Weekly Inspiration: Springtime & Succulents.

Hello! This is a weekly(ish) feature where I share my photos with you. I carry my camera everywhere, and I constantly take pictures of things that excite me. Prepare to see lots of colours and patterns through my lens.

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Spring is the season where my camera gets the most action. It’s as though my creative brain comes out of hibernation as soon as the days start getting longer (hallelujah!). Last week I went to my favourite plant nursery and perved on all the beautiful plants. Along with everyone on Instagram and their dog, I do like a succulent or two…but I’m also partial to sherbet-orange petals and rainbow coloured leaves (the last two came home with me, and posed with me for a selfie). #YAYPLANTS

Blogstagram: The week in Instagram Pictures.

Hello! If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that I’ve had a very colourful few weeks! Spring is coming and it’s a total relief to see the days  getting longer. Flowers are appearing, as is the sun and the blue sky. Hell-freaking-yes. All this colour and light has put me in a the mood for drawing and decorating, so I’ve been filling up my sketchbook with doodles and filling up my house with patterns and flowers. And, of course, I’ve been packing Retroviral mug orders…which never gets old! Here are a few recent Instagram snaps.

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Christmas Gift Guide: The Science Wishlist!

Hello! I have put together a collection of cool/beautiful science-themed goodies which make A+ Christmas presents. These items are mainly inspired by biology and natural history, and I’d be very happy to find them underneath my Christmas tree. Scroll down for a list of books, clothing, jewellery, artwork, home accessories and stationery. There’s stuff for kids, stuff for grown ups, pretty things and simply badass things. Enjoy!

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1. 3D printed bracelet, inspired by Radiolarians. By Nervous System. £52.35

2. The Universe is Under No Obligation to Make Sense to You, art print by DangerDust. £13.09

3. Mitochondria Greeting Card, by Anatomically Correct Greetings. £2.78

4. Natural History Illustration butterfly brooches, by Blings to Pay the Bills. £5.69

5. Melatonin molecule necklace, by Cherryloco Jewellery. £15.oo

6. Anemone clutch bag, by Saskia Pomeroy. £45.00

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7. Petri Dish Paper Coaster Set, by Proton Paperie. £9.82

8. White Blood Cell (basophil) plushie, by ButterflyLove1. £10.47

9. Fluid Earrings, inspired by ammonite fossils. By Nervous System. £13.09

10. HIV Retroviral Mug, fine bone china, by Thefty. £9.90

11. Herpes Retroviral Mug, fine bone china, by Thefty. £9.90

12. Rabies Retroviral Mug, fine bone china, by Thefty. £9.90

13. Moorland Botanical Sweater, by Masha Reva x SNDCT. £78.53

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14. Endangered Bee Board Shorts, by Riz. £90.00

15. Animalium: Welcome to the Museum. By Katie Scott and Jenny Broom. £15.49

16. Sex, Drugs & Rock n Roll, book by Zoe Cormier. £12.99

17. Set of White Pencils with Purpose, by Newton and the Apple. £6.50

18. Dinosaur Santa Christmas card, by Thefty. £1.75

19. Anatomy Tee, by nonfictiontees. £9.81

Happy shopping!

 

Blogstagram: The week in Instagram pictures.

Hello! Happy Halloween! It’s been another busy week at Thefty HQ! Apart from being up to my eyeballs in mugs, I’ve also been up to my eyeballs in…eyeballs (see below). And pumpkins, and monsters, and zebras, and mugs. Did I mention mugs? It has been a good week in real life, and of course on Instagram. Check it out:

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Thefty-Blogstagram-Halloween-625px-006Snacking on (gummi) eyeballs while working at my desk. They taste pretty good, AND they contrast nicely with my lipstick. Win-win.

Thefty-Blogstagram-Halloween-625px-003I love the Hendrick’s gin packaging design: Vintage-style illustrations, gold foiling, and insects in ballgowns. YES. I approve.

Thefty-Blogstagram-Halloween-625px-001Mugs and monsters in the office. (This is how most people have reacted to my Retroviral mug collection.)

Thefty-Blogstagram-Halloween-625px-005A Halloween vignette including my boyfriend’s zebra mask.

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What are you doing for Halloween?

Blogstagram: The week in Instagram pictures.

Hello! What a week it’s been! As you may have noticed* I finally launched my first ever collection of illustrated mugs. Woohoo!

The collection is called Retroviral, and is as retro and as sciencey as it sounds. So many lovely people have already ordered mugs online, and I’ve been up to my eyeballs in bubblewrap and boxes. I love it! Parcels have already been dispatched to Hawaii and Las Vegas and other far flung locations. (My mugs are clearly leading a more exotic life than I am.) Here are a few of my Instagram photos, documenting a week of the best kind of chaos:

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In case you’re wondering: Of course I made time for technicolour tea parties and bouquets of lilies despite the madness. Those are the things that keep me sane. Here’s to another good week (and yes, I know it’s Wednesday!).

 

* Ahem – If you’ve managed to miss my constant posting, I salute you.


WEEKLY INSPIRATION: Happy New Year!

Hello! This is a weekly feature where I share my photos with you. I carry my camera everywhere, and I constantly take pictures of things that excite me. Prepare to see lots of colours and patterns through my lens.

Happy new year! My 2014 began with disco balls and dancing dinosaurs, good friends and good times. We celebrated with a party in my flat, where the dress code was over-the-top glamour. As expected, there were plenty of tuxes and sequinned dresses, but there was at least one person in a dinosaur onesie (including a gold bowtie, naturally).

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Below is my Vasilopita, which is a traditional Greek New Year’s Eve cake. It is traditionally a plain sponge cake, and I obviously felt the need to add chocolate and colourful sprinkles.

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Helena-Maratheftis-weekincolourNYE2013-04I got a disco ball for Christmas, which is pretty much a lifelong dream come true (I wish I were joking). The gnome was also a gift – he came plain white, and I spray-painted him because that is the sort of thing I do. Gnomes aside, I was very excited to wear my rainbow sequin dress for two reasons. Firstly, it is a rainbow sequinned dress. Secondly, it was given to me by my elderly neighbour who used to wear it in her youth, so it’s extra special to me.Helena-Maratheftis-weekincolourNYE2013-17

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Weekly Inspiration: Autumn becomes Winter.

Hello! This is a weekly feature where I share my photos with you. I carry my camera everywhere, and I constantly take pictures of things that excite me. Prepare to see lots of colours and patterns through my lens.

I was lucky enough to get out of the city last week, just in time to catch Autumn turning into winter at Longleat. In the woods, there were lemon-lime and sherbet coloured leaves peeking through layers and layers of milky fog. We went for morning walks and found frogs under logs, mushrooms in the dirt, and spider webs soaked in dew.

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Instagramming: Patterns, petals and pixels.

Lately, I’ve been posting plenty of distorted images on Instagram: I’ve been taking photos through foggy windows, through my teleidoscope,  as well as posting ‘work in progress’ shots of my computer screen rather than my sketchbook. All of this results in (intentionally!) blurred and pixellated images with really lovely textures. I love playing with Instagram because the filters allow me to add even more layers of distortion, which is pretty much my definition of Good Fun. Yes, I’m so rock’n’roll.

Here are some recent favourites:

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It’s a struggle to not be that annoying person who Instagrams the  bejeezus out of everything, but I reckon I’m doing a decent job of reigning it in. I mean, I’ve only got 13 photos of food on there! (Yes, I went and counted.)

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Weekly Inspiration: Bright Lights & Watermelons.

Hello! This is a weekly feature where I share my photos with you. I carry my camera everywhere, and I constantly take pictures of things that excite me. Prepare to see lots of colours and patterns through my lens.

This week I dressed as an electrical storm, carried a watermelon, got a bunch of sunflowers, accommodated a kitsch armchair in my flat, and danced under a ceiling of lightbulbs. Here’s the evidence:

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Helena-Maratheftis-weekincolour27-09That floral armchair is a masterpiece of kitsch, yes? It’s hideous, with frills on the bottom and shrunken, faded upholstery, but I won’t lie: I love it. How did I end up with it in my flat? Well…

My boyfriend found The Armchair on the side of the road about 8 years ago, on the streets of his student town. He and a friend pushed it home (in a downpour, no less) and I’m shocked it  didn’t die a mouldy death shortly thereafter. After graduation, my boyfriend somehow convinced his parents to take it home, and the chair was tucked in a room at the far end the house (i.e. hidden).

We’d see it every time we visited, and the chair acquired its own mythology. Over the years, I sort of fell in love with the chair and its story. That, ladies and gents, is called Stockholm Syndrome, and it explains how I ended up agreeing to be the new owner of this thing. Truth be told, it totally fits in with the kitschy rainbow that is my flat. I mean, seriously, it looks right at home next to my painting and purple chest of drawers.

p.s. This was meant ot go up last Friday but there was a technical glitch…so you might be getting two batches of photos this week!