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Monday, 31 August 2009

Tales from Talulah!!

Long long ago, in the olden days, before Etsy, Folksy and computer literacy, I wanted to be a professional artist. I painted each day before heading off to my day job. One day, I took my work to a tiny hidden away gallery, where the owner proceded to rip my work to shreds {verbally}
and told me I should go on a painting course ! This unnerved me greatly, as I had an appointment with a prestigious large gallery in the city centre, the very next day!

Terrified, I kept my appointment and to my astonishment, the owner was kind, generous and loved some of my work. So much so, that she bought five pieces out of about nine and paid cash !

I have never found the courage to try selling through a gallery since!!

The moral of this tale is in here somewhere, for you to figure out. In the meantime, here are a few of my artworks.

Monday, 24 August 2009

" FALL " On Folksy...

Autumn approaches!! As the sun casts long warm shadows over the afternoon garden, with a hazy mellow glow, I know in honesty that the last few weeks of summer are slowly ebbing away. Let us celebrate the inevitable coming of Autumn, with it's ripe blackberries and New England russet shades. I have chosen a handful of items by " Folksy " sellers, evocative of the glorious deep colour pallet that is " Autumn ".
Many thanks to....
Maggi Cook
Handmade By Vanda

Sunday, 23 August 2009

Amber Jade is 27 !

Let me introduce you to my lovely daughter.
Her name is Amber Jade and she is of course a little gem!
Amber was 27 on her birthday yesterday. Together we are "talulahblue", a two woman Bridal and Burlesque accessory team.
Amber specialises in making Gorgeous Ostrich feather Burlesque fans and pasties with tassels for twirling. She is also an events organiser on the Burlesque and music scene. If that weren't enough, Amber is also a professional graphic designer and you will see her work on young womens wear in the high street.
So hats off to Amber! Find Amber's web site at www.talulahblue.com

Friday, 21 August 2009

FOXY The Vixen

As some of you guys will know, I sometimes blog about gardens and nature. So let me introduce you to " Foxy". You can see for yourself how bold she is. I say "she" at a guess! Mr Tony and I were at our favourite Cornish retreat, this June, deep in a hidden woodland complete with babbling brook and wild flowers, {at a secret location!}. Foxy just "appeared" one day and made regular visits. Her interests include...Eating out, making new friends, watching films, {Withnail & I } and generally hanging out with kind folk. Oh yes and she helped Mr T. with his barbecue and map reading. I know foxes can be a problem, but this is a very rural location. We're going back to Cornwall in a couple of weeks. Fingers crossed that we'll see Foxy again. If we do I'll keep you all updated xx

Saturday, 15 August 2009

Leopard Love

As Autumn slowly creeps upon us and the nights draw in,
fashion inevitably looks towards winter trends. Leopard print has been a staple look over recent years. Of course you see this and other Animal prints in the summer months, but during the winter, that's when the look gets classy. Along with Velvet and Tartan, Leopard gives designers plenty of new inspiration for the Fall and winter collections. I'll be looking for a new faux fur Leopard print coat for myself, to wear casually with jeans and a pretty neck scarf and sequin beret! Here's a few of my own Leopard print designs xx

Monday, 10 August 2009

Afternoon Delight

Monday morning and You've guessed it, it's raining again! Lets not forget the lovely weather we had this weekend though. There's nothing mr. Tony and I would rather do on a sunny Sunday than have an impromptu barbecue. Just the two of us, some good food and drink, the Sunday papers and the dappled sunlight. Bliss!

Saturday, 8 August 2009

A cocktail of fascinators

Ever since Sarah Jessica Parker stepped out in her Philip Treacy towering confection at the Sex and the city premier, mini cocktail hats and fascinators have become a must have fashion accessory. The Philip Treacy creation received mixed reviews, with it's huge green rose and giant butterflies. For me however, it was love at first sight. At that moment, I knew I wanted to make cocktail hats. My inspiration comes from all my favourite things. History plays a part, with Marie Antoinette, Dickensian London and The ballet. Also, my love of gardens and beaches is a source to dip into, as is modern and youth culture. This reminds me, I must create my own towering confection on a wintry theme, when I get around to it !