Five on Friday

Five on Friday

Five things I’ve made:


Beaded Wire – Tree of Life.



Skull Bead on Macrame Cord Keyring



Fire Dragon Egg – made from polymer clay.



Threaded Leaf Necklace



Knitted Teddy with Fluffy Heart




Lazy Sunday

“Lazy Sunday afternoon
I’ve got no mind to worry
I close my eyes and drift away”





When I Grow Up by Jon Hales



front“What if there was something more, not found within a book?
I closed my eyes as tightly as I could and took a look…”

Mr Dove’s class is trying to decide what to be when they grow up but Annie has some ideas of her own. Alien Hunter? Master Ice Cream Taster? President of the Universe? With a little imagination, anything is possible…

Beautifully illustrated, expertly rhymed, with a powerful message about the importance of imagination and dreaming big dreams, this picture book will delight again and again. Perfect for ages 4-8.




My Review:

Another entertaining and imaginative children’s picture book from Jon Hales.

Annie’s teacher has tasked the class to write about what they want to do when they grow up, but Annie can’t decide what she wants to be.

Written in rhyme,  the story is a wonderful read for youngsters, and for adults to read to their children/grandchildren.

The beautifully drawn illustrations are delightful and an integral part of the book!

Meet The Author:

6595516Jon Hales is a British author, English literature graduate and former English teacher who learned first-hand the power of a great picture book while teaching in Taiwan, reading stories to his younger students. The capacity for a well crafted turn of phrase, captivating character or hilarious illustration to capture the imagination of its audience was fascinating to him. Jon dreamed of crafting stories that would bring joy to both children and adults, stories that could be read again and again without losing their charm.

Jon lives in London with his wife Annie. He would like to stress that no animals were harmed in the production of his debut picture book, Mathimals.



Also by Jon Hales: Mathimals



Plans for 2019

I don’t make New Years Resolutions because they tend to get abandoned or forgotten about after a week or so. However, I have some plans that I’m going to put in place for this year.


Blog Plans

I want to keep Rainne’s Ramblings flexible, but also put in place a bit of structure.
So going forward I will have:

Music Monday:

Music Monday is a meme that was created by Drew from The Tattooed Book Geek.
• You pick a song and/or video and share it on Monday.

Teaser Tuesday:

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by The Purple Booker.
• Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page-BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Wordless Wednesday:

A picture or photograph with no words to explain it

Five on Friday:

Previously, my Five on Friday has been of books I’ve read and reviewed, which was pretty much recycling my reviews. lol
This year I’m going to change it up and, hopefully, add some variety.  So, for example, I may share 5 articles/blog posts I’ve found interesting one week, followed by 5 awesome (IMO) book covers for the next week, and 5 things I’ve made the week after.

Saturday Spotlight:

My Saturday Spotlight will continue to spotlight a book (or series) each week. Hopefully the book I’ve been reading that week. 🤞

Thursday and Sunday:

These two days will remain open for interviews, new releases, whatever takes my fancy, and as always, if you have a release/cover reveal etc. on any of the days above, I am happy to change things around to accommodate. As I said, I want to keep Rainne’s Ramblings flexible!

Meanwhile, Just Books will continue on as it has been, with blog tours, releases, spotlights etc.

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Reading & Reviewing

My reading came to, almost, a complete stop towards the end of last year, and I’m still finding it fairly hard to concentrate, but my aim this year, is to read and review at least one book each week. I’m going to start by reading all the unread paperbacks on my bookshelves.

I also have books that I’ve read, but not yet reviewed, so I’ll be making an effort to catch up on those, too.

I have always left reviews on Amazon, Goodreads and Rainne’s Book Reviews. This year I plan to add all my previous (and future) reviews to more sites, including Book Bub, B&N & Kobo.

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Generation Creations

As a family, we have always been creative, and last November my daughter, grandchildren and I started a new project – to sell some of our creations – and Generation Creations was ‘born’. We didn’t do much with it on the run-up to Christmas, although we did make some sales. We fully intend to put in the effort this year…
Make, Advertise & hopefully, Sell. 🤞

We have our first stall on January 26th at Lancaster Library, hosted by The Almond Milk Club. We’d love to see you there 🙂

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Personal Plans

On a more personal note, My health plans for this year are to:
• Cut down the amount of coffee I drink
• Eat more healthily
• Exercise more
• Lose some weight (hopefully the aims above will help here! 🙂 )

I am also hoping to get out and about a bit more, and maybe go to college or at least some classes . However, as someone with depression, anxiety, social anxiety and no self-esteem or confidence, I know I am going to struggle. But I am going to try!

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So anyway, now that I’ve written all this down and stuck it out there for everyone to see, I  am determined to follow through with all my plans. Wish me luck – I’m going to need it!!

Finally, I want to wish you all a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year. May 2019 be good to you and for you!
Thank you ever so much for the friendship and support you’ve given me throughout 2018.


Dragon Eggs

I received some lovely Christmas presents this year and I really have to share this one with you because it’s so awesome…


Christmas Bakes



Christmas Cards

Cards I made for Christmas, 2018