Hello friends and followers! In case you’re wondering, I did not disappear off the face of the earth. I stopped posting back in July because life got too busy, too suddenly. I’m sorry! I’m not sure when I’ll be posting TOP 5s again, but you can find me in many other places until then!
These days, you’ll find me blogging over at Thefty:
I’m also on Pinterest, @theftypins
On Pinterest you’ll find images that inspire me (spanning fields of science, humour, a silly amount of food, and of course colours and patterns).
You can also find me on Twitter and on Facebook.
Let’s keep in touch please. I’ve missed you.
Posted by thefty on 02/10/2012
Here’s a good-looking hit of caffeine to get you through your day. (I’ll take a #4 to go, please.) Enjoy!
1. Hot Coffee Splash in an Ed Hardy mug. By Thomas.
2. Coffee at high frequency. Isn’t this awesome? By David Melchor Diaz.
3. How to make dry cappuccino. A delicious doodle by Hyoin Min.
4. Chocolate-coffee cupcakes with mocha ganache and mascarpone cream. GIMME! By Chotda.
5. Coffee cup cookies. By DistopianDreamGirl.
Posted by thefty on 22/06/2012
Queen Elizabeth II graces all British banknotes. She cuts a fine figure, even when appearing to wear a mustache. (See below.)
1. Stirling note mash-up! By Dysanovic
2. A close-up, showing the stunning amount of detail. By PhotoGraham
3. This nifty bit of origami is by David Pilbrow. (she really can carry off a hat, can’t she?)
4. Sad Queen. (By Howard Lake)
5. Happy Queen! (By Howard Lake.)
What do you think? Is this high art or treason? (I firmly believe it’s the former. Of course!)
Posted by thefty on 30/05/2012
I love geometric shapes. In my head, they all have personalities. Triangles, for example, are more playful than rectangles. Triangles hang out with the other cool shapes, including hexagons and parallelograms. (Right angles are for squares…har har.)
1. ‘Bees and Triangles’. A digital print created from repurposed vintage artwork! By Bonjour Frenchie Art.
2. Vintage Fabric Buttons. Found in ColinBoy’s shop.
3. ‘Mountains’ greeting card, by Katy Goutefangia.
4. A colourful print by Owl You Need Is Love.
5. Tiny brass earrings, by Saffron and Saege.
Posted by thefty on 29/05/2012
The Diamond Jubilee is coming up this week! The crown motif is everywhere and I’m loving it. Here are five of my favourites.
1. A stunning screen print by PayperShaykers on Etsy.
2. A chocolate crown by Demarquette, displayed Harrods. Photo by me.
3. Diamond Jubilee crown and flowers: A print by Nick Barnett.
4. Royal Crown Jubilee Cupcake, by Clare’s Cupcakes
5. A Pearly poster for the Diamond Jubilee! By SugarushUK on Etsy
Posted by thefty on 28/05/2012
Today’s post was brought to you by the bag of peanuts I just ate (they were salty). Here’s salt – aka sodium chloride – in all of it’s unexpected splendour:
1. Chunky, cuboidal salt crystals, by Rob.
2. ‘Red Bacteria in ponds for making salt’. This striking photo was taken over San Francisco by Aroid.
3. Close-up salt crystals by Fergus Ray Murray. They look somehow like feathers, no?
4. Peruvian salt pans, by Dachalan.
5. Vivid indigo salt crystals. By Matt Hoffman.
Science is cool, kids.
Posted by thefty on 16/05/2012
Oh, Disco! You are so fabulously ridiculous! There are so many more photos I wanted to include in this TOP 5, such as Disco Tex and His Sex-O-Lettes, and Miss Understood.
1. The beautiful age of disco! (Although the lady in the middle doesn’t seem so excited.) Photo by David Zellaby.
2. There is nothing more magical than a light-up dance floor. Photo by PT Greg.
3. Worshipping the glitter ball. Photo by me.
4. Camp Galore! By Pat Padua.
5. Vintage records. Photo by Emiliano.
Posted by thefty on 02/05/2012
When I was a kid, I used to spend my savings on ‘crystals’. I had tiny polished nuggets of tiger eye and hematite, and jagged little hunks of amethyst and quartz and pyrite. I used to find shiny rocks in the playground and take them home, where my dad would kindly humour me by telling me they were semiprecious. Ha! Here are five beautiful images featuring gems:
1. Gemstones by Amber Ibarreche. I like the earthy tones in this one.
2. A striking collage (yes!) by Leslie David.
3. A collection of 3D objects created by Lydia Shirreff, for her Animal, Vegetable, Mineral exhibition.
4. Dustin Amery Hostetler made this desktop wallpaper. In my mind, it’s titled ‘Rainbow Shards (with Skulls)’. Ha ha.
5. Works by Kirsten Hassenfeld, from her show, ‘Semiprecious‘
Posted by thefty on 27/04/2012
Crustaceans: crabs, lobsters, crayfish, krill and barnacles. Sometimes tasty, always good looking! Here are five images for your delectation:
1. I saw this lobster trinket box at the Brussels Flea Market. I should’ve bought it. (From my Flickr)
2. A Sally Lightfoot crab, by Max Westby. Those colours!
3. I took this photo last weekend, by the seaside.
4. A rainbow Mantis Shrimp. What an absolute beauty. By Klaus Stiefel
5. This is my drawing. Yes, I did have a pet crayfish. (His name was Sebastian.)
Speaking of prawns, I highly recommend this video.
Posted by thefty on 28/03/2012
Here are five slightly sinister, fairytale-style images of the woods. Don’t be scared now! Grab your torch and don’t look back.
1. Deer in the headlights (or, rather, in the torchlight).
2. Trois femmes et trois loups: A sinister image by Eugene Grasset
4. Intricate edible ferns and mushrooms, from Andie’s Specialty Sweets.
4. The deep forest of the mind. Artwork by Jung-Yeon Min, found on Booooooom.
5. Fir Forest, by Gustav Klimt.
Posted by thefty on 22/03/2012
Double faces: Because all good things come in pairs.
1. An illustrated double portrait (from here)
2. A ghostly double take, by Van Den Berge
3. ‘The Duplicity Theory of Vision’, from here
4. Simone and Harriet: A double photo-portrait. (By me)
5. Mark and Simon (they’re all grown up now and have they’re own Flickr pages and everything!)
And lastly! Before you go, please click here! It’s the unofficial 6th image (and, believe me, it’s a good one).
Posted by thefty on 15/03/2012
Hello everyone! Here is some news for all you snap-happy people:
Stitch is currently running a photography competition, with the theme ‘Focus On Nature’. Finalists will have their work exhibited on London’s Portobello Road, and there are £200 worth of prizes to be won.
The deadline for entries is March 26th. If you’re interested, please click here for details on the brief and how to enter.
I’m currently working with Stitch, which is a non-profit organisation that spreads environmental awareness through artistic events. Through a £5 donation for entering the competition, Stitch will be raising funds and awareness for two fantastic organisations, Back2Earth and Butterfly Conservation.
If you’d like to attend the event, but aren’t a photographer yourself, then you can still attend the exhibition opening on May 14th – follow Stitch on Facebook to keep updated! I can’t wait to see you all there!
Posted by thefty on 12/03/2012
Hello! I’ve been painting stripes all week (look here), and it got me thinking about how much I love this particular pattern. There’s something so clean and simple – yet so striking – about stripes that makes me want to put them on everything. Here are 5 examples of stripes in my artwork. (I could easily do another TOP 5 of stripes in my wardrobe (in fact, I could do another ten TOP 5s on that topic. ahem.))
1. This one lives in my living room.
2. This one was inspired by a song.
3. This one is unfinished, and will soon be covered in doodles.
4. This one is painted onto the back of a bookshelf.
5. This one features a good friend and some good stripes.
What’s your favourite pattern?
Posted by thefty on 09/03/2012
On rainy days, sounds are muffled and colours are intensified. There are few things more comforting than a rainy day spent indoors.
1. Fire and water in one photograph. By Bez Uma
2. Raining Indoors in San Franscisco. By On A Meadow, Lea
3. Perspex and raindrops. By Nixter
4. Distortion, by Judit Klein
5. Sydney Rainy Days, by Lens Fodder
It’s raining in London today. I’m at my desk, watching the trees bend and sway. It’s lovely in here.
Posted by thefty on 07/03/2012
Imagine being up to 60 metres long and several storeys tall. Just picture it: the way your footsteps would crash like thunder, and they way your tail would swing about like a reptilian wrecking ball. Dinosaurs were pretty damn badass.
1. Urban Prehistory, by Mugley.
2. I made sparkly dinosaur cookies for my birthday party last year. They went down well with a cup of tea (and a sit down…on the floor) towards the end of the night. (From my Flickr)
3. “Sore for the ‘saur”: This graffiti really makes me laugh. The bleeding paint effect is a nice touch. Photo by shoehorn99.
4. Fancy a dinosaur ring? You can buy this here.
5. This is a vintage print from the 1950s. (I love how they appear to be posing.) This print is also for sale, here.
Posted by thefty on 05/03/2012