My most favourite ebay feature is, without a doubt, the fact that you can 'save searches'. This means that you can specify exactly what you are looking for, and where you are looking for it. Ebay will then email you whenever such an item becomes available. It's a bit hit and miss, but after a few tries you can stream line your searches to a tee.
For instance, I've been looking for a ceramic pineapple for a long time; more specifically a white one. (Don't ask me why - I don't know either.) So now ebay emails me with the odd white ceramic pineapple dish (I'm still holding out for the perfect one). I had to amend it to search just the 'Pottery & Glass' section, as ebay kept sending me emails about Pineapple Dance clothing.
Another one of of my searches is 'Retro Filing'. This flags up lots of great stuff, from desk tidys to antique filing cabinets. This one came up today, and I'm in love with it.
It's available here with a starting bid o £499. The auction ends 9th November. I would love to see what this cabinet could look like in a styled room. Because of the price tag (who knows what it might sell for!) this item could go right into my 'When I win the Lottery' category despite being a vintage, (not antique!) item.
In my mind it's a brilliant marriage of a venetian glass cabinet (too girly for me) and a retro filing cabinet. I suppose it would have originally had the dull steel surface, and was stripped to this mirror like finish. The auction states that it dates approximately from the 1930's.
Friday, 31 October 2008
Here's another Halloween crafty thing I made. (The pattern for the ghosts is by Beverly Mewhorter and is available here) It took a surprisingly long time to make these. All the different bits really added up. (Additionally, I ran out of wool half way through, and had to substitute with a similar alternative).
One of the best things about Halloween must be that you can experiment with silly spooky lighting techniques and totally get away with it!
Photo by bgwilson89
'Apple bobbing, also known as bobbing for apples, is a game customarily played on Halloween. The game is played by filling a tub or a large basin with water and putting apples in the water. Because apples are less dense than water, they will float at the surface. Players (usually children) then try to catch one with their teeth. Use of hands is not allowed, and often are tied behind the back to prevent cheating.' (Source: Wikipedia.org)
(This isn't really a Word of the Day like usually, but I couldn't think of an interesting Halloween themed word? Apple Bobbing was the best I came up with.)
I'm not quite sure what I like about this Chaise. The colour is almost revolting, and it's not really a functional piece of furniture - it wouldn't flatter a space, the room would have to be designed around it. And despite all of this, I love it. When I win the Lottery, I will put this Chaise on the roof terrace of my Mediterranean Villa.
Norris Chaise available at Georgesmith.co.uk £3100. Image via George Smith.
Thursday, 30 October 2008
On a non-Halloween related note: These Yumbrella fruit bowls are stunning! Designed by Benjamin Hubert, they are 28cm in diameter and would be an excellent way to introduce some bright colour into your kitchen or dining room. (The 'handle' of the umbrella acts as a banana tree - nifty!)
They are available here for £49.95. Lead time is 4-5 weeks. Images via designmyworld.net.
This year I've been really inspired by Halloween, and have attempted a few craft projects. This is the first pumpkin I have ever carved on my own, and am pretty pleased with the results. After taking the picture I moved him to the window of our dining room, and am hoping passers by will enjoy the holiday spirit.
Wednesday, 29 October 2008
Yesterday we had the first snow! According to the news, it's the first time we've had October snow since 1974. All the mountain tops around the town are dusted with snow. This picture was taken by the Keepers Pond. This pond is near the top of the Blorenge Mountain, and directly next to the main road.