Tuesday, 24 February 2009

Two for Devine joy!

Oh Tatty Devine - why do you do this to me?! To say I'm tempted by these is an understatement... if only I had a birthday coming up!!! I may cave in and buy the earrings or necklace as they are more affordable...
Pair of Magpie brooches - £61

Magpie earrings - £24

Magpie necklace - £48

EDIT: I bought the earrings... they arrived yesterday (26.3.09) and are lovely! A bit thicker than I had thought they would be but definately good as statement jewellery.

Monday, 23 February 2009

London market haul

This weekend provided lots of crafting inspiration! Clare (of Candy Land) and I were in London and decided to check out Broadway Market near Bethnal Green. To be honest, I was pretty disappointed with this place - it had a good vibe but since there were only two 'craft' stalls there of interest (one selling vintage buttons and the other the amazing work of Buddug and Jessie Chorley), we didn't really feel it justified us going so far out of our way - especially since we were pretty sure we could get Buddug and Jessie Chorley items at Sunday Up Market the next day. Anyway, after months of lusting over them on line, I finally bought a Buddug brooch. I love it to bits and am wearing it right now! From there we went to the flagship Paperchase on Tottenham Court Road and bought various materials (as well as some lovely owl tea towels!), although they didn't have the small or oval canvases that I'd been planning to buy since I last visited. Oh well, that just means I'll have to pay them another visit sometime soon (...any excuse!)

On Sunday, we met up with Ele (of
SeiSei) and headed to Brick Lane to visit Sunday Up Market - a much more successful trip! We came away with our purses lighter and our heads spinning with inspiration!
Purchases included a beautiful greeting card from
Rosie Wonders
(a favourite stall of mine that I blogged about a little while ago) which I plan to frame and hang with a collection of other prints and canvases. Rosie told us her cards are available from the big Paperchase - so if you're in there, be sure to look for her stuff!
A close-up of the card I bought
Clare and Ele both bought brooches from Rosie too. Clare’s has a Robot on and Ele’s had a Russian Doll on it.
I also bought this acrylic brooch of a ringed planet with a little rocket hanging from it, I didn’t catch the name of the stall but they had some really nice acrylic-based jewellery. I suspect this brooch will end up being a gift for my boyfriend... infact I know it will :)
After wondering up and down Brick Lane a bit, and stopping to scribble down some ideas, we found another section of market in a similar vein to Up Market. Here we found the Twinklebug stall and after cooing over some of the products got chatting to Bianca Nepgen, the genius behind them. If you like slightly gruesome things made to look beautiful, then you’ll like her stuff! She makes fascinators and head wear as well as brooches and rings which include centre-pieces like bugs dipped in glitter and nestled in a bed of lace and ribbons.

My last purchase of the day (simply because I ran out of cash and there wasn't a working cash machine for miles!) was this fox silhouette brooch - after my fox-lust blog I could hardly walk off and leave it could I!
So, for anyone who wants to get their hands on some beautiful and unsual items, I would definately suggest you check out Brick Lane on a sunday. I know we plan to go back... with more cash in our hands!

Thursday, 19 February 2009

Paper and Ink

About time for a post I thought! Just a brief one for now though - if you have a moment why not take a look at the work of Soooound Revolution on Etsy.
"The sound revolution is the body of work by Melbourne based graphic designer and illustrator Shuxin, inspired by the conflicting and harmonious relationships the urban environment has with the natural world."
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