Tuesday, 25 June 2013

I Mustache you a question...Craft share

Inspired by this picture, I bring to you a craft share all about the mustache! Its been a while hasn't it since my last craft share! Enjoy!

Narwhal Plush - with Mustache and Monocle - Medium - MADE TO ORDER (Choose colors)
mustached, monocle wearing narwhale!
Ooooh! Suits you sir! This rather fine dandy of a narwhale is looking rather spiffing, wouldnt you say?
That little Poirot style mustache suits is rather cute and that monocle.....awwwwww!
I could cuddle this little fella all day long!

Mustache Paper Cut
mustache paper cut

Miranda Markel asks the age old question here to all mustache wearing friends..."just what are you hiding up there?"
My mustached dad used to have stray crumbs that got caught...he use to claim he was saving them for later...hmmm....
Does Chuck Norris has another fist under his?
Maybe we shall never know....

Womens White with Pink Mustache Print Dress Vintage Inspired Full Skirt Sweetheart Neckline size Medium
mustache dress

Proving that the mustache is not just for the gentlemen but also for the ladies, Offbeatvintage gives us this lovely girly pink mustached dress! Loving the vintage 50's vibe!

Groomsman Gift Personalized Mens Toiletry Bag Mustache HANDMADE Wedding Shaving Kit Custom Groomsmen Gift Groomsman Gift Felix Street
hand made mustache wash bag

I am loving these wash bags! The fabric is so very nice and the little 3-D mustache with initials and strap just works really so very well together!
Such a nice little thing to give to any man!

Silver Moustache Comb Necklace Metal Mustache Comb Pendant Movember
silver moustache comb

"Always be prepared for grooming your guy with this adorable handlebar mustache shaped mini comb necklace." - Moon Raven Designs

I now want my hubby, my boss...dammit even my rabbit and guinea pig to grow a mustache for me to groom with this little baby! Such a wonderful dandy little thing isnt it?!

VEGAN Mr. Mustache with Monocle Brown Cotton Cross Body
Mr Mustache bag

This bag is just amazing! Where do I start?
That mustache?
That splendid monocle and chain?
The fact its Vegan made?
All of them!?

Girls Mustache and Lace Couture Ruffle Dress Sizes 6-12 M, 12-18 M, 18-24 M, 2, 3, 4, 5
mustache and lace dress
Naaaaaaaw! How sweet does this little dress look?
That skirt....I can't get over how amazing the ruffles on that skirt are!
I want...no...need an adult version of this for the ruffles alone!

Super Mario Mustache Cute Tank Top Shirt White Men Women Unisex Size S , M, L, XL
super mario mustache top
How epic is this?!
The great thing is this tank top is unisex so everyone can wear it.....and rejoice in it's awesomeness!

Mustache Shirt, Cowboy, Guns, Mens Tee, Creme, American Apparel, Available S M L XL XXL
cowboy mustache
This is how in my mind's eye I see mustaches....with their own character, personalities and soul!

"Truth be told, guns don't kill people, gun-wielding mustaches kill people...put 'em up!" - John Paul

If that is the case.....*runs away*

Bunny with a Mustache and Monocle Necklace, Rabbit Art Pendant, Bunny Jewelry, Rabbit Charm (602)
monocle bunny
I simply had to include this!
Cute - enough said!

Hope you enjoyed this crafty round up of the mustache kind!
As usual, all the craftsters featured in this craft share are the stars for making wonderful pieces and making the world a brighter place!

Birdie Love


Crappy costumes that actually work!

I had to share these with you!
Simple, last minute but they strangely work!




Duct tape Iron Man


Silver surfer



You can see these here

Birdie Love!


Sunday, 23 June 2013

Right now...

I'm drifting through the days at times, just riding them out one by one and seeing what each day unfurls for me like a small gift deep in wrapping paper.
Days that gone by like visiting my brother in Taunton, visiting a vintage fair, getting free massages with my mum, having a manicure and pedicure as a rare birthday treat, attending a steampunk surprise party and simply enjoying a rare bowl of Lucky Charms cereal!

I'm currently taking a break from therapy, she had an accident but also I just felt i needed time to myself...every week since December 2011 I have had at least one doctors/hospital visit and of late it rose to three to five times a week for several weeks running...waaay too much!

There are times I guess you need to roll with it and see what life sends your way as well as planning your life.

Birdie Love

The Graphic Art of the Harry Potter Films

I was given the heads up by friends about a small gallery exhibition held at Coningsby Gallery in London, near the Goodge Street underground station so as I knew I was passing by, I decided to pop in and have a look around!

It was great to see up close all the small details that went into creating the world of Harry Potter for all the films...from newpapers, book covers right down to sweet packaging and labels, the details is immense.

The exhibit allows you to see the details and the art work you might not be able to pick up on in the films...believe me there is so much of it!
I very much love the book covers especially the ones about Muggles and defence against the dark art school books the students of Hogwarts would have had to carry around!
My favourite piece?

The sample of potion bottles labels, the little purple Love Potion box and finally of them all...

The little map of Diagon Alley...for me that captures the world of Harry Potter perfectly and I love the first movie for that scene alone where Harry discovers it for the first time.....plus i'm looking forward to now visiting Diagon Alley in universal Studios next year!
Aww yeah! Geek? Me?

It is worth a visit to this small gallery if you're in the area. It is small and you be hard stretched to make it last for an hour but the quality overall is great. What more, if you can afford it, you can buy the pieces shown as prints!

Visit the Coningsby Gallery website here

Coningsby Gallery

30 Tottenham Street
United Kingdom

Do let me know if you go!

Birdie Love

London Baby and the two/four wishes!

I'm back from my travels and back to earth with a gentle bump I say!
I went away to London by myself for a little adventure. I dont thing i can ever convey just how significant this was to me. it was something I wanted to do for over 11 years.
Have you ever actually travelled truly by yourself?
stayed somewhere in a strange place by yourself where you are miles from the nearest friend or someone to help you that you can call on?
I mean, sure I've travelled around the world and visited friends but never by myself. 
Here's what i wrote to some friends who asked me why i did it...

I went to London by myself as it was something I wanted to do for the past 11 years. i always wanted to do a bit of travelling by myself but been too scared to with my disability and just basically talked myself out of it every time as well as other reasons and timings. I just decided that in the end a life lived in fear or no direction or guidance was no life at all. 

being disabled where communication is a huge obstacle especially with the accident making me more impaired plus with a diagnosed mental disorder...i do not know what I now can or cannot do and so decided this was a time to push my boundaries and step into the unknown. It was just the timing and i knew if i didnt do it, i would regret it and that i couldnt live with. plus as an individual i needed to grow in myself...you cant be with your partner always and do everything together can you?

I just went for it i guess!

I was scared, but it was a great experience too and I've learnt things from it. It wasnt so much about the destination of London but rather the journeying. I've learnt I'm more disabled than i realised but I now know i dont want to let my life be governed by fear, my mental disorder and depression and my disabilities...I want to push my boundaries and become a better, stronger and happier person for it!

You see, as part of my therapy and some self motivated homework, I began reading up on a few things and started writing up a wish list of experiences I would like to experience in my life.   There's many things on there separated into groups depending on their themes, from reading a certain book, to trying a certain cuisine right down to visiting a far flung country.
No doubt I will write up more on this in the near future but right now, I'm going to enjoy the journey I had.

London was on my wish list but i planned to trip to rule off some more wish list items...

Like to visit China Town and eat at an authentic Dim Sum Restaurant. I love Dim Sum whereas my husband and family cant stand the stuff so it was very much indeed and self indulgence! 
I hit Gerrard Street in China Town which has a great selection of places to eat and ate at the best place voted in town, Dumpling's Legend
The food was sooo gooood!
I went for the specialty of their soup dumplings which were little dumplings filled with not only a filling but had a nice mouthful of broth that you dip also in a tangy soy/vinegar sauce....It was amazing to eat and so beautiful to taste. 
there was the big fluffy juicy BBQ pork buns that really were so very juicy and saucy! Glass like gyoza prawn and chive dumplings that looked so delicate and translucent that you could see the fillings through their glass like pastry.  Cheng Fun willed with crispy batter and spring onion which might be an acquired taste to some but delicious to me!

And lastly the rich egg yolk custard buns...I last tasted them when i was 17 when I first had dim sum...i really could have cried at just so how out of this world they tasted...I still drool at the memory of them now....so intensely sweet and rich in a wonderful way...they practically squirted out the custard when you bit into them, and you had to apologise to your neighbour profusely!

It was noisy, cramped, everyone spoke chinese and it was full of locals....which added to atmosphere and is a great thing meaning the food must be good to meet high standards!

I then had a nice surprise...I set out to London to complete two wishes there...but instead I ended up completing four by accident!

The next two wishes were a complete surprise  I was walking down the long Portobello Road, it was a quiet later morning and came across a Hummingbird Bakery...reputed to arguably sell some of the best flavoured cupcakes in the world. I knew there was a bakery in London but it was no where near where I was so to come across this small one was a nice surpise and i took home some strawberry milkshakes cupcakes complete with a little icing candy striped straw sticking out the top, a jam donut cupcake with a jam filling topped with lovely thick frosting and covered in sparkling sugar and glitter and a tiny little jam donut on top! And finally there was the black bottom, a marbled cupcake that my dad is happy to report tatsed very good indeed! Everywhere I went that day in London, the locals faces would light up on seeing the bag and ask me what flavours i have picked up and was there any left at the time I bought them...so they are clearly very popular in the big city!

I then walked on a bit further and came across Bubbleology which is amazing...like a crazy yet tasty science lab that makes the most delicious bubble teas...something I've never tried and is on my list!
So after talking with the nice man and tasting few samples...i carefully selected banoffee pie bubble tea and away he went to his crazy looking equipment, wearing a lab coat and produced a yummy drink with chocolate tapioca pearls sitting at the bottom...for a first try it was such a yummy result!

Bubbleology is a wonderful little place and I would love to see one pop up here in Plymouth in future!

Lastly I headed to Burlington Arcade which is just off Savile Row...its basically an area where money lives, works and parties and don't you know it! The street is lined with expensive cars, cafes and clothes shop.
I was here to pay a visit to the Lulu Guinness shop to pick up a little something for my mum as a treat (I ended up getting her a very nice purse and a present for her birthday!) but also to complete the last wish...to buy Laduree macaroons, the best you can buy!

These little babies are raved about the world over and many food critics say these are the ones to buy and try as the flavourings are delicate yet somehow intense...and it doesnt hurt they come in pretty packaging either!

I adore their Yuzu Ginger, orange blossom and candy sugar ones!

I'm just glad I got a chance to experience these wonderful moments and they are now crossed off, enjoyed and treasured.
Eventually I will move onto the next things on my list but damn, this is a great start for a girl who wanted to do everything there is in this world but didnt know where to start!
I already feel stronger in myself and  clearer in mind about what I would like.

Have you travelled alone?
What experiences would you like to have?

Birdie Love