florals, florals, florals. i love you. but, you know that right? or at least i hope people that read this blog know so by now.
i’ve been good at sticking to my word of featuring more actual floral arrangements, i think it’s nice to see something fresh, even if it is just a photo or two! but that floral pattern is so dreamy too right?
this is the most ‘laid back’ week i’ve had for a while. it wasn’t hectic, and i haven’t been feeling super depressed. but not happy either, haha. just been doing little bits and bobs really. tidying/sorting, making some new collages, taking photos and doing some crafty things. you know the sort of thing.
also, don’t forget i’m selling some dresses (some more things will be up next week) and also that you can pre-order prints from my shop! the next two preorders get a special gift, too. i’ll have actual prints available very soon, and when i do i’ll probably give one away!
i received this awesome tooth necklace from tigerlilly quinn! i love tooth related things and things that a little/lot different or unique, so i adore this!
i’ve had this rock ages. just your standard raggedy rock that i knew one day i’d think of something cool to do with. then a couple days it hit me! i painted it gold and now it looks awesome. it also kind of looks like pyrite! i definitely want to do this to a few more bigger ones too.
got these two super cheap from a charity shop. it seems weird paying for something i could just pick up from a beach myself, but it’d cost a lot more to get a bus to one that it did for these (5p each). poor starfish has part of a leg missing, but i’ve wanted for such a long time that i kind of had to buy.
went for a walk yesterday and saw these trees. does anybody know what the bottom one is? it looks like a normal tree but also has these kinda ..fluffy? other bits. might just be another plant though. love the colour of the leaves. a lovely deep marroon-y red.
snapshots of my week – 23rd august was last modified: 12:00 by laura redburn
i still can’t get over that it’s over halfway through august! for some reason it just hit me at the beginning of the month how fast it’s gone so far. lots of ups and downs and potential things happening. i think it’s the potential things that get to me the most though. the waiting can be excruciating sometimes, can’t it!
anyway, as always i’ve tried to keep myself busy for the most part. i got a new lens (a total bargain on ebay) that i’ve wanted for quite some time now so i’ve been playing with that a bit. it’s easy to use as i know how to use a camera properly, but even so i may need to get used to it a bit. it’s a much faster lens (f1.8) compared to my kit lens which is 3.5 wide open and i feel i have much more control with this new one. the autofocus seems a bit hit and miss though, which is a shame.
what i really want now is a 28 or 35mm lens so i can have one that’s closer to a 50mm on my 450d. they’re a LOT more expensive though. it might even work out being more cost effective buying a full frame body at some point so i can just use this lens, which is a 50mm and would work as so, i’ve seen 5d mark ii’s around for very affordable prices (bonus being i could do videos too).
this has been another busy week of painting and pattern making and that is absolutely fine with me! i also have a few potential bits of good news to share, but can’t actually do so until things have been finalised. such a tease! still, potential good news is better than actual bad news, isn’t it.
i realised at the beginning of the week there was a good few points amassing on the mr t. clubcard so i decided to treat myself. it probably would’ve been best to save more, but as i have pretty much no money and very rarely buy things for myself, i thought i deserved a ‘no spend’ treat at least! i bought these two books. i do love books. if you have any art/illustration books to recommend, i’d love to know!
i’ve wanted this book for quite a while actually. i wish it was bigger, but it’s still a decent size. i love this double page with some lucienne day patterns!
i only actually discovered this book/artist whilst i was browsing. it’s nice to discover new (to you) artists! i absolutely love the watercolour stripes on the cover. to be honest, it’s what caught my attention. i know people say you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover, but sometimes you have to trust your instincts! so glad i did. this is a lovely little book.
talking of watercolours, i’ve been painting lots of ice creams this week for some ice cream patterns! do you have any favourites? i think i’m going to do sweets and various confections next.
on saturday i went to london with my sister to see our dad. i forgot to take pictures but when we went for a walk in battersea park (he lives just around the corner from it) i picked these up. i still have a dried leaf from many years ago when he lived in putney, it’s such a lovely golden brown colour.
and here is a little bit of lavender i found. love finding bits of plant like this on the ground, i can rescue them and create a mini garden. always nice to have nature in the home, no matter how small!
snapshots of my week – 9th august was last modified: 12:00 by laura redburn