Where have you been?

Hey!

Its been total radio silence here over the last couple of weeks. I have been working my arse off in preparation for something exciting!

Recently i have not been totally fulfilled with my monday-friday, 10-6 job working for someone else.  In my job, my creativity is very focused to someone else aesthetic, its a much more  grown up, sophisticated vibe. Where as I’m full of colourful, bright, glitter filled creativity that is definite more directed to a younger, edgier audience.

So, I decided to start up a spanking new, glitter filled, fun little brand that is launching TOMORROW!!!!!!!!! YAY

It is called Everything & Nothing, you can check out the website here. Follow us on Instagram here.

The first items I will be uploading to the shop are a small collection of fun, sparkly, good sized lille cloth bags. They are all handmade in england, soooooooo affordable, and to top it off I ship world wide.  I hope you all love them as much as I do!

Here is a little sneak peak of whats to come

Home made coconut wonder face wash

If you haven’t had your eyes opened to the amazingness of coconut oil, get out there and buy some. It has so many uses from cooking to hair treatment!

I use coconut oil for so many things, I use it to take my eye make up off, as a cleanser, as a moisturiser, instead of butter, as cooking oil, as a hair mask, as anti frizz oil for hair, as shaving cream, as lip balm, mix it with sea salt to create a scrub, and finally as facial cleanser/wash which I am going to tell you how to make.

coconut and baking

All you need is

  • Coconut Oil
  • Bicarbonate of Soda
  • Essential oils if you wish to make it scented (lavender, lemon, tea tree)
  • Empty pot/jar with a lid
  • Tea spoon

 

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Into an empty pot put 3 heaped teaspoons of coconut oil and 1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda.

 

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Stir until all of the bicarb has mixed into the coconut oil.

 

Add in a couple of drops of your favourite essential oils. Lavender is definitely my favourite but tea tree is excellent for oilier/spot prone skin. Mix well once more.

Your homemade facial cleanser is ready.

I suggest you use this no more than 3 times a week, I tend to start rubbing it onto my face without taking makeup off first,  I then use a clean wash cloth to remove everything off my face and then repeat, massaging the mixture into my skin and then leaving it to soak in for a few minutes before washing off.

Tone and moisturise as normal after.

Ive been using coconut oil like this for the last few months and i have really noticed a difference in my skin. I get less breakouts, breakouts I do get dry up and heal loads quicker. My skin has a more luminescent glow and any red marks and scars have evened out loads.

Get to the kitchen and get mixing!

Disclaimer: I am ot in any way affiliated with sainsburys, i just shop their and like their own brand range 🙂

Road Trip Up North (Norf)

Here is a short video of footage and photographs I took while on a trip to county Durham in October 2016.

Beaches on the north east coast of the UK are BEAUTIFUL. Maybe not for sunbathing and swimming because it’s a tad on the chilly side, but theres more to beach life than that!

Enjoy

Storrington Stable Antiques Store

A couple of weeks ago my lovely momma came down for the weekend from the very far away County Durham and we went for a little spontaneous adventure.

IT was one of the first sunny, warm days we’ve had so far this year and we spent the afternoon sitting in a pub garden by a canal drinking some ridiculously strong, but rather nice, cider.

Before heading to the pub for lunch we went to a little antiques store in Storrington, west sussex, we’ve been to a couple of times before for a rummage. Stable Antiques is one of the best antique/second hand stores I’ve been to. It has so much and it sell things from a number of people so in one room it will be beautifully put together, minimalist and like a pointers board and in another room there is just piles and piles of everything everywhere. It’s amazing.

On this trip I bought a frame of butterflies for £2. Yep, £2. and a mahjong set from the 60’s. More people need to play mahjong, best game EVER.

Anyway, here is a few photos from the store.

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5 Books to entertain your inner horror creep

I always have a good book on the go. I read a variety of books, from biographies to Harry Potter. I’m going to share with you a few on the creepier side that have left a lasting impression on me.

1. Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children Series

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You may be familiar with the film focused on the first novel of the Miss Peregrine series made last year. If you haven’t seen it, read the book before you do. These are probably aimed at a bit of a younger audience but hey are brilliant. They are dark, full of monsters and take you to a dream like place. Definitely a favourite series of mine. I’m currently on the 3rd book and have been hooked the whole way through the series.

2. Stephen Kings The Shining

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If you’re a friends fan you may remember this as the book Joey puts in the freezer when he gets scared. Read this book and you will understand why. Absolutely excellent book and has a rather cracking film staring Jack Nicholson who portrays the main character fantastically.

3. Roald Dahl’s Ghost Stories

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This is another book I have on the go. It is a collection of ghost stories put together by Roald Dahl. If you’re looking for a short story to read you can easily dip in and out of this book. From the stories I’ve read they are written in a quite late victorian/early twentieth century style so some of the language is a bit different to modern books.

I can promise it is full of ghosts.

4. The Complete Tales & Poems of Edgar Allan Poe

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Edgar Allan Poe is enough to satisfy anyones inner goth. I can guarantee you will be familiar with something written by Poe. more than likely ‘The Raven’. Even the Simpson’s has parodied the raven.

This book is full of short stories and poems and is another you can easily dip in and out of. There are a few films based upon his work and life, my favourites being   Stonehurst Asylum and  The Raven. Stonehurst asylum is based upon one of Poe’s short stories and The Raven is a film loosely depicting the last few days of Poe’s life.

5. American Psycho

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This book is fucked up! There is no other way to put this. The way it is written really sucks you into the narrative and every detail is described is intricately that it is so easy to picture the scenes. You will need to do a bit of extra research on this book after you finish it because it just leaves you thinking ‘What the FUCK!’ Have your freezer prepared for this oner too.

Again, This book has a film which id another gooden.

I hope this inspires you to open one of the above books. And let me know if you prefer watching the film first or reading the book first. I prefer the book first as it lets me imagine my own world, not influenced by someone else ideas.

 

Artists of influence 1: Grayson perry 

I have loved Grayson perry FOREVER. I love how colourful he is, they way he works and the work he produces. 

If you don’t know who Grayson Perry is. WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN??????

Grayson perry is a Turner Prize Winning artist who works mostly in ceramics and tapestry, taking influence from politics, society and culture. He has done a number of documentaries on channel 4, one of which you can watch Here. There are also a number of his lectures on YouTube if you’re as geeky as me and fancy a listen. 

As well as his artwork, Grayson is also know for his cross dressing. He, however, takes it to a whole new level. His outfits are ridiculously outrageous, along with the most amazing shoes.  The outfits are FULL of colour, usually designed by Grayson himself. His alter ego, Claire, is a somewhat exaggerated, cartoon like, almost grotesque depiction, almost child like. 

Something that always helps me get creative is to flick through images from artists sketch books. The book available of Graysons sketchbooks is by far my favourite. It’s just beautiful and shows the how is work develops from initial idea to finished piece. Here are a couple of images from the book 

There are also a number of other books which show his artwork, on where it has fold outs of his tapestries and it has a fabric cover, which just adds that little extra to it. 

So if you need that little extra push with your creativity, have a butchers at some Grayson perry. You won’t be sorry. Unless you get offended by cocks, then you most definitely shouldn’t. But you should go and talk to a professional about how suppressed you are. Disclaimer: Thats not a diagnosis. 

My plan is to do an ‘Artists of influence’ post at least once a month so look out for the next one. 

I’m off to do weekend things now, hope you all have a joyful one and give us a follow on instagram to keep up with being effing fancy. 

Illustration at the top is Grayson perry by me