Thursday, 31 January 2013

Things Thursday...

Hi all...
It has been  t o u g h day at the office (chalkface). Tough week in fact, late days at work and young people all in bad moods as well as wrapping up a GCSE course and the fervour that goes with it. A little light relief is needed, lets virtual shop with an unlimited budget! Yay and yes please!

1: Sonia Delaunay. Block-printed cotton, 1926; coat made for Gloria Swanson,
2: Loverly spring dress from Boden
3: Shirt dress from Scotch and Soda - I am in love with this shop!
4: Collar from Anthropologie - swoon!
5: Tunic of my dreams!
6: Lush Moccasins via this blog.
7: Faith denim dress . It may be for kids but they need to make a big size for me!

All these items are from my Pinterest board: My Style come joing the fun :)

I would look so good in all of these things, so please can we make it happen?
Have a good Thursday chums x

Sunday, 27 January 2013

Art Journal - Freestyle it - DIY

Hey co-creators!
Today I will be sharing with you my new Art Journalling fad for 2013, and how to get started yourself. I have shown my January book to all my friends and even some students and they all have very positive things to say...that means its time to share it with the rest of y'all cos you might like it too ( I know how creative you all are).

1. an inside page
2. inside front cover resolution - I intend to write monthly goals in mine
3. back cover
4. front cover with quote for the month

So...for this journal I actually intend to make a new one each month. I decided on this after sitting down with my usual notebook style Art Journal to write resolutions and felt really uninspired, and it just came to me: make your own! I decided to set some limits (well more like limit - as there is only one)

- choose 10 different pieces of paper plus a piece of stiffer card for the cover. (Pictures 2 +3)

I will show you how I am putting together my February book:

Once you have your book together, staple one side (picture 4) - put quite a few staples in there as you will need it to stay together.

I then cover the staples with tape (picture 1) as mine seem to be quite sharp but you could leave them showing if you like the look.

the other 'rule' I would say although it isn't really it's just nice and sets the mood/ intention for your book is:

- use a quote for the front cover from a song/ poem or book.

1. Travel Art Journal Kit - my journals are always made to fit inside
2. My favorite quote book
3. You can see al my junk in here
4. Quote I might use for February cover

And that's're off!

Here are some pictures of my travel Art Journal kit which I take with me everywhere:

A. Clear plastic case - I bought this on Ebay for £2 it just pops closed and keeps everything in, it also slides in and out of my handbag easily
B. Watercolour pencils or a pencil tin - good to keep pencils in and to stick tape to for later use
C. Drink stirrers - I think I collect these and have no use for them as yet
D. Glue - got to be Pritt Stick, various pens and pencils (these change all the time but must include - at least 2b pencil, biro, felt tips, marker pen, paint brush)
E. Date stamp and ink pad - bought in Cambodia
F. Mini stapler - also from Cambodia
G. Tape - this is the matte type - from poundland
H. reliable scissors and I usually have a craft knife too.

I will be sharing more of thos project as the year progresses :)
Have fun peoples,
Love, me x

Saturday, 26 January 2013

What I Wore - January Sunshine

Yo dreamers and weavers!
The sun did shine today and oh was it glorious, the weather was positively balmy for the time of year. I was out early to Weight Watchers (lost 5lb...oh yeyah), where I help out at the shop. It was supremo-ly busy today as it always is in January, and I was rushed off my boots.

I had my daughter with me today, and asked her if she would take some outfit shots for me, and she they are:

We was just messin' about taking these but I really loved this outfit today, it's nothing special or fancy but comfy and cute.
Cardigan - charity shop £1
Buddah T Shirt - Cambodia $2
Skirt - Car Boot Sale 50p
Scarf - Artisans D'Angkor $4
Leggings - Primark £3
Boots - Ebay £5
My hair has been fun this week as I have become super addicted to Pinterest, and have been looking at things to with my hair other than messy bun (standard hair-do for the past 8 years). I now love twisting and plaiting and teasing and pinning my hair into new styles. I might get it cut soon though so if you check out my 'Hair' board, you can see some styles I's be thinkin' of.
Liv and I had a lovely one, cleaned out flat all nice, watched a bit od Superscrimpers and went out to Wagamamas for dinner - oh Lord, if you have never tried the Chili Squid I can heartily recommend it to be divinely yummy. We came home on the bus, then spent an hour looking at English Degree courses for Olivia's fun! I love a plan. Now I am typing this, sitting in my Christmas PJs in my lovely warm flat, looking forward to a snuggle up in my clean sheets - ah simple pleasures!
So how was your Saturday?
See you soon chumblies x

Saturday, 19 January 2013

Feet around Cambodia Summer 2012

Hello Fwends!
I am sorry I have been away for so long. I have been working very hard, moving house, inbetween photo-editing software and generally being busy. I am back now, and for your delight I have a photo project I worked on whilst in Cambodia last summer. Last I spoke to you I was about to jet off to work on community projects and generally learn-it-up about Cambodia. I am lucky enough to be doing this as part of my teaching job, so I get to see the whole thing through the eyes of some often awkward, sometimes ambivalent and frequently hilarious teenagers.

I had the most amazing time, saw and heard and experienced life-altering things so far from the familiar. I am sure I will share some of these things with you in time, but for now...hope you are not offended by feet, if you are back away now!

on the plane:in singapore:arrival at camp beng mealea:beng mealea temple:at the tuk lek primary school:outside my hut:work shorts:work boots: trekking trousers:home of buddhism 1:home of buddhism 2:national museum:jungle resturant:angkor wat:rainy day:national museum:wat pho:s21:phnom penh:on a bus:jungle resting place:ta prohm:phnom kulen temple:phnom kulen trek:elephant pond:my sanctuary:resting weary feet:yaa's house:lush greenery of the rainy season.

I tarted these photos up using Pixlr photo editor, I love it. I hate Photobucket which always makes my laptop freeze. I won't even tell you how long this post took to put together due to awkwardness. I am glad to be back sharing things though. I had a thought a while ago that its pretty self indulgent, all this blogging lark, but looking back at all my posts makes me see it more as a visual journal. It's something lovely to look back at and treasure, and if people find things in it they like that's pretty awesome.

Thanks for reading till the end of this mighty long post...
me x

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