Monday, 27 June 2011

10 Blogs I Enjoy Reading: Part 1

I have seen posts of this kind on other blogs. Most of the blogs on this list are ones I have come across through browsing other blogs, which is why I like posts like this.

This post is about;
* Celebrating the blogs I like
* Letting the writers know I enjoy them
* Letting others know they exist - and they may enjoy them too.

I've picked my top 10 and I'm going through them in alphabetical order. As it's very hot weather, I'm tired, and linking takes time, I'm going to write this over 3 posts. That way it won't take you forever to read each post either, so we're all happy :)

This beautiful lady is Elsie. Her blog is currently my absolute favourite. I spend hours catching up on her wonderful blog posts. Elsie wears lots of vintage clothes, bright tights and cardigans and her outfit posts inspire me. She also has fantastic hair.
The main reason you should check out A Beautiful Mess is that it's a fashion and a craft blog rolled into one with such lovely personality. Elsie has recently got married, and oh my, it looks like the most beautiful wedding ever. I can't describe it well enough, you just need to watch this.


Craftberry Bush is full of craft ideas and wonderful photos. This blog often has a calm feel to it too. Most of all, I love Lucy's cute illustrations such as this elephant.

Before I knew about Bloglovin I signed up to recieve this blog via e-mail because I just love the whole aesthetic of it's soft tones, ruffled fabric and delicate prints. If you want a fabric flower tutorial, Emily's the one to go to.


Audrey's Nursery and Painted Wallpaper (yes, painted!)

Part 2 coming soon!


Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Summer Mood

This is my first attempt at creating a moodboard on Polyvore. It's a compilation of summer items and outfit ideas.

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Father's Day Card

Here is the Father's Day Card that I made for my dad. I wanted to do something a bit scrapbooky as my parents both really liked this card I made for thier 25th Wedding Anniversary in the Spring.

I've seen some masculine scrapbooking about lately and I wanted to use browns, greens, blues; perhaps incorporating a photo or some of dads interests. I searched for scrapbooking printables online. This card at Creative 'Try'als seen on the Whipperberry Friday link up is sweet. The dad scrapbook on this post by Originate and Renovate is really beautiful.

I also came across a post at green owl crafts entitiled Fathers Day gift for the golfer. My dad plays golf every Saturday with his best friend. In the blog Amanda creates a new label for a pack of golf tees and she provides a printable for readers to do the same. Her printable was just the kind of thing I was looking for to make a card and so it became the starting point for the design. Thanks Amanda, I hope you like my take on it.

To see some more of my homemade cards click here, here and here.

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Thursday, 16 June 2011

Isle of Wight Festival 2011

As you will know if you read my Simple Summer Accessorising post (thanks for the lovely comments guys), I was at the Isle of Wight Festival last weekend. I searched Google images just a moment ago for a nice photo to head this post, just a simple logo, something like that...I got so much more. I found the above photo taken by Alicia Canter for The Guardian. Despite seeing packs of photographers hunting for the perfect photograph at the front of the stage, all that I have seen so far have been quite poor. So Canter has produced the best results I have seen, but what makes this photograph extra special to me is you see that girl right in the middle in the check shirt and a poncho that looks like a green bin bag (classy)? Well that’s me. The guy next to her in the brown t-shirt who‘s unintentionally pulling a funny face? That’s my boyfriend.

I know it’s a little sad, but I’m excited. I’m thinking ‘Shall we get in touch with the guardian and see if we can have a print?’ I admit it.

I want to make clear that I made no attempt to catch the attention of photographers. I say this because I found that there were a lot of posers and attention seekers at this festival. It lacked the laid back friendly attitude that Glastonbury Festival has. There was a sense that people were desperate to get noticed, get drunk and get laid and the music was just for bragging to your mates back home about. Far from my own heart, it seemed everything was disposable to this common breed of festival-goer. When you go to a festival there is a likelihood that everything you take my not come back. For me that means don’t take anything you wouldn’t want to be without and so aside from my boyfriend, I took nothing that had any value to me. I was horrified to find myself surrounded by people head to toe in brand new clothes making tea on their gas camping stoves under flashy gazebos. Later I would see them wave Blackberry’s and Iphones around in the rain like bait to help them find someone with drugs. My Blackberry stayed at home because I had pre-festival visions of insurance companies laughing in my face for asking if they’d replace my trodden on, mud sodden phone. I packed my £34 two person tent and carried it past the many discarded top of the range six person ones as I left. The only thing disposable; a disposable camera (yes they still exist...just about...I only managed to get one because my boyfriend works with a photo company.)

Still, I won't pretend I didn't care at all how I looked. Pre-festival I tried to create stylish outfits from my old clothes. There was no evidence of this during the weekend. When you’re trying to use a Portaloo as quickly as possible and avoid touching anything in there, five minutes of getting your tights in the right place is something you could do without. The poncho I am sporting in the above photo was £5 from the festival. It didn't rain that night, I was wearing it for extra warmth. It did rain the next day, all day, when the poncho had already been ripped to shreds in the crowd. In retrospect, £15 on the quite fashionable waterproof seen in a sale would have been worth it.

The most stylish outfits of the weekend for me were without doubt those sported by Eliza Doolittle’s band. I wish I could find a decent picture for you, but you can see them on this video.

Theres so much I could say but I'll wrap up.
Favourite Performance: Absolutley Pulp
Unsung Hero: Rusty Egan
Regret: Missing Foo Fighters
Stupid mistake: Not taking any form of time keeping or alarm

I apologise for the lack of photos on this post, as I mentioned, The Guardian's photos are the only good ones. I will post some of my own when I get them back - I cannot express how excited I am about seeing them. Amongst them should be a photo of some photographers as I was fascinated by their animal like behaviour, and as I said to my boyfriend ‘photographers always look cool, no matter old, no matter how good looking’.

Now I’m curious, Alicia Canter took a great shot of me, did I get one of her?


Monday, 6 June 2011

Simple Summer Accessorising

On Thursday I am making my way to the Isle of Whight festival. Thinking about festival style has got me embracing earthy hippyish fashion a little more. I have been fond of the romantic style for quite a while too and plaited and flower accessories have often caught my eye in shops. However a lot of the bracelets I have seen recently have made me think 'surely I could just make something like this out of string'. So I did.

I measured a length of string that would wrap around my head once and around my wrist a few times, then cut two more to match. I plaited it and added buttons as I went (just thread the middle strand through a button every now and then and continue...), leaving some extra string at the ends to tie it with.

I'm pleased with how it turned out.
First off the idea was to make this for the festival, but I have since decided on what clothes to take and its quite a dark colour scheme. So I won't be taking it with me, but I'll surely be wearing it with other outfits to add a little homemade touch of romantic hippie to my summer outfits.

Peace out! x

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Friday, 3 June 2011

Gardening with Dad: Part 2

You may wish to read the Gardening with Dad post before reading this if you haven't already seen it. Dad and I haven't done as much with the vegetable plot as we intended to over the last few weeks for various reasons, but hopefully we will move things on a bit this weekend. However there has been some good progress...

The lettuce and radish began to grow from the seeds that had been sewn. Some potato plants also grew from the remains of the potatoes that were planted in the spot years ago, before the chicken shed. Looking back, it looks OK now, because this is how it looks at the moment...

The potato plants are taking over! But underneath them our newly planted vegtables are growing nicely.

That radish put huge smiles on mine and dad's faces. It tasted great too. We thinned it out this evening and plucked some of the lettuce that has grown well. This went into a lovely fresh salad to accompany tonight's BBQ.

Look out for further growing progress and decorative touches in future posts.


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Wednesday, 1 June 2011

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