Friday, 14 August 2015

Film Friday: Song of the Sea


Plot: Song of the Sea is a beautiful new Irish animation, about a young boy called Ben and his sister Saoirse, who can turn into a seal. The tale is based on Irish legends including the legend of the selkie.
Guest appearances Brendan Gleeson voices the father.
Overall: Song of the Sea was a very sweet tale, and probably the most visually stunning film I've ever watched!



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Friday, 7 August 2015

Film Friday: Inside Out


Plot: The latest Disney-Pixar film, Inside Out  travels inside the mind of a little girl called Riley, who has to adjust to life in a new town. We see her emotions, Joy, Sadness, Disgust, Anger and Fear struggle to cope as she has to get used to a new school, friends and home.
Guest Appearances: Amy Poehler is the brilliant voice of Joy, Mindy Kaling is Disgust & Bill Hader is fear. Kyle Maclachlan plays the dad. (We also noticed Flea's names on the credits!?)
Fun facts: The plot bears a resemblance to The Beano's Numskulls comic strip (which was a favourite of mine as a kid). They recently wrote a strip poking fun at the movie, you can see it here.
Overall: I loved Inside Out! It made me laugh and cry, and despite being a family film was a really clever look at how we process emotions and memories.
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Sunday, 2 August 2015

Bathroom makeover - Before & After



When we moved into our new house back in March we were lucky that most of the walls and decor were nice as they were, so we didn't need to change that much. However I thought the bathroom walls could do with a little spruce up, partly because there were holes left by a previous cupboard and partly because I thought a warm blue would look better than the sandy colour the walls were painted in before.


Painting was actually really fun and didn't take too long at all! We chose a duck egg blue colour which I'm really happy with, and found some travel posters of Nottingham and (Tom's home town) Peterborough on the Science Museum site, which has some fantastic vintage posters in categories like space and natural world.

On a trip to London a couple of months ago I couldn't resist a visit to Anthropologie. Their home and kitchen section is a-mazing, full of beautiful hand painted crockery. I wanted to buy ALL the things, but it would have pretty much broken the bank so I decided just to treat myself to this hanging planter, and I really how fresh it makes the room look.





I looked through my collection of 1950s magazines (bought from a shop called Granny's Treasures in my student days in Hull) and found a rather nice toothpaste ad to frame. I also found an old magazine rack for sale in our local Sue Ryder, and Tom thought it would go well in the bathroom - everyone needs a copy of 'The Superstars of Rock' to read on the loo right?! Although Boy George's face is perhaps a little intimidating...

I'm really pleased with the final bathroom. Now we just have our bedroom, the kitchen... and perhaps the attic to do! One step at a time...


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