Tuesday, 30 July 2013

The Happy List

On the web... 

>>> Single Bloom Concrete Vases - by A Subtle Revelry. I love concrete mixed with prettiness. 

>>> My woodslice coasters made it on to the front page of UK Etsy! Happy dance moment! 

>>> 16 incredibly happy sting rays... There are no words. 

And offline... 

>>> I've got back into model making for set designs again - something I used to hate at uni but now brings me a strange new found joy. 

>>> Kirstie's fill your house for free - love this show! 

>>> Art shopping.... oh so expensive but oh so seductive. 

I'm still smiling from those happy sting rays... I dare you to look upon them and not be filled with glee! 

What's making you happy this week? 

x Rachel 

Saturday, 27 July 2013

DIY Doily Wall Art

I saw a great tutorial in Molly Makes recently using embroidery hoops to make a really sweet bit of wall art. I'm definitely going to be trying it out when I have a bit of time and the materials, but for now I wanted to try out a really simple one using paper doilies. 

You will need: Paper doilies, craft knife, wrapping paper (I'm obsessed with this grass pattern from Tiger), glue/double sided tape. 

1// After you've decided which word you would like to make, draw and cut out your letters into the doilies with a craft knife. 

2// Cut circles of patterned paper to the same size as the solid part of the doilies (leaving the lacy part bare). 

3// Stick the paper on to the back of the doilies. I like to use double sided tape because glue is very messy and would probably cause the paper to warp. 

4// Use washi tape to fix your doilies up on the wall. 

This is a really easy little project - and probably not something that I'll be keeping up for ever - but definitely something I would do again for parties! 

Hope you all have a lovely weekend, 

x Rachel 

Friday, 26 July 2013

Pointless Pretty Party

Hooray - My Etsy shop is finally open! It's definitely just a baby at the moment but I have lots more pretty things to be added in the next week or so. I just had one of those moments where I thought "if I wait for it to be totally ready before I open then it will never open!" So here it is, a work in progress but something I'm very excited about building as I go along. 

In other news, you may notice the blog has had a little spruce up! I just wanted something fun that was a bit more in keeping with my style... Hope you like it, I'm still working out some of the kinks so let me know if anything is looking a bit weird on your browsers. 

Thanks for sticking with me over this busy couple of weeks... Sometimes I can be more of an over-thinker/planner than a do-er and having an online network of amazing people geeing me along is exactly what I need! 

The blog is back in business :)

x Rachel 

Monday, 22 July 2013

Bear with me...

Art Print by Tracey Long (Chasing the Crayon on Etsy).

Things have been a bit quiet around here this week - I've been feeling a little snowed under, lots of design work + laryngitis do not play nicely together. I've decided to be kind to myself and push my shop launch to tomorrow instead of today along with the new blog design... The blog will be going offline for a few hours tonight so that I can sort through all the coding etc. without people stumbling across a weird jumbled mess! Bear with me, I'll be back soon with a better blog and a pretty shop to go with it :) 

Thanks for all the support so far, kind comments and tweets have been keeping me going as I wade through my to-do lists!

x Rachel 

ps. how sweet is this art print by Tracey Long of Chasing the Crayon? Check out her other work on Etsy it is wonderful. 

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Weekly Art: Przemek Blejzyk


Imagine walking home to find one of these on your street! In true graffiti artist style, there is not much info to be found on Polish born Przemek Blejzyk, but his definitely speaks for itself. I love the way the over saturated colours look on the drab brick work... I just can't imagine how it's even possible to create work that detailed so huge! How can he see what he's doing? Practical thoughts aside - check out some more of his work here... Pretty impressive! 

x Rachel 

Creative Mess

At the moment I feel like I am buried under paper flowers and mini bunting. I'm loving it! Less than a week now until Pointless Pretty Party opens, lots to do still - I feel like the little train pushing up the hill in dumbo... I think I can I think I can I think I can.... 

x Rachel 

Monday, 15 July 2013

Dream Interiors: Industrial

Inspiration image: source

The industrial trend in interiors is one of my favourites at the moment. I love you can go all out with it, or just use some details to give pretty rooms a bit of an edge. There is a stall in Shoreditch Antiques Market with some gorgeous iron pendents that I oggle every time I walk past.... One day, one day. 

I think if I was to use this style in any room it would be a studio - I think I would find an environment decorated in this style really inspiring to work in. 

What do you think of the industrial trend? Is it here to stay? 

x Rachel 

Sunday, 14 July 2013

Weekly Art: Charlotte Mann


How great is the work of London based artist Charlotte Mann?! She is known for her incredibly detailed 1:1 scale line drawings which she creates with black marker on white walls. What impresses me most is the perspective and the details outside of the windows... I would not like to hazard a guess of how long an installation like this would take to draw up...! 

Take a look at the rest of her work on her website. What a talent! 

x Rachel 

Saturday, 13 July 2013

The Happy List

On the web...

>>> A trampoline repurposed into a twinkly fairy bed.... yes please. 

>>> 25 signs you grew up with Disney (it would not be The Happy List without a contribution from buzzfeed).

>>> This interview... 

And offline...

>>> At risk of stating the obvious.... SUNSHINE!! 

>>> I've met some really lovely people this week working on a fun outdoor show. 

>>> I'm off to the park this afternoon after work to watch said show... I might even get an ice cream - hooray for summer shows! 

I took a little accidental blog break this week - it's been such a busy one quite unexpectedly so I was caught off guard. Now that I am no longer chained to my sewing machine I am back in business... for the run up to the shop opening! Lots to do still but I can't wait to share it with you all. Thanks for the pep talks and lovely comments, they are helping me keep on trucking :) 

Hope you all have a lovely weekend, 

x Rachel 

Monday, 8 July 2013

Pointless Pretty Party - Opening Soon!

I'm very excited to announce that my new Etsy shop Pointless Pretty Party will be opening it's virtual doors on the 22nd July 2013... two weeks today! Behind the scenes it's all go with preparations, photo shoot planning and ordering of fun things like custom stamps and business cards. 

I am so chuffed that my little shop is nearly ready to be introduced to the world. I hope you like this little peek into the branding, I can't wait to see what's in store for this new adventure. 

x Rachel 

Sunday, 7 July 2013

Find Your Voice Week One

It's two weeks into the Find Your Voice Workshops and I am loving them so far. I decided to use the workshops to focus on a little scrapbook that I've been wanting to properly start for months now. I take photos all the time for work related reasons, but I have gotten quite lazy with taking them of people or memories and recently Jake and I realised that we don't actually have many pictures of us together. 

I bought a scrapbook a while ago with the intention of us working on it together.... of course that hasn't really happened, but the dream is still alive and Jake has at least pretended to be interested! I'm slightly aware of how soppy it is, but I know that if I don't document this time in our lives I will regret it later on... So throughout the eight week workshop I am planning to use the prompts to help me document our adventures into something fun to keep.

The craft prompt for week one was to create a project that represents you at the beginning of your storytelling journey. I decorated our scrapbook with some geometric paper, washi tape and a picture of our names in fridge magnets that we took on holiday. I always find that as soon as I decorate a book I am more likely to work in it. I always used to decorate my school books in the same way... Some may say a waste of time, I say it's necessary.

I have had a busy week this week, so still trucking through week two's task, but expect a post on that in the next couple of days... 

If you would like to join in the Find Your Voice workshops, hop over to Rukristin Papercrafts and join. It's completely free of charge and you can opt to have the lessons sent to your email address or just download them online, see this link or the facebook group for more information. I'm looking forward to getting more involved with the steadily growing community and to see what everyone else comes up with during the course! 

Who else is joining in? Leave your links in the comments I'd love to see your posts :) 

x Rachel

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Guest Posting on Eat.Live.Make

I've got a little guest post up on Eat.Live.Make today while the lovely Meghan is away on an adventure. If you fancy a little party favour inspiration involving teacups - pop on over and have a look! Meghan has a beautiful blog so there will be plenty more to look at too :) 

Weekly Art: Julia Solis

Photographs by Julia Solis via The Jealous Creator

Julia Solis explores and photographs abandoned and derelict buildings and urban spaces to create fascinating glimpses into the beauty of decay. This series entitled Stages of Decay features over a hundred neglected stages across the US and Europe and has really captured my reluctant thespian heart. 

"The camera's perspective is that of a last audience member, viewing the unfolding spectacle of decrepitude. Stages of Decay is a glimpse at what happens after the final curtain has dropped." Solis. 

The collection reminds me of my favourite theatre in the world, The Bouffes Du Nord in Paris. It is the most beautiful building and definitely has a similar decaying elegance about it. Look how pretty it is: 


Be sure to check out Julia Solis' other collections of work and her blog The Dark Passage as there are plenty more amazing images where these came from! 

Is anyone else as fascinated by abandoned buildings as I am? 

x Rachel 

Monday, 1 July 2013

Hi July

It's July.... Cray-cray! While the beginning of July means a lot of excitement and hopefully sunny days, it also means it's time to say goodbye to Google Reader. If you are looking for a substitute reader to keep up with all of your favourite blogs, I highly recommend Bloglovin. I've been using it for a couple of years now and I love it! They also have a really simple system in place to import all your reads into their feed, so you don't have to go through the whole following process again. I've also heard great things about Feedly, and I just had a little peek, the interface is lovely.

If you'd like to keep following along with Pointless Pretty Things, follow through Bloglovin here or Feedly here

Bye Bye Google Reader, you were nice for a while... 

x Rachel 


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