Let’s start with blogger issues. Because I’ve been so rubbish as of late, I want to just get that out-of-the-way and we can all carry on. I’ve not been writing much at all recently. And I feel like I’m in this flood of bloggers recently who are all going through the same thing…creative block. I love writing. I love writing Thrill of the Chaise. I love writing for you and for myself. But sometimes, it just doesn’t flow like it should. So instead of giving you a bunch of half-assed posts, I felt maybe it was best to just take a step back for a moment and regroup. Have I properly done that yet? Not really. But I’m getting there. Life gets in the way sometimes and your focus is pulled other places.
I don’t know if I have properly explained to you lovely people that I am back in the big kid work force with a full-time permanent position. And it’s writing. A lot of writing. So I think it’s a combination of being a bit creatively exhausted when I get home and not being as used to writing in my own voice anymore. The point is, I’m going to make an effort to change. I miss you lot. And I miss sharing all the things with you. So I will be a rock star at work. I will be a rock star for Thrill of the Chaise. And I will get enough sleep (maybe). Let’s move on, shall we?
So Etsy Bloody Monday, eh? How I have missed thee! So let’s jump right in. With the delightfully darling Matou En Peluche. As I continue to settle in my new apartment (which is coming along swimmingly, although not as quickly as I would like, which is ‘all at once’), my focus remains quite steadily on decor. I have a list of things I am really ‘into’, which are all a bit bizarre but, hey, we all have our things:
- Sea urchins
- Solving almost every problem with ‘just spray paint it gold’
- Skulls (oldie but a goodie)
- and MERMAIDS
Some of these things are new fascinations. But a couple are old faithfuls. And, in fact, mermaids are something that I have quietly coveted since college. BACK STORY ALERT. I went to a small liberal arts school that had a mascot. It was the devil. Which I love. But we had a bit of an unofficial (and historic) mascot who is the one who really struck my fancy. Way at the top of our school’s first building, Old West, was a beautiful mermaid looking over all of us, being adorable and majestic all that once. Every now and then, I would be given a thoughtful mermaid token and now I have a bit of a collection that I adore.
When I came across Samantha’s work at Matou En Peluche, I was struck by her style that seemed to mix both Art Deco and Asian influences and created a depth to something seemingly straight-forward at first. There are elements of fashion illustration, mixed with vintage story telling and a healthy dose of childlike wonder that comes out of each image.
And then I saw the MERMAIDS. I mean, come on. How gorgeous!
(Images c/o Pinterest, Dickinson College and Matou En Peluche)