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The Book Thief
I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
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At Home: A Short History of Private Life
One Summer: America, 1927
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Friday 26th August, 2016
New Beginnings!


My goodness, talk about planting new seeds aka. websites!! I've got them springing up all over the place!
For those not in the know already, I logged into my Facebook account as per this morning only to be met with a big fat DIVERSION telling me that I HAD to set up a 'business style page' as it appeared I was operating something akin to that on my 'personal page' and that apparently violates Facebook's rules...
Which is crazy because I have never used my FB page for business purposes... as always FB has their finger on the pulse ...
Anywayz, at first this 'move' alarmed me a little bit because I thought it was going to delete my personal profile, but then once the set-up occured I saw that no, in fact it was a completely separate page and my old one will still be left in tact Phew!
So actually, 12 hours on, i'm feeling pretty excited about having a dedicated Totallee.net Facebook page! (Even if I was forced into it)
God I handle unforseen change well don't I?!? Like a BOSS! !!
If you would like to check out the fancy pants OFFICIAL Totallee.net facebook page, feel free to pop over and like it right HERE!
BIG BIG BIG UPDATE coming tomorrow!!!
Get your stripes on people !! (well, at least HALF of them !!)


Lee xox

Thursday 25th August, 2016
Moving Day


So.... i'm moving... hosting plans!
A BIG 'thank you' to everyone who e-mailed/messaged/etc to let me know that you have been having trouble accessing this website!
I spent over an hour with a lovely customer service person who said that they were aware of some connectivity issues with a few of their services and they are working on it which is good to know. He also had a mild conniption when he logged into my account (to see if anything was wrong on my end) and saw that I hadn't upgraded my hosting plan since...well...EVER!
11 YEARS !!
I mean everything (up until recently) has been working right?! So why change it?!
Anywayz, long story short...I changed it
I am paying the exact same amount per month for this new hosting plan, but it comes with a super sexy panel for me to upgrade and operate everything from !
Which means ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to you guys, but just know that it's pretty darn snazzy at my end !!
So far the move to the new 'host' has been smooth. However, over the coming days I will be moving things about (pages, images, etc.) so there could be some more glitches in store. If you see any OH-MY-FREAKING-GOD-LEE-WHAT-THE-HELL-IS-HAPPENING type issues, please shoot me an email to let me know as that would be a tremendous amount of help !!
I am FAR from an expert when it comes to coding - definitely more of a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants / press this button and see what happens kinda girl, so any help would be AWESOME !!
Hopefully everything will be running....or gliding along smoothly again soon!


Lee xox

Wednesday 24th August, 2016
Liberty Style



'Liberty Style' by Martin Wood
Frances Lincoln Limited, 2014
Book #32 of 2016 went from being a fab fantasy (which I am still yet to restart!) to a non-fiction title showcasing the history of one of Britain's most successful and influential players in bringing fashion, craftsmanship, design and taste to the world's stage.
Yeah! I bet you didn't see that coming! I certainly didn't !
Truth is, I requested this book aaaages ago at the library because I was on the hunt for some inspiration concerning a background for a possible portrait I have in mind. I was picturing an art nouveau inspired pattern and hence, did a search for 'art nouveau wallpaper patterns' in the library database and voila ! This book popped up.
So when I went to pick it up, it turned out to be MASSIVE and BRIMMING with glossy full page illustrations cheering! Just what I wanted!
HOWEVER it proved to be so much more than pretty pictures!!
Now I will be the first one to admit that I know very little when it comes to the great 'eras' in British architecture, fashion, style, etc...
I mean it's a good day if I get 'Georgian', 'Victorian' and 'Edwardian' in the right order
So it would be fair to say that I went into this one completely blind, but my goodness...
The story behind founder, Mr. Arthur Liberty, his store the 'East India House' and it's EXPANSION is one heck of an inspiring tale! Opened for business in May, 1875 on London's prestigious Regent Street, this shop transformed the lives of thousands!
I could literally harp on for pages about the vision and entrepreneurial spirit of Arthur Liberty, but suffice it to say, his passion for retail, customer EXPERIENCE and service and the love he had for discovering new designers, fabrics, art, the list goes on is just so heartwarming. I know I sound daft, but I started out in retail and over the last 15 years, by god has the QUALITY in every aspect of the shopping experience deteriorated! From the service, the presentation of goods, the quality of the goods, the attitude of staff and management...(get off your box Lee), so to read about a time and place that took great pride in the choosing of its goods, staff, style and craftsmanship...Ugh... guys it was simply lovely to read about
Quick summary - On the back of the industrialisation of Britain, Liberty embraced advancements in technology whilst still being committed to the ideals of the Arts & Crafts movement by seeking out new, exciting designers and craftsmen to design goods for the aspiring middle classes. Those who once couldn't afford high-end designer pieces, the likes offered by William Morris, could now own locally produced and internationally sourced fashionable ware without having to sell a kidney or two. After the second reform bill passed in 1867, the balance within British society was shifting from the aristocracy and gentry, over to the middle classes. Liberty saw the writing on the wall, saw that these folks were now able to buy their own homes and therefore would have the means to furnish them!
This book did what I LOVE all non-fction books to do and that is it made me HUNGRY to find out so much more about this time period, the designers of the day, the associated art movements, etc..
It well and truly wet my appetite to know more and I really love when that happens
Honest to goodness Liberty had a hand in EVERYTHING!!! Fine silks, soft furnishings, glassware, metalwork, wallpaper, fashion, textiles, ceramics, interior design, the list goes on and on and on and so does the list of their clientel! International Royalty, Russian Czars, to creating dresses specially designed for Joanna Lumley in the sixties
And here was me just expecting a quick flip through to grab a pattern or two!!
So as you can probably tell, this book surprised me and I learnt a HUGE amount!!
I guess the moral here is to pick up a book once in a while that you know NOTHING about! It may surprise you and open your mind
Arthur Liberty, I salute you and the countless others who brought style, art, design and true craftsmanship to the masses!


Lee xox

Tuesday 23rd August, 2016
RAWR!



Wakey wakey gorgeous !!
Due to my condition known as 'impulsive-starter-of-all-things-crocheted' syndrome, these striking, majestic creatures took a back seat there for a little while, but the hook got stuck back into them last night (ouuu that sounds painful...) and these gorgeous (I can't find another word for gorgeous...I have a thesaurus, I do know of other words, but honest to god they are JUST.SO.BEAUTIFUL!....well there we go...found another word lol)
35%!


I did change one of the lighter oranges about halfway up the snout and i'm really loving the results which is kinda hilarious as it was that darker burnt orange that was giving me anxiety about 20 rows ago however i'm super pleased with both shades now!
I am particularly STOKED about the shadow on that arm !! It's funny the things different people like and focus in on when it comes to pieces like these isn't it?! I'm sure no one else will be bothered about a creamy arm shadow, but that's where the party is for me right now !
The variation in the two cream tones i'm using is actually miniscule but the effect that they are creating is wonderful! I think because the darker cream has a slight shine to it, it just comes into it's own when the light hits it a certain way which I am digging alot
I am also LOVING this palette in general!!
I haven't really worked in oranges before and I dunno man, it's doing FAB things for my soul !
Although it's quite an autumnal palette, those oranges are giving me the warm spring-is-on-the-way fuzzies
Now just between you and me... I think we'll be seeing 40% on this one quite quickly because guess what?!?!...
I had a quick skim over the coming rows and we're going to be seeing an eye or two INSANELY soon-ish!!!!
I'm going to need to prepare for this.... once those eyes come in... my descriptive powers are going to go out the window guys...
Oh tigers.... why must you melt me


Lee xox

Monday 22nd August, 2016
Kanga Break!



UPDATE I got out of there with everything in tact. I mean there IS a 'fence' there but let's be real, it was only 3 bits of wire between me and them and it's coming up to Springtime down here.... and you know what that means...
So yeah I didn't wanna get any closer... I wussed out completely
Lee xox

Sunday 21st August, 2016
#SquirtleSquadGoals


So I went to update the site last night and BOOM the server was down
I can only assume, as it was a Saturday night, that it had decided to head on out, knock back a few beers and proceed to pass out ...
However, we are back online this morning
Which is FAB news because I have a new friend to introduce to you!
(Although many of you have already met via and )





AAGGHH SO MUCH CUTENESS!!!!
I decided to 'swag' him up and give him some squad shades because..
He gots da attitude
Plastic eyes are mega expensive where I live (no clue why?!)
I am too much of a stingy arse to pay for them
SHADES MAN!!! HE LOOKS AWESOME!!
I managed to get the bulk of filming done yesterday so the vid for the creation of this little cutie should be up this week
Now bear in mind, it won't ACTUALLY be a 'tutorial' but more of a hommage to Squirtle and a bit of a feature for the brilliant FREE pattern that I used to make him! (All will make sense soon!)
Till then....#SquirtleSquadGoals people


Lee xox

Friday 19th August, 2016
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Thursday 18th August, 2016
TotalShirley.net!!!



Grab your time-turners kids! It's time to head back HOME !!
Better yet! Go and grab yourself a pumpkin juice or a butterbeer, sit back and scrooooooll, because man have we been given an absolute treat today !!
The AMAZINGLY TALENTED SHIRLEY has mailed in pictures of her first SEVEN panels!!! THEY ARE FLIPPING PERFECT!! AND OUTRAGEOUSLY LARGE!!! !!
I absolutely ADORE them!! Check it out guys!!










SHIRLEY!!!! WOW. WOW. WOW!!!
Thank you so so much for sending in pictures!!! Our favourite elf is currently on Shirley's hook guys!! + we have one other panel to come
I don't know about you guys, but i'm prepared to set up camp in front of my inbox to await the pictures Not even lying....
I await your electronic owl with nervous excitement Shirley !!!

Lee xox

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