Thursday, 28 January 2010

Shoegazer Creative: Fairy cakes!

One of my New Years Resolutions for 2010 was to learn to cook more, so where better to begin than with some good old fashioned fairy cakes? :) I had made them in the past but only as a child with a lot of help, so it was really good to make a batch last night and discover how simple they are to bake! Don't worry, this won't turn into a food blog (I don't 'get' food writing), I just thought I'd share these here because, well, who doesn't like a nice bit of cake?!

If you know of any tasty cake recipes please let me know in the comments as I'd love to make more!

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Shoegazer finds: A collection a day

Just a quick post today to share this "A Collection A Day" blog by Lisa Congdon, an artist and illustrator who has set out to blog a 'collection a day' for the whole of 2010. See the side bar of the blog for more information on why she has set up the project and then just enjoy her daily gathering of bits and bobs :) what a great project!

Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Shoegazer home: Prints

As I'm sure I have mentioned, I am hoping to move out with my boyfriend sometime soon and am currently in the process of collecting nice things for our first home together. An on going project has been collecting art prints and postcards to get framed and hang in a cluster. So far I have prints by Fifi Lapin, Little Doodles, Apak Studios, The Claudettes and Belle and Boo, as well as some vintage prints and book plates I have picked up on my travels. My most recently purcharse comes from the hand of Julia Pott (whose work can currently be seen on E4's Skins adverts). I couldn't resist these two bear-based prints. The first one is entitled.... "This is my boyfriend" (perfect title for it!) and the second is "Hello I love you."

Julia Pott - blog / etsy

Monday, 25 January 2010

Shoegazer loves: Bags + Birds = BAG LUST!

Oh my. I am in love with a bag again. And again, it's too expensive to own! Woe is me! But... but it's so perfect! It's the exact shade of leather bag I've been after AND it has the most adorable little birds acting as clasps. Oh Marc Jacobs... who knew you'd become my favourite bag pusher??
More affordable is the smaller grey version (£175 on Net A Porter). I can't really justify spending that much on a bag (where's a birthday when you need one??) so I found another way to satisfy my leather+bird cravings (see below). But first, let's all drool over this brilliantly birdy bag.

Rather than spend all the money I should be saving on a bag, I got this lovely belt by NW3 for Hobbs (via ASOS) instead. It has much the same vibe as the Marc by Marc Jacobs bags but is much much more affordable and I'll be able to add a touch of bird-love to many outfits....


Shoegazer finds: Key to my heart

Above: Valentines is coming! Whether you're in a relationship or single, it's a great time to pick up some cute / kitsch heart-themed swag. Here is my favourite find so far. This ceramic heart with key comes from Art Mind. For more of the same visit Art Mind's Etsy shop or Flickr photostream. I love how smooth it looks.
I'm keeping my peepers peeled for more Valentines goodies to share. If you have found something you love please share in the comments! x

Friday, 22 January 2010

Shoegazer finds: Bunting!

I can’t wait ‘til Summer and my mind has turned to all things bunting related! I’m currently working on a canvas featuring some tiny strings of bunting and decided to take a look around the web to see how other people are employing the good old-fashion staple of the English Village Fete in their work.

Below: This amazing necklace is by Scout Holiday and features hand painted leather flags thread on a 21” chain. I love it so much!

Below: This little reminder of your favourite date comes from aewilder and is a snitch at just $8!

Below: This 2ft string of mini bunting flags is so cute. I really like the way it is displayed on the beautiful old desk. From Wunderlust on Etsy. The mix of old papers/fabrics works perfectly I think. 

Below: Mini embroidered bunting for your home? Yes please! This is from astulabee

Below: Declare your love this Valentines with a bunting-based card from Rosy Design Online

Below: I love this little fox running away with the bunting. From foxparade on Etsy.

If you come across any bunting-related goodness please feel free to post links in the comments!

Thursday, 21 January 2010

Shoegazer finds: Bugs bugs bugs

I'm not a bug fan but these prints from F2 Images make me want have a cluster of framed bugs on my wall please. How lovely does this display look? It's like a modern take on those dusty old displays of pinned butterflies and beetles.... All available on Etsy.  

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Shoegazer loves: Snow days

A little round up of some beautiful frosty finds to warm your cockles . . .

Above: Picture perfect vintage glitter houses from A Field Journal, a really beautiful blog.

Above: Slightly creepy snow-children candles from Caravan.

Above: Snow day dream outfit by Little Doodles.

Above: Lovely snow photos from Candy Land.

Above: Crystal box necklace from MothHouse.

Above: From Decor8's Flickr.

Monday, 11 January 2010


9-10 January 2010

Above: My snowman has a sit down.

Above: Lulu discovers the snow!

Above: The beach covered in snow. Very strange atmosphere!

Above: Snow boats

Above: No trains. No people. Everything's coming to a grinding halt.

Above: The castle walls.

I think I 've snoverdosed. (See what I did there?!)

Friday, 8 January 2010

Shoegazer loves: The Commons

Flickr's The Commons is a collection of amazing images that I could get lost in for hours. Here are some of my favourites so far...


Thursday, 7 January 2010

Shoegazer Haul!

Here are some things I've come into the posession of recently... mostly christmas presents or sales purchases. Enjoy! x

Above: Vivienne Westwood necklace from Mum and Dad. Gunmetal and gold. I love it so much!

Above: Cath Kidston sewing box with crafting scissors, mouse pin cushion and a needle case. A present from my brother.

Above: Notebooks. The 'Things To Make' one will be perfect as my new crafting ideas notebook!

Above: Christopher Deane studded belt dress. So pretty in real life.

Above: Vintage horse decoration found in a flea market in Brighton.

Above: Heaviest necklace ever!? I got this in Denmark. It's lots of plaited strands of black jersey fabric. It's like a scarf and necklace in one!

Above: I picked up this Marc by Marc Jacobs Owl Tote for half price in Liberty's sale <3

And just because I love her... Here is my little dog Lulu sticking her tongue out...

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