Happy 2015!

 HAPPY NEW YEAR! I haven’t written a post in a really long time, but it’s a new year and so I thought I’d start off with a look at the last year, what I managed, and what I didn’t, and what my plans are this year. My child is asleep next to me and so…

So Far This Summer…

I‘ve been a little MIA for the last month, and thinking about it I’m not even sure what exactly has stopped me writing. I’ve been busy, but what’s new? Try not to take it personally; I’m pretty sure I’ve been like this with everyone, a true flitterer (this a made up word because I, along with…

Baptism: Summer Decor

There were a number of things I got on with when it came to the Baptism Celebration to make sure everything would look good. We wanted things to be simple, but also playful and colourful; in the end we stuck pretty closely to a design I used for the invitations, from the Facebook event, to…

Baptism: Gown Lessons

One of the traditional pieces of a baptism that I really wanted to keep hold of was Cub’s gown. Historically the gown was meant for both adults and children to symbolise the new start: they would be baptised/bathed naked and then be given brand new white robes. It is now pretty common to see babies…

Ceramics by Absolutely Clay

I came across Absolutely Clay on Etsy almost a year ago. At that point I loved the piece but bought it for a friend thinking the mediterranean colours and religious symbolism would be well liked as an ornamental artistic piece. Since then the imagery and colour use stuck in my head so strongly that when…

Buying British & Handmade

I love taking advantage of worldwide social media to encourage and publicise the success of artists & craftspeople. I also feel that if you want to support British industry the best way you can do that nowadays is to buy locally and/or from small business. There are lots of awesome people who are stepping out…

Planning A House Without The Pride

  I love houses that become homes. I love how a building can start to symbolise who lives there and represent the life they are trying to live. This is a bit strange seeing as I was unbelievably bored by architecture in Art History classes. I think this is because the walls, the roofs, the…

Splitting My Thesis: Overwhelming Subjects Need Breaking Down

Over the last few months, as well as reasons like packing and moving, being pregnant, and the ridiculousness that is life, I have found it very difficult to contemplate the breadth of the concept I was hoping to work on. Some of my many questions/queries/issues included: Do “flaws” get airbrushed out in images of women…

Uncovered by Fashion: Expression Rather Than Oppression

I feel I need to automatically explain the title of this post. I wanted to think about fashion and fabric from around the world without picking up the covering up function that clothes have mainly been required for. If we take away the obvious weather-related concerns, clothes relate mainly to covering up certain areas, those…

New House Turned Home

Recently I wrote about our brand new rented house and our attempt to furnish it rather cheaply. I’ve learnt and accomplished a large amount in the last week and it’s already feeling wonderfully home-y. I thought I’d share a few lessons so just incase any of you go through the same situation in the not-too-distant-future….