Tuesday, March 23, 2010

"Five Faves" Meme - by PIP form Meet Me At Mikes!

Today I am playing the "Five Faves" game courteously created by PIP from Meet Me At Mikes!  The idea is simple, list your five favourite things for the week.  I think you should play too, don't you?

So, after some careful consideration, here is the list of my "five faves"...

1.  The new cardi and shirt I bought off Ebay this week (oooh naughty!!).  The cardi even has a little owl on the back! *sigh*

2.  Pop-up wallets.  Lordy.... These pop-up wallets from Poketo make me swoon...yes they dooooo!

3.  Florals and Stripes.  These totally amazing 50's inspired Tea Dresses by sohomode will be the death of me...

4.  This Blog here who knew that vintage florals could be so flippin' awesome??!

Image found here

5.  Hot Air Balloons.  I adore them, not sure why really..  There is a whimsical and fantastical feeling that seems to surround them... 

I especially adore these 3D retro cards by O-Check

So, that brings me to the end of my little list of favourite things for the week...  what about you?  What is your latest desire, want, need, delight, find, obession or indulgence? Do tell...


Thursday, March 18, 2010

Taking Flight

I love, love, LOVE this!  Bertie Blackman is a totally amazing Australian singer/songwriter who never ceases to amaze me..

I especially love the masks in this clip!


Saturday, March 13, 2010


"Bancroft" Cherry Wood Cameo Brooch

Looking for an unusual accessory that retains a feeling of elegance?

My NEW Wooden Cameo range is now in the Hunter To The Hunted etsy store!

Set in hand carved cherry wood settings, these pieces are mysterious and questioning… cute and quirky... bright and fun... the range includes masquerade-masked brooches and smart, stately necklaces complete with antiqued chains and ribbon ties. Hand made cherry wood cameo vessels are finished with oil and wax for a super smooth silky finish.

Each piece is a complete one off with no duplicates so be quick, silly!  Take a peek at these little fellas now in store

Friday, March 12, 2010

Snap! (Frozen)

Autumn Girl Pen and Ink Illustration by Nan Lawson
Don't get me wrong.  I love the cooler weather, I really do.  I would go for a snugly jumper over a barely there top any day.  But this week it was like the weather only just found out that we were meant to be in autumn and decided that it had better make sure we all knew what we were in for over the next few months.  Rain, rain and more rain, hail, wind... scary storms! Wowsers! Did I mention the rain?

Now, like I said, I am a cooler weather person.  I don't handle the heat well at all.  But the sudden onslaught of the 'wild and windies' caught me a little unprepared.  I have been rendered completely useless, unable to fulfil my daily duties and nightly obligations.  Why?  Because, you see, it is very difficult to get around and do little bits and pieces whilst permanently cocooned in a fleecy blanket, wrapped so tightly that I was actually unable to find my arms - until it was time to reheat the wheat pack that had taken up residence inside the blanket that is..

While not actually THAT cold outside, the lack of sunshine meant a significant lack of heating for our home.  The thermostat never actually made it to 15 degrees... thus no work was done, but I did manage to drive Precious into a state of madness with my (perhaps too?) constant "wow it's cold", "I'm cold", "THAT looks cold", "does my nose feel cold?", "I can't feel my feet", "It's too cold to cook", "you do it, I'm too cold", "I can't, I'm stuck in this blanket", "gee, you look cold", "are you cold?  I am..."

So thrown by this early winter darkness, I began to feel gloomy.  I started to wish for steamy nights where even a sheet is too much for sleep, the sound of sticky tape being pulled from the roll as you tear yourself from the old vinyl couch you're stuck on and seeking out shade in the tiny (and very slim..) shadows created by sign posts as you wait for the bus...

I had started to forget about what was so good and comforting about cooler nights and crisp, fresh days.  So, I decided to thaw my fingers by cruising images that make me feel warm.... I am trying to remind myself of the awesomeness of autumn and that the cold is cool (!) when you get to wear lovely woolly things and cute as all gumboots and sip from a vintage floral thermos with a cork stopper!

Need some convincing too?  Check out these autumn lovelies from the delightful etsy...

What about you?  What do you like about the arrival of cooler days and longer nights?  What makes you feel snugly and all warm on the inside?  Do tell...

On the day that I put this post together it was, of course, delightfully sunny and warm!  Needless to say, I am still having little daydreams of picnicking by the sea in lovely woolly items, sipping mulled wine from my little thermos with a cork stopper.  Today I am simply doing it whilst bathing in the warm sun!


Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Picture This...

Recently, my precious partner and I, had a mini photo shoot with the divine and incredibly talented Kelly from Alex Road Photography

We don't really have any photos of just ourselves that aren't taken using a point and shoot camera and employing the old 'arm out, both look into the lens' technique which is often only mildly successful...

Needless to say, Kelly did a fantastic job!  The photos were taken in our own garden and really capture our personalities.  I think that my favourites are the shots using the 'A', '&' and 'L' letters (our initials) given to us by my parents as a house warming gift.  Thank you, Kelly!

See more of Kelly's amazing work on her site here

Sunday, March 7, 2010

A Cameo Appearance

That up there is a little tasty bite of my new cameo pieces soon to be in the Hunter To The Hunted etsy store! 

Based on the magnificent work of the 19th Century French caricaturist, J.J Grandville (who had strong influences on many artists including Sir John Tenniel, the illustrator of Lewis Carroll's Alice In Wonderland), these pieces are stately yet odd, proud yet peculiar.....

Grandville specialised in Anthropomorphism, or the attribution of human characteristics to animals.  He would often depict politicians and merchants as animals in his work.  The idea of Anthropomorphism is intriguing, don't you think?  Are we like animals?  Are animals like us?  We tend to want to choose when we want our animals to have human characteristics.....  Of course the dog can understand me when I tell him he is a good boy and to go play nicely with the cat.  That rat in the roof though, that is dirty, disgusting!!  I want it dead now, now, now!!  Hmm..  says a fair bit about us really, doesn't it?

Set in hand carved cherry wood settings, these pieces are mysterious and questioning..  cute and quirky...  bright and fun...  the range includes masquerade masked brooches and smart, stately necklaces complete with antiqued chains and ribbon ties.

Keep an eye out, as the range will be in store in the next week!

Curiouser....and curiouser....


Thursday, March 4, 2010

The Wonder of Wonderland..

Ok, so I know there have already been critiques of the new Tim Burton film saying that it's not as great as everyone has been expecting it to be, that It doesn't stay true to the original Lewis Carroll classic and that perhaps it should have not actually been named "Alice In Wonderland", but something more along the lines of " Alice Returns To Wonderland"....blah blah blah.... But I can't help it, I'm excited. 

I love Tim Burton.  I love Johnny Depp.  I love Helena Bonham Carter.  I LOVE WONDERLAND!!!!   Seriously, I don't care about all the other stuff.... I just want the amazing visual feast, I want quirky characters that make no sense, I want to wonder what on earth is going on!

Who said it was going to be exactly the same as the book, anyway?  Why would we want to see an exact replica of a story we have seen time and time again?  What is wrong with reinterpretation? 

Of course, that said, I have not actually seen the film yet.  However, I enter into it with no pre-concieved expectation.  I do not expect to see the same Wonderland I have seen in other films.  I do not expect the same story.  What I do expect is colour, fantasy, whimsy, quirkiness, character and something different.

Leave your expectations at the door people, I say, and rediscover Wonderland.....


Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Introducing The Huntress...

Hello Precious Peeps!

Welcome to my VERY FIRST BLOG! I am still finding my way around here and learning what happens when I press "that" button, so please be kind to me!

Photo Credit Amy Earles

Hunter To The Hunted has been born in order to help me put some order to the small (and large!) ramblings of my mind and of my day. These can also be witnessed in my lovely little Etsy shop of the same name - what a co-inkidink!!

The Hunter To The Hunted Store started out as a way to blend the passion I have to make things, with the unfortunate need I have to eat. I have always been intrigued by the idea of 'making', and have continuously sort out people who 'make', in order to exclaim and ponder over their objects and designs.

After completing a Fine Arts degree, I struggled to find satisfaction in the everyday working world and although I had been 'making' myself for a few years, I had never seriously considered the option of merging 'work' with 'making' until recently.

Hunter To The Hunted is the result of this merge. It is filled with my whims, my obsessions, my fascinations and the inevitable results of my incessant hunting.

So, why not be friends with me and let's go hunting!