Friday, 30 March 2012

studio details

 the studio mirrors

Monday, 26 March 2012

The Filing Cabinet Interviews File #0008

calligraphic creative artistic chaotic haphazard lucky
cat-whispering independent inky
paper-tastic colourful messy
beautiful poetic geeky fun

I'd wake up at my old house in the Lake District about 4am, some pixies would have packed me a lunchbox and I'd sneak out of the house before dawn. It's a fifteen minute walk to the forest and I'd wander along the old paths I know quietly enough to see deer, rabbits and a badger before breakfast. I'd sit on a mountaintop to watch the sunrise and eat my pixie-packed lunch. I love nature and I used to do this all the time (without the pixies) - it fires me creatively and makes me feel so free. Nothing's better than escaping into nature. escape to - as above. The quiet west coast of Cumbria on the edge of the Lake District: sea on one side, mountains on the other. This is what home means to me and I'm far away at the moment but one day I'll settle back there.


The Professionals / Quantum Leap on ITV4
with a cup of tea and a ginger biscuit.

I get to chat to different people online every single day, and there's always someone I haven't heard from before who will knock me for six with a brilliant idea or an amazing strength or creativity. So my inspiration comes from everywhere, and from someone different every day.

the soundtrack would be by
Frank Turner - "Once we were Anarchists"
and I'd like America Ferrera (Ugly Betty) to play me.
She has the bumbling, happy love of life I do!

 I love Paul Antonio's calligraphy blog - he doesn't update it often but when he does it's pure gold. A real insight into the work of a top calligrapher with the most beautiful pictures of his work, trade secrets and every now and then a very interesting little grumble about workloads and corporate clients. Paul's a real inspiration.

 Pinned Image
 gotta be the paws!
image credit: pinterest


Friday, 23 March 2012

"all change please" you know at the beginning of the year I made a few alterations to this little blog.  I wanted to create a more structured approach to my week - have set posts on set days - it was to run swimmingly (oh yes!)!  ... thinking that that would be easier!

Visitors to my ponderings and journeys were stopping by more frequently (yeyyh! I still get excited to see how many of you visit here every day) - and therefore I felt the need to ensure that there was something to stop by for...instead of my normal sporadic ramblings. Easier said than done. 

There are a few small things that get in the way of posting in a regimented way- the general running of the business, sweet-gorgeous-children, family life, wedding and event fairs, domestic goddess duties, indulgent spurts of creativity, auction houses and car boot sales, and so on. 

The above seems funny really, as I naturally don't fit well with routine (it is because I am Aries apparently - according to a friend).  The reason why I run my own business is because I love the freedom, the excitement that not 'one' week is the same - clients change, projects change, my ideas change, the studios lay out changes.  So why have I been trying to organise the blog??? 

image credit.... Becky Mitchell

Therefore I am returning to my eclectic nature of ramblings.  I will still post 'The Filing Cabinet Interviews' on a Monday but Studio Details, Armchair Journeys, Just Because, Pinboard Palettes will appear simply when they appear, in an organic way, alongside 'new' flittering posts. Sometimes more than before and sometimes less depending on what the week brings.

But I thank you from the bottom of my heart for stopping by and hope you continue to do so.  I like to think I have a little community here.  I know most of you tend to leave comments concerning the blog over on my Facebook page (which is fabulous), but it would be great to hear what you have to say here too!!

So there you have it - I am returning to my nomadic style of blogging - and it feels so so so good - the pressure is now lifted.  Full stop.

Can you tell Spring is in the air?

What do you intend to spring clean....

Monday, 19 March 2012

The Filing Cabinet Interviews File #0007

Weddings, Make-up , Photo Shoots, Brides, Travelling, My Car,
Laughter, Vogue Magazine, Make-up Brushes, Camera,

My perfect day would be to escape abroad on a Harley down the Great Ocean Road in Australia. But at home in the North East, it would be lazy morning, breakfast including berries, porridge, toast, jam, endless amount of Earl Grey tea, reading the newspaper.. Up and out off to the beach. The day would involve hiring a Harley Davidson motorbike and driving up the coast to Northumberland coast line, a long walk wrapped up cosy and warm. Fish and Chips and a lazy afternoon basking in the sunshine. Ride home oh more cups of tea and an old black and white movie. Perfect day.

Picture of the sea (in West Coast of Australia) and Harley Davidson hired in Perth Australia.

above three image credits Sally Thurrell

image credit -bottom 2

Visiting shop called Space NK. Everytime i am in Harrogate, Leeds or London, I always go in. As soon as I walk in I'm like a child in a sweet shop, the mix of make-up choices, skin care, perfumes helpful staff and always a warm welcome. I have even met the owner Nicky Kinnard.

Currently it would have to be Ariane Poole, international make-up artist. I had the pleasure of meeting Ariane many years ago and attended one of her courses recently as a refresher. Ariane is an example of a friendly, relaxed make-up artist with over 30 years experience in the industry from back stage to being in front of the camera. She has helped me with her advice and always look forward to
catching up with her.

The title of the soundtrack to my movie would be Babooshka,

actress would be a combination of Kate Bush herself, Juliette Binoche, and Eva Green.




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