Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Sunny Day Sets Fire

I'm full of home made pizza, so adrenaline is the last thing coursing through my body at the moment. The song Adrenaline by Sunny Day Sets Fire is the complete opposite of how I feel! The band is based in London, but is made up of a group of musicians from all over the globe. Onyee from Hong Kong has such an ace voice! Have a listen to Adrenaline and some of their other tracks (which are equally catchy), and see what you make of it!
Picture via the band's myspace pages.

Monday, 26 October 2009

The Adventure...

We just got these beauties back from the picture framer, and don't they look sweet!? On the left is a print called 'Orange' - a 4x6" limited edition print by the awesome Gavin Potenza. It only cost £4 including shipping from the US! How mega ace is that! On the right is a print that I don't really know a great deal about. We bought it in April this year from a pop up gallery called Kin, which had opened for a couple of months in Kingly Court (just off Carnaby St. in London). It cost £30, and is called 'The Adventure Ends Here'. I think the artist is called Adam Gate, but that's all I know. Although the message is a bit sinister, it's so bright and cheery - a juxtaposition if ever there was one.

Sunday, 25 October 2009

Sunday Sewing Fun

What better way is there to spend a Sunday other than having a make and do day! We needed a new cushion for our lovely grey chair in the kitchen - the previous one had soaked up red wine just once too often. We decided to use a tea towel for the front ('Bake Me' by Julia Pott in this instance), and the inside of the old cushion for the back. I'm not going to win any awards for my sewing on this one, but for a first attempt I'm pretty pleased with myself - and how amazing does the Bake Me image look on the front!? Not bad for an hour of work...

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Shopping Losts

Take a look at Shopping Losts - an amazing collection of lost shopping lists - immortalised in their typographic glory by the Ginger Pimpernel. I know nothing more than that - but isn't it ace!

Friday, 9 October 2009

Dante's Tea Break

I found this amazing print via India Knight's Posterious and I couldn't help myself re-blogging about it! The print, by illustrative genius Jamie Wieck, charts the descent into hell for Dante - as originally described in the poem Inferno (the first part of Dante's Divine Comedy)... reinterpreted using the visual power of biscuits. The print is from a limited edition of 50 - so get one before they are all gobbled up!

Picture from Jamie Wieck's site

Monday, 5 October 2009

Strap On Your Jetpac!

Check out the second issue of Jetpac magazine for an interview with Mr Bingo - mega collector and hair illustrator extraordinaire! The magazine is completely free to download, and chock full of other interesting interviews - as well as some great photos of old matchbox cars!

Sunday, 4 October 2009

Open Doors

So it's a bit late posting about an event that took place over 2 weeks ago, but I figure this is one for the diary next year. On the 12th-13th October this year Oxford Preservation Trust organised Oxford Open Doors - an event that spanned our amazing city, and opened normally closed off places to the general public. We met some awesome people that day - even getting a private guided tour of Christ Church Cathedral by one of the super friendly cleaners! It's incredible to think what's hidden behind those enormous walls, and it was a real privilege to have a sneak peek at just a small portion (so thanks OPT)! The pictures included here are just a small collection of those I snapped - see what you missed!?

The St. Frideswide Window by Edward Burne-Jones in 1858. I was told that the window was originally designed for a bigger space, but was shrunk to fit this window (hence why it is so colourful and busy). In the bottom right, above the death bed of St. Frideswide is a depiction of a flushing toilet - a new invention in those days.

The small green door in the Cathedral garden allegedly meant to have inspired the small door that Alice travels through in Alice in Wonderland.

The massive Jabberwocky Tree in Christ Church Cathedral gardens - said to have been the inspiration for The Jabberwocky Poem by Lewis Carroll. You can just about see the pillars in the background used to support the tree!

Thursday, 1 October 2009

Winter Wool

I think we can officially say that the summer is over - I've spent the last week kicking crunchy brown leaves, so I'm not feeling too bad about it! Anyway, with that in mind I've started to think about all things warm. I came across Yokoo and her wondrous woolens a while ago, but now we have hit October it seems like a good time to mention her wares. All Yokoo knits are hand made to order, which means you can choose the exact colour you want (it takes 2 weeks to deliver). The above (called the soopa scarf) is over 8 foot long, and 8 and half inches wide, and I can't think of anything nicer to keep me snug at night. There are other options - if that's a bit too long for you. Go check out her Etsy store and think about getting cosy!
Picture via Yokoo Etsy store