Welcome to my blog. Here's where I write about ~

~ my favourite items made by other artists and crafters from all over the world

~ things that inspire me

~ thoughts of the day

~ general ramblings and ... my own creations. enjoy...

Friday, August 14, 2015

Art Assemblage block

I LOVE working with vintage pieces ... collage ... and sealing wax ...

here's something I've finished today and is now for sale in both my online stores!
www.etsy.com/shop/dkshopgirl    or  www.zibbet.com/dkshopgirl

happy friday ~

~  art = happiness ~

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

exciting day in the garden ...

yesterday ... it hadn't ...

but today ... it DID !!!

i've been trying for AGES to get a geranium cutting to strike from my mother in law's garden ... so excited to see this one up and running ...  wonder if i'll be game enough to cut a piece off this one to see if I can strike another ???

... be grateful for whatever will grow at your place

~  garden = happiness ~

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Vintage Kitchenware ... in Zibbet and Etsy stores

I'm a sucker for anything antique for the kitchen ... look at what I've been finding this week ...

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find me - not quite kitchenware but would look adorable in ANY kitchen !! 
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~  happy weekend ~

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Origanid ... Takeaway Playhouses for children

Origanid is a French trademark specialized in hand-made indoors decoration objects for children.

The project originated in a simple idea: to provide kids with a take-away alternative to the traditional playhouse. Both a place of mischief, a keeper of memories and a door to Neverland, our tent is as essential to childhood as a book or a soft toy would be. It adapts itself to the imagination of the child. It can become the house of Hansel and Gretel, the shack of Tom Sawyer or the house of the Three Little Pigs. It is a haven, a place where dreams come true and a real story machine, all in one folding playground made from recycled materials. It is a pliable cocoon for children to build their own identity, to grow and to fly away with the caracters born from their imagination. It also stimulates creativity, by harboring stories that never end. Its paper self-supporting structure allows it to unfold in less than in a minute. A perfect solution to play in the living room, at Aunt Alice’s place or in Cousin Itt’s garden on sunny days. And because wishes of elsewehere are not reserved for childhood, Origanid is also addressed to all those seeking a place for rest, but also to the artists looking for inspiration and loners looking for tranquility

To find out more about Sarah Osseland's project click here and help her dream become a reality...

~  secret places ~

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Paper Towns ... my movie review

Now being a mum, the majority of movies I've seen over the last 12 years have been animated.  Yes, I do love animated movies - Nemo... Toy Story ... and what about Ratatouille ... {we use words like 'lightningy' in our house now after watching Ratatouille -  thank you Remy ♥ }


... but it was almost a 'coming of age' for myself AND our oldest daughter the other day when we went to see a REAL people movie for her birthday !  It was a toss up between Paper Towns and Minions ... and since she's 13 now I thought we'd risk seeing the 'grown up ' movie session...

starring Cara Delevingne and Nat Wolff
A tiny bit of swearing here and there ... some sexual references and suddenly I was thinking I should have gone the Minions choice !!!  but as the movie progressed it was ok and I calmed down.  Savvy, beautiful and cool Margot talks Quentin - her long time neighbour {who has secretly idolised her since she moved in} into helping her 'right a few wrongs' one night ...

Quentin believes this is the beginning of a relationship for him and Margot, but after she disappears, he spends the rest of the movie looking for her ... with the help of his goofy and hilarious friends.

Their road-trip takes them to Agloe - a Paper Town but Quentin is crestfallen when Margot isn't there waiting for him.  {I confess I was curious myself to find out what a paper town really is and if they exist ... }

click here to find the even more curious mystery about the town of Agloe
Quentin's friends drive home and he eventually finds Margot, but the outcome is bittersweet.  I thought it was a beautifully told story about teenage love, growing up and coming of age all rolled into one.  The perfect choice for our 13 year old and an easy watch all 'round.  I also enjoyed it because this quote in the movie said it all ... 

Spot on ... who hasn't built someone up into something more spectacular than they really are???  I think we're all guilty of that ...

It was a great line in the movie and a good reminder that no one person has all the answers or gets it right every time.

Quentin lets go of his dream and realises what's really important to him in the end - spending the last of his high school days with his good friends and holding onto things that are real.

Grab a ticket, or rent the movie ... you'll love it.

~  art imitates life ~

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