How hot? I predict a pineapple print and acidy yellowy-orange riot…
1 – LAURA BLYTHMAN pillowcase / 2 – PADDYWAX pineapple and ginger candle / 3 – CARLA TOLOMEO silk velvet settee / 4 – BONNIE BAZAAR jar / 5 – THE HILL SIDE scarf / 6 – VECTORGRAPHICSCORNER iPad case / 7 – STUDIO PRINTWORKS fabric
So of course I am happy as one of my favourite illustrators has designed yet another set of covetable and affordable products.
And now I discover that she has put her creative hand to Post It Notes! Amazing.
It is just the thing that makes me ever so happy; the realisation of a basic product as art. The idea that everything, no matter how basic, can be beautiful, and there is little reason why it should not be.
So cool, right?
But now the sad part: I can not find these, or any of the rest of the collection, in the UK. They are part of the Post It Signature Series, and I can’t seem to be able to track these down… Sad.
Oh well – I will have to enjoy them from afar, and continue to covet and collect Lesley’s work where I can get it.
So the other night I was entertaining a chic New Yorker who knows her way around a bar menu. I pulled out one of our recent favourite – Kraken Rum (and I won’t lie, it became a favourite first for how strictly and solely gorgeous the bottle looks on the credenza. The taste was just a happy bi-product.)
For some reason, I thought the drink I was mixing already existed, and that I was doing so from somewhere in the back of my mind where my bar-frequenting days now live, but when both our guest and B exclaimed they had never tried anything like this before, I laid my claim on having invented my first cocktail!
So I introduce the Dark’n’homo – so named because its a cocktail (do I really have to spell it out here?) and there’s a Kraken it. You don’t have to be gay to enjoy it – my recipes transcend sexual orientation.
25ml The Kraken Black Spiced Rum
100ml Pressed apple juice
Fiery Ginger Beer
Squeeze of lemon
Slice of lemon
Load a lowball with five ice cubes. Add rum and apple juice. Top with ginger beer. Stir. Add a healthy squeeze of lemon and slide a slice into the glass. Ignore the murky colour and enjoy responsibly…
So the next step was the what-to-do.
…marked for drilling on the backs of the screws…
…drill the holes carefully and according to instructions, and SHAZAM…
Adorable wall candy to hold up my adorable wall candy.
by the rocks that I got. They’re cement.
– and despite my distaste for heavily sponsored blogs (which this is), the products they push take a massive backseat to the quirky but quality projects they produce. The instructions are thoughtful and thorough and the outcomes are so very cool and so very doable.
So I’m inspired and so inclined and I can buy small bags of cement so I am in. First off was a trip to Tiger to pick up the jewel ice-cube tray and then that small bag of cement from my local Leyland DSM.
Then mix, stir, pour and set.
While they were drying, I had to pick a palette, and went for the cheapest option by using all of the tester pots of blues I had from previous projects.
And then bingo-bango gorgeous – the jewels are painted and ready…
Ready for what you ask? All will be revealed next week.