cardboardcities colour love: white – etsy edition!

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the whole ‘etsy edition’ wasn’t a planned thing, when i was looking around for white items that i actually liked or loved, almost all of them were from etsy, so i thought why not have them all from etsy? you can see the previous colours here. i also didn’t realise until after i put all the images together, but all of the second lot are ceramic things. woohoo!

as i’m more of a colourful person, i generally don’t go for white items when i’m buying things for myself or the home. i like white walls, and a minimal look, but in my own home i’m always drawn to items that have colour or texture to them. saying that, i love all the items i’ve chosen and would happily have them in my home or on my person. i wouldn’t be doing this if i didn’t love or at least really, really like the items i’d chosen.
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my very first outfit post

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i thought i’d try something new, and do an ‘outfit post’ every now and then. i love fashion and love to wear colourful, patterned clothes. i’ve worn clothes that are vintage or vintage/’retro’ styles for years (with a modern twist) now and i couldn’t imagine dressing any other way, really. it just feels right to me and the 40’s and 50’s are definitely my era when it comes to style. lots of patterns (not so much in the 40’s), feminine and fitted. i guess i do like a bit of 60’s stuff, more for the patterns and colours than the shapes though, as i’m not keen on wearing shift dresses and such. the shape is too loosely fitted for me, and as i’m short i much prefer to make the most of my size/shape.
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snapshots of my week

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i was looking through the photos on my camera a few days ago, and thought ‘i should do something with these!’ most people do, i’ll take photos when i get something nice in the post, or take progress photos when i’m making things as well as just taking photos of moments i want to capture. sometimes they just get ‘stuck’ on my camera or computer. what’s the point of taking photos if you don’t look at them again unless you need to? i think it’d be a good way to encourage myself to brush up on my photography skills too. always a good skill to have i think! plus, isn’t it nice to share little snippets of your life?

so, hopefully every friday, i’ll do a ‘snapshots of my week’ post. i won’t promise anything spectacular or amazing, as i’m not a particularly interesting person, but i thought i’d be nice to share. just little moments, some out-take progress photos of things i’ve been making, maybe a sneak at things that will be in future blog posts, things i’ve seen ..y’know, that sort of thing.

most photos will be from my camera, which is a canon 450d incase you’re wondering, and i may post a few phone photos too sometimes. i’m ‘cardboardcities’ on instagram if you want to add me. let me know yours too!

laura manfre stickers. cats, deer and lipstick on light blue polka dot background

unicorn card by laura manfre on light blue background

vintage air mail envelope and illustrated lamb sticker

goodies from laura manfre! i bought the unicorn card and the cat stickers from her a little while ago, but forgot to take some photos! she was very kind to put in lots of extra stickers too and a couple vintage air mail envelopes. i love stickers and stationery so this makes me happy. i love it all! you should definitely buy something from her.

pink red primroses on turquoise blanket

i love flowers and plants, and if i see them super cheap anywhere and i have some spare pennies in my purse i often can’t resist. i’d love some huge house plants too, but they’re beyond my budget at the moment sadly. primroses are really nostalgic to me. poppies and pansies are my favourite flowers though. and peonies! ..i just realised i like a lot of flowers beginning with ‘p’. what’s your favourite flower?

pear on purple background
this was delicious pear. and it was free too! a bonus of shopping at a local greengrocers is that you get to know the owners, and sometimes you get free fruit! (normally it’s super ripe or a bit bruised.) we’ve had bananas and melon before too. yum yum! i only took this photo as i put it down before i was about to eat it, and thought the purple was a really nice contrast with the yellowy green pear colour.

photo shoot set up on turquoise blanket

when i was taking photos for my giveaway, i took a step back and took a photo of my ‘mini studio’ it’s actually a huge piece of white card and some foil wrapped around another piece of card for a reflector on my bed. it’s the best place in the house to take photos as it’s the only area with good natural light and somewhere flat to put things. well, i do have a desk but it’s relatively small and always crammed with other things. whoops!

turquoise bracelet on yellow background

i got this bracelet, plus another similar one that was square AND two lovely jade green ones for 59p. i love charity shops. but this one is my favourite though, i love the shape and it’s my favourite colour.

pastel coloured jellybeans on pink background

i just really liked the colours of these jellybeans. they tasted good too! often when i eat jellybeans i think of this song.

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cardboardcities crush – mia christopher

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as with many people i’ve posted about so far for cardboardcities crush, i’ve been a fan of mia for quite some time now. i LOVE her use of colour, her often simple and minimal style and use of mixed media. she uses things such as various paints, nail varnish, latex and stickers in her work. gotta love a bit of experimentation.
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