Thursday, 31 January 2013

New Blog Title

I've been struggling recently with the name I have given this blog and my company. This is mostly due to the fact that the name Of tea, lace and sailboats is very suggestive. It creates immediate images of sweet innocent and lovely things and I feel it really boxes me in creatively. Whilst most of the things shown on this blog are jewellery and within the style of 'delightful' (if such a style exists), I actually design lots of different things and my tastes are really varied. In particular I love kitsch things and Formica furniture and shabby chic.

Now I am still quite new to this business lark and I don't think it's to late to have a name change. My shop on Not On The High Street will have to stay the same for now but there is no reason that when I create my own  website I can't somehow link it to the online store. Also for now I will keep my blogspot address the same, just until people become familiar with the new name and know to follow it instead.

So, without further ado, here is the new name it's... 'Of N.ann' 

Now this might seem particularly without creativity, but I think it fits perfectly. It is entirely ambivalent, it means nothing. (actually, it's the initial of my first name next to my second Natalie Ann) but it fits in the sense that as an artist and person I am ambivalent and that I still don't really know who I am.

Which is fine, i'll figure it out eventually, or maybe I wont. But that's fine too.

Monday, 28 January 2013

Unusual Find

I had a few errands to do today. I had a couple of unwanted dresses to return and I needed to post a pair of earrings bought by someone in Australia... yes you heard right--Australia!  (pretty fantastic to know that someone on the other side of the globe will be wearing something that I designed.)

I also had a couple of things to drop off at a charity shop, and this was when the even more fantastic thing happened. I like to poke around charity shops, a joy only discovered in the last few years. Anyway, I tend to be on the look out for a new skirt or a cute teacup. What I do not believe is that I will come across something as cool as what is pictured below.

Now, I'm pretty sure it's broken (it doesn't seem able to weigh anything that's only a couple of grams) but it was just to interesting to leave on the charity shop shelf.
I'm trying to figure out how old it is. The retro design fits something pre 80's but then I'm no expert. The brand is a company called OHAUS which I believe is German and has been around for over 100 years so here's hoping--got to love the retro!

Saturday, 12 January 2013

Nach Jewellery

I have just discovered the amazing jewellery of nach through my female friendly Australian magazine Frankie (not that I can afford the magazine, just the facebook posts)

They create amazing kitsch jewellery featuring ceramic animals. Oh I how I want.

Got to love the kitsch!


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