Polka dots forever – moodboard

Parade de cirque, Georges Seurat, 1887-1888, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Hello there,
I don’t know why it took me so long to write this post. Usually, I always start with the moodboard but, this time, I kind of had a mental block.
As you might be able to tell from previous recipes, I’m a little obsessed with dots. But it doesn’t end with food, it extends to art and fashion.
One of my first aesthetic crushes was Le Cirque by Georges Seurat at the Orsay museum. I was in my early teens and therefore slightly shorter that now (;-)) and this huge painting really blew my mind…the colours, the movement, and of course the hundreds of thousands of dots that merge to form a picture as you step back. I just felt even smaller in front of such a masterpiece.
I do like other paintings by Seurat and other pointillists such as Signac and, to a lesser extent, Pissaro. But Le Cirque still beats them all, for me. However, I have included different paintings because the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York recently had the brilliant idea of making about 375,000 works of art available online and, best of all, free for anyone to use in whatever way they want (the nerd/fan inside me got really excited!).
I also couldn’t talk about polka dots without mentioning the work of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, so upbeat and hypnotising (see below).
So you might have guessed that you’ll see a lot more polka dots from me going forwards. I’ll just need to find an excuse to elaborate on that theme again ;-). Polka dots forever!

Confetti Cake

Mae Lapres photographed by Aitken Jolly for Interview Russia, 2012. Yayoi Kusama for Louis Vuitton

Evening Calm, Concarneau, Opus 220, Paul Signac, 1891, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Outer Limits: Anniek Kortleve shot by Daniel Jackson for Vogue China, August 2012

Blueberry and Earl Grey clafoutis

Study for “A Sunday on La Grande Jatte”, Georges Seurat, 1884, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Coconut and redcurrant cake

By Eley Kishimoto

Disco purse

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Surprise polka dot cake – recipe

Hello everybody,
I’ve got something to confess. The cake in these pictures was my third attempt at making a surprise polka dot cake. Had I been able to find more people to eat cake, I would have tried again!
The initial idea seemed easy. I’ve successfully baked surprise cakes before, like the Easter bunny cake or the checkers cake. But, fool that I am, I decided to try a new victoria sponge recipe in a new bundt cake tin. With hindsight, this was a recipe… for disaster ;-).
Indeed, so many things went wrong in the process: melting polka balls, cake that stubbornly refused to come out of the tin, polka balls that rose too much, and so on…Therefore, this cake might not be the best I’ve ever baked but I promise it’s the best of all three attempts for this recipe.
N.B: It does taste nice, though.

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Polka dots wrapping papers – DIY

wrapper's delight

Hello guys,
I’m back with another DIY, instead of finishing the moodboard (I’m a real slacker, I know). But this was a particularly fun DIY to make as it involves presents (little screams of excitement). In my family, April is a very busy month because there are at least half a dozen birthdays (including mine).
I did some Pinterest research on ways of combining polka dots, my theme for March, and wrapping paper. And ta-dah, various polka dot wrapping papers!!! I’m hoping that people will be so impressed with the wrapping that they won’t want to tear it up (I could tell them that the present underneath is actually a bit rubbish but that might put a downer on the party…).

wrapper's delight

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(make your own amazing) Confetti Jumper

confetti jumper

For once, I won’t be introducing this month’s theme with a moodboard,  I’m still looking for some pictures to complete it.
Nevertheless, with this first DIY, you’ll easily understand that it’s going to be all about dots, another obsession of mine.
And the tutorial for this confetti jumper is, as usual, super easy. I’m not the queen of DIY, therefore I’m all about achieving great results with little effort (it doesn’t always work out that way though).

confetti jumper

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My biker’s ring – DIY

Hello all,
To bring to a close the Cabinet of Curiosities theme, I’ve come up with a super simple DIY to make your own rings. It should take you no longer than 15 minutes and you can customise it however you want (the only limit is your imagination!).
I didn’t even need to buy anything to make the rings because I’ve always had a tendency to accumulate bits and bobs, especially beads. The glass beads on the pictures are left over from a broken necklace, while the skull beads are from New York, from when I travelled there six years ago (yes, it took me that much time to work out what to do with them!).
I also made beads by piercing shells that I collected during my travels. So it was quite satisfying to finally put to good use some little treasures that had been lying around for years. I hope you’ll have as much fun as I did!

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