Archive for August, 2009

August 18th, 2009

Photography & Ball-joint dolls: A passion.

Virigina, my Volks School C Super Dollfie 10

Virigina, my Volks School C Super Dollfie 10

I have an EXTREME love for asian ball-jointed dolls, and even though the hobby is a ridiculously expensive one, I cannot resist the pull of their glorious faces and their customisable selves. Models you can leave in one position for hours on end and they never complain (well perhaps they do when their stringing is too tight and they manage to kick you in the eye… xD)? DO WANT!

This little morsel is my second most popular photograph on my flickr stream. The first one I cannot fathom WHY it is so popular – it outranks this shot by double! – but I assume its because it has the trifecta of adorable dolls, pink and a SHEEP HAT. That and all the froof. Well okay apparently I CAN fathom it, but still its not the greatest composed shot of all time… xD

I’d love to get back to a place where I’m healthy enough to crawl around on the ground to get ‘the perfect shot’ and to be able to lift these heavy pretties once again. FUTURE GOALS FOR A THOUSAND! In the meantime they sit near my head on my side of the bed and sit about in victorian inspired garb inspiring me, improving morale (well except for perhaps my partner’s xD) and providing pretty.

August 18th, 2009

Victorian macabre, don’t mind if I do.

Sillhouette Masterpiece Theatre by Wilhelm Staehle

Sillhouette Masterpiece Theatre by Wilhelm Staehle

If you know me, you know I have a rather… Morbid side and Sillhouette Masterpiece Theatre appeals to that in spades. Oh lords, the puns, I am sorry. Classic victorian era paintings with victorian sillhouettes coupled with delicious typography and usually black humour. Perfection in an art piece!

Though his news feed is on twitter – we’ll forgive him that the world appears to be there, loudly proclaiming themselves to be twits – the work is gorgeously executed and you feel compelled to purchase every single item in the shop – Oh, I’m, sorry, the epically named Bazaarium. Perhaps to put along your hallway or plastered upon the walls of your wood-panelled den in between your mounted deer heads and antlers. Crude? Rude? Innappropriate? MOST DEFINITELY, ENJOY!

August 18th, 2009

Protein will fill you, and keep your needles safe…

Adorable Egg Pincushion tutorial by Christina Lane, The Sometimes Crafter

Adorable Egg Pincushion tutorial by Christina Lane, The Sometimes Crafter

So its not exactlythe most MINDBLOWING tutorial on the planet, its a few simple steps to create a really sweetly end result for something that is crazy useful when sewing – and would make super cute gifts. WHAT’S NOT TO LOVE?! The colours and patterns and mixes are great, useful for other colour combos and come on?! As if this doesn’t fill you with nostalgia for mornings eating dippy eggs and soldiers?

I feel I may go eat some now…

August 18th, 2009

Oh my god its full of stars PRETTY DRESS!

The work of Susan Biovsky at Rosen & Co

The work of Susan Biovsky at Rosen & Co

These tiny thumbnails don’t do tis work justice under ANY stretch of the imagination. The HUGE voluminous skirts, the traditional clothing inspiration taken to delicious heights and magnitutes of fabric. I mean just LOOK at that petticoat! OM NOM NOOOMMM..! Do want these clothes and lords do enjoy the massive inspirational hit this line offers.

Big skirts, patterened tights, how could anyone not feel pretty in these sumptuous ensembles?

August 17th, 2009

A bag for a layout… Aka talent swaps are NERVE WRACKING

An excerpt of a layout project for Esther

An excerpt of a layout project for Esther

Not too long ago, my delicious friend Esther of penelope waits fame asked if the two of us could do a trade. I’d make her a livejournal layout for her icon journal, Oh Darling, and she’d make me a handbag. I agreed, even though I’m swamped with other things – I LOVE doing things for Essie and the fact that she dangled an Es-brand handbag in front of me was a no brainer on saying yes. xD

BUT GODDAMN! Seriously, if she was paying me real monies I think I would’ve had a much easier time of this project. This is a little of the second layout I presented her – though i made MANY MORE in between. Because it was a project where we were both making something, and I KNOW how time consuming bag making can be, nothing seemed.. Good enough. How odd that if she’d paid me for the time spent I would’ve felt better about the other ideas I’d had, but making a bag for me meant that suddenly the anti was upped and I felt inept to reach the challenge. HOPE YOU LOVE IT ESSIEFACE!

August 17th, 2009

loish: Its time to drool.

evening glow by `loish

evening glow by `loish

‘loish has to be one of my all time favourite deviantartists. Though I don’t react as violently as my friend Jenji (who has uttered more than once that it makes her sick how awesome [loish's] art is xD), I find this animation student’s art incredibly inspiring and freakishly mood altering.

You can purchase a lot of her work as prints, the image I’ve chosen to showcase, ‘evening glow‘ included, as well as copies of her fruit series. I ADORE ‘blackfruit,’ she really reminds me of me and thusly I WANT that outfit she’s wearing with a want of a thousand fiery wantings.

One of her newest exploits of meeting the challenge of drawing ‘yourself’ in four stages of life cracks me up and COMPLETELY makes me want to try it out myself. BUT GD if I know what I was like while I was a teen. I think you have some kind of internal switch that makes you forget else you die of humiliation xD xD

August 17th, 2009

Cathedral Squares: A challenge for another time

Cathedral Squares: A Tutorial from Hyena In Petticoats

Cathedral Squares: A Tutorial from Hyena In Petticoats

I’ve had a tab open to this tutorial for QUITE some time. I’m itching to try it out with all sorts of fabrics and patterns but alas, health still robs me of the chance. But the scope for experimentation and FUN in this project keeps me from closing the tab and relegating it to the too-hard-due-to-health basket. I want to create gorgeous cathedral squares and then embroider and applique other designs on top. Stitch all over that mother in various illustration styles. I SHALL DO THIS! I SHALL!! :D :D :D

August 17th, 2009

Polyvore: Collage never looked so sexy.

An insight into Polyvore: Katoulas A Small Preview Of Fall 2009.
Sexy collage, delicious fashion statements. Polyvore’s a DIY in delicious, ostentatious, divine and sometimes rather absurd. For those who are members you define your style and themes and share your fashion savvy with the world, for those that aren’t OH MY GOD ENJOY THE NOMS! Inspiration at its girly best, a lot of colour schemes and concepts have sprung from this site for me. Fashion, fun, frivolity and yet its WORK RESEARCH! Hell yes you don’t get much better than that right there. ^_^

OhOh! My example pics? They’re from katoula’s ‘A Small Previw Of Fall 2009…’, and IDK why she spelled it that way but she did. I especially adore Untitled, Green can make things more interesting… & Victorian Tea Party.

August 16th, 2009

I was finally inspired…

After years and years (and we’re talking about a decade here) of having this domain and doing very little with it bar using it as an image host, a now-defunct cartoon dollz website, a testing area for freelance work, and more recently as the keeper of my Sims 2 commentary screenshots, I’ve FINALLY been inspired to use this blog for SOMETHING. xD

Friends on livejournal are doing a 365 challenge, and though I’ve been interested in doing them before multiple times over the years I’ve always been put off as the rather MASSIVE commitment they represent. WHO HAS THAT MUCH TIME!? xD

But a blog I’d come across whilst doing an inspirational image search for nanotechnology (believe it or not) made me realise I could do it – as long as it didn’t matter WHAT I was posting as long as it was creative and something I had done.

I also thought, why NOT post inspirational links here? So what if the sites I link are old etc. As long as they’re useful inspirational resources, wheres the harm?

SO!! TL;DR:
I’VE GOT ME A ‘PROPER’ BLOG AND IMMA ENDEAVOURING TO USE IT.

PS: Like any overly busy designer, I’ve not had time to make myself a blog layout. Thusly I’ve stolen one. MUAHAHHAHAAA. Etc.