Monday, 30 April 2012

Wrapped up and ready to go

Over the weekend, I started flat hunting with my friend for a grown up city centre apartment (eep!). Poking around other people's rooms and houses got me all excited to have a new room and a blank canvas to decorate. Making my room homely has always been my favourite thing about moving house and I'm extra excited to do it this time because my current room is so bare (a consequence of having a neurotic landlady who would only let us put pictures up if we got them to put the hooks in the wall for us... but enough on that subject or you'll never stop me ranting!).

Back in my student days, wall decoration would mostly involve blu-tacking as much stuff to my wall as humanly possible. 

See exhibit A: my uni room from two years ago (I wish I had an explanation as to why my housemate had a bag on her head...)

Seeing as I'd like to think I've grown up a little bit since then, and also my new room won't have walls that are so disgusting that they need every tiny space covering, I'm hoping to do something a bit more understated and pretty with my space. I spent most of my lazy, hungover Sunday browsing the internet and figuring out how to work my personality into my room without the aid of six packs of blu-tack. 

I really like the idea of making a wall of frames... it'd still satisfy my urges to fill up blank spaces with anything I can get my hands on, but in more of a classy, art gallery sort of way as opposed to the 'I'm a student and I could either stick things to my wall or do an essay' manner. 

Here's a few examples that I got really excited over when I started thinking how I could do the same:

                                                                  source: MadeByGirl

                                                          source: architectual house models
I love this sort of thing, mostly because I'd find it really easy to do- I already have a lot of mismatched photo frames (and could easily be persuaded to buy more...) so would just need to start collecting prints, postcards and photos of my friends to fill them all with.

I've wanted one of these fabric letters from Joy for ages, but always thought that a 'K' on its own would look a bit odd just on its own on the wall, but maybe it would work if it was used in amongst the frames to make it even more eclectic and interesting. 

I also keep lusting after these beauties from Utility, one of my favourite shops to waste time in when I'm in Liverpool. 
These pieces of wall art have been in the back of my mind for months, even before I knew I would be moving house. They're such a quirky way of brightening up a blank space without going too overboard, and I think these designs suit my daydreamy nature pretty damn well! 

I'm just excited to move now. But first... to find a flat (and a landlord who won't mind having hundreds of holes in their walls!)

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Magical mystery tour

So... my first ever blog post! Hi there if you're reading this :). 

The main aim of Sunshine Days is really just to give me somewhere to put my memories. I've always liked taking photos, mostly just because I love the feeling of looking at a photo and being transported back to that moment and reliving the smiles encapsulated in that little snapshot. Recently, I became the proud owner of a Digital SLR camera and have become a (quite irritating) amateur photographer, pointing my lens at anything that will stay still long enough! I thought I'd start a bit of a blog as a space to keep photos, thoughts and anything else that happens to make me happy.

Rambling introductions over now, I promise!

Over the Easter break I went back home for a few days. For the past three and a half years I've lived in Leeds and can honestly say that I love everything about the city. But, at heart, I'm always going to be an 'almost scouser' having grown up on the Wirral (the so called "posh" side of Merseyside). Liverpool has become such a fantastic city since it was crowned Capital of Culture in 2008, coincidentally this was also the year I  left for Leeds, and it feels like it just gets better and better every time I go back there now. But Liverpool has always been steeped in culture, long before WAG culture, Liverpool One and those giant puppets came to town. The one thing everybody around the world thinks about if you mention Liverpool is The Beatles. Despite being a local, until my visit home two weeks ago, I'd never been to visit any Beatles sights aside from the Cavern Club. We embarked on a little magical mystery tour of our own and these are some of the things we found...

Strawberry fields forever.
 John Lennon's childhood home
Where little Paul McCartney lived (in the days before he became the self important man he is today...)
We all live on a Yellow Duckmarine, a yellow duckmarine, a yellow duckmarine.

Oh I do like being a tourist in my own city. I'm always on the lookout for new places to go, wherever they may be, so any suggestions are always welcome :). 

Thanks for reading my first post, byeee! xxx