Cats & dogs

Hola!
Sunday’s are a good day for blog posts, and seeing as I’ve got a few new charity shop bits over the last few weeks I thought I’d do a thrifty themed post!

Much to my bank accounts detriment I’ve been shopping more at high street shops and through online stores rather than solely charity shops lately. This is partly because I’ve done some big clearing out  and realised that a lot of the things I was taking to the charity shops were originally from the charity shops :S

This can be the danger of thrifting. Sometimes you find the most incredble things, though other times you find yourself just buying stuff because it cheers you up and is a bargain that helps charity. Then you end up with a lot of things you don’t use and probably never will. This has made me a lot more weary of what I choose now, and I’ve been trying to only buy things that I’m madly in love with.

So, here are the things I’ve gathered over the past month!

Cat Jumper 

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Vintage Dog Perfume Lamp

20140119-132443.jpgI saw this beauty in the window of a charity shop that specialises in selling second hand furniture. I was on my way home and they were just about to close, so I ran in, thinking it was just a strange looking ornament.

As the guy got it from the display for me we noticed a big black thing attached to the back of it’s head. After some speculating I gently pulled it out to realise it was in fact, a lamp! It was almost too good to be true, especially as dogs and strange lamps are two of my loves in life.

It’s very old, and had no wire unfortunately. Luckily though, my mums partner is pretty savvy at this kind of stuff, and he managed to replace the bulb and plug for me so that it now works. When switched on the glow doesn’t exactly light up a room, but the cool thing is he’s eyes and details of chest fur glow a deep orange, which is perfect horror movie lighting I feel!

Watercolour Cat Pictures in Pastel Frames 

20140119-132510.jpgThese are probably a little bit difficult to see, as I couldn’t get a very detailed picture of them due to the light being so bright today. They’re just delicate little paintings of moody looking cats. I’m always collecting decorations for when I move out and thought that these would look lovely on a wall of other illustrations and pictures within quirky frames.

Finally, this is not something from a charity shop, but rather an awesome anniversary present from my boyfriend that I just had to share. I finally own some Tatty Devine!

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So, that’s it folks. Have a lazy-pizza Sunday!

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Spooky Trousers

20140117-144732.jpgHello! This post comes to you at the wrong time of year really, though in my world, Halloween is a constant.

My dad has his own cult horror magazine and has hung vintage horror posters all over our house, while Childs Play was one of the first movies I ever watched! Horror has therefore always been a big part of my life, in the best way possible that is! I think it’s for this reason that I like spooky inspired things.

I really like the aesthetics of old horror movies and vintage horror comics, with the bold colouring, exaggerated facial expressions and drippy lettering. Although it might sound like a strange thing to say, I also really love the sets of old horror movies, and find something about them kind of cosy. Those huge haunted houses and arm chairs beside crackling fires ❤

Combine these interests with a thing for colourful, bizarre, crazily patterned, psychedelic clothing and you get a wardrobe that could be mistaken for fancy dress wear. While I keep meaning to do more fashion posts, I also don’t have a decent camera or setting to take the photos in. I think that once the weather gets better this will be something to make an effort with! For now though, here are some pictures of two pairs of my spooky trousers that I managed to snap up in the sales.

20140117-144811.jpgHow awesome are these bone leggings?! They’re from Lazy Oaf, which is a crazy cool brand. Their clothing is usually quite pricey, but these leggings were reduced to £10 from £45! Bargain or what?! If you wanted to get yourself a pair then they’ve actually been further reduced to £5! So quick, go get em!

patterned leggings can scare people sometimes, because the trouble with bold designs is that they can be tricky to pair with things. The thing with leggings is that a good, long, slouchy, plain coloured jumper will always work. With monochrome leggings such as these you could get away with pretty much any colour, and as I found out with the above, a cropped shirt can look cool too.

 

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I don’t know what kind of a facial expression this is meant to be, but basically, I never know how to pose in pictures. Seriously, whatever I do I look like a goof!

I was SO.DAMN.PLEASED about these trousers. I’d been drooling over Topshop’s ‘Ghoul Girl’ collection over the last few months but not been able to afford much, then, as I wandered into my local the other week I spotted these babies looking lonesome in the sale rail. They’re so comfortable and the design is really cool, with a montage of halloweeny images. The icing on the cake was that they were reduced to £10 from £35! I feel like a bargain queen.

Here is a closer look:

Screen shot 2014-01-17 at 15.27.43So, I guess this is just a quick post. Did any of you get some cool sale stuff? Let me know in the comments!

Have a good weekend 🙂

A Visit to The Cartoon Museum

Today I woke up late, had a quick shower, slipped on my bone leggings and a fluffy jumper, and caught the train into central London. My boyfriend and I were heading off to the Cartoon Museum in Little Russell Street to meet some friends and amble around the city, drinking a coffee or two. It was all going to be very cultured!

20140111-224723.jpgWhen I was younger I’d spend a fair amount of time looking up cool stuff to do around London, as would my best friend, and whenever either of us spotted anything kind of novel or strange we’d make it a plan for the weekend.

Sometimes we’d find a variety of things and have an entire day dedicated to a schedule of seeing random sites. It was often exhausting, with all the wandering and getting lost just to find a shop warehouse or try something like bubble tea (I have no sense of direction and there was no iphone GPS around to save the day at this point!)

Whenever we got home though it felt like we’d achieved something through finding unique little things that might have slipped under the radar for others. It was a bit like being explorers of quirky places, or something.

I haven’t done as many of these outings over the last few years. mainly because of University, and also because of stressing over other things in life and not finding the time to look up, or even notice the interesting events happening around me. This year I plan on changing that because going for days out to educational or unusual places makes me so happy.

The Cartoon Museum

So, onto the day itself. We arrived at the museum for about 2 o clock. It was a tiny little place surrounded by the delicious aromas of nearby Japanese and Korean eateries. I was craving ramen bad.

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It was £7 to get in, which may seem a bit steep for such a small museum, but it’s worth it. Especially if you’re interested in animation or the history of cartoons. It was also really quiet inside, which made wandering around and taking in everything a lot more relaxed.

20140111-232102.jpgThe art takes up two floors, and this works well as I can sometimes find exhibitions and museums a little overwhelming. Here it felt more manageable, giving you more time to concentrate on the detail of each piece, reading the dialogue of graphic novels and admiring the weirdness of certain comics.

There was also a nice interactive element to the museum, with the chance for kids to make their own comic, which I was pretty jealous of!

My favourite of the things I saw was probably the following:cheeky

Image courtesy of Yersinia pestis on Flickr (as I wasn’t sure if you could take pictures within the main bit of the museum). Seriously though, how incredible is this bum bench thing? I want one.

hugo_tateThis was another one I really liked. It’s Hugo Tate by Nick Abadzis. It made me want to read graphic novels again as I haven’t for a long time.  I especially love the cover of this.

Chai tea and halloumi burgers

20140111-231619.jpgAfter we’d had our fill of cartoons and a healthy browse of the shop, it was off for coffee (or a chai tea and pastry in my case!) We chatted and chilled and then – more food! I’m a big fan of diners and frequent Ed’s Diner quite a lot, but today we went to ‘The Diner’ instead, which is a branch spread around various parts of London (and possibly around other parts of the UK too!)

20140111-232209.jpgEveryone inside was dressed super trendy and there was the smell of good food all around. I ordered the halloumi burger and sweet potato fries, and woah mama was it tasty. There was even avocado and pesto with the halloumi! Basically my dream meal.

Astrology Shop and Adventure Time

20140111-223423.jpgLastly, we went for a wander as the shops were shutting. This astrology shop was nearby and still open. The ambience was totally mellow inside, with healing stones, buddha ornaments, unicorns and even more to my delight – holographic planets! I ended up buying a Saturn magnet and moon postcard, along with the  lunar calendar to the left, which now lets me know handy stuff, like that i’ll have a crescent moon on my birthday. Pretty nifty. 

Of course no day out would be complete without at least one silly purchase, and today that was a surprise Adventure Time figure. I was really hoping to get the glittery Lumpy Space Princess one, but there were only three bags left and the shop was shutting so I had to just grab one. I got Ice King, which ain’t too bad I guess. At least he looks great chilling with my harp seal beanie. I think collecting these might be a thing for me now.

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So that was a brief summary of my Saturday. If you get a chance then I’d definitely recommend a visit to the Cartoon Museum, followed by some diner grub!

Have a lovely rest of the weekend 🙂

The Fantasy of Escape

Enid: You know what my number one fantasy used to be?

Seymour: What?

Enid: I used to think about one day, just not telling anyone, and going off to some random place. And I’d just… disappear. And they’d never see me again. Did you ever think about stuff like that?

Seymour: I guess I probably did when I was your age.

Enid: You know what we should do? We should just get in your car right now, and just drive off. Just find some totally new place and start a whole new life. Fuck everybody.

19.34 AMEscaping may not be the answer to feeling better, but it’ll always be the ultimate dream. It’s the exciting imagining of running away to the unknown. To a place that you may not even know the name of, just a vague conjuring of space that you could sink away into, leaving strained thoughts and problems crumbling into fragments of air that you can breath once again.

I think for the most part people always want to runaway from things. From routine. From themselves. Even if the running away is just in small ways. That’s what change is all about, right?

I’ve spent the most part of the past few years of my life feeling scared shitless about what I’m doing and who I am. Throughout that entire time the thought of disappearing to other countries, where I could become a stranger and stumble into new opportunities in the process has kept me going. I try not to rely too much on these fantasies, though whenever I feel myself slipping away I catch a hold of them once again and clutch them as tight as I can. The knowledge that they’re a possibility can be comfort enough. 

Jewellery Making

Hell-here-neonLet me start off this post by saying that I hate Sundays. I really, really do. Even when I’m on holiday and have no work the next day, there’s just some sort of grey blob of bleh that settles inside my stomach and makes me feel lethargic and moody. Seeing as it’s the first Sunday of 2014 though I’m going to try and distract these weird feelings through being productive!

The first thing I did when I woke up today was my usual routine of grabbing my phone and laying in bed, scrolling through Facebook, Twitter, E-mails and everything else until I could feel myself de-zombifying. During this I noticed that Tatty Devine had posted on instagram about a jewellery making workshop that they were hosting in March. Fifteen minutes later I’d booked my tickets.

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If you don’t know who Tatty Devine are, then you have to turn that around. Right. Now. They’re basically magicians of the jewellery making world. All of their items are so unique, creative and exciting. Here are a few images of my favourite Tatty pieces:

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Pretty cool, huh?

Getting crafty

I’ve had a growing interest in jewellery making over the last few years after getting obsessed with Etsy and collecting all kinds of weird and wonderful necklaces. I started searching for particular ideas to see if anyone had made something similar, which got me thinking, maybe I should try making some of the things I’d like to see available myself.

My first attempt at this was a beard necklace. I’d seen a tutorial through Tumblr for one that was in the style of hunger games’ Seneca Crane:

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Bow down all other beard owners.

I was pretty nervous making it, as although a relatively simple set of instructions I’m notorious amongst people that know me for being super clumsy. I also have very little patience with anything that requires following a set of instructions. Like cooking for example, where attempting to make a gourmet meal (or just some fairy cakes) while hungry probably doesn’t help as you end up rushing the whole thing or eating all the ingredients before you’re done.

These were troubles that I was sure wouldn’t impact my attempts at craftiness, though there was still always the risk that it could go incredibly tits up. In the end, while by no means perfect (and I’m still a little scared to wear it out, always sure it’ll fall apart at any minute) I managed to make a beard necklace that I was pretty damn proud of:

It's looking a little decrepit now!

It’s looking a little decrepit now!

I’ve even had a few strangers looking at it bemused, before asking, “Is that a…Beard?” And I’m all smug like, “yes. Yes it is.”

My next attempt was about a year later (I wasn’t being very prolific). This time I ordered some beads from Etsy and then bought some colourful string to save on costs. This necklace was an absolute nightmare to make, and involved lots of swearing and super glue (a patch of which is still stained onto my desk as a permanent reminder of the ordeal). The final product was the following, which I like to call the ‘Day of the Dead Disco Necklace’:

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yes. I did put one of the skull heads the wrong way round. *sigh*

Time to do some shit

I’m definitely one for procrastinating. I’ll even hoover my room three times in one day just to avoid doing the stuff I should be doing, in between making ten zillion cups of tea and re-watching all of 4od’s episodes of ‘The Hoarder Next Door’.

This year I’m determined to actually do the things that I’ve been wanting to do for ages. Learning how to properly make jewellery and then practicing this consistently is one of my main missions (as well as updating this blog regularly, and hopefully, at some point, getting some more readers for it!)

All this motivational spirit could end up wearing off by the end of the week, but for now it’s the first week of January and I’m trying to stay positive! Booking a place at this workshop certainly feels like a step in the right direction anyway.

Do any of you have specific goals for the new year? Or are you just takin’ life as it comes? Either way, good luck and stay positive! 🙂

It seems right to finish this post with a few more pictures of my favourite necklaces from around the internet (by which I mean, mostly Etsy!)

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Via: Etsy

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Via: Etsy

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Via: Etsy

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Via: Etsy

I hope that you all have a splendid rest of your Sunday. If like me you also suffer from the Sunday blues then hopefully seeing so many cute necklaces will have cheered you up!

Until the next post,

ciao!xx