Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Birthday Surprises

For my birthday last week i got some totally beautiful gifts and got spoilt rotten :) It's times like these that i'm thankful i have so many creative and talented friends. I got some really beautiful pieces of work!

The two lovely people that are known as Lucy Addison and Thomas Arnell both got together for this one of a kind piece. I've mentioned Lucy's jewelery work before on both my blog and instagram, and i already have a personalized ring that i still wear EVERY day. This gift however, is even more special. From my boyfriend, all words and sentiment was thought up completely by him and it was hand crafted by one of my best friends! I couldn't think of anything more beautiful. On the outside are the words, intricately stamped, "My sun, My moon, and all my stars". For all you game of thrones fans out there, it is NOT from your beloved book series, although i admit it is very similar. This particular line is taken from a poem, by Edward Estlin Cummings, one of my all time favourite poets. For those of you who are not is the poem :)

silently if,out of not knowable
night’s utmost nothing,wanders a little guess
(only which is this world)more of my life does
not leap than with the mystery your smile
sings or if(spiraling as luminous
they climb oblivion)voices who are dreams,
less into heaven certainly earth swims
than each my deeper death becomes your kiss
losing through you what seemed myself;i find
selves unimaginably mine;beyond
sorrow’s own joys and hoping’s very fears
yours is the light by which my spirit’s born:
yours is the darkness of my soul’s return
–you are my sun,my moon,and all my stars

Stamped on the inside of the bracelet is the date that we first kissed. How romantic! I am completely in love with it, and over the moon that my boyfriend and friend got to work together on this surprise. Please check out Lucy's other work at ! Her stuff is beautiful, and can be personalized in any way. Give her an email and she will be more than happy to help with any inquiries!

Two more very special ladies came along to my birthday celebration and some of their own crafty gifts in tow :) The fabulous King Crumpet and Poppycock Illustrations! Their work is so cool and quirky, i was buzzing to get some of their hand made goodies as birthday presents from the lovely ladies themselves. The intricate design of Poppycock's illustrations is amazing to look at, she must have the patience of a saint. You can clearly see how much work has gone into each design and each line drawn. Go over to to see more of her work. The beautiful almost rhubarb and custard-esque hand knitted slippers are those of King Crumpet :) Her work is so cool and lovely, from slippers to key rings, and more importantly bringing good quality craft events to the north east!!! To see more of her work and upcoming events, visit !

Again i feel so lucky to be surrounded by such talented and creative individuals!

Tuesday, 10 June 2014


When i see good illustration, something lights up inside of me. It's the same with animation. The possibilities are endless. Whether its a doodle of a mischievous black cat or an intricately painted young girl, looking up intensely at a shining moon in the starry sky. There is just something so beautiful about your imagination coming to life, your deepest thoughts, feelings, desires....manifesting themselves on the piece of paper in front of you. And the emotions that others can feel when looking at an artists work. It's just lovely!

I would like to use this post to share with you some illustrations that have really caught my eye recently, and made me stop and study their beauty. 

"People Standing" Artist - Aoki Tetsuo

Artist - Hayao Miyazaki from Laputa, Castle in the Sky.
Unknown Artist - Original Link
Artist - Rich Kelly
Artist - Franz Falckenhaus
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Artist Unkown  - Original Link

Looking at these artists work is so inspiring and exciting, as they are so individual and different but can conjure up similar emotions. I am making a promise to myself to pick up my pencil again and start doodling!!!!