Thursday 24 February 2011

Blop blop blop!

A fishy pattern, take one:

What does everyone think?

And now for something completely different:

Well! I'm not too sure what's going on in the ol' Lou Peajeux noggin today. What started out as a relatively normal decision to draw fish has turned into something a little odd... It was all fine until I realised these little fish looked like they had cycle helmets on... and then it all went downhill.

P.S. I had one of these Red Cap Orandas many moons ago. She/he/it was called Emily. And now I'm going to turn this little group of active Emily's into a repeating pattern. Safety first!

Monday 14 February 2011

And the winner is.....

As picked by Fifi! Excuse my cat-love voice... :-P And in case you can't watch the video, the winner is...

...Owl Loves Panda! Congratulations!

Tuesday 8 February 2011

A Parliament of Owls

A new arrangement of treasured possessions on my chest of drawers. I shall tell a small story about the objects. The jug on the left is by my old graphics tutor Amanda MacPhail. She taught me on my art foundation course before university - she's since left my old college and set up a ceramics business in her home (which is AMAZING I might add) called Create-A-Plate, where you can go to her house and decorate your own ceramics with special vinyl sheets that you cut out, arrange and Amanda then fires in her kiln. She also creates her own unique pieces, the likes of which I bought in jug-form when I visited her one summer. So that's the jug. The image on it I believe comes from an old 1950s cookbook, which Amanda added a bit of colour and a love-heart to - very much up my street.

I have fond memories of Amanda. She was an inspirational lady, not afraid to speak her mind. Indeed, I remember her ripping one of my design sheets up in sheer despair one day, and with very good reason too in hindsight. I was going through a bit of what could politely be called "an experimental collage" phase with, erm, coloured feathers... or, as Amanda called it, a "Take this shit off, this is not design!!!!", plucking at my paper as if she were an enraged farmer's wife, absolutely livid with one poor chicken, who just happened to have landed on her freshly baked apple pie. Lesson learnt. No more feathers.

This becomes slightly ironic when I've just noticed what I'm storing in her jug, ha! The, er, feathers are actually the plumage of my red Flapper's headband, complete with Arabian-esque black jeweled centre and glossy ruby sequins. Obviously you can't see all of that, but I thought I'd point it out. It's not design, it's just for fun. *Does the Charleston*

The little owls I picked up in one of my favourite rummaging spots, Emmaus, all bar the green owl, which my friend Lou (another Lou, I'm not talking about myself in the third person) bought me. He used to sit on the kitchen windowsill at uni and watch all the washing-up/late-night cracker eating/hot-water bottle making/boyfriend greeting. They're quite jolly little souls, are they not? I was pleased when I came across the other three, sitting on a big dusty oak dresser, in a cluttered group of other grubby owl ornaments. I would've purchased them all, of course, had they been as nice as those three, but they were a little ugly, poor hoots.

The cheap glass paper weight is actually the object I've had the longest in that little collection. I picked it up in a shop down Mill Road in Cambridge with my pocket money when I was about nine or ten. For those of you who don't know Mill Road, it is probably the most multicultural place in Cambridge; I think almost every nationality of the world must be represented in some shop, cafe or restaurant down that road, and it remains until this day one of my favourite places of all time. I grew up just a few streets away, so cycling down on my small white bike, complete with Tom & Jerry bell, wheels rattling with Kellogg's reflectors and colourful spoke beads, and coming back with a few goodies in my plastic, flower-fronted basket was quite a usual pastime for me! I'd sometimes pop into the corner shop for a paper bag of sweeties or the fancy dress shop next door to rummage through their tall rows of fur coats and glittering one-pieces before I raced home. The fish inside reminded me of the tiny darting Danio fish I had four of in my little fish tank at home.

Last but not least, the turquoise, shining lump of ceramic is not a vase, but the base of my favourite lamp, picked up at a car boot sale some ten years ago. I was as chuffed with it then as I am now. The top has a cylindrical, gold, hole-punched shade, bought separately from Robert Sayles (the old name for John Lewis here in Cambs). Looking at that picture, all I want to do now is get rid of my horrid chipboard furniture (bought in haste when money was tight) and find a nice, real wood dresser. I might even indulge it with a bit of a strip and a polish.

A small corner of my bedroom, but quite a lot of memories popping up. That's what I love about building collections and searching for thrifty treasures, mixing the old with the new, some objects with a purpose, others just with a beauty, but all with a little story.

Thursday 3 February 2011


Hello you lovely lot!

Well, what with Valentine's Day approaching, I thought I'd do a little giveaway to share some Lou Peajeux love in the form of these loved-up notelets: 

The giveaway prize is one packet of notelets that contain four individual cards and four white envelopes; each card is printed with an illustration around the theme of love - there's a bear offering a hug, a lollypop, a sweet jar of honey and rows of hearts. 

To be in with a chance of winning, all you have to do is leave a comment to this post and follow me either here or on twitter

All entrants will have their name written on a slip of paper and shall be pulled from a hat at random. Winners announced on Valentine's Day! Limited to UK residents only this time.

Good luck!

Wednesday 2 February 2011

Like Bikes Pattern - More Colours

Good evening!

Tried out a few different colour combinations for my Like Bikes repeating pattern today. Keeping the overall look spring-y, fresh and full of energy. Any favourites? May try out a couple more at some point too.

Tigerprint Feature

Last week a lovely lady called Vic from Tigerprint sent me an email asking if they could run a feature about me on their blog. Of course I said yes, I'd be delighted! You can head over to read my little interview there now!

Tuesday 1 February 2011

Like Bikes

New pattern I've been working on today, with spring/summer and lovely bike rides through nature in mind. Going to try out some more colour combinations soon.