Saturday, 6 December 2008

Kira Ferrer Designs - Handmade on Maui

The older I get, the harder it seems to find jewellery that I really like. Whilst looking for something completely different I stumbled across this Etsy Store, and instantly fell in love with Kira Ferrer's Jewelry Designs. (I've been ranting poetic about how talented some people are for the last 15 minutes).

Her designs are a perfect combination of simplicity and playfulness.

Curve Earring $32.00

Hummingbird Bangle $42.00

Visit Kira Ferrer's Designs here to have a look at all the other beautiful pieces for sale. And if you order soon you'll just make the Christmas deadline for international shipping (7th Dec). Imagine how fun it would be to tell people your bangle was handmade on Maui!

Friday, 5 December 2008

Perfectionism for Dummies

I am not a perfectionist. In fact, I may be the anti-perfectionist. When decorating a room I'm the one going full pelt with a roller - the small details like edges and glossing are not for me.

Recently I have tried, on several occasions, to take some decent photographs of my little heart ornaments. As part of my degree I specialised in photography, so I have absolutely no excuse for not being able to take these photos in a timely and professional manner. (Although in my defense, I only used medium format cameras, not digital).

The photos didn't immediately turn out the way I wanted them. Lo and behold, from the depths of my being, emerged my inner perfectionist! I can't say that I like her, but she has spurred me on to try to push that little bit further. (Maybe it's something to do with the fact that I recently started taking yoga classes).

Several attempts, a lot of swearing, shouting and mess later, and I can finally say I am satisfied with the pictures. Not happy, but at least satisfied. I'm hoping that I can now lay this issue to rest, and am attempting to gain some closure by writing this post.

Here are some of the photos, illustrating my journey from a slob to an embittered, frustrated perfectionist:

This first attempt was relatively stress free. I only moved 3 pieces of
furniture around, and the sun light was great.

In retrospect, this is probably better than the next attempt.
(Except that the white balance is way off).

This one involved a mop, a bed sheet, two chairs, a clothes dryer,
raiding my mum's linen cupboard, and me crouching on the window sill
for half an hour in my pyjamas.

My favourite photo of them all. For some reason the ornaments tend to
look better close up in photos (The birdie came with a twin brother, as part of a
job lot I bought at an auction).

Today's attempt. You can see my collection of black & white vases here.
( I want moooore!) What you can't see is that I haven't gotten round to
painting gloss paint onto the top of the mantelpiece yet, and it's just a
primed wooden surface. Oops. (I'm a slob after all. Hooray!)

Now the final question is: Are you sick of these blasted red and white heart ornaments yet? Yes? ME TOO!

Toast is Warm

Every time an email from Toast lands in my Inbox, I know I'm in for a little treat. There will always be a stunning photo in the email which will wake your imagination. for example:

Click on the photo to see Toast's warm products.

The London Cushion Company

Pig Cushion £30 (also comes in another colourway - brown)

The London Cushion Company are currently offering free delivery on orders over £60. This offer ends on Sunday 14th December. I've picked a few of my favourite cushions, but it's definitely worth checking out their range. You can shop by colour or price range.

Oscar Round Cushion £36 (3 other colourways available)
Birds Cushion £36

Tree House Cushion £45

Rabbit Cotton Cushion £65

***NB to the Parker/Hobsons: I'm sure the Pig Cushion could be on Sarah's Christmas Wish List!

Word of the Day: 'crystalize'

Photo by M J M
crystalize verb

  1. To assume crystalline form.
  2. To take definite form. (Source:

Thursday, 4 December 2008

This post is of little relevance....

.... to anyone but myself, but I'm going to subject you to it anyway.

I've created a little 'home' page which is more of a gateway to my blog, and Folksy & Etsy shops. tadah! (....)

It was a little bit of an uphill struggle, as I have no experience of actually publishing a webpage to the web. Whilst I would like to claim that I worked how to do it all out on my own, in reality my patient boyfriend Anthony sussed it out, and also found me some free webhosting (Hurrah!)

Kartell Louis Ghost Chair

Photo by Stephan Geyer

I'm not sure when I first came across these chairs designed by Phillip Stark for Kartell, but I've had a fondness for them since. The glamorous, baroque inspired shape, paired with the modern polycarbonate material create a really interesting chair, which doesn't overpower any interior.

Peterstone Court, a Country house hotel in South Wales (near me), used them in their very traditional Dining Room. You can see a photo of a similar setting here.

When I win the Lottery
, I'll definitely be getting a couple of these!

Available from about £160 at A White Room (and lots of other places, including ebay).

Image above via A White Room.

Word of the Day: 'winnow'

Photo by IRRI Images
winnow verb
  1. To free or separate grain or the like from chaff or refuse matter, usually by means of wind.
  2. To wave to and fro; to flutter; to flap. (Source:

Wednesday, 3 December 2008

Word of the Day: triskaidekaphobia

Photo by Leo Reynolds

triskaidekaphobia noun
  1. Fear, hate, or dislike of the number thirteen (13).
  2. Fear of Friday the 13th. (Source:

Tuesday, 2 December 2008

Folksy Angels Voting Time!

As you may remember, I recently entered a competition organised by Folksy. The brief of the competition was to create Christmas Decorations using recycled materials. (You can read more about the competition, and a full description of my entry in my earlier post here.) There were many great entries, and it is now time to cast your votes!

You can cast your votes in the comment section of this post over on the Folksy Blog, where you can also admire all of the entries. The prize is a years worth of free listings and sales on Folksy. I've got my fingers crossed, and would be delighted if you chose to vote for me.

Just to remind you, here are some pictures of my entry. I created these ornaments out of old children's encyclopedias, and a jumper. To see the full post of entries and vote, click here. Thanks! :)

Olli and Lime

I adore this print by Olli and Lime. They are UK designers of 'high end children's furnishing for design conscious parents'. There is a whole range to accompany this beautiful print. While it would look great in a children's room, I'm sure this print would also work in an adult interior. (Along with a lot of other items from their range - perfect for a guest bedroom. To check out their range visit their website here.

The print above is available for £45.00 here in the UK, or from Fawn & Forest in the US for $90.00 here.

Image via

Word of the Day: 'cavalcade'

Photo by paws22

cavalcade noun
  1. A company of riders.
  2. A parade. (Source:

Frying Pan-da

I need this in my life:Available at Mod Cloth for $34.99. (they do ship abroad!). And if the cuteness of this pan hasn't already knocked you out, try this:

Elephant Sugar Jar $ 9.99, also from Mod Cloth

Ceramic Toadstool Salt and Pepper Shakers $ 11.99 also Mod Cloth

Monday, 1 December 2008

Word of the Day: 'melange'

melange noun
  1. A collection containing a variety of miscellaneous things.
  2. A Viennese coffee speciality, half steamed milk and half coffee. (Source:

Monday Morning Zzzzzzz

This morning I finally pulled up my socks and listed one of my paintings in my Etsy Shoppe. I've been playing around with designing images and then painting severe fonts for a while, and have had a lot of fun messing about with primary colours. Let me know what you think of the results. You can have a butchers at my Etsy Shoppe here.