Monday, 30 April 2012

30 Before 30 - #17 Watch Schindler's List

The only thing I knew about Schindler's List before watching it was that it was about the Holocaust and it was the type of film that people were surprised I hadn't seen.

To be honest, I found it a very hard watch. I watched it over various nights (it's over three hours long), and found some scenes devastating. It's graphic, gritty and emotional. Even after learning about the Holocaust at school, to think this film is based on a true story and true events really does blow my mind. It definitely made me think about how lucky we are to live today, in a country where such events don't take place.

It's not my type of entertainment at all (at times I wondered why I was watching it) and I generally don't enjoy films about war or people being mistreated. I think of  films as an escape - so would rather come away from one feeling happy or mesmerised than depressed. I did enjoy the way it was shot though - mainly in black and white and using light and shade very cleverly. The acting was good and I liked the strength of the 'one person can make a difference to many' message.

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Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Want to grab yourself one of my brooches (of your choice) for free? Just head on over to my Facebook page for more details - but be quick, someone is already very close...

Monday, 16 April 2012

A treat from France

I'm meant to be saving for our three week mid-winter getaway to somewhere lovely and warm (more on that later), but sometimes I see something I love too much to miss out on it. That's the only problem with handmade goods - they're not mass produced, so if you wait around, you'll miss out. So naughty when I'm not meant to be spending, but spending money is way too easy (and fun), especially with Paypal - it feels like play money instead of real money, tee he he.

And what tempted me.... the super sweet hand-drawn work of LesMiniboux. I bought the Owls in Love brooch on the left, but I also love her geometric work and her range of mugs and towels. After my purchase Julie was super friendly and we now follow each other's blogs and follow each other on Twitter - isn't it so cool how that happens with wee crafty businesses and the internet makes it so easy to connect with people? I must have made a wee impression on her too, because she made this cute Kiwi brooch after we chatted.

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Autumn Felt Favs

I'm loving the beautiful reds and oranges around our city at the moment. Even though lately it's been feeling like winter, at least it looks like Autumn.

AROHA Christchurch
Enamel earrings- yellow crazed discs on sterling hoops
Personalised Baby Birth Announcement Print - Woodland Party
Cushion Cover - Tangerine Dream
Ricky the stegasaurus