#nofrillsfriday 06 - the silent bob of frilly speaks

You'll rarely hear from me. I'm the tech destroyer whose typos and long sentances require Adrienne's eye to curb.  

However, unless I take control occassionally then you will be inundated with doggy fun; like this snap of Adrienne getting her seaside fix with Louis. This sea living yearning of Adrienne's, and the loss of my much loved arcade at Newquay in Wales, has seen us develop some new designs that we'll be bringing out soon. 

What do you love about seaside holidays? Let us know and it might make its way in there too!

 Adrienne at Hoylake beach with Louis

Adrienne at Hoylake beach with Louis

Besides the seaside, this week has been full of creative inspiration so I thought I'd give you a quick run down.

Luke Chueh x Clutter Kickstarter

This week has seen my oldest BFF head back home to New York but Miranda's company, Clutter Magazine, just launched a killer designer toy kickstarter with artist Luke Chueh. I had the chance to check out the prototypes back in October at New York Comic Con and they are perfectly sized to induce Hamlet quotes as you hold them aloft.  Seeing this project get successfully funded in 14 hours pushes us to continue to make and create.

   Luke Chueh's 'Dissected' Designer Toy

 Luke Chueh's 'Dissected' Designer Toy

Over The Garden Wall

It's important to continue watching cartoons and reading comics well into adulthood. Whilst I'm normally a Teen Titans, Rebels and TMNT girl, this new show on Cartoon Network is endearing, dark and oh so shiny. The older brother, Wirt (pointy red hat), is voiced by Elijah Wood. The narrative of two brothers on a creepy, perilous journey to find their way home has a surreal note. With a nostalgic, classic, Americana cinema edge to a Japanaese Amigurmi aesthtic it is deeply beguiling. You'll still be able to catch up if you check it out now.

   Wirt, Greg and Frog (aka Kitty and Wirt, name TBC) - Over the Garden Wall

 Wirt, Greg and Frog (aka Kitty and Wirt, name TBC) - Over the Garden Wall

Flame Off 2015

As I've yet to get the chance to read this weeks comics, the last inspiring highlight was Flame Off! 

 Purple and grey Effetre glass rods

Purple and grey Effetre glass rods

The name alone makes me want to strike a waving hand, dance move. Adrienne has had a days lampworking tuition with Tuffnell Glass before, which sparked us buying a kiln and torch. Today was my chance to melt glass, spark an interest and ensure Adrienne had enough faith, that I wouldnt burn our office down when I attempt it. 

Having made a few beads today, I am all systems go for honing the skills so that we can realise some of our mixed media jewellery designs. Just gotta get set up and practicing! If you're scared by the thought of a hot torch and glass melting, then the pretty glass en masse should seduce you to take up a new craft.

If you're a lampworker or have had a go then we'd love to see what you've made. Please share your creations!

 Mustards and Orange Effetre glass rods

Mustards and Orange Effetre glass rods

Other News

Our secret project is a go! But shhhhh, its still a secret for now so you'll have to keep checking up on us or subscribe to our newsletter so that you don't miss  out on the news. 

We were also lucky to be picked for the Blog and Buy Sale 'Spring Wish List'. There are so many great makers and designers that we'll be sharing our favourites in its own post. If you ever feel pressured to trawl the internet for a great gift then start there first for a curated list of top picks to help you on your way.

Finally

We've recieved many shiny magazines in the post this week ready for our #magazinemonday blog review; so check back in with us on Monday to see what we've been reading!