Monday, 27 September 2010

Bon Appetite!!

This past weekend (seems ages ago now), I had a bit of a movie marathon with my monito.  Most of them were good choices I have to say, but one was my favourite.  I liked it so much indeed, that it now holds a place in my heart next to Amelie Poulain and the things that make me happy.
"Julie and Julia" is a feel good film that tells the story of two lovely ladies, a cook and a writer who blogs about cooking.  It is not a life changing story, it is not intellectual or revealing, it is a film that makes you smile and feel happy.  
I like smiley and happy, and pretending the world is a nice place.  I know some people like gloomy and preparing yourself for the worst so it won't hit so hard.  But I think it's better to live a happy life and then deal with it when it's bad news.
I don't know what you're views are on this matter, but if you care to try out my philosophy of life, I recommend you do it after watching this film.  It will make you laugh, it will make you want to learn how to cook or at least eat amazing food; meet someone to love or kiss your one and only.


Lose your grumpy
have a little joy
the road may be bumpy
skip and you'll enjoy

                         Bon appetite!!

Thursday, 23 September 2010

I Heart GRANDmas

Apparently I cried in my sleep last night. I don't remember much of it and I find it a bit embarrassing to tell you the truth (I wonder what other sorts of odd things we do when we're actually sleeping). Anyway, all I remember is that I was dreaming about my grandmother and for some reason crying about it (of excitement I would say).
It is not often that people that are no longer with us come to us in dreams and I love it because dreams are so real most of the time that it's like having an extra chance to be with that person. 
I absolutely loved my grandmother. She was a GRANDmother,   she taught me everything I know about art and making beautiful things. She gave me fashion advise and trusted me with family secrets (of the artistic type).  She told me great stories about her childhood and crazy olden times.She was cute and smart and even if I came third in her grandchildren preference scale, I knew she loved me too. 
I miss her but loved knowing her, I wonder if all grandmas are GRANDmas?  If yours is still around, do me a favour and give her a hug.  I promise you won't regret it.


Be nice to your Nan
Grandma, Nana, Abuela
Just give her a call
Like a polite young fella 

Sit down and just listen
to stories and tales
Give hugs and just cherish
remember details.

                                                                                  this way love prevails

Monday, 20 September 2010


Mary Katrantzou Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

A couple of years ago I was having a cultural day out down town Quito (Ecuador) with my sister.  Right before we got sucked into a bargain shop which totally put us off our initial quest,  we went inside an astonishing colonial church called La CompaƱia.  Amazed by it's beautiful overwhelming golden detail which covered every last bit of space of the building, we actually agreed to pay to go in and listen to a guide talk about it.  During her speech, the guide told us about the style of this church's architecture Baroque which she described as "fear of space".  That's when my mind left the church and I got to thinking about this Baroque idea and I realized I am Baroque.
Fear of space or love of an empty canvas which could be anything, from a tiny space on a wall, to the pages of a notebook. This is why I have always loved prints and clusters instead of minimalism.




                                                                                                 join me

Iglesia La CompaƱia, Quito - Ecuador

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Doodle me Pretty!

Textural Lime Zest Fashion Print by: Rachael Taylor Designs

Here is one of my favourite prints by super talented designer Rachael Taylor.  She was the first person to help me get to know the creative world in Leeds when I first moved here. So I thought I would pay her a little tribute by writing a small poem inspired by the print.
You can check out more of here lovely work in her website or follow her fab blog.


Doodle me pretty 
and doodle me sweet
fill me with colours
for doodle complete

Paint me a smile
with flowers and leaves
whirl me with style
with soft silky weaves

Lets go on a trip
through loveliness grand
walk not, we should skip
doodle wonderland.

                                                                                             It starts with a hand... 

Monday, 13 September 2010

DIY And Then Sell It

Ever since I was a little girl, I loved making things.  They mostly came as an excuse to use the latest technology found in my house.  I started writing poems when I was 7 years old because I loved using my mum's typewriter.  Some time later I discovered the sowing machine and I figured how to make fabric shoe bags and after making about 20 I used a family lunch to sell them to aunts, uncles, grandparents etc.  Being cute at the time I made a small fortune and developed my still ongoing DIY and then sell it obsession.
Here's an example of my watchmaking days (Buttons and pearls bracelet).  I have also gone through, flower shaped paper lamps, flower sculptures, headbands and clips, hand bag costumising and money banks phases and it goes on and on and on.  I definitely need my own shop! do you agree?


My First Ever Poem (1988)
(sorry I didn't speak enough english at the time)

Mi mamita es muy bonita
Como una florecita
Es tan linda tan hermosa
Como un jardin de rosas

Tal vez otros no la vean
asi de espectacular
Pero es my favorita
Y no me la van a cambiar
                                     By ME

Friday, 10 September 2010

Genie Wanted!

Wanting some wishes 1,2,3,4
some in retailing
indoor, restore, explore

Find me a genie to come say hello
there are none in ebay
where else?  Do you know?

I might as well list them
there's nothing to lose
you might own a lamp
and could make me your muse

I want to be published
Success absolute
Creatively established
and black leather boots.

I am not a genie
not magic, just me
if you have a wish, list it here
...........................  and a cup of tea.

                            free plea!

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Where Should I Put My Tea?

Roger Waters Table, £65

Last weekend I decided to pay tribute to a table I replaced and give it a makeover so that someone else would love it and take it home. It's made by decoupage technique and would look gorgeous anywhere. It's a good idea to do this to old furniture, it makes it look great and helps the environment a little bit.


Reduce, Reuse, Recycle it
remake, restore, revamp!
restart, repaint, lickety split
redo, renew, restamp.


Friday, 3 September 2010

Love Nest

Wallpaper "sunday" made by Ximena Escobar 

Welcome to my love nest
Cute and all my own
Pretty normal to the rest
My heart and my home

I like decorating, 
even painting walls
I don't like to tidy up
or sweeping the halls

Looking out the window
hedgehogs, foxes, park
looking inside my monito
fun at light and dark

Welcome Bienvenidos
Come and say hello
stay for dinner, share a wine
you and J and Mo.

Think Pink

Me and A Cup of tea have started a new year of life going back to a little life philosophy that had been an important part of most of it and some how got lost in the middle of stuff.

So here it is! new outfit for the blog, new weekly posts promise and a Think Pink pledge! I know sometimes other colours may over rule you, but pink will always make you happy! (At least it does me...)

So here's a little poem to celebrate this pinkness!


Rosie Cheeks are cute
Lollipops taste good
cherry blossoms melt my heart
Pink thinking's my mood

Sometimes Blue takes over
Sapphires make me cry
Green or black or others
Bitter piece of pie

Think pink when it's dark
Think pink when trying to think
Think pink and pink will happen
Think Pink and life won't stink

                                       Wink :)