For Dave’s birthday I gave him a slab building pottery course at Cyan Clayworks and booked myself in at the same time. It’s such a luxury to spend all day making! Pottery is probably not really my craft, I’m too slapdash for it, you want things to look really tidy really, but it was fun! We used slip to add the colours, which is clay mixed with pigment, so you only have to fire it once, rather than firing it, glazing it then firing it again, though evrything is glazed with a clear glaze over the slip. We make quite a lot of things which are now distributed around the flat mixed in with the bought pottery. I’m quite pleased with some of it, others not so much. Dave’s look better than mine (he made the lace pot, fish plate, knot tile and fish), and the mug I made is essentially useless, as all the stuff I scratched into it makes it really uncomfortable to drink from. Still though, was a fun day even if everything had turned out looking awful!
While the Edinburgh festival fringe is on, they always have venues and food and drink in George Square Gardens. We spent loads of time in the Assembly part of it (the gardens are given over two two separate companies) this summer, it’s a nice atmosphere during the morning and early afternoon when all the kids shows are on, and there was plenty of space to park buggies and get a picnic table and lots of food options so we could all get different things.
We did make the mistake the first time we went of getting ice cream from fancy pants place Alanda’s, and then the boys asked for it every time, and mostly we relented because it’s only on for a month and it was really really nice. So yeah, here we have stereotypical parent blogger pictures of kids eating sugary treats, hehe! These pictures were actually taken on the last day of the Fringe and we didn’t even go to a show or anything, we literally just went to hang out and eat ice cream. I love these pictures though, the light was really good, and although there’s not a picture of all four of us, as a set they are a nice family group I think.
I am sort of considering using the two individual photos above as the project 52 ones instead of what I posted on Friday (more of a story, but Ellis’ one is slightly out of focus).
The boys have recently started building ‘houses’ on/in front of the sofas, aka piling cushions and blankets around and on top of themselves
Today I wanted to show some photos I took back in June in a little corner of Edinburgh that really doesn’t look like Edinburgh. Glenisla Gardens is a crescent on a hill tucked away at the very back of the Grange/Blackford by the train tracks. It just feels like you’re in a different place altogether – we don’t really have much colour, other than in my beloved doors. I came across it when we first moved here on one of my ‘let’s push the baby until he finally goes to sleep’ walks, and I took these photos when I was doing a step challenge and needed to get some steps in.
The interiors blog ‘the Pink House’ was based from one of the houses on the street, although I didn’t know about that blog even existing til it was featured on design sponge and a Beautiful Mess, and didn’t realise that’s where that was until my friend went to see it when they sold it (they’ve now moved back to London).
Pre August break I started working my way through the curated wardrobe, and I’m picking up where I left off with step three which is searching for images that appeal to you to figure out what it is you like. This was kind of harder than expected.
A few thoughts:
1. Fashion bloggers are so samey it’s quite disturbing. Obviously there are lots of fun and diverse fashion bloggers out there but they’re clearly small fry to who comes up when you start googling for particular outfits (e.g. Red shirt dress outfit, or casual blazer outfit, etc). Oh my god everyone is white, skinny, really long and full haired, impractical heels, heavily made up. Mostly blonde, occasionally brunette. That sort of Mormon housewife pre-kids look. The same sort of photography too, outside, warm weather, plain background, fake walking, looking down or into camera coquettishly, pushing hair behind ears. I’ve never really felt the need to seek out people that look like me in fashion blogs, but I do like to look at people who are different *from each other*. I don’t even have a problem with the look that these guys go for, but just the.complete.sameness. I genuinely found it difficult to tell them apart. I have never missed wardrobe remix and normal people photographing clothes they actually wore irl more in my life.
2. Slightly related to that, I found it really hard to let go of my internalised rules what I can wear because of my body shape. At this stage you are really supposed to just find stuff you like and would like to wear without regard to your lifestyle of body shape (both of those are brought in later), but I couldn’t really do it. I really like the look of culottes and palazzo pants, but I *know* they don’t work for me. I have bubble butt and big thighs, it’s not gonna happen unless I learn to tailor trousers which I am years away from in terms of my sewing skills. So even as I was downloading these pictures, I knew I would be ditching them soon.
3. I realised that I do actually have quite a clear image of what I like in my head, I just often wasn’t able to find it. This stage of the process is really about drilling down into the details, hem lengths, lapel sizes etc but I never got that far because for the things I really loved there wasn’t lots of variation thereof (unlike, say your heels, jeans and blazer combo favoured by the identikit bloggers). I think though that this sort of thing will naturally work itself out for me as I continue to sew. The dressmaking world is a lot more particular about these things than the fashion world which seems to be more about the overall look.
4. I also realised that colour is my number one thing. I will love anything mustard yellow regardless of what it is. I actually had to stop myself filling up my phone with all the random yellow.
I did arrive at some things at the end of all of this – which is another post!
This is kind of old news, but Milo has ditched his stabilisers! He got it pretty much straight away once we tried, just couldn’t start off on his own, the pictures were taken on the second day and he got it completely. He’s cycled 10k in one day since and we’re gonna let him cycle to nursery next week.
The week after I didn’t take any picture other than at the Monski Mouse show, so here they are for week 32.
Yup, I still have photos from Arran in June! This was the last of the places we went to (though not quite the last Arran post yet!), Kildonan in the south of the island. We missed the entrance to this village – it’s on a sort of loop from the main road – and then couldn’t find the path along the cliffs you are supposed to get in from there, plus Ellis was asleep in the car at the start, so we just stayed on the beach for ages. Plenty to do!
Hellooooooo! Hope you enjoyed all the pictures. The August break has definitely done it’s job of letting me not think about blogging, though now I have an almost full memory card with all the unedited pictures. Clearly my plan of getting ahead and scheduling all the posts did not come to fruition!
Anyway I’m back! With some sewing from the beginning of the summer, which I only got round to photographing while I was doing the August break, so I’m showing you now. There’s actually not an awful lot to say about this, it’s the Seamwork Akita, cut exactly the same way as the Donna Wilson one with the little oranges. I’m not the biggest fan of Seamwork, but this top works for me and is good for using up longish narrow pieces of fabric like this one which I got from a swap, I think it came from Kathryn. Though it does use up a helluva lot of bias tape. I always use the nice soft stuff you buy in packets rather than the cheaper and scratchier stuff you can buy by the metre, but this top actually uses two packets which makes it kinda expensive. I know what the answer is – make your own – but I have weird things I’m lazy about.
Anyway, that’s all about this top really, other than to say that editing these pictures has really made me wish it was still summer!