Archive | 2013

The Tortoise

I’m so excited to share The Tortoise with you today, the brand new album from Nuala Honan (who is fast becoming one of my favourite artists). The country/folk singer-songwriter from rural South Australia released her debut album earlier in May 2013, the first to come out of Bristol studio The Woodshed.

Nuala’s lyrical honesty, combined with the fiercely independent environment that the album has emerged from, ensures that The Tortoise has an authenticity that commercial country so often lacks.

Nuala has an uncanny ability to write new songs that sound timeless, somehow conjuring the sense that the lyrics have been worn smooth by the passage of time.

Moving from her isolated village in Australia to England in 2004, now Bristol based, Nuala is known among peers for her inexorable energy and using her music and events as the platform for many other artists and practitioners (such as Live in the Lion’s Den – a night that has been hosting acts from all over the world every Tuesday for the last three years).

I hope your plans tomorrow involve heading down to The Fiddlers, Bristol, for Nuala’s Official Album Launch Party (with support from Rozi Plain, Wilf Merttens & Lori Campbell). It’ll be a night to remember, with tickets at a mere £7 (bargain I hear you cry!).

The Tortoise by Nuala Honan

Check out Nuala’s album The Tortoise, available to buy and stream at Bandcamp

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Say hi to Nuala and keep up to date with gigs and events at:
www.nualahonan.com
www.twitter.com/NualaHonan
www.facebook.com/nualahonanmusic

Enjoy The Tortoise… it’s not just my music of the month, but also a beautiful piece of collectable art! Thanks Nuala! 🙂

Seasonal Retrospective by Charlotte…

I am so happy to have my dear friend, Bath based photographer and dog walker, Charlotte Mcalister, share her inspirational and beautiful work with us today! This is the first of a series of posts by Charlotte, which will take you on a journey through the seasons around the city of Bath, showcasing some of her photos from 2012-2013. Today we celebrate winter in all it’s glory!
Charlotte

Hi I’m Charlotte and I am very happy that my very good friend Layne has let me put my pictures on Missalayneous. I hope you enjoy them, even if winter has been a few months too long!





Name

Nice weather for dogs

Snow Nose

Snow nose

Tow Path

Snowy tow-path

Herron

Herron

Raindrops

Raindrops

Pulteney Bridge in the snow

Pulteney Bridge in the snow

Name

Bath’s famous Weir

Name

Blizzard conditions!

Thanks so much, Charlotte, for sharing your stunning photos with us! You can visit Charlotte and her gorgeous photograpy at Walkies With Charlotte and on Flickr.

Keep an eye on Missalayneous for the next in the series of these beautiful posts – in which Charlotte shares spring!

What is your favourite season and why?

DIY Heirloom Furniture

During a recent spring clean, Jools’ Dad gave us a beautiful vintage suitcase that he’d been given as a 21st birthday present by his parents in April 1962. It accompanied him on his travels to Loughborough during his practical engineering training.

Being so stylish and with the family history behind it we knew we wanted to have it on display. Jools has recently fallen in love with Dansette legs, whilst trying to find some to fit his Wurlitzer Electric Piano, and had a spare set lying around. Over Easter, we thought we’d have a go at combining these two retro beauties to make a table that doubles up as storage.

We are so pleased with the results! Keep a look out for more Dansette inspired projects on Missalayneous in future.

Post DIY

Post DIY

Pre DIY

Pre DIY

Materials: vintage suitcase, Dansette legs, screws and sockets plus 4 wood blocks.

Position the leg sockets evenly apart. We used a tape measure for accuracy.

Position the leg sockets evenly apart. We used a tape measure for accuracy.

Mark the holes with pen, ready to drill.

Mark the holes with pen, ready to drill.

A hand drill is fine for this project.

A hand drill is fine for this project.

The four wood blocks go inside the suitcase to support the leg sockets.

The four wood blocks go inside the suitcase to support the leg sockets.

Mark the holes in the wood and start drilling!

Mark the holes in the wood and start drilling!

Attaching the leg sockets to the wood blocks is the most complicated part.  Be patient with it as you align the screws into the holes.

Attaching the leg sockets to the wood blocks is the most complicated part. Be patient with it as you align the screws into the holes.

This is what the inside looks like after all sockets are attached to wood blocks. Still ample room for storage!

This is what the inside looks like after all sockets are attached to wood blocks. Still ample room for storage!

The best bit.... attaching the legs. We knew it had come together at this point.

The best bit… attaching the legs. We knew it had come together at this point.

Tada! The Real McCoy.

Tada! The Real McCoy.

Much love and thanks to Mr Jools Scott for his DIY inspiration and talents – we make a good team 🙂

We hope you like this storage idea as much as we do. It’s easily transferable to other items such as retro trays… who knows, the possibilities are endless!

What do you think? We would love to hear your ideas.

Paper Tache Fun

Paper Tache Fun

I’m so excited about Made in Paper magazine… it’s full of fun ideas for parties and inspirational home décor. There are easy-to-follow projects such as a gold leaf bowl, paper straw wreath and much, much more. Rhiannon and I are currently planning my 30th birthday party (ahhhh 30!! cue mid-life crisis) and I can’t wait to make some paper moustaches, gorgeous garlands and pretty pom poms.

Made in Paper Magazine

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I hope you enjoy yours as much as I’m enjoying mine! Happy Sunday xxx

What Are You Wearing?

Back to Bristol for week 8 of What Are You Wearing, where we meet David, a truly suave gent.

What Are You Wearing-David

What Are You Wearing-David

What Are You Wearing-David

What Are You Wearing-David

What Are You Wearing-David

What Are You Wearing-David

Name: David
Age: 23
Day Job: Engineering Technician in the Royal Navy
Music I’m Listening To: Architects, Your Demise, A Day To Remember
Favourite Film: Django Unchained
Favourite Magazine: Urban Cyclist
Hobbies: exercise, cycling, gigs and making sweet treats (used to be a patisserie chef!)
What Are You Wearing: Coat from Gap, shirt from Next, up-cycled shorts originally trousers from All Saints (that ripped when I fell over whilst running for a train!), trainers are Adidas.

What Are You Wearing-David

What Are You Wearing-David

What Are You Wearing-David

What Are You Wearing-David


The Django Unchained Trailer

Thanks again to Miss Sarah Jackson for her urban photography skills!

What have you enjoyed wearing this week, and why?

For the love of Blog!

I’ve taken some time out from blogging recently. As well as juggling the day to day stuff, I felt that I needed to get my thoughts in order. Something that has helped me greatly was having a fun girls night, with Sam and Sarah, and starting a book of inspiration. A sketchbook of collages, made from an old Klimt book (I love his work), that contains things I have found inspiring from magazines, catalogues, fashion edits and much more. Below is a selection of pages from the first chapter. Collages and snippets from The White Stuff Catalogue, Mollie Makes, ASOS Catalogue, Company Magazine, Top Shop Catalogue, Glamour Magazine, In Style, Marie Clare and Cosmo.

Hope you find it inspiring to…

Make It Snappy

Make It Snappy

Gustav Klimt Book Sketchbook

Gustav Klimt Book Sketchbook

Welcome

Welcome

Once Upon A Time

Once Upon A Time

Rules Are For Fools

Rules Are For Fools

Guiding Spirits

Guiding Spirits

The Vicar Hat

The Vicar Hat

Through The Looking Glass

Through The Looking Glass

Notes

Notes

What inspires you and why?

What Are You Wearing?

For week 7 (and 8) of ‘What Are You Wearing’ we’ll be over in Bristol, the cultural capital of the South-West. Let me introduce the supremely stylish, Sam.

What Are You Wearing - Sam

What Are You Wearing – Sam

Name: Sam
Age: 22
Day Job: Marketing Executive and Brownie Pack Leader
Music I’m Listening To: Cee Lo Green
Favourite Film: Milk.. about the gay rights movement in the 70’s – really moving and visually stunning.
Favourite Book: Memoirs of a Geisha (because it’s beautiful!), just started reading The Hypnotist by Lars Kepler (and I’m really enjoying it)
Favourite Blog: Bright.Bazaar (for homes and colour), Half Baked (for baking!) and Hello It’s Valentine (for fashion)
Favourite Magazine: Company – High Street Edit (I really hope they bring out a spring and summer edition… it is so inspirational!)
What Are You Wearing: blouse from Monsoon Fusion (a sale bargain that I had been watching for ages!), shorts from Zara, belt from H&M, jacket from Top Shop, shoes are Forever 21 and lipstick is Mac Lady Danger

What Are You Wearing - Sam

What Are You Wearing – Sam

What Are You Wearing - Sam

What Are You Wearing – Sam

What Are You Wearing - Sam

What Are You Wearing – Sam

What Are You Wearing - Sam

What Are You Wearing – Sam


Memoirs of a Geisha cover


A still image from NYTimes article on Milk


CeeLo Green Featuring Lauriana Mae – Only You [Official Video]

You can meet Sam over at Running by the Book, where she shares her world – running, fitness, travel, history – and so much more.

Merci beaucoup to Miss Sarah Jackson for her urban photography skills!

What have you enjoyed wearing this week, and why?

Handmade by Non

I am so happy to welcome my best friend to her regular guest spot – Handmade by Non – in which Non shares with us all things crafty and beautiful from her handmade, stylish world…over to you, Non! XxX

“Hi my name is Rhiannon, Non for short… today I’ll share with you a recent up-cycled jumper, using some leather scraps left over from a recent project”

Pre-sewing

Pre sewing. This jumper was a bit boxy and shapeless to start with.

Post jumper makeover

Post jumper makeover

Cutting to fit

Cutting to fit

Use correct needle

I ensured I used a blunt ended needle and thick thread to sew the jumper together. I used a finer, sharp needle and thread suitable for leather, to sew on the patches.

Sewing on leather shoulder patch

Sewing on leather shoulder patch

Sewing on leather pocket

Sewing on leather pocket

Embellishments

I added buttons and beads to the pocket for extra embellishment.

Post jumper makeover

Post jumper makeover

Ta-da! Hope you enjoyed our first Handmade by Non post… I really love how Non’s jumper turned out! There is much potential for up-cycling your wardrobe.

What have you enjoyed altering? Share your top embellishment tips, below.

Quote of the Month! February

“Mere colour can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways” – Oscar Wilde

Carter's Steam Fair by Charlotte McAlister

Carter’s Steam Fair by Charlotte Mcalister

With the brighter evenings coming our way, and the changing colour of the seasons, I can’t help but feel a sense of inspiration and romanticism.

Keep an eye on Missalayneous for a series of breathtaking posts by Bath based photographer, Charlotte Mcalister, that will take you on a journey through the seasons.

What is your favourite colour, and why?