changing allegiance…

May 19, 2008 at 10:12 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

im switching sides…

going to be using this space from now on as the only place i post

http://katslittlewhispers.blogspot.com/

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the end is in sight…

May 7, 2008 at 6:20 pm | Posted in me me me | Leave a comment
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with my dissertation handed in today, and only one more essay and two exams to go, my course is coming to an end, and by 3:30pm on the 19th, i’ll be free from it all ! it’s actually a little saddening…but i’ll not be thinking that when september comes and i start my MA. but with lots of projects planned to fill up my summer, i’ll hopefully get back to posting regularly on this space.

until then…

my summer holiday…

April 23, 2008 at 8:33 pm | Posted in holiday, me me me | Leave a comment

has now been booked: guess where im returning to this august…

little red riding hood…

April 23, 2008 at 8:28 pm | Posted in artist, blogs, shopping | Leave a comment

i came across camilla engman a few months ago when i started reading the blogs of many of her fans, who all mentionned her – so i began reading her blog myself. Her artwork is beautiful, delicate and reminds me of childhood memories and dreams.

so im very excited for two reasons:

i purchased 4 prints from her shop:

and tomorrow i’ll be purchasing these:

her design for converse for the ‘red’ initiative:

“For Converse 1HUND(RED) Artists, Engman drew upon the fabled character of Little Red Riding Hood as her primary inspiration. Engman noted, “The artist’s role in contributing to a cause is to try to help us see the cause anew, to understand it, to feel it in a visceral way.” She chose the character for her pluck and bravery, her warmth and kindness, and her iconic familiarity. Indeed, the Little Red Riding Hood character appears in many of Camilla’s works as a recurring motif. “I wanted the design not to interfere too much with the shoe and to be something I would like to wear myself. The Little Red Riding Hood character has appeared in many of my paintings and drawings and probably will again. She has so many attributes that I like,” she added.”

if you’re free tonight…

April 17, 2008 at 3:24 pm | Posted in music, northern irish | Leave a comment
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ed zealous

crayonsmith

two door cinema club

muchodanke djs

an interview…

April 16, 2008 at 6:42 pm | Posted in blogs, music, northern irish | Leave a comment
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…with the panama kings on muchodanke

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looks fabulous…

April 15, 2008 at 11:36 am | Posted in hotel, irish | Leave a comment
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Ok, i know i’m meant to be too busy to do anything, but i had to do a post on this fantastic little hotel in Donegal. I heard about if from a friend and so looked up their website, which is fantastically well designed…

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“O’Fabulous is an exquisitely furnished boutique hotel situated in the heritage town of Ardara, Co. Donegal, Ireland. Each stunning room is individually designed, furnished with silks, velvets, Irish linens and glamorous furniture. Exceptionally comfortable, beautifully designed and reasonably priced — Welcome to O’Fabulous.”


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With Jo Malone toiletries, Fortnum and Mason tea and coffee, WIFI, flat screen tvs, rainfall showers…this place looks like heaven. not to mention the food…

“From Easter onwards morning coffee with home made Irish biscuits is served every day from 10.30 and our famous afternoon tea served on beautiful china with crisp linen and a first class selection of homemade, expertly baked cakes is served from 2pm. From warm apple buns, to fresh chocolate sponge to warm scones with homemade jam, tea by the fire at O’Fabulous is a popular and delicious treat.

Our delicious Irish breakfasts are a real treat. We insist on locally produced food, to get you the freshest laid eggs, our cook bakes her bread daily and we insist that the cultural heritage of the land is reflected in the food and strive to reduce the environmental damage caused through food miles.

Breakfast: Irish Porridge with Heather Honey, Irish Whiskey or Irish Cream, Basket of O’Fabulous Homemade breads and breakfast goodies, (e.g. honey and oatmeal muffins, warm buttermilk scones, or homemade wheaten bread) served with Irish butter and delicious local homemade jams, Irish Breakfast Tea or Coffee…

The O’Fabulous Supper Club currently opens its (rather lovely) doors every Friday and Saturday night for a twinkly, stylish evening of Classic and beautifully presented Irish Cuisine. Gordon Ramsay would approve of our small menus concentrating on excellent, fresh local ingredients. We serve the type of food we would adore to find in Ireland together with a first class wine list and immaculate attention to detail from the Vera Wang fine bone china to the Tiffany and Co. candles to fine Irish linen and sparkling Irish crystal. Welcome to our Supper Club.”

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My parents were staying in a cottage close to Ardara last weekend, and they visited O’Fabulous to see what it was like. They brought me back a brochure and, to my delight, the people who own O’Fabulous also have Honey Cottage, which is also in western Ireland, and two apartments to rent: one in Seville and one in Montmartre, Paris. i think my summer break has been decided for me…but which one to choose ?

confession

April 14, 2008 at 11:10 am | Posted in me me me, photography | Leave a comment
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ok, a couple of things:

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firstly, when i went to buy the holga, they didnt have any…so i ended up with this:

…and i love it (apart from the first night’s frustration as i couldn’t load the film, having never used medium format before i’m a complete novice at this). the diana+ can take multiple exposures, panaroma shots and you can buy a flash to add to it. its so light and toy-like, i almost can believe that every time i press the little silver button it’s capturing a picture. i’m still on my first film (ilford xp2 400), so we’ll see what the results turn out like, and this leads me to my next point…

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i’m currently very busy with several things: my history of art dissertation (on victor sloan, as you may have read in a previous post), a separate history of art essay on twentieth century art (the dada movement and marcel duchamp) and an english language essay (due after the dissertation, so i haven’t even thought about it yet). also, with applications for masters and consequential interviews, i havent a lot of time for posting on little whispers or today i….

so i’ve come up with a compromise. to keep things interesting (and whilst i’m waiting for my diana films to be developed) i’ll be posting some old photos from childhood, or further back. i am a sucker for old photographs, and i thought it’d be fun to reveal some, with possibily some of the stories behind them.

so here’s the first one:

this is me standing in my old home’s kitchen, with it’s cork walls and green kitchen cabinets (although thankfully they weren’t included). i must’ve been to the dentist, as the sticker on my jumper is one of those super ted ones that they gave you after you got your teeth checked. my braces have mickey mouse on them…i wonder if i still have them somewhere…

excitement…

April 11, 2008 at 10:41 am | Posted in lomography, photography | 3 Comments
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finally, i’m going to purchase a holga this afternoon:

i cant wait to start experimenting…

a great feature of the holga is the multiple exposure option, so you can create overlapping images, to produce results like these below:

“The Holga has a separate shutter and advance – meaning that you can shoot as many times as you like on the same frame without advancing. This feature can either be intentional or accidentally ruin a single exposure photo. It’s easy to forget to advance the film, so you can decide to always wind the film after a shot or try to not care and see what happens. In the right hands and with a bit of luck, multiple exposures can create complex and stunning images and also turn accidental double exposures into photographic miracles.”

It also has the option of coloured flashes:

“The flash on the Holga 120 CFN (included in the Starter Kit, Deluxe, & Fisheye packages) includes built-in color gels. This way you can tint your shots with color or create weird portraits of people at night. Use it as a fill light with color during the day where nearby subjects will be colored in while maintaining the natural light in the background or enhance your double exposures with one frame of color. The possibilities and combinations are endless.”

will post my first film as soon as its developed !

{all images from the holga website.}

holy f*ck…

April 10, 2008 at 11:09 am | Posted in music, photography, review | Leave a comment
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i hadnt really intended to go to this gig, as i hadn’t heard their stuff before and wasn’t therefore prepared to pay the price for someone i didnt know. however, mucho danke were interviewing them and so i was able to amble down. they turned out to be fantastic. it would be easy for an electronic band to be bland on stage but these guys had a lot of energy and totally loved what they were doing. it was a fantastic gig and so holy fuck are now top of my playlist, for the next while anyway…

and a little taster of a mini-project i did last night:

will reveal when i can.

two birds…one stone…

April 8, 2008 at 6:50 pm | Posted in blogs, crafts | Leave a comment
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ok, firstly, another blog i enjoy reading: oh joy! – this blog looks at ‘inspiration, design, style and other cool things…’

and secondly, whilst checking it today i found she’d posted on the coolest thing – engraved moleskine notebooks ! i’m a big fan of these simple books…and i love some of the designs available on this website

lovely stuff…

resolution…

April 7, 2008 at 8:53 pm | Posted in me me me, photography | 1 Comment
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to carry my lomo camera everywhere and take pictures of anything eye-catching

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plan to buy a holga

i will miss..

April 7, 2008 at 6:27 pm | Posted in blogs, inspiration, photography | Leave a comment
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…polaroids. a funny thing happened. well, its not so much funny for me as it is tragic and sad and i must do something about it. but here we are. when i heard that polaroid were ceasing production of both their films and cameras, i immediately got onto amazon and ebay and stocked up on a lot of film. i felt very smug, and although i was now short of money, i was happy. then i ventured out for my best friend’s birthday later that week and somehow managed to leave my polaroid camera in the black taxi (meaning no way of contacting them). i was devastated and upset and the only thing that could console me was immediately getting onto ebay and buying a new one. however, when this new one arrived, it didnt work. i have now lost my enthusiasm, and havent even bothered to send the broken one back to the ebay seller (who i mailed and she said she would accept it back). this will be resolved soon. i promise.

in the meantime, i love to check nectar and light, where i can see how polaroids should be used…

jen’s work is inspiring, beautiful and makes me sad that polaroids are going to be no more.

have a lovely weekend…

April 5, 2008 at 4:00 pm | Posted in blogs, inspiration | Leave a comment

…and enjoy another of my favorite blogs, design*sponge.

i’m off to bask in what little sun there is, taking my cue from molly…

floral inspiration…

April 3, 2008 at 10:52 pm | Posted in blogs, floral, inspiration | Leave a comment
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i think that over the next week or so i will focus on revealing my favourite blogs – ones that i look forward to checking every day, and to begin with…

i’ve been avidly reading a blog by a girl called sarah known as saipua, who creates the most beautiful floral sculptures in her shop in new york.

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reading her blog inspires me to buy flowers more often. i used to work in a florists and it was the most enjoyable part time job ive had… being able to play around with so many different shapes and colours of flowers and greenery was so enjoyable, and although i look forward to checking her blog and finding a new post, i also know that every new creation she posts breaks part of my heart…

i wonder if i can just abandon the career path i’m on, study floristry and open a little flower shop in a small seaside town … and live happily ever after ?

probably not, but until i can spend my days playing with unlimited buds and blooms, i’ll settle for buying the odd little plant or stem, and trying to capture how happy it makes me in a couple of snapshots…

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i promise not to let this little plant die.

at this time of year…

April 2, 2008 at 10:00 pm | Posted in architecture, europe, holiday, photography | Leave a comment
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…people begin to plan their summer holidays. well, i do. its no longer winter, but not warm enough for summer and i long to be somewhere else.

and so today i reminisced about my wonderful holiday in estepona and barcelona, spain, in the summer of 2006…

above: the view from the pool of our apartment in estepona

…and photos from the visit to the mies van der rohe pavilion in barcelona…

{sigh…}

i cant resist…

April 1, 2008 at 6:43 pm | Posted in shopping | Leave a comment
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avoca has been in belfast for several months now, but everytime i go in i still am overwhelmed by the sheer kitsch-ness of it all…

downstairs, the homeware, clothes, jewellery, books, cards and childrens’ toys takes so long to go through. i hate the thought i would miss something that could make my day… such as…

photo frame – 20 euro

glass bottles – 6 euro

chintz cami – 85 euro

i think i’ll leave a discussion of their food hall for another post…

our family portraits…

April 1, 2008 at 6:15 pm | Posted in me me me, photography | Leave a comment
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as a gift for my parents, my brother and i brought them a voucher to use at venture photography studio in belfast, in order for us to get some updated professional family photos…
after having a lively session (including piggy backs, tickling and rugby tackles), we went back today to view the resulting images and order our favourites… they look fantastic and i look forward to them arriving. although it has made me think about how i should be able to get good quality shots of my own family, considering i have a great camera and the snapfish service at jessops is really good.

must try harder…

spring shopping thoughts

March 27, 2008 at 2:09 pm | Posted in me me me, shopping, spring | Leave a comment
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i do love flowers. they get me in the mood for sunny days…and summer items, such as:

monsoon sunglasses, £15.

dress from http://www.oohlalavintage.com, £75

lux pencil skirt, from urban outiftters, £30

necklace from urban outfitters, £14

alexander mccall smith

March 20, 2008 at 1:30 pm | Posted in books, review | Leave a comment
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Alexander McCall Smith is perhaps best known for the No.1 Ladies Detective Agency series, but my favourite of his works is the Sunday Philosophy Club Series, which is centred on Isabel Dalhousie in Edinburgh, her relationships with her niece and her housekeeper and some light detective work. I love how she is able to spend her days at art galleries and delicatessens, pondering over brother fox and it makes me want to live in Edinburgh.

I had read the three books in the series:
The Sunday Philosophy Club

Friends, Lovers, Chocolate

The Right Attitude to Rain

assuming it was a trilogy, i expected no more. So i was delighted when i walked into Queens bookshop and saw a fourth in the series, The Careful Use of Compliments.

I read it in a day, and loved it. Having now discovered McCall Smith’s simple and well-designed website, i have learned that a fifth in the series is due out in the autumn. i highly recommend his work !

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