Saturday, 14 July 2007

wreck this


my new book


just LOOK what dropped through my door the other day (from amazon) - alongside the arcade fire albums there was this amazing book by the ever so creative & talented keri smith.

It is such a lovely idea for a book - you have to follow the instructions on each page which literally tell you different ways to trash the book.
i was very hesitant about starting it at first but i'm in full flow now. i am working through it in page order (as i am a little bit on the anal side) and here are some photos of what i've done so far:







what fun! and i have also found a flickr group dedicated to the book and other people's attempts at wrecking it - which i like a lot as it's great to see what other people have done for each page and the different approaches taken.

so, i'd recommend all of you to buy a copy of the book (it's not very pricey) and then let me know how you get on.

x

Tuesday, 10 July 2007

tea time


i &hearts tea

look what i discovered! - a tea appreciation society.

how splendid.

i really want one of the 'i &hearts tea' canvas bags.

or should i just say 'tea bag' - ha hA HE he (i'm a geek)
x

Tuesday, 3 July 2007

counting coins


i want a piggybank



1. Piggy Bank, 2. Piggy bank from Hungary, 3. Piggy Bank, 4. DSC_2338, 5. 42-16219376, 6. Piggy bank, 7. Piggy bank family, 8. nice.STO299Portfolio.015, 9. Piggy Bank

i have decided that i really want a nice little piggybank to save my pennies in. not one with a plastic stopper in the bottom, but one i will have to smash open to get to my money - that way I'll definitely not spend any until it's all full.

the hunt is on!

i did actually find one whilst out shopping the other day but it had a scary look to it and i just didn't like the idea of having something creepy sitting on my shelf staring at me (though at least i would have had no problem when it came to smashing it to bits).

these thoughts of piggy banks have come from my need to spend less money (especially as I am saving to move to brighton) and i am really trying to watch what I spend at the moment - i am going to try not to buy anything unnecessarily expensive for the month of july and will try and stick to charity shops and sales for things i don't really need (like crafting supplies, clothes,etc).
i'll keep you posted about how i'm getting along...

what did i buy today?

• softmints (naughty but i needed to but something at the petrol station so i wouldn't feel so guilty about just going in to use the toilet)
vanilla sky soundtrack - £2 from the charity shop (good buy!)
• revels - 45p from the vending machine at work (v.bad, but i blame sally for tempting me)

...and that is all. not too bad but i do need to cut down on sweets & chocolate purchases it seems.

x

Monday, 2 July 2007

a few new bits


floral tin from oxfam - 79p (i think i'll use it for storing thread & ribbon


pretty little fat bird - 50p (i like to hold him in my hand)


this bow was from a stall at glastonbury - it was the only one there that looked a bit like old ladies curtains so i had to have it.


these finger puppets were £1 each from glastonbury.
i wish, i wish, i wish i knew how to make them - there were so many there (derek bought a yoda one). if anyone has any knitting patterns for cute finger puppets or any links to any then please let me know and i'll be ever so happy!

x

Sunday, 1 July 2007

i wish i could...


( skirts by emily, sugarmouseface & hannah )

lately i've been feeling a bit fed up with buying clothes from the high street - they are often very overpriced and everyone ends up wearing the same thing. i also hate it when i stop and think about what i'm wearing and realise most of my outfit was purchased from the same store.
i don't normally manage to find much in the way of nice clothes in the local charity shops so have decided the only way forward is to try and make my own clothes. I have been inspired by lots of wonderful handmade skirts spotted online (such as those above) and would love to be able to make something similar. unfortunately i am a bit useless in the (neat) sewing department. in the past i have had a few attempts at making/altering skirts - most of which have failed (i may share the pictures one day soon), but i feel just about ready to have another bash at it now.

all i need is a good tutorial.
i have bought a couple of sewing patterns from charity shops before but i find it hard to know where to start with them (they are a tad confusing).

so, if anyone knows of any handmade skirt tutorials to be found on the web then it would be great to hear from you.

and then i will get to work and make a skirt that is actually wearable (i hope).

x

a bit of trimming