Sunday, September 29, 2013

birthday drinkies!


Well, a fab night was had by all last night ... we went to our favourite watering hole, Dragonfly Bar + Dining, had a glorious dinner with Anita's family and Tamara (she's the one in the middle of the above photo), Anita's parents then took Lily home with them, and we stayed the rest of the night drinking cocktails!

Question Question did a live set, then DJed after that - very cool electro sounds.  We caught up with some super cool + gorgeous people, and didn't get too drunk!!  YES!!  I think Anita's trick worked - sports drink before going out, sports drink when you get home, and sports drink in the morning.  I think it also helped that we were drinking water in between cocktails ;)  

By the way, the cocktails we are drinking above are 'A Day At The Races' - Dragonfly's description:  "For the classy little fillys, combining muddled cucumber, Larios Gin, elderflower syrup, a splash of honey syrup, shaken then topped with Jansz bubbles."  NOM!  I also enjoyed Espresso Martinis and some Chartreuse ...

Anita gave me a camera for my birthday, so I promise I will be doing more outfit posts - I also sourced a new tripod from work, so that has made my life *so* much easier!  

I wore my favourite dress (Sourpuss) teamed with my trusty Dragon's Blood corset, ripped leggings worn as sleeves and my new handmade shoes.  Anita (don't tell her I've posted that pic of her - she wasn't too keen!) wore her new skirt and necklace from General Pants (brand of skirt is Neon Hart) and one of my black tops.  And how gorgeous does her hair look?  Awesome!!

And because we weren't hungover, we decided to take a trip to Diggers so Anita could grab some gardening goodies - see how excited she is??

And I hung out amongst the trees ;)

Oh, and BIRTHDAY CAKES!  Here are the little 'goth cakes' that Anita made for me to bring to work - note the little bat sprinkles!

And the magnificent 'Deathrock Dolly Vardon' cake that Anita's sister Emily made for me - look, CATS AND BATS!!!

Back home now ... at least I have tomorrow off (I worked during the day on Saturday), but I really have to work on some of my tapestry homework - *sigh*!

Thursday, September 26, 2013


Yes, 39 today!

Time for me to reflect on the last 12 months ... I have been in a personal year 4, which is about building solid foundations for the future.  Very appropriate considering this is what I have been up to:

-  Taught myself how to weave
-  Started creating infinity scarves and selling them as part of Threefold Designs
-  Left my job of 7 1/2 years and started a new one, close to home
-  Decided the direction I want to go with my artwork, utilising tapestry and cross stitch

This coming year is a personal year 5 - about growth through change - that sounds exciting!

If you're interested in Personal Years in Numerology (and want to calculate which one you're in), have a look at my previous blog post HERE!

And here is what I wore today - I know I should have taken one at the beginning of the day, not the end ... but I was testing out my new camera that Anita gave me!!  :D

I'm finally wearing my TUK boots with skull buckles ... I've had them for years, but can finally wear them since Eugenia has stretched them for me! 

Sunday, September 22, 2013

bat shoes finished!!

I am *super* happy about my new bespoke shoes made by Eugenia Neave!!  Here are a couple more views - apologies to those who have already seen them on Instagram ;)

They are the most comfy pair of shoes I have ever worn ... it's amazing to me the real reason I've always had problems with ill-fitting shoes.  Eugenia said I have very wide feet, but my heel is very narrow.  The second picture shows the unusual shape of my foot - no wonder shoes that are wide enough rub at the heel!  She did an awesome job with the bat shape in lieu of a bow too ;) 

She was so excited when she called me to say they were completed - she said that when she was on the home stretch with them, she had a moment when she could see my personality in the shoe - I guess that's what using a master craftsperson is all about - wonderful craftsmanship, as well as artistry!

Anita's going to get a pair of sandals made for summer - whereas I'll be saving for a pair of perfectly-fitting pixie boots ;)  Gonna have to start scouring Ebay for shoes with bat buckles that I can buy to cut off  (donations gratefully accepted if anyone has any spare buckles floating around!!)

Saturday, September 14, 2013

relax? are you crazy?

Yep, that's me ... I don't know *how* to relax.  I go full-pelt, hell-for-leather and then .... *whoosh* ... CRASH AND BURN!   Story of my life.  My body is trying to tell me to slow down and relax.  But how does one relax??

Story of my life!  Little canvas by Birds Nests For Hair, purchased at E For Ethel ;)

For me, my textile work *is* relaxing!!  But I understand that once in a while everyone should really stop, meditate, slow down and only do one thing at a time.  Still not something I'm able to do ... even when reading a book, I'm fidgeting all the time.  I'm not someone who ever just sits in front of the telly just watching - I always have to be stitching, weaving, doing SOMETHING!  Anyway, I'm now just getting over a quick and nasty cold.  I had to have a couple of days off work, and didn't have the energy to do anything.  For me, that's hell itself :( 

How do you relax?

I'm going to make a conscious effort to sit quietly at least once a week, either meditating or reading for a little while.  I have been staying up late, trying to get a few infinity scarves woven to deadline, tapestry homework, and going out socialising ... all this has taken its toll.

OK, that's my rant over - what have I actually been doing apart from being sick?  Well, here's my life from the last week or so in pictures:

Got my hair colour changed - the only time you'll see me with blonde hair is at the hairdressers ... fleetingly:

Shortly after, it looked like this:

I haven't had lime green in my hair for so long, since it only used to last for a few days before washing out to a dirty khaki colour.  But this is a new Manic Panic colour - Green Envy - it's AMAZING!!  As I'm typing this, it's still vibrant (after 1 week).  The purple didn't fare so well, unfortunately - a week later it's pastel lavender (Manic Panic Ultra Violet).  I sometimes have trouble with purple - saying that, this part of hair is in worse condition, as it's been bleached out more often than the green. 

While sick, I've been spying on cats - our area is Catsville - so many cats wandering around!  While cute, it's quite irresponsible since we live next to a conservation park (which is why ours are inside cats) ... but it's still fun to spy on them:

That's Zoe on the right, and an unidentified (new) ginger cat on the left.  They were fighting, displaying impressive puffy tails!

And here are my (rather crap) nurses when I was sick ... though I suspect they just liked the novelty of me sleeping on the sofa in my studio (to avoid waking Anita with my loud coughing):

Close up of Rosie aka 'The Panther':

Meanwhile, Charlie was more concerned about sitting on the top of doors ... no, don't get me down, I'm quite happy thank you very much!

I haven't been able to weave on my table loom at all whilst sick (boooo!!), but I have been playing around on my rigid heddle loom, and watching Craftsy classes - here's a log cabin design that I hadn't tried before - it's very effective, made up of simple plain weaving with 2 colours ... it's the alternating warp colours that create the design:

I'm really getting the hang of the rigid heddle now - next step is trying pick up techniques, as well as weaving in cotton.  It's great that it's so portable!!

Anyway ... here's me over and out for the moment - trying to take things a bit easier ... *trying* being the operative word ;)