Monday, November 29, 2010

Magical Monday ♥

so it's the start of another week, if i recall correctly i promised to show you my brand new Pin-up style Girl illustrations

well i'd hate to break a promise so...

meet Violet and Rose (click for full view)


so basically i was browsing on 'pinupgirlclothing.com' the other night and i spotted a few gorgeous frocks and thought... yeah i think i'll draw them

this was the result

in my mind, they're sisters, their names are Violet and Rose... 

but don't let their similarities fool you!

these sisters couldn't be more different...

the only thing they share is their lovely blonde hair and their bright green eyes, that and a mutual love of Vintage fashion!

Violet is the eldest (and the tallest), she feels very protective of her younger sister! her favourite colour is pale Lavender, she loves to listen to classical music, she is a writer and an avid reader, she spends most of her spare time playing the piano or gardening.

Rose is the youngest... but she's never let that hold her back! her favourite colour is red (the brighter the better!), she enjoys pretty much any kind of music so long as it has a good beat and she can dance to it, she is an accessories designer and spends almost all of her spare time shopping!

...

do you see what happens when i get snowed in and can't leave the house for days on end?!

i go loopy and start making up back stories for my 2D Illustrations...

moving on!


here's the other one i finished yesterday...


BUT... i didn't really like her pedal pushers (trousers) so i had another go...


yay... flowery dress times!

so her name, or title is... 'it might as well be Spring'

why?!

well, you may remember in yesterdays post i mentioned that i'm a HUGE fan of 'Musicals' (go and read the post if you don't believe me - Super Sunday #3

well, i watched 'State Fair' yesterday morning and there's a lovely song in it called 'it might as well be Spring' and when i started to colour this Girl, that song was in my head so...

this was the result

i honestly haven't a clue why all the illustrations i've done lately have ended up with a Spring/Summer vibe to them! it makes NO sense

Winter is my favourite season so... i can't explain why these Girls are so light and sunny!

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in other news...

i found out today that there's a photo of me + my Little Lego Christmas Tree in 'the Examiner' (a local newspaper) which is rather super duper news to be honest

i haven't seen it yet but i'll be sure to post a link or a scan or whatever, when i get hold of a copy

as if that wasn't enough, i also finished another commission today

AND i won a free Pizza off Manx Radio this afternoon!

what a day... lucky times for me i guess!

every day a Pizza is given away on the 'Alex in the Afternoon' radio show, you have to answer a question correctly and then they draw a name and that person wins a pizza

well... i don't normally enter but today the question was Formula 1 related so, how could i resist!

anyway, i won = GOOD times!

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and that's it i think,

i also finished a little gouache painting today, it's on an A3 canvas and i shall post info + photos about it tomorrow... i promise!

that's all folks...

◕‿◕xX

Dziękuję i do widzenia 

(that's thank you and goodbye in Polish on behalf of Poland, i've never been to Poland but thank you all the same x) 

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Super Sunday #3 ♥

So it's that time of the week again, it's time for another 'Super Sunday'

I asked my friends and family who I should dedicate this weeks 'Super Sunday' post to but they didn't really help!

For instance, Mike suggested I write this weeks post about him... but I told him that he isn't quite famous enough for a 'Super Sunday' dedication just yet!

Sorry Mike!

Anyway, moving on...

this week i decided to honour a person that i genuinely do consider to be one of my idols (yes it's a big deal... i don't have that many idols ok)

i've been a MASSIVE fan of his work for quite a few years now and i expect i'll remain a fan FOREVER since he's so god-damn hilarious!!!

i'll give you a clue shall i?!

does this help...



that's right dudes and dudettes, this week's 'Super Sunday' post is all about the wonderful, incredibly funny and rather fabulous Mr Seth MacFarlane...


for those of you unfamiliar with the sheer force of genius that is Seth MacFarlane, let me enlighten you a little...

he's an American animator, writer, comedian, actor, singer and all round general GENIUS!!!


ok i should explain why he's getting a 'Super Sunday' dedication!

basically... he created the animated TV show 'Family Guy' and i don't know if i've mentioned this before but 'Family Guy' is my FAVOURITE TV show!!! (FACT)


yes i'm a big 'Doctor Who' fangirl, yes i love to watch 'Mad Men' for hours on repeat and yes i've seen every episode of 'Father Ted' multiple times but as far as i'm concerned... 'Family Guy' tops them all... EVERY single time!


so why is the post dedicated to Seth MacFarlane and not 'Family Guy' I hear you cry?


well i don't just love 'Family Guy', it's just so happens that i adore the other animated shows he's created as well!

like 'American Dad'


and 'The Cleveland Show'
and 'Seth's Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy' (which i watched 5 times in a row... had some lunch then watched it again)


to be perfectly honest it's hard not to adore a writer and animator that's produced spoofs on everything from music videos, celebrities, movies, historic events and everything in between! and of course... the truly magnificent 'Star Wars' spoofs




if you've never seen any of his hit shows (and you REALLY should see them as soon as possible) then you're probably wondering why he deserves a 'Super Sunday' post!


well Mr MacFarlane isn't just an amazing animator, a hilarious writer and a wonderful voice actor (as if that isn't enough to warrant a blog post dedication) 


he's also got a truly AWESOME singing voice

in fact he's so multitalented it should be illegal!!!
you may not know this but i also happen to be a HUUUUGE fan of 'Musicals' and i literally grew up watching and listening to them all the time since my dad is also a massive 'Musicals' fan 


well... one of the many things i LOVE about 'Family Guy' is all the Musical numbers they put in the show, and since Seth is the voice behind most of the characters in the show, that means it's his singing that makes all those numbers so super duper


by the way in case you genuinely were wondering... my favourite Musical is probably 'the Music Man' closely followed my 'My fair Lady' and 'The Sound of Music'
though when it comes to 'Family Guy' related Musical scenes, i think watching Peter Griffin sing 'Shipoopi' from 'the Music Man' has to be one of my top 'Family Guy' moments ever...



closely followed by Stewie Griffin singing 'I've grown accustomed to her face' from 'My Fair Lady'


and of course... Brian Griffin singing just about anything since Brian is the one character Seth MacFarlane uses his real voice for...



which brings me back to my original point... Seth MacFarlane can really sing! i mean obviously he can sing, he sings in the show all the time but my god... he really can sing!!!

i've seen clips of him singing at the BBC Proms and at 'Family Guy Live' shows but the more i listen to him, the more i can't get over how good his voice is!

if you've a bit of time to spare and happen to be a fan of all the lovely old 'Musicals' then give this little video a watch. he sings 3 songs from 'High Society' and... just wow! what a voice (he shows up at about 0:45 seconds in)


 he's actually currently on tour in the UK going round all the major towns and cities doing performances, sadly i'm not going to see him but if anyone else is, be sure to let me know how awesome the show is!


and that's enough fangirl rambling for today i think! 

if you can't stand 'Family Guy' and you don't like Seth MacFarlane... then you're probably not worth knowing!

what i mean to say is... then i'm sorry for subjecting you to this little 'Super Sunday' dedication... please tune in next week for something completely different!

Happy Super Sunday and of course... massive MASSIVE thanks to the genius that is, Mr Seth MacFarlane for just being so awesome and for having created a show that never fails to cheer me up no matter how miserable i may be! 

it quite literally never fails to put a smile back on my face...

i know you're a fellow atheist Seth... but God-bless ya!!!

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in other news...

i finished another few brand new 'Girl' Illustrations but since this has been such a long post i'm going to save them until tomorrow.

it's been snowing on and off all day and ALL of the Islands schools (+ my college) are shut tomorrow due to the weather!

i LOVE it! snow snow snow everywhere!

just gorgeous!

enjoy the rest of your Sunday wherever you are + whatever you're up to!

that's all folks...

★ ◕‿◕ ♥ xX


muchas gracias y adios

(that's thank you and goodbye in Spanish on behalf of Mexico, gracias Mexico, thanks for all the page views x)





PLEASE NOTE: all images used in this post belong to the Fox Broadcasting Company, Fuzzy Door Productions and Seth MacFarlane etc etc etc

NO copyright infringement intended so please don't get all pissy with me... thanks

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Little Lego Christmas Tree ★

so... dudes and dudettes, the time has come at last for me to reveal just what it is that i've been working on for the past few weeks...

are you ready?!

Tah- dah...


that's right folks... i've spent the past 3 weeks designing and building a Lego Christmas Tree!

you see, THIS is why i couldn't tell you what i was building and what colour the Lego was!

so shall i explain it all..

i shall indeed!

about 3 weeks ago i got a message on Twitter asking if i'd be willing to help on a project for Isle of Man Advertising (you can find out all about them HERE - IOM Advertising)

so i gave them my email address then a message came through asking if i knew anyone that would be interested in helping to build a Lego Christmas Tree...

so i volunteered!

i worked with Carroll and Martin to come up with a design and a build plan so big thanks to them for all their help throughout the project (and for putting up with my tantrums)




so after a few meetings at their offices they got the lovely Katie to cart a big box of Lego (1900 bricks) up to me at college and i got to work...

so thank you to Katie as well for delivering it to me


so after a good few hours playing and messing around with the Lego, this was the first EVER design i came up with


the problem was, they all liked my design but they didn't think i'd be able to build it with the bricks supplied!

i got really upset but at the end of the day it was up to them so i had a go at building the one from the designs they'd sent with the Lego


it was impossible to build!!!! 

those are the plans in the background behind the mini model tree, it was just crazy! i could not build it!

and i used to have to do things like this all the time during the IB at my last school!

it made no difference, i couldn't build it

so...

i was allowed to have another go at MY design

so after many emails and photos going back and forth we finally settled on THIS design


so last Friday, before i went away to Coventry, Carroll from IOM Advertising came up to college to collect me + the lego and i re-built it all at their offices in Douglas

then obviously i went to Coventry and Birmingham for a few days (SUPER DUPER trip by the way!)

and on Thursday morning i got up at 3:30am (yikes) to travel to Birmingham airport for my flight back to the IoM.

i landed at 9:25am, Carroll arrived at 9:30am with the Lego and that was that

she helped me unpack it all and we tried to work out how the plinths would work but then she had to go back to the offices

it was her birthday as well! so Carroll, Happy Birthday again for Thursday xX

then it was down to me to get it all built in time (no pressure!!!)


it was SUCH a long day! i literally spent the whole day sat on the floor by my plinths (big thanks to Bill at College for supplying them) building up the tree and moving bits about

this is how it looked early on in the day... a lot like a Pagoda with 7 tiers

eventually (at around 5:30pm) it was FINALLY finished! and we ended up with one big 5 tier tree and two mini ones


also, big thanks to the little boy and his mother that stopped to help me build the 'fence' around the bottom of the tree at about 4pm x

and big thanks to Rosemary Walters from Save the Children who kept popping by to make sure i was still awake and to see if i needed anything, thank you x

and that's it, my little tree is finished at last!

it's been a hectic few weeks i can tell you, 

i've had to keep it all on the hush hush for the past few weeks but the grand opening of the Festival was last night so... now i'm allowed to tell you all!

i took my friend Charlotte (check out her blog here - Loretta Jane's Vintage Boutique) along last night to look at all the trees


every year at Ronaldsway Airport at the Isle of Man, they hold this 'Festival of Trees' to help raise money for 'Save the Children'

local schools and businesses take part and enter trees into the festival and members of the public can vote for their favourite trees and post donations to the charity

it's a great event and always draws a lot of people to the airport to see all the trees.

there are 23 trees in all this year and i have to say, there are some really fun trees dotted about the place.

like the 'Manx Farmers Union' one, entirely made of Manx produce, totally genius


and the Manx Museum's 'i-museum' tree, covered in CD's, vintage film slides, photos and cameras


you can see the King William's College (my old school) entry as well in the background. the one with the little green and silver trees.

the KWC Chapel Choir were also at the Festival opening singing lots of lovely Carols. i couldn't get a photo but they all looked fab in their Choir robes + it was lovely to hear the Choir again after so long

the Lieutenant Governor's wife, Lady Haddacks was there as well to help open the festival.

it was a really festive atmosphere with lots of mince pies, Manx fudge and wine on hand to make people feel merry.

there were some unusual 'trees' there as well, like the Manx Landscapes 'Pottering around' entry


and the Victoria House Nursery entry, it was so beautiful though, and such a clever idea


it was a great evening and all the trees looked great

i'm proud to have been involved in the Festival this year and to have worked on the Lego Tree for 'Alliance and Leicester' (our tag line for the Lego Tree was 'Building for the Future' how AWESOME is that! love it)

it was a lot of work but it was nice to do something different for a change and i'm glad i got the opportunity to do so. 

so all that's left for me to do is ask all you fellow Manxies out there to pop down to the airport and get donating (and to VOTE for my Tree if you'd be so kind...) 

and if you're flying in or out of the IoM anytime soon, don't forget to go and have a skeet at all the trees

thanks x

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in other news...

well there isn't really any other news actually!

i'm so tired from all the Lego times i haven't really been up to much else!

i've a few new Pin-up Girl illustrations to finish so hopefully they'll be ready for my next post

until then

that's all folks...

◕‿◕ ★ xX

Grazie molto e arrivederci

(that's thank you and goodbye in ItalianL'italia è un paese meraviglioso, grazie, mia amico x)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Brilliant Birmingham ♥

So today was the day i'd been looking forward to since oh I don't know... about sometime in August?!

We left the hotel at 9:20am and got into Birmingham for about 10:15 ish

we parked up at Brindley Place next to the canal and after my dad popped off to mooch around some DIY shops myself + my mum marched STRAIGHT to the massive H&M store in the Bullring

because of course today was THE day, the day that the Lanvin and H&M collaboration went on sale
ok so bear in mind that the shop opened at 9am and I got there just over an hour later... 

I swear to god by the time i made it to the Lanvin floor practically EVERYTHING had already been sold!

I knew how popular this was going to be but the shop assistants were telling me that some people had been queuing outside the door since 6am!!!

now THAT is dedication to fashion

of course... if Birmingham was my home town I daresay i'd have been there queuing at 6am as well!

There was a wristband system to get in and out of the pop-up Lanvin shop in H&M, coloured wrist bands represented a different hour of the day

believe it or not but... I got the LAST wristband!!! (I know... crazy)


however my 'hour' wasn't until 2pm so I had lots of time to kill!

I found my mum again (lurking in the shoe dept) and we walked to Selfridges and had a divine little mooch all around the handbag and shoe floor

once again I had to drag her away from the Louboutins (to cries of “but Jade... I NEED THEM!”) but to be fair I was pretty much drooling over the Miu Miu and Marc Jacobs bags while waltzing around the stands pointing out the bags I wanted (there were quite a few...)

i had a little skeet in the food court downstairs as well since it's always worth a visit, Krispy Kremes and Yo Sushi EVERYWHERE!

plus... lots of Hershey's, Reeses and various other super Candy from the USA (nerds, sweetarts, babyruth bars, butterfingers... need i go on?!) i love American candy but i had to leave Selfridges to go and meet my auntie so sadly i left candy-less



we headed up through the German Christmas Market stalls that fill Victoria Square and the surrounding area. 


to be honest the Christmas Markets are one of my favourite things about visiting Birmingham near Christmas time, they are so fabulously festive and fun!  


so much colour and sparkly stuff everywhere! i'm a sucker for anything glittery so the markets appeal to me a lot!


plus there are delicious smelling food stalls everywhere selling things like waffles, crepes, stollen, chesnuts, noodles, donuts, pretzels, chocolates, gluvine and just about every other deliciously tasty food you can think of!


after a spot of lunch (pizza if you must know) i realised it was nearly 2pm...

cue a MASSIVE dash (quite literally) back down New Street to the Bullring to get back to H&M in time

i needn't have bothered though...

by the time i got there everything had long since sold out!!!!!!!

(oh nooooes)

it was a sad moment, all i could do was gaze at the window displays and silently curse myself for not getting there at 6am like all the other die-hard fans!


so i started to wonder... what about the stuff in the windows??? i rushed back into the shop only to be disappointed again!

despite offering double the money (yes THAT is how desperate i was for a piece of the collection) i still didn't get my hands on any of the lovely Lanvin goodies!

sadly all of the window items had already been reserved by people (NOOOOO)

but then my dear mother had a rather delightful little brainwave...

yes ALL of the women's collection was gone... but what about the mens?!

we legged it upstairs and what do you know... LOADS of men's stuff was still available!!!

now i'm a fan of fashion in general so i admire both womens fashion as well as menswear and i have to say, i thought the women's collection was totally fab but wow, the men's stuff was super gorgeous as well! 

well cut coats and suit jackets, lovely dress shirts, amazing metallic colourful brogues, stripey scarves and... boxes of pretty silk bow ties

i was chatting to a guy that had just bought himself bags of stuff from the Lanvin section and he suggested i buy one of the men's shirts, belt it and wear it as a tunic or something (he was really helpful actually, so thanks for that m'dear) or that i get a jacket and have it tailored to be more fitted or something

however... my attention was suddenly caught by a rich red silky bow tie and i'm pretty sure i had one of those proverbial 'lightbulb' moments

i grabbed the boxed bow tie, legged it to the counter and... voila! me and my Lanvin for H&M bag


so let me explain why i bought it...

well 

A: bow ties are cool (thank you Doctor Who for that gem of a quote)

B: i love bows in general anyways

C: this is no ordinary bow tie...


look at it! it's so red and silky and big and red and lovely

no no no... i'm afraid there was only one thing in my mind when i got this!


HAIR BOW!!!

yes folks that's right... my lovely Lanvin Bow Tie from the MEN'S section of the store is now... my new favourite hair accessory!

amazingly it actually fits PERFECTLY as a hairband whether i tilt it to one side or leave it smack bang in the middle

in fact, it's turning out to be rather a good little accessory

so far i've discovered that it can in fact also be... a bracelet, a belt (well... clipped onto a belt), a brooch/corsage, a necklace (if you lengthen the strap) and even a bag charm

what can i say... i LOVE my big red bow tie!

sadly i can't pull off the look quite as well as the lovely Mr Alber Elbaz himself...


he's so darn lovely, i'd just love to give him a big hug and say thanks for designing such gorgeous things

yes it's a shame that i didn't manage to get a pair of pretty pumps or a divine dress or a heavenly handbag but... look at me! do i care... no because i have a shiny, beautiful bow tie instead

and oh look, someone else that happens to be partial to a lovely Lanvin bow tie as well...


the lovely Mr Mika Penniman, how super duper! Bow Ties = AWESOMENESS

back to the Lanvin times though, look at the bag i got wi!th it!!!


wow wow and WOW!

look at those illustrations! oh Mr Elbaz... you've done it again!

i've always loved his design sketches and little Lanvin related illustrations but... wow!

this will definitely take pride of place in my shopping bag collection, sorry Selfridges, farewell Neiman Marcus and so long Brown Thomas... i think you and your cute grosgrain ribbon bag ties have just been beaten by Lanvin's prettyful double silk ribbon handles.

you can't see them properly on here because i tucked them away for the photo but they are so super cute!

this was on the other side of the bag for maximum fabulousness

did i mention that i love it... because i totally do!

i also LOVE the box the bow tie itself came in...


yes i know the heart is BLUE instead of PINK (it was pink for the women's collection obviously) but come on... it's still SOOOOOO cute and luuuurvely!


i know, it looks a lot redder in the press shot further above but it's kind of a dark red/burgundy colour, it's a really nice red actually, definitely appropriate for the winter

and this was also in the bag, a lovely copy of the H&M magazine (with an exclusive interview with Alber Elbaz inside + a fab winter party shoot) 


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so in other news...

i also bought some other stuff today, a little Birthday present from Topshop for my niece Madison (she was 12 today so Happy Birthday to her xX) 

a cute tokidoki purse/wallet thing + a little ugly doll charm


and a BIIIIIIIIG ugly doll charm (love love love it's rainbow polka dot pattern!)


and a cute little striped metal business card case from paperchase to store my little business cards in...

but the shopping wasn't just done by me today, my mum also got a beautiful black leather Michael Kors bag (it's for Christmas off my dad but she wanted to model if for the blog)


and my lovely Auntie Maureen kindly treated me to this truly divine set of fairy lights


aren't the adorable! little red roses (they look pink in the photo but trust me... they are bright red) i cannot begin to tell you how much i adore them + it was lovely seeing her today, so thank you Auntie M, lots of love xX

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and that's it for today!

what  a day it's been, lots and LOTS of shopping, lovely Lanvin times (bow ties rule) just a generally super duper day!

thank you Birmingham, as always... today you were brilliant!

◕‿◕ ★ xX

Go raibh míle maith agat slán

(i think... that's thank you and goodbye in Irish Gaelic, i'm sorry if i got it wrong but thank you anyway Ireland, you know how much i love you! thanks for a great summer x)