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book review / vintage pattern 1950s by marnie fogg

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vintage patterns 1950s by marnie fogg
today i’m reviewing vintage patterns 1950s by marnie fogg. in a nutshell, to me, a book like this is the definition of ‘small, but perfectly formed’.

the title explains exactly what this book is about, vintage patterns from the 1950’s. it features well known designers of the time such as lucienne day, terence conran and . patterns aside, one of my favourite things about the book is that it’s split into chapters with an introduction to each style of pattern.

terence conran pattern
kinetic patterns

i love that the introductions and captions accompanying some of the patterns aren’t dumbed down and over simplistic. they’re not in overly grandiose language, but it’s nice to see something well written in a book that doesn’t have many words.

pink pattern
lucienne day pattern

the reproduction of the patterns is fantastic, the images are bright and crisp, and despite this books smallish size, they’re just the right size. also, this book is very well constructed and the hard cover really adds to its charm. it would be nice to see it in a larger format too, but at 15.7 x 15.9cm it’s definitely not too small either.

all in all i’d most definitely recommend vintage patterns 1950s to pattern lovers everywhere. this book will inspire you in terms of colour combinations and pattern, especially if you’re a fan of the 1950’s or vintage in general.

colour love – multicolour

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sara midda's south of france
i want to get more original content on the blog, so as part of that i’m going to be shaking up my colour love posts a bit. every other week i’ll be posting a photo of something i own/ i’ve seen with a colour i love, and on the alternate weeks i’ll do the normal collage of items. i enjoy making these posts, but it’s very time consuming and i’d rather be using some of that time taking (and improving on) photos.

so to um ..celebrate? a slight new beginning i’ve decided to go all multicolour! this book is sara midda’s south of france. i have to admit, i knew nothing about her and her work, i was just drawn in by the cover! no shame in that every now and then, is there. i’ve actually discovered some amazing books this way.

when it comes to clothes i find i only really like lots of mixed colours when it comes to florals, or an amazing pattern. as much as i love colour and pattern most of my clothes seem to be a maximum of two or three colours. i prefer either bold and graphic or muted pretty vintage so there’s still quite a range. when it comes to home decor i’m colourful, but once again i don’t mix up a million colours all together. i do love some colourful illustration though, which can be a fantastic statement in an otherwise minimal room.

book review / creative block by danielle krysa

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creative block by danielle krysa

introducing a new series, book reviews! most of my books are art books, pattern books or creative-led ones, so i thought i’d be fun to share some of my favourite books and hopefully inspire people along the way :)

so, first up is creative block: get unstuck, discover new ideas by danielle krysa, creator of the well known blog the jealous curator. the book is basically an extension of her blog in that it showcases various artists, but it has the added bonus of interviews with the artists along with inspiration and mini creative projects from them, all in the name of getting you out of that creative rut!

embroidery by laura mckellar

collage by anthony zinonos
i love the range of artists in this book, from collage to embroidery, lettering to painting, there’s some good variety. each artist featured has an interview and at the end they set out a project or challenge to get you out of whatever creative rut you may be in. even if you’re not currently in a …well, creative block, these projects can still help inspire you.

creative unblock project from creative block book

book review / creative block by danielle krysa
some are more simple like anthony’s above, and there are others that go more in depth. once again, i like that there’s ideas and projects that have a wider expanse, as well as simple and quick ones. i particularly like this from above (project 39):

dare to go against what you know

collaged world globe

in terms of looks, i think this book is well laid out, easily to ‘jump in’ at any point, and the pictures are nice and big. i’m always disappointed when art books have tiny, poorly reproduced images, and creative block: get unstuck, discover new ideas definitely does not disappoint!

one more thing; i discovered some fantastic new artists through this book, and hope you do too. do you have this book? what do you think of it?

snapshots of my week – 15th february

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firstly, i’ve decided to move my snapshots of the week to saturday, as it opens up my scheduling a bit, and there’s a little less rushing last minute, as there is sometimes!

secondly, but actually more importantly, i now have doughnut necklaces and watermelon brooches in the shop! there will be some more stuff added in the near future, but there’s plenty things to buy until then, wink wink.

snapshots of my week   15th february
snapshots of my week   15th february
snapshots of my week   15th february
we had about one entire day of lovely weather this week, in which i took this photo of a cloud floating nearby my house. i don’t particularly like summer apart from it actually being light a lot (i am not a fan of the heat) BUT i would love a couple warm days at the moment! it is winter though, so i’m not actually expecting that to happen.

snapshots of my week   15th february
the lovely kate of scathingly brilliant sent me an amazing box of american sweets, in thanks for sending her something that couldn’t be delivered to the US. nothing dodgy, ha, just the site doesn’t ship outside the UK! the peanut ones are my favourite, and i love the twizzlers and taffy too.

the ones that are called smarties, look nothing like smarties in the uk. do you have the sugar coated chocolate kind in the us, or just these?

snapshots of my week   15th february
snapshots of my week   15th february
snapshots of my week   15th february
i’ve had some vouchers to spend, so having lots of things in the post this week has definitely cheered me up a bit. sorry postman!

this book of 50’s patterns is a absolute dream, and probably already one of my favourite books. also loving this one from jane foster.

snapshots of my week   15th february
i also had some tesco clubcard money so i couldn’t resist this box of pantone postcards. always up for more colour. i didn’t buy them to use as postcards to be honest, i just want to use them for colour inspiration. love these three pinks!