the annual carve up begins....
and heeeeere's jaaack...with Krusty tryin' to get it on the action there as per, but its ok, El Viejo has his eye on the situation and will put him in a headlock should he misbehave...
Saturday, 30 October 2010
Friday, 29 October 2010
mer mag has kindly blogged instructions of how to make some great little halloween bits and bobs like this last minute ghost costume and some cute little bats - very cool, i know what i'll be doing tomorrow!
and check out these cute as a button halloween cupcake toppers available on a free pdf here from Danny Brito via a beautiful mess
Thursday, 28 October 2010
making it lovely has done just that from artist Paul Ferney who is offering a very reasonable deal as part of the commission project . you send a photo and he paints his interpretation - i think Nicole's came out the best...its lovely, which is apt.
i think i can no longer deny that the hoskins "shed" gene has been passed on - with my grandfather this involved tinkering in the garage surrounded by jam jars full of nuts and bolts, with my father its taken the form of acquiring vintage bikes to take apart and put back together and it appears that my destiny lies in picking up odd bits of furniture off the street to recycle. i found this stool/box on the way home and couldn't resist so balanced it precariously on the back of my bicycle and took it into the garden to begin the transformation process. an hour later and after inhaling about 70 years worth of dust and horse-hair i regretted not wearing a mask.
the trouble is that my potential cannot be fully realised until i have a shed/garage/studio to complete my projects as the "to finish" pile is now reaching epic proportions. this will look lovely tho once i sand, paint and put a new foam cushion and fabric on the top - don't you think?
Paul the octopus who died this week. originally hatched in Weymouth he ended up in a German sea life centre and correctly guessed Germany's football team results in the World Cup this year. he even predicted Spain being the overall champions. on the same day i saw this fab wall ornament in anthropologie and had to have it. so now Paul hangs by the front door holding all my favourite daywear jewellery on his wiggly tentacles and reminds me to put them on before i leave the house! bye bye Paul (gone, but not forgotten) you were a very special poulpe!
Tuesday, 26 October 2010
Monday, 25 October 2010
la flaneuse in her blog (photos courtesy of aforementioned blogger). sweet.
we also popped into the fabulously grand Russell Cotes Art Gallery & Museum. Sir Merton Russell Cotes, owner of the Royal Bath Hotel, had the house built for wife Annie in the grounds of the hotel in the late 19th century. as many of the wealthy Victorians did, the Russell Cotes loved to travel and collect. they accumulated a wonderful collection of paintings, sculptures and knick-knacks which, following Merton's mayorship of Bournemouth, they donated to the town.
wonderful portrait of local resident Stewart Granger
Rosetti's Venus Verticordia
we were delighted to see that there was even a painting (The Venetians) by a distant relative of ours, on my father's side, Sir Luke Fildes (1843-1927). we have always had a copy of his famous painting The Doctor hanging in our hallway - the original can be seen at Tate Britain.
The Doctor by Sir Luke Fildes
The Venetians by Sir Luke Fildes
on the way back to my parents we stopped at the Rufus Stone in the New Forest which marks the (alleged) spot where King William (nickname Rufus) was shot and killed with an arrow (allegedly) mistakenly by his French archer. said archer then fled the country, asking a blacksmith to put backward facing shoes on his horse to deter pursuers, but in fact as Rufus was such a baaaa...rbarian and not a popular monarch at all, he needn't've bothered as noone followed, in fact noone even collected the body. a local took the body to Winchester where a quiet burial was performed and everyone was very happy that the new King Henry was enthroned pdq.