Thursday, 25 June 2015

Life Lately...

A little life update as I've been rather slack at blogging lately!

+ Tom turned 30! I managed to surprise him with a piano for his birthday (which was harder to arrange than I initially thought!)
+ I had a reunion with some uni friends in Leeds - can't believe it's been ten years since we graduated (but everyone was still the same!)
+ A few weeks ago I explored The Park Garden Trail. For those not familiar with Nottingham, The Park is a fancy area of Nottingham behind the castle filled with beautiful (mostly huge) houses. Hugh Grant used to live there don't ya know... once a year people open up their gardens for the public to explore and the entry fee goes to charity. There were some amazing ones - I had serious garden envy
+ And finally - we have booked flights to New York in the autumn. A friend of mine is moving there soon, I'm very excited about this! If you have any tips on where to stay, hit me up in the comments!

Listening to Obama (!!) on Marc Maron's WTF Podcast
Watching the final season of Mad Men (yes, I cried at the end), Orange is the New Black
Buying various hayfever drugs
Testing out a new cafe in Beeston for brekkie, Rye. Yum!
Exploring Nottingham's new computer game centre, the National Videogame Arcade
Reading Girl in a Band by Kim Gordon

Friday, 19 June 2015

Film Friday: Under the Skin

Plot In Under the Skin, Scarlett Johansson plays a mysterious seductress who kidnaps hitch-hikers in Scotland.
Guest appearances Many of the men featured weren't actors and were captured by hidden cameras so a lot of the dialogue was improvised.
Fun facts Apparently the film took ten years to complete and originally featured a married couple (the husband of which was going to be played by Brad Pitt which would be a very different film!)
Overall I'd wanted to watch Under the Skin for a while as I loved the poster artwork, and the film is directed by Jonathan Glazer (a Nottingham Trent graduate turned filmmaker who's directed lots of music videos). I enjoyed the film - although I did doze off for a few minutes halfway through (I was sleepy, and the plot was quite mesmerising without much dialogue!) I thought Scarlett was really good, and it was interesting seeing her interacting with everyday Glaswegian men.

Thursday, 4 June 2015

Made: Fabric lampshade cover

This is a pretty easy make as I cheated a bit and used a lampshade making kit kindly given to me by a friend just before we moved. But making your own (with or without a kit) is a fantastic idea as it means you can use whatever fabric your heart desires, you could even match it to another print in the room if you wanted to.

The kit was pretty straightforward to follow (if you'd like to have a go, you can buy a range of them here), I used some Mount Fuji Japanese fabric I ordered, along with my cushion fabric recently from Etsy.

You cut a piece of fabric to fit the piece of sticky backed plastic provided which makes the shade itself. This can be a bit fiddly and reminded me of covering school books with plastic, without leaving any bubbles! You then attach some double sided sticky tape to the lampshade rings, and roll the shade around it to stick it together. Finally you push in the rough edges under the rim with the tool provided. That's about it. I put up the lampshade in our spare room and think it looks pretty dandy!

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