Hello everyone! Apologies for the gaping void which has been my blog lately, it has only just occurred to me how long it has been since my last update and that is first and foremost due to the fact that I have been a busy bee over the last couple of months getting things ready for the opening of my Etsy shop, and secondly because my head just hasn't been in the right place for it. It feels as if that part of my brain which was once only too eager has somehow been obscured by a thick layer of mind fog! Don't get me wrong, I'd really like to pick it up again but I think I need to do some spring cleaning inside my head first! In the meantime I thought I would do a 'moments' post to share some of the things I've been enjoying during my absence..
♥ 1. I found this wonderful vintage Scottish sword brooch back in March and it has since left me with a strange urge to build a little armoury of them! It currently resides on my favorite jacket.
♥ 2. Tokyo Milk has been on the edge of my mind for quite some time, specifically the 'Dark' range which seemed near impossible to get hold of, at least here in the UK! Thankfully I managed to find these conditioning lip balms made with bee balm and jasmine in the following scents: Coco Noir (dark rum, maraschino cherry, sweet milk and cacao bean) and Salted Caramel (sweet cream, sea salt, caramelised sugar and toasted vanilla bean).
♥ 3. I couldn't believe my luck when I scored this gorgeous little curio cabinet for a little less than £6! If only I could find my dream printer's tray for that price!
♥ 4. A while ago Emma of Little Gothic Horrors sent me a link to a freebie pattern by The Little Stitcher that she thought I would love, and she was right! I stitched it up within a day and placed her in one of my antique frames. ♥
♥ 5. Marvellously macabre postcard prints from Beautymarkings on Etsy. If you are on IG then I highly suggest you follow Summer there to see more of her works in progress!
♥ 6. A disembodied phantom hand by artist Camille Rose Garcia taken from her 16 page special insert which was in February's issue of Hi-Fructose magazine. I may have purchased two copies just to be able to frame some of my favourites!
♥ 7. Charming little whimsical beings by artist Amy Earles. Again I highly suggest following Amy on IG if you can, her sketches never fail to put a smile on my face!
♥ 8. My Amy Earles paper doll now resides in a shadowbox of perpetual Hallowe'en night which I created just for her. ♥
♥ 9. A gathering of witch's brooms! When I was a child I used to think these masses of twigs were bird nests until I learnt otherwise, they're in fact a deformity in the trees growth caused by some kind of fungus. I just adore their 'scientific' name!
♥ 10. A fluke image of me captured in my antique mirror above my dresser. My camera must have focused on the age spots and scratches on the surface of the mirror resulting in this. According to my IG followers it makes me look like a ghostly villainess which is just fine with me!
♥ 11. Venetian masks, butterflies in bell jars and Archimedes the Little Owl atop my bookcase in the bedroom. ♥
♥ 12. As I mentioned above I have been busy getting things ready for the opening of my Etsy shop and one of the tasks was taking pictures of my product, I had a lot of fun sourcing props from around my house including ivy from the garden.
♥ 13 + 16. I've always had a soft spot for spirit photography and magician posters but lately I've been fascinated by them even more so. These two pictures were snapped from the pages of books I own.
♥ 14. Another form of antique photography which I adore is paper moon cabinet cards, this is a close up of one of the few paper moon post cards which I am lucky enough to have in my possession, titled 'Frau Luna' c.1907.
♥ 15. The glittering night sky I created for the background of my shadowbox inspired by paper moons. ♥
I opened my Etsy shop, Coven Of Stitches, two weeks ago and I couldn't believe my eyes when my cross stitches sold out within an hour! It left me feeling excited and rather humbled to think that so many people wanted one. I have since been inundated with questions asking if I am going to be selling more, which of course I am! I'm currently waiting for some supplies to arrive and then my hands will be busy for quite some time!
I hope you've all been well and I wish you all a lovely weekend!