Friday Aspirations 1. New House Living Room

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Happy Friday everyone!
Welcome to the first of the Aspirations series.  It’s just a little peek into my thought process.  These are basically a (really) condensed version of our pinboards for each room, so without further ado, I present…The Living Room.

New House Living Room


1 Pipe Shelves via Apartment Therapy. 2 Black Doors via Manhattan Nest. 3 Flos 265 wall lamp from John Lewis. 4 Lotta Fruitbowl from LSA. 5 Paton Sofa from  6 First Day Covers from Greatbritainstamps


I have recovered enough to give a brief account of my evening at the Geeked launch event at Foyles gallery space in Soho.  I shyly arrived to a room full of groovy looking people, hipsters and trendies, and some gals wearing some outstanding shoes…  I must say that I also arrived slightly knackered, after a two and a half hour train journey, two tubes, roadwork and asking two shops and a poor passer by if I was on Charring Cross Road.  Why TWO shops AND a passer by?  Neither of the guys in the shops knew where they were.  I love London.

So eventually I found the gleaming red beacons of Foyles and headed up to the lofted top floor, and emerged into room of aforementioned groovy people.  After removing my coat and willing the blood to leave my face I grabbed a glass of wine and desperately scanned the room for a face I recognised from the Twitter.  I saw Amanda (from Irreverent Ballet) and made an awkward introduction.  It went something like this:

Moi: (ahem)  “Sorry to interrupt, you’re Manda, right?”
Manda: “??”
Moi: “I’m Mickey”

So that part of the evening went quite well.  There were so many people there, and it was great to finally  meet Sam and Sofia from the magazine and put some faces to names.  There was also the London Photo Booth, which is where the playful snap above is from.  The lass to my left is Amanda, and the chick on the right is Lori.  Awesome ladies.  I believe a request was made at one point as to whether they could ‘keep me’.  Sam and Sofia made a short yet emotive speech and you could see how happy they both were to have pushed this thing into the world.  There was pride among the contributors, too, and I guess that includes me.

It was more or less at this point that I switched to red wine with cherry juice.  Oh dear.  I clearly remember forcing half a coconut cupcake in my face and dancing down some stairs.

Thank you Geeked for the opportunity to see my work in print, and best of luck in the future!

My latest little project…

Yes, yes, I know.  The last post was about my ‘latest little project’ too.  That one is unfinished in development, overshadowed by the prospect of a competition!  That’s right kids, design with a prize.  Corbis Images (a stock photo company) are running a competition encouraging designers to ‘design for a cause’ and to use Corbis’ stock images to create a poster championing a cause close to their hearts.  I have entered, and focused on Barnardo’s young carers program, because, y’know, I was one of ’em.

So, using one of the stock images, my tagline of ‘Caring ISN’T childsplay’, and a neat little illustration of a dot-to-dot bear, I created my poster…


Ta Da!  The top prize is £1000 donation to the charity (yay), a Wacom graphics tablet (yay) and coverage in a couple of top design mags, including Computer Arts.  The nine ‘runners-up’ each get a tablet.  I’m just glad to have my work featured on their website, but the top 10 are decided through peer voting only – everyone who uploads an image gets one vote, so it’s not a popularity contest, which is nice.  Anyway,  as of writing (Sat 17/11) my entry isn’t up yet, but here’s the link in case you want to check out mine (eventually) and other entries.  Wish me luck!

Welcome to my New Digs!

Make yourself comfortable, grab a Pangalactic Gargle Blaster and generally slouch about.  I don’t mind.  You’re all welcome.

I’m moved over from Blogger to WordPress as I needed a bit more flexibility, especially in the ‘pages’ department.  I’ll be posting all my design and portfolio work in the design section.  I’ll still be posting about my baking, and how it’s all going at number 46, but I wanted to separate out my work a bit.  Wordpress also offer more flexibility in terms of themes, and appearance, so here I am!  Thanks for sticking with me, you guys!

The continuum continuums!

Mrs E