Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Happy Halloween!

I've only ever carved two pumpkins in my life, and this is the second... So much fun. I can't take all the credit, it was an artistic collaboration with Jake - ours is the little house! Any weekend away that ends with sparklers is a great one. Does anyone else have pumpkin pictures? Leave a link below, I'd love to see!

Happy Halloween!

x Rachel 

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Weekly Art: Tim Walker

All photographs by Tim Walker

Tim Walker is one of my favourite photographers and a real British gem. His fantastical concept based imagery is completely constructed in front of the camera; nothing is photoshopped! He has an amazing eye for extravagance and originality and has turned photo shoots more into film sets with fashion stylists, set designers, hair and makeup artists, prop makers, painters and of course models to play out the scenes that start in his imagination.

He has an exhibition on at the moment in Somerset House which I can't wait to visit. As well as photographs the exhibition includes huge set and prop pieces like the almost life size Spitfire pictured above! The exhibition coincides with the publication of his book Tim Walker: Storyteller, which is also a huge temptation. But until then we can always catch his latest work in Vogue...

x Rachel

Monday, 29 October 2012

Guest Post on Raspberry Kitsch

The lovely Hannah from Raspberry Kitsch invited me over on to her blog the other day to write a guest post on blog organisation. It's a little tips post with a few organisation tricks I have picked up along my blogging journey so far. 

If you're not familiar with Raspberry Kitsch, I highly recommend adding it to your follow list, you wont be disappointed! Take a peek at that post here

x Rachel

Friday, 26 October 2012

DIY Bow Belt

I'm off to a wedding tomorrow (very excited!) and I was having a bit of trouble matching my dress and my accessories. I found a little black bow in my craft supplies and knew I wanted to incorporate it somehow... So I made a belt! Here's how...

You will need: An old belt or a piece of ribbon or sash, a bow (you could make one out of scrap fabric) and a pretty button of your choice.

1// Grab your bow (or make one) and hand stitch it on to the middle of your ribbon/belt/sash. If you are not a sewer or if you are working with a tough material like leather, you could always use a glue gun. 

2// Stitch your pretty button to the centre of the bow (again with a glue gun if you want to be a bit speedier). 

3// Wear your new belt with pride! 

I know this is a very simple DIY that in hindsight probably didn't really need step by step instructions... But it's quite fun and I like it. I hope you will too! 

x Rachel 

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Free Ad-Swap

Have you noticed that Pointless Pretty Things is now offering a free ad-swap programme? Big things are happening on the blog in the next few months and I want you to be a part of it! It's great to share a bit of mutual promotion, don't you think? So if you'd like to see your blog showcased on my sidebar then head on over to my ad-swap info page to find out more.

I'd love to have you :) 

x Rachel

Saturday, 20 October 2012

The Happy List

Making me happy this week:

1// This outfit from Free People - perfect.

2// I've wanted some flowery Docs for ages. It's nearly time for new boots....

3// The Qing Hua Diana F+...... Gahhhh!!

4// This amazing tattoo that looks like a Bob Ross painting!

5// Yup, I've got the ombre hair bug too - if you follow me on instagram you may have seen that I got mine done the other day... I love it!

6// The colours in the picture are gorgeous. I can't find the source so if anyone knows the artist let me know!

7// I'm art print obsessed at the moment, and I love Pink Floyd... Therefore I need this.

8// This room! My house could never look like this, I'm not that disciplined... But it's beautiful.

9// I want to be here! What an amazing photograph of the teacups at Disneyland Tokyo by Park and Cube.

10// I have a sneaking suspicion that I may have already shared this on a past happy list... But these images showing the making of The Goddess Guide make me so happy. So much cutting and sticking! 

Phew... that's enough for now I think! What's making you happy this week? 

x Rachel 

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Weekly Art: Regine Ramseier

"The puffy flowers’ sky leans from the door to the window and it seems, as if the flowers were carried out from the room, towards the light and the day. But quietly they hang in the room and they endure. Held in my memory. They will not return. But the golden meadows, that I know, the puffy flowers, they will be back next spring."

I love this installation by German artist Regine Ramseier - 2,000 Suspended Dandelions. Not only is this a beautiful and delicate piece of work as an end result, the work that went into transporting and suspending the fragile puffs without damaging them is amazing! Read more about the process here

//This is a new weekly feature I'm trying out on the blog. If anyone has any of their own art they would like to share, or can point me in the direction of an artist you think I'd like, drop me a comment! //

x Rachel 

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Shiny and New!

As some of you may have noticed, the blog is all different! I've been working on the new design for a while and even though I loved my old header I am glad to have a cleaner, less cluttered look going on. 

I thought I was being really clever in building a test blog to build my new design in, but when it came to actually transferring the template over the laws of website physics went out the window! So sorry if anyone stumbled upon my squiggly mess of a blog in the last couple of days. But it's all done and spruced up now :) that's the first of my 4 simple goals done...

x Rachel

Thursday, 11 October 2012

4 Simple Goals...

I'm joining in with Elsie's 4 Simple Goals challenge here for the new season! It's a really nice way to focus in a way that's achievable and not too intimidating. My simple goals for the rest of this year are:

1. Completely redesign the blog. I've had the same blog design for a year now (eeep what a confession!) and it's time for a complete overhaul... I've already started this one, so you might be seeing the results very soon! 

2. Eat food from every food group.  I've been trying to be a bit more healthy in general recently and eating a really good variety of food will help me practice my cooking skills too!  

3. Sell at my first craft fair. This is the most exciting one... I've got a craft fair coming up in November (Thanks Jacqueline if you're reading!) and I can't wait to get making lots of handmade Christmas decorations and gifts to sell :) 

4. Take up yoga. I am seriously un-flexible so yoga has always terrified me a bit. But I've tried it out recently and I really like it! I'd like to get into the habit of practicing regularly. 

So there's my 4 simple goals. Who else is joining the challenge? 

x Rachel 

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

DIY Feather and Lavender Garland

I found these feathers and dried lavender sprigs at my new favourite craft shop last week and made this autumnal garland with them to hang over our bed. It's really easy and therapeutic to make... I love lavender!  

You will need: a few bunches of dried lavender or herb of your choice (rosemary could be nice!), craft feathers, indian ink, wool or string. 

1. I dip-dyed my feathers in indian ink to create an ombre effect. Use a paintbrush to help gradient the ink. 

2. Arrange your feathers and lavender bunches in the order that you want them. 

3. Work out the spacing of each aspect and then tie them on to the wool. I cheated and used a little bit of UHU glue in the knots to keep everything in place :) 

4. Hang up your garland and feel chuffed with yourself! 

Let me know if you've made any autumnal decorations, I'd love to see them! Leave a link in the comments bar. 

x Rachel 

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Feeling All Autumnal


I'm joining in with all the "I love Autumn" posts because, I really do love Autumn! It's great, I'm excited about it. That's all.

x Rachel 

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Worth a visit in London: Slanchogled

A bit of a spontaneous mini-post today, but I just couldn't wait to share a beautiful shop that I stumbled upon this afternoon in Chalk Farm. 

"Slanchogled" looks so lovely from the outside, but it's not until you go inside that you realise that there is a basement that's even better than the ground floor! The shop assistants probably thought I was a bit weird because I was walking around with a massive grin on my face... Literally craft HEAVEN! I picked up a few bits and bobs for some projects that have been collecting in my notebook for a while. So you'll be seeing some of these materials again soon! 

Londoners, have you been in Slanchogled yet?

x Rachel 

Monday, 1 October 2012

DIY Gold Letters

This little project has been on my to-do list for months and I finally got around to finishing it. I love the trend of metallic letters in home decor, so when I saw these cardboard letters in Hobby Craft I couldn't wait to make my own version to hang up in our new flat! 

You will need: Cardboard craft letters, glue, pretty paper and a craft knife (oh and a ruler if you are feeling precise.... I wasn't).

1. Draw around your letters on the FRONT side of the paper (so when you cut them out they will be the right way round) Make sure you leave a bit of extra space around the letter as you draw to leave a bit of "seam allowance". 

2. Line up your paper letter with your cardboard letter, then stick the paper to the front of the letter leaving your seam allowance hanging over the sides. 

3. Fold the edges over carefully and stick them down to make a nice neat edge. I found that the best way to do the curved bits is to make little cuts all the way along so that it folds flat instead of bunching up. 

4. Cover the sides in the same way, folding all of the edges to the back (that doesn't have to be neat as it will be against the wall). This is the part that it may be easier to measure with a flexi-ruler or a bit of string depending on how complex a letter you are making. 

5. Attach a little hook or a hole in the back and hang pride of place on the wall! They also stand up by themselves and would look great sitting on the shelf if like me you shouldn't really make holes in the wall (#rentingdilemmas). 

There's loads of variations you can do with this project... I was going to cover the ampersand as well but I actually like the way that the raw card looks against the gold. It's nice to finally check these little letters off my to-make list! 

What have you been making lately? 

x Rachel 


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