Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Amongst The Clouds..

Because I know what you're all thinking right now is "Yes, Char. You really needed a new handbag." Not. 

Well, perhaps not. But I love it nonetheless. This is another of the new season Yoshi bags - told you they were onto some good stuff, right?! - and as usual, of course the level of detail is amazing. 

Although I'd ordinarily perhaps not opt for such a light background colour - cream, with my propensity to spilling things?! - I actually think the cream colour leather is perfect for this design. 

The hot air ballons are appliqued on to the bag, flying above the cityscape, which is in contrast, printed in a monochrome below. 

I failed to get a photo of the back, but there's a solitary hot air balloon on the other side - I love the fact that there's always a little extra detail. Yet another beautiful Yoshi bag.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

DIY: Bleach T-shirt..


Since it seems like an absolute age since I actually shared something which I'd made, I snapped some photos of how an idea we'd come across for a craft we could do at our recent camp turned out. 

We'd seen a Pinterest-style photo of bleach-art t-shirts and decided that we'd get some black or navy (note: navy doesn't work as well as black!) garments and give this a try. 

In my head, we'd use some fun foam to cut out letters and a message and/or any design we liked, then fix them to the shirts and spray bleach around them, to get a kind of negative effect. We tried this and it only kind of worked - the bleach kind of soaked everywhere, which meant the designs didn't really come out. 

I had a re-think. 

For this one I still used my foam letters, pinned on to my shirt, and painted around them messily with neat bleach and a paintbrush. This sort of worked although I'm not sure the TINK letters on the front are all that clear. 

Not quite a Pintrest fail, but I'd certainly work on it in the future..


Monday, 21 August 2017

Best in Show..

Yoshi Best In Show Shoulder Bag

 Wah, how I wish things would just slow down a little. I have so many lovely ideas floating around in my head, but the time to actually do them...well, that's harder to come by. 
 I've been meaning to share some of the new things from Yoshi for a good few weeks now. I think, despite the fact that I don't really like dogs (I didn't realise *just* how controversial it was going to be to say that on my IG post), that this design might be my favourite of their new things...!  


As ever with Yoshi, the attention to detail is amazing. The design is a dog show, with dogs in the background playing through the tunnel and performing agility tricks. The three main dogs on the podiums are appliqued onto the bag, making them a little more three-dimensional than the rest of the background.


Really loving this teal coloured leather which provides a lovely background and the straps are long enough that you can carry the bag on your shoulder with no bother. The colour seems to work really nicely with the muted palette of the design - very harmonious.


The bag closes across the top with a long zipper, and the main compartment is nice and roomy - more than enough space for everything I carry to work with me on a daily basis, which includes an A5 diary. Inside, there's another little zipped pocket and two slide-in pockets on the other side; perfectly sized for phones and iPods etc. Because of it's size and the shoulder straps, I'm finding that I favour this one most days. 


On the back, Yoshi have kept up their usual tradition of adding an extra little detail. In this case, it's a trophy, again raised because it's appliqued on. 

Do you have any Yoshi bags? I love them. 

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Sunday Shoes 141: Bunny Hop


I mentioned that I'm most defnitely falling behind with things. These shoes, one of three pairs which I ordered in the Irregular Choice sale, for example. I can't think how long they've been sitting around in their box waiting to be admired. 


Bunny Hop came in a few different colours and I liked the yellow best of all. It's a kind of pastel mustard shade, I think.  There's a low block heel which is a metallic rose gold colour, and the uppers of the shoes are covered in embroidered flowers and bunnies.


The edges are all trimmed with the tiny scalloped details I've come to expect from recent IC collections and the front of each shoe has a bow. I love a good bow. I also love the fact that the bow has an embroidered rabbit on the outside, and these details are mirrored across the shoes, unlike some I can think of in the past where the left and right have been the same. 


Saturday, 19 August 2017



This time last week, I was whizzing my way down the motorway to collect Sarah. We then headed to the NEC for the Festival of Quilts.


Now, I guess you'd be right to be a little confused at that. I'm not a quilter. Despite the fact that I've still not finished my postage stamp quilt, I really don't think I'd ever consider myself one. But there were going to be fabric stalls, of course. 


We did have a little look around the actual quilt displays as well. Some of them were just amazing - I think that this above, depicting a two-person prison cell, was one of my favourites. 


There were some quilted items on display which weren't traditional quilts, too. This pirate ship, which is being attacked by The Kraken, was hands down my favourite - and I posted more photos showing some of the amazing details on my Instagram, here.


This skirt reminded me of one I used to have in my teens, which had appliqued Alice and cards and also a teeny tiny pocket watch. I wonder whatever happened to that.. 


I loved these chickens - again, so much detail on them all. 


And technically not on display in the competition categories, but I snapped a photo of this robot backpack because I loved it. Maybe one day I'll progress my skills ebough to make something similar..

Friday, 18 August 2017

Friday Favourites 257..

FF257 Image
001 // 002 // 003

Another week, another wishlist. This week I seem to have just focussed on one outfit which I think would work rather nicely as the weather gets a little worse.. 

001: I spied this new Lindy Bop dress on the Thunder Egg site a couple of weeks ago, although haven't noticed on it on the LB site as yet. I love a good cord pinafore dress (I have a couple of cords stacked up to make my own, but never seem to get enough sewing time, so this would be a good alternative). 

002: I think a peplum blouse would look pretty good under this dress - this one from Zaful would be prefect to pick out the blue in the embroidery, no...? 

003: And finally, these shoes would match perfectly. Maybe with some colourful tights, or just some warm black ones.. 

What have you been thinking about Autumnal clothing? The shops seem to be full of Back To School promotions and I'm just wondering how time started to go so fast..!

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

We're the captains of our own souls..

Dress: Dresslily*
It's been a funny old week. This dress was another which arrived from Dresslily the other day, although for some reason they seem to have sent everything out separately. I was reminded of this necklace when I saw the mix of colours and think it works quite nicely with the V shaped neckline.

Shoes: Irregular Choice
I wore this for a fairly decent day at work and then to meet a friend for a drink. We sat around in the beer garden in a local pub for a little while, watching the players on the bowling green in full swing until the sun went down. It was rather nice to have a catch up, although a little bittersweet when it became apparent that some people never change.

Caravan Bag: Vendula London 
This might be one of my favourite novelty bags of all time. I think this might be the first photo I've shared of it (the shame!), but it was a birthday present, and as I've come to expect with anything from Vendula London, it's just awesome. Such attention to detail. The cross-body strap has lovely little tassel details on and the caravan itself is chock full of little details.

Necklace: eBay
I've had this necklace for a good few years now - one of those "few pence from eBay" ones, which would take so long to arrive that you'd have pretty much forgotten you'd ordered them. As for the shoes (which you can barely see), they're a pair of Irregular Choice which I've had for years and still adore - the fronts of the sandals are adorned with little jewelled frog charms.