Thursday, 26 May 2011

rainy day...

Such weird weather today, it absolutely poured with rain in my little corner of London, it's been months since it's rained properly so it's much needed...

I spent ages trying to get pictures of the raindrops on the window, I really want a better camera so i can have some more control over what I photograph - I'm lusting after an Olympus PEN, so stylish as well as being a great camera.

Just as quickly as it had started to pour blue skies appeared and the sun came out - then a couple of hours later...

...it started pouring again. I kept experimenting with the raindrops on glass pictures, when I used the flash I got this abstract light circles effect, I quite like it...


I'm quite pleased with this one

when I started cooking the windows steamed up inside, I love the fresh look of the pink tulips against the steamy window

more raindrops...

and again the sunshine appeared. 

The raindrops on the washing line looked like little sparkly jewels, frustratingly I just couldn't capture it with my little point and shoot camera

this is the best i could do.

Then I went upstairs and as I passed by my daughter's room I noticed something amazing on her window...

Can you see it?

It's a perfect, beautiful imprint of a bird - a poor little bird who obviously flew straight into the window, it's wings, it's beak and even it's eye are all magically drawn on the glass.
I quickly went into the garden to see if there was a poor stunned bird down there but there was no sign, I hope it recovered...

Friday, 20 May 2011

retro camera and charity shop treasure

I got a free upgrade on my mobile phone last week so I've had lots fun playing with the retro camera app. I think my favourite is the polaroid look.


I got this fabulous bright orange glass vase for a quid from a local charity shop last week, I totally love it and am now a bit paranoid that it's going to get smashed some how - I might have to stick it to a shelf... I also picked up the rather groovy 70's pillow case for 50p


I love charity shops where you can pick up a proper bargain, so many of them seem to have got so expensive because of the whole 'it's not old it's vintage' thing, I've got no problem with giving to charity obviously, but I do enjoy rummaging for a proper good bargain sometimes.




 This bright packaging was just crying out to be snapped in polaroid
I love these tea tins...





Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Garden Envy


I've been attempting to move for over a year now (more on that later) and as a result I've been utterly obsessed with looking at interiors and gardens in magazines and on-line.
Jane Cumberbatch's beautiful garden makes me green with envy...









And I always love seeing pictures of the beautiful little garden of Artemis Russell over at Junkaholique 






I love these purple flowers but I've no idea what they are, I'm not very good with flower names but I know what I like...



Also i've just subscribed to Midcentury magazine and I can't wait for the first issue to arrive...

Monday, 16 May 2011

Saturday on the Southbank

I love the Southbank, there's always something going on and it's it's a brilliant place to take kids and just wander around seeing what you find...

We went to see a fantastic play...
in an upside-down purple cow...
in a lovely garden hung with coloured lanterns...
Even if you're not going to see a show the underbelly outdoor bar is a great place to hang out on a sunny afternoon or a warm evening.




Who could resist buying an ice cream from this gorgeous van? Not us.


Can you see the paper planes strung between buildings?

As part of the Festival of Britain anniversary there is a row of 1950's beach huts by the river, this one has an authentic interior...I'd love to be in there having a nice cuppa and listening to the waves...


Anyone who's been to the pier in Southwold will recognise the pictures on this hut...

a rather large seagull


Fancy a bit of popcorn?


After wandering into the Festival Hall so that certain members of our party could go up and down in the glass lift, we stumbled upon the Museum of 51 - I didn't even know it was there. It's curated by Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway and it's very exciting for anyone who's into a little bit of vintage.






A wonderful surprise lurked around a corner... this fantastic colour-popping recreation of a 50's living room, I loved it and took loads of photo's, here are a few...

The room set was created by Kiera Buckley-Jones for BBC Homes & Antiques magazine. The fabulous wallpaper is 'mobiles' by Sanderson. The sofa, Ercol of course.



Classic G-plan dining table and chairs



Gorgeous colourful and impossibly expensive Tomado shelves



The armchair is covered in 'Lazlo' fabric by Sanderson



Elephant and Monkey stock record players like this as well as lots of other fabulous stuff


I want this hatstand




When I was eventually dragged kicking and screaming from my fantasy room I found a little clothes line hung with messages...

Some were memories of the original 1951 show...


And some were brand new...


aaah!


You could also tie messages to balloons and let them float up to the ceiling...



A lovely lady in her Festival of Britain headscarf



There were lots of tempting souvenirs to buy, the pattern on these mugs and bowl is from the original Festival Hall carpet. The bowl was over £100 - ouch!




I really like these mugs and was very tempted, but at £10 a pop they are a bit steep methinks


So instead I contented myself with a postcard and some little notebooks



A grand day was had by all!