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Whilst watching A Jubilee Tribute to The Queen by The Prince of Wales, I was taken aback by some of the personal film footage in the program. This is the first time the images have been released and it shows a whole other side to the Royals that we haven’t seen before.

The footage was bursting with colour, in particular the ceremony scenes as the diamonds twinkled. It was fun seeing Prince Charles’s reactions to the film too as we see him watching it for the first time. Oh and how cool in Prince Philip! He is one cool Royal!

Princess Anne, Prince Philip, Prince Charles and the Queen chasing the bicycles.

The film footage shows the kids (and Prince Philip!) rolling down the hill.

We all have one of these photos!

Prince Charles talks about how this is the Queens favourite head piece.

The Queen after the news that her father had died and she would become Queen. 

If you haven’t seen it yet, you can watch it on the iPlayer or it’s on You Tube for any non Brits. For more images see the Daily Mail.

 

I’d also recommend 60 Years of the Queens Fashion, he’s a couple of beautiful dresses…

 

And finally, some things you never knew about the Royal family –

  • During her twenties, the Queen revealed herself to be a surprisingly good mimic, a talent she has kept to this day. Her favourite “acts” are Rolf Harris, René from ‘Allo ‘Allo and Tony Benn.
  • Prince Philip’s remark in 1970 about his daughter Anne – “If it doesn’t fart or eat hay, she isn’t interested” – raised his public profile.
  • In 1984, she started using a small cottage on the Sandringham estate as a place where she could “play ordinary”. Sometimes she will spend an entire day at the cottage, tidying up, watching The Jeremy Kyle Show and organising an “ordinary” dinner-party for close friends.
  • For some time now, Prince Philip has suffered from a compulsion to insult people, even heads of state, whom he meets. The Queen has insisted that this condition, known by doctors as Royal Tourette’s Syndrome, should be ignored.

For more see the Telegraph

Images taken from the Daily Mail and the Telegraph.

Inspired, Interiors, Reviewed, Web

A couple of months back, I sat reading the What Katie Does blog with a brew in hand, and was really interested to hear her describe her involvement in the design of a new site called Llustre – a members only home decor site.

Now the site has launched (in the last couple of weeks!) it’s nice to see how it’s taking shape. It’s a fresh approach to buying responsible design. I use the word responsible to describe how the user is given all the information they need to feel the value is worth paying. All original deisgns, no copy cat fakes.

First impressions are – I love the feel and brightness of the site. It’s a nice, fresh, stimulating place to hang out for 10 minutes here and there. I’m a sucker for beautiful design and it looks as though Llustre has a whole calendar of beauties for us to see.

The approach that grabbed my interest however is the ‘founder membership’ angle that Llustre used in recruiting an audience at the time of signing up. They are actively giving away credit in return for signing up and sharing with friends, and it’s really interesting to see a growing number of sites use a boutique style membership approach rather than a ‘Sign up’ – which blood pressure would be very dull in comparison.

Another members only site Achica employs a similar approach, but not quite as quirky. The site is dark and the emails are heavy. More focused on the commercial saving rather than the story behind the product – but still a great site that seems to be building quite a cult following.

The strapline “members only luxury lifestyle store” sets the scene that this is high brow and desirable. Followed by “New members can register now for free” – well whether there was ever a charge or not, everyone loves a freebie.

You can even see this style of ‘exclusivity’ on Pinterest where a user has to request an invite to join the club.

As long as the content is good, I’m willing to be a part of all these clubs! And as I sit and wait for my Llustre emails to arrive, my eyes are peeled for this beautiful cyan angle poise lamp…

 

If you’re thinking about giving Llustre a go, (or becoming a founding member ;)) you can sign up here, or you help me get one step closer to a £5 discount by using my personal sign up link. (If you do – thank you 🙂 )

Reviewed, Update

I am absolutely loving the Britain’s Next Big Thing BBC series. Each week I tune in to see how the Prof is doing in Liberty, or whether Habitat will accept the Frog.

The series follows a selection of product designers who pitch their ideas to Liberty, Boots or Habitat. The host Theo Paphitis travels the country visiting the designers offering his words of wisdom.

The reason I prefer this series to programs such as Dragons Den, is that it has a much more honest portrayal of investment in to products. It talks through the license verses manufacturer argument and lets the viewers watch the inventors battle with the tough decisions.

The star of the show has to be the Cardiff University Professor of Architecture who has landed himself in the world of ladies fashion. His obsession with minerals has led to a spend of over weight loss £30,000 yet it is what he does with the minerals that adds the wow to the story.

The Prof makes high resolution scans of the minerals and prints them on to silk scarves manufacturered in an Italian silk printing factory. His scarves are now sold in Liberty and still take my breath away every time I catch a glimpse of the pieces of art.

Here’s the Prof and his scarves –

 

After passing by Habitat this weekend, I noticed a familiar looking little orange vase looking at me from the shelf. It was the ‘face’ vase seen in the series designed by Catherine Gray. Really nice to see designs filtering on to the high street that we know a little background on. Congratulations to all the designers who were successful, and for those who weren’t…I’m sure we’ll see you around.

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This week I decided to give the Hemlock Tee a go from Grainline . I wanted something easy, comfortable and wearable to get me through January. And this one meant I could switch the colour of my threads out on my over locker (excited by the small things).

I already had a striped knit set to the side that worked brilliantly. I whizzed through the pattern like a breeze – only complication was that I have octopus arms and the sleeves were a weird length on me. So I kinda created 2 cuffs and overlocked those to the end of the sleeves – almost perfect :)

Hemlock tee

I did find with this knit that it had a lot of give in it and became huge around the waist, so after these pictures I ran it through the overlocker again taking off 4-5cm from the sides. It now sits really nicely on the hips while staying loose and slouchy around the neck.

Hemlock tee

Hemlock tee

It took 2 evenings to prepare the pattern and throw it together – so quick that I’ve got my sister making one too. Before hand she said she was scared of sewing machines….few hours later she’s flown through it! :)

If she’ll let me, pictures will be shared when finished.

Fabric shopping

I decided to go and explore Minerva Crafts a couple of weeks ago to get some air. It was that period between Christmas and New Year when you realise you can’t remember the last time you left the house – so I needed to do something that would make me feel sane again.

It’s only 30 minutes down the road and don’t know why I’ve never made the journey before…maybe because I think of Minerva as being online rather than bricks and mortar.

Anyway, after driving around a few one way streets and then eventually releasing “it’s that massive building there (!)” I entered into the shop to find a cave of goods.

Minerva-edging

The shop was very well stocked with crafting supplies – if you’re after wool then you’ll find it here!

As a fabric shopper, I think most of the stock sold online wasn’t on display in the shop but I did manage to find a couple of fabrics I might antibiotics return for.

I recognised this one which looks very similar to a version Paunnet used for a dress.

Minerva-measuring-tape-fabric

I also found a nice wool that I may be returning for which seemed like a bargain at £6.99 p/m. I’m looking to make a winter boyfriend style coat soon so this would work well.

Minerva-wool

I wasn’t expecting to, but I somehow ended up leaving with some knitting supplies to mess about with.

Before now I’ve tried cutting t-shirt jersey into thin strips to knit with, but failed – and got covered in frayed ends at the same time. Well, now they’ve only started selling the stuff!? It’s called Hoooked. So looking forward to experimenting with that along with some nice warm coloured wool to play with.

wool

So that’s it, there’s a lot of talk about Minerva online and I thought it would be nice to share what the store looks like…

Mirror

Nicole @ beaufrog

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Archer shirt

I’ve seen the pattern all over the web and thought it was time to have a go. I’ve never done a sew along before (I’ve always done my own thing) but decided to join in with the step by step walk though. And loved it :)

I didn’t realise it when I bought it at Christmas – but December was also Archer appreciation month! Good timing eh.

The fabric that I bought from Morocco seemed perfect. Maybe a bit soft but I bought it with a blouse/shirt in mind and there were no fabric shops open on boxing day to be distracted by!

Its been a while since I’ve sewn anything like this so I started with a toile first just to get familiar and gage the size as I could see myself making more than one of these shirts. It was good job because even after measuring the inside arm before hand, the sleeves ended being a good couple of inches too short.

Archer shirt - cutting table

The thickness of the muslin meant it was really easy to throw the shirt together. The edges met nicely, corners turned perfectly, and the pressure was non existent as this was a practise run.

For the second attempt I added an inch to the length of the body and 3 inches to the length of my arms. I have freaky arms.

Archer shirt - Rotary cutter

The cotton was a slightly different story. Just getting the grain nice and straight was the first problem as it distorted really easily. The next issue was pulling the grain when using scissors, so I had to give up on that tramadol idea and got out the rotary cutter.

Top tip : stick a bit of masking tape to the wrong sides of your pieces

Archer shirt - wrong side

My right sides had a slight sheen but it wasn’t always easy to identify. I stuck some washi tape to all my wrong sides and that saved loads of time – just remember to remove it before you trap it inside your yolk!

The cotton was very fragile so I had to be careful applying heat/steam. Where possible I used a second off cut of the fabric as a barrier for the heat but the iron allowed me to mould my pieces really nicely for a clean finish.

Had a couple of issues with the collar which I’ll avoid next time but was very pleased with my sleeve plankets this time. Jen eased the nerves in the sew-along.

Archer shirt - sleeve planket

The pockets where the last additions. In the Archer walk through, Jen put the pockets on at the start, but I decided to see what the shirt looked like without first. Hmm plain….

So I decided these needed so be featured up a bit. I’ve really enjoyed the top stitching on this project so I went for couple more diagonal lines on the pockets - just ’cause I could.

Archer shirt Archer shirt Archer shirt

So that’s it – my first Archer. I’m sure there will be more. Very little amendment needed, really clear instructions and nice looking result. You can buy the download from the Grainline shop.

Now I’m off to look at everyone else’s on flickr….

Nicole @ beaufrog

 

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Ta da, here it is…the new blog design!

Weve gone from this bland old thing -

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It seemed to take for ever for the name servers to move, and then there was some frantic find and replace action to get everything working again but Beaufrog has a fresh pharmacy face for 2014.

Its nice and easy to read across devices and Ill be sorting out the categorisation of posts to make it super easy to find the stuff that you are most interested in.

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Hope you like it :)

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