Category Archives: Inspiration&Madness

A collection of the sometimes strange, sometimes wicked, always awesome things that I look at and think crazy things.

Sewing&Tutes

So, because it’s been around 10 years since I used one of these things, and I could barely understand my manual, I had to look up an online tute.

This one was great and even came with it’s own, very entertaining blooper reel.

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Excitement&Beginnings

My New Area
THIS is my new workstation. Just popped on Daft Punk, started ripping open the box for the sewing machine. I’ve put it on our ironing board (since I don’t use it for anything else) just for the time being. Thought also, I was pretty clever, because I managed to cut bits in to the cardboard box beneath it, so I can put stuff in there if I don’t want bubs getting to it. She’ll probably  find a way anyway.

Photo on 2012-12-10 at 16.20 #2

She climbs on EVERYTHING. She’s my personal Dora the Explorer.

Hey, you gotta start somewhere.

Love&Seats

Prince Moda’Arte Armchair.

Here is the first of a collection of upholstered chairs I find irresistible, this one from Moda furniture, described on the above linked website as follows:

“We first viewed Modà at the annual Fiera Milano International Furniture Exhibition. The place was buzzing with activity and felt more like a fashion store in Milan than an exhibit at a convention. We had some espressos, chatted with one of the owners and head designers, and people watched as buyers from around the world went in and out.

“Described as more abstract than realistic, Modà is the name to remember as a brand promoting distinctive lifestyle concepts and a producer of luxurious furniture that creates its own aesthetic language based on the personality of each piece. Objects inspired by the past, magic decoration taken from nature, elements with suggesting shapes inspired by classical tradition detailed with gold and silver leaf finishing.

“Their New Sinfonia14 collection is inspired by fashion “made in Italy”, is a tailor-made collection, strictly handmade  thanks to great professional skills of the best atelier.  The Modàrte collection combines unique furniture with hand painting by Italian artists to transform furniture into exclusive one of a kind pieces of art.”

I think I might delve in!

Jimmie Martin… Turns Me On!

Jimmie Martin… Just found it. Sensational stuff, and very VERY close to the style that I want to achieve, I’d just like to make mine a bit more accessible.

The Boho Life

I am always thrilled when I come across an Artist/Designer that is pushing the envelope with their designs and doing something out of the ordinary.  Jimmie Martin’s furniture designs are not only different but each design makes a statement. I would love to install the “It’s your imperfection that turns my on” wallpaper in a powder room or anywhere for that matter. Jimmie Martin not only do you inspire me, but you turn me on!!!

Shout out to the source: Jimmie Martin

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Love&Alda

The thing I love most about Alan Alda…is…

M*A*S*H Season 4 Ep 18 “Hawkeye”

I’m a bit of a closet M*A*S*H fan. Toz hates it, so we don’t watch it. Yes, he is in control of the remote a fair bit of the time. He always compensates and puts SBS Food on sometimes, so I can watch something I’m interested in.

But because he hates M*A*S*H, I don’t put him through the agony of watching Alan Alda.

Now, I freaking LOVE Alan Alda. I have a bit of a girly crush on Hawkeye, he’s such a cheeky imp of a man.

Why do I love Alan Alda though? Because I respect him as an actor. Yeah, he never really differed from the “Hawkeye” persona in future roles, but I think he played a bad guy once or twice in something I have watched.

NB: I also have a terrible memory for movies and TV shows. Toz quotes The Simpson’s all the time and then throws me a pop quiz to see if I know whether it’s from any of the other cheesy low-grade humour cartoons that are on 7mate or 11. I am shocking.

The above mentioned episode of M*A*S*H, if you don’t know, is one big monologue.

Now, I’ve had to look this up, since it’s a while since I watched it and I don’t really know what goes on. I just remember it because it left an impression on me. Alan Alda crashes a jeep and is nurtured by a Korean family. Because he sustained concussion, he talks to them to keep himself awake. The Korean family loves that he talks to them, and show their endless hospitality.

It is a brilliant episode, written by Larry Gelbart, Simon Muntner; and uncredited writers, W.C Heinz, Richard Hooker and Ring Lardner Jnr.

Seems my girlie crush for Captain Benjamin Franklin Pierce is based on a deep respect on Alan Alda for being able to pull it off.

Hats off to you, sir.

Art&Furniture

Today I have had an awesome, uninterrupted 4 hour sleep, courtesy of my wonderful husband and daughter. I feel very, very refreshed! I’m sure, as some of you undoubtedly know, you don’t know how tired you actually are when you’re a parent. I hope I can get around to paying Toz back for the favour. He is also now making a stew for dinner, so I have time to sit down and do this! What. A. Man.

I have been checking out some blogs on my travels around WordPress. I’m trying to find tags that I feel most describe my goal. So far I have: Floor pillow, furniture, furniture design, ottoman, pop art, collage and sewing. And sex. Sex is inspirational to.

I had a funny conversation with Mum yesterday, about my blog and how I’ve mentioned that I’m inspired by sex. She said, “Careful what you put on the internet, you could invite weirdos.” Now Mum, dear Mum. I love her to bits, I would never call her a prude, but here was her justification:

“I don’t want you to end up chopped up in a bin, like I heard the other day about a person who was ‘swinging.'”

Mum, I said pet, I said love, I said darl, I said pet, Weirdos need furniture too, and I don’t swing.”

I hope that put her at ease, knowing I’m only making furniture.

Aaaaaanyway, heres some stuff I found that I thought was awesome:

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Says blogger, Graph (which is a bloody awesome name, if you ask me): “Takashi Murakami explores central dichotomies in his work, merging Japanese pop art with traditional techniques. You can find some of his dynamic work in the likes of Paris, New York, Qatar and Frankfurt, Murakami writes off Hong Kong.”

Byron Joseph @ AndriodNoiseParty contributed this work, from Mathis Rekowski:

Jigga
Sisyphus, at Myth of Sisyphus might hate what I’m doing, but he/she makes a good point about art and commodification. However, my understanding of capitalism is such that “…selling over-priced kitsch to over-moneyed philistines,” isn’t a moral issue that I’m going to dwell on too much.

Finally, a beautiful rendition of a Dior advertisement featuring Natalie Portman has been made by Gemma at Impress When You Dress. I love, love, love this.


Why can’t furniture be artful? I mean really, I’m not just going to focus on Pop Art (if I see the Campbell’s Soup Can again, I’ll yawn myself to death), but why can’t people have art as part of their furniture? I’m sick to death of seeing boring furniture. My furniture will not be boring. I promise.