Saturday, 19 February 2011

Stylish Blogger Award!

We can proudly say we have been awarded a Stylish Blogger award from Iz Bakinog Ormara, thank you! We are meant to say seven things about ourselves but since this is a shared blog I will do three and Tom will do three at some point and then one together. So here are my three:

My favourite place in the world is my bed:

There is nothing better on a sunny afternoon than lying on the soft patchwork quilt, bathed in sunlight, breeze wafting in through the window and watching the world go by unaware.

My favourite artist changes almost daily but at the moment I am obsessed with James Abbot McNeill Whistler:

I think that one of the worst inventions of the twentieth century is UPVC double glazing; many people think I am odd for this hatred in a country obsessed with this disgusting, plastic defacer of houses. On new houses fine but row upon row of pretty Victorian houses have been ruined forever by tasteless, white plastic rims and blankly staring sheets of wobbly looking glass, all supposedly in the name of economy and 'green' living. It saves on average £120 a year on bills, a decent amount, but think how long it takes to start earning back the cost of putting them in when they cost thousands and then you have to replace them every 20-30 years anyway! Why not put a lick of paint on your nice wooden frames once a year and buy a pair of nice thick curtains to keep the heat in? It is proven to be just as affective. For those still convinced, put this in your pipe and smoke it:

How long is that going to take to bio-degrade? I think people are only just starting to cotton on to recycling this stuff. I know what I'd rather.

More to come soon!

Monday, 14 February 2011

Valentine's Weasel

Definitely the best Valentine's day present yet- a taxidermy stoat. The mustelid family have long fascinated me so to finally own one is something my nine year old, weasel obsessed self would have had hardly believe would happen! I haven't thought of a name yet, any ideas?

Saturday, 5 February 2011

A Few Drawings

Since Tom has delved into realm of artistic endeavours recently, here too are few of drawings of mine that I like, the first two being drawn from found photographs and the last is a sketch after Vuillard's 'The Visitor. Annette in the rue de Calais Salon. c. 1920.

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Clothes Complex- Topshop

Topshop, though I am delighted you are finally designing really nice clothes again, this is frustrating as my bank balance does not permit me to indulge. How can I choose just one lovely thing?!

La Vie Parisienne

A few images from a couple of copies of saucy French magazine La Vie Parisienne I bought from Otto, one issue from 1926 and one from 1930. I hope to scan a few more in soon. My (and Tom's funnily enough) favourite is the pretty red head clutching mistletoe, her being in Santa's beard is a little odd and Santa does look like a bit gin-soaked!

Monday, 31 January 2011

Portrait in the Evening

I am rather proud of this quick portrait of Maria. Somehow, painting of an evening by the light of a 40 watt bulb always produces interesting colours, on this occasion my efforts were (I think) rewarded. I am sure that Maria would want me to say that she is wearing a red knitted cardigan with bobbles on it and a very 1930's-ish naval silk scarf.

Thursday, 27 January 2011

Tom Cooks Every Bloody Night

That was Tom's idea for the name of this post; I was going to call it adventures in a kitchen and he said would be an adventure for me to be in the kitchen. While Tom so merrily cooks a nice risotto, I drink wine and try on my newest skirt, fresh from eBay today. It is a Marks and Spencer skirt in a grey/brown tweed pattern with buttons down the front, the kind I hope to go with just about everything. Tom is taking refuge from the cold in a vintage virgin wool fishing jumper that is like wearing a radiator!