Monday, 19 May 2014

Random Photos

Hello all. My camera has broken and I will hopefully be buying a new one soon, but in the meantime I thought I'd share some photos I took with my phone.

1. spotty potplant (from this post- I ended up keeping one :-P)
2. vintage orange postcards
3. cute bunny cookie
4. Went for a wander in a park with my mum. 

5. My new (thrifted) pineapple candle now in the bathroom
6. Some presents I wrapped
7. Mum's lovely mantlepiece display
8. Another cute cookie 

Not a terribly exciting post I'm afraid, but when I purchase a new camera I will be able to show you all my op shop purchases! So until then, aurevoir.

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Mendl's Mail

Below is a letter I sent to a fellow grand budapest hotel fan :-) 
All you have to do is paint an envelope salmon pink with watercolours, allow it to dry, then use red paint to do a simplified version of the mendl's box design.

I didn't bother drawing the design first, mostly because I'm lazy, but also because I like the uneven look, but if you prefer a more perfect envelope you could trace all the swirls etc from the actual box design. Don't forget to substitute the words for your friends address though!

Next I want to try making the courtesan au chocolat sweets that feature throughout the film - you can find a video and recipe here

You can even make a box to put your cooking creations in using this DIY!

Anyway, hope you enjoyed the mendl's inspired mail and have a lovely week! 

p.s. I may be absent from this blog for a little while because my camera has broken :-( I have yet to decide what type of camera to get - is it worth the extra money to get a slr or should I just get a still shot camera? I am torn because I would like to have better quality images but I don't want to spend too much- definitely no more than $500 so it would be on the cheap end of slr's- is their quality still good? I am by no means a photography person so any advice would be much appreciated!

Saturday, 10 May 2014

Guest Post: DIY Ombre Parcel String

Hello! Claire here from South by North. Here is a simple little diy project to add some colour to a parcel.

Cut two metres of cotton string, or however much you need. In two glasses, add a few drops of different colour natural food colouring to water, it should be quite strong so you only need a small amount of water. Drape half of your string in one glass, and the other half in the other, leaving the middle portion out of the glass. It helps the string soak up the colour if you press it into the liquid. 

Take the string out of the liquid and squeeze the excess out over the sink. Lay it out to dry. Once it is totally dry you can use it on anything!  
Word of warning, if you get the string wet again the colour will likely run.

Sunday, 4 May 2014

The Grand Budapest Hotel

I saw Wes Anderson's new film 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' today and I am in LOVE! I think its my favourite of his so far (which is saying something because Moonrise Kingdom is one of my all time favourite movies). The colours and the building were what made it for me (although everything else was of course fabulous). If you haven't seen it I would definitely recommend :-)

I love how similarly Wes Anderson and Jude Law are dressed in this photo- I wonder if if was intentional?

Such pretty colours!

I so badly want to stay at a hotel with decor like this.