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More Jolly creations.

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Things my talented friend has created for me over the past year.

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An embroidered fabric patch in grey and orange, depicting the cover of Anthony Burgess’ classic book, A Clockwork Orange. This is the image from the 1972 print designed by David Pelham. One of my favourite books and films.

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An origami raven created with delicate Japanese floral print paper.

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A ‘Steampunk Softie’ produced with the aid of this book. This Softie has been customised with personal touches such as a cameo button, and even comes with a name – Lenore Veidt (named for the Edgar Allan Poe poem and the actor Conrad Veidt) – and back story: she’s a detective!

No, my cat is not helping me pick out new curtains, nor am I using her as a paintbrush. Here you will find some interesting items to bring a touch of animal magic to your abode.

Stockists
-Sanderson Omega Cats Wallpaper, £43 from John Lewis (available in other colour ways)
-Monocle Cheshire Cat Tile by Rory Dobner, £39.50 from Liberty
-Frith Sculpture Willard Cat by Paul Jenkins, £31 from John Lewis
-IBRIDE Irina Cat Tray, £85 from Liberty
-Framed Cat Cushion, £19.50 from M&S
-Journal from the Laurel Burch Fantastic Felines Collection from Paperblanks (various sizes and prices)
-Retro Black Cat Lightswitch Cover, £3.92 from Etsy (available in different sizes)
-Cat Doormat, £10 from Next
-Pyropet Candle, £30, available from Urban Outfitters (visit their website pyropetcandles.com to see how it works!)

A few months ago I shared part of my postcard collection. Over the past six months I have added a few more to my paper hoard. They were found at a couple of museum gift shops and a stationers, and encompass many themes, including cats, the fairground, vintage advertising and sci-fi.

Let me know which one is your favourite and if you know of any creative ideas for their display.

'Black Cat' Japanese matchbox label, collection of Jane McDevitt

‘Black Cat’ Japanese matchbox label, collection of Jane McDevitt

Brasso ad from 1950

Brasso ad from 1950

Scrabble-inspired letter L, purchased from Paperchase

Scrabble-inspired letter L, purchased from Paperchase

Space Dust packaging from the 1980s

Space Dust packaging from the 1980s

Robot design, from Paperchase

Robot design, from Paperchase

Rowlands Rodeo Ark (date unknown)

Rowlands Rodeo Ark (date unknown)

I purchased this last postcard from Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre, which I wrote about here.

This Friday (7th February) marks the opening ceremony of the 22nd Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

I rather like this Sochi 2014 poster, featuring a diamond patchwork pattern in blue tones. The design nods to both its host nation and winter sports, and the colours remind me of Chagall’s stained glass.

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I found an article highlighting poster design from each of the Winter Games, beginning in Chamonix in 1924. From the article, I have selected some of the more interesting designs, including St Moritz, Lillehammer, and Nagano.

The full article and all of the posters can be found here

Chamonix 1924

Chamonix 1924

St Moritz 1948

St Moritz 1948

Cortina d'Ampezzo 1956

Cortina d’Ampezzo 1956

Innsbruck 1964

Innsbruck 1964

Grenoble 1968

Grenoble 1968

Innsbruck 1976

Innsbruck 1976

Calgary 1988

Calgary 1988

Lillehammer 1994

Lillehammer 1994

Nagano 1998

Nagano 1998

Torino 2006

Torino 2006

Since starting my blog in April 2013, I have written about many subjects, and have enjoyed exploring new topics. I will continue to write about what inspires me, and to discover new passions.

I have selected my favourite five posts since the beginning of Deco Domino, and let’s just say it’s a diverse bunch. Thank you to everyone who reads my blog; I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy writing it.

A post with bite

The purrfect post?

A very Jolly post

Postcards from New York

A post with a lot upfront

I have included a short history concerning some of the items. (Bottom row, left to right).

The Firebird, in Slavic folklore, is quite similar to the phoenix. It is a mythical, glowing creature, whose feathers stay lit even when they have fallen out. The Firebird is described as both a blessing and a curse to its finder. In 1910, the Firebird inspired a ballet of the same name, which was composed by Stravinsky.

Russian dolls, also known as ‘Matryoshka’ (‘little matron’) or ‘babushka’ (grandmother) dolls were first carved in Russia in the late 19th century by Vasily Zvyozdochkin, a folk crafts painter.

Khokhloma is a Russian craft of wood painting, which began in the 17th century. The wood is typically painted black and decorated in red and gold, usually in a floral pattern. Khokloma is seen in many forms, but is more commonly used for tableware.

Stockists
-Johnathan Ward Kartushya Candle, £35 from John Lewis. Also available as a diffuser.
-Oxford Damask Jacquard Cushion, £19.50 from M&S. Also comes in blue.
-PiP Studio Ribbon Rose Espresso Cup & Saucer (Khaki), £10. Available from most department stores and in other colours.
-Vintage Russian decorative plate (1990s) – ‘The Tsarevich and the Firebird’, £12.99 via Etsy.
-Marks and Spencer Russian Doll Cushion, £12.
-Soviet Khokhloma tray with six shot glasses (1970s, hand-painted), £29.20 via Etsy.