Thursday, 19 May 2011
Saturday, 14 May 2011
Thursday, 12 May 2011
It's time to remove the cobwebs of this blog for a third time - it seems that spring is the time my body craves creativity and sunshine in equal measure. I have very exciting craft projects waiting to take off and would like to write as they come along... hopefully.
Tuesday, 4 May 2010
In what appears to be a rather plain facade in Holland Park, lived and worked the brilliant Frederick, Lord Leighton. My curiosity about this artist came about when I first saw an image of Flaming June - not the original as it's in a museum in Puerto Rico, or was it Costa Rica? Anyway, it is a beautiful painting nevertheless.
Back to Lord Leighton, he was also a sculptor, became President of the Royal Academy of Arts in1878 and is the only British artist to have been ennobled - he is buried in St Paul's Cathedral.
His house in Holland Park is true to the Aesthetic Movement Lord Leighton has often been associated with: gilded ceilings and walls lined with peacock blue tiles, as well as rich and colourful silks, with countless paintings and drawings.
In his dining room Lord Leighton was host to some of the greatest names of the Victorian era: Robert Browning (for whom he designed his memorial), Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Morris and even Queen Victoria herself!
Above the Arab Hall, on the first floor, is a Mashrabiya, an Egyptian latticework window, that overlooks the Hall.
Sunday, 18 April 2010
Less than 2 weeks ago I brought into work the crochet hair clips, bobbles, etc. I had made as presents for my nieces. Amazed - in an almost Stendhal syndrome kind of way, no kidding - my colleagues asked me if I had considered selling my creations. We considered the possibility of selling them to shops but quickly decided they'd pay me peanuts so the idea of having my own stand at a market seemed like the best idea. Archway Market is a very new market in North London selling great organic products, but also furniture, books, and now... handmade-with-love (and lots of it) crafts! After sending through my application and being accepted, I got to work and spent days crocheting like mad. I also asked my lovely and talented sisters Reyes and Rocio to send me the stuff that they make so I'd sell it in the stall as well - Reyes makes absolutely beautiful jewellery and Rocio is a seamstress goddess, and her waterproof washbags are brilliantly versatile. Then, a friend from work was so excited about the stand that she made gorgeous cards, purses and brooches (it can also be spelt broaches, we checked) and helped me on the day! The final product is a lovely stall called "Mamás & Bebés" which will be at Archway Market every 2 Saturdays (next one is 1st May) from10am until 5pm.
Saturday, 20 March 2010
In early January, just as my addiction to crochet was begining to develop, I decided to buy my first ever crochet book: Tasty Crochet. It's a truly excellent book, with the easiest instructions to follow and the final product just couldn't be any more awesome. It's one of my neice's birthday's next week - she's turning 4 - and I thought it would be a cool present to send her some play food for her pretend picnics.
Ice-cream sandwich mmm! And the piece of cake is an exact replica of the one my mother makes, with pastry and a delicious yolk and sugar topping with strawberries and kiwis.