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A site about my crafty, adventurous, london life. Things that I make, things that I like, things that I do. And my attempts to find my own London. All the while trying not to be too homesick for California and the Bay Area.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Juicing Adventures Begin

I bought a juicer the other day. For health and shite like that.
So far only tried a few different combinations, mostly fruit.
Like this one:
2 Apple
1 Carrot
1/2 Lemon
Awwww shiny beautiful drinking juuuuuice.
So good you guys.

This morning I thought I'd get more serious and juice a mostly veg recipe:
Large Leaf Spinach
1 Carrot
2 Celery
1/2 Cucumber
1 Tomato
1/2 Lemon
1 Apple

 It was gross. 
Well, I think because I added only a little bit of sweetness. Like V8 juice with a splash of apple juice. Just weird.

Going to have to try and experiment a bit more with that one.

Love and Juices....ew,

~Valiant V

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Battersea Park Festival

It all happened a few weeks ago and Im just now posting about it. Sowie.
The Queen's Diamond Jubilee at Battersea Park!
More specifically, my booth, in the vintage village section of the festival.
The calm before the storm. 
See my pretty display! It all came together.

My lovely interns and I placed the final touches on our display before getting down to the business of actually teaching them how to make the darn things. hehe. I'd say they did a pretty good job!

My volunteers arrive and get stuck right in. Thanks for helping out Erica!

It got swarmed a few times. Steady most of the time with busy crafters. Everyone loved the idea.

Even had some face painters flown in. Wish I had time to get one myself. Cheers Yasmin!

Closed up shop a bit early as I ran out of everything! Shoulda done it in shifts. Lesson learned.

Got to leave a little early. Just in time for the walk across the bridge with sideways rain....awesome.

This is my "done" face, all droopy and wet on the doubledecker. But I did really have a fun time. Could not have gone smoother. People were asking about doing workshops at their schools with kids and encouraging me to do more with these. Got very motivated and excited for more.

Well that's it, shows over, nothing to see here, move along please!

~Valiant V

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Battersea Park Diamond Jubilee Festival Prep

 So this is what's been keepin me busy for a while. Im heading up a flower headpiece salon in the vintage village of Battersea Park's Diamond Jubilee Festival
The event is sold out! A little daunting but it's happening tomorrow and there's no stopping it so...why worry?

These pics are from some of the prep work I've been doing lately.
 First: Photo shoot for part of the tent salon decor. Big thanks to Joe the photographer & location scout hehe. 

Thanks for being such a sport Mari. I have such hot friends don't I?

 Next: Finding a florist to provide our flowers for Sunday. Of course you need to head over to New Covent Garden Flower Market. So many beautiful flowers and it's open to the public so you can go check it out too! 

Big thanks to Joe and the rest of the Bloomfield team for your services and delivery. Made my life a whole lot easier.

The Tent!: I got so excited and started the prep work before remembering to take an outside shot. 
Tomorrow then.

My lovely helpers for the weekend. Thanks to Martha and Isabel for all your help. 

Look! Final version of hippie-warhol Mariana. Another huge thank you to Hemingway Vintage design team for helping me perfect my original idea. 

I feel like Im giving a speech with all these thank you's but it was definitely a team effort. Could not have done this on my own without all you guys, especially Leona our fearless leader. Can't wait for tomorrow! More pictures to come of the final products and fun during the day. Watch this space.

Love And Flower Headpieces On An Extreme Level!

~Valiant V

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Children's Shadow Puppet Workshop

My puppeteering friend Justina asked for help running a little event the other weekend.
She showed children how to create and perform with simple shadow puppets.
Specifically animals that could be found in her local (Stoke Newington) Abney Park where the workshop was being held.
It was a small crowd that day but it led to some creative channels and impromptu story lines. 
Like this floating legless cat jumping from star to start to reach the moon. 
The kids seemed really into it and it's actually a really simple concept that anyone can do at home. 
A great rainy day project for a crafty 5 and above year old. 
Desk lamp, white sheet, construction paper, scissors, tape and sticks. Chiggity check man!
She had a projector set up behind the screen so we were able to have the large trees and things in the background so it might look a little more basic at home but still just as fun.
Oh and Abney park is also a cemetery as well as a nature preserve. Creepy cool.

She's actually creating puppets for a puppet opera that's going to take place in the chapel on the grounds. How awesome is that?! There's still tickets available, gonna be a goodin.

We had to lug the projector to the directors house after the workshop. It was heavy. We celebrated a good day with ice cream. 

So happy to have a random creative fun time with new friends from london. Hopefully not that last of this kind of adventure. 

Love and Shadow Puppets...and ice cream,

~Valiant V

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Life Update, Avert Your Eyes Uninterested Parties

Ok not so much has been happening in my life as of late but the few things that have have taken over. I passed my Montessori exams and graduated. Yay and Phew and Bleh. Still have to turn in some papers and homework before it's official so that's still tugging at the butterflies in my stomach. I just want it to be over with. :(

I've moved positions in my school as a new Children's House teaching assistant. Its been a huge challenge for me to get back into the swing of strongly followed montessori practice in this new classroom and adding to the fact that I've never worked in a 3-6yr old class before. Eek. But a new challenge that I am slowly breaking through.

The stress of it all made me flare up. I had tests done last year and only just got the results back. They're going to put me on Remicade finally (American doctors have been dangling that option in my face for the past 7 years but never officially tried it), but they have to apply for funding for it first. So lots of red tape to muck through but finally things are looking better. In the meantime Im back on prednisone again for a few weeks. Moon face here I come. Completely not looking forward to that at all. But Id rather feel normal in other areas of my body at the moment thank you very much. Apparently there is the future possibility of surgery for some things that need to be sorted once Im back to normal. Whoopie. Dear Lord.

Huge creative project happening at the beginning of June. Biggest thing I've ever worked on. Scary and fun at the same time. Lots of last minute prep and scrambling around but isn't that when we do our best work? I think so. Going to blog a separate post about it later.

It was nice catching up. How are you doing?

Love and Updates

~Valiant V

Friday, March 2, 2012

London Fashion Weekend at Somerset House

It wasn't originally on my list of "Things I Must Do While Living In Britain" but it was somewhere I recently wanted to check out.
A lovely HUGE old building that houses all sorts of events.

There are all these street style photo blogs that capture fashionable people on the street

but it seems to be a high concentration of them are standing around this old looking white stone building. And I finally found out where this place was. And THEN I got invited to do a flower headpiece workshop (like the ones Tatiana did at the Peckham jumble) in the vintage section of London Fashion Weekend, a separate event from the rest of the fashion week happenings earlier in the...week. Im saying week a lot...anyway.

I attempted to make my little table interesting for the masses.
It was a crazy event. Loads of designers selling their wares at a discount and I was stationed in the vintage section, curated by the Vintage by Hemingway company, I was smack dab in the middle of the cupcakes and tea counters on one of these gorgeous vintage tables lended from an antique shop. It was a ticketed event and so most people were more interested in finding great designer deals rather than having a crafty sit down with me. But there were a few lovely souls who had a go at it.

Great creative experience to get me out of this funk I've been in. I have one month to go until my montessori exams and then something big is happening in June. Hopefully there will be more things blog worthy in my life in the meantime. Sorry for the huge gap in posts.

Love and un-funkness,

~Valiant V