Thursdays black swan

Last weekend I went to see Black Swan and I have to say I reckon Portman is a shoe in for an Oscar nod. But more importantly, for the point of this post, it reminded me of the retro film posters that were commissioned for the film. The quartet of posters were designed by English design company LaBoca Design. 




 
I love the Art Deco vibe to them. They have an Eastern European feel, before the wall came down. They were the international teaser posters released early on in the films publicity campaign, later of course came the more hollywood standardised fare. A part of me wishes they had stuck to their guns and kept these. If only I had some more wall space...

Wednesday finds... Birds on a wire


'Like a bird on the wire,
like a drunk in a midnight choir
I have tried in my way to be free...' 
- Leonard Cohen

How sweet are these Birds on a Wire Photo Clips from Chicago based Fredflare



Wood we... We Would tune in

 To continue the theme off all things timber from yesterday I give you ...

...the  Magno Wooden Radio.
The creation of Indonesian designer Singgih Susilo Kartono, each radio takes 16 hours of hand crafted work before it is ready to be turned on. 

 I think my favourite might be the Magno Cube (below)





And because even when we go retro we still want our favourite tunes it connects to your Ipod...



There is a link on the website to stockists. None in Ireland as far as I can tell, if you know of any let me know, but you can get them in the Design Museum shop in London.

Wood we - We Would Watch

I'm really digging this timber watch from WeWOOD. 
A Los Angeles company of Italian origin with an eye on the environment, for each watch that you buy they promise to plant one tree.

 
 

You can also find them for sale this side of the Atlantic, with notonthehighstreet.com shop e-side

Tick, tick tock.

The institution of the cup of tea

 'Tea is drunk to forget the din of the world' -T'ien Yiheng

There are many solutions to all the woes of the world but one that any Irish person will swear by is a cup of tea. Everyone has their own exactly perfect way to drink it and the brand that they swear by. It's always offered and rarely refused.

 'There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.' - Henry James  The Portrait of a Lady

#1

I really really love these Dunk Mugs by the lovely Denise in her Etsy shop here. They sell like hot cakes so, if you're reading this state side, get clicking.


 'Tea should be taken in solitude' - CS Lewis

#2

And for those in fear of losing their Perfect Mug to some nefarious thief how fab is this Lock Cup concept from designer Efrat Gommeh. To be honest I think I'm more tickled by the idea of someone not seeing the hole... I'm mean, I know.


 'All true tea lovers not only like their tea strong, but like it a little stronger with each year that passes' - George Orwell

#3
 
From the ever interesting Suck I give you the My Cuppa mug. Inspired by the Pantone colour charts it tells you what tea you are.

 
I'd say I'm a milky. But growing stronger.


hmmm... I rather fancy putting the kettle on.

Illustrate that

 I think that I admire most the things that I cannot do. There remains in the 'doing' a mystery, something that is beyond me.When it comes to straight lines I can sketch you up room plan or a cabinet mock up pretty niftily but the contours of the human body, the ability to see in curves and tucks remains ever elusive.

From Richard Haines comes these gorgeous sketches in his blog What I Saw Today 




 And from Japanese Illustrator Masaki Mizuno...
 

I absolutely adore Sunny Gu's fashion prints for sale in her Etsy shop

Black Pearl


Wilderness


A girl can but dream...

Tuesdays dream... short but pretty

 I've been saving up a couple of my favourite photographs for a while now and today felt like the day to share them. Plus Im short on the old time today, so nothing like a here's one I made earlier. Lazy, I know, but pretty too.

#1
from oh joy blog


 #2
Dont Let go by photographer Didit Zulu


#3
And from a cookery book, of all places, by Tessa Kiros. All things Venetian.




Define this

Well, well, Happy St. Valentines Day everyone. In the spirit of the day I'm going to tell you about a little book I've found.

The lovers Dictionary by David Levithan charts the course of a relationship through a series of definitions. I was trying to stop my book fetish by not going onto Amazon, but some causes are lost before they have even begun, and what did I do but click.  The rest, as they say, is history.



I can see it being the kind of book that you would pick up at odd moments during the day, read a few lines, and put down again. They are the kinds of moments that we have known or wish to have known. The good we desire, the bad we hope never to know or know again.

indelible, adj.
That first night, you took your finger and pointed to the top of my head, then traced a line between my eyes, down my nose, over my lips, down my neck, to the center of my chest. It was so surprising, I knew I would never mimic it. That one gesture would be yours forever.

basis, n
There has to be a moment at the beginning when you wonder whether you’re in love with the person or in love with the feeling of love itself. If the moment doesn’t pass, that’s it—you’re done. And if the moment does pass, it never goes that far. It stands in the distance, ready for whenever you want it back. Sometimes it’s even there when you thought you were searching for something else, like an escape route, or your lover’s face. 


ineffable, adj.
These words will ultimately end up being the barest of reflections, devoid of the sensations words cannot convey. Trying to write about love is ultimately like trying to have a dictionary represent life. No matter how many words there are, there will never be enough.
 Romance; with a touch of humour and a sprinkle of heartbreak.

Simple is as clever does

I was dashing passed this little cafe/deli, Mayfield, in town today when I spotted this very inventive chalk board. Pine box, blackboard paint, hook and there you go.

 
It got me thinking of some other clever alternative uses I've spotted for everyday things.
A while back I saw these vintage metal graters from Etsy shop AMradio (they have since been snapped up) and couldn't help but love the very inventive notice board they made.


The second coming of the tea canister. Pot me up

 
This gem of an idea came via  ffffound from Kate Arend's blog Wit + Delight 


Sartorialise this ...

Every now and then I pop in on The Sartorialist. When I've had a particularly long day or week in the workshop, and it feels like forever since I've worn clothes that are pretty, NOT practical, this blogging gem reminds me why it is that I love to dress up. Because clothes can change everything from the way you feel to the way you walk and move. 

Say what you like about Scott Schumann, the name behind the camera, but man does he take a good snap. And that's exactly what they are; these aren't studio shots or long drawn out set ups, they are a few moments of someone's day captured on camera. Albeit very well dressed someone's.
 Here are my favourite 3 from the last week or so.

 Its the handkerchief just peeping out of the pocket that gets me


 The bird.. its just so ...well; random, what's not to love

The hats, ladies and gents, need I say any more 



Giving old records a new life

 I'm feeling the retro vibe today. It might have something to do with my recent buying spree of old records. I pick them up in charity shops, vintage stores, car boot sales and flea markets. So its no surprise that there are sometimes casualties of age amongst the hoard. Now I cant just throw them away, well that would just be plain silly, so what's a girl to do...

Why recycle them,, of course my lovelies. Now I've seen this idea done really well and then not so well. For instance with the vinyl record bowl, I am not a fan of the' wavy edge' version so lets just skip over that one and get down to the good stuff.

Over on Etsy you can find OddBob hitting the right note, (sorry lame music pun), with his vinyl record bowls.


 I love how the shop is divided into sections so you can find your bowl by musical genre or time line. A small thing, but a nice touch all the same. (I was pleasantly surprised at the price of postage, especially if you buy more than one)


And its not just bowls that old vinyl records are being turned into. Once I started looking into it, I realised there was a whole industry out there. I remember a while back in Fortnum and Masons in London seeing vinyl record coasters.


Urban Outfitters, not to be outdone, always have a smattering of vinyl conversions in their shops. This pair of bookends tickled my fancy.


 There is also the vinyl notebook, which I think only looks good when bound properly. Leave your hole punch at the door please. Again from Etsy, and another Canadian seller, is Papermusedesigns
who produces these notebooks.


But my favourite has to be the lamps by German company Lockengeloet

They are the perfect combination of good design and quirky back story.

With their latest lamp 'The Corona' (above) you would be hard pressed to guess it was even made from old records. My favourite recycled design. A finished product where, while the use of recycled materials is an integral part of the story, it does not compromise good design.


Friday's stones in your pockets.

 I'm a hoarder. There it is, I've said it. I keep things that most people throw away, in fact I actively search out things that most people throw away. And I could not until now explain to any degree of satisfaction my ever growing collection of seaside paraphernalia. I have stones and shells from all over the world, every beach I've ever been to. But now I have justification for their presence. And here it is.

Quite a while ago, actually about this time last year, I wrote up about unusual interpretations of the art of crochet and I included the fabulous photographs by Margaret Oomen from Etsy shop knitalatte (below).


And just the other day while I was catching up on my blog reading, what did I find over on purl bee, but a tutorial on how to create these 'crochet covered sea stones'. Now all I have to do is tackle the art of crochet. I can do straight lines but this pattern business is still beyond my grasp. Weekend project perhaps. 


Have a fantastic weekend.

Wednesday finds ... The world beneath our feet

 Stephen Alvarez is a photographer for National Geographic. I've been a fan of his work for a while now and I just had to share his latest series of photographs entitled 'Earth from Below'. 

 An avid cave diver, Alvarez has captured perfectly a world that I can only guess at. In this day and age there are very few corners of the world that have been left unexplored, but the world beneath our feet is one such place. Alvarez captures perfectly the majesty, beauty and most breathtakingly the sheer scale of these caves.





 When I saw this image above I couldn't quite believe that this was IN a cave.


You can also see his other work on his blog here.
Also on his blog is a trailer for James Cameron's new film Sanctum based on the true story of a cave diving expedition gone wrong. Having just watched it; I don't think I'll be venturing into any deep dark chasms any time soon!

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