Tuesday, July 31, 2012

'I'm having a ME party'

Ever since Helen of henkalullah introduced me to the 'I'm having a me party' song from the The Muppets movie it has been stuck in my head!  So much so that I decided perhaps it would be a good idea to actually have a 'me party'.


I have to say, I highly recommend it.  I added a newly purchased book to the mix and restricted myself to one cupcake...


.... which was delicious and definitely added a 'party' feel to the whole affair.

I'm also slightly consoling myself because I missed the second day of Pam's photo challenge over on the Muse.  Tomorrow's theme is self portrait!  Now, it THAT isn't a challenge I don't know what is!

Friday, July 27, 2012

A Fabulous Friday Feeling

Fabulous Friday feelings have been few and far between in this micro blogosphere.  That is not to say that things have been all down and dumpy, lets just say it has been, what they call, a mixed bag!

As I always say, onwards and upwards mes amis!

Feast your eyes on these perfect little specimens.  As far as sourcing stones and cabochons go, I do love the odd labraodrite and a perfect peachy chalcedony can make my day but I am still VERY partial to the irregular peculiarities of a smooth, flat pebble.  These ones from a recent northern scavenging trip really take the biscuit.  I'm dreaming up some sophisticated sterling silver settings with maybe a pearl or two thrown in for good measure.

I'd say, things are beginning to take shape round these parts.  How about you?

pebbles and proverbs, Cari-Jane Hakes, July 2012

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Summer 2012

I'm happy to be taking part in Pam's Photo Challenge (you can find out more about it here).  The first challenge is 'Summer' - a tricky one if you happen to be on the other side of the world (well...it is a photo challenge after all).

For me, here in London temporarily, this topic wasn't too much of a challenge especially seeing as the Olympic Torch Relay practically went past my front door this morning!  We downed tools and popped across the road and joined a growing, excited crowd to watch events unfold.

The Olympic Torch Relay, London, 26th July 2012, Cari-Jane Hakes

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

I've lost that blogging feeling..

I really have.  The sun and heat that has settled over London has dried up all my thoughts and words!  That said, I'm still collecting images, shapes and colours with my camera for use in my design work at some later date.  The high temperatures have not stopped me crouching low, with my macro lens, making visible that which would otherwise be missed or crushed underfoot.

Here are a few specimens that I 'caught' over the last few days...

Feathered Edges, Cari-Jane Hakes, July 2012
Daisy, Cari-Jane Hakes, July 2012
Rose petal patterns, Cari-Jane Hakes, July 2012

Buds and Seeds, Cari-Jane Hakes, July 2012
Until next time mes amis!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Migratory Pebbles

I have a story for you, it's a true story.  Are you sitting comfortably? Then I'll begin.

I posted a picture a few Sundays ago of some patterned pebbles.  These are the ones I find whilst out and about with my two small scavengers.  They (the scavengers that is) will often delightfully run full pelt into my side with little hands full of potential treasures.  From many, only a select few make it to my pocket.

And then, if time allows, and the two small scavengers are occupied with creating forts that will 'stop' the advancing tide, I get out my trusty fibre pen and begin to draw....



In the comments section of my Sunday post, Pamela Bates of The Mercantile Muse was asking me about them - and so I thought - I'll send her one so she can see it, in person (so to speak).  I already had Pam's address from a package she sent me earlier in the year - so I was able to send my little pebble off as a secret surprise that would arrive at its destination without fanfare or expectation (because, honestly, there are few things finer than a surprise package arriving in your postbox).

I was a little worried for him as he had no official migratory papers or identification.  Cocooned in a parcel of bubble wrap and drawing paper he made the perilous trip across the English Channel and into deepest, darkest South London (or 'Sahh-rf Lundin' as the locals here like to say).  From there, he rested for a while in the bowels of Royal Mail.  Sorted and sifted and shaken and shoved until he finally ended up on an airplane bound west.  Almost weightless, he forgot his heavy composition of igneous particles and flew on and on to the land of the free and the home of the brave!


And here he is, sitting on Pam's window ledge in amongst other treasured things and a wishbone.  She has written a little about it on her blog today too!

Oh, the internet is a most wonderful thing but I do believe the postal system is possibly even more amazing!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

A not so different Sunday

As if following a compass attuned to the presence of ozone and salt, we found ourselves drawn to the pebbled edge of the south coast of England.  Confined spaces opened out into wide horizontal skies that were edged with dark storms that never arrived.

The soles of my boots bathed themselves in molecules that have circumnavigated the globe - a liminal aqueous edges that connects all things and all people.

An anchor of sorts in a stormy sea.


Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Mosaic Mercredi

A change of pace, a change of circumstances and a change of country has left me somewhat bereft and lost for words!

This month's Mosaic Mercredi seems to reflect this slightly adrift feel.  It is a beautiful collection of hue and tone, solitary things and lots of blue, ultramarine and turquoise.

When I find my voice and secure my footing I shall return mes amis.  Until then, onwards and upwards!

1. Herm stick boat, 2. Untitled, 3. ピオーネ, 4. iceberg, 5. god in the sky, 6. Untitled, 7. spring grass, 8. Técnica mixta. 2012, 9. Water Log

Saturday, July 7, 2012

The week that was...


I've begun a series of pieces based on this prototype with these textures - one uses a fabric with an open weave and the other, a knitted piece using thin wire.
work in progress, Cari-Jane Hakes, July 2012
Elsewhere in the Hybrid Handmade Home we made some indoor 'fireworks' based on these instructions.  Much oohing and ahhing.  My little boys were impressed - and I felt like a 'Magic Mummy'!


Indoor Fireworks, July 2012

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

July Desktop

It's July mes amis!  It's all downhill from here on in!  My alliums have flowered and their glorious skeletonising globes are proudly standing, sentinel like, in their aged splendor in the garden.  I thought I'd honour their magnificence by using them on the July desktop calender.

July Desktop 1600px wide, Cari-Jane Hakes
If you would like this allium on your computer all you have to do is click on the image above (or below), save it to your desktop and then use your settings menu (or equivalent) to change your background desktop image.  Incase you have a screen that is a little smaller than 1600 pixels wide,  here is the 1280 pixel version.


July Desktop, 1280 px wide, Cari-Jane Hakes
And if like me, you have a very old (but very lovely) Mac Book Air 13 inch screen - then this one is just for you - it will be perfect for your 1400 pixel sized screen.


July Desktop 1400 px wide, Cari-Jane Hakes
Goodness, a whole flock of alliums for you all.  


I was delighted, yesterday evening, to stumble across a beautiful opening ceremony in the next village.  The residents were celebrating the arrival of a little train that will run round the village taking visitors from their campsites to the various beaches and markets in the surrounding area.  There was a proper red, white and blue ribbon that was cut by the Mayor with scissors that rested on a pillow.  Smaller pieces of the ribbon were then cut and presented to various important individuals to sport in their breast pockets.  


I loved the ceremony all the more just for the simple fact that it elevated and celebrated an event that in a larger town may have gone unnoticed.  Here, there were gazebos, drinks and a gathering of people to participate in the maiden voyage of this little train.


Celebrate all things mes amis!  Whether it be with cups of tea and a cup cake or with champagne and caviar!
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