Oooh, I’m feeling SO ready for Spring now. To get me in the mood, I’ve gathered together some images of stuff in my house that feel very chirpy chirpy cheep cheep. FLOWERS mainly – flowers on everything!
I found lots of pretty vintage material the last time I was in Sweden, so I’ve been cleaning it all and am going to use it for something…dunno what yet though. Maybe cushions? Here’s an example (it’s all wrinkly because I just washed it):
And, I have always loved this panel of Japanese fabric I have hanging in my living room. It goes together really nicely with this little glass blossom tree thing that I used to covet as a kid more than anything. My grandparents gave it to me, they used to live in Japan and Singapore so they got it from the Far East at some point in the 50s or 60s. Everyone else in the family HATES it, but to me it was always (and still is) so delicately beautiful, with its lovely muted petals and leaves:
Next up, this mega brill tapestry thing I bought in Sweden from a junk shop. Everyone knows I am OBSESSED with tapestries, but this one is just so cool! I love the purple colour and the little birds. What I love about tapestries is that someone has taken a reeeeeeally long time to make them, which is such a nice thing, non? I have loads. Just wait until you see the Viking ship tapestry I got in Reykjavik – it is AWESOME.
Here’s another little teeny tapestry from somewhere Scandi:
Other birdy things that I love love love include this eggscellent vinyl cover from the 1970s that my mum gave me. The colours are fantastic, and I like the graphic lines. I framed it and have it on my wall (the colours match the Viking ship tapestry – yes, I am a loser):
Again on the blue/green tip – these sweet necklaces I got in a charity shop somewhere. One is a little feather in resin, the other is a little brass leaf. I like to wear them together, because I am at one with nature and our Earth, OK:
In case you’re interested, the bed linen in the background is by Kenzo. So, what can I make/draw using those inspirations? Hmmm. Will have a little think about it.
Here are some wiiiiiiiiicked new things that I got this morning for the shop. Debbie Greenaway from Ladysnail is a massively talented super cool lady who draws things, but also makes these cute toys (I believe the correct term is ‘plushies’…?) and little bits and bobs. Firstly, these are the best robots I’ve seen in ages. We have big and small ones and even a PINK robot!
She has also made lots of other goodies like little purses, badges and zines and notebooks:
The rainclouds above are so GREAT, I love them and want to hang them from my ceiling. How much nicer are they than regular yucky February rain?! If you can’t stretch to a whole cloud, how about a raindrop brooch?:
Hee heeee! How cute! Come and buy one NOW. Or, you may prefer these little toothsome creatures:
You’ll have to be quick with these though – they have sold like hot cakes today and now I only have two left! My cousin Ollie Birch lost his two front teeth when he was a kid and they didn’t grow back for AGES. He could have really done with these replacements.
We also only now have ONE More Tea Vicar? neck/head warmer left in Teal (although I think there are more coming soon). Come and get it, y’all!
And here’s a new LIMANI by Lina Lindbergh ‘AK47′ silver necklace with etched flower detail – much better than the real thing with all those nasty bullets:
Lastly, here is my favourite picture of me and my Mama. For no reason other than I love her and miss her very much because she lives on the other side of the world: