Tuesday, 29 December 2009

Beautiful Walls

I really want to rearrange my polaroids into some kind of wall shape, these are too pretty!

From here


From here

From here

I also love these raindrops, I may copy this idea myself..

From here

From here
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Saturday, 26 December 2009

Oh my.


I really want this xylophone coffee table found by Bianca on Goodnight Little Spoon!

(PS: if you want to hear a Christmassy song with me playing the glockenspiel looky here! Yay. I am helping out on the first track Christmas Time is Here which is from Charlie Brown's Christmas) Merry Christmas one & all! xx
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Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Silent Film Scrapbook


I just stumbled upon this amazing silent film star scrapbook on flickr, found by liebemarlene at an antique fair. I love researching the film stars, they have such evocative names, like Blanche Sweet seen above.

Mary Pickford, known as The Girl with the Curls

Billie Burke, who played Glinda in the Wizard of Oz

(See more here)
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Tuesday, 22 December 2009

I want this jumper!

hehe. via here
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Snowflakes!


As it's been snowing here lately i thought I'd share these amazing close-up photos of snow flakes, remember no two are alike!

From here
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Monday, 21 December 2009

Stuff and things


Finally a new post as I've been feeling ill for what seems like forever! It's snowy and pretty here and I'm feeling a bit more Christmassy!

Also i have a new toy... a glockenspiel. I played it on a festive song we recorded at the weekend, it was fun!


I gave tom his Christmas pressie early, a t shirt embroidered with this little fella, a drawing by Daniel Johnston. It seemed to go down well! Hand made gifts are best!



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Saturday, 12 December 2009

Glad tidings for all


I've not been very productive lately but here's a couple of holiday cards I recently made for my frends in Chicago and Holland, i drew them with their pets, ahh..

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Thursday, 10 December 2009

Comforting!


I've been a bit ill this week but watching episodes of Spaced & Seinfeld.. oh and seeing ET again helped me with my recovery!



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Friday, 4 December 2009

Cute cat-cam


How sweet is this Holga, available from Urban Outfitters (it even meows!)

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Thursday, 3 December 2009

Heart shaped bokeh photos..


I love this tutorial made by Melly on Green laundry, showing how to attach a heart-shaped bokeh lens hood to your camera to make the photos seen here.. I have to try this!


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Friday, 27 November 2009

Mystery photos!


A few days ago I found a Lomo fisheye camera in my local charity shop (the same place I found my fave camera, the taz polaroid!). Even better, there was a roll of half used film inside. I got it developed yesterday and found out what the owners looked like! There were a few weird photos, they took 2 of different plug holes (!) and some more normal ones of birthday cake. My fave is the one above. I wonder who the owners are and why they got bored halfway through the film!



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Thursday, 26 November 2009

Gemma Correll Interview - Part 2


Here's the final part of the interview with the brilliant Gemma Correll.

Where do you get your inspiration from?

Everyday life... people I see, pets, places I go, music I listen to. My work is directly inspired by the things I do every day, which are usually quite mundane but usually produce a funny moment or two. I also love looking at vintage children's annuals, screenprinted circus posters and books called things like "My Special Book of Kittens and Puppies, 1967".
What other artists/illustrators do you admire?

There are so many amazing illustrators around. To name but a few- Anke Weckmann, Ian Stevenson, Tom Gauld, Demetrios Psillos, Liz Adams.... I could go on and on, but I won't because it's time for my hourly coffee.


Illustration by Anke Weckmann
Thanks Gemma! You can visit Gemma's Etsy shop for more loveliness!
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Gorgeous calendars


I love the calendars spotted on Irene Suchoki's etsy shop... Now i really have the urge to make my own with photos I took throughout the last year! has anyone ever had a calendar made themselves who can offer tips?

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Asterisks in the Sky


..these make me happy. Seen here - hopefully more will be added soon!
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Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Oooh! I love the charity shop!


Just got this from le charity shop for just a fiver! And it has half a roll of film in it! I wonder what's on there?!! I need to find out soon! Yay!
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Interview with Gemma Correll - part 1


I can't remember where I first spotted Gemma Correll's illustration work but it seems to keep popping up on all my favourite websites. I love her naive and humorous style, and her pictures of cute pugs and kittens always cheer me up on a dull day! Read on for Part 1 of the interview!



How did you get started as an illustrator?

I studied Graphic Design, specialising in Illustration, at the Norwich School of Art and Design. After I graduated, I was lucky enough to get a couple of freelance jobs and just went from there really. I knew that I wanted to be an "Illustrator" from a young age- before I even knew the term. I just knew that I wanted to draw pictures and maybe write stories, too. I've been full-time freelancing for 2 years now.


What has been your favourite project to date?

I love doing self-initiated projects, like my daily diary series (see above). In terms of commissioned work, I had a lot of fun recently doing some drawings for Fred Flare- I illustrated some E-cards for them, featuring a girl called Bee (and her Pug) in Fred Flare outfits. I'm also working on some fun designs at the moment but I can't say exactly what they are yet!


Whats the best and worst thing about working in illustration?
The best thing is being my own boss... it's also the worst thing! While it's great that I can (pretty much) make my own hours, take holidays when I want to (although I usually end up working when I'm on holiday) and sit at home eating biscuits all day, it is also very tricky to manage my time. I try to be organised and work "set" hours but you can't plan creativity, I'll often have my best ideas at 2am and consequently end up working 14 + hours a day. I work at weekends too. It's partly necessity because I have lots of work on and lots of admin-y stuff to do like package orders etc and partly because I'm just rubbish and knowing when to stop.


- Thank you Gemma! Part 2 will be up tomorrow, when we'll find out where Gemma finds her inspiration from!
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Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Sublime Stitching: Cushions


I finished sewing onto these pillow cases for a friend's birthday... I hope she likes them!

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New Illustrator Interview: Gemma Correll


I haven't posted an interview for ages but this week I'm really excited to announce there will be one with illustrator Gemma Correll! First part will be up tomorrow. Hurray!
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Monday, 23 November 2009

Photo project: the Return!


Well after a long break me and my Chicago-based friend Adam have resumed our photo project, this time the theme was "comfort", see our photos here! (I love Adam's kitty picture)
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