Charlene Soraia – “When We Were Five”
Charlene Soraia is a British songstress who adds her jazzy voice over interesting pop compositions. Most songs feature complex guitar melodies (a bit of a quiet David Gilmour influence) but played in a quiet and tasteful way. It rides along mostly at a medium tempo, but the most powerful tracks are the slowest and most experimental. Some songs really play up her jazz influences while others draw from left-of-center pop records. Soraia’s choice of melody resembles a quiet Bjork at times, which is a nice departure from most of her peers. Soraia released her debut album Moonchild last month and has generated some buzz already in the UK. Keep a lookout for her to catch on with US audiences at this year’s SXSW.
Made a couple of these mason jar lid toppers that have been floating around on all the crafty sites. The t-rex and rooster came out great. The flock of pandas, not so much. Definitely going to do more of these. They turned out a lot cuter than I expected. Of course, the sillier the toy, the cuter it turned out!
Detachable Beaded Collar | Megan Nielsen
I ain’t gonna lie - this would take a while to sew the beads on, but it’s so pretty it would be worth it! And as I said before - collars are the hotness de jour at the moment and if you want to be ahead of the fashion pack, you can’t go past this. i am thinking of making something like this for my cousin Jess who is incredibly stylish and sweet for Christmas (I think it would go down well!)
Also, Megan Nielsen has a gorgeous shop! She sells really pretty sewing patterns which include materinty pieces, though if you’re not into sewing you can buy her pieces ready made. I adore every piece, but particularly the Far Horizon shorts and the Dunes top.
Peter Pan Necklace | Sparks In Spring
Peter Pan collars are everywhere at the moment (loving it!) and this is a really sweet way of adding the look to any outfit. I wondered how you made this… I’m a little bit clumsy when it comes to beading! But it couldn’t be simpler: simply make two different lengths of pearls then bring the middle of the longer strand up to the top one and knot.