Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Finding My Style

I'm trying this new thing at the moment. I think I spend too much time thinking about what I want to make instead of actually making things. I've become almost too conscious of doing everything in pursuit of developing a specific style and it's really inhibiting me creatively. My problem is that I'm kind of unsure of what my "style" actually is. Does anyone else have that problem? I find it so easy to recognise different styles that I am drawn to in other people's work, but with my own it all seems like a bit of a mish-mash at the moment... I think it's because I have such a clear vision of where I want to get to in the future with this blog and my career, that I want to run before I can crawl - I'm too impatient! 

So my new plan is just to stop thinking and start making! I'm going to start drawing things, making things and sewing things for fun again instead of trying too hard to brand myself. I'm going to try and create something every day - eeek scary I know! I'm not expecting a masterpiece every day, I'm definitely counting tiny doodles. It's just so I can keep practicing little by little and eventually find what I like making the most. 

I'll be documenting my progress through the blog, so if anyone would like to join in this little challenge I'd love to hear about it and see your results. Also if any of you have any tips on how you have developed your own styles, please share!

x Rachel 

Monday, 24 September 2012

The Happy List

I can't believe it's been months since my last additions to The Happy List! How very lax of me. Here's a look at some of my recent favourite findings...

1// How fun are these animal coat hangers from Urban Outfitters

2// I feel like this DIY on how to make a cloud will come in handy someday... Surely I'll need to make a cloud at some point...?

3// I am in love with this beautiful series Daré alla Lucé by Amy Friend. 

4// Project Life is right up my street! I'll definitely be thinking of buying a starter pack soon...

5// Oana Befort is so talented, I love this Knit Me Flowers watercolour!

That's all for this rainy afternoon! 

x Rachel 

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Pretty Pointless?

I've been sitting on this post for a while, and I think now is the time - around my blog birthday - to properly give it a go. I realised that I've never really explained the name of this blog. It originally started from a tongue in cheek joke about my taste in shopping. I would always say in defence of silly purchases that I just love things that have no point except to be pretty! Whenever we walked past a lovely shop or craft stall, Jake would tease me and say "Ooooh look at all the pointless pretty things in there!" etc etc and that's how the name was born. However, after a year of blogging, reading blogs and trying to "make it" in the arts industry, the name holds a lot more meaning to me now.

I've read posts on other blogs arguing the frivolity of just posting DIYs, fashion and pretty things... What difference do these things make in the real world? Are they even important? I've had similar thoughts about my career path. When you have best friends that are midwives and nurses it's hard not to wonder if following a career in the arts has an element of selfishness about it. When put next to bringing lives into the world on a daily basis, art seems pretty pointless. 

Obviously I don't really mean this at all. I don't need to go into a debate on why the world needs art - that's a little too much for a Thursday afternoon - it's been debated before and no doubt will be again. There is just something about finding beauty in the little things that can bring so much happiness. The details that get missed out in the spotlight but actually make a big difference in our lives. A DIY post isn't going to save the world, in the same way that a set design wont. But it might brighten someones day, and that's enough for me at the moment. 

x Rachel

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Home is wherever I'm with you

I've been rambling on about moving house for so long on the blog now, so I thought now's the time to start sharing a few little snippets of our new flat as we are settling in. We are still waiting for some furniture for our living room, so to start with here is a peek into our new bedroom:

1// A lower bed has done wonders for the size of the room. That is one bonus of renting an unfurnished flat, no horrible Divan bed on wheels! Learn how I made the patchwork flag throw here

2// My favourite part of the room is my little dressing area... We knew we couldn't afford (and didn't want) a proper wardrobe for the room, so we picked up this clothes rail from IKEA and couldn't be happier with it! We were a bit concerned about how sturdy a clothes rail might be and if it might look a bit messy, but it is definitely stable and I love how the clothes bring so much colour into the room. I'm also using a vintage suitcase with drawer organisers to store things like socks and PJs which is quite fun and very useful. 

3// Remember this DIY? I had to keep it on display somewhere to remind me how far I've come in a year.

4// I found this cake stand at a boot sale over a year ago and I've been using it as a jewellery display ever since.

5// I've tried to be a bit more selective about the "decorations" I usually have littered over every surface... But the seaside is pretty significant to both of us, so in my book that means I'm allowed some shells and stuff around, alright? 

6// In that same vein, I'm trying not to let the room get too girly and have it suit both Jake's and my taste... Even if that does mean having little footballers running along our windowsill... Ok it's a work in progress. 

That's all I have for now, except to say that I absolutely love it here. It's the best little flat with the best person ever. 

x Rachel 

Monday, 17 September 2012

Renegade Craft Fair

From reading so many blogs from across the pond, I had heard a lot about Renegade Craft Fair, so when I heard they were coming to London this weekend I had to see what all the fuss was about...

The fair was held in The Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane, which was perfect. It was a really busy day in Shoreditch so coming up the stairs into such a big bright space was such a relief on the system, especially when you were greeted by so many amazing things by talented artists. It sounds obvious, but I think the thing that impacted me the most about the day was the outstanding quality of work across the board. I came away feeling so inspired and motivated, and more sure than ever that this is the world I want to be moving into with my career. 

I came away with some gorgeous stuff too that I couldn't resist! How cool is the fox and badger print by JIMBOBART?! And the post card, stickers and badge are from Art Equals Happy - which was an extra fun stall to visit as I have been reading the blog for a while and it was great to meet the lovely Kim in "real life". 

All in all, I've got to say... the fuss is worth it - Renegade really is amazing. Did anyone else go? What did you think? 

x Rachel 

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Look Who's 1!

I can't believe that a few days ago Pointless Pretty Things turned 1! And I missed it because we don't have the internet yet in our lovely new flat... Normal posts will resume soon when I am back and connected to the world again. But until then, I've put together a little retrospective of some of my favourite posts from my first year of blogging!

LIFE POSTS: 1// Seaside Trips 2// Scotland Adventures 3// A New Pet 4// 22 Before 23.

It's been a scary but great first year out of education, and I owe a lot to the blogging community for preserving my sanity in times of creative need. I've met some lovely inspiring people and I would like to say thank you to everyone for reading and for leaving lovely comments... It really does make my day :) 

x Rachel 

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Lately on Instagram

As you can probably guess from my blog silence and these photos; we moved house this week! We are still in the horrible cleaning-the-old-flat saga, so I'm looking forward to feeling like we have *really* moved into our new place. 

1// Our new IKEA Hampen rug, that looks like a lawn in our living room! 

2// Happy faces when we collected the keys.

3// The tea station was the first area to be set up - obviously.

4// While we were still at "home-home" we held a boot-sale... So fun!

5// Taking down our wall decorations from our old room... 

6// A trip to IKEA for the storage (and plant) essentials. 

7// Bazil giving me his "where have you been?" stare.

8// An oldy from our trip to the Olympics! 

9// England vs South Africa at the ROSE Bowl. 

I'm looking forward to being a bit more settled soon. I'll definitely be sharing some before and after shots when we get the flat looking ship shape :) 

x Rachel 


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