Weekend Round-Up

February 14, 2011 § Leave a comment

Happy Valentines!!

It’s been a creative weekend. For those of you who don’t already know, A and I are expecting our first child in April. I keep reading all these pregnancy guides that talk about how it’s normal to want to start nesting and tidying the house in preparation for the new arrival. Wishful thinking in this household I’m afraid! Instead, my creative juices aren’t so much flowing as gushing, absorbing everything in their path! Another trip to the Vernissage has encouraged this weekend of crafty indulgence, as has the discovery of a second-hand shop that sells clothes by the kilo! Now I’ve realised there’s an art to getting the most from a per kilo shop. Things not to buy there: winter coats, shoes or jeans. What to buy: lightweight, cashmere jumpers and bedding. There’s another second-hand shop directly across from this one but they sell ‘per item’ so it’s a tactical consideration where I go for certain items.

So, as I was saying, it’s been a craft-fuelled weekend. Some my creative activities include:

  • collecting  twigs from the park and preparing them for a forthcoming project
  • finished off A’s Valentine’s card
  • adding to my ‘Industriale’ jewellery collection (more details of that to come)

Well, this wasn’t enough for one weekend. I have been brewing up some ideas in my head, ever since I saw the tutorial on Smile and Wave for baby blocks. I know that there are still a couple of months to go before ‘Pocket’ is born and even after that it will be quite some time until he will be able to handle the blocks effectively but still, I can’t imagine I’ll have much time to sit around making such things once he does finally make an appearance! So, finding the second-hand shop was just the excuse I needed to set me on my way. « Read the rest of this entry »


The Joys of Armenia….

February 11, 2011 § Leave a comment

Living in Armenia can be a challenge sometimes what with the exotic food cravings, smoky restaurants and too much rubbish in the streets to even mention. But there are also great things about this life: cheap, fresh organic food that actually tastes like it was meant to, brilliant blue skies even in the depths of winter and the Vernissage.

There’s nothing I like more than trawling through randomness at a flea-market but this market takes things to a whole new level. I keep forgetting to take my camera every time I take the short walk from our apartment to this wonderful treasure trove (or maybe it’s a little Feudain and I just want to keep my person free to carry home the goodies that I invariably need to drag home). Anyway, I will remember it one day and you’ll see what the fuss is about. Every taste is catered for be it mending your juicer, looking for Soviet army gear, need a home dentistry kit or just need to let off steam with a good rummage through piles of hardware that you would expect to find in your granddad’s shed at the end of the garden.

Those of you with Soviet roots may find my unhealthy interest in Russian font a little bit OTT but I really cannot get enough – it may say something mundane like “do not walk on the grass” but in my mind, this foreign script is both romantic and exotic. So I apologise to those who can’t quite share my enthusiasm but there it is!

For those of you how are equally excited about such things, this post is for you. Showcasing two of my latest discoveries:

(drum roll……)

bashed up tins and paper-clip boxes!

Knitting, knitting, knitting!

January 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

Well, it’s been a while! Life has been taking a few random turns recently and blogging has had to take a back seat. But now I’m back…and going knit crazy!

In my imaginary home that I have built and decorated a hundred times in my mind – there are all kinds of mixed-up textures and colours that surprise you at every turn. One day…… In the mean time, I fill scrapbooks and my laptop hard drive with all the ideas and beautiful things that inhabit my imaginary home! This week, I’ve got knits on the brain. There’s something about wool. I think it’s the texture and depth that makes it such an interesting material to use. Also, I love the juxtaposition of knitted goods next to sleek, highly polished or unexpected textures.

From Biscuit Scout’s delectable knitted ottoman cover to Ferm Living’s stool and pots (loving all their stuff!) to CasaMania’s woven lampshades, I can’t think of anything that doesn’t benefit from a sheepy covering! I was particually excited to spot the beautiful table and stool leg-warmers on vtwonen given my own leg-warmer obsession – yes, I did wear leg-warmers and sandals with my wedding dress!

These yummy items have inspired some recycled, knitted jewellery that I hope to show you all later in the week once I’ve trawled through my cupboards for the finishing touches.

So, if you need a little cosy, unexpected decoration in your life, why not give wool a try?!

Confessions of Circle-Drawer

August 31, 2010 § Leave a comment

I have a confession to make: I’m addicted to circles! It’s a long-running love affair; somewhere in a dusty old suitcase, there’s a picture of me, not much older than three or four, drawing perfect black ink circles repeatedly on a blank piece of paper. Now, I’d like to believe that this was my young creative juices flowing but I have recently read a study that being able to draw perfect circles is a sign of madness (true?). That or I was developing my ancient Chinese meditation techniques early! Either way, my love of circles was born and I have been slightly (hmmm) obsessed ever since. In fact, catch me on the telephone and nine times out of ten I will be busy doodling circles on a scrap of paper. I’m not sure if it is the completeness or simplicity that I love more but there is nothing more satisfying to me than a perfect sphere.

With this confession off my chest, I would like to welcome everyone to my blog, where journeys in colour, shape and play meet. Enjoy!

Current favourite circles from left to right, top to bottom: Painted wood – focuslineart, Party invitation, Necklace – Tuulikki Titine, Bellaire Arts Festival, Book – Jennifer Khoshbin, Booklet – Pam and Jenny Design Studio, Chalk, Plates – Tric Dinnerwear, Marbles, Macaroons from The Dorchester, Ceramics – Studio Miiip, Badges – Hunters Hideaway, Painting – Hundertwasser, Teapot, Peas!, Wall hangings – merriweathercouncil

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