Friday, 23 December 2011

It's almost Christmas!

I'm sat in my sewing room, painting a little something for Jimmy's stocking, before I actually have to make one! I'm loving Christmas crafting without the pressure. Makes a nice change. Hope you are having fun with your Christmas preparations.

Here's what I'm listening too, something very festive and beautiful from Frightened Rabbit..enjoy!

Love emme lou x

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Pretty Peachy

I thought it was about time I updated the look of the blog, especially as I finally got around to applying for my student activation code for CS5. I've really missed photoshop.  I wanted something pretty and fresh, whilst maintaining my style. Peach and grey is my favourite colour combination at the moment, (as you will soon see from the bedroom makeover) and of course mustard! 
Thanks to Katrina over at Pugly Pixel for the template download. Her blog is so amazing, great tutorials, inspiration and everyday blogging.  I feel pretty happy with my modifications, once I'd worked things out, goodness knows how she does it! 

Hope you like the new look!

Love emme lou x

Monday, 19 December 2011

Hand and Lock project

Finally blogging about Uni work! Our first brief for the second year was for the Hand and Lock 2012 competition brief. We had a choice of three mini briefs to choose, with the theme of celebration. I chose 'Association D'ermites' which talks of desert hermit, silvery egrets, hyper modern and authentic, metallic, gems, midnight blue, sunset red, bright whites and delicate. I decided on the Circus for my celebration theme, focusing on the glamour of the 30s in depression America. Here are some pages from my sketchbook and my final samples.  I was ill for a big chunk of the project, a lot of late nights catching up, and trying to angle my dripping nose away from the silk fabric! Did I mention I was hooked on all things Twilight?! The soundtrack, the movies, it was a sewing twiathlon on repeat!
Now onto project two....India!!

Love emme lou x

Sunday, 18 December 2011

Stalking Olly

Ok is the Olly Murs plane story...we boarded our little BMI plane (sad it wasn't Austrian Airlines with their yummy muffins!) and got all comfy when James said casually 'isn't that that guy..Olly Murs?' and 'I was like is it..IS IT! it is! It has to be! omg omg!' staring straight at him as if he couldn't see me, as james went back to reading the airline magazine. Now i'm not even that big a fan, or a fan at all! I mean I watched him on X Factor, i like singing to his songs like a looser in the car but that's about it. However as soon as I see him walk past us on the confined plane with his cute little hat I get all ridiculous like a teen fan! (could have been the hysterical tiredness/sadness of missing my family that made me go a little crazy!) 
So anyway...for the whole of the flight I kept turning around to stare at him, what I could see, and stared a little more whilst rummaging for my kindle in the overhead storage! At which point Mr Olly was taking a nap on his coat listening to music, maybe himself?! James found me utterly ridiculous, especially when he asked me to name one of his songs and I couldn't! whooops! Anywho, I tried to take sneaky shots and laughed at his band/dancers(?) sleeping, but failed miserably on the photos. I could have asked for one, after all he was stood shoulder to shoulder to me! But I was too much of a 'star struck' pansy! I was pathetic! So these are the few terrible photos I do have. I also saw his dancer friend skipping to the toilet whilst he followed...James refused to follow them to ask for a photo! Next time I see a celebrity I will be as cool as a cucumber! 
See Olly 4 rows back! the guy behind us (grumpy looking guy) was grumpy most likely for me turning around the whole flight! And he is in the beige jacket below! 

Love emme lou x

An early Christmas

James and I went away to visit my parents in Vienna last week. I do love that 'going home' now means boarding a plane to Austria! We had a great time although it went very quickly.Vienna as always was beautiful. It smelt amazing too, all the sausage and spices. Their rum hot choc was a definite winner! 
Our 'Christmas day' consisted of a trip to the Schonbrunn Palace Christmas market, a relaxing afternoon at the thermal spa with my mum whilst my Dad and possibly James cooked dinner. We ate, drank, opened presents and watched the saddest film since Marley and me...Hachiko. I was a crying mess. A puppy mummy mess. Thanks to Dad for bringing the festivities to a crying end! 

Here's some highlights of our trip..

 Love emme lou x

Thursday, 8 December 2011

More OWLS!

A couple of nights ago James came home from work and surprised me with this gorgeous Owl cushion! He even brought a cushion inner, boys don't normally think of those things! and it was the right size may I just add! (it didn't have a size label)
It looks so pretty in the new bedroom that I will finish off this Christmas. I'll share photos when it's done along with some DIY projects. Love a bit of DIY!

Love emme lou x

Another Birthday Lovely

 The weekend before my Hand and Lock project deadline my sister and her boyfriend came down for her Birthday. They were early...I was un showered with a toilet brush in my hand....and a complete breakdown followed before I even said hello! Mid cry to my sister (post shower) i noticed Monty, on the day bed.. in the sewing room...eating something. Yup you guessed it my first finished sample!!! More tears, yelling and screaming happened and my sister and Jordan went to the pub. 
Take two, I was ready, they were on time and we were all so excited! (even with a slightly puffy face from the crying!) We had a lovely weekend, went to the beach, had dinner and saw Breaking Dawn Part 1!!!!! (I don't need to tell you all how incredible it is!!!) I even walked into the front room to see my sister and her lovely boyfriend sat on the sofa trying to make mini felt beads!! My heart melted and I realised just how lucky I was to have people who loved me even through my crazy! London feels far too far away, and I wish for more weekends like this (except the crying!) 

Love emme lou x

Monday, 14 November 2011

Birthday Weekend

This past weekend was my beautiful besties birthday! I cooked dinner, we drank, danced with a puppy and chewed James' friends ear off in the car ride to Town. We had such a good night, laughed and danced a lot and recovered the next day with mud baths and watching New Girl. (if you haven't seen it yet go watch it! Zooey Deschanel is brilliant!) Got a busy week ahead getting ready for a deadline, two more birthdays to get through, a visit from my little sister and a belated birthday celebration! 
I will try and post my uni progress as I make my final samples. 

Love emme lou x

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Two Little Birds

So here is the photos from the shoot the other week. My lovely friend is working with Two Little Birds for her work experience and it's very exciting! The photos made me laugh...a lot...I am in no way a model!
The clothes from the shoot are now up and available to buy over at Two Little Birds online boutique so if you love 50s - 90s vintage go check out their shop!

Love emme lou x


I wanted a cute halloween at home this year, no worrying about what to go as and what to do, but decided on baking pumpkin pie, soup and watching Hocus Pocus and the like whilst carving pumpkins. 
I'd never had pumpkin pie before but it was delicious!
We watched Hocus Pocus (just as scary as I remember!) on Sunday night after my parents left and James carved a butternut squash but on Halloween night I was poorly and abandoned my friends and half cooked stew and went to bed.
I'm going to bake up a storm this weekend and have a late halloween at home with the girls... and James!

Here's a couple of photos from our Halloween(ish) weekend...

 Love emme lou x

Friday, 21 October 2011

Vintage Frocks

Today I helped a very dear friend with a very exciting job and modelled (she owes me BIG) a lot of vintage frocks. It wasn't as awkward as I thought it would be but I haven't seen any of the photos yet except these little snaps. Larry (who photographed) was so much fun and lets just say quite a bit of tissue was needed for some of the dresses!! I'll share more as it progresses. Well done Nicole! x

Love emme lou x

Friday, 9 September 2011

Day tripping

We went to Plymouth last week and took Moo to meet my family. My parents are still living out in Austria and all of their family lives in the one city (except one!) Monty Moo was a hit! We stayed at my Nan's, had the best evening ful of a roast dinner, wine, bags of antique lace, talk of naughty things and wearing a part of said naughty thing (mentioned here!) Needless to say the swear jar that I have named the wed lock jar filled up...a LOT.
Moo ate a ridiculous amount of chicken and bacon from Nan and thanked her by not having any accidents.

Love emme lou x

Moo's grown!

I need to fall back in love with blogging...not obsessively but I miss it. I miss taking beautiful photos (of anything other than the puppy!) sharing creative goodies and finding inspiration. I go back to Design school in three weeks so a new routine needs to get started, that includes walking Monty moo at stupid O'clock! 
 Autumn is definitely here..I found my first conker today! And this means my huge Autumn clear out! 
It's been the biggest clear out I think I have ever had! I've made a lot of money on ebay! It is such a faff but my god is it worth it! Getting rid of the clutter, boxes of pretties stored here there and everywhere has made me feel so much better and my 3 year itch to move has been stifled by making new things for our home. DIY peeks to follow soon! 
I've booked in to pilates tonight for the first time in a looooooong time. The instructor is brutal...I'm expecting to be crawling out of bed tomorrow! 

Just wanted to share how much Moo has grown this Summer before I get onto DIY and pretty things! He matches the fallen leaves and my new all year Autumn inspired lounge. 

Love emme lou x

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Pretty as a Rose

Every now and then I come across a designer and think that's so meeee! Rosemary Milner's work is breath taking, with beautiful soft natural hues, thoughtfully 'unfinished' and understated. I wish I could live in her head. I've been in love with ink for a while now and woodland creatures (they seem to be everywhere!) and the mix of the two is perfect. I could stare at it all day.

Love emme lou x

Lovely Ladybird

Emily seems to be a bit of a creature magnet. Two pretty ladybirds made themselves at home on her, its the first I've seen this Summer. I'm also missing bumble bees. Hope I see them soon

Love emme lou x

Long Rock

Today me, Moo and my lovely girls took a picnic to Penzance and Long Rock Beach and had a lovely rummaging beach day. It was such a great day and the sun crept out on us which is evident all over my back and shoulders! The beach was like a scene out of Marley and Me with a huge amount of dogs and poor little overtired Monty didn't know where to run first! The water was so tempting and amazingly warm, I must remember to take my swimmers everywhere I go!

Love emme lou x