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Aberdour Silversands beach
Aberdour Silversands beach
Aberdour Silversands beach

The other weekend, we drove through to Fife to look at our Christmas present to each other at C20 Home in Dunfermline, and since we were there we went to Aberdour Silversands beach. Such a lovely place! I took the big camera for the weekly pictures and then went a bit over the top with taking all the pictures. The light was really weird, it felt like pre-dusk but most of these were actually taken between 12 and 2.

Aberdour Silversands beach
Aberdour Silversands beach
Aberdour Silversands beach
Aberdour Silversands beach
Aberdour Silversands beach
Aberdour Silversands beach
Aberdour Silversands beach
Aberdour Silversands beach
Aberdour Silversands beach
Aberdour Silversands beach
Aberdour Silversands beach
Aberdour Silversands beach
Aberdour Silversands beach
Aberdour Silversands beach
Aberdour Silversands beach
Aberdour Silversands beach
Aberdour Silversands beach
Aberdour Silversands beach

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Project 52: 38/52

38/52 Milo
38/52 Ellis

Milo got a new jacket and Ellis production lining lego houses.

Also just to say I’ll be limiting my blogging to project 52 for the next three weeks. Back after!

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Observatory Hill
Observatory Hil

These are from doors open day, when we went to the observatory with one of Milo’s friends. There was lots of stuff on for kids, lots of scientists talking about their work, building a lego telescope, crafts, face painting and stickers for everything. But their favourite thing was running around the grassy bit in the centre of the complex!

Observatory Hill
Observatory on doors open day
That’s a piece of meteor they’re holding

Observatory on doors open day
Observatory Hill
Observatory on doors open day
Observatory Hill
Observatory on doors open day
Observatory on doors open day
This was a display about telescope lenses, but the scientist made the mistake of holding u this globe (which had nothing to do with the telescope) and was immediately surrounded by a gaggle of children wanting to poke it.

Observatory on doors open day
Observatory Hill
Observatory on doors open day
Observatory Hill

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Milo’s Lego houses

Lego 'houses'
Lego 'houses'
Lego 'houses'

Earlier in the year, Milo went through a phase of building these ‘houses’ for his little metal aeroplane and bumblebee transformer – they’re inside almost all of these. They usually had the eyes and were on wheels and he was quite protective of them, hiding them so they wouldn’t be dsimantled. We lost the transformer at my parents in July, and he hasn’t replaced him with anything, house building wise. Ellis has mainly taken over the Duplo house building while Milo has graduated to proper Lego, though he still builds the occasional one. need ideas for a 4 yr old? make sure to check the inthetoybox.co.uk site where you will plenty of ideas.

Lego 'houses'
Lego 'houses'
Lego 'houses'
Lego 'houses'
Lego 'houses'
Lego 'houses'
Lego 'houses'
Lego 'houses'
Lego 'houses'
Lego 'houses'
Lego 'houses'
Lego 'houses'
Lego 'houses'

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Burda 04/2017 112

Sewing post alert! I made this dress a while back, to wear to the Edinburgh Frocktails sewing blogger night out, there was an instagram post from before I went out, but it was pretty much dark by the time we all got there so pictures of the actual night are sadly pretty crap, so none here! So anyway, I’ve worn it a few times since and on Saturday I finally took some pictures. I discovered an amazing location nearby, with lots of different backgrounds and no people*, so I’m not relying on Dave’s increasingly unwilling attempts at outfit photos. I love the light in these photos and the autumnal leaves where exactly what I had in mind! Squinting a bit where the sun had come out, but we can’t have it all!

Burda 04/2017 112
Burda 04/2017 112

The pattern is 112 from the April 2017 burda magazine. This is actually my second go at it, the first was the shirt version of this which I made at a sewing day with Edinburgh Sewcial club, but have yet to add the poppers onto. It is not actually an unmitigated success, for a number of reasons.

Firstly, the fabric is not what I thought it was when I bought it at all (from a random online fabric shop that I actually now can’t remember). It was labelled as lightweight, and that’s what I was after, something quite floaty and drapey. Well, it’s actually quilting weight, argh! I decided to keep it as I do like the print and I actually think it works ok as an everyday dress, but going outey it is not. In fact, in some of the pictures its got a slight uniformey feel about it, the service industry kind kind that comes in one size to fit everyone. But thankfully only in some!

Burda 04/2017 112
Burda 04/2017 112

Secondly, I stuffed up my tracing pretty badly. Having already made the shirt, I only needed to retrace two of the pieces. Unfortunately I had a brain fart and forgot to add the seam allowances to those two and didn’t realise until I’d already cut the fabric. This meant the top back piece and all the other body pieces didn’t align, and I had to cut them which made the sleeves not fit properly. There’s definitely something not quite right with them. I was also worried it was going to be too tight over the hips on account of those 3cms missing, but thankfully narrowing the seam allowance a bit was enough to stop that from happening. But overall, this isn’t quite as the pattern. I would like to make another one in slinky fabric and done properly!

Burda 04/2017 112
Burda 04/2017 112

The other thing I want to talk about is the bag. Earlier in the year I wanted to get a new hadbag, but I just couldn’t find what I had in mind and eventually ended up looking at bags costing about £400, which is clearly ridiculous. I asked in the In Colourful Company facebook group for recommendations for yellow bags and someone recommended their friend All Made by Maria. She’s just developing her range of bags to sell but takes I hadn’t really considered commissioning something but the more I searched, the more that seemed like a good idea, so i got in touch and we worked something out. It was fun to make all these little decisions! The original idea was inspired by the Book Bag by Red House Vermont, but in the end it’s ended up looking quite different but no less fun. The materials are such good quality and it’s got all the pockets I’ll ever need, I totally love it and couldn’t be happier!

Burda 04/2017 112

* I don’t know why I’m being secretive here, it’s nothing dodgy. It’s the old blind school building, which only houses the blind press these days and no doubt will be turned into flats soon, but for now is outfit blogger heaven!

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Butterfly Park Grevenmacher

butterfly park Grevenmacher
butterfly park Grevenmacher
butterfly park Grevenmacher

God, it is ridiculous it’s practically October and I’m still posting pictures from or summer holidays, but the August Break has thrown everything off so there we are. These are picture are from the butterfly park in Grevenmacher, at the Luxembourg/German border, from when we were at my parents. This is the second time we’ve been, and this time I took almost no pictures of the boys (the one I did take were too crap to keep). The old pictures are here and Milo was a midget and white blond, omg!

butterfly park Grevenmacher
butterfly park Grevenmacher
butterfly park Grevenmacher
butterfly park Grevenmacher
butterfly park Grevenmacher
These were everywhere, but the blue is only on the inside, on the outside is all boring brown, and obviously they’re difficult to capture flying. This is the best I managed.

butterfly park Grevenmacher
butterfly park Grevenmacher
butterfly park Grevenmacher
butterfly park Grevenmacher
butterfly park Grevenmacher
butterfly park Grevenmacher
butterfly park Grevenmacher
butterfly park Grevenmacher
butterfly park Grevenmacher
butterfly park Grevenmacher
butterfly park Grevenmacher
butterfly park Grevenmacher
butterfly park Grevenmacher
butterfly park Grevenmacher
butterfly park Grevenmacher
butterfly park Grevenmacher
butterfly park Grevenmacher

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Project 52: 35/52 and 36/52

Milo 35/52
Ellis 35/52

I really really need to catch up with these from not posting them for a month, so here’s another doubler!

Week 35 is a brio train track one, we haven’t done that for ages. It’s Ellis that usually asks for it these days, but Milo still plays once it’s out.

36/52 Ellis

Week 36 the photos are from different places for Milo and Ellis. Ellis’ is from when we went Blackberry picking at Newington Cemetery (it’s not a working cemetary, the last grave is from 1960s or so) – a lot of berries there but very difficult to get to!

36/52 Milo

Milo’s is from the Edinburgh bank holiday Monday, when we went through to Glasgow to visit the riverside and the tall shp moored outside it, which is where this was taken.

And my three boys altogether:

Glasgow Riverside
Glasgow Riverside

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Curated closet

Like I said in my last curated closet post, the aim of all the photo searching is to come up with a list of elements/characteristics that you like, which you later refine into a style list. So, without further ado, here is mine!

Overall vibe
Colourblocking
Middle aged pottery teacher
Minimalism/clean lines
Sculptural
Streetwear

This one was the hardest. It’s really difficult to give something a name! I was sort of considering going for tomboy or androgynous or something, because I’m a low maintenance person beauty wise and I never wear heels and even when wearing dresses I prefer to style them casual. But then I associate those names with a particular, boyish body shape, and clearly I am not that! In the end I plumped for streetwear after I was at a thing in the fringe and one of the performers commented on my campers and threadless sweatshirt, which gave me the idea of streetwear. It’s not quite right either though!

curated closet
This is what I mean by middle aged pottery teacher – Kate Malone was my inspiration but I couldn’t find any good full body pictures of her on her own. Sonya Phillips also in this vein. I don’t like this look wholesale (it’s too unfitted around the bust), but it really appeals to me

Individual items
Oversized/ losse fitting dress
Woven tshirt
Casual blazer
Skinny jeans
Long but fittedish tunic top
Flats shoes – brogues/campers/trainers
Shirtdress

Curated closet
This features yellow, skinny jeans, colourblocking and layering

Colours
Yellow/Orange
Bright red
Navy as the neutral
Warm shades
Graphic prints – abstract or large scale florals
Stripes

Curated closet
A loose fitting dress with a casual blazer (actually that’s maybe a cardigan)

Silhouettes
Oversized/a-line dress
Correctly fitted around the bust – I like oversized but I hate things flippy flopping around on my shoulders, or my boobs being squished down
Tunic over skinnies
Fitted top, voluminous bottom
Long/3/4length/bracelet length sleeves
Highish necklines that sit in place – no boat necks or off the shoulder things

Curated closet
Stripes, pockets, trainers

Materials
Good quality fabrics only, true colours, no fading or pilling
Soft medium weight woven cottons
Stable knits (sweatshirting, thickish jersey)
Satin/silk for floaty tops
Wool
Preference for natural fibres

Curated closet
Stripes, structural shoulders, red

Styling
Layering
Earrings and brooches for jewellery
Scarves/Handknit shawls
Erring on the side of casual
Crossbody bags
Pockets!

Curated closet
I really disprove of the weird half in half out tucking here, but if the heels were flats I would wear this in a heartbeat

Overall this doesn’t feel totally coherent but it’s a start!

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Tour of Britain start
Tour of Britain start
Tour of Britain start
Tour of Britain start

As I mentioned, Milo went stabiliser free on his bike recently and took to it like a fish to water so we took advantage of the Tour of Britain starting in edinburgh this year and the associated City Bike Ride, a week 5k loop of closed roads designed for families. We got a bike seat off my boss, so now we can all go out together. The Tour proper started on the Royal Mile this year (last year it was Holyrood Park), which was kind of an odd choice, all the tourists on their ghost tours were a bit confused, and there were team cars parked everywhere, so even the bridges didn’t really function even for buses, but it was fun to see the pros in that environment. We saw Tony Martin and Dave also saw Mark Cavendish while Milo and I were watching people having their picture taken with a mystery Irish rider (someone told me his name, but I’d never heard it before).

We only saw the riders actually cycle just for the warm up before the actual start, and they were crazy fast even then. Milo kept asking if we were going to follow the professionals on our bikes, it was quite sweet. Like a mere mortal would have a chance of keeping up in anything without a motor!

Tour of Britain start
Tour of Britain start
Tour of Britain start
Tour of Britain
Tour of Britain
Tour of Britain
Tour of Britain start
Tour of Britain start
Tour of Britain start
Tour of Britain start

We went round the course twice, I thought Milo might struggle but actually 5k on an almost flat course is nothing even for a 4 year old. Because it was set up for families there was always lots of space, no one trying to race it. We only stopped because Ellis fell asleep in the seat and started flopping against me which obviously isn’t the best feeling particularly when that was actually the first time I’d ridden with him in the back!

Tour of Britain start
Tour of Britain
Tour of Britain
Tour of Britain
Tour of Britain
Tour of Britain
Tour of Britain

Tour of Britain

That week I basically failed to take any decent individual pictures of the boys for project 52 so these are them

Tour of Britain start
Tour of Britain start

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