Matcha is a brilliant green powder made from ground green tea leaves. I’ve been intrigued by it since I stumbled upon this recipe for Matcha panda bread, which is funny given that I don’t particularly like drinking green tea. (I do like pandas, though.)
1. Vanilla and Matcha whoopie pies by Sylvia. I very much want to eat one.
2. A can of iced green tea. Very peaceful, apparently. By Shanon Wise.
3. Semi-sweet green tea candy from Japan. Photo by Andrew Magill.
4. Green tea and red bean Kit Kat! From Japan, of course. By Selva.
5. Green Tea Frappuccino Bento box. By Sakurako Kitsa.
Which one do you want to eat?
Posted by thefty on 18/05/2012
Here are five bursts of sharp, tangy colour. (I do love citrus.)
1. This lemon-mutant was the victim of citrus bud mite. It looks amazing and really quite beautiful. By Very G.
2. Fruit foliate head motif. By Giveawayboy.
3. A bite-sized portion. By Joel Penner.
4. 10x magnified image of a tangerine fruit stalk. By Eckhard Volcker.
5. A hybrid! By Domiriel.
Posted by thefty on 17/05/2012
I spent this morning searching for St. Patrick’s day images. I found a whole bunch of intensely baffling things, including be-spectacled asses and a lot of mouldy-looking cupcakes (I disapprove of the latter, but I’m all for dressed-up donkeys).
3. Let’s start with this one, because nothing screams ‘Ireland’ more than a Zombie Shamrock.
2. Fair enough. (Buy this pillow here!)
3. I quite like this set of 10 pom poms, and I love that the colour theme is ‘envy’.
4. These ‘Green Velvet’ Whoopie Pies are surprisingly enticing.
5. I’m intrigued by the concept of a ‘Shamrock Shake’. Does this exist in the UK? (Thanks to Tony Case for the photo)
Saint Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland, and tomorrow is celebrated in his honour.
Posted by thefty on 16/03/2012
Whenever I’m feeling uninspired, I head to my local plant nursery. There’s so much to see there, and it changes all the time. I always come home with a camera full of pictures and a head full of ideas.
1. Huge grey/green leaves and striking fluoro blooms.
2. Leafy rosettes with hints of blues and reds.
3. Spiky, flame-like flowers and delicately painted leaves.
1. Stripes and spots and punchy hues.
3. Bubbly, dappled, heart-shaped leaves.
(All photos taken by me. See more on my Flickr page.)
Posted by thefty on 14/03/2012
‘Oh it’s all that you can do on this side of the blue’
1. Mass, by Kate Shaw. I had this as my desktop background for a long time. There’s just something so steady and quiet about it.
2. This was also my desktop background, incidentally. I am clearly drawn to images of the sea. Found here.
3. ‘Old Ocean’, by Chelsea Green Lewyta. This one is so…sad.
4. A still from the gorgeous film, Persepolis, based on the graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi. You need to read it, or watch it, or both.
5. This photo makes me feel so small. Does anybody know the original source? I can’t track it down. Found here.
I grew up near the sea, and I really miss it.
Posted by thefty on 31/01/2012
Hello! I thought I’d re-emerge for a moment, to tell you about the Christmas cards I’ve made! There are four designs, and they are currently available in my shop. I hope you like them!
I’m selling the cards in packs of six (with two designs per pack).They can also be bought individually (the individual cards are hand-decorated with acrylic rhinestones, which I think looks extra cool).
I realise that frogs, kiwi fruit and dinosaurs are not exactly traditional Christmas imagery. However, I think the cards look festive and joyful, which is what the Christmas season is about for many people. I hope they make you smile!
Click here to buy cards from my art shop! (Oh, and keep in mind that art prints make great Christmas presents, wink wink.)
p.s. I baked the cupcakes and gingerbread robots featured on the cards – I can confirm that they were very tasty.
Posted by thefty on 01/12/2011
This is my favourite colour (although it’s very hard to pick a favourite).
1. The green of beans.
2. The green of glass.
3. The green of a fresh flush of leaves.
4. The green of the sea.
5. The green of leaves.
Posted by thefty on 25/04/2011
Today’s photos will be captionless:
The colours speak for themselves, no?
Posted by thefty on 07/04/2011
I like the way urban jungles make room for nature.
What can I say? I’m a tree hugging city dweller.
Posted by thefty on 07/02/2011
I’ve been away for almost three weeks, and you may have noticed that posts have been rather…sporadic. In any case, I’m back to regular programming! What better than a bunch of mint for a super-fresh start? Breathe in and enjoy.
1. The freshest hue.
2. Delicious shoes.
4. Mint choc-chip always comes out on top.
5. And, of course, the real deal.
p.s. I’m running a weekly collaboration project on this blog. Click here if you’d like to submit a photo!
Posted by thefty on 26/07/2010
Hello! Collective 5 is a weekly feature consisting of photos submitted by readers. Anyone can join in. All details, including next week’s theme, can be found here.
Here are this week’s photos, in no particular order:
1. The Greenhouse, Oxford botanical gardens. By Harriet Stone.
2. Holland Park all green, but for a red beret. By Gayle Lazda.
3. A dewy succulent, by Gareth Dickson.
4. Parklife, by Yvonne Christie.
5. Fern unfurling, by Kerry Tucker.
If you’d like to join in next week’s COLLECTIVE 5, just click here. (The rules are pretty simple.)
Posted by thefty on 21/05/2010
April in London has been incredible this year. The month ends today, and the forecast for this weekend is rain, rain, rain. I can’t bear it. I’m going to bury my head in these photos, instead.
1. Low afternoon sun.
2. Densely planted tulips + strong sun = stained glass window effect.
3. Lawn loungers.
4. I’m a lawn-lounger, too.
5. Shorn willows and happy geese.
p.s. Do you take photos? Would you like to see them on this blog? If so, then click here to read about COLLECTIVE 5.
Posted by thefty on 30/04/2010
This has always been one of my favourite colours (probably because there is something so firmly summery about it).
1. The sea, Cyprus.
2. Window emeralds on Oxford St.
3. Sticky pub leather.
4. Artificial ocean hues.
5. Waterloo station.
p.s. Have you joined in COLLECTIVE 5? Please check it out!
Posted by thefty on 13/04/2010
Here are the ingredients for a succesful St. Patrick’s day:
1. Wake up and down some bright green (fresh mint) tea.
2. Strap on your shamrockin’ shoes. (p.s. Forgive the puns. I can’t help it.)
3. Head over to where the lights are green and the beer is…green.
4. (It probably won’t be this sunny if you’re actually in Ireland.)
5. The combination of all these factors should culminate in this.
p.s. Have you taken part in the photo collaboration project yet? Do it!
Posted by thefty on 17/03/2010
We have four limbs; they have as many as they require. There is no predetermination, no predefined norm for structure and appearance. I like it. I like the variation.
1. ChristChurch Meadows, Oxford, at dawn on May day.
2. University Parks, Oxford, on a damp and luminous evening.
3. Blaise wood, near Bristol, on a freezing December afternoon.
4. Tolkien’s favourite tree (so they say) in Oxford’s botanical gardens.
5. After breakfast, somwhere in rural Holland.
p.s. Remember to submit your photo for this week’s COLLECTIVE 5!
Posted by thefty on 05/02/2010