Weekend Pretty…A Rainbow Wardrobe

It’s not often I get to have a tidy, pretty wardrobe, and moving into a new house means that I get to re-organise everything I have! I’ve ended up letting the girly-girl interior decorator in my take over my wardrobe this week, and organised all of my dressy Asian outfits into rainbow order. I’m not completely done yet, but here’s an idea of how it’s looking – lots of greens and blue and no yellows!

Yellow sunflower print dress, maybe?

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Green Trees and Blue Skies = A Day at the Park

We’ve been catching plenty of rays these days, so we decided to spend a sunny Sunday at the local park to gawk at ducks and watch my niece run around and chase her own shadow. Here’s a few snaps that I took, it doesn’t quite capture the fresh air and landscape the way I hoped, but you CAN see all the little spots that we discovered and the little secret greenery we found.

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My Sister’s Very (Mint) Green Baby Shower

We recently threw a baby shower for my sister, which was great fun because of all the sneaky (well, not so sneaky because she knew about it all along) planning and all the ideas which came together wonderfully. I’m not sure why we ended up with a green theme, but it worked out nicely and it made a nice change. Initially yellow was planned, then I suggested mint green with white, and it just went downhill from there – but I think we did ourselves proud with the decor and candy bar : )

You can see my sister’s pictures here, here and here (although mine are better, just saying) – I love the effort thay everyone put in to create the green theme. Cupcakes and biscuits from the mama-to-be’s hubby (which was hilarious, by the way), decor from myself, my eldest sister and my other older sister, and an amazing nappy cake made by the sister-in-law which was very impressive.

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There was plenty of green thrown into everything, I love how well the candy bar turned out, and the little touches like the favour bags, the windmills (which I made), the baby shower banner and the amazingly decorated marquee done by the brother-in-law and his family.

And of course, what is a baby shower without silly games? We had games like ‘make-the-best-nappy-using-toilet-paper’, a guessing competition of the guest’s baby photos, and a cake-eating competition (okay that last one was just me playing), but it was great fun for everyone.

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And with a green candy bar must come hot food, as only we Asian people must have – which in our books included samosas, kebabs, roast chicken, chana-chaat, chinese noodles a few giant-sized pizzas, some dishes brought by guests and  a mountain of chips, finished off with plenty of cake, cupcake and chocolates.

We ended the day with lots of beautiful gifts, group photos and watching the toddlers dance around, and it was lovely to get together with friends and family to celebrate a new arrival in the family. I love how things like these also show what we can put together as sisters when we put our minds to it, and the beautiful things we can make – we have a few more events coming up this year which I’m excited about because of our creative and gluegun-obssessed brains!

Glueguns & Craftiness: Mint Paper and Split Pins

We had a family do this weekend, so I took the opportunity to revert to my childhood primary school classes to making windmills for decoration (minus the PVA glue all over my fingers and hair). I’ll post more pictures soon, but here’s what I’ve been doing lately. I’ve not been able to post for a few days because my internet is going haywire, but don’t worry, I’ve been writing (and snapping pictures!) away so I’ll be able to bombard you soon!

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Glueguns & Craftiness: Crepe Paper and Floral Wire

Remember those tv shows when we were children, where you always needed pipe cleaners (which I never had), some poster paint (also didn’t have) and some nimble hands (I was a clumsy child)? I feel like this is a promotion for one of those, although don’t worry, there’s not ‘here’s one I made earlier’ joke in this post.

I’ve started a mini project this weekend, although I haven’t gotten this far (partly because I was meant to use a templates for some of it, and I’ve printed out the wrong size!) It’s been fun to get my hands busy and do something creative, especially because I feel like I’ve been a bit lazy lately. I won’t say what I’m making yet, but I will post results soon!

Hope you had a proactive weekend, even if you did just sit in the sunshine and not move much : )

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Inside a Giant Puzzle

I love mazes, I always have – they represent a manifestation of those puzzles and games I’ve always played in games, computers and in story books. It’s not often I get to see one, I’ve probably been through about four mazes in my life so far (and one of them was a really rubbish one at Disneyland which was more aimed for small children rather than my lumbering feet).

I’m still on the look-out for more mazes around the UK (I don’t think I’m ready for the World’s Biggest Maze yet, though), but I am looking forward to wandering around some life-size puzzles and discovering the secrets behind the hedges (sounds like a rubbish teen horror book, doesn’t it).

If you haven’t been to a maze and would like to in the future, I will give you some warning – if you get lost it can become very frustrating, tiring and boring to wander around in circles! Try and keep a sense of your direction (eg. walk north, walk towards the sun etc) and try not to get too confused!

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A Bee.

I got very lucky with this shot – I spent about 20 minutes stalking a bumblebee (from a safe distance) while it hovered over a small field of flowers. I’ve spent the last few years increasingly wandering around with a camera-phone, digital camera, Polaroid camera and DSLR camera – and this serendipitous picture remains one of my favourite shots.

So here’s a shot which is close to my heart – a lone bee buzzing around pretty flowers (perhaps a reflection of me hovering over flowers while passer-bys wonder what the heck I’m doing).

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Carl Warner’s Surreal (and Amazing) Foodscapes

Carl Warner is an amazing artist and photographer, whose ‘foodscape pictures have fascinated me, because of the sheer amount of detail, and epic scale of beauty in them. Each photo shows an amazing sculpture made entirely from food, right down to the last detail which I love – my favourite are the landmark pictures like the city-line of London, or the amazing Taj Mahal, and even the Great Wall.

The pictures below are just a few of the amazing works that Carl Warner has created, there’s a lot more on his website which I’d recommend you check out (as well as his Facebook group) – which one do you like best?

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All images belong to Carl Warner