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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
* 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!
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!
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.
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!
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:
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!
Middle aged pottery teacher
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!
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
Oversized/ losse fitting dress
Long but fittedish tunic top
Flats shoes – brogues/campers/trainers
Navy as the neutral
Graphic prints – abstract or large scale florals
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
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
Preference for natural fibres
Earrings and brooches for jewellery
Erring on the side of casual
Overall this doesn’t feel totally coherent but it’s a 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!
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!
That week I basically failed to take any decent individual pictures of the boys for project 52 so these are them