Feb 28, 2012

100 Ideas | Week Eight


This week I chose the idea: Go to a paint store and collect chips of all your favourite colours.

I went to the paint shop in town today (after my first day back at university) and nervously approached the paint chart section and started picking out a few colours. I always feel a little uneasy sneakily taking a bundle just to decorate my bike - even though I know they're there for the taking. I had about ten picked out and I heard a man say my name behind me (and I thought, "crap, I've been caught", haha) and it turned out to be one of my regular customers at work, who happens to work at the paint store. The first thing he said was "you can take as many as you like for your bike!".  It was so nice to take them guilt free and we had a lovely chat. So, the moral of the story is make friends with the man at the paint store so you don't feel guilty taking all their paint charts. If you're ever in Launceston and you need paint, Andrew at Inspirations Paint & Colour is lovely - go to his shop.

Inside the paint shop.

I thought I'd give my bike a wash (only its second in the year and a half I've owned it) before I put the new spoke cards in. It was so filthy, poor thing. My bike weighs a tonne (I guess it was probably light when it was built in the 70s) and I am always knocking it on things and roughing it up. For a bike that is ridden every day of the year, it has held up exceptionally well. I'd love to get a lighter back-up bike, but I don't think I could ever sell this girl.

Bath time!

I layer the paint charts around the spokes, slotting them in close to the middle of the wheel, then I tape the backs and fronts of the cards to hold them in (if you don't do this they do come out and fly away down the street).

I decorated my basket last year with fabric yoyos (tied to the cane).

Freshly washed and spoked.

Feb 24, 2012

Little Joys

+ dachshunds
+ crunchy muesli
+ listening to the rain sounds app while I go to sleep
+ the fact that my boyfriend bakes cakes
+ the fact that my boyfriend loves taylor swift
+ blogs with fun DIYs
+ watching my cats play fight
+ pretty rings made out of spoons
+ kraft paper
+ coffee with new friends
+ future planning epiphanies
+ weekly thrifting
+ nanna's sales
+ waking up to my kitten sleeping beside my face
+ new girl (I didn't think I'd dig it but I do)
+ pastel green nails
+ sweet as pie old ladies at work

Feb 20, 2012

Monday List | Interesting Trees

I have a thing for names at the moment don't I?

100 Ideas | Week Seven

For week 7 I chose the idea: Make a list of everything you buy in the next week.
I thought this would be simple, but it was difficult to keep track of. I seem to buy a lot of food on a whim, where as Cam buys most of the food for our meals. I would like to try to do this more often because I usually get to the end of the week and think "Where did all my money go?!". I think doing this more in the future will help me to not buy so many unnecessary things.

Also, I thought I'd share how I lay out the 100 Ideas. I wrote them all down on Post-It notes and stuck them on a wall near my desk. I pull one down each week. I'd like to do this for craft ideas and assignment brainstorming too.

Feb 18, 2012

Etsy Loves | Bike Accessories

1. Crochet Skirt Guard
2. Red Bike Planter
3. Bicycle Handlebar Covers
4. Leather Bicycle Can Cage
5. Retro Gal Vinyl Helmet Decal
6. Handmade Saddlebags

Yesterday I noticed (after hearing a whole lot of rattling) that the back fender on my bike has broken in two. It's made of aluminium, so I'm not sure how I'm going to get it back together, sadly! That's a project for another day. In the meantime, I have to ride around making a whole lot of ruckus. I'm always looking for new ways to adorn my humble steed. When she's fixed I'm going to buy a new bit of bike decor. I have a few little DIY bike decor projects in mind.

Feb 17, 2012

Film Friday | Jane Eyre

Cam and I became members of the Launceston Film Society last year and it is one of the things I look forward to most in my week. The LFS is the largest film society in Australia and I think that alone suggests that it's a very good one. We were also members of the Newcastle Film Society when we lived on the mainland, but it pales in comparison. There are 3 screenings of each film per week (Mon, Wed, Thurs - you can only attend one screening per week) which is held at the local cinema. Often each screening is completely full (about 450 people), so we usually have sushi for dinner nearby and head in to get a seat a little early.

The movies range from interesting art house films that didn't make it here during their screenings, to foreign, Australian and old and obscure. I have seen some of my favourite films at film society that I probably would never have had the opportunity to see otherwise. LFS costs $100 per year and as it is in high demand, you go on a waiting list for about 6-12 months to become a member.

$100 to see a film almost every week of the year feels like nothing, especially when you compare it to the price of a regular movie ticket. I receive a brochure at the start of each season which gives  a running list of what film is on each week, but I like not to read it. It is great to see a movie without any expectations or prior knowledge about it.

Have you checked out any film societies? Have you investigated the one in your city? Please do!

I decided I might do a little review of each film I see at film society when I get the chance, inspired by Laura and Katyha's mini reviews. This week the film was Jane Eyre.

This was not a movie I would ever have picked off the video store shelf to watch. I find films representing this era often so lacking when it comes to 3-dimensional, interesting female characters, but Jane Eyre is all that. There is never a moment where Jane is dependent upon a male; she is independent, intelligent and makes decisions for herself despite her social standing.

Without giving away too much of the plot (if you don't already know the centuries-old Bronte story); Jane Eyre is an orphan raised by a begrudging aunt, who ships her off to boarding school for good - upon graduating and turning 18, Jane begins work as the governess to the ward of the master of Thornfield Hall, where the story unfolds.

I really enjoyed this film, perhaps more-so because I had never seen any of the 11(!) other film adaptations of it. Mia Wasikowska (Alice In Wonderland, The Kids Are All Right) plays the titular character and really made the movie for me with modest, careful, powerful acting. I also like that Michael Fassbender's (X-Men, Inglourious Basterds) character is initially so unlikable; seemingly with no redeeming qualities, so cold and abrupt. The plot unravels at a really careful pace and the supporting cast (including Dame Judy Dench) really pad out the edges of the film nicely. It is an elegant, dark movie and the rich gothic scenery is just another element that made this film a joy to watch.

Feb 14, 2012

Worn | Red Obsessed

My friend Sara and I had a lovely day together getting some little things done (included: a quick trip to the opshop and seeing battery powered candles, climbing up a tower and being able to see all over town, filling a basket with cute hair-clips and earrings for a market stall on the weekend, eating cheese - we always eat cheese, and purchasing a giant suitcase). When she dropped me home these lovely shoes were waiting for me to tear open their box. They are just lovely, smell delicious (Melissas always do) and are pretty damn comfy. Despite my initial parade around, they will be being kept in their box for a little while longer for a special occasion though.


+ dress: Target
+ shoes: Melissa Red Flock Patchulis (I bought mine on eBay)
+ hairband: made by my Nanna
+ stockings: Sussan
+ belt: thrifted

Feb 13, 2012

Monday List | Lady Names

Sometimes when I'm bored I like to go to Births, Deaths and Marriages websites and scroll through the top 100 names from each year. My favourite decade for names would have to be the 1920s. These are some names from the 20s - 30s that I adore. It's nice that a lot of them are making a resurgence and oddly spelt made-up names are taking a back seat for a bit (Abcde anyone?).

Any favourite names from decades past to share?

My extended old-fashioned lady names list is on Listography.

Feb 12, 2012

100 Ideas | Week Six


This week I chose the idea: Create a graph documenting or measuring something in your life.
This topic was chosen in haste, but I'd love to make some more graphs documenting inane things.

I love a good graph almost as much as I love a good list. One of my all-time favourite zines is called Statistical Analysis of Things That Happen But Don't Matter and Everything Else by Sarah McNeil (who also does awesome illustrations) that is full of awesome little graphs and charts, like these ones:


To see the rest of my Keri Smith ideas posts, click here.

Feb 10, 2012

Collage | Scraps

+ Tonight's collaging. That 'Ugly Fat Can Ruin Your Life' ad is so ridiculous. Does the modern media deserve a pinch of credit for being more subtle in their body shaming? ...No.

I love collage. It is probably my favourite art making medium. The Sketchbook Project really challenged me and made me realise that I should be making more for myself in my own spare time. It was bittersweet to send that book away and know I'll never get to flip through all of my collages again. I really need to make myself a new journal (after going to book binding class I feel like I should never buy another journal again!) and start collaging in it. I like to collage while watching sports. I find that's when I'm at my collaging best. Tonight was Mad Men watching collage time.

+ Collage 2, made from scraps of collage 1.

I really love the variety of collage. It is such a beautiful form of recycling. While I'm talking about my love for collage, I thought I'd share some images by my favourite artists who use collage in their work;

+ Peter Clark

+ Bill Zindel

+ Jordan Clarke

+ Lilliana Pereira

+ Julian Pacaud

+ Natalie Malik

+ Karena Colquhoun

+ Beth Hoeckel

+ James Drinkwater (street trash collage)

+ Dani Sanchis

+ Luci Everett

Who are some of your favourite artists? I'd love to know.