Tuesday, July 28, 2009
As much as I love how beautiful she was, her later roles in these four movies is when I think she was truly at her best. In both All About Eve and Dead Ringer, she got to play the quintessential ballsy 'not to be messed with' broad who got more than her fair share of zingers such as 'Heaven help me. I love a psychotic!' , and then in Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte and What Ever Happened To Baby Jane? she was brilliant as someone spiralling further into madness. Oooh, I just loved them! I think I'd have to say that Baby Jane is my favourite, both because of the tension created and because Bette Davis as Baby Jane Hudson was just so creepy! If you have yet to see any of these, I highly recommend them for some campy fun!
In other news, aside from sticking my head in the freezer to cool down, I've started guest blogging over at The English Muse while Tina takes a much deserved break and there is also a little interview with us over on Got Craft? where we talk about the thing that inspire us, our take on art vs. craft and the joys (and tricky bits) of working for yourself. Go take a peek if you please!
Monday, July 27, 2009
I have to apologise for the quality of this clip, but it's the only one I've ever been able to find of The Jam doing this song (aside from those annoying non-videos people make that are secretly just a slide show of images, or worse - footage of their turntable) and it is one of my all time favourite covers. As much as I love it when Martha and The Vandellas do this song, there is something about the call and response, how excited the bass player is, and the fact that I have a giant crush on Paul Weller that makes me listen to this one over and over. Also, the audience is amazing to watch! Check out the guy in the yellow!
I hope you're all keeping cool (or warm!) where you are!
Friday, July 24, 2009
I wish I had a picture of her tail that I could show you guys, it's totally curly like a little pig! It's hard to tell from looking because she's so fluffy but when you feel the bones its crazy! Being a little Manx cat we figured she needed a Manx name, that and Ursula means 'little wolf or she-bear', too cute and perfect!
I hope you're all having a lovely weekend, right now I'm about to curl up on the couch with my loves, a beer in hand, popcorn to munch on and Coal Miners Daughter to watch and swoon over.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Not only are these now in our shop (with more to come!), but they are also on our 'table' at the Poppytalk Handmade Market as part of the 'Home Sweet Home' theme. The current market is running from today until August 15th and you really should all pop over and check it out, there is a lot of great handmade and vintage stuff to pretty up your home!
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
And with that, I'm off to enjoy a cold beer!
They were pretty simple to whip up, and not surprisingly we couldn't wait for them to cool before testing them. They were out of control. Seriously, still warm dark chocolate cake with a melty cheesecake filling. Why had I never heard of these before??I didn't think it could possibly get any better than that, but the next day after having a pancake brunch we had some left over blackberry and strawberry sauce so that afternoon Richard and I decided to pour some over our cupcakes. Absolute heaven! There was even enough sauce left to be used as an impromptu jam on my toast the next morning. Yum! It was a good food weekend. I'm not sure how normal it is to get quite as excited (read: hand clapping in delight) about good food as I do, but there you go.
Monday, July 13, 2009
I starting writing this blog almost a year ago, with the idea that it would be a space to put my ideas, thoughts and inspirations down on 'paper'. Along the way I've met so many fantastic people through this space, and am daily inspired by what I see and read. The list of blogs I follow has grown exponentially this past year, and I really enjoy checking in with you all as I sit down at the laptop in the morning. Also along the way, I've thought a lot about what I want to fill this space with. Right around the time I was getting ready to start writing, a friend of mine asked what kind of blog I was planning on starting and the only answer I had was, 'Well...a life blog'. To be honest I sometimes find this a bit tricky, and I definitely don't think it is the best or only way to blog. There are many craft/feminist/political/food, etc, etc specific blogs I read and love, but I just knew I'd never be able to be organised enough for that, haha. However there is always the worry that if for this last week I've blogged about pretty dresses and fabric, and then tomorrow about transphobia or breastfeeding activists, that I'll alienate people. I guess it's most important to be honest with yourself, and what you think is important to talk about though, right?
Thanks so much to those of you who read and follow my blog, I have loved getting to know you all. Thank you for all your lovely comments, support for our little store and lovely emails you've sent me. A big 'Hello!' to the new followers I've noticed over the past wee while, I'm so happy to see you!
Now, to pass on the award. It was tricky limiting this to a few, really I could have just uploaded the entirety of my Google reader and there would still be millions of other blogs I love and am inspired by. These few are ones that I stop in at regularly, many of which have become friends over this little blogging life of mine.
The Small Joys
The Little Lads
Lady I Swear By All Flowers
The Boss of You
Small Town Stories
The Adventures of an Urban Environmentalist
Have Cake, Will Travel
The Small Object Steno Pad
Please pass it on, if you please!
Sunday, July 12, 2009
The movie itself was absolutely fantastic, I really loved it. We both did in fact. With Richard having grown up in the punk/DIY scene, I think there was a bit of a reawakening for his passion for making. I loved how real and authentic everyone in the film was, and also the overwhelming theme about the importance of being creative, making for yourself and in ways that you love. We both came a way really fired up, with lots of ideas and even more sure that this is something we want to do not only for a living (if possible) but also for our own satisfaction. There was lots of talk, both in the film and in the Q&A with Faythe afterwards, about the danger (or maybe worry is a better word?) of the handmade movement being co-opted by corporate retail which admittedly is a scary prospect. However I really loved something Faythe mentioned about the fact regardless of what is selling or currently trendy, people are always going to be creating and making. This also really rung true throughout the various interviews in the film, it was so obvious that people were not only genuinely passionate about what they were doing but that making was such a natural (and sometimes subversive and political) act for them. I think this really resonated with us both because we feel similarly, but also because of how easily that can get lost in the clutter of life. Needless to say we came away inspired and with some resolutions for ourselves, and lots and lots of ideas! Big thanks to Andrea and Rob of Got Craft for putting on such a fantastic event!
On that note, it is late, late here and one of my resolutions is getting up at a decent time so I best scurry off to bed! I hope you're all very well and I promise you will be hearing from me lots more soon!
Thursday, July 2, 2009
I hope you are enjoying the weather wherever you are!