How To : Sweetly Swamped Nails

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On the weekend I realised that I have been missing a glaringly obvious area of my body that is ripe for the bedazzling. My nails!  When I realised that I have been neglecting the small, blank canvases on the tippy tips of my fingers, it became necessary for me to RUN to the bargain shop and get my hands on some acrylics STAT.  My next step was obvious, and the results were splendid.  As such, I felt it only fair to share with you how you may also achieve nail oriented wonder.  So, here goes…

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You will need:

– A bunch of junky bits and pieces.  For my sweetly swamped nails I have used small pearls, gems, pink pom poms and googly eyes.

– Hot glue gun

– Set of acrylic nails

Method:

The process of putting your nails together is so easy.  Literally all you have to do is glue all your gems/treasures/poms onto the nails in arrangements of your choosing.  For mine I began with a pom pom on the tip of each nail and then glued the gems and pearls around the pom.  After doing this, I topped each pom pom off with a googly eye.  The results? Ideal.

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Once you have finished gluing all the goodness to your acrylics, it’s time to affix these friends to your nail beds.  Simply use some nail glue to attach them to your fingernails and then BOOM, you are the envy of everyone you have ever met and are yet to meet.

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Do not underestimate the raw power of a set of jazzy nails.  As someone kindly pointed out on instagram, washing dishes would be pretty much impossible with these champions on your tips…and isn’t that just delightful?!  What better excuse is there to get out of doing chores and general hum-drum activities?

Have fun!

xx

 

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A-pom-ogising

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Sometimes it can be hard to say, “I’m sorry”…particularly when it comes to the little things.  The everyday human might think, why bother? I’m sure this little slip up doesn’t even matter and yet, this is the point where I really struggle.  I am a chronic ‘stewer’. Once I think I have done something wrong, or haven’t said the right thing, I can’t let it go.  I stew on it and stew on it, until I have become a fully boiled, anxious, soup.  It would seem that the easy solution to this would be verbally apologising – just confronting the issue head on, and saying, “I DID THE WRONG”.   But, it’s not as easy as this for me.  My anxious soup is counter balanced by a really delicious, stubborn, pie…which I am so good at baking, and then feeding to myself.  Often I will feel like I have done something wrong and then am too stubborn to allow myself to apologise.  It can be a really vicious cycle that leads to lots of fretting and general annoyance to the people around me…who I then feel like I should also be apologising to because I have been talking so incessantly about something so petty…but then that whole stubborness thing comes into play…and now here we are again.   So, when it comes to doing things wrong, like accidentally spoiling the end of a TV show, incorrectly tagging people on social media, or not  appropriately responding when someone tells me they have broken up with the love-of-their-life…I decided that I needed to find a better way to confront these mistakes…and how better than with the assistance of a pom?

Assuming there are others out there that are in need of a little assistance when it comes to saying sorry for the little things, I thought I would show you how to prepare your own apology pom pom.  It’s really very easy.

You will need:

1 x reason to apologise

1 x pom pom (handmade is always ideal)

1 x toothpick

1 x black texta

1 x glue (preferrably hot)

1 x scissors

1 x rectangular strip of cardboard

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To make your Apomogy, you will need to cut yourself up a handsome rectangle of white cardboard. Then you will need to write what you are apologising for on the cardboard. Once this is done, glue the strip of cardboard to your toothpick.

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The next step is super easy, but really the most satisfying part of the exercise, and that is jamming your little sign of apology into your prepared pom pom.

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And then VOILA, you are done.  But don’t let me stop you there.  Please feel free to embrace the sensation of being an OVER APOMOGISER and showering all your friends…or perhaps just the same friend…in apologies.  They can be big things, little things, silly things, or things that are out of your control.  Whatever the thing is that you want to apologise for, let your heart run wild and express it all through the power of a pom.

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This is an example of an apology for something I have no control over but am truly and profoundly sorry for.  I might leave this on the doorstep of my local Pizza Hut.  Hopefully they will appreciate my craft-workmanship and take on board my feelings. Perhaps this humble pom will make them see the error of their ways.

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I hope you have found this project useful.  I would love to see your own apology poms, so feel free to tag @imakestagram on the instagram if you feel so inclined, and share it with my eyeballs.  I would really love to see.

xxx

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Made My Week

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Last week was pretty crazy on the making front.  As I have mentioned in earlier posts, I have been frantically trying to get Bridesmaid dresses finished, and last week I made some really good headway!  I have 3 of the 6 frocks completed…and I am so happy with how they are looking!  In other news, I have been a little obsessed lately with the idea of making a Pom Pom Magic Crystal Tree, which I fiiiinally finished after weeks of pomming.  However, now that I am finished, I am not really sure what I intend to do with it.  I think maybe just stare at it?  I wish so hard that I could make a life size magic crystal tree.  But if this took me weeks to make…a life size version could very well claim the rest of my life…

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In other, other news, on Sunday I scooted off to my friend Pae’s house to work on some outfits for the upcoming Grates Tour.  I have attached a little sneaky peak photos of some of the glittery ‘Junk Jackets’ we are working on for the shows, and also some snaps of the matching gumboots I made just for funsies. Also, we will be decorating sunglasses again at this year’s Splendour In the Craft Tent, so I couldn’t help but whip up a couple of new frames for inspo because, why not? Also, for some added fun, I have FINALLY started an Etsy account…where I will be selling many of my creations from now on.  It’s been a long time coming, but I have finally gotten my act together…so go!  Buy the things! You can browse here and the link is also available in this page’s header.  I will be adding more goodies as the weeks go on, but in the meantime there are a couple of treasures there to get you started if you are keen.

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But crafty pursuits and swamped adventures aside, the true highlight of my week would have to have been introducing my two darling daughters, Daphne and Daisy, to their new Winter jackets. Late last week my poochies started doing what I like to call The June Shake, which is essentially a jazzy title for ‘the dogs are shivering because they are cold. So obviously, I had to go and find them some winter jumpers to keep their furry bods warm in this frosty weather.

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Aside from these light making-adventures, I don’t have a whole lot else to report.  This week I am going to try and make some headway on a little Zine that I am putting together and get going on my plans for the next photo shoot for Frankie Magazine – which I am SUPER excited about!  Anywho, hope everyone has a splendid week!

Speak soon! xx

 

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Hold Me Closer :: Behind The Scenes

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A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of working alongside photographer extraordinaire Natalie McComas to bring to life the latest fashion editorial shoot for Frankie Magazine.  This shoot was the culmination of weeks of meticulous planning and garment sourcing to ensure that my concept of “giving yourself a hug” could actually be pulled off.  With the help of some excellent humans including Alex Atanasov (who assisted with both styling and hugging on the day), her crazy talented sister Elena Atanasov (who put the amazing hair do’s together), and some heavenly models, we managed to bring it all together and create something really dreamy.  Natalie McComas was a delight to work with and as expected did such a beautiful job on the images! We were also extra lucky to have her snap away some shots of what was happening behind the scenes, so I can now share the results with you on this here blog. You can see the results of our shoot in this months latest issue #66 of Frankie Magazine.

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A big thank you to all the models Emily Chamberlain, Ryan DeVeau, Jas Guy, Samantha Hardgrave, Lucinda Kent, Alexandra Otter, and Katie Wighton.

xx

 

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Let’s Share Our Eyeballs

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Last weekend was a pretty dreamy affair. Me and my gal pals hopped on a plane and headed down to Melbourne for a fun filled adventure, where we ate our way across the city and beyond.  I thought it only right to share some snaps of our journey with you as, after all, so many wondrous things happened!

On Thursday evening we stayed at a heavenly little AirBnB in Fitzroy, which meant that come Friday morning a hearty breakfast and some drool-worthy street art was within arms reach.  Breakfasting at the Auction Rooms, I feasted on a very pleasing brisket/hash situation and guzzled down 17 coffees.  It was a pretty great time, particularly as we got to share the meal with our friend Vonny, who lives in Melbourne, and who we all yearn to see when we’re back in Brisbane town.  After Breakfast, it was time for a wander.  Strolling down various streets and lane ways, we discovered the most lush store called Looseleaf, which was positively filled to the brim with all sorts of green delights.  Here I picked up the below little cacti friend as a little gift for the A+ people at Frankie Magazine, which was my next stop after some Boutique shopping and…another 17 coffees.

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Skooting over to Port Melbourne, I was totally stoked to be able to meet the staff at Frankie Magazine’s HQ.  I have been doing a mix of photography and styling work for them over the last few months, so it was grand to be able to put faces to names, have a sticky beak at the latest issue, share in some cups of tea, and then just partake in a good chatter.  After this, I was so giddy on Frankie-Fumes that there was really nothing else to do but go straight to Gertrude Street, meet back up with the girlies, and eat some fried chicken from Belle’s Hot Chicken.  The preceding hours were spent browsing shops along Smith and Gertrude street before walking back to our apartment to drink some wine, and really just kill some time before it would be sensible for us to eat again.  Eat again we did, and the night was spent at the Builders Arms where we ate and drank ourselves into a state of merriness.  The evening was finished with dessert from Messina Gellati, and a late night impromptu viewing of a Drag Show at a pokey little Cabaret Bar on Brunswick street.  I felt like I was in a very ideal dream sequence.

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Saturday was also a blur of wonderful.  The morning was spent hunting down All Day Donuts (i.e.. The greatest donut shop EVER run by Beci Orpin and her husband) to procure snacks for our epic road trip to Rye.  I got the Strawberry Cheesecake flavour, which was very tasty and successful in inducing the sugar coma I had anticipated.  This sugar coma was an ideal companion on the preceding 2 hour drive to CUTE TOWN (otherwise known as Rye) because it made us all very delirious, giggly, and generally singsongy throughout the car trip.

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A small insight into the group I was travelling with is that they are all very interested in good times and (if you hadn’t guessed it already) good food.  As such, they had the bright idea, that we would gather fresh ingredients for our dinner from farm gates and local stores throughout Rye. We stopped at a whole variety of these spots to gather our ingredients – my favourite of which was a small Goat Farm in Rosebud where we got to meet all these merry goats.  My chosen goat was Sean Penn, who was too busy and important to walk on his legs, but instead scurried across the field on his elbows. He also appeared to have two dangly, white, pom poms hanging from his neck which indicated to me that under different circumstances we might have been the very best of friends. Anywho, after meeting the goats and then purchasing some of their cheese, we trotted off to the beach to watch the sunset and SHIVER INTENSELY together because it was so bloody cold.  It was beautiful though, and by the time the sun had scooted off, we knew it was our turn to do the same.  Arriving at our Cabin in Rye, we changed into our Pj’s, lit a fire, and huddled around a cheese board to laugh the night away.  It really was an ideal time.

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Sean Penn: The Elbow Strolling Goat

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Cutest Farm Gate EVER. Would live in this tiny cubby.

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Friends who are freezing cold together, stay together.

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Anywho, I could go on, and tell you more about Sean Penn’s Poms, but then we are entering novella territory and who really has time for that? In summation, it is very certain that I will be spending the rest of this week dreaming of our splendid times and looking forward to our next adventure. xx

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Pro-craftination.

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Getting back into the groove this week has been a little tough after last week’s stint in Hong Kong/China, but in order to do so I have tried to busy myself with some urgent/not so urgent projects.  On the urgent list is BRIDESMAID DRESSES.  I am getting married in 3 months (how did that come around so quickly??) and as I have committed to the task of making the dresses for my 6 gal-pals, I have really had to knuckle down on my sewing this week…as I don’t want to be throwing it all together at the last minute.  That being said, I get distracted easily.  And when this happens I am lured by the ‘not-so-urgent-list’ which is filled with fun tasks such as:

– Paint those cute white shoes with wormy lines.

– Glue googy eyes to tear-outs of celebrities and then customise their outfits.

– Cover plain wall in glitter stars

– Spruce up study to an appropriate glittery standard.

Needless to say the Bridesmaid dresses are yet to be completed, but I am feeling hopeful that this weekend will offer me a whirl-wind of opportunities to make progress on this task.

As a side note, I have decided to make another collection of frocks for auction on my Facebook Page.  I have been working on a number of paper dresses which, whilst not entirely practical, need to have owners…and will be auctioned off to benefit a really radical charity called Fitted For Work.  These guys focus on helping unemployed women gain employment and reclaim their confidence and self esteem in the work place.  Theirs is a really excellent cause and one that I can’t wait to support. So, keep checking in on this here blog/my instagram/the facebook page for details on when the auction will be live.  This is the first little collection I will have done for auction this year, so I am super pumped to get back into the zone!

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Anywho, that’s all from me!  Hope everybody has a splendid weekend filled with eating multiple breakfasts in one day and seeing the friendly faces that they missed throughout the week.

x

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Hong Kong and Home Again

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Last week I had the pleasure of heading to Hong Kong for a work trip.  I was delighted to see so many beautiful things along the way – everything from food, to flowers, to garments was just so amazing to behold.  There is such a huge luxury market in Asia, so I relished the opportunity to stroll through the halls of places like Lane Crawford and the IFC mall to touch and feel some of the most beautiful garments.  Every time I go to Hong Kong, I have an insane urge to buy all of the things. Luckily most of the stuff I like is WELL out of my price range, so in many cases I just settled for photos of their wonderment instead.

Hong Kong is really an amazing city.  There are so many laneways to get lost in and little boutiques to discover.  We had the MOST amazing dinner one night at a place called Yardbird on Hollywood Road.  The food was incredible and I particularly enjoyed myself with their ‘Jolly Rancher’ beverage…which was some sort of Watermelon-Joyous-Cocktail situation that I could really get acquainted with on a long term basis.  I liked the place so much that I nearly bought a t-shirt.  At that point it was clear I had had too many Jolly Ranchers.

The thing about these work trips though, is that they fly by so quickly.  Before you know it you have done what you went to do, and you are back on the plane sipping a mineral water, watching 3 new release movies, and then waking up surprised to find yourself back at home again.

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These vintage, Prada, brogues were not only beautiful, but they were also in my size.  It took such strength to just walk away.

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I wish I could be a pastel robot and have these shoes in my life.  Marc Jacobs, you have got it going on.

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I had my cake and I ate it too.

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We caught the ferry across the river and scored the most amazing view! Such an amazing city with so much to be discovered.

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See you next time HK!

xx

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Fairy Bread

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Do yourself a nice favour. Make some Fairy bread:

Ingredients:

– Sliced white bread (I don’t want to hear that you’ve used a seeded option, or a rye, or a burgen.  Just get the shit stuff and commit to the impending deliciousness.)

– Butter

– Coloured Sprinkles

Method

– Butter the bread

– Sprinkle the sprinkles

– Cut the bread in half.

– Create immense stack of Fairy Bread

– Vaccuum the floor because you have spilt so many sprinkles on it during your liberal ‘snowing’ of Fairy Bread bread OR summon the poochies to complete this task for you.

– FEAST ON THE FAIRY BREAD.

 

x You are welcome in advance x

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This week: PAINT!

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For those who find themselves reading this blog, it may seem that I jump across mediums a lot.   One day (or year) it’s dressmaking, next it’s photography…then it’s pom pom making, piñata-ing….then pasta framing…and now this week, it’s painting.  I know that I really should just pick one thing and stick to it, but i literally can’t help myself.  EVERYTHING just looks like so much fun to do, and I can’t help but want to give EVERYTHING a whirl.  To add fuel to the fire, this week I was down at my local coffee shop, and one of the lovely girls there mentioned that they’d be keen to hang some of my art in their shop.  DID SOMEONE SAY, “MINI EXHIBITION”?!!!???!?! I THINK THAT’S WHAT I HEARD!!  Not content to have just a few of my mediocre scribbles hanging on the wall, I am now determined to fill that heavenly bistro with AS MANY of my mediocre scribbles as I can possibly assemble in the next 5 days.

From what I gathered from my highschool art classes, being an artist is all about finding your style, your point of view, and expressing meaning through your chosen medium (obviously there is a lot more to it than that…but, please humour my humble description).  Right now, i can describe my meaning/message/style as…swirly?  Or maybe swirly-whirly? I have been feeling pretty swirly lately.  I feel like time is flying by, and fitting in everything I want to into a day just gets trickier and trickier! I wish there was more time for me to hang out with my puppies, hot glue all the things, and make all the nick nacks for my wedding that I need to make!! I am trying my very best to fit everything in, but all this cramming is leaving me feeling a little overwhelmed and well, JUST SO SWIRLY!

So I guess, come next Wednesday, my seminal Swirlist work will be residing on the walls of one Stafford Cafe and will be available for some swift purchasing.

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So, if you fancy yourself an excellent coffee and a look at some pastel swirls, head on down to Pod Espresso in Stafford from next Wednesday. xx

 

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Craft-Related-Injuries

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It is time for me to fess up and reveal that crafty-sewing-times are not always shrouded in a mist of rainbows and valenciaga-filter-gram glows. Sometimes the DIY life has its dark side, and I feel like I need to chat about it.

Monday night started off like any other evening. We made dinner, fed the poochies, and eventually found ourselves plonked in front of the TV to watch an episode of House of Cards. As is usual in this situation, I took the opportunity to start on a new Pom Pom sculpture idea I have had (which I think is basically going to be the best thing ever). Getting right into the pom-zone, I solidly wound and trimmed wool for at least 2 episodes…ignoring the dull throb of my blistered finger (an injury incurred from an earlier pom session). When the credits finally rolled on episode 2, and I blinked my way out of my pom-induced-trance, I looked down at the coffee table and smiled: 10 beautifully sculpted pom-poms sat in front of me. All perfectly trimmed, all perfectly rounded…and bringing me one step closer to my pom-sculpture dream.

Fast-forward 45 minutes and I am tucked in bed. I will confess, that on the way to bed there was a slight mishap involving Daisy, who mustered up the gumption to take a cute, little, piss in the middle of our bed. Thanks Daisy. Ducking into my craft room (where all our fresh linen also lives), we quickly changed the bed and started up the washing machine…naturally narrating the whole event with, “Naughty Girl! Why you do this? You’re better than this Daisy!!!”

Any who, eventually I am tucked in bed and drift off to sleep UNTIL Tom wakes me up at midnight with some gentle shoulder shakes and the nervous announcement of, “Rachel…Rachel wake up…I’m so sorry! I’m so sorry the dogs have torn apart all your poms. They must have gotten into the craft room while we were changing the bed. I’m so sorry”

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Now. Had you told me earlier, pre-house-of-cards viewing…pre-delicious Mexican salad, and merry pom-pom-trancing that I would spend the upcoming time slot of 12am-1.30am HOWL CRYING HYSTERICALLY, literally curled up in the fetal position crying ‘it’s so sad! My poms! My poms…oh god! My Poms’… I may not have believed you. I honestly don’t know what came over me. I was just so upset that I could spend that much time making something…all for two cutie-little-bastards to come along and totally undo all my work…and this led me to a state of complete and utter dementedness. Seriously, I lost it. I was crying for soooooooo long and soooooo loudly, that all Tom could do was pat me on the head and say “I know, I know…those poms were more than just poms” (this is why we are getting married fyi) and me crying, “Yeahhhh-they-WERE-THE –START-OF-SOMETHING-BEAUTIFUL”.

Screen Shot 2015-04-16 at 12.36.06 PMThe next day, I felt suitably embarrassed for having a break -down over the loss of my pom poms. I mean, god help me if something actually harrowing ever happens to me or a loved one…if this was my reaction over the loss of some poms. But in general, this whole incident got me thinking about other instances where crafts had caused me pains.

What immediately came to mind was Splendour in the Craft. Last year my gal pal Patience and I ran a Swamp-Your-Sunnies workshop at the festival. It was a great success., we made loads of sunnies, everyone was merry…and I also clocked up some 2nd degree burns all over my hands from A ROGUE HOT GLUE GUN – which exploded all over my hand at the beginning of the workshop…so I spent the next 50 minutes helping people decide on their pearl > gem ratio…whilst also peeling the glue/flesh off my hands and taking little moments to hide behind the Southside Tearoom fridge…so I could have a private moment to weep.

The more I thought about it, the more I pondered on instances where I have casually sewn through a fingernail…or developed a skin irritation to pva glue, or completely compromised my mental state by sewing alone in a tiny garage for 2 months straight. And yet I continue down this hazardous road, putting my body parts and brain on the line, all in pursuit of that crafty dream! That illusive pom sculpture which better be as good as I think it’s gonna be.

Anywho. I know this has been a really length epistle but I felt like I needed to share. If you would like to share your craft woes, email me at imakeyouwearit@gmail.com I would totally love to hear them.

xx

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