Considering the car trouble I'm currently having (yes, still), this is a very dangerous discovery.
It might just be the most beautiful car I've ever seen. Right now, offer me a Jaguar, a Mercedes, a Porsche, even a cooler-than-cool Alfa Romeo, and I'd very probably turn it down in favour of an Orla-fied Citroen (the stem-spot version, if you please).
I'm sort of hoping they don't have any hanging around when I drop our poor, sick Picasso off at the Citroen garage next week. If I see one in real life, I may just be forced to sell a kidney, rather than leave without it.
Five or six weeks ago, I finally got around to jumping on the Pinterest bandwagon. I'll be honest here - it wasn't my first time. Me and bandwagons go way back. Sometimes, the jump is a great thing (Flickr, Twitter, blogging) and other times (Tumblr, WeHeartIt, Facebook), not so much. If I'm honest, the reason it's taken me an age to mention it here is because I thought the novelty might wear off, just like it has with so many other Internet obsessions. But so far, if anything, the opposite is true. I'm hooked - a pinning, repinning, board-filling, fully paid-up Pinterest disciple.
I love the fact it's a tool you can use as you're doing the stuff you normally do online, bookmarking images and saving ideas, but also that it's a place to go specifically for inspiration. Yes, it's easy to get overwhelmed, but you quickly develop ways of filtering the pictures you like the most and just admiring the rest from afar.
For me, it's also been an interesting way of building a clearer picture of my personal style - something I often find tricky. Going back and looking at which images I've chosen to pin, where I've put them and how my boards fit together has been an unexpected and rewarding side-effect of the process.
I've stumbled across new blogs, great ideas, amazing artists, far-too-tempting shops and even gathered up a handful of recipes along the way, all by following links from images or from the people who posted them.
Clearly, as a new convert to the cause, I'd urge you to give it a shot if you haven't already. It may feel like the world and his hipster wife got there first, but don't let that put you off. You can sneak in and get your pin on with the minimum of fuss.
So, we need a new clock for the kitchen wall, chez Ginger+George. The current incumbent is a very dull, chrome affair bought a few years ago from Next Home. At the time, we were going with the whole keep-it-neutral-because-we-want-to-sell-the-flat-soon thing, but now the flat is sold, and the kitchen in our new-ish house deserves something far more interesting. The trouble is, I'm super-fussy when it comes to clocks. The ones I like never seem to end up being very practical, and the ones which are practical, I don't seem to like.
As a shameful for-instance, we have four alarm clocks in our bedroom, only two of which work as actual alarms. One of those two lives in a drawer because it's so ugly (but is loud enough, even from there, to wake the dead. Mr P, sadly, sleeps more soundly than your average corpse, but still...). The other is equally unattractive and so sits hidden from immediate view. The remaining pair, which are very pretty but mostly useless, perch together on my bedside table, and most mornings, I end up using my iPod to tell the time.
You see? Hopeless.
What I really want for the kitchen is something old; mid-century would be perfect in our 1950s house. Whether or not I can have what I want depends partly on how easy it'll be to switch the wiring that comes as part and parcel of most vintage clocks for a safer and more aesthetically pleasing battery operated mechanism. While I'm figuring that part out, though, it surely doesn't do any harm to window-shop and daydream a little . . .
Ever since ye olde blog had its mini-relaunch earlier in the year, I've been considering adding another series-slash-regular-feature to the list.
Ok, so everyone who's anyone (and just as many who aren't) is jumping on the thrifted and vintage bandwagon just now, but not without good reason. Buying secondhand makes sense financially, environmentally and aesthetically - pretty much the holy trinity in lifestyle terms. So, dammit, I'm joining in. For the sake of sanity, both mine and yours, I've held off officialising things - no fancy-pants title, or specific day of the week for my thrifted finds and vintage-y treasures, just pretty pictures once a week or so, and maybe even a few 'look what I did to make it even better' tips or tutorials along the way. Sound good?
I was spurred into getting on with the idea by this lovely:
Not only is it vintage, but it was also a present - a surprise present, even better, from my la-la-lovely friend, Gabrielle. She has quite the amazing collection of antique and thrifted teacups, and I'm so happy this one has come to live with me. I may not be a tea or coffee drinker, but I see no reason why that should stop me enjoying fancy chinaware, and drinking plain old water out of it if I'm in the mood. I even filled it up with yoghurt and garden raspberries this morning, like a tiny bowl. Not especially sophisticated, but better than a flimsy old plastic pot any day.
Sadly, not all of my Adventures in Thrifting will involve such generosity, and many are likely to head off into the land of the super-kitsch, rather than stumbling on proper beauty like this. But who knows? As anyone who regularly visits junk shops or thrift stores knows, it's very much a case of waiting to see what turns up on the day.
It's a very, very long time since I've done any needlepoint, but I'm thinking a project like this would be oh-so perfect to work on now the days are growing shorter, especially with such a beautiful end result as incentive. Now, if I could just lay hands on a spare $110 . . .
I feel a little like I might have over-hyped these by now, and you're inevitably going to wonder what all the fuss was about, but please say hello to my little troupe of vintage wallpapers.
Discovered and donated to the cause by my lovely dad, I think they originally belonged to my grandparents. My grandma in particular was a keen (if not overly capable) fan of the DIY and I remember most of her cupboards and shelves being wallpapered when I was growing up. The two below are my favourites, and I've already used just a tiny bit of the green print in a project I'm hoping to blog about next week.
As I think I mentioned before, plans are also afoot to share a couple of wallpaper-inspired projects and printables with you over the next few weeks. I think I'd feel mean keeping such kitschy goodness all to myself. If you've seen any clever wallpaper tricks around the internet or, even better, have any vintage pieces yourself, I'd love to hear about them.
In the meantime, I'm off to add my pictures to Julie'sChasing Patterns group over on Flickr. If you've not quite had your fill of fancy vintage or pretty prints for the day, it's well worth a visit.
Morning, lovelies and welcome to what is fast becoming the most colourful day of my week.
This episode of Palette Pingpong comes to you courtesy of an image by one of my favourite designers. I was doubly thrilled when Gabrielle set me the challenge, as it also features a small swatch of a Cath Kidston print. OK, so the photo doesn't quite make up for the fact I had to keep my hands and wallet firmly in my pocket when i visited the new CK store on Sloane Square earlier in the week, but it's helping to ease the trauma.
So, from the original image, hosted over at The Green Gal, I made this pretty palette:
And from that, an even lovelier mosaic, inspired by each individual colour.
If you've ever felt tempted to play along with all this colour-swatching, today would be a very good day to give it a shot. Pick one of the images from the mosaic up there (using the links underneath), and Gabs' challenge, which inspired my palette, which in turn inspired a whole new collection of images, could inspire your whole new colour palette.
All of which is making my head spin just a little bit. The colours are pretty, though, right? And that's really what the game is about.
PS. If you're visiting from One Pretty Thing or How About Orange - hello! Thanks so much for stopping by. You're very welcome to stay and have a look around.