Monday, November 17, 2008

Musical Muse

I like necklaces. I love music. I love these. . .

My flatmate gave me this harmonica necklace as a gift. It's silver and gold, and has the word 'Woodstock' etched onto it. When I wear this I can't think of anything but Bob Dylan. When I am at work and think nobody is around, I can't help but play a little tune on it.

This necklace is one of my most precious gems. I have never worn it. It's a gift that I'm not allowed yet. I stole it from its hiding place, just for a little bit. It's just like the necklace on the front of the beautiful album 'The Greatest'. Cat Power (Chan Marshall) is Queen.

It's funny how something like music can influence your taste in jewels. I think maybe i am a little too easily influenced!

Friday, September 12, 2008


This poster was designed to encourage draft resistance and protest against the Vietnam War . I can't stop admiring it. It's brilliant. I wish there were more posters like this today, instead of posters of horrible bands in power stance poses or 'witty' beer-drinking ones.
I'm not really a fan of Joan Baez's music, but I'm interested in her involvement with protests. I think I need to check out the library for a biography, or something of the like. After all, my student ID is still valid for 08.

I have a crush on the scruffy young man seated behind Joan, to the left, in white. I wonder who he is, or was? I actually wonder what all these people are doing now, well over 30 years later.

Monday, August 18, 2008

I`ll Be Your Pet

Incidentally, I seem to collect Russian Dolls. I actually only have three, a trilogy of sorts. I was given a small one for Christmas, a medium-sized one for my birthday, and I also sneakily inherited a sun faded one, which was my Grandmother's.

I found this set on a blog, look how cutesy and beautiful they are:

This picture is from the nice blog: 'I never said that i was brave' by Clare-Louise
This girl has also painted an impressive picture of Leslie Feist. Wow.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Pink Frost

In the theme of making presents, I made a singlet for one of my best-friends, Lucy B. She loves all things pink, pretty, gingham and polka dot, and it was her birthday yesterday.
This is quite easy to do, just pick some nice patterned material, cut out the right shapes and choose a button for the cherry on top. The only problem = sewing machines don't really like me, so I had to get my sister to sew the cupcake on (she goes to fashion school, so it's a breeze for her). I would hate to have ruined the singlet in the last minute.

In the last Frankie magazine I noticed another fabric cupcake, cool! We have actually made eco-bags with these cupcakes on them before, for market-day. My friend 'Miss Kate' inspired my sister and I to make animal themed eco/book bags too (She has an extreme and impressive collection of plastic animal toys)

We ended up making Owls and Giraffes:

I`m contemplating sewing lessons, so I can actually put together the ideas i have in my head.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Floral Tea Party

Floral. Tea. Party.
These three words are rad, both together and on their own.
Could this possibly be put into a necklace?

The people at 'Holy Calamity' decided so:


Oh, this would be my perfect graduation present! Sorry . . . 'sold out'.
I am technically meant to be saving my pennies for travels and music festivals abroad. I also shouldn't be such a rampant consumer, but. . . today in a trashy, bright, headache inducing, pink, sleazy, ugly jewellery chain-store i found a bracelet. It was bursting with charms to a ridiculous extent, a few of these charms were kind of similar to the 'I'm a Little Teapot' necklace.

I tried it out:

It pales in comparison to the lovely original (and that's not just because of the poor photography, heh), but if I can't get one, this is as good as it gets. It was tricky linking up the little tea pot and cup without shattering them - my Dad had to use artery forceps to help me.

Vintage Wallpaper Gifts

I have been collecting a small bundle of vintage wallpaper. My little collection has been sitting in a box, under my bed, wasting away.

Three of my lovely little friends are having birthdays this week. Finishing university has left me with lots of spare time to do whatever I care for, so I decided to try and make two of my friends a necklace each. It was easy to choose which print to use for Gemma, her favourite colour has been green for as long as I have known her. Here they are . . .

I hope Steph and Gem don't think these are elementary, 'My Dear'. I like how, if you look closely, the pink wallpaper looks like it almost has a little Edvard Munch 'The Scream' style face in it (perhaps this is just my imagination) They are double sided necklaces, so they have different patterns on the other side.

This is my first blog post, and nobody knows this exists. I don't think my friends have blogs, so these birthday surprises will be kept a secret.