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Monday, 31 August 2009

Paper Hermes Jewellery!

Now we can all afford a little bit of Herm├Ęs in our lives with these amazing paper cut out bracelets on their website! Ok, so maybe not quite as chic and fabulous as the real thing but a fun little project...






Sunday, 30 August 2009

Happy Bank Holiday!


Hello lovelies!
At last my Diana Camera has arrived so I'm off out today to take lots of dreamy shots of my lovely Camden. Hope you're having a good bank holiday weekend!
Here's what has been inspiring me this past week...
Amazing Diana Photos (like the one above)
Anyone for Brunch
padded frames -A cool way to store my brooches
I want this Woman to decorate my flat!
I'd love to receive a letter with these chocolate stamps
Beautiful old church conversion
Umbrella skirts - Wacky or Cool? or Both

Monday, 24 August 2009

A room for my clothes to be happy in...

Photo by Mark Burstyn
I'm loving this room so much! it reminds me of the closet that Big makes for Carrie.


I can't even decide what I love most about it:


The shoe compartments?
The velvet chair?
The Chandelier?
The slick white fittings?


I want it all and now!




Swoon....

My first blog love...


Many Blogs give me so much inspiration and ideas, it's safe to say I'm officially addicted to this world! But I wanted to share with you one of my favourite sites (which also happens to be the first one I followed).

My Life - My Loves continues to amaze me on a daily basis. The very talented Sharnel is the hostess with the mostess and is most definately the queen of cupcakes! Her parties make me want to host one myself immidiately. Every detail is thought about and presented with the greatest love and attention.

Today with great excitement, I learned she also has a cupcake blog, 'The cupcake company'. If only I lived in Brisbane, I'd be her best customer! oh well, at least the site alone is a treat for the eyes.

A weekend of R&R

Well my attempt at getting fit this week has left me with many pulled muscles so this weekend I plan to take it easy and enjoy doing nothing! Prepare for many many posts.

I think I'll indulge in a Mad Men marathon...

I'm so in love with this show. It's oozes coolness. I want to be Joan, or Betty, or Peggy! Or just all of them rolled into one.

Friday, 21 August 2009

Bell Jars

I've always found bell jars fascinating. There's just something creepy yet beautiful about them. Maybe they just remind me of old victorian houses and things being trapped inside. Anyway enough of me being grim! this was supposed to be a nice post. I think these images below are beautiful.







Happy Friday


Friday at last! and hopefully with a bit of luck the sun will shine. I'm going to spend my weekend rooting through my local charity shops for records I can make into bowls.
Hope you have a fabulous weekend whatever you're up to.

Here are just a few of the things that have been inspiring me this week...

I can't wait to send my first Benevolent Postcard.
Another beautiful garden party wedding.

This Wedding blog reads my mind

Isn't everygirl's favourite colour Tiffany's blue?
I'd love to paint a blackboard on a whole wall in my flat.

I love the idea of using old photographs as wall paper.

These cushions would love to live in my flat.

Let's paint everything pink

There's certainly no hassle in making these delicious hasselback potatoes

A cool way to divide the space in my studio
How cute are these cards by NattyMichelle?!
Yummiest treats i've seen all week!
We all need more macarons in our lives! and these ones come in such lovely packaging.

Thursday, 20 August 2009

Staycation in a Beach Hut please...

Summers nearly over (when did it start?! I hear you say) and yet i'm still day dreaming about getting away for a holiday. Vacations are out apparently, everyone in my office is talking about the 'Staycation'. Which got me thinking, if I was to holiday somewhere in the UK what would I do? Well, hiring one of these lovely beach huts would be one fabulous idea. I just love their kitch charm. If I had my own it would be full of Kath Kitson style florals, bunting and seashells. Lovely!
Hmmm but I just learnt that Huts can cost as much as £160,000! now as much as I love the idea of owning one, even I think that's excessive for what is actually little more than a shed with a view.
Oh but what a view it would be!

Chair lust...

Oh how I'd love a retro velvet lounge chair in my flat. There's just something so 'boudoiresque' about them. They remind me of all the 1960s films I love, I can just imagine Holly Golightly having one in her appartment. One day I'll get one, but in the meantime I'm lusting over these gorgeous little gems...




Diana Camera... I miss real photos!

I've just bought a Diana camera from Amazon and can not wait for it to arrive!!

I've always loved the soft hazy images that this cheap little camera produces, an effect that can not be replicated with a digital camera however hard I try.

People never print photos anymore and I miss that. Remember the excitement that came with getting your holiday photos back? All the little memories that came wooshing back after a week of being back at home. I loved that feeling! It's just not the same when you have already seen a picture the moment you take it. Why do we have to have everything instantly? I love the wait, and the suprise of seeing images in a different way to how you saw them in reality. Am I alone in this?

Anyway, It's my intention to take it with me to Paris next month and take lots of dreamy photos of the city in the autumn.

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Pay it Forward

I am entering into a contract with the first 5 people who comment on this post and then commit to do the same on their blog. Just read below and if you feel up to the task, leave me a comment. Anyone can enter, as long as you make stuff and have a blog.

1. I make no guarantee that you will like what I make - whatcha get is whatcha get
2. What I create will be just for you, with love.
3. It’ll be done this year (2009)
4. I will not give you any clue what it’s going to be. It will be something made in the real world and not cyber
5. I reserve the right to do something strange or weird
6. In return, all you need to do is post this text on your blog and make 5 things for the first 5 to respond to your blog post.

Sunday, 9 August 2009

Win a year's worth of stationery!


We all love pretty stationary right?!

yes, I thought so!


Papermash sell the the most beautiful little items, and to celebrate the launch of their website, the creator is giving away a years supply of their lovely products to one lucky lucky winner.


I know I'd certainly love to win! but even if not, check out the website anyway or the lovely blog!

The world in a bowl...

OK my lovelies, today I’m going to let you in on my secret to making magazine bowls.

You will need:
· Your chosen paper
· A Craft knife and protective mat
· Ruler
· PVA glue
· A clean flat surface
· A rainy day (optional, but you do need plenty of time and patience for this one)

Step 1

Choose what sort of material you are going to make your bowl out of. I’m using old Ordinance Survey maps in this example (10p each from a charity shop!) but you can experiment with all kinds of materials, glossy magazines are my favourite choice. Try not to use card or paper that is difficult to fold.

Step 2

Using your craft knife, cut the paper into strips of equal width. I find it easiest to use the width of the ruler, this saves you measuring each strip which would take forever. Cut as many of these as you can (around a 100–120 strips make a nice size bowl).

Step 3

Fold each strip in half twice vertically; making sure the printed side is facing outwards.


Step 4
Take one of your folded strips and apply a thin line of PVA glue all the way along one side. Now wind it round on itself forming a spiral. Keep winding more and more glued strips around to form the base of your bowl. It’s up to you how large you make the base, but bear in mind the diameter of your base will ultimately determine the size and shape of your finished bowl. Once you are happy with the size of the base, turn it upside down and paint a coat of glue on the bottom side and leave for a few hours (or overnight) to dry. This will add strength to the bowl.


Step 5

Once your base had dried, continue to wind glued strips around the outside. However, now you need to start building height gradually. The more gradual you make the increase the wider your bowl will be. Build up the height to whatever suits you.



And there you have it, you will finish up with a beautiful bowl to take pride of place!




Have a go and send me pictures of your creations!
Leah
x

Saturday, 8 August 2009

What a wonderful wallpaper wardrobe...

Isn't this a great idea! It's like creating a whole little room for our clothes, which they rightly deserve!
I have a built in closet that I could try this with.

Photo via Style files

Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Shake your pom poms!

I think these tissue paper pom poms are beautiful! I first saw them in the window of Mango on oxford street and have since noticed them apear here and there. They just look like giant peonies! I'm dying to try and make some, but what to do with them??? party decorations perhaps? Have to have a party then won't I!











Sunday, 2 August 2009

Best wedding entrance ever!

This is so funny and so sweet at the same time. I hope when i get married it's this much fun!

Pillow talk, pillow talk

I forgot how much I love this film! I adore Doris Day's style.







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