Sunday, 4 December 2016

Goodbye xx

Hello to anyone reading this!

As you can see from the amount of posts that have happened in the past few months it unfortunately seems this blog has fallen by the wayside again. 2016 has been a busy one, and as much I love writing posts and sharing my creative projects on here, it just isn't feasible to continue at this time. 
The lack of posting I've done on this blog over the past few months makes me feel bad and I shouldn't feel bad about something I do as a hobby! I have other projects I want to focus on and other avenues I want to pursue.

I may pick up blogging again in the future. I enjoy documenting my projects as a record for myself as well as sharing with others. But whether that will be on here or via another site I couldn't tell you. 

So for now it's unfortunately time to put this blog to bed.

Thanks to anyone who took the time to read my ramblings!

Em x

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Here Comes The Bride - Wedding Dress Exhibition

Hello folks!

What a lovely weekend it's been, we've finally had some sunshine and so it finally felt a little bit like summer. I thought I was going to have a jam packed weekend but it actually ended up being pretty relaxing. I even managed to fit in something I never normally do. I went to church!

Now it may (but probably won't!) surprise you to know the Ginge and I, as well as the rest of my family are definitely not church goers. In fact, the only times I have been in a church in recent years has been for weddings, which is pretty apt considering this is the reason I ended up in church on a Saturday. Not for a wedding, but a wedding dress exhibition. A collection of wedding dresses from people in the local area were on display at the church so my Mum and I went in to have a look. 

There were roughly 12 dresses on display, the oldest dress dating from 1956 and the newest from 2013. I love seeing the changes in clothing shapes and trends in exhibitions like this. You can really see the evolution of style between one decade and the next. Especially the dresses from the 80s with tall the frills and puffy sleeves! I actually shared a video on 100 Years of Wedding Dresses last year which gives you a good insight into the ever changing bridal styles

Each dress was accompanied by a short paragraph explaining why the bride chose her dress as well as a small mood boards with photos of the inspiration behind the dress or the setting of the wedding.
I loved the 1956 wedding dress (the first photo) as it reminded me very much of the photos I've seen of my Nan's wedding dress. But I thought the medieval style dress with the Celtic design was an interesting choice. Definitely not in the vein of the type of dresses you normally see on the TV or in the movies. The amber tiara was also very pretty.  

I'm still collecting images onto my Pinterest board Wedding Dress History so have a look there if you want to check out other wedding dress styles from across the years.

Which dress is your favourite?

Em x

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Skinnydip London

As I mentioned before Ginge & I celebrated our anniversary in London last week. 
I ended up getting into London quite a while before Ginge did, so I did what everyone does when they have time to waste in London and went for a wander with no clear idea where I was going or what I would find. I ended up coming across a couple of vintage stores that I had a rummage through before heading over to Covent Garden. That's where I came across a new bags & accessories brand Skinnydip London

As I stepped through the doors, I was in complete handbag heaven! They have some brilliant quirky designs and seem to have everything from coin purses to clutch bags, satchels and huge bucket bags. Not to mention, makeup bags, phone covers, headphones and laptop cases. Their stuff is totally up my street - sparkles, unicorns, bright colours, pastel hues, what's not to love?!

They also had a sale on and I treated myself to this little petrol blue lovely!

It's a gorgeous cross bodybag and was reduced down in the sale to £20.  The colour is just beautiful and the main reason I picked it up in the first place. The fact that my old handbag currently has the strap tied on as the links broke from over use also meant it made complete sense to purchase a new one! It's a great size for me for a day bag, I find th bigger the bag the more likely I am to stuff it full of rubbish I don't need to be carrying around. The only downside for me is that there is no inside zip, just the flap that goes over the top of the bag. (Does that make any sense?!) But it's just my personal preference to have one. If you fancy it for yourself, you can still buy this bag online here but hurry because who knows how many are left!

I've had a look on the Skinnydip London website and here are the things that are now on my wishlist!

Black sparkly goodness! 

Because who doesn't need a flamingo coin purse?!

I just love the pastel colours of these, you could customize notebooks or a plain phone case with these.

Holographic accessories are just so cool. They always catch my eye.

Oh Wow! Rainbow sequins, black pompom. SOLD!

 This is just so cute and the colours are lovely

The silver & blue are a great combo and the nautical theme is subtle

This one is so fun! Cheeky and great for nights out

What's your favourite?

Check Skinnydip London out at the below links

Em x

Saturday, 9 July 2016

Geek Chic Goodies!

Wow, we're over a week into July already! How did that come by so fast?! It feels like this year is whizzing past so quickly, especially the weekends. Last week we had a weekend where we had nothing in particular planned but it ended up being a pretty busy one and I've come into some new items I think you might appreciate.

So, last Sunday we stopped into our local Comic Con fair. Now as you know, we recently went to the MCM London Comic Con so we weren't too fussed about making it too the local one but as we ended up being in the town centre anyway Ginge & I thought we'd pop in for a mooch around with one of our friends. Obviously our local fair was much much smaller than the MCM event but it was nice to see an event like this where local people can celebrate all things pop culture without having to spend a lot of money on tickets or travel.

As with MCM there was so much stuff I could have blown all my money on as well as a lot of stuff I hadn't got a clue what that show/reference/character was about! I did make one purchase though which was this awesome Grimhilde & Maleficent selfie tee! It's by SwanStar Designs and the lovely designer Kathryn was sporting the same tee herself on the day. As I'm sure I've mentioned before Maleficent is my favourite Disney villain so how could I not buy the t-shirt?!

I also have some purple lipstick that is a great match to the purple in the tee, not that you can particularly tell in these pics, but a win all round in my book!
Now for the obligatory selfies in my selfie t-shirt!

There were some great t-shirts, postcards and jewellery featuring lots of pop culture references, my favourite one's obviously being the Disney villains like Maleficent, Cruella DeVille and Ursula. Take a look at SwanStar Designs on RedBubbleEtsy and Instagram to get yourself some pop culture goodies!

Also at the fair was the amazing jewellery company Snikt & Bamf who I spoke about in my MCM this post here. I LOVE their jewellery designs and it took all my effort to not buy anything on the day. But! This week the Ginge & I also celebrated our anniversary and oh man did the boy do good!

We went to see Charlie & The Chocolate Factory theatre show and in the interval we swopped presents, I nearly cried with excitement when I unwrapped THIS!!

This is the Jaws necklace I had my eye on at both Comic Con fairs!

Turns out Ginge bought it at the Watford Comicon while our friend played the distraction!
I love it so much, I've been wearing it non stop ever since! It looks especially great with black top & jeans, my grey cardi, and a bright red lipstick

So 1000 boyfriend points to the Ginge for his necklace choice!

The past few weeks has also been great for my creativity, I have a new venture that I'm working on. It's quite a big project but I'm enjoying the journey so far and hopefully will have everything in place to share with you in September. If you follow me on Instagram you'll be seeing little sneak peeks of parts of the project I am working on - follow me @emmayouens if you want to have a look.

Until next time!

Em x

Sunday, 19 June 2016

The Sewing Room

Despite the past week or so being sad with the news of the Orlando shooting & Jo Cox, as well as some personal sadness the Ginge & I have had to go through, I seem to have, somehow, found a new spring in my step! I have been sketching more at home and my sketches have actually been turning out as I planned which makes me very happy. I also think my venture into poster design has fuelled some of the creative fire I'm feeling at the moment. So yesterday I headed over to my parent's house to do some more sewing.

As mentioned here I moved out of my parent's house a couple of months ago as Ginge & I became the very proud owners of our first home together. My brother had also moved out of our family home a couple of month's beforehand. but whilst my old bedroom remains as a bedroom, my brother's room has been turned into a sewing/laundry room. Although it doesn't really look particualrly inspiring at the moment I love having a place where I can easily use my sewing equipment without getting in anyone's way, and being completely able to focus on my projects without worrying about having to pack away things halfway through or my creations inevitably having things spilt on them! 
So I was inspired by some posts on By Gum By Golly to give an insight into my little sewing haven.

Despite the photo, the room is actually pretty light and I have enough room to move about and easily press things. My mannequins (Named Lady & Manny, for obvious reasons!) currently live in the wardrobe which is on the left of the chest or drawers, with the fabric for any projects I am currently working on.

My vintage sewing machine sits waiting for me to finally getting round to restoring her!

One of my many sewing boxes! This one's full of beads & embellishments.

My new sewing machine - Janome DC3050. I'm still getting used to using it, but it sews beautifully!

After  I took these photo's I actually started sorting out my equipment, giving things their new places in cupboards and drawers, as well as organising my pattern blocks into a file and sorting all my threads into colour groups (why I didn't do that sooner I don't know!).

I would love to eventually bring all of my old patterns down from the loft and file them properly so they are easy to access. It would be great to have a inspirational pin board too, but I do have to remember that it's still a room in my parent's house and it's not just me using this room!

On Saturday I managed to finish the project I was working on as well as doing some organising and sorting of my equipment, so it felt like a very productive day.

I'm buzzing with ideas at the moment and I can't wait to get started on them. I have a lot planned for later on in the year, but I normally post mini snap shots of my projects on Instagram or Twitter if you want to see what I'm up too.

Have a good week!

Em x

Saturday, 11 June 2016

Where I become a poster designer

It was one of those nights last night when you finally get home from a very uninspiring day at work wanting to make the most of your Friday night but you're so tired all you want to do is go to bed.
My job relies heavily on the use of Adobe Illustrator and occasionally Photoshop so I basically stare at a screen from 9-5 everyday (as with most people's jobs nowadays!). So normally the last thing I want to do when I get home is get straight back on the laptop. But that is exactly what I did last night. I postponed my plans to immediately get into bed when I got in and got to work on the poster I had promised to make Ginge for a gig he is putting on in our local area. 

As per usual Ginge was very vague in what he wanted for this poster so my brief consisted of "Err.. I dunno... a beer bottle maybe. But not all of it" and the gig details scribbled down on an envelope! After a bit of research (Pinterest, obvs!), I got to work. 

I was taught the basics of the Illustrator whilst at university, and got more used to it in my previous job, but the majority of my skills are self taught. I subscribe to the "What happens if I click this" and "I'll google it" working practice! At work I mainly use Illustrator to create flat working drawings of garments, and using fills to show fabrics and colours etc, so while I have a good working knowledge of the programme there is so much more that it can be used for! I would love to go on an Illustrator & Photoshop course to improve my skills, but for now there are loads of tutorials online you can dip in and out of depending what you are trying to create. 

The poster took me a couple of hours to create from scratch and I'm pretty damn pleased with the results!

I looked through a couple of online tutorials on how to create the beer bottle and matched that with a bit of creative license. Despite being super tired I got really into this project and loved creating something on Illustrator that had absolutely NOTHING to do with my job!

So there we have my rock 'n' roll Friday night!

Hopefully this gig goes well and there are more events I can test my poster-designing skills out on
But for now, if you're in the local area, feel free to pop down and have a drink & a dance with us... see the poster for details! Haha!

Em x

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

MCM Comic Con London

Hope you all had a brilliant bank holiday weekend.

I had a great weekend and I was definitely sad to have to go back to work this morning. Over the past few years I have decided May is fast becoming one of my favourite months of the year, not only is there the bank holiday but for me it also starts to feel like summer. And who can complain about that?!

So this weekend was a first for me as the Ginge & I took ourselves off to the MCM Comic Con in London with some friends. I went to our town's local version of comic con a couple of years ago which was pretty good, but I was not prepared at all for the scale of this show!

It was held at the ExCel London over three days and if you enjoy the more *ahem* geekier side of things then get yourself down there next time. There is stall after stall of amazing memorabilia, comics, artwork, jewellery and clothing. Not the mention the amazing cosplay costumes you see walking around. I admit the Ginge and I did not get dressed up for the day, knowing us it would have been a last minute job and I would have kicked myself for having a naff costume compared to the other people wandering around! But here we are doing an Iron Man meet & greet! Haha!

For those of you who don't like a bit of blood & gore, I suggest you look away now...


There was a Fear the Walking Dead stand where you could take part in games to win prizes, and sitting right there at the front was this guy...

He didn't seem to be having too much fun, you know, missing half of his body and all!
But the make up was crazy good! I didn't actually realise this was an actor until I got up close and he moved!

Now for a lot of people a trip to Comic Con apparently goes hand in hand with the depletion of your bank accounts, and although I didn't spend much money at all I did come away with a few things.

First purchase was for our new flat. We chucked away all our old naff fridge magnets and said we would only replace them with ones from places we'd been. Being a rabbit lover how could I resist these magents from Bubba Loves. 

Bubba Loves is a collection of art based around Bubba the bunny and all the things he loves. You can buy prints, canvases and fridge magnets featuring the little guy and his favourite things. We obviously went for The Terminator & Captain America!

My second purchase of the day was from a jewellery & homeware brand Snikt & Bamf. Their stall was geek jewellery heaven, I could've spent all my money at there but as it was only ten minutes into the day I thought I'd be good! So I bought a £5 mystery bag and came out with this acrylic heart necklace, a Wolverine compact mirror, Spiderman stickers as well as a whole load of sweets. The sweets didn't make it to the photo stage... sorry!

I've since been onto the website and I have so much on my jewellery wish list, like this, this  and THIS! I'm hoping with our anniversary coming up the Ginge might feel inclined to bestow a Snikt & Bamf gift upon me!

Obviously the day couldn't go by without me purchasing something dinosaur related, and because I didn't want to disappoint anyone I went ahead bought these beauties!

Dinosaur. Pyjama. Trousers. 

That's right! These brightly coloured (some might say 'garish!') pj bottoms are by David & Goliath, a brand I fondly remember from my teen grunger years! Their designs still make me smile and luckily it wasn't just t shirts they were selling that day, but hoodies, leggings and pj trousers too. 
I can't see any pyjama trousers on their own website but you can get some here at Chicks Rule

I am sorry that I didn't take any pictures of the fantastic cosplayers that were at Comic Con - it really is one of the best things you see as you walk around, but I found myself wanting to take in the atmosphere and everything around me rather than being behind my camera. And what is life for if not enjoyment?!  Who knows, maybe next year I'd get involved myself!

Another thing I took away from the day was the fact there seemed to be quite a lot of small independent brands, artists and illustrators with their own stands. The amount of talent in that place was crazy! The Ginge even bought some comics from some independent illustrators. It's great to know that these guys are getting to show their art to a wider audience.

I've probably missed out some very important details about Comic Con, like perhaps the fact there are guest speakers (The guys from The Big Bang Theory were there on Sunday!), people signing autographs, games testing and so much more. So if you have a spare day next time Comic Con is on I would definitely recommend the trip. Even if just to mooch around and buy some pj trousers!

If you're interested, click the links below to have a look at the brands I shopped at at Comic Con

Em x

Saturday, 28 May 2016

London in the 1980's

I definitely feel I am getting behind the times in certain things.
I have only recently discovered and started using the "Save Link" button on my Facebook. 

Yep. An app I use everyday and I had no idea that button existed.
Can't tell you how many times I would try to remember where I'd seen a certain article, only to go back to the page later and have to scroll through posts upon posts until I found what I was looking for... or not be able find it at all. But no more! I can't get enough of this 'Save Link' button now!

So thanks to that handy little button, here's a link I saved a couple of weeks ago and thought I would share with you. The website Handpicked has shared a selection of photos of London in the 1980s. It's a good insight into what the buildings, streets, the general public and even a few celebrities of the era looked like.

My favourite image is this one...

Total Mod Icons! 

Click the link below to take a look at the other images


Em x

Monday, 23 May 2016

Home Sweet Home

So we did it...

 The Ginge & I finally moved in and are settled in our new flat!

Despite being busy and tiring the move itself ran pretty smoothly. The exception being when our sofa got stuck in our hallway and we had to remove a door and use considerable force to get it into the living room! But apart from that I'm glad to say all went well. Needless to say if we ever move again the sofa will be staying put or coming out in pieces!

Now I normally feel a little odd about sharing a lot of personal information or pictures online (you never know who's reading!) but here's a little sneak peek of our new bedroom. We went for a bit of a crazy jungle themed wallpaper but the colours in it are beautiful and we got some gorgeous coloured curtains that perfectly match the blue in the wallpaper.

I honestly say I'm completely in love with our little home. Our pictures and photos are on the walls and everything is in it's proper place. I've even completed a mini sewing project in the form of these black sequin & quilted cushion covers for our bedroom. They're double sided so the sequins are on show during the day and the quilted side is purely for comfort purposes at night! 

It's been a crazy few weeks as I actually started a new job the a few days before we moved so it's been nice to let the dust to settle for a bit, but I'm looking forward to seeing what the future holds in our home sweet home.

Em x

P.S. If you like our crazy jungle wallpaper you can get it from B&Q - Just click here!