Friday, 29 June 2012

First Train Home

I've been captivated lately by the sounds of Imogen Heap. I'm in love with this track, First Train Home, which has a beautifully soft vibe about it. I urge you to take a listen to her other tracks too - they're so beautiful!

Monday, 25 June 2012

Ballgowns For All

Since I've begun to gather ideas for my A2 textiles project, I thought I'd share with you a few beauties that I've come across. Don't ask me where I found them, because I rudely can't remember - if anyone does, please let me know!
I'm thinking a Celtic, Faerie, Folklore mystery of a piece. Now, the decision I need to make: Jacket or Dress?!

Cast your votes.....

Saturday, 23 June 2012

Dying Just a Little

Wow. I've actually been quite slow posting on my spiffingingly new developments. It's harder finding the time now that I'm studying - or should I rather say sleeping - since I've been back at Sixth Form. It's tough, I'm not going to lie.
Anyhow, I've been scouring the 'net, and came across these amazing beauties:

Dip-dyed ballet flats. I know. Both of our jaws have dropped in awe. I mean, who wouldn't covert these? PLUS you can make them yourself. Well, not LITERALLY manufacture a shoe, but decorate them to suit your own amazing and fanatical personality. I'm in love with tie dye, or dying stuff in any format for that matter. This would definitely make a wondrous piece to my wardrobe; as it would with anyone else's. And what's more, you can choose your own colours, create your own patterns, or even go all-out-crazy and take this idea a step further and attack your boring jewellery (fabric of course), canvas pumps or jeans!


Monday, 18 June 2012

Gothic Tales and Other Oddities

It's occurred. I have now gone back to college after a brief study-leave and linger in an unpleasant mood. However, much to my delight, this mood has been lifted due to an unexpected turn of events. I dread English Literature, usually. But today, I have found out that I shall be studying Gothic Novels for my A2 work. I'm not brilliant at it, nor do I have a profound knowledge of texts or the theme; but I do have the up most desire for the theme's beauty and presence it holds in society. First novel? Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. This, shall indeed, be a wondrous read.

On another note, I have learnt that it's Etsy's Birthday!! Many happy returns, I must say! I'm particularly in love with this Celtic ring I found on their site, which I'm very convinced to purchase....once I have some more money (after buying loads more fabric!)...
Celtic ring from celticknotjeweler, found on Etsy

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Floral Fanatic

Afternoon All!!
I've finally finished a summer dress I've been making! It's only taken me two days (in theory) to do, but has actually taken two weeks to get round to finishing it. I've been busy do other crazy and mad stuff. Not that it should be an excuse for anything, but it is. So, without further or do, here it is:

Excuse my naf appearance (I've previously mentioned my desire to lose a bit of weight, and I'm growing out nmy hair).
Aside from that, I hope you can see the end outcome. I'm really pleased with it, as I've drawn up and drafted the pattern from scratch. Well, I say from scratch, really I mean to say I deconstructed an old vest top as I liked the structure of the neckline and back panel. I used a Poly/Cotton floral fabric and a Pure Cotton lining - which I purchased on my discount at work ;) - so it's ideal for the summer weather (what summer weather, may you ask?!). I actually had to unpick all the skirt and insert two darts into the front bodice as I wasn't happy with the original shape. It looks better, now though. It could do with a press but it feels SO comfortable! What are your thoughts on it?
I've recently purchased the Burdastyle handbook, of which I am incredibly keen to get out and remotivate myself to make make make again. The bag looks incredibly enticing....

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Let's Get Inked...

After a week of refreshing myself and a wonderful get-away to Wychwood Music Festival, I am now in the right frame of mind to continue in my quest of life.
I've had a strange calling towards getting inked lately, of which the intricate details of Celtic knots and patterns are drawing me in. It's funny, because if you had mentioned this to me a couple of years ago, I would have said that I can't understand why on earth people would want to have permanent drawings on themselves. But after going through an incredibly dark and diminishing period on my life, I want something to renew myself. Give myself my freedom and lost serenity back. I'm particularly taken in by The Tree Of Life as it has a world-wide symbolic reference in beliefs.
This is one of three images I've been considering getting. I love the knot-work and formality of it all. The circular structure also promotes a sense of eternal life, thus providing the fulfilling belief of life after death. I feel like I've died. This, therefore, can hopefully give me a sense of 'rebirth' in the hope to revive my inner form.
The second is also quite similar, but holds a sense of togetherness and symmetry.
The final choice portrays a sensual appeal in fluidity. I love how it creates a prolonged presence and breaks up the circular form with the swirling lines. I might combine some of them to create my own look.What do you think?
 But I have another four months or so until I will venture out and renew myself (I'm only 17, so would like to enter my adulthood with a new vibe about myself). In the mean time, I shall continue designing, making and re-finding what I've lost. I'm also on a quest to lose weight, as I've been so unhappy with it for the past year due to stress. I know, I know. You don't want yet another mug moaning about it; but for those who understand it, it is something that I've been struggling with for ages. I hope to regain my faerie-minded well being...

Friday, 1 June 2012

Glistening Gems...

Hello to all!!

I've been busy beavering away at my scrap-fabric tutu for wychwood, which I can assure looks incredibly spiffing at the moment! I shall indeed share a delightful photo of it once it's all complete (and when my camera has charged properly).

Aside from my creative affairs, I've been glancing at what sort of accessories I could purchase in order to add to my created 'look'. And I couldn't believe it when I came across these:

Excuse the terrible cropped shot. But I just had to share them with you. The Beautiful detail looks so elegant and faerie like that could caress any dainty feet, (shame mine are a little on the 'hobbit' side), whilst would be ideal to slip on at a music festival or evening event.
Where are they from? you ask. Well, I can confirm that this amazing find is from Next. I know. You weren't necessarily expecting that, were you? Or perhaps you were. Anyhow, this is definitely a purchase I'm considering to make, as the colour scheme and jewel-like appearance would grace well with my flamboyancy and mindset.