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A couple of weekends ago, I went to a sewing blogger meet up. I’ve been to a few of these now, it is always such fun talking sewing and stuff, and I’m beginning to feel slightly less out of my depth than I used to (I am still a pretty inexperienced sewer, having only started sewing after Milo was born, hence no time, and also due to my jack of all approach to crafty hobbies). There was quite a few people I hadn’t met before this time, always nice to meet more like minded people, and meet some online friend in real life for the first time. The online sewing community is just the best!

Anyway, the reason for this meet up was to visit the new fashion gallery in the National Museum of Scotland (my post about the other new galleries here), a rare treat for those of us with small kids to go to the museum and actually look at everything properly! I really loved the gallery, it was a good mix of antique, vintage and modern clothes. As usual with these things, I never marked down details (even though I walked round with Caro, who knows what she’s talking about and was showing all the interesting dressmaking techniques that had been used), so really it’s just a load of photos with the occasional comment, but gives a decent overview of the kind of stuff they’re showing.

I’m wearing my first Akita and my second Julia cardigan by the way.

National Museum of scotland fashion gallery
National Museum of scotland fashion gallery
National Museum of scotland fashion gallery
This one’s Comme des Garcons. I’m usually down with the volume in random places thing but this just looks like someone’s trying to fake a pregnancy

National Museum of scotland fashion gallery
Paper dress, like sewing pattern paper something to do with portability or something, hence the the envelope. Made me think fondly of the actually wearable paper dresses I posted about all the way back in 2009.

National Museum of scotland fashion gallery
National Museum of scotland fashion gallery
National Museum of scotland fashion gallery
This was one of the less ridiculous shoes on display, actually.

National Museum of scotland fashion gallery
Vivienne Westwood

National Museum of scotland fashion gallery
Looks a bit like a Bishop? Beautiful craftsmanship though

National Museum of scotland fashion gallery
National Museum of scotland fashion gallery
National Museum of scotland fashion gallery
By Mary Katrantzou. it looks like it’s pleated all over, but it’s actually just printed that way, and that’s just a simple a-line skirt

National Museum of scotland fashion gallery
Tweed picture

National Museum of scotland fashion gallery
National Museum of scotland fashion gallery
National Museum of scotland fashion gallery
National Museum of scotland fashion gallery
National Museum of scotland fashion gallery
This is my second favourite colour after mustard yellow. It doesn’t actually suit me, but I like it a lot. Before I had ever seen Russel Howard live or on you tube or the telly or anything, I went through a couple of years of thinking I liked him, based purely on the fact that the tshirt on his fringe poster was this colour.

National Museum of scotland fashion gallery
This, by Zandra Rhodes was my favourite thing in the gallery, because of the colours. Don’t they just shine so wonderfully? I would obviously not actually wear this (those beads on a string and a toddler are a recipe for disaster, but that colour combo has inspired me! (yellow looked even richer in real life))

National Museum of scotland fashion gallery
National Museum of scotland fashion gallery
Martin Margiela. This was a pleated fabric, plus print, plus interesting bits of volume. I liked this a lot

National Museum of scotland fashion gallery
This is also by MM, made from hospital bandages. I think that’s gimmicky and it just doesn’t look good. My least favourite thing.

National Museum of scotland fashion gallery
1970s jumping doggie print!

National Museum of scotland fashion gallery
Elsa Schiaparelli

National Museum of scotland fashion gallery
National Museum of scotland fashion gallery
National Museum of scotland fashion gallery
National Museum of scotland fashion gallery
I guess this kind of bodice is what Colette patterns were aiming for with their recent Rue dress disaster

National Museum of scotland fashion gallery

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49/52 Milo
49/52 Ellis

We put up the Christmas Tree today (Sunday), so nice to get all the decorations out, there’s a lot of ornaments Milo made at nursery in the last couple of years. Very happy our baubles are plastic as ellis mainly seemed t take the occasion as an opportunity to take them off.

A few extra photos this week:

Decorating the tree
Decorating the tree
Decorating the tree
Milo taking the stocking thing very literally!

Decorating the tree
Decorating the tree
Decorating the tree

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Project 52: 48/52

48/52
48/52 Milo

I was out a lot this weekend, so didn’t get pictures of the boys doing anything interesting, so just some ones of them sitting around on the sofa.

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The Secret Herb Garden

Secret Herb Garden

I haven’t blogged about the Secret Herb Garden properly since we first went in 2014 (look at how blonde and chunky Milo was!), though it’s featured in quite a few Project 52s, so I thought it was about time to revisit it! They’ve really spruced up the greenhouse furniture now, gone are the holey sofas and armchairs, it’s now mostly newer bench type seats, and there’s new kids toys and decorations too. Plus there’s a lot of new things on the site – a bee hut, a story cottage, chickens, some new gardens, another couple of bits of seating, and of course the beetle and the taxi you can play in. Perfect place to visit if you find yourself with a couple of hours to spare during which to entertain the kids, or for an alternative coffeeandcake stop after an ikea visit!

The Secret Herb Garden is at 32A Old Pentland Road, EH10 7EA.

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My style evolution

This started out as a quick outfit post, but ended up a bit of a trip down memory lane for me!

Some of you may know that I started this blog way back when (2008) because of the wardrobe remix Flickr group where you would post outfit photos pictures and it was the nicest community. I loved that group for the time of my life I was in. I joined it around 2005, when I was doing my masters, and kept up for a years, until Flickr stopped being a social network really. After my masters I started working for the government, I was young and finally in secure employment after lots of studying and random jobs. I put A LOT of effort into my outfits back then, following the unwritten ‘rules’ of WR, which were:

  • Clothing as an expression of creativity
  • wearing same clothes but wearing them in different combos – aka ‘remixing’ – with no repeats
  • thrifted was best. The cheaper, the better. I spent SO much time in charity shops back then!

What this meant in terms of my style was: All the colours, layering of everything (more unique combinations that way) and a liberal use of accessories. I have literally hundreds of vintage scarves (I got a lot of those as a oner from a swap group on flickr – 1 kilo’s worth!). I also favoured a fitted waist because back then my waist was disproportionately small (sob!). Here’s a fairly typical examples from 2012 (the photo quality of the proper old ones just wasn’t up to it)

red yellow and green

I am so far removed from all of that now. It hasn’t been an overnight process but a slow transition due to a change in my lifestyle and the general trends around me (or the trends among those that went through this with me. Who knows what the young’uns are up to these days really, e.g. sharpie eyebrows will never not look odd to me). My priorities now are:

  • Easy to crouch down in, cycle in, run over an uneven surface in
  • Does not contain anything that may in any way seem like a toy to a one and a half year old
  • Looks good while taking minimum time and thought to put on. Mix and matchable pieces that don’t need other things (like particular shoes) to go with them
  • Fits with what others around me are wearing. I don’t really rely on my clothes too much for my identity now, I’m quite happy blending in

I basically wear a version of this pretty much every day now – extra stretchy skinny jeans, minimal accessories, some kind of nice top. I have four pairs of jeans that I rotate, dark, mid-blue, grey and one pair in a navy non-denim fabric. I only very occasionally wear dresses now, sometimes when I’m not cycling to work, which isn’t very often. Plus I don’t even need that many jeans to be honest, because with two kids, we need to do washing 4 times a week minimum or things go totally out of control, so I could really live with quite a small number of clothes (true fact: I was working from home today (Wednesday) and we’ve run the machine four time today alone, and the dryer three times, though two of the washes were to rewash the stuff I’d done on Monday but had forgotten to hang up so went fusty, and one was because Ellis was sick in his bed). There’s actually a blog post from years ago on here somewhere where I’m expressing bafflement that people seem to do washing all the time, and saying that I need a lot of clothes because otherwise I’d have to do washing at less than full loads. Ah, childless past Franca, you had no idea!

Anyway, back to the clothes, this is a version of the jeans based uniform, but notable because I’d never worn the jumper before. I got it from Oxfam in the summer, I don’t really go charity shopping anymore, but I get my shampoo from Oxfam, so will usually have a wee scoot round for old times sake, and happened across this. It’s Swedish, menswear, and pure wool and I love the yoke design. It’s very warm hence why I haven’t worn it until the current cold spell. I am determined not to shrink this one as I usually do with woolies. I may even handwash it!

It's still autumn!
Note to self: do not attempt to take pictures in midday sun in partly shady spot, even in November. Do not attempt to make reluctant husband take your picture, because you get one shot and that is it. Those beautiful trees were hard to resist though, and hopefully make up somewhat for the terrible lighting situation.

close up
Lighting even worse in this close up. Meant to take one lying flat in even light when I got home but never did

Anyway, that’s enough random chat for now! I’m not even supposed to be blogging as I’ve got an assessment center next week that I need to prepare for, but I got a bit carried away

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Project 52: 47/52

47/52 Ellis

We’ve got a glut of cooking apples from the garden, which I’m on a mission to stew and freeze for making crumbles throughout the year. Ellis was having great fun, moving about the peels and apples between different containers.

47/52 Milo

It was the German school lantern parade yesterday, a bit belatedly for St. Martin (11 November) and the first time Milo was into the idea. I think the fact that there was hot chocolate at the end of this one helped! This is him just posing with his lantern outside the flat before it got properly dark.

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Upcycled Vintage Cabinet

Upcycled cabinet

Dave had a week off recently and this was his project. He bought this little cabinet for £12 two years ago, then sanded it down but got no further. Now it’s all painted with wee shapes and glossed to perfection to show off the lovely grain in the wood. It looks so good! I’m sorry that these photos aren’t great (dark day and uneven lighting situation), can’t win them all I guess.

Upcycled cabinet
Upcycled cabinet
Upcycled cabinet
Upcycled cabinet

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Project 52: 46/52

We had a bit of a hermitty weekend this weekend. Ellis hasn’t been well, so on Saturday I just took Milo to his swimming and German school, while Dave stayed at home with Ellis then on Sunday it was such shitty weather that even though Ellis was heaps better, we stayed in all day building epic brio train tracks and watching star wars (Milo is obsessed, he’s got no idea what’s going on but likes all the characters, R2D2, ‘the goldy one’ (C3PO), the teddy bears (ewoks) and the stormtroopers in particular. Stormtroopers are a thing for pre-school kids, weirdly), and only occassionally fighting.

46/52 Milo

Anyway, here his on his horse.

46/52 Ellis

Ellis is still covered an a horrible rash, so no pictures of him from the weekend. This one was from the week before, blowing his whistle.

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Stockholm with the Holga lens

Langholmen
Langholmen
Langholmen

Some more Stockholm photos! Yeah I know it’s the middle of November and we went in August, but life happened and I’ve only sorted them out just now. These were taken with the lomography Holga lens, which is always a bit of trial and error to get the settings to something usable. Some of these are even completely in focus (although the soft fuzziness is part of the charm of course!).

These were from the day we meant to get a boat to one of the archipelago islands, but decided not to and walked to Langholmen, a tiny island part of the city with a beach and a couple of houses on it, and a giant bridge over it to one bigger city islands (sorry can’t remember which one – it was a long time ago and I can’t remember how things fit together, and I’ve lent my Stockholm guide away)

Langholmen
Langholmen
Langholmen
Langholmen
Langholmen
Langholmen
Langholmen
Langholmen
Langholmen
Langholmen
Langholmen
Langholmen
Langholmen
Langholmen
Langholmen
Langholmen
Langholmen
Langholmen
Langholmen
Langholmen
Langholmen
Langholmen

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