up from your desk and giving your body a stretch and your eyes a rest from the screen. This is vital to staying healthy at work.
  3. If you’ve got a sweet-tooth, some lovely fresh filtered water with a handful of berries soaked in it should appeal to your tastes and is obviously better than swigging down cans of sugary pop. I don’t mind an occasional “tin of ginger” as my Granny would have called it, but I’ve been trying to avoid them during the working day. Having water with a bit of a sweet flavour in it helps with this.
  4. I’m a firm proponent of rainbow eating – the more colour there is in your diet the better variety of nutrients and flavours you are likely to be getting. Why not rainbow drinking too? Although you’re not getting every drop of goodness from the fruit and veg this way, some is certainly passing in to the water and therefore in to your system. And after all, variety is the spice of life.

Four good reasons to try infused water. So let me give you four infusion recipes I’ve have tried recently.

cucumber water

Fairly classic start, but very yummy. All three of these ingredients serve to make your drink extra refreshing. Cut some thin slices of cucumber, a couple of wedges of lime, and squeeze this along with a fistful of mint in to the infuser tube. Pour over plenty of cold water, leave to soak for a while and enjoy. The flavours balance well with nothing dominating – this is a classic for a reason.


Only my second go and I’m getting a bit out-of-the-box. Lots of thin lemon slices and a a couple of sprigs of fresh rosemary (bashed to start to release the oils) went in to the bottle. The flavour started coming through very quickly on this one, so it didn’t need infused for long. This might not be for everyone but I enjoyed it and kept coming back to it. Did make me crave a roast chicken though!


I thought this was going to be a super sweet treat but it was more subtle than I imagined. I had to used tinned peaches, but that’s fine as long as they’re the kind in juice rather than syrup. After giving this one a good shake the flavours started coming through. Thing is both of these are soft fruits so they started to break up in to the water so I was drinking bits of fruit – not a problem, but not what we’re going for here.


Going rather out in leftfield here, but anyone who cooks with it knows that basil is a very versatile herb that goes well with sweet dishes (try a basil sauce on strawberries). Again this just required a decent bunch of basil squeezed in to the infuser. The orange is the dominant flavour and the basil sits under it complimenting it beautifully.

So – have I converted you? What do you like in your water? Well, other than whisky of course.


Maggie Bob Clicks: Clue Period & Ovulation Tracker

It seems that 2016 is the year of Maggie getting organised. After my adventures in sorting out my medicine cabinet with MediSafe, I’ve now started using an app to track my period. My doctor suggested we switch my pill due to my migraines and given that I’ve moved to the mini-pill, which I was told could make things a bit erratic for a while, I decided it would be best to download an app that would let me record my period and related symptoms. That way if something went wrong I would have good hard data to back me up. Don’t you just love data – no arguing with it. So I did what I always do when I want period advice – I put a shout-out on twitter for recommendations. There were quite a few from my awesome menstruating mates, but the name Clue came up more than once, so I decided to give it a try.

01 - Cycle

From their press release:

Clue was founded in 2012 by Danish entrepreneur, Ida Tin, and is the embodiment of her desire to combine science, technology and design to create a platform that will empower women to see patterns in their cycles and accurately predict the next one. Marketing itself as confident, scientific – not pink, Clue is intentionally gender-neutral in design. As a business with a strong focus on gender equality, the app is not a stereotypical women’s heath app. There is a resolute avoidance of clichéd imagery (pink, floral or hearts), the discreet interface enabling women to use the app whenever and wherever they want, to share the screen with their partners and, most importantly, highlighting the fact that Clue is a serious, scientific tool.

This highlights exactly what I like about Clue. I love pink (I love all the colours) but I don’t need a period tracker that looks like a Barbie accessory. The app is scientific, without being clinical. It’s also very simple to use. When I first logged in I gave it some basic details about my last period and latest cycle. It uses this to begin an estimate of my next period. Now before starting the app I was using the pill to force myself in to a 7 week cycle – ie I was running two packets of pills together then having a 1 week break. This is because my periods have been so heavy and painful the doctor recommended I do this to give myself a bit more of a break between bleeds. I can’t do this with the mini-pill as it is taken every day, and may or may not cause periods to stop or become erratic, or carry on as normal – which is thankfully what mine seems to be doing for now. Although this gives Clue some ‘bad’ data to start with, it has changed as I’ve entered my daily updates and will continue to adjust its predictions based on what I enter.

02 - Categories

For day-to-day tracking Clue is easy and unobtrusive. You select what factors to record from an extensive list including; bleeding, pain, mood, contraception, collection method, cravings, temperature, digestion and sexual activity. Selection is via a simple graphic interface, with symbols and words to represent key matrices. This is very customisable and depends on what you are looking to get from the tracking. I’m recording bleeding and contraception, as well as pain and other side effects. My migraines have been getting worse, and it will be interesting if they regularly happen at the same point in my cycle. Clue doesn’t actually have ‘migraine’ as an option in the tracker (you can pick ‘headache’ in the pain section, although we all know this is not the same), but you can add ‘tags’ to record anything additional you want. I’ve contacted Clue, and they note that quite a few people have requested for migraines to be added, so this may well happen in the future releases of the app. If you’re using the app to record fertility to add contraception (or, I guess, avoid it) you can also record your basal body temperature to aid ovulation prediction.

03 - Reminders

Once you’re up and running, logging your daily symptoms takes seconds, and as your data builds up Clue can start to give you reasonable predictions. I’m only in my second cycle since starting the app but it’s already assuaging some of my fears about the new pill as I can see right in front of me, in nice primary colours, that my body is running as expected. There are reminders in the app so it can prompt you to enter your data at the same time each day. You can also have it warn you if your period is due (or late!), if you’re likely to be fertile, and even prompt you to take your contraception or when it’s a good time in your cycle to do a breast self-check. Clue also offers lots of good advice on menstrual and reproductive health. All in all a useful and important app if you want to be more aware of what’s going on ‘down there’ which is something a lot of us take for granted or remain deliberately ignorant of.

Clue is free and available on the App Store and Google Play. All of the pictures from above are from Clue’s website. If you decide to try it and have any questions, I’ve found them to be very helpful on Twitter and via their website.


Maggie Bob Wears: Damson Kitten Blouse Three Ways

Last week, Lindybop tweeted a link to one of their new products, and I just knew immediately that I had to give it the 3-ways treatment. I love that feeling where just one item of clothing gives me lots of outfit ideas. And of course, any excuse to go shopping – virtually or otherwise. The product was this kitten print blouse:


Damson Kitten Print Shirt | Lindybop | £20
Well I think it’s “oh my gosh” cute, and I hope you do too. My head was instantly running with ideas of how to wear this. I’m told summer is nearly here (who can tell with sunshine, rainbows and hailstones all in the one day), and I think this blouse is perfectly suited to some summer looks…

Look 1: Playsuit Playfulness


Black Pinafore Playsuit | New Look | £14.99
Andy Warhol Floral Chucks | Converse | £50
Polka Dot Lacy Frilly Socks | Accessorize | £3.50£1.75
Black Baker Boy Hat | New Look | £9.99
Alice In Wonderland Bag | Primark | £9
Obviously the blouse is begging to be worn under a pinafore of some description, and I think this playsuit adds just the right element of fun. Some light-hearted accessories, and a great hat and you’re ready for some summer playfulness. See that Alice in Wonderland bag? I’ve already bought the backpack version and this smaller one goes perfectly with this look.

Look 2: Red-y For Summer

Cropped Jersey Trousers | Bon Prix | £14.99
Lola Ramona Shoes | Office | £110£60
Hobbs Katie Belt | House of Fraser | £29
Jeepers Peepers Cat Eye Sunglasses | ASOS | £18
Strong Lipstick | Lush | £14.50
Star & Paisley Bandana | ASOS | £5

I’ve got a habit of picking up a tiny detail and really playing it up. So, when I spotted that the kittens on the blouse are wearing wee red bows, I took that colour and ran with it for this look. Again, with one eye to the coming summer and just a smidge of good lipstick we’re ready to go with this one.

Look 3: Kitten That Got The Cream


Rare London Cream Spot Skirt | Zalando | £45
Strappy Metalic Sandals | Forever 21 | £20
Pearl Acrylic Laser Cut Cat Brooch | ShopMissElla via Etsy | £7.78
Cut Out Clutch | Little Mistress | £25
Cat Watch | Junk Jewels va notonthehighstreet | £18

You may not believe me, but I didn’t go for this colour just to get away with that pun-y awful title. This floaty cream skirt was just crying out to be paired up with the Lindybop blouse, and I couldn’t resist throwing in a couple of cat-themed accessories (I have form when it comes to animal themed outfits). Despite this, I still think this is quite understated and a cute/dreamy look for this summer.

So there you have it. I’m still trying to decide which of the three looks I like best, so please tell me your fave in the comments below!