Just a pretty splash of colour in the middle of the week – continuing on a recent colour obsession.
Not for me! Tom is heading off to Tokyo then Paris again next week for work and has decided to take the train to Luxemburg for a weekend while he’s there because that’s what you can do when you live in a place where all the countries touch.
Then he told me that Luxemburg is known for chocolate. So jealous.
Here’s some photos of Luxemburg. Meanwhile, still happy to take project ideas for while he’s away. So far some long overdue house painting is the only thing on the cards. Snore.
My bad – I thought I could be lazy and not take a photo of the washi tape. BIG mistake! So here it is (after email and Twitter requests) – in all its glory. I was surprised to find I’d bought the same blue and white roll three times (must be love). At first I stuck to MT washi tape but was less discriminatory towards the end and made sure I got patterns we don’t have at home.
About 10 rolls have been gifted but here’s everything else… expect very pretty packages coming from this house now.
Ages ago I read on a blog that a great tip for travel is to decide on a colour scheme and stick to it – that way everything you take with you will coordinate with everything else so you can take less.
I’m aiming to look super nice on our trip but to also take a minimum of clothing – two dresses and two cardigans will probably see me through six weeks.
Therefore opting for a colour scheme seemed a great idea. I’ve gone for nice, winter colours:
All these images are styled by Sibella Court (each links to Pinterest). Look her up if you’ve never seen her work – she’s great.
Things I am doing:
- Being at work.
On Saturday afternoon Peter Robinson’s exhibition Tribe Subtribe opened at The Dowse – I know because my Twitter feed became full of pictures.
Lucky for me The Dowse is super close to where I work so I headed over at lunchtime on Monday to see the show with my friend Courtney (who works there).
So. Much. Fun.
The room is filled with little felt circles in yellow, red, orange, brown and black. You use them to create rods, which is really therapeutic. I did mine (below) based on touch rather than sight.
The gallery is slowly filling with rods and emptying of felt pieces. There’s still heaps left though so if you’re in the area head along and have a go.
While Tom was away one of the things I most wanted to do was create our illustration wall. I’ve been saving up prints (reproductions) for a while – some were from birthdays, some were bought at craft fairs – and I wanted to hang them all together in white frames.
I bought the frames online at Factory Frames and got great service – the frames are tight and well made and they arrived quickly and were packaged between wood, which meant they arrived in excellent condition.
My original plan was all white frames but the day I put the wall together I went to Typo and saw that deer head with gold glitter antlers and really thought it should be on the wall. And then once I got home I thought the Frida Kahlo pictures Mum brought back from Mexico and my op-shopped paint by numbers ship should be there too.
In an amazing feat I actually planned out the wall first on the floor, which was a great idea because I had to move things around a good few times before I could get it looking right. And then in a second amazing occurrence I used a spirit level and followed the instructions on the 3M picture framing hooks.
Usually at our house Tom does the planning and I bolt right in. As you can see, this was new territory.
About two frames in I was sick of it – up and down on the bench, measuring, sticking, levelling… but I’m glad I was patient and took my time and did things properly because now I think the wall looks great. And heaps cooler than what was there before – but of course I didn’t take a before photo because I just bolted right in.
Sources for these illustrations: