charity shop finds // 3

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laura ashley floaty white blouse - cardboardcities » creative lifestyle blog

vintage gold brooch with rhinestones

i haven’t done a charity shop finds post for a while, so i gathered my things on a sunny morning recently to take some photos. there’s a few things missing from this, either because they’re in the wash or because i just couldn’t find them when i was taking the photos, ha!

i’ve never been the kind of person that spends flippantly …i have a hard time making impulse purchases, so even though i still don’t buy that much, i do find myself buying less than i used to. is it an age thing? a being more aware of my surroundings and lifestyle thing? however i’ve always been rather picky, so i typically only buy things if i love them and/or i know they’ll be useful and therefore be worth spending on.

ever since i can remember i’ve loved brooches. i think started with my nan, as did my love of charity shops. lately though, i’ve been *really* into them and if one catches my eye and i can’t stop thinking about it, it’s hard to resist. basically a magpie.

by the way, the blouse at the top of this post was originally from laura ashley and it’s super pretty. looking for a cute pinafore dress to wear with it! any suggestions?

camel house of fraser trench coat from charity shop

gold tone pencil case or make up bag

this trench coat and gold coloured pencil case/makeup bag came to the grand total of £1.20!! the charity shop they were from was shutting down (noooo) so they’d put everything on sale. it’s getting a bit chilly for the coat now, but come spring i’ll be wearing it lots!

i don’t know whether to use the pencil case as just that, or as a makeup bag for when i’m away. day to day i just pop my lipstick and bb cream in my purse, but when i’m away for a day or two i tend to bring a few lipsticks, eyeliner ..etc etc but never enough to warrant a huge bag. did i just convince myself there?

richard scarry's great big schoolhouse

ladybird book of shapes

huge richard scarry fan and huge fan of shapes too, ha! and ladybird books ;)

for some reason i very rarely see richard scarry books around, so when i do i often end up buying them. partly nostalgia, mostly loving the illustrations.

little boy brooch

glittery party season top

i have no idea if the little man pin is from something? why is he holding some (what i assume is) ham? so many questions, but as i said above i’m having a ‘thing’ with brooches and pins lately and this little fella caught my eye.

and finally a sparkly top that was a bit of a whim purchase, but it was only 75p and i know it’ll get some use!

how about you, have you had any good charity shop finds lately? please share!

birds & words | book review

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charley harper's birds & words book review - cardboardcities » creative lifestyle blog

birds and words – £30

birds and words is a pretty apt title, because that’s exactly what this book is. lots of paintings of birds by charley harper, and alongside each one – some words about it. the book was originally published in 1974, so this edition is reproduced, with an introduction by todd oldham. it’s hardcover, 149 pages (on lovely, thick, quality paper) and alongside each bird residing on the right-hand page are some words on the opposite page.

before the images begin there’s also some words about charleys process, screen printing methods, the ford times and his  love for nature and his work.

charley harper's birds & words

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it’s kind of seperated into, not chapters as such, more ..sections from whence they were published in the ford times. they’re in chronological order, so you can see a slight progression in his work. the timeline spans from 1956 to 1960 so the change is negotiable, but to me it does appear slightly more minimal with less textural elements. still, and always so charmingly ‘charley’ though.

i really enjoy the descriptions alongside each bird. they share the same quirkiness and dynamic of charley harper’s work. you can just imagine these birds in their environments being observed by charley himself. they have a kind of childful feel of glee and wonderment to them and make me want to immerse myself into this world.

his work looks great anyway (though i am biased) but i think the super matte paper really works well with charleys style. although i think they’d ‘pop’more on slightly glossy paper, being able to touch the paper and ‘feel’ the images makes it a little more special to me.

charley harper's birds & words book review

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charley harper's birds & words book review

as you may know by posts i’ve previously published, like a review of charley harper: an illustrated life and this old ‘cardboardcities crush‘ post i am a huge, and lifelong fan of the work of charley harper, so of course i was going to love this book. i would 100% recommend it to any charley fans, but also to anyone interested in minimal, mid-century animal and nature illustrations.

snapshots of my week – 20th november

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mouni feddag print from art of brands

mouni feddag print c/o art of brands

what an utterly uneventful week. just one of those that pass you by. where you do mundane tasks that need doing, and you kind of let it wash over you. not particularly good, but definitely not bad. i have however been making some plans for the rest of the year ..or should i say, uh, december! so hopefully i’ll have more interesting stuff to show and talk about soon.

well, there is something i’ve been working on that i’ll be able to show you soon… (how annoyingly vague!)

i took all of about five photos this week, so other than the above, not much more! did however take a few video snippets, which you can watch below: