Have you ever noticed that when you stare at a website with a white background for either too long, or at night time that it can really strain your eyes? I really like websites with white backgrounds because, if done well, they can look really clean and stylish, but sometimes they can end up being so bright that it can hurt your eyes to the point that you end up squinting at the screen.
I have been trying to find a nice neutral colour that was close enough to white as possible, but with a warm twinge to it. I normally go to a website called december.com to find inspiration for colours whenever I get stuck for ideas. I highly recommend this site, the colour charts are sorted into categories for ease of use like neutrals, warms, greens, blues and purples. However, I couldn’t find a colour that I thought was ‘just right’.
I am (slowly) decorating my flat at the moment and I really love the colour I am using on the walls which is a really lovely warm white colour from Farrow and Ball called Pointing. I am using this in their Estate Emulsion finish. I thought it would be a nice idea to find a hexadecimal colour that looked just like the Pointing paint colour. I tried to find a colour that matched the paint, but the best colour I found was by using the actual paint.
I think that the nice thing is that now the background colour (#FAFFED) of my website is the same colour as my bathroom and kitchen walls. So when I am standing in my kitchen cooking dinner i.e. heating up custard, I look around me and think…hmmm, I must post on Majolo again soon :)
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I do love a nice cup of tea! I recently bought an old fashioned white and blue enamel tea pot and I’ve been looking for a nice tea cosy to go with it for ages. I finally found a lovely one made by British designer, Sarah Parry.
I didn’t want to get anything too twee but I still wanted it to look traditional. I love the way that Sarah has taken the bold design elements of the Union Jack flag and mixed it with homey striped and floral fabrics in muted reds, greens and blues. The back and lining of the tea cosy are in a coloured and striped cotton fabric and filled with polyester wadding to insulate and keep my brew nice and toasty.
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This card was made with a Uni Pin fine line pen in black and Letraset Promarker pens for a dash of colour.
If I could make the card again I would have had the tea poured into not only cups and mugs, but for comic effect, buckets, saucepans, thimbles, plant pots and eggcups.
The card is for my Dad, it was his birthday yesterday, apparently he loved it.
This card is made using a mixture of collage and black marker pen. I am really pleased with the overall effect, although I would have liked it to have come out ever so slightly more jaunty
I wanted to give the card a feel of an old fashioned cafe or tavern with the traditional red and white checked table cloth.
Penblwydd Hapus means Happy Birthday in Welsh. I made the card for a friend of mine who is quite partial to the odd glass of wine with her cheese.
I’ve been using a second hand Espresso machine that came from a charity shop for the past 4 years. It was slightly damaged when I bought it, but with the ‘make-do and mend’ attitude in my house, I put up with the spluttery coffee on the stove and the leaking coffee all over the table
The other week however I decided to buy a brand new coffee maker. It is one of those famous Bialetti ones (you know, the ones with the little man with the moustache) and I ordered it from a company called Red Monkey Coffee.
I was so pleased with it when it came in the post. It is really well made and very sturdy (I have tested the hardiness of the coffee maker accidentally throwing it at the kitchen wall the other day, apart from a loose screw which was an easy mend, it is perfectly fine still). At the moment I am using the coffee maker with filter coffee from Waitrose. And I find that my morning cup of coffee goes really nicely with a chocolate brioche.
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I was thinking about food today, again. I have an idea for using images of bunting somewhere in the design of this website. I put the two things together and came up with this picture.
It is raining but the cheerful bunting has magically managed to stop the rain from ruining the tea party that is going on.
This is the first doodle in my new Moleskine sketch book that I bought on Amazon the other day. The pages are as thick as card, but the Letraset markers that I use still managed to seep through to the next page underneath. I will have to come up with some clever way to stop this from happening.