Saturday, 19 July 2014

Proud Romance


And would it not be proud romance
  Falling in some obscure advance,
To rise, a poppy field of France?     

      - William A. Percy "Poppy Fields"


I've updated the window at work. This is how I spent the Wimbledon final.

Work was hosting a VIP night on the following Tuesday, so we needed a new look. The frame company we were hosting it with, their branding is red, so I got to kill three birds with one stone, firstly the colour branding for the evening.

Secondly, I have been promising the ladies at work for years that I would build a Wizard of Oz themed display, so the fact that I miscalculated the amount of polystyrene (which went it far easier than I ever expected!) for the full length of the window, was beneficial, as I could also lay a yellow brick road between the poppies. There's also advertising for a green transition lens, which if I can find a poster, will act as the Emerald City at some point soon.

Thirdly, 2014 is the centenary of the start of the First World War. This was the main reason for making not far off a 1,000 poppies, to mark this occasion. The poppy isn't a marker for death, or a sign of supporting going to war, it is a simple marker for people to commemorate the events from July 28th 1914 to November 11th 1918 and the people who fought.


In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, through poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

- Lt. Col. John McCrae "In Flanders Fields"


I'm also serious about the nearly 1,000 poppies, I had four hundred on one of the scraps of polystyrene I was transporting them on, two hundred a piece on two others and at least another hundred on another...yep, I went poppy mad. But it doesn't feel like that many when you're making them in bundles of tens and are determined to finish a reel of green garden wire.

Did I mention I was insane?

Link | WW1 Centenary - The Royal British Legion
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Listening: Love and War (11/11/46) - Rilo Kiley

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Duet...



Who is your favourite Disney character? Which is your favourite film?

Everyone has their favourites. I have a strong emotional reaction to Dumbo, thinking about him swinging on his mothers trunk as she's imprisoned makes me cry without even trying. Sleeping Beauty and Robin Hood where go too movies when I was little, unwell and the floor was covered in Lego, and The Little Mermaid, I will never stop loving that film.

And the man behind Ariel, and her voluminous locks of bright red hair, Glen Keane, has just released Duet. A beautiful short taking you on the traditional (and enviable) route of most Disney films, from first meeting to romantic conclusion.

Let's face it, Disney not only gave all us girls unrealistic expectations about our hair, but about relationships...

...I'm nearly 30, I'm only mostly jaded and preparing for a life of spinsterhood, seeing most of my peers are married. But Disney and the imagination of people like Glen Keane, still keep that little bit of hope burning inside.

Hope for that passing meeting, love at first site and a happy ending.


Link | This Disney Animator [...] by Brian Troug from Buzzfeed
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Listening: Love in a Minor Key - Ed Harcourt

Thursday, 5 June 2014

electric daisies and party sheep































My sheep have been in the Birthday/Un-Birthday spirit, they're still lounging around my room with their party hats on. Perhaps a few too many Electric Daisies?

PS: Okay, those are your commoner garden daisies, but I am growing Electric Daisies (i.e. Acmella Oleracea) in amongst a myriad of other flowers, fruit, veg and lovelies from seed. They're called Electric Daisies because when you eat their flowers they kind of fizz in your mouth. They're also meant to be good for toothache and they're desperately needing potted on, so I need the rain to go away!

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Listening: Holding Onto Heaven - Foxes

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

bon anniversaire à moi

                      

Yep. I am a year older and none the wiser. Which is all the scarier as I am already three days into the final year of my twenties. There's a joyous thought! 

I'm going to refrain from thinking about where the time's gone. It's safer for everyone.

Posts to follow, but I wanted to try and make headway with my blog revamp before I published them. Still needing a few tweaks, but almost there.

So, from this birthday girl, I hope you have a very merry un-birthday for yourselves.

Em {29 for the first time! Possibly the first of many.}
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Listening: Hard to Find - The National

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Musical Interlude: No Angels



Thank you Sarah.

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Listening: No Angels - Bastille feat. Ella

Sunday, 19 January 2014

If happy little felt birds fly...

 
...beyond the rainbow,
why, oh why, can't I?

I've been adding to the window, sewing up little felt birds for the post twelve days edit. I even went as far as to design the pattern for myself, as I couldn't find one I liked online/was too cheap (cheap) to buy one.

So I've made robins, gold finches, cardinals, bluebirds and lots of randomly coloured birds, which are already in, but mum has decided she would like to try and embroider on a few of their teeny, tiny wings.

Easier said than done when they're only a couple of centimetres square.
 
 
What do you think?

I'm proud of them, like I said, I couldn't find a shape I was happy with, they were either too pointy or too ball like, but what I wanted was fat robin shape, all belly. Bit like me. So it's luck more than anything else that they actually fitted together!

I like this part of my job, sitting with a pile of craft supplies, a cup of coffee and a bag of wadding.

Between these and the Great British Sewing Bee, I've got this urge to try and make a teddy bear. Possibly that will be a little too advanced for me at this stage. But it's an idea that's stuck in my head now, which means I should probably have a go even if I end up with some sort of deformed creature.

Perhaps, however, if I managed it, we could do another teddy bears window. Just an idea.

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Listening: Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Israel Kamakawiwo'ole

Friday, 17 January 2014

Emily had a little lamb...

 ...its fleece was glued on tight.
And every fleece Em glued on, she burnt her hand just twice.

I'd like to introduce you to my little flock of sheep, which I made for the window at work last year. They've been in the window since last March and have had two makeovers, once for the Relay for Life where they got purple and pink fun run style gear (the one in the tutu is one) and then again at Christmas. These are mostly their Christmas incarnations, so for the winter season they were given knitted and crocheted hats, scarves and earmuffs. 

Three of them even got glittery antlers.

They're all hand made, so no sheep is the same and I love them, walking into work and seeing them makes me feel proud and I've had a lot of positive feedback and a few people ask if I'm selling them.

What do you think?

 
 
 
 
 

Wonder if I should name them? Any suggestions?
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Listening: At Night I Dream Your Bedroom's Crammed With Ducks - Merz

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Dulux Colour of the Year 2014: Teal II



Teal Trivia! The first recorded use of teal as a colour name was in 1917 and it is believed to have been named after the muted blue-green feathers that surround the eye of the dabbling-duck known as the Common Teal.

So the colour has only been known as Teal for ninety-seven years. It's practically a baby. It will also be known dabbling-duck in my head now. And so you know, a dabbling-duck is a duck who feels mostly from the surface of the water rather than diving.

Now, we have the traditional nail polish, which you know I can't resist; heels and a dress; makeup and a mug; comfy, comfy sneakers, that have a double tongue which I've never understood, but are my comfiest pair and heels I may well be able to walk in and there's also a ring which is a planter and my new glasses, which I admit are very, very borderline teal, but after seeing some interpretations of the colour, I'd count them, though I am biased.

So here they are, my Dulux Colour of the Year 2014 list of teal toned treats:

1. Bleach Super Cool Colours in Sea Punk from Bleach London | Link
2. Color Show Nail Polish in Superpower Blue  from Maybelline | Link
3. Sparkle Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Electric from Stila Cosmetics | Link
4. Kebaya Mug in Turquoise from Anthropologie | Link
5. Pepe Jeans 'Avery' aka my new glasses from Clelland and Boyd Opticians| Link
6. Teal Blue Origami Paper Cranes Ladies Scarf by Talented Apple on Etsy | Link
7. Zodiac Glitter in Cancer from Lime Crime | Link
8. Wearable Planter Icosahedron Ring in Teal by Wearable Planter on Etsy | Link
9. Teal Polka Dot Classic Satchel from Mozzypop | Link
10. Converse Allstar Low Double Tongue Mrrcn Blwt Smu from Office | Link
11. Editor Teal Heel by Not Rated from Heels.com | Link
12. Pigment in Teal from MAC | Link
13.Globe 10" in Green by Found by Fab | Link
14. Daymee Dress in Teal from Coast | Link

The fact that dabbling-duck wavers between green and blue makes it a relatively easy colour both to find and wear. You just pick the tone that suits you, or at least that's the story I'm sticking too since my collection does wander kind of carelessly through the spectrum.

You can be daring and relatively bright or safe, neutral and muted, but either way, it's a good colour and would look particularly nice with bright blue pinks, corals (which is the complimentary colour of choice) or even with a bit of Radiant Orchid.

Lucky that!

Link | Dulux Colour of the Year 2014
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Listening: Sleeping Sickness - City and Colour feat. Gordon Downie

Monday, 13 January 2014

Pantone Colour of the Year 2014: Radiant Orchid II



See, this is the fun part of the Pantone Colour of the Year post, finding loads of lovely bits and bobs which are approximately that colour. Radiant Orchid was actually a hard one to find matches for, because it's neither a very blue purple or a very pink purple, it's also strangely bright and muted at the same time. But I have done my best to find fourteen lovely items which are approximately the right colour and I love, to the point where, I have worn no.1 and when no.4 came into work, I was seriously considering them as my new set of specs, plus I spent a lot of my time at uni with part of my hair dyed with no.6 as well as other colours (but this is definitely the closest to Radiant Orchid).

See, I even have tried and tested colour match ideas for you! The rest I will just lust after from now on...

1. Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Fishnet from Urban Decay | Link
2. Devonshire Row Nail Polish from Nails Inc | Link
3. Hearthstone Scarf in Purple from J. Crew | Link
4. Pepe Jeans 'Eleanor' Glasses from work | Pepe Jeans Wesbite
5. Moleskin Coloured Professional Notebook in Pink from Moleskin | Link
6. Manic Panic Semi-Permanent Hair Dye in Mystic Heather from Manic Panic | Link
7. Closet Purple Printed Band Hem Skater Dress from New Look | Link
8. Lime Crime Zodiac Glitter in Libra from Lime Crime| Link
9. Converse Ct Lite Ox in Iris Orchid from Office | Link
10. Slight Seconds Leather Boho Pop Mini in Ultra Violet from Bohemia | Link
11. Jessica Simpson Given Jazzberry Suede Heels via Heels.com | Link
12. Konstsmide 80 LED Berry Lights in Purple from Amazon | Link
13. Satin Shelley Tea Cup and Saucer in Purple from Coastline Imports | Link
14. Lime Crime Eyeliner in Orchidaceous from Lime Crime| Link

After finding all these bits and bobs, to be truthful, I'm actually a little sad about this colour. I genuinely don't think it will suit my skintone (though it will suit both my sisters), so any Radiant Orchid in my life will be in accessory form alone. Perhaps a nice nail polish...

Link | Pantone Colour of the Year 2014 - Radiant Orchid
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Listening: Crazy - Ray LaMontagne

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Dulux Colour of the Year 2014: Teal

Books Inspiration by Unknown (via Pinterest)
Another Time by Sarah P on Flickr
Teal Flower Crown by Unknown {Original via Pinterest / Colour Manipulated via Pinterest)

I think Pantone and Dulux have been conspiring this year, because actually, they've picked two colours which work very well together.

This years Dulux colour of the year is Teal, 90GG 19/151 P0.20.40, if you're desperate for it's assigned code, which is not as snappy as Pantone's but hey, they don't have people dropping into B&Q with colour charts.

I love teal, turquoise, aquas, peacock and sea-foam kind of colours, where they're not quite blue, but not quite green either.

"The top trend colour for 2014 perfectly combines the natural harmony of green with the tranquillity of blue. Reflecting the overriding trend of unlocking, this muted teal has a gentle character and is a favourite in the world of design. Deeper and more sophisticated than turquoise, teal has a subdued richness which is often used to describe tropical seas of shimmering bluish green." (Source)

Yeah, they say it better, but I made a moodboard, so neener.


Link | Dulux Colour of the Year 2014 | Colour Futures 2014
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Listening: Do You Know How Lucky You Are (Acoustic) - Keaton Henson
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