Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Film-inspired eyeshadow palettes

Something a bit dorky (but hopefully fun!) today, pals. I've been having a lot of fun lately with the Beautylish Inglot Freedom Palette tool. For those who don't know, the Freedom system is essentially a way for you to build your own customised palette - you choose how many slots you want, and then pick all your colours, and you get it all in one single palette. How cool is that? Anyway, I put together a couple palettes based on some of my favourite movies. This first one is from Tangled, my FAVE Disney movie ever.

Tangled palette
L-R top row:
450 Pearl
332 Matte
493 Double Sparkle
494 Double Sparkle
323 Matte
L-R bottom row:
58 AMC
477 Double Sparkle
26 Shine
329 Matte
65 AMC
Swatches (from the website):

The second palette I made is based off The Royal Tenenbaums. As you can imagine it wasn't terribly hard to get all the colours right for this one, since Wes Anderson films have such distinct colour schemes on their own!

The Royal Tenenbaums palette
L-R top row:
50 AMC
478 Double Sparkle
496 Double Sparkle
395 Pearl
391 Matte
L-R bottom row:
389 Matte
366 Matte
335 Matte
58 AMC
60 AMC
Swatches (from the website):

The only problem with the Freedom system is that while each individual eyeshadow is very reasonably priced, since you're building it yourself you don't get the discount per shadow you usually get with palettes, making each of these come out at $86, or £54. Ouch. So I suppose these are just a bit of fun, or fantasising about being so rich I could easily drop fifty pounds on an eyeshadow palette willy-nilly. Hopefully they're inspirational at least! What do you think? Do you like the Inglot Freedom system? Let me know if you'd like to see more film-inspired palettes!

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

A lovey for a friend

A little while ago, one of my favourite people announced that she was going to have a baby! This friend is one of the most genuinely sweet and nice people I've ever met, and I knew I had to make something for her the second I heard that. I eventually settled on this lovey design, which is based off of an avatar that she uses frequently -- a little cartoon bird :) I didn't use a pattern since it was totally custom; like usual I just sort of made it up as I went along. The base is just the classic granny square with a few extra edging rows in the gold colour. Luckily it all worked out pretty well! I'm only posting this after she's seen it so it wouldn't ruin the surprise, and also so I can say that happily she loved it! I think that something handmade is such a special present, and I really love making something unique and heartfelt for people I care about.

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

New embroidery

It's officially Christmas time here in Glasgow, with the lights up, the skating rink out, and the Christmas Market set up in the city centre. Honestly, I never used to be too excited by Christmas when I was younger. I think it was because when I was in school, I always had classes up until right before Christmas and then it was my birthday (December 21st) and I never really got into the excitement until just before the Big Day itself. I also was never one of those kids that would wake up at 6am to do presents - I knew the presents weren't going anywhere and I could totally have a few more hours before all the Christmas festivities got underway. #lazyforlife

But now that I'm an adult with my term for the year wrapping up, I am SO. READY. For the first time I'm not spending the holidays with my parents back in California, and am instead staying in Scotland with my boyfriend and his family. I'm so excited! I'm so excited I've actually already gotten all of my Christmas shopping for them done...and it has been done for a couple weeks now. Um.

This year, the real start of me getting into a festive mood was doing some holiday embroidery. I didn't want to do anything too obvious, like Santa or a Christmas tree or reindeer (although I did sneak that little guy into the shot), so I created this typographic design and stitched it up. I think it came out pretty well, if I say so myself! Even though it's been a bit crazy over here (full courseload, and I am chronically terrible at managing stress) I've still made time for my crafty hobbies. I'm hoping to get some more Christmas designs up in the shop soon, but I know I'll have to hurry if I want to make the final posting dates, eek!