Somebody That I Used To Know

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If you haven’t heard this song yet, sit down and listen to it. Now.

The first time I heard this song, I thought it was pure, utter brilliance. Mysterious,  quirky, yet immensely relatable to many of us, “Somebody that I used to know” has been a critical and commercial success in many countries around the world and I don’t doubt why.

 

Being a big fan of Kimbra and her music, I am absolutely happy to see her featured in this piece of fantastic music. It is one of the most played songs on my ipod right now and I don’t mind keeping it this way. My favourite way of listening to this song is while I’m waiting for my bus at the bus stop during a quiet night. To me, the song has such a “night” sound to it, if you know what I mean. And it is staring out at the lights of houses and cars around the bus stop that draws me deeper into the song. Try it, and see if you understand what I mean!

 

In any case, a big THANK YOU goes out to Gotye and Kimbra for creating this masterpiece. And congratulations for it being such a success. I do hope good music continues to be recognised and appreciated in this world today. Cos it certainly does in this wonderland.

Lost Things

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Do you like stop-motion films? Well, this is a little stop-motion video that has captured my heart. Maybe it’s because I love Alison Sudol and A Fine Frenzy, who happens to be the one composing this lovely piece of music to the video. And yes, she is that beautiful red-haired girl featured in this clip.

 

Or maybe it is just the quirky nature of the video, and its message that drew my attention. Entitled ‘Lost Things’, it speaks to me of a fantastical journey to escape the banalities of this world and recover the many “lost” things like happiness, excitement, imagination etc. And I absolutely LOVE the reference to Alice in Wonderland…how she fell down the rabbit hole into a Wonderland of surprises and fun! I can almost hear her muttering “Curiouser and curiouser” to herself. Notice especially the remarkable hairstyle and dress changes in the video – one of my favorite things about this clip!

 

“If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is because everything would be what it isn’t. And contrary-wise; what it is it wouldn’t be, and what it wouldn’t be, it would. You see?” 

– Alice from the Disney movie Alice in Wonderland

The World of Belle and Boo

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Let me introduce this little girl called Belle, and her adorable bunny friend Boo.

I love the feeling you get when you discover a new, beautiful thing. And I did, in the form of Belle and Boo, a collection of prints and illustrations dreamed up in the wonderful mind of illustrator Mandy Sutcliffe.

 

The World of Belle and Boo invites you to step back into childhood fantasies and delights, into that age of imagination and innocence that we all crave to revisit. I fell in love with these wonderfully quirky illustrations the minute I set eyes upon them…what’s not to love? The gallery below showcases just a few of my favorite prints from the collection. Browse, and escape back into your childhood dreams. 🙂

Explore more prints and learn more about Mandy at http://www.belleandboo.com/about_us-i-13.html

Also, check out this fabulous interview with Mandy Sutcliffe by clicking the following link:

http://www.ohmyhandmade.com/2010/what-we-know/interviews/qa-with-mandy-sutcliffe-of-belle-boo/

Love Buttons

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Ok, so I know that this isn’t really a love button. Meaning that no, it doesn’t summon your true love when pressed. Also meaning that it is just the “Favourite” button on my home remote control.

But sometimes, looking at things plainly is just so unimaginative and boring. Why not interpret it in you own fun, fanciful way?  I take this “love-button” as a sign that love can be found anywhere and everywhere in the world. More importantly, I take this as a reminder that we should BE love-buttons in this world and give away love to the people we meet each and every day.

So start looking for little signs around your house, school, community or world that reminds you of love and to love. Also, stop waiting. Be a Love-Button today.

“Life is the flower for which love is the honey” – Victor Hugo

Into Wonderland

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So this is where it begins. Plato has this to say: The beginning is the most important part of the work. And I agree with that. Perhaps what I agree with more is this quote by the daydreamer of his age, William Wordsworth. “Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.” And that is what I’m striving to do.

I think writing is a magical thing. You become this empress-type figure wielding a world of  words , able to create this whole wonderland of stories, thoughts and treasures. Emotions and daydreams can be made tangible, captured into a symphony of letters and words that can be heard by those who are listening. And that symphony is a magical mystery. It can make you laugh, or it can make you cry. It can inspire you with a wildfire of ideas  and attitudes, or it can lull you into a peaceful and thoughtless calm. And that symphony doesn’t merely exist for the listener. Even more importantly, it exists for the composer herself: a personal journal that holds cryptic secrets that will still remain hidden from everyone else.

So here we are at the crystal gates of Wonderland. The journey in will be filled with the things I love, whether it be stories, reflections, pictures, paintings, quotes, art or a thousand other magical things that can be found after you have fallen down the rabbit hole.

Keep on daydreaming your doodles, and doodling your daydream. 🙂

Love, A Daydreamer and Doodler in Wonderland.