Monday, 26 April 2010

Friday, 16 April 2010

Shoegazer's Friday Finds

Above: This is such a good idea for a DIY project - perk up flowery old plates, tea pots and sugar bowls with some brightly coloured ceramic paint! Or, if you want that professional touch, you can buy some super sweet pieces from Ninainvorm.

Above: Are you a girl? Do you love your jewellery? (of course you do!) Do you also love pretty tea cups and saucers?? Well why not combine your loves and use mismatched tea sets as draw organisers! How decadent! I've had this image sitting in my "to blog" folder for so long that I've forgotten where it's from. Whoops! (please let me know if it's yours)

Above: Old cufflinks have been given new life as unusual, quirkily stylish rings by Early Jewelry.
Above: This colourful leather and gold 'chest armour' from ChrisRann (jewellery by Rannie Balias) would look great over a simple tee.
Above: Darling it's better down where it's wetter, take it from me ... so why not stick a sea urchin on your finger and swear your alligance to the sea? Pay Turkish etsy user Star of the East a visit for more delicious sea treasures.

Above: Sandra Suy creates fashion illustration like this one. Pick up a print from Etsy or view her portfolio on her website.
Above: Skin-art now... how about getting a dot to dot tattoo! Such a cute idea! (Pic: bluebird vintage)

This week's new music pick is Teen Inc, a duo from LA producing music heavilly influenced by 80s music and described as sounding like "Tears For Fears doing whisper karaoke with Was (Not Was)". You can hear two tracks for free on the band's website or purchase the single Fountains from iTunes.

Thursday, 15 April 2010

Shoegazer Finds: Ponygraph

Ponygraph - Photography by Mariell Amelie.
Mariell hails from Norway and is currently studying fashion photography at the Uni of Arts, London. Judging from a brief click through her flickr account I'd say she has a bright future ahead of her! Enjoy ...  

Check back tomorrow for the Friday Finds roundup!

Friday, 9 April 2010

Shoegazer's Friday Finds

Time for some another batch of Friday Finds - this week spanning music, homeware, jewellery and more!
Above: I'm a sucker for anything cherry blossom related so this tea set from Plumo makes me weak at the knees!
Above: Also from Plumo, I dare you to resist these cute little owl candle holders! (OvO) Hoot hoot!
Above: New in at Cox&Cox are these sweet little wall hooks with white sparrows perched on them! WANT!
Above: Handmade porcelain bird necklaces from Mememe.
Above: Perfect for the girl who loves her camera, these silver studs are from An Original Jewelry
Above: If you are loved up, why not commision ellothere to create some unique custom sillhouette portraits for you are your significant other. Etsy's ellothere also produce some really cool invitations such as these (below), perfect for the music-loving couple about to get married . . .
Above: Ellothere's Record Sleeve wedding invitations. Definately being added to my secret "we're not getting married but if we were..." list. Haha.
Now a music pick for you in the form of Summer Camp. Having recently signed to Moshi Moshi records, the band -Jeremy Warmsley of Trangressive and Elizabeth Sankey of Platform Magazine - have released this video (see below) featuring footage from a 1969 film entitled Last Summer to accompany their debut single "Ghost Town" - a song I can't get enough of! It's been described as "woozy tearoom music" but screams lazy summer evenings to me. Have a listen:   

Thursday, 8 April 2010

Shoegazer Creative: Supplies and storage

I don't know about you, but I love it when an artist or creative you follow gives a sneak peek into their studio. It's great to see how they store things, where they work and generally just have a good old nose! One day, I really hope to have a spare room to tranform into studio space, but for now I have to make do with storing my supplies in a cupboard and working either on the floor or from a tray on my lap!
I recently invested in some more storage and have now organised my embellishment supplies by colour, making it quicker and easier for me to get started with a project ...
Above: My crafting cupboard a few months ago... unfortunately it's not so tidy now as I have aquired far too much stuff!
Top shelf: Work space with fairy lights, art pencils, paint brushes, tapes and crafting books.
Middle shelf: Drawers full of various metal charms. Containers full of beads, sequins, ribbons, buttons, threads, vintage stamps and playing cards etc...
Bottom shelf: Tin full of chains and fixtures for jewellery making. Large box full of felt and fabric. Lots of japanese stickers! Collage materials. 
Above: The new colour-themed storage drawers, filling up nicely!
Above: Examples of embellishment supplies. The white collection. Buttons, beads, pearls, sequins, charms ...
Above: The pink collection.
Above: Vintage watch faces and parts.
Above: Works in progress. Brooches and unfinished hanging decorations.

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

Shoegazer Snaps

I spent Easter weekend at home on the coast with my boyfriend. The weather held out for the most part, so we went for a long walk up the sea shore to an old boat graveyard, littered with battered old fishing boats, driftwood and sea debris . . .
A little old man of the sea
Went out in a boat for a sail,
The water came in
Almost up to his chin
And he had nothing with which to bail.

But this little old man of the sea
Just drew out his jackknife so stout,
And a hole with its blade
In the bottom he made,
So that all of the water ran out.

- John Bennett

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Just a little note . . .

I thought I should pop up and say I am so sorry for the lack of updates recently. I've been away with work and then had the April issue to wrap up. I promise there will be an exciting new post for you very soon so please keep checking back and follow me on Twitter (see button in side bar) to be the first to know when new posts arrive!

I hope you all had lovely Easters and ate your weight in chocolate. I know I did. (Any one else feel really guilty eating rabbit-shaped chocolate?? Haha. I find myself saying sorry as I snap of it's chocolatey ears.)

See you very soon!
All the best,
Shoegazer x
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