It's the Melbourne Formula 1 Grand prix and you would have to be living under a rock to not know it was on! Car fanatics everywhere, pictures of Michael Schumacher everywhere - and what was Kit Willow thinking of when she designed the Grid Girls outfits?? Not that I'm a big fan of skimpy lycra, but I'd have expected something a bit more colourful at least. Oh well - it's a change I guess.
One thing I have noticed is the numer of clever crafty items that have been created around the Formula 1 theme. So in honour of this here are my podium contenders:
Now I know why Friday and Wednesday are so popular for showing your favourite and most wished for items - ever tried to come up with a word that goes with Tuesday???? Until I can think of something better, 'tidbits' it is.
I have reported elsewhere this morning that I am feeling particularly chipper today. No reason, just a great deal of smiling and happiness coming from the MooBeeTees design centre this morning :)
In honour of this I want to share some of the things that have made me smile this morning - so here are my Tuesday Tidbits - enjoy!
I know you have all been waiting for the latest instlament in the 'Quirky Denim Facts' file - so here it is:
May 20th of every year is considered to be the official “birthday” of blue jeans as it was the day that Levi Strauss, Levi’s jeans inventor and the owner of the idea of riveted jeans pants Jacob Davis received patent of the rivets no.139,121 from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Thanks to http://www.jeansguide.net/jeans-interesting-facts for that fact. The things you learn on my blog! More interesting facts next month :)
Over the next couple of weeks I will have some fleece pullovers listed at MoobeeTeesthat have been appliqued. Perfect for the cooler summer nights or the colder winter nights - they are a great thing to pop on over jeans, skirts, leggings - everything!
They will be in a limited number of sizes, so if you see something you like grab it quickly because they won't be back :)
March is my favourite month and in honour of this I have chosen one of my favourite Dusters to MooBeeView - Angelene! Angelene has accepted the challenge of the Fabulous Four Questions and has provided us with a little insight into her life of hamering and creativity.
Enjoy your time with Ange and you just might find a little bonus at the end of the MooBeeView (just for you!).
1) Now I see from your etsy profile that you are a multi-talented artist with a long suffering boyfriend due to your vast collection/stash of jewelery 'bits and pieces'. So just between you and me, what is the one 'cheeky' item that you had to have for your creations, but have then had to hide under the stash for fear of having to explain it's presence. (It's alright I won't tell anyone - I've done it myself with ridiculous amounts of fabric!)
My greatest crafting sin is having a tendency to buy things in bulk because I can "make soooo many things out of xyz"... and then of course I see the next thing I want, and I'd better get a bunch of it because I can make "sooooo many things out of xyz"... and so on. Its a vicious circle!!!
2) I know that inspiration for designs comes from many different places and in many different ways. Your pieces all seem to have a very organic and natural feel to them (no straight lines that I can see) - how do you know when a piece is finished? Do you have it planned from the start, or is it when your fingers tell you to stop?
Usually I have an idea about a piece, but sometimes a design that worked perfectly on paper or in my head just does not work in reality! In those cases you just have to adapt the design and go with the flow...
I do have a preference for sensual curves - they just look nice....but I do also like to mix it up with some hard hammered angles!
3) 'Hammering' seems to play an important part in the creation of your jewellery - what do you think this tells us about your creative style? (Apart from potential destructive tendancies - I don't think I'd ever complain about too much stuff in your lounge room!)
LOL! Yes, sometimes some hammering is just cathartic. Great after a hard frustrating day in the office! No, in all seriousness, hammering is quite delicate. You need to be able to hammer in a smooth and even fashion, to get a nice flat result and so there aren't dents left in the metal. It takes more control than you think.
4) As always the mandatory 'celebrity' question. If you had the opportunity to jewel an American, European or Australian celeb a)which region would you choose, b)what celeb would you pick, c) which of your pieces would you adorn them with and d)at what event would you want them to appear wearing it?
I think Kate Hudson has a great sense of style. I could see her wearing my piece "le cirque" with a plunging black maxi dress and loose hair. I think this look would work at an A-list party, or maybe with more formal hair on the red carpet!
I'd like to thank Ange for taking the time to answer my questions and letting us in to her beautiful world. If you want to learn more about Ange and Jewellery by Angeplease visit her at one of her online sites:
Thanks to everyone who took the time to vote and let me know what little boys would like :) Don't despair though Monster voters, you will be the next boys line after Dinosaurs. I have some great ideas for both.
Once again, thanks to my fabulous followers (and a few twitter tweeps!) for helping me out :)
Purely becasue I'm a sucker for anything that's a bit Star Warsy, and because the Hamster thought it was highly amusing, I thought I'd share this with you. I also don't think I've ever seen fruit and vegetables look so fashionable - enjoy :)
I'm starting to think about my next clothing line and I'd like it to be for boys. If you have a little boy in your life can you help me decide by answering my quick survey (see above)? I'd really appreciate your help.
(My 'little' boy is nearly 13 and he's not up with what is hip for the 6 and unders!)
I'm very excited to share with you an interview that I gave to the lovely Kylie from the new Modish Creators Market in Melbourne. It was a nice change to be on the answering side of the questions! I hope you enjoy learning a little bit more about MooBeeTees and what makes us tick.
Note it in your diary that this fabulous new market is being launched in the 8th May 2010. If you are in Melbourne take the chance to come and support all of the crafters and artisans at this market and come and say hello to me.
I'm feeling rather chipper this first day of my favourite month of the year (inspired by a fellow Duster who was very chipper in the forum this morning!). As per usual to celebrate the end of the month I have created my February Blog Wordle - thanks to http://www.wordle.net/.
Don't forget to take a close look - you may find yourself in the middle of it!!