I remember when I first fell in love with tattoos. I was really little, I couldn’t even write my name, I’d been out with my family and I’d seen someone in the street covered in tattoos and was enthralled. When I got home I got out a biro and drew all over the torso of my Tiny Tears doll. She’s still that way now – covered in my illegible scrawl, reminding me what a statement a good tattoo can make to the world.
That said, I once got a very boring, off the shelf design permanently etched onto my skin which I instantaneously regretted. It has taken me a full 7 years to finally figure out the perfect amendment to make them right, but this is the year! I chose to remember a day I never believed would come: the day I first knew my of my husbands existence 🙂
I wanted them to look at first glance like a pattern similar in style to stained glass (it’s nice to have secret messages on your skin that make you smile) and the day I met Jon made me smile and has done ever since. Whenever I have a bad day or we have an argument I think back to 24.12.09, I remember how great it felt to know he was out there, and now I can have that memory with me all the time (sappy? yes, I know).
So it’s been a couple of months since my last post, but I have a good excuse, honest! I was busy getting married 🙂 – Those of you who have done it will understand how it takes over your life! But luckily for me it’s provided a lot of inspiration in the form of wonderful, creative people I had the pleasure of working with on my big day.
This post is for the first of them: Kelly of Heyday Honey.
Kelly is an amazing woman with extraordinary knowledge of anything and everything to do with hair and makeup – her speciality is in retro and vintage styles but she also has brilliant theatrical ideas and before my wedding we once spent a day with a fabulous photographer Tigz Rice making me into first a spooky broken doll and then and gorgeous green goddess/ring master – incredible fun and amazing to be made to look so different by someone so talented.
But it was for my wedding that her talents shone and for that day that I have chosen to rave about her on here.
The colour theme of my wedding (in case you can’t guess) was red, and, being the dramatic thing that I am, I chose to really show that off in my look for the day.
Between us, Kelly and I settled on this look – a heavy combination of crisp red and black eyeliner above the eye and a lovely soft curl in my hair to show off both my (already) bright red fringe and lace fascinator. The effect was amazing – I have never felt so beautiful, and if that isn’t what you aim for on your wedding day, then there’s something very wrong with you!
So THANK YOU Kelly – your work for my wedding was brilliant, stunning, perfect! I can’t thank you enough, especially for the fun you created that morning with a brilliant 80’s pop soundtrack. There’s no need for wedding morning stress when Kelly is there with you.
I’ve found a new website I love. Unfortunately it’s in America, takes 8 weeks to deliver to the UK and would incur customs charges *sigh* so I will have to live without the awesome geekery that is…(drum roll please)…
The most awesome necklace for geeks everywhere – pretty? tick. geeky? tick. i want one? tick.
This website is so good they even have dragon portraits – for people who don’t (like me) live with a (water) dragon of their very own. Its like looking at Gizmo in an alternate universe where he’s friendly and only a little bit evil:
Kids look away now, this next item will only confuse you. Those over 25 however should appreciate the awesomeness that is the floppy disc cushion. I for one want one to adorn my sofa immediately.
There is however one uber-awesome item on this website which I am extremely tempted to face debt, customs officials and 2 months wait for. And it is thus:
Who in their right mind wouldn’t want tentacles wrapped around their finger? If anybody out there loves me then please, I beg you, buy me this ring!
To investigate this awesomeness for yourself, visit: http://www.shanalogic.com
Not all creative inspiration has to come from expected sources.
I can’t begin to describe the wave of happiness I felt spending my lunchbreak sat on a bench in Battersea Park, book in hand and rays of sun warming me through the clouds. I wish I could bottle that feeling.
In the sunshine I suddenly see solutions to problems that in the darkest days of Winter were impossible. In the sunshine I am happy, and when I’m happy I create. In the sunshine I have my best ideas, my brightest ideas. In the sunshine I am everything I ever can be and more.
Despite this I don’t think I’d want to live in a permanently sunny country, it might lose its magical power. I like to have a little magic in my life.
Nature makes me happy.