Thursday, 27 October 2011

D.I.Y - Rosebud Lights

Want to know how to spruce up plain fairy lights into something a bit more pretty? Here's how I made these rosebud inspired string lights.

You will need: 

-A set of plain (or coloured) LED fairy lights. Make sure they are definitely the LED kind as the normal bulbs will get too hot and we don't want any fires! 
- Some strips of light transparent fabric. I've used organza here in different shades. Again make sure you get something fairly flame resistant - just incase. 
- A pair of fabric scissors.
- Electrical tape. 

1. Choose the colours for your rosebuds - I've chosen a subtle combination but brighter colours would work just as well. 
2. Carefully bunch the organza (or similar fabric) around the plastic base of the bulb. Experiment with different methods of wrapping and folding until you get a rough flower shape. 
3. Tape the ends of the bud on to the plastic base (not the bulb!) so that your rosebud is secure. I used quite a bit of tape just to make sure. 
4. Repeat until you have covered all of the little bulbs. Not every bud has to be the same, I think it's quite nice to have a variation of shapes.

And then all that's left to do is....

Plug them in and enjoy :) 

x Rachel 

Design Tool of the Week

This week I can't help but share the love for my Digital SLR camera - the Canon EOS 10D. It's so useful for taking great portfolio photographs that show my work at its best and I'm really enjoying learning more about photography the more I practice.

Here is a peek inside my camera bag:

This is obviously missing my camera body and the lens I used to take this, which is just a standard zoom lens. 

Bag: Crumpler - Cupcake 5500 - has lovely squidgey inside pockets which can be rearranged with velcro to keep your camera and lenses safe. 

Two favourite lenses: Canon EF 50 mm f/1.8 (A.K.A The Nifty Fifty) 
                                   Sigma EXDG 24mm 1:1.8 (my wide angle lens) 

Next week I'm going to be sharing some useful photography tips I have picked up in my photo taking journey so far, so keep a look out! 

x Rachel 

Friday, 21 October 2011

5 Makeup Inspirations

This week I have been trying my hand at makeup artistry on a short film. It's been a very busy and exciting time, and I can't wait to share more about the week later on. But for now, in honour of my occupation for the week, I have collected together some of my favourite examples of beautiful makeup artistry from the pros!

1. The Dewy Look - This is one I've been using a lot this week, very natural and photogenic. Lead  makeup artist Sharon Dowsett for the Emanual Ungaro collection. She says "Like Monet’s Water Lilies, it looks better the farther back you stand." 

2. Smokey Eyes - A classic, and I think one of the easiest and most fun looks to recreate. I love the heavy upper lid shown here in combination with the vivid lips. 

3. Pin-Up - The hair, porcelain skin and shock red lips here is a perfect combination! I've recently died my hair from red to blonde and this is something that I would love to have a go at. 

4. Theatrical - I absolutely love this take on restoration period makeup from Galliano Autumn/Winter 2009.

5. Carnival - Any excuse to go a bit overboard is fine by me :) this must have been so fun to create.

For now it's back to filming for me! I'm having lots of fun and meeting some lovely people - and the film is looking really exciting. Watch this space for stories and pictures from the process in the next week or so!

x Rachel 

Monday, 17 October 2011

The Happy List

Here is a little peek at what's making me happy this week:

Cute Crochet - Pal Around the House Pillow by Modcloth... look at them!!

Vintage Book Prints - like these by CollageOrama, there are loads to choose from on their Etsy shop.

Cute Crockery - I love this umbrella illustration plate!

Surrealist Paintings by Vladimir Kush - one of my favourite artists, his work is so beautiful.

What's on your Happy List this week?

x Rachel

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Three Reasons Why I Love Autumn

1. New Season Excitement - Autumn is the time when the cold feels like a novelty and the prospect of winter is exciting - you always seem to forget how chilly and rainy it will get in December and think only of bobble hats and cuddles.

2. Layers - Autumn fashion is my favourite because I love layering clothes and wrapping myself up in big wooly jumpers. Jumpers are my biggest weakness. 

3. Crunchy leaves! - I know it's an obvious one, but who doesn't love them?

Oh and..... My birthday is in Autumn! :)

What are your favourite things about the season? 

x Rachel 

Friday, 14 October 2011

D.I.Y - Paper Birds

I love making things to decorate my room with, and this is one of my favourites. These little paper birds are so easy to make and look lovely hanging as a mobile! I like to hang them around my lampshade like this:

They're a great way to add a bit of colour to any room. Especially if you're renting and you're not allowed to paint the walls! Here's how to make them...

1. Draw a simple bird body shape on to a piece of card and cut around it with a craft knife. 
2. Decide on your decoration. I use pretty patterned paper, magazine cuttings and sometimes watercolours or acrylics to make my own pattern. Cover your bird with whatever decoration you like, (PVA glue is best for sticking) then cut a small hole for the wings to slot through roughly in the middle of the body. 
3. For the wings, again choose any paper you want. I've used handmade parchment, but sometimes pages from an old book or magazine clippings can be nice. Fold a small rectangle up in a "concertina" fashion.
4. Push the folded paper through the hole you made earlier so that the middle is pinched to create the effect of two wings. Add a piece of string or thread, and your little paper bird is ready to fly! 

Hope you enjoyed my first D.I.Y post :) 

x Rachel 

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Dreams of a Studio

One of my biggest goals for the future is to have my very own studio space to make all the mess I want in. Whether it's a rented space or a room in my future house, I don't mind - so long as I can fit all of my materials and bits and bobs in it (and make it look pretty). 
Here's a selection of pinterest finds that I am keeping for studio inspiration.

At the moment I do have a little desk at the top of the stairs which is working quite nicely for a workspace. I'll share pictures of my mini creative space soon... 

In the mean time, please feel free to share any links to your own studio posts. I love seeing how other people work! 

x Rachel

Monday, 10 October 2011

Design Tool of the Week

I love girly tools. I'm gathering quite a collection now, but this range of flowery craft knives is one of my favourites. You can get them from DIY shops all over the place now, mine is the third one in from the left!
Does anyone else have any pretty tools?

x Rachel

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Website Makeover

At the moment I am deep in the throws of redesigning my design portfolio website   The current design served me well throughout uni (I studied Design for the Stage at Central School of Speech and Drama) but I have been graduated for a few months now and feel that it is time to refocus and make a website that is a little more "me".
The new design is still being tweaked and is not yet live... but here is a sneak preview of my new header design. I'd love to know your thoughts! 

x Rachel

Thursday, 6 October 2011

The Happy List

Here is a little peek at what's making me happy this week.

1. Tiny World in a Bottle - Miniatures from Akinobu Izumi. I'm always fascinated by miniatures, but these tiny worlds are just so incredible. I wish my hands were that steady!


2. Ceramic Eco-Cup by Urban Outfitters. Comes in different patterns with a silicone lid and hand protector. Lovely.

3. Patterned Tights. Especially these heart ones.

4. Animal Jumpers. Isn't this fox a little sweetie?

5. Blogging - I am loving taking my first little steps into blog land. Thanks for all the lovely comments so far, its so nice meeting people from all over the place!

x Rachel

Monday, 3 October 2011

The Cake Stand's New Calling


Here's what I used my new cake stand for - a little place setting to hold all of my jewellery! I love it because before I had everything tucked away in a box and it meant that I rarely wore some of my favourite pieces. The name card was from a friend's wedding I went to recently which was absolutely beautiful, and that's my favourite teacup which has all of my loose earrings and bits and bobs in. 

Until taking these pictures I never realised how much tea-related paraphernalia I had. I love this mini tea set necklace!  

x Rachel

Saturday, 1 October 2011

Design Tool of the Week

Having just had a lovely arty morning I thought I would start sharing with you some of my favourite tools and materials. At the moment I am absolutely obsessed with these vintage rubber stamps. I found them on Ebay and I use them all the time for birthday cards, letters and even in my brand new header image!
What tools could you not live without?

x Rachel


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