Saturday, 25 February 2017

Craft | summer holidays edition

This summer holidays I managed to successfully mix things I “had” to do in order to be organised and ready for uni and fun things that I hadn’t had a chance to do because of uni, and that meant making some serious time for crafting. I started a number of projects and even finished some! This year I hope to do a lot more making.

 

Skirt

Sewing is something I love to do, even though it’s so hard. I was determined to get something sewn during the holidays. With my Mum’s help, I made up this skirt in time to celebrate Christmas on Boxing Day with my Babcia.

I love the fabric because it looks very Polish to me. I’m planning a simple shirt out of the leftovers.

Pompom Garland // Pillow 

To help brighten up my college room, I spent many-a-nights making pompoms to turn into a garland for the wall (they are attached to a crocheted rope Mum made) and it turned out so cute.
And this little pillow was something I had made during the winter holidays, all it needed was to add some cool trimming. Something about the colours of this trim reminds me of my childhood. I love it.

Works in Progress 

I started a couple of other projects that I didn’t quite managed to finish before I had to actually start packing.
This simple floral shirt is something I’d half sewn at some time or another. I tried to get it done but it still needs a hem, sleeves and some buttons.
And then, inspired by this Oh Joy tutorial that actually features the exact throw I have, I started to decorate my bed throw with some fun colour.

Also, not pictured, I finally started my Messy Book by completing three pages (a 2016 overview and the title page). It’s really so much fun and much easier than traditional scrapbooking.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

The English Review Vol. 3 | Film Studies

I actually studied Film Studies for my Art History minor, but it is an English course technically. I really enjoyed my film tutorials and learning a little about a lot of different things you need to know for film studies, such as film history and filmic techniques (a little bit I already knew from photography and my previous Art history course).

In Bruges (Dir. Martin McDonagh, 2008) & The Cabinet of Dr Caligari (Dir. Robert Wiene, 1920) 

In Bruges was an odd, funny film. Unnecessarily gruesome in unexpected places, it was also silly and funny.

I would never have gotten through The Cabinet of Dr Caligari if Mum hadn’t volunteered to watch it with me. A slow film with an odd story, making for a slightly bizarre introduction to silent film.

 

The Third Man (Dir. Carol Reed, 1949) & Chicago (Dir. Rob Marshall, 2002) 

One of my two favourite films of the course. I really appreciated the complex female character of Ana in The Third Man. She wasn’t a simple love interest that fell for the main character. The whole film was good. It had a fun plot, great writing and an unusual soundtrack.

Chicago was an entertaining musical that cleverly weaved the musical numbers within the story. It really got going half way through.

The Intouchables (Dir. Olivier Nakache & √Čric Toledano, 2011) & Rear Window (Dir. Alfred Hitchcock, 1954) 

Lighthearted, The Intouchables was an enjoyable French film. It was interesting to look at how the cinematography reflected the characters’ emotions.

I really liked Rear Window. It was an entertaining movie with a vibe in similar to Agatha Christie adaptions, which I love. It was nice to see active female characters, even if they were motivated by the male protagonist.

Chinatown (Dir. Roman Polanski, 1974) & Once Were Warriors (Dir. Lee Tamahori, 1994)

Chinatown was a good film. It looked good, had an interesting plot, a touch of humour and a dramatic end.

 I’m not sure how I feel about Once Were Warriors. It’s quite a violent film and some scenes were hallowing. The dialogue was often a bit clunky and you could tell it was made in the 90’s. But it was a good film to address and think about Postcolonial theory.

Thelma and Louise (Dir. Ridley Scott, 1991) 

My other favourite film of the course, Thelma and Louise wasn’t the happy-go-lucky roadtrip movie I was expecting, but it was as good as I hoped. Thelma and Louise is known as a feminist film and it doesn’t disappoint in that sense. The central relationship in the film is the female leads’ friendship, which is refreshing, and the film plays with female and male stereotypes.
Unfortunately, despite what some feared and some hoped, Thelma and Louise didn’t quite revolutionise film, there is still plenty of inequality. However, it is an inspiring, iconic film.
 
Honourable mention to Battleship Potemkin, which screened as an extracurricular activity. It was a much easier silent film to watch than The Cabinet of Dr Caligari and was my first experience with soviet montage.


And that was Film Studies, a really fun course!

Friday, 10 February 2017

Bits and Bobs #2

ORGANISE | my greatest accomplishment of the summer holidays was to go through my room, sorting all the papers and odds and ends that have been cramming all available space in my room for, no joke, years. I love to be organised but am also hopelessly sentimental, so it was a difficult but super rewarding process. Now I know everything I have and it’s all neatly stored. I’m still kind of amazed I’ve finally done it!

WRITE | other than drafting a lot of blog posts (yay!), I actually wrote two short stories! Currently polishing one up for a competition. Feels good to be complete a writing project.

READ | reading Jane Eyre and loving it as much as I hoped. Also, really looking forward to sneaking in another Series of Unfortunate Events before I continue uni reading. After the fourth book I’ll have finished my reread and be on to the books I never got to.

WATCH | we started making our way through old Jackie Chan movies (Police Story, Project A, etc.) on New Year’s Eve and I’m loving them, so much fun. Also just finished the Great British Bake Off and currently, shamelessly, watching MKR.

GET | an accidental (but glorious) Sailor Moor theme in this category. Adam (my Secret Santa) got me this super cute Sailor Moon figure for Christmas and I bought myself a Luna backpack/handbag.

CRAFT | current project is finishing a floral shirt that I’d half sewn. I’d completely forgotten about it until mum found it with other half-done projects. Aiming to get it done before the holidays end. I’ve also been making lots of pompoms and have made a garland that shall adorn my dorm room.

ETC. | current focus is doing lots of bits and bobs to prepare for moving back to the city and starting uni again. Thankfully, I’ve managed to be quite productive this week, getting jobs done that I’ve been avoiding.
Next week is packing!

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Book Review | The Red Queen By Isobelle Carmody

The Red Queen {Book 7} 

It’s rather bittersweet finishing a series you’ve been reading for ten-odd years. Surreal to finally know everything, sad to have no more pages of the characters and world you love to discover and satisfying to have finished such a mammoth book. I loved the conclusion to the Obernewtyn Chronicles, there’s a few things I’d like to discuss, but first…

SPOILER ALERT: It’s rather hard to write a review for a finale book without giving a bit away. While I won’t be talking in any great detail at all, if you’re like me, you won’t want to know ANYTHING, so please be warned from here on in

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