For some time now I have liked a facebook page called Art & Design and I feel that I must share it with you. It showcases a stunning array of beautiful, unusual and inspiring images from creative people around the world. It includes photos, ideas, interiors, design and many more things. In fact it seems as long as something is inspiring, it is worth posting. I know there has been lots of pros and cons about the internet but I can't help but think it is a wonderful invention. To see what we as human beings can offer, silences me at times and without the internet, I would have missed a great deal.
Today I brought home my lovely new writing bureau. Previously I had no space that was just mine to sit and write or design on my computer. Every space I occupied was earmarked for someone else. The office belongs to the worker, the dinning room belongs to the eater... It was very frustrating constantly being moved on like a squatter. So how pleased was I to discover this little beauty on gumtree. It cost me a neat £10 and even comes with a key. It requires a bit of work but its a solid little thing and I love the retro 60's feel to it.
I just need to find a chair now, which is proving difficult. every chair I like is massive as I want it to be an armchair, but then armchairs are not exactly practical when getting down on the laptop.
This is the start of a little design I am working on for my friend Kimberley Joy Howley. Two month ago she gave birth to a baby girl and gave her the lovely name Elsie and in October they are having a bit of a shin-dig in her honour. I have been asked to create the invitations and I'm using the poem 'The Owl and the Pussycat' as inspiration. As you can see, the owl is all finished. I just need to create the pussycat.
The torch arrived in Worthing today and I had been looking forward to it for weeks. I'd not done anything to celebrate the royal wedding last year nor the Jubilee this year and so I was determined to be British and jolly well get involved. This after all was history and very possible something that will never again happen in my life time and definitely not something the awful rainy weather could deter me from.
My father also wanted to come down and had left his work in Basingstoke with two hours to spare only to find himself stuck in the traffic of the previous Olympic torch destination of Arundel. Therefore it was down to me to fly the (metaphorical) flag and represent the Hayes family.
The roads were lined with parked cars up to a mile away and the streets were full of people making their way to Broadwater. Flags were waved, whistles were blowing, kids were excited. I was determined to take some amazing pictures and really capture the atmosphere.
I arrived with ten minutes to spare and had decided to walk a little way down to find the perfect spot, only the further I travelled the more condensed it got. I turned back in fear of not finding a gap with the minutes ticking away, greatly aware that time was running out. Luckily a few customers from the pub I work in own a house over looking the route with a very nicely placed balcony at the front. These fine fellow swooped to my rescue and gave me a view that the queen would have been jealous of. I was very regal indeed!
Now after the build-up, the hurrying, the worry and concern, the big moment was upon me. There I was, camera poised, zoom action practised, finger ready... only for my camera to seriously let me down. I managed just two pictures that day of the bearer. The flame is hidden by a tree in one and the other is of the back of his head. Oh Dear.
Anyway I thought I'd post the second picture and there is also one below of bunting.... everyone likes a bit of bunting.
So I have recently discovered the great joy of decoupage. I have yet to try my hand at any but there is a tired chest of draws in my bedroom that would be absolutely delighted to receive a bit of attention. I might try something a little smaller first. Today I have bought the glue, vanish and brush to aid in my aspirations. All I need now is to find the paper and the object and hopefully soon I will have something to post.
In the mean time here are a few of the great examples I found on the internet.
I have just been scanning through folksy and come across the wonderful vintage designs of Plum and Pigeon. I love both pieces equally and the dress would be perfect for a wedding I am attending next April. Oh bank balance why must you be so meagre!
Some time ago I went on a most excellent adventure with my friend Kimberley Birch. We strolled around the jolly town of Arundel in West Sussex and I took these images. I'm really getting into photography now, especially with all the amazing apps around that distort them.
These are a few random little pics that I took. Nothing to them other than beauty. I love it.