Are You A Country Mouse Or A Town Mouse?

l live in a lovely town in mid Sussex, we are on a direct route to London and Brighton, and life is good, low crime, good schools and hospitals. So far, so smug, except times are changing, building is happening everywhere to house people like me who have fled the overheated property market that is London.

You all know how much I love my local wood, here is a view…….

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And here is another one taken from the same spot, just facing the other way……

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As you can imagine local opinion is very much that where we live has been ruined and indeed neighbours of mine fled to the Isle of Wight, citing the building as one of their reasons.

As an ex Londoner I love where we live, and took the following pictures of wildflowers in a single walk…..

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This is my reality every morning, and I accept things have changed, even in the years I have been here, but the wood we have remaining ( and it is one of many in the town) still feels like a privilege, a great gift we have at our disposal.

So what kind of mouse am I? I’m a Mid Sussex mouse, who lives in the semi country but can get to London in 45 minutes and Brighton in 25, I have found my natural habitat and I love it!

Which kind of mouse are you?

Kisses

Karen

That Was The Week That Was!

It has been super busy at WDS HQ, at the start of the week I delivered this painting….. image This is the gorgeous Kobi, my first all watercolour picture and I Think it came out well. Once he was safely in the hands of his owner, I started prepping for two events I have coming up. The first is …. image For this I have made more of my tattoo hearts….. image I have also started some Liberty brooches like this one………. image I will also be making more bears, I have some black curly fur and pastel pink suede that’s going to make a lovely girl bear. The second event is an art festival in a neighbouring village. I have committed to six paintings and I am hoping to do a spread of subjects; there will be a couple of fairy paintings featuring animals that live in our local wood, I have started the drawing for the Dormouse fairy who I think will be called Dora, the mice are asleep but Dora is pretending……… image I will do some animal portraits, I will definitely do a horse, probably this one…….. image And for a change of pace some comic fan art, I am slightly obsessed by Jared Leto as the Joker in the new film Suicide Squad…… image Not to everyones taste I know but a good stretch for me as an artist. So that will keep me out of trouble this coming week and at then next weekend we get to welcome this little sweetie…… image This is is Milo a 9 week old toy poodle who we hope will be a lovely best friend for Darcey! So who has plans for next week? What’s on your desk or work table? Let me know I’d love to hear what’s cooking with you. Kisses Karen

Victoria and Albert 4 Ever

Last week we took ourselves off to Alexander McQueen at the V&A for the second time, don’t worry I’m not about to bore you by waxing lyrical about his genius again, but I feel that we need to discuss how marvellous the Victoria and Albert museum is, and how I’m of the opinion that we need a bit more decoration in our lives!

But first how about this….

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There was a little family of ducks living on the shallow pool that provides the centrepiece to the courtyard! A decidedly unhappy member of staff was tasked to ensure their safety, and was doing a brilliant job, I did have video but I can’t get it to load, grrrrr!

First we went to the restaurant and sat in the Gamble room, tiled and with painted ceilings and stained glass it is beyond gorgeous…..

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And around its ceiling it has the following inscription “There is nothing better for a man than that he should eat and drink and make his soul enjoy the food of his labour”. Well my soul certainly enjoyed the food.

And so we went on a leisurely stroll through several different rooms, flitting from century to century and between the continents……

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We went to a series of rooms featuring items from Britain through the ages, this 16th century glove was breathtakingly detailed….

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I was amazed by the detail in this mirror from the 1700 s…….

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Onward to my favourite section the fashion room and this Chanel jumpsuit had me contemplating the likely success of a smash and grab…..

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It was completely sequined and considering it was made in 1936 looked entirely wearable.

Another classics in this room was this Dior suit……

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This was an example of Dior’s new look, a reaction to the austerity of the Second World War it used metres and metres of fabric.

Unfortunately I have lost the details of these shoes but I have to share this photo because they are so marvellously bonkers……

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And as time was marching on we finished in the Immediate Collection, the name confused me but it is actually very obvious, these are items that are very modern but are significant enough to be collected, here’s an example:nude shoes…..

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And then this Louis Vuitton, ice cream inspired bag……

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YUM!!

Finally, the down right sinister ……

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A 3D printed gun!

As we walked it really struck me that society has decided that clean lines and lack of any decoration is the way to go, our homes are neutral hued and always decorated with a view to resale. Clothes are short on embroidery or embellishments.

I have decided to rebel, slowly, I have bought some flamingo wall paper for my lounge, baby steps!

What do you think? are you a minimalist or like me yearning to be a maximalist!

Kisses

Karen

I’m A Bag Lady!

Worry not dear reader, I haven’t fallen on hard times! I am confessing my passion, my addiction to handbags. I have a lot, I mean a proper lot of bags! They have a cupboard and under the bed lurks another lot!

So what is a girl to do if her desire for arm candy is not matched by a healthy bank balance? Try these tips:

Check out second-hand or pre loved sites, these are not high street cheap but offer great reductions on big labels, try http://www.hardlyeverwornit.com or http://www.vestairecollective.com. Also have a look locally, we have edit secondhand which only stocks premium labels, I got this beauty there……

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This is a Luella Bartley that looks very much like the bag she designed for Mulberry…..

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Mine cost me £60, not cheap but reasonable, have a look at editsecondhand.com.

Then we have the high street “inspired by” I have a thing for these Anya Hindmarch bags…..

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But the £900 approx price tag is a little rich for my blood! Imagine the joy of discovering this River Island gem …

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Not a copy but with the same quirky details and a snip at £55.

A similar item was this £50 bargain from Camden Market,….

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Which is not unlike these from Lulu Guiness…

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So if that bag you want is out of your price range try and source it secondhand or look carefully at the features that distinguish it and search the high street, you will find something similar at a fraction of the cost.

Finally can I introduce to you Milo!

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This little boy will join us at While Darcey Sleeps HQ in a few weeks, we are so excited!

Kisses

Karen