Friday good deeds… Crafty ‘Pay it Forward’

It’s Friiiiiiidaaaaay!!! And because it’s nice to do a good deed on a Friday…….

I read earlier this week about a fabby fun project on the wonderful Matin Lapin blog, and I knew I had to join in. Not only would joining in mean that the brilliant Vixie of said blog will make something for me (squee!) but it means I get to make some pretty things for my readers too! Sounds cool huh?!

This is how it works:

I will send a surprise gift to the first three commenters on this post. The gift will be handmade by me, and a total surprise (I don’t even know what it will be yet!). I will then post it to you sometime in the next few weeks. All you need to do in return is the following:

  • Leave me a comment, including your email address so that I can get in touch with you about your mailing address and some other information about you too.
  • To complete signing up, you must play along too by blogging a similar post and pledging to make a surprise for the first 3 people who comment on it.

So, who wants to play?! Comment quick below to get involved!

I’m so excited about sending post and getting post, and making and stuff! I’ll be sure to blog about my surprise when it arrives from Vixie, as well as what I end up making to send out too!

*scuttles off to plan surprises to make*

Ems x


Under a Glass Sky Give Away on Rosalilium!

Quick! Quick! Head to Rosalilium! I have a give away currently open there!

You can win all of this……


That’s a custom ribbon banner necklace (winner chooses the name and colour)…… a set of four ‘It Bird’ prints (which is a flamingo, an owl, a parrot and a peacock)….. a bubble gum necklace in pink, green and blue….. AND a bubble gum ring in pink, green and blue!
Head over to Rosalilium now to join in!


Ems x


Tatty Devine “Name Necklace Now” Launch Party

Last night I popped into Covent Garden to join the party at Tatty Devine‘s Monmouth Street store….. This week sees their “Name Necklace Now” event to celebrate the launch of their permanent new in-store lasercutter. With this in place, you can just pitch up, choose an acrylic colour, chain colour, charm, and of course the name you’d like, and they’ll make it for you right away!

I have loved this brand for ages….. their original store is local to me, and I’ve been loving the special pieces they have on show at Selfridges along the Jubilee theme. I adore how quirky and over the top everything is…. the colours are just wonderful and it’s all so wearable (and inexpensive). The Rob Ryan and Belle and Sebastian pieces are also waaaay tempting!


And in addition to this exciting new service, they have launched a brand new acrylic colour to add to the myriad of options!…. The lush lilac shade was revealed at last night’s party, and I was lucky enough to be given a lilac-themed goody bag to celebrate! All wrapped up in a pretty Tatty Devine tote came a gorgeous Penhaligon’s Lavandula classic candle, Essie’s beautiful Lilacism nail colour, Dylon’s fabric dye in French Lavender, a pair of House of Holland Pretty Polly fishnet anklets in Sweet Lavender, a giant packet of Swizzles Matlows Parma Violets, a mini box of Tea Pigs’ Jasmine Pearls, and a very pretty Tatty Devine heart shaped ring in the new acrylic shade. What treasures!


It was super fun, all piling into the little store to ogle all the pretties. There were parma violets aplenty, and a rather lovely cider I’d not tried before. I spied so many pieces I would love whilst there….. Top of the list is probably the mirrored green parakeet…. stunning!


The celebrations continue into next week with stacks of competitions, raffles, discounts and give aways. I particularly like today’s Friday the 13th themed giveaway to win an ‘Unlucky’ Name Necklace (enter by including @tattydevine on a #FollowFriday tweet on Twitter today. If you don’t win, you can still get 20% off any necklace with a ‘@’ or ‘#’ in store today). And if I were in London tomorrow I’d probably pop in wearing lilac (I have a very pretty Lulu Guinness shelly bag in the same shade!)…. you can get 20% off any Name Necklace in the new perspex colour when you drop into the store wearing lilac. Check out the shade in my name below! (That’s not me, just someone else with my name, but I want it!)

I wonder if I could get an ‘Under A Glass Sky’ name necklace in the turquoise mirror?!?!

Ems x

The Lomography Lomowall at the Museum of London

What an exciting morning I had today…. first thing I had a lovely sunny walk down the road to the Museum of London, where there was to be a special photo call for the launch of their collaboration with Lomography.

Lomographers will probably recognise the famous Lomowalls which decorate Lomo stores worldwide, and this very special project is along those lines… only so much bigger! In celebration of the fun-packed 2012 summer in London, Lomography teamed up with the Museum of London to create the biggest Lomowall ever seen in the UK! For five months at the start of this Olympic year, Lomography asked analogue photographers from all over the world to send them photos with the theme of ‘aspiring and achieving in London’. They have also recorded some of the Team GB Paralympic athletes in training in analogue style.

The result is a stunning 65m mosaic of individually printed, Olympic-themed analogue photos on 400 Lomowall panels, including images from 32 countries. There is a huge Lomowall inside the foyer of the museum, amazingly chevron-patterned using their colour clustering and repetition techinque, as well as stacks of wonderfully curated images on the immense curved wall outside. Close up, you see each photo individually, and in its own right…. but view from afar and you see the geometric pattern and vivid, glossy colours as its own work of art.

It was lovely to see so many (really, SO many!) analogue photos from all over the world in one place….. there were lots of things I recognised in the images, like one of the eggs on display in London this Easter, the Lloyds building (my favourite!), and photos of the museum too. It’s certainly an inspiration to ditch the digital and get analogue snap happy….. as well as to take on the Lomography Ten Golden Rules (especially ‘Don’t Think’, ‘Be Fast’, and ‘Take your camera wherever you go’!).

Photo courtesy of the Museum of London and Lomography

Chris Holmes MBE, Britain’s most successful Paralympic athlete, with 15 medals for swimming, was there too. A photography enthusiast himself, Chris uses what he feels and hears to compose his photos, so unsurprisingly he is drawn to the Lomography ‘don’t think, just shoot’ philosophy which values everyone’s artistic expression equally. Describing his love of photography, Chris said: “Photos have a universal power, they speak to us across space and time, evoking the feelings made in those moments:  sport, success, life captured by camera, essence in eternity.”

If you’re feeling inspired like me, do take the opportunity to collect your “10 piggies” (that’s £10 to spend on lomography goodies!) ……. Under A Glass Sky readers who use this link to set up their ‘Lomohome‘ will receive 10 complimentary piggies to play about with!

You can see the Lomowall (for free!) until 6th January 2013, but there is a big launch party tomorrow to get tings started with a bang (with yummy booze from Rekorderlig, as well as cake from Choccywoccydoodah!).

All photography enthusiasts would do well to give the exhibition a look…. it really is a one of a kind spectacle!

Ems x

Photo courtesy of the Museum of London and Lomography


From A World of Pure Imagination….. Willy Wonka inspired ‘Bubblegum’ Jewellery

I’ve had this packet of vividly coloured plastic beads for ages…. I knew I wanted to use them together, all jumble up, because I loved all the colours and the texture so much. So I began playing around, clustering them together with threading wire….. and out of my messing about came these rings and pendants!

They really remind me of the bubblegum from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory….they are quite random clusters and the colours are very sugary sweet! Each one is unique….because they are totally hand made, no two are the same.

I have one of the all-colours ones myself, and love wearing it with all sorts….things that match….things that clash….to brighten up a casual outfit….and to offset a dressy ensemble!

I’ve just finished a whole load, using all the colours in some, and separating some colours for others. The rings are all silver plated and adjustable….the pendants come on a shiny silver plated chain. They are all under £10 and ready to buy on my Etsy shop….if you click on the images below it will take you to the respective listing. And there is only one of each colour!!!

As an added temptation, I’m still offering all Under A Glass Sky readers 10% off in the shop until next Friday…. just quote ‘BLOGIVERSARY10’ at checkout when prompted!

Hope you like them!

Ems x

Lomography Give Away and a very exciting launch….

Following my adventures at the LoBlography event at the Soho Lomography HQ, I’ve been given a little treat to pass on to you all…..

All my Under A Glass Sky readers can now benefit from a free ’10 piggies’ (that’s £10 to spend on lomography goodies!) when they join their online community using this link……

10 piggies when you create your lomohome

Just click on the above and you will be automatically credited with your piggies, and then you can just enjoy spending them! As a registered lomographer, you get your own space (your lomohome) to upload and share photos to, the opportunity to enter competitions, receive tips and inspiration, and get news of promotions and new products. I have recently created my own lomohome which you can explore here….

And whilst I’m on the subject of Lomography…… This Friday sees the launch of a very special lomo project at the Museum of London! Those of you who have visited any of the lomo shops around the world will recognise their iconic photo walls….. any empty space it seems is prime fodder to cover in lush and glossy photos in all kinds of amazingly vivid colours.

And to celebrate this eventful year in London, Lomography have teamed up with the Museum of London to create an immense Lomowall of 30,000 photos! For five months at the start of this Olympic year, Lomography asked analogue photographers from all over the world to send them photos with the theme of ‘aspiring and achieving in London’. They have also recorded some of the Team GB Paralympic athletes in training, including tennis, judo, archery, swimming and equestrian. The result is a stunning mosaic of 30,000 individually printed analogue photos on 400 Lomowall panels, including images from 32 countries. I can’t wait to see it!

The exhibition is open for six months, but launches this Friday with a big bash…. You are all invited to join the party from 4:30pm to 7pm this Friday, at the Museum of London on London Wall. There will be free drinks courtesy of Rekorderlig, and the opportunity to celebrate this fabulous project as well as meet stacks of other Lomographers.

Great way to start the weekend I’d say!

Ems x

Happy Blogiversary!

Party balloons, taken by me with my Diana in 120mm film

This month, my little blog is a whole year old! It feels like forever ago since I published my first post as ‘Pretty Pretentious’, and nearly as long since I changed the name to ‘Under A Glass Sky’ and stepped things up to post more regularly.

It’s been a wonderful experience though, and I’m looking forward to continuing to develop my little space on the internet…… I would be delighted to hear any ideas and thoughts you all have on what I should be posting more (or less!) of…… This certainly started out as a way to record some of the memories I’d like to make sure I don’t forget, but with some regular followers now I am also keen to keep you happy!

To celebrate I thought I’d share some of my favourite posts (just click on the images below)….. and most importantly, to thank you I would like to offer a 10% discount on all items in my Etsy shop for anyone who follows my blog!….. Just sign up on the top right of the home page if you haven’t already, add my Etsy shop to your favourites, and then comment here with your email address so I can give you the discount code to apply at checkout (it will last until the end of the month). Hope you enjoy!

Ems x

About to turn 30

Crazy for Bubble Tea

The Diamond Jubilee

Made with Love…. Chicken Tikka Biryani

I want to be Jess Day

Grayson Perry: Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman

Wednesday Wants…. Mulberry Del Rey

And the winner is…… 100th Post Celebratory Give Away Result

Big thank-yous to everyone who entered my first ever give away! It was certainly fun making the prize!

Having written everyone’s names (some up to four times!) on little slips of paper, folded them, and deposited them in my top hat….. Adam (with his eyes closed) has picked out the winning name…..

(Drum roll please)


Congratulations Michelle…. hope you like it!

Thanks again to everyone for entering….. for those who would like another chance to win some of my jewellery, I am planning a give away in celebration of the blog’s first birthday, which is actually coming up soon!


Ems x