Monthly Archives: April 2012

You’re My Superhero!

We’ve all got at least one superhero in our lives haven’t we? That person who drops everything and comes to your aid when your world has fallen apart. Immortalise them in superhero form by turning them into a personalised superhero action figure.

Personalised Superhero Action Figures - Firebox

All you need is £79.99, two photos – one straight on and one profile that you upload to Firebox, then wait for three weeks while the 3D printers work their magic and when your package arrives swap the standard superhero head over with the personalised head. Sounds pretty easy doesn’t it?

They’d make great pressies for so many people. A leaving present for your superhero colleague who always saves your bacon, for your mum or dad for bringing you up into the superhero you are, a best man gift for not losing the groom on the stag night. Or if you’ve always harboured secret superhero fantasies, get one of yourself – I won’t tell… (Oh, they’re not toys though, so make sure you save them for the grown-up superheroes in your life.)

I wish they did a Catwoman, she was always my favourite. Which superhero would you be?

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Sequinned Walls

The magpie in me loves sequins but on clothes they can be hard to carry off. What about sequins on the walls?

Sequin wallpaper - SurfacePhilia

This wallpaper by SurfacePhilia (what a great name!) is beautiful. The sequins are illustrations of oversized gold, black and silver sequins layered over each other to create a busy but beautiful design. Here’s the close up.

Sequin wallpaper close up - SurfacePhilia

I think this is a really glamorous design that would look stunning in a hall or bedroom. I might be tempted to stick the occasional real sequin on but at £175 a roll I’d probably leave well alone.

Do you like it?

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I Do Want To Ride My Bicycle

It’s taken me an age but since my post back in January about maybe wanting to ride my bicycle, I’ve finally decided I definitely want to ride my bicycle. So much so, I bought a bike and cycling helmet.

My new bike

After wobbling along by the side of the Thames and around Richmond Park with my trusty helmet on, I even plucked up the courage to ride on the road and, rather amazingly, didn’t get honked at. There were tears at one point when I bumped down on the crossbar a little hard and there may have been a mini-tantrum when I couldn’t get up a hill, but other than that I really enjoyed cycling around. My husband had fun too, insisting on me wearing a hi-vis vest and tucking my trousers into my socks and then shouting “Nerd!” at me round Richmond Park.

So, buoyed up with a false sense of competency I signed up for Cycletta’s ride at Woburn Abbey in Bedfordshire on 13th May. I didn’t just sign up for the 40km. Oh no. I signed up to do the 60km ride. Having ridden a bike a grand total of four times in the last twenty years it may not be my smartest idea, but I’m going to invest in some padded trousers and give it my best shot.

Cycletta organise seven 40k bike rides a year around the UK that are open to women only and cost about £45 to enter. Although fairly pricey, the routes are traffic-free and well marshalled with a ride rescue crew that come and help out if you get into any problems. There are plenty of free things after the ride like goody bags and pamper sessions. Fancy keeping me company?

P.S. I’ve chosen to ride for Tommy’s, the baby charity who have a target to halve the number of babies that die in pregnancy or birth by 2030. I’m hoping this will motivate me and stop me from chickening out on the day of the ride. If you’d like to sponsor me and help Tommy’s with their research, click through to my Just Giving page.

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What Really Happens After Dark?

Ever wondered what really goes on after dark when most people are tucked up in bed dreaming peacefully? The Best Part has some prints that show you exactly that. In single pieces of art The Best Part have combined two layers of phosphorescent inks to show a peaceful daytime scene and a glow in the dark scene of zombies, crime and general seediness.

New York in the daytime shows a bookstore, a mother walking with a pram in the park, subway trains and what looks like the freak show and ferris wheel at Coney Island.

New York Day & Night - The Best Part

But when you turn out the lights you see Batman scaling a skyscraper, a mother being held-up at gunpoint, an adult bookstore, graffiti covering the subway, a gun sinking into the water at Coney Island, and a police officer shooting at zombies.

In contrast to San Francisco’s calm daytime scene, glowing in the dark are search helicopters, massage parlour, pirates, people lurking under the Golden Gate Bridge and what the seagull has actually eaten. I love the way the sun turns into the moon on this one.

San Francisco Day & Night - The Best Part

Both prints are $50 and are limited edition, New York is a set of 75 and San Francisco is a set of 50. I’m hankering after them both but can’t wait to see the new Day & Night varieties that are apparently coming soon.

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Light Up Your Clothes

We’ve all got a favourite piece of clothing that, if we’re truthful about, we prefer to look at than wear. I’ve got several. The dress that is too fancy for my lifestyle, the one that’s a little snugger than I’d like to remember that I can’t bear to part with, or the one with too full-on a pattern to successfully wear.

Well, here’s a nifty solution.

Clothes hanger lamp - Droog

The Clothes Hanger Lamp is an acrylic clothes hanger with a low energy bulb attached (so it won’t set your clothes on fire). It doesn’t look much on its own, but when it’s illuminating your favourite outfit it could be marvellous. It’s £138 and available from Places & Spaces.

Clothes hanger lamp - Droog

Change the outfit when you get bored and as each material would diffuse the light differently it would be a beautiful way to change the mood at home. I think this would be a fabulous way to display a wedding dress instead of leaving it languishing in the loft for years after the big day. I sold my wedding dress but I have a beautiful kimono that a friend gave me for a birthday that would look fab.

What would you hang on it?

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My Hundredth Hanker

This is my 100th blog post. A mini milestone for me since I started sharing my hankers with the world in December.

To celebrate I might order this vintage 100 typewriter necklace.

100 Typewriter Necklace - qa create

Or as it’s Easter, see if I can scoff every one of these one hundred tiny chocolate hearts.

One Hundred Loose TINY CHOCOLATE HEARTS by Cocoapod Chocolates

Or learn the 100 secrets to life from this print by Pearl & Earl.

100 secrets to life print - Pearl & Earl

Thank you to all who come and read my hankerings :) This hankering lark and interacting with you lot makes me very happy.

Are there any hankers you’d like to see more of? Have you got a hanker you need help with? (nothing smutty please!) Just let me know in the comments section below…

Happy Easter and see you next week about half a stone heavier!

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Beedazzled

Yesterday I saw my first bee of 2012. He was humming lazily round a flower, I hope he survives the cold snap. In tribute to the little fella here are some bee things I hanker after.

It started with the La Rochere glassware that I bought my mum one Christmas. I love the raised bee motifs on the sides. Actually I’m not sure she uses them, I may ask to ‘borrow’ them… The range is are available from John Lewis at £5-£35.

La Rochere Glassware - John Lewis

Then there’s the bee wallpaper I wrote about a few weeks ago.

For a wedding present we got this beautiful Laguiole cutlery in the multi-coloured jewel range. There is a little bee at the base of each handle.

Laguiole Jewel Forks - John LewisThe stainless steel version is pretty too and you can get a whole cutlery drawer full including cheese knives, salad servers, fish sets and carving sets. The sets are £27 – £50, while individual butter knives are £5.50 from John Lewis.

Laguiole Cutlery - John Lewis

Craig Fellows’ silk scarves are beautiful, I particularly like his long Honey to the Bee scarf at £39.99.

Craig Fellows - Silk Scarf Honey to the Bee

If you prefer a square silk scarf, Runny Honey is also gorgeous at £79.99. This scarf is huge at 90cm square.

Craig Fellows - Silk Scarf Runny Honey

I’ve often wondered what bees do in the winter and Rory Dobner’s Bee in Bed mug has educated me. There are five more animals in the same Intricate range, all at £15.

Bee in Bed Mug - Rory Dobner

I hope the one I saw is doing just this until it warms up again. Wasps on the other hand, can p!ss right off.

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Alternative Easter Gifts

Easter isn’t something we really celebrate which is why I enjoyed my Easter so much at the home of those who do. The only part of Easter my family take part in is the chocolate side of things and a couple of extra days off, which isn’t proper Easter. And this year we’re not even doing that as my mum and my daughter have stipulated a no chocolate rule, so I was looking at some alternative presents.

I had to look twice when I saw this chocolate crème egg necklace. You may have random kids trying to lick it though, I warn you… This is £7 by Blue Cherry Jewellery who also do very realistic nibbled chocolate mini egg earrings.

Chocolate Creme Egg Necklace - Blue Cherry Jewellery

Will the sterling silver hungry bunny on this necklace ever reach the carrot I wonder? A bit more expensive at £59 but a unique design.

Hungry Bunny Necklace by Anne Morgan Contemporary Jewellery

Some of us in the UK will be doing Easter egg hunts in the snow this year and this sterling silver snow globe ring captures this perfectly. It’s also available with a brown bunny or deer inside at £75.

Snow globe ring sterling silver with white rabbit - Romantic Eccentric

Or more spring-like with a patch of grass and no snow at £73.

Garden Bunny Ring - Romantic Eccentric

What do you give at Easter in place of chocolate?

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Easter Memory Makers

The best Easter Sunday I’ve ever had was at my friend’s house a few years ago. Everyone was given a boiled egg that had been decorated in advance to look like them and before lunch there was an egg and spoon race down the garden. The house was decorated with Easter wreaths, pretty papier-mâché eggs were hanging from the house plants and later there was an Easter egg hunt. Of course chocolate eggs are gorgeous but really the only memory of them is the extra half-inch round your hips, so include some fun memories too this Easter.

The Easter egg with a secret message is a lovely alternative to a chocolate egg or Easter card. It is a real egg-shell with a secret message inside that can only be accessed by breaking the egg open. Goodness knows how they got the message in there in the first place, but I think it’s a smashing idea. They are £6 each.

Easter Egg With Secret Message - Yum Made This

These lovely printable designs at $6.50 are a cheep (I’m not sorry!) way to perk up your Easter egg hunt.

Easter Egg Hunt Kit - Pipier's Place

This Easter tradition I saw over at See Jane Blog is so sweet for any little kids you may be sharing Easter with, plant some jelly beans and see what grows…

What Easter traditions do you have?

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Tea Cosy Handbags

Tea cosy handbags. Now that’s not a phrase you hear everyday is it?

Hands up who else can remember this ginger cat tea cosy? My love of ginger cats, the memory of my granny’s tea cosy like this and the fact that it has been made into a handbag make this hankering gold! I love its quirkiness.

Ginger Cat Tea Cosy Handbag - uoldbag!

Maybe you like this vintage patchwork tea cosy handbag more?

Vintage Tea Cosy Handbag - uoldbag!The contrast back and lining make this really interesting and special. I love this almost as much.

Designed by U Old Bag! They are both currently available at a reduced price of £65 from Culture Label. There are also some cracking upcycled vintage suitcases and vanity cases.

Which would you wear?

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