Tuesday, August 30, 2016

#CreativeKickstart July

#CreativeKickstart is a hashtag to share what we've been making and being inspired by each month, created by my merfriend Cuttlefishlove. I kept up with it for a few months last year but then lost track. This year I want to post a photo for each month. I think it will be really interesting to look back at the end of the year and see my creative journey!

Saturday, August 27, 2016

London Vlog

While I was in London I filmed a little vlog of my adventures. You can see the museums I visited, the butterfly house, the Barbican Estate and Conservatory, and even a couple of cats. 

Friday, August 26, 2016

The Barbican Estate

After the otherworldly experience of the Barbican Conservatory, I emerged into the incredible Barbican Estate. I'm really glad that Laura and I took some time to explore the Estate, because it acted as a very much needed buffer between the peace of being surrounded by plants, and going back into the London bustle.

The Barbican Estate is a Brutalist masterpiece, a residential estate built during the 1960s and 1970s on a plot that had been decimated by bombing during the Second World War. It also stands on the site of a former Roman fort or Barbecana, from which it gets its name. It was designed by the modernist architectural firm Chamberlin, Powell and Bon, and is now a Listed Building. It also contains the Barbican Centre, an arts and theatre venue.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The Barbican Conservatory

For the second part of my London adventure with Laura, we headed to the incredible Barbican Conservatory, which is inside the Barbican Estate. I had seen the Conservatory in one of Natasha's videos, and was absolutely entranced, so I knew I had to visit this strange and wonderful place. Luckily Laura also had it on her list of places to visit, so we were both quite excited about getting there. From the outside the Barbican Conservatory looked fairly unassuming, but walking in felt like entering a different world.  

Monday, August 22, 2016

#Creative365, Third Time Lucky! | Days 1-14

You may remember that back in January I started on a Creative 365 challenge.  This was already my second attempt at the challenge, and unfortunately I managed to keep it up for about a month, then someone came to stay, I didn't have time to take any photos of what I was making, and I then just...forgot to take any photos. For about six months. What makes it even more frustrating is that I had been sticking to doing something creative every day, I just hadn't taken any photos or kept a record of what I'd been doing. I did consider going back through and trying to work out what I'd done when, and take the photos in retrospect, but that seemed like an almost Herculean task. I considered giving up the challenge altogether. But then I saw this Instagram post from Laura of Bugs and Fishes, and it made me think. Yes it's frustrating that I can't use the time I had already spent being creative for this challenge. But is it really so bad if I carry on doing something creative every day? Another year of taking time to create every day seemed like a very positive thing! So I decided to restart the challenge at the beginning of June, and not post anything until I was sure I could keep it up. I have managed to keep up with the challenge for almost three months now, so I think I'm safe and can now start sharing what I've been up to!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

A Day In London

Back in the spring I spent a day in London with Laura. I hadn't been to London for around five years and was a little bit nervous, so having Laura as company was excellent. We packed a lot into one day!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Christ Church Meadow

The final stop on my day in Oxford was the picturesque Christ Church Meadow. Bordering Merton College and Christ Church College, it provides gorgeous views back over the city and is steeped in local history-including being the site of the some of the earliest hot air balloon ascents-but it is also a wonderfully tranquil pocket of nature.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Oxford University Museum of Natural History

One of my priorities on my trip to Oxford earlier in the year was visiting the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. I am generally a fan of Natural History, and I'd seen snippets of the place on social media and was intrigued. I actually got lost on the way to the Museum and almost gave up, but I'm so glad I didn't! 

On entering the Museum I was completely awestruck. The first thing I saw was the huge jawbone of a sperm whale, pointing towards the iron arches supporting the sparkling glass roof, and looking for all the world like part of the architecture.

Thursday, August 04, 2016

My Castell Coch Inspired Castle Shelf

Sometime last year, I got this castle shaped shelf very cheaply from a charity shop. Although I liked it, it was clearly meant to be for a child, and the colour scheme and paint job reflected this. It also had part of the battlements missing, and had several stickers stuck to the sides. It was always my intention to repaint it, I just wasn't sure what I wanted to do with it. 

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

The Real Life Fairy Tale Village of Blaise Hamlet

After visiting Blaise Castle Estate and climbing Blaise Castle, there was just enough time for a quick visit to the magical Blaise Hamlet. This is a tiny hamlet of nine picture perfect cottages, arranged around a central green.. The houses were designed by John Nash (who also designed Brighton Pavilion, Buckingham Palace, and a whole host of other notable buildings) and built around 1811, as retirement cottages for former workers from the Blaise Castle Estate.

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Forest of Imagination

Back in June I went to a really lovely creative event in Bath, called Forest of Imagination. The Abbey Courtyard had been filled with gigantic inflatable silver trees, which made an interesting contrast with the golden stone and ornate carving of the front of the Abbey.

Monday, August 01, 2016

Mini Art Haul

As a creative person, I love buying art, or things with people's art on, or handmade things. I follow a lot of artists and illustrators and makers on Instagram so I have a daily dose of temptation and art lust. Sadly I can't always buy every piece I want-although I'm already planning my collection for when I'm rich and have a big house-but whenever I can spare my pennies, I try to support artists and makers.