Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Comfort In Biscuits

I recently discovered Nikki McWilliams Design and I'm in love!
  The super talented Nikki McWilliams is a designer and maker, based in Dundee. Inspired by her lifelong love of tea and a biscuits, Nikki has created these delicious designs...
   Party Ring Cushions! £29.50
There's nothing quite like a party ring to bring back memories of
Birthdays past. I adore these cushions! The colours are so beautiful together. You can buy them as a set of three too-
Who could ever have just one party ring anyway?  
Tunnock bar £44.50 and Teacake cushions £29.50
How gorgeous are these beauties? Perfect for some more
childhood nostalgia.
The classics! Nice Biscuit and Malted Milk Cushions. Both £29.50
All cushions are hand screen-printed by Nikki.
Imagine how amazing a mixture of these cushions would look
stacked up on a sofa.
For a slightly smaller taste of Nikki's work, why not treat yourself to one of her biscuit brooches £6 each
Keep up to date with Nikki McWilliams Design on Facebook

Friday, 14 September 2012

What can I say? I'm a monster...

It's 30.30 in Twickenham. Men and woman walk the streets in full bondage gear- I actually saw one on a lead! Fans strut past me in shoes with heals to rival Everest and there are coke can hair rollers as far as the eye can see. This can only mean one thing: Gaga is in town...
I'll admit, as a gal who usually dabbles in punk and metal, I had my reservations about going to a Gaga show. She has been my guilty pop pleasure for years, but somehow going along to her show felt rather like I was sealing the deal. Going public with my secret love affair.
 Regardless of what you think of her musically, this lady really knows how to deliver a show. The stage antics that unfold are beyond weird and wonderful. Gene Simmons: take note! 

The set is a medieval castle. She Arrives on a mechanical horse, emerges from between the legs of an inflatable pregnant woman, morphs into a motorbike, goes through a meat mincer and, (dressed like a hooker from outer space) a dancer performs a sexual act on her-
 she then murders him. 

My inner conflict goes out the window. This is as rock'n'roll as it gets. 
OK, so she goes for the shock factor but there is a genuine edge to her that other pop acts just don't have. This aside, Gaga is truly thankful to 'her little monsters' and she strikes the balance between having attitude and being appreciative in a way that's very endearing.
 It goes without saying that her costumes were ridiculous and genius in equal measure. I loved seeing her parade the stage in pieces that were indeed art forms themselves.
I was really impressed by her singing too. She was able to belt out songs whilst performing dance routines- barely standing still for the entire two hour show. Seeing her live showcases her vocal ability in a way that her recorded songs don't.

And so I put my paws up. I'm officially a little monster. 
Would I go again? Fuck yeah!


Wednesday, 18 July 2012

There's whiskey in the jar-o...

This week I have been working on some gorgeous necklaces made from 
vintage decanter tags. 
Here are some of the beauties I have been upcycling!
They bring back memories of my grandma's liquor cabinet. I always loved the faceted decanter bottles too- I use these to store bubble bath in.
There is something quite rock n roll about the necklaces. Bar brawl chic!  

What's your poison? 

Monday, 16 July 2012

My work space.

This is where all my jewellery making and order packing happens. Here is a peek into my work space and some of the things that make me very happy...
I found my vintage cameo miniatures in local charity shops but they have loads on ebay! I'm considering getting chaotic and covering the entire wall with them. My upcycled orange cherubs are from the fabulous ladies at Nashpop. I adore their collection of vintage to neon homeware and could easily house everything in their shop. I love my dog lamp but hope one day soon he will be accompanied by an Abigail Ahern.
 Channeling my love for all things Medieval with the Cheap Frills wax stamp! 
This large oil on canvas 'Island Girl' is by my talented friend and artist May Everett. She has pride of place above my desk (Island girl not May!) 
Check out more of May's works here..
Love putting records on! It's a bit annoying having to flip them all the time but the romantic in me says it's worth it. I picked up the Davidoff cigar clock in Amsterdam. 
Portraits of our dogs Rocket and Boo, both done by artists on Brighton Seafront.  
Rocket's is so accurate!
Usual messy desk! I always wanted a regal looking chair and was so delighted when I got this one. Not great for the back, but it's a beauty! 
All my friends think she is creepy but I love my blue woman by Barry Leighton Jones. I got her in a flea market in Lewes. Apparently she used to hang in a pub nearby and spook all the locals. That made me like her more.  
Another dog lamp! I'm a sucker for anything animal themed.
 This is Onion and he is from Urban Outfitters.
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