Saturday, 24 July 2010

Bespoke, Bunting, Bokeh

Bemused? let me explain..
It's so much more fun learning about "stuff" because you 
want to than because you have to. Bumping along with others 
through a global expression of common interest creates the 
perfect medium for happy learning & the exchange of 
useful skills & knowledge in a way that transcends age,
ability & locality.
As I mentioned in my last post, I am learning new things all 
the time..(might stave off the early dementia 
you never know!)
I had begun to wake up to the term "bespoke" quite recently
& realized that I actually had no clue as to it's meaning but it 
sounded quaint & appealing so I set about discovering what
this lovely word was all about.
   It pretty much just means commissioned, or made to order.
If I could have asked her I would have bespoke my Trade Me 
friend Leigh (lamplady) to make me this delightful bunting 
using 12 different kinds of vintage Sanderson fabric...
but she'd already made it anyway : )
Once it arrived it never made it out of our bedroom..perfect!!
perhaps we could call it intuitive bespoke bunting!

And of course bunting are the decorative flags that
can be made of anything at all really & strung up inside
or out purely for their celebratory or decorative impact.
My research turned up this info:
"Bunting was originally a lightweight worsted wool fabric
used for making flags of the Royal Navy"!!
I saw a fabulous bunting in a magazine recently made using
old maps & hung on the wall in a boys bedroom.
I also really like the idea of vintage or retro sheet bunting
for outside & just love this from the latest Victoria 
mag.. bunting made with old doilies
right.. the doilie hunt is on!

Another fascinating concept is the decade old Japanese
photographic technique known as bokeh which I stumbled 
upon in my exploration of "We heart it" an on line image
album site. I found the site through Sophie at 
"Her library adventures".. one of those wonderful people 
who effortlessly shares fun bits of her busy life & her 
passion for vintage finds while simultaneously enabling 
others ..ah that's right she's also a teacher..
firstly, if you have a minute & would be interested
do pop over to my image album at We heart it Pollyanna
...well it wouldn't accept any of my real names & I do
love rainbows & prisms & I am practicing the "glad game"!
Here are some of the lovely bokeh images from my album.

this site, I must say, isn't for everyone but you will be quite 
safe with my collection..the general feed is certainly an 
electic mix of interesting images..a global confluence

Secondly, bokeh:"The term comes from the Japanese word
boke (暈け or ボケ), which means "blur" or "haze", 
or boke-aji (ボケ味), the "blur quality". 
The Japanese term boke is also used in the sense
of a mental haze or senility!!!
In photography, bokeh is the blur or the aesthetic quality 
of the blur, in out-of-focus areas of an image, or "the 
way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light."

I would say that this picture that I took last
week of my lovely snowdrops would have bokeh
qualities wouldn't you agree?
I really do just have to pop this in here. 
My gorgeous vintage tablecloth that I stumbled 
upon this week..I just love it !!
more of tablecloths & tea next time


  1. Your blog is so pretty! Nice to see some other ways to use doily's. Beautiful fabrics too.

  2. that doily banner is such a good idea! i may try that.... :)

  3. I love the doily bunting too, the table cloth is a beautiful find!

  4. Your bunting is pretty but I do like the original concept of the doiley bunting.

  5. Looks like you may have started something re the doiley bunting - I too think it is just gorgeous! Thanks for sharing all the info with us!


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