Monday, 26 October 2015

See It: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a long time favourite book of mine, so I leapt at the chance to see it on the stage. Mum knew I loved the novel and thought of me when she saw it listed as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival. Thank god she did.

If you've read the book but haven't seen the play you'll be forgiven for thinking, how the hell would that story work on stage? I mean, half the book consists of mathematical equations and diagrams. Sure enough, there's less calculations going on in the stage adaptation. But the set, script and choreography thoughtfully intertwine so that the essence of the book is captured and projected from the stage. The set itself is lit up with an incredible light show that depicts different aspects of the story - you have to see it to know what I mean, but trust me when I say it's spectacular.

For those of you that are unfamiliar with the story, Curious Incident follows Christopher, a teenager with Asperger's Syndrome and a flair for mathematics, on his quest to discover who killed his neighbour's dog. It's a first person narrative, so as he investigates we get an insight into his way of thinking.

As a boy with Asperger's, Christopher doesn't empathise with others, but you will certainly emphasise with him. I cried more than I care to mention. And it concludes with a bittersweet, yet satisfying, ending.

Go and see this play. Even if theatre isn't your usual scene - see it. I promise you, the visual spectacle will delight and shock the most apathetic theatre-goer while the story will have you hooked.

Sunday, 18 October 2015

DIY Pin Board Canvas

In my last post I promised a DIY of the black and copper pin board canvas I created for my birthday. It makes for a unique addition to a room, and you can choose the colour of the canvas and pins to compliment that room. So here it is: How to make your own Pin Board Canvas.

What you'll need:

  1. Corkboard
  2. A large sheet of coloured paper - This is what the canvas will be covered in so choose wisely. I chose a slightly shiny white paper.
  3. Pins - A lot of them.
  4. Paintbrush
  5. Acrylic paint
  6. Tape

Instructions:

  1. Cover the canvas in the paper, using the tape to secure the paper on the side that won't be seen. It's just like wrapping a present, just make sure that one side is completely seemless and all the taping is kept to what will be the unseen back of the piece.
  1. Paint the pins with the paint you've chosen. Let them dry (it will take them a couple of hours to completely dry). Of course, you can skip this step if your pins are already the desired colour for your final piece.
  1. Now the fun part: Push the pins into the corkboard in your desired design. If you're a perfectionist you might like to lightly mark where the pins will go before placing them. Otherwise, dive right in and add the pins, that's what I did!

And there you have it! Three steps to create a unique canvas for your home.

Oh, and I haven't even told you the best part about it yet. The pin board canvas is perfect for hanging jewellery! Simply choose your most pretty necklaces, bracelets, and rings, and hang them from the pins on display. It looks great and means that your favourite necklaces aren't getting tangled in your jewellery box.

Hope you enjoyed this DIY! I'll be doing simple DIYs every so often here on the blog, so do follow me on Bloglovin' and I'll see you in my next post!

Monday, 5 October 2015

A Party & A Quick Birthday DIY

"It's for my blog!" and "I'm going to blog about this!" were said a fair few times at my birthday celebrations last night, though not by me. My friends were mocking me and my lil' old blog - all in jest of course. Nicola's impression of me was spot on and I'm now blogging about it all so they weren't wrong!

As well as my love of blogging, I'm also known in my circle of friends for going all out with birthday decorations. Like that time I turned my house all bohemian to celebrate my 21st. This year I went for copper and monochrome decor. I bought some decorations and made others, like the black and copper canvas in the photo above. I'll do a DIY post about it soon!

Until then, I'll share a simple birthday DIY: photo hangers.

What you'll need

  1. Pretty wire hangers (I got rose gold ones from Penneys)
  2. Thin brown string
  3. Mini brown pegs
  4. Photos (polaroid photos look particularly great for this)
  5. Scissors

Instructions:

  1. Tie one side of the string to one side of the hanger and snip it to the desired length.
  2. Thread the brown string through the hole in a peg.
  3. Use the peg to display the photo.
  4. Repeat on the other side of the hanger to ensure the weight is evenly distributed.
  5. Create as many as you want and hang them on your wall.

If you have an instant camera, this can also makes for a quirky party activity. At the beginning I only displayed a few photos. But I had my polaroid to hand, and as the night progressed I took photos and attached them to the empty pegs. The photos on the wall told the story of the night as it happened.

It was such a fun night, and a chance to spend time with my favourite people in the world. And now I have the polaroids to remind me of it all.