I'm Kristen and I'm living in Crawley, Sussex (hoping to return to my beloved Brighton 'n' Hove when my ME/CFS allows). I drink a lot of tea, ride a lot of buses, go in a lot of charity shops, draw, sew and knit (and attempt to crochet), take a lot of photos, spend a lot of time sleeping, read a lot of history books and follow Jesus Christ. <3
Email: busstopgirl (at) googlemail (dot) com
Wandered into Schuh this afternoon and spotted these wonderful robot-themed shoes (by Irregular Choice). They're too high for me AND they're £70, but I'm still glad to see shoes like these on the high street.
These sparkly boots are cute too. They make me think of the principal boy in a pantomime! I think they'd look good on Little Boots, who is a very stylish girl.
The Blonde has found the perfect Christmas gift for the sister who has M.E. and loves robots...
"Japanese scientists have developed a robot that can help people get out of bed and bring them their breakfast. They claim the 4ft 10ins robot, which has soft hands and fingers, can become even more like its human inventors.
The Japanese humanoid - called Twendy one - has enough strength to support humans as they sit up and stand, and can make supple movements that respond to human touch. It can pick up a loaf of bread without crushing it, serve toast, help lift people out of bed and even lend a hand with the housework."
I am in the grip of a fresh infatuation... vinyl. No, not records... upholstery vinyl made into cool things like bags and purses. It's shiny, wipe-clean, hardwearing, doesn't fray and comes in loads of bright colours - even glittery colours - what's not to love?
Of course I haven't yet tried working with it myself. That's on the 'to do' list. But I've already bought three gorgeous things via Etsy... and have my eye on more.
My first purchase was a fab robot motif sunglasses case from Sugar Lust (above) - perfect for me and my robot love.
Then I came across Miss Alison's Etsy shop, and her great 'bent stripe' pouches. Would she make me a bespoke in my favourite colours? Of course! So I'm the proud owner of a turquoise pouch with hot pink stripes (above). I've also got my eye on this Seagull Pouch from her website.
The starry pink beauty below is winging its way to me as I type. It's by Julie at Majesty Inc, and I love it. Great colour combination - and I love five-pointed stars as a motif.
I really need to start making robots. I sewed one in felt ages ago, but I want to make robots out of junk. Maybe not to the scale of California-based Clayton Bailey's work - this guy uses everything from coffee pots to fridges.
I came across him on The Tech's Robotics site (check out the 360 degree panoramas of his studio and his yard - now there's a garden I could go for!). PS: Great moustache, sir!
I am of course buying far more on Etsy than I'm selling, and my current 'thing' is robots. There's the gorgeous turquoise glass robot necklace made for me to order by Atomic Glassworks, a stunning set of robot letterpress prints by Cricket Press and my new desk buddy, Corkbot, courtesy of Moonshine Bluebirds. I think I'm in love...
As soon as I saw the wonderful robot which the very talented Hillary at Wee Wonderfuls had made back in January, I knew I had the answer to the thorny 'What on earth shall I give Plums for her 30th birthday?' question. Heavily indebted to Hillary's original design, I give you PHIL:EO, the robot of loving friendship:
PHIL is made from red felt and black glitter felt, stitched with button thread and is decorated with bits and pieces from my button box, along with Plums' name in letter beads and a '30' cake decoration.
PHIL's heart is a clear resin heart with a red rose inside, which has been on my keyring for years and finally fell off a couple of months ago. I bagged out a 'cupboard' in PHIL's chest and secured the heart inside with a criss-cross of red thread, adding a door over the top. I fastened PHIL's head and legs on with toy joints and made arms from rolls of felt and lengths of french knitting.
My procrastination about getting started because I didn't know what I was doing and was nervous about making a mess of it has meant that PHIL:EO arrived two months late, but I really enjoyed the work in the end, and Plums was very pleased with her pressie. Which makes it all worthwhile. Cuz I luv her.