Friday, 26 February 2010

Thinking in French

Amelie Polaroid Print $18 by Futurowoman

My goal for the year is to try and improve my French! Mainly by translating conversations via email hehe. In the meantime here's some lovely French-themed items found on Etsy!

Above: French bear $35 by

Antique French newspaper, $19
La Pomme Vintage

Paris in Springtime Postcard Set $8 Alicia Bock

Eiffel Tower Necklace $20 Stellar Light Designs

Polaroid Paris Ring $30 for interchangeable ring base, by Jerseymaids

Monday, 22 February 2010

New Polaroid Cameras...

Interesting to see some new designed Polaroid cameras in production, to be available later this year (for quite a hefty price tag.. apparently under $100, which seems a lot when you can find old ones in charity shops for less than £10..) Am just hoping this means the films will be available soon, but I'm a bit worried they'll be really pricey as well! I quite like the wood design on the one below but I still prefer the old ones! via here


Sunday, 21 February 2010

80s party

This weekend i went to an 80s music themed fancy dress party. I was meant to be Cyndi Lauper but i'm not quite sure if I quite achieved this! Tom was Adam Ant, naturally.

Thursday, 18 February 2010

Travel Diaries: Emilie Boudet

After seeing this gorgeous handmade envelope (below) on another blog I was drawn to the site of Parisian illustrator Emilie Boudet. Amongst her work is a year-long illustrated diary, as well as some brilliant travel carnets from India, Copenhagen and Toronto. Really makes me want to travel and fill a sketchbook with what I see!


Charity Shop Finds No,6 - the Pocket Postman

Still on the mail theme, I found one of my favourite childhood books in Oxfam the other week! The Jolly Postman books by Janet & Allen Ahlberg were always so much fun to read, especially for someone like me who loves reading letters (other people's too!) It made me feel all fuzzy inside to open up the envelopes again.

I love this miniature postcard!


Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Lovely letters!

Thank you to everyone who sent me a letter this month, it was great to get home and see a new one waiting for me! There was some beautiful stationery, some sweet buttons and shells from Jennifer, and a pretty watercolour self portrait from Tabitha (below) amongst other things, yay! I'll do my best to reply to them! :-)


Monday, 15 February 2010

50 Strangers - continued

This weekend I took 3 more photos of strangers for my project, see them here. And yes, this man did have a pet owl!

Comic Artist Jeffrey Brown's Chicago tips

I'm sure I've mentioned my love for Jeffrey Brown's comics at some point before. He's written some of my favourites including Clumsy, Unlikely and Every Girl is the End of the World for Me. Anyway as I am currently planning a possible trip to Chicago in June, me and Tom decided to email Mr Brown with a little comic we drew last weekend asking him for any tips, sights to see etc.

And he replied!

Here's an excerpt from his email about places to visit in Chicago:

'As for places you should check out, you absolutely must visit Quimbys - - one of the best comics shops in the world. Millenium Park and the Art Institute of Chicago are both well worth visiting. I'd also recommend the Field Museum, but that may be just because my son Oscar likes going there to see the dinosaurs so I really like it there lately. I'm not a baseball fan, but seeing a baseball game at Wrigley Field is always a worthwhile experience for a fun afternoon. As for shows (as well as other Chicago happenings and info) check out the Chicago Reader's website. It's a free weekly paper here, and you should pick one up while you're here too:

Good venues are Double Door, Schubas, Subterranean, Vic, Lincoln Hall, Aragon...
And oh yeah, McSweeney's has a store to visit too, fairly close to Quimbys (you'll also find Myopic the used book store, Earwax Cafe, and Reckless Records nearby)
Hope that helps, have a great trip!
Thanks Jeffrey!! I hope our trip goes to plan :-)

Friday, 12 February 2010

Pretty in Pink

I watched Pretty in Pink again last night and noticed how some of the 80s fashions in the film have come back around again..

Lace collars (above and below)..

Navy heart crochet top from Dorothy Perkins


Trilby, £12, Topman

Floral leggings/tights (this was the best pic i could find!)

Tights, £8, Dorothy Perkins

However I don't think the whole ensemble really works today!


Friday, 5 February 2010

Tiny Letters!!

Aiiiee, how sweet are these!? You can order them from the World's Smallest Post. Found on Design Sponge.


Thursday, 4 February 2010

Illustrator: Badaude

Recently discovered the blog of illustrator Badaude. I just love the layouts of her moleskine diary sketches. (Click to enlarge!) Badaude has also been commissioned to paint some brilliant pictures on the walls of Shakespeare & Co in Paris.


Monday, 1 February 2010

Paper Dolls

I really love these handmade paper dolls, as seen on Jordan Grace Owen's etsy shop. I might make some myself!

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