Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them. (A.A. Milne)
Jodie McGregor Flowers and LM – what a team!
I thought I’d begin by reading a poem by Shakespeare, but then I thought, why should I? He never reads any of mine. (Spike Milligan)
A Silly Poem – by Spike Milligan
Said Hamlet to Ophelia,
I’ll draw a sketch of thee,
What kind of pencil shall I use?
2B or not 2B?
One of the best books given to me as a child was ‘Unspun Socks From A Chicken’s Laundry’ by Spike Milligan. I still have it. It remains a firm favourite and always makes me smile. If you get the chance, pick up a copy. You won’t regret it. Promise.
(Back from sunny Queensland tomorrow when TSL shall resume normal broadcasting!)
Something colorfully quirky for your weekend… I love coming across clever creative gems like the Carmichael Collective. I like a little alliteration, also…! There’s not so much information on their website, but I can tell you the collective is “an ongoing project from Carmichael Lynch, a creative company based in Minneapolis, MN. Everything you see on the site is just creativity for creativity’s sake. If you like it, share it.” I like it, so I am!
And if you want to see more, they ask you to follow them. “Or, don’t. It’s totally
up to you. After all, art is in the eye of the beholder.” Creative pragmatists! Who would’ve thunk it?
So let me share a few of their creative bits ‘n’ bobs…
There’s more in the brilliant Urban Plant Tag series:
The clever people at the Carmichael Collective are also the ones responsible for the wonderful Piñata Anatomy that has been popping up all over the inter-web lately:
And, then there’s the slightly eccentric and enchanting Bug Memorials:
When you check out the Carmichael Lynch purpose (or mission statement, for you HR types!), they say, “Our enemy is complacency, mediocrity, the conventional. We rally against the ordinary and hold sacred the power of the new: to transform, to instigate, to delight, to create devotion.” I may have become a disciple…
If you’d like to learn more about the Carmichael Collective or if you’d like to join their movement, head over to their site here. I’m sure there’ll be some more kooky creative work coming soon…
They used to photograph Shirley Temple through gauze. They should photograph me through linoleum. (Tallulah Bankhead)
I come from a family of indifferent photographers. I remember a time as a teenager – back in the olden days, when you had to wait until your film was developed before seeing what your pictures looked like – when my father got some film developed and there was a span of almost ten years between the first and last image. True story.
My photographic skills are no better. I’m a snapper, really. Point-and-shoot cameras were designed with people like me in mind. All the images taken by me on this blog are done on my iPhone. Getting the picture…?
Actually, it’s really only since I started blogging that I have become interested in photography as an art form. The web is a great medium from which to share images. As a result, I’m sure followers of TSL will not be surprised to learn that I am completely captivated by the kooky images of Hana Pesut and her ‘Switcheroo’ series.
According to her bio, Hana is a self-taught photographer currently living in Vancouver. Her main focus in photography is getting the ‘little moments’ that people sometimes miss and later wish they had captured. She hopes to inspire others to take more photos in their day to day life. I reckon’ if I prove to be a better photographer than crochet-er, she’s converted one more person to her cause!
See what you think…
Another simple yet inspired idea! There are loads more examples of the old ‘Switcheroo’ on Hana Pesut’s website here. I think her images are just fab’.
I’m not the girl who always has a boyfriend. I’m the girl who rarely has a boyfriend.(Taylor Swift)
Well, Taylor – I’m not sure I believe you BUT let’s just say I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt and suggest you check out Noortje De Keijzer’s ‘My Knitted Boyfriend’. He could be just what you need…
This has got to be my new favourite thing. Seriously. I think it’s absolutely brilliant. Can you imagine having a knitted boyfriend of your very own…?
Noortje De Keijzer has created ‘My Knitted Boyfriend’ – a cushion with an amazing story. As she says, “A cushion with a personality. A cushion to kiss! Or, well… to cuddle, to caress, to hug, and to smile with. Because this man is always happy. And he is flexible as well. He will have a mustache if you prefer mustaches. He will wear glasses if you prefer glasses. He likes to sit on your floor, on your couch or at you dinner table. But most of all he likes to lay down next to you in bed. With your head on his chest and his arms wrapped around you. This way you will never feel alone ever again. With this man you can be sure, he will never leave you.”
The oh-so-talented Ms De Keijzer and her ‘My Knitted Boyfriend’ product range have so far resulted in two knitted men. Arthur, born on 14 September 2011 is caucasian, with dark brown hair and black shorts. Steve, born on 27 September 2011 has darker skin (heritage unknown!), black hair and beige shorts. Arthur loves the camera but Steve is a bit harder to photograph (his colouring doesn’t lend itself to photography quite so well, apparently).
I like the bad-boy types. Generally the guy I’m attracted to is the guy in the club with all the tattoos and nail polish. He’s usually the lead singer in a punk band and plays guitar. But my serious boyfriends are relatively clean-cut, nice guys. (Megan Fox)
Perhaps Megan should have considered ‘My Knitted Boyfriend’ before she up and married whats-his-name-from-90210? I say this because ‘My Knitted Boyfriend’ comes with accessories! Could it get any better? You can dress him in a tie, give him a tattoo or glasses. Megan could have had a bad-boy in public who transforms into a clean-cut guy at home. A personalised knitted boyfriend!
And if all that wasn’t enough, there is the most whimsical short film about the birth of ‘The Knitted Boyfriend’ below. It is just about the best way I can think of to kill five minutes today…
If you would like to learn more about the wonderful world of Noortje De Keijzer’s knitted boyfriends (there’s even a book!), go and check out her website here.
Back in the Lucky Country after a lovely long weekend in the Land of the Long White Cloud. Four days in my home town of Auckland and, for the most part, the weather was kind to us.
One of the highlights of the trip was a Sunday lunch with old friends – lots of great food and wine, and even better company (complete with happy kids running around and the inevitable stubbed toe).
Hanging on the wall in the dining room was a most fabulous Russell Jackson painting of the Orakei Boat-sheds – a little Auckland landmark, so very familiar to me from my childhood.
Arguably, one of New Zealand’s most important naturalist painters, Jackson says, “My landscapes are affirmative and pleasurable, rather than revolutionary. I speak directly to my audience, confirming the fact of place and living things in the World.” Russell Jackson, you spoke to me on Sunday… I love this piece.
I also love this piece, but then I have a soft spot for this part of New Zealand, too – as seen in a earlier post, here.
Our hostess is known for her culinary cleverness, and she definitely delivered, this time including a couple of wonderful salads from Angela Redfern’s the ‘Ripe Recipes‘ cookbook. I just happen to have this fabulous cookbook on my shelf and thought you may like to know a little more…
In the nine (or ten?) years since Ripe first opened its doors, it has established a reputation amongst Auckland food lovers for creating fresh, home-made style, seasonal food. There is a focus on free range products and using seasonal ingredients (so you guys up in the Northern Hemisphere would have to swap the months around to match your seasons!) The book showcases more than 130 recipes regular Ripe Deli customers have come to love.
This is one cookbook from down under that you guys up in the Northern Hemisphere should definitely consider. I particularly love the salads that are crammed full of herbs and some wonderful dressings.
The following recipe is one of the salads we had on Sunday. I’m giving you the recipe straight from the Ripe Recipes cookbook (Page 191). In ours, the buckwheat was substituted for Israeli Cous Cous, and the green cabbage for red. It was superb!
Buckwheat & Broad Bean Salad
(Serves 6 – 8)
1/2 cup (100g) Buckwheat
500g Broad Beans, fresh or frozen
1/4 green cabbage, finely sliced
2 large raw courgettes (zucchini), freshly sliced
1 cup fresh mint leaves
5 artichoke hearts, drained and sliced
250g cottage cheese
Juice of 2 – 3 lemons, & zest of 1
1/2 cup (125ml) olive oil
1/2 cup (125ml) white wine vinegar
2 tbsp honey
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Cook the buckwheat
To prepare the dressing: place all the dressing ingredients in a jar with a tight fitting lid and shake well
To prepare the salad: blanch broad beans for 2 – 3 minutes in a large saucepan of boiling water. Drain and refresh in cold water. Drain. Remove and discard the skins.
In a large bowl combine the cabbage, broad beans, courgette, mint, artichoke and buckwheat.
Add the cottage cheese and the dressing and toss to serve. Taste and season with salt and pepper if needed.
The Ripe Recipes book ain’t that easy to come by. I found some copies available here if you’re interested.
Seth Casteel is pretty widely known as ‘The Underwater Dog Guy’. His work has been all over the place recently. I reckon’ it is because his love of animals shows through in every image.
You’ve probably seen these photographs before, but as they put such a smile on my face on this cold and wet Sydney day, I thought you may feel the same way…
And, if you didn’t already know, Seth has his first book, ‘Underwater Dogs’ due for release in October 2012. That’ll be a winner for the coffee table (or perhaps for under the Christmas tree?). You can pre-order the book through Amazon (here).
I covet an Olympia Le-Tan minaudière. They are GORGEOUS.
(minaudière: A small ornamental case for a woman’s cosmetics, jewelry, or personal items that is often carried as a handbag)
Olympia Le-Tan is a self-taught fashion designer based in Paris.
In September 2009 she launched her accessories label, inspired by the first edition covers of classic literary favorites like “Lolita” and “The Catcher in the Rye.” They combine her “two obsessions, embroidery (a talent she inherited from her grand-mother), and literature (a passion she shares with her father, French illustrator Pierre Le-Tan) to create one of a kind handbags and minaudières. The bags are handmade in France in very limited editions.”
From the painstaking hand embroidery to the Liberty-print lining – every detail is oh-so-beautifully rendered. So lust-worthy…
Isn’t she a clever and talented woman?
(All images sourced from Olympia Le-Tan’s website here)