If It’s Macarong, I don’t want to be right!

I am OBSESSED by macarons! Obviously they are an absolute joy to eat, crisp outer shells, slight chewiness and luscious cream centres, but they are so much more to me, the cute chubbiness of their shape and the myriad of pastel colours.  Pantone have predicted pastels colours again for fashion this year ( more of that next week) so let’s embrace the pale hued wonders that are macarons!

My obsession started with my kitchen, and in particular these worktop protectors.

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This lead to my entire kitchen taking on a full on patisserie theme, here is the top cupboards, the base ones are violet.

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So that led to a whole bunch of macaron craftiness, these little macarons are a free pattern from http://www.craft-seller.com

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These feltie ones are from Mollie Makes

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This little keyring I made myself, inspired by the gorgeous ones that they sell at Laduree, the best macaron shop in my humble opinion! I might do a tutorial for this, if you want!

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Finally, and before we suffer a sugar overdose, here is Nina Ricci’s perfume La Tentation de Nina which smells of …..a macaron shop! Laduree again to be precise.

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So there we are my sweeties, now tell me what consumes you, what your passion is.

kisses

 

Karen xxxxx

I said whoooooo do you think you are!

I am afraid that headline is only funny if you are a fan of the Spice Girls! So, on a beautifully crisp, cold,December morning we went to the National Portrait Gallery in London, to see the Who Are You  exhibition by Grayson Perry.

It was one of those delightfully bonkers days that only seem to happen in big cities.

There were reindeers at the station

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There were Santas in a mass cycle maybe for charity or maybe just because they could!

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If you are not familiar with Grayson Perry, he is a multi media artist who is also a transvestite. He has an outstanding ability to speak and understand anyone from the Duchess of Cambridge to those struggling with everyday life, maybe because he does not fulfil a “normal” role within our society.

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Recently, he made a series for Channel 4 exploring the nature of identity and making art works to reflect each individual’s story.

He explored diverse issues that affect our society, from a white, single mum who converted to Islam to a man suffering from Alzheimer’s who was slowly losing all sense of who he was.

The artworks were stunning, for the two examples  I mentioned he made a Hijab ( headscarf) charting the woman’s journey from troubled teen to devout Muslim and a jar covered with pictures of his life and dark areas of dead brain for the Alzheimer’s sufferer.

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I bought this bag which represents a small, part of a huge tapestry called Comfort Blanket  which defined what it was to be British. I love the way he has made the Queen look like everybodys  Nan!

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So inevitably this subject makes you think about your own identity, here are a few pictures that define my own identity.

 

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So, who are you? Send me a photo that sums you up!

Kisses

Karen xxx

Work Starts With A Cough And A Splutter

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It’s back to work at WDS HQ, it should have been last week but I have had some sort of virus that made me sound like a Marks and Spencer voiceover but made me feel like i had been runner by one of their lorries.

So here is what is on the drawing board ( or actually the dining room table!)

I will be dusting off the needle felting equipment to make something from this adorable book, I’m not sure how, but I bought it from Amazon , it’s all in Japanese, so this will be an adventure!.

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I am making twin bears in this lovely swirly fur that I picked up at a boot fair, the colours make me think of peppermint creams.

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I am also designing little felt projects using this wonderful box of felty goodness which I bought from Felted Fancies Supplies on Facebook  it’s vintage colour way makes me think of the twenties so I will start with this design for a little felt flapper.

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On days when the creative flow is not moving, I will make some cards with this beautiful range by Santoro,         These are available from  www.theglitterpot.co.uk

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I will be spending more time looking at Craftseller magazine, for inspiration and quick makes.

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And of course painting, painting, painting, this is my latest dog finished.

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So its off to work we go!

Kisses

Karen

Terrified At The British Library!

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A few weeks ago we went to the Terror and Wonder exhibition at the British Library. It was a fantastically sunny day making both the soviet slabs of the library and the gothic gorgeousness of St Pancras station look amazing.

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Inside didn’t disappoint either, I was terrified , reading a letter that was supposedly from Jack the Ripper. The wonder for me came from seeing an Alexander McQueen dress in the flesh.

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This is my sketch of the dress, plus one from the same collection and Mcqueens explanation of the lace being punctured by the antlers, he sacrificed the very expensive lace because he wanted the model to look like she had rammed it with her antlers. McQueen said that he dressed women so that other people would be scared of them, mission accomplished!

It was clear from the exhibition that the gothic influence spreads across our history, and continues to do so,

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Here is my favourite Goth item, Chanels Rouge Noir.

and guess what Pantone have named colour of the year?

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Marsala a very romantic hue.

All the vampires and swooning maidens has made me think of gothic teddies! Off to the drawing pad!

Do you like the romance of gothic or are you more Steampunk? Leave me comment.

Kisses

Karen