Wednesday, 25 February 2009
Tuesday, 24 February 2009
Muji hadn't changed for a very very long time, but I still enjoyed browsing the same things. I loved opening and closing (sorry, I know that's quite annoying!) the acrylic storage boxes, flicking through the recycled brown and charcoal coloured stationery products, and testing out the pens like I'd never seen one before. However, this time, I spotted a whole new section, which really stood out. Amongst the brown recycled folders and the charcoal recycled folders, was a very strange white section. These folders were recycled (of course) from milk cartons! I loved it instantly as I'd never seen or heard of this before... I mean, I'm sure milk cartons get recycled all the time, but to use it as a marketing/promotional tool was very interesting to me!
I bought it because my old-enough-to-know-better (25) brother did not know how to open a lever arch folder and broke mine (which was part of a set of 4 blue ones) by prying the rings apart... instead of using the lever - duh. So, as that set was ruined and I'll never be able to get the exact same one again, I went for a new colour! I loved the little details it has, like the metal brackets to protect the bottom and corners - although I wish they had edged the side hole too which I only noticed because my other lever arch folders have them and because they're usually edged to stop them from wearing down (when you pull them off the shelf).
As it is such a large, plain surface, I just had to use one of my blue lady MOO Stickers to embellish it. It is tempting to get a few more of these folders because a block of them all side by side would look so clean, so minimal, so slick...but at £6.95/$10 each, it is a bit expensive.
Monday, 23 February 2009
Rhona Mitra plays the lead female character, Sonja. In the first Underworld film, Sonja is introduced into the story via a memory that had happened centuries earlier and was killed by her father Viktor - who is a Vampire Elder. I loved how this film is digging a bit more into the past as I do remember wondering about the Sonja character and the storyline involving her.
Michael Sheen plays Lucien and Bill Nighy as Viktor - both are lead male characters. Although Rhona did a great job, Michael and Bill stood out by miles. Their performances were amazing, facial expressions were surreal... expressions I'm sure I'd never seen before but were just always so perfect for the scene. I was so impressed that I really feel I can't ever watch these two actors in other films for fear it will ruin my outlook! Michael Sheen had played ex-British Prime Minister Tony Blair and after seeing the trailer, I definitely can't watch it. However, on another note, he is playing the Cheshire Cat in the 2010 Alice in Wonderland film (yes they're making a film!), and that I can't miss!
The 'romantic' part of the film, (which I feel is always important if there is a lot of action) is the love between Sonja and Lucien, Vampire and Lycan. It is of course kept as a secret because Viktor sees that Vampires are the more superior race and Lycans as slaves. Viktor kills Sonja with Lucien watching and unable to save her because she revealed that she is pregnant with Lucien's child, and Viktor will not allow the bloodline to be spoilt. This was all very dramatic and I loved it!
I also quickly realised while watching the film that viewers will really empathise with the Lycans, which was weird at first because Lycans were perceived as the 'bad-guys' in the first film. I am so glad they made a film based on this unique race as I found the story fascinating and feel there is still a lot more to be told. However, I have read that the fourth Underworld will continue from Underworld Evolution (#2), which is set in modern time and will be about Selene... but this is all speculation.
There is so much more storyline in between what I have already mentioned, it is very deep but they all interconnect with each other and it is wonderful to see it develop amongst the series. You really start to appreciate the meticulous, detailed thought that has gone into each film. One thing that really stood out however, is that in the first one where Sonja's death is remembered, the actress playing her is blond, but Sonja in #3 is dark haired. Just a bit irritating, but something I can forgive! The costumes were also fantastic as it is set in a medieval time period... so instead of the black, glossy spandex catsuit and corset that Kate Beckinsale wore as Selene in the first two Underworlds, Rhona Mitra utilises the leather and chainmail look. Viktor also wore the most amazing embellished cloaks, which I wish was shown in more detail!
Overall, I loved it and I love the Englishness of it. I also sometimes see it as an older version of Twilight but it's primarily because of the confliction between Vampires and Werewolves. I also wondered that with the second Twilight film 'New Moon' in production, I am curious how they will 'make' the wolves look, because it has to look different to the Lycans from Underworld. I completely recommend this film if you like vampires, action, heroines and a deep storyline - and it doesn't even matter if you haven't watched the other two yet.
Sunday, 22 February 2009
I ordered 250 glossy, one sided business cards from Vistaprint, which you can see below. I kept the front very simple, as I thought my blue lady (who I like to see as my mascot/logo) was as fussy as it should get. I left the back plain so I could write Thank You messages etc...
Then, I hopped over to MOO and ordered some stickers containing photos of all the different products I make. The fact that MOO lets customers upload as many different photos as possible is what makes it so appealing. So, I recently got my stickers, and voila - I can now pick and choose what product I want on the back. If someone buys a piece of clothing from me, I can use a garment sticker as a reminder of what they purchased from me and so on... and the plain business cards can be given to people who will be curious to see what nuvonova.com is all about. If I really want to, I can stick a maximum of 6 stickers onto my business card and it would still look a lot nicer, be a lot cheaper, and much more flexible then having the same collage on 250 business cards.
Saturday, 21 February 2009
Sunday, 15 February 2009
I came across firefluff while 'pouncing' on Etsy - Pounce is when you come across Etsy shops that recently had a sale. I thought her art was breathtaking and conjured up the strangest feelings. I started reminiscing about one of my most favourite programs I watched as a child - Moomins. I actually can't remember much about it... I just remember wanting to watch it all the time (even though it scared me senseless)... it was almost hypnotic, and it was just so satisfyingly different to everything else.
I found Lisa's art so overwhelming and beautifully dark. I also took such a liking to one of her very unique characters, Star belly. A creature with a belly full of stars! As a child, I always dreamt about having my own fantasy creature/pet that would take me on adventures... Star Belly would've been perfect! One of the ACEOs I got also made me think of a scene in another favourite, The NeverEnding Story... where the young boy travels in the air on the back of Falkor, the luckdragon. Lisa's work is like a concoction of all things I loved as a child, and present! She has the most wonderful mind!
I was also extremely impressed by the quality of her ACEOs... I feel like I have originals, rather than reproductions. I had recently been disappointed by the quality of some ACEOs I had been purchasing to the point of wanting to reconsider my obsession, but firefluff has put me back on track and I can't wait to get some more from her!
Saturday, 14 February 2009
...and just to finish off this entry, some of you may also remember my red suede heeled shoes too! I am obsessed!
Thursday, 12 February 2009
Before starting Breaking Dawn, I 'accidentally' read that Bella becomes pregnant while she is still human. This made me curious in exactly how Stephenie Meyer would tackle the subject of human and vampire having sex - with the book largely aimed at children. I cringed at the thought of ending one chapter with the two lovers kissing, and starting the next chapter with news she was pregnant - something you would read in the problem pages of a teen magazine; "Can I get pregnant through kissing?".
Another main thing I wanted to read about was a vampire's death. Stephenie Meyer describes that for a vampire to properly die, they have to be ripped to pieces and burnt. Fine. But what happens when they are ripped apart? Do they have liquid in their bodies? Venom?...Slime? Have I missed something in the book? I would've loved to read the execution of a vampire in more detail - but I assume that this area is not further explored due to the target age group.
Overall, the Twilight Saga is a great story... and I only have one more Twilight-related blog entry to make and I promise there won't be any more!... until the second film comes out!
Sunday, 8 February 2009
Saturday, 7 February 2009
I received them in an impossibly fast time (8 days from America!) and here they are!
They're different to what I usually collect but I love them! Very fresh, very avant garde... I especially adore the ombre effect of the Fleur-De-Lis one. Also, they're completely original, Artisticle screen printed these herself! I don't have many original ACEOs (actually, I only had 3 originals out of 47!) so these are extra special! Thank you Artisticle!
Thursday, 5 February 2009
Tuesday, 3 February 2009
...so, just out of curiosity, how many DVDs do you own??