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24/52 Ellis
24/52 Milo

So baby Ells is 2! Not really a baby any more, but a funny, chatty and fearless little monkey! We had quite a busy day on his actual birthday with the usual Saturday activities and another birthday party, and he’s a bit too small for a party of his own. but he did get so spoilt with presents and all the cake. I’ve put some photos from the day at the bottom of the post.

But first the Project 52 photos from last week, which was at the Secret Herb Garden New Moon day. I love that the boys are into face painting now!

25/52 Milo
25/52 Ellis

Birthday photo dump:
Ellis birthday
Cake while Milo was at German school

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Ellis birthday
Ellis birthday
Ellis birthday
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Ellis birthday
Ellis birthday

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ECA degree show – Perfomance Costume

ECA degree show
ECA degree show
ECA degree show
ECA degree show
ECA degree show
ECA degree show
ECA degree show

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Isle of Arran – Brodick Castle

Brodick Castle
Brodick Castle
Brodick Castle
Brodick Castle
Brodick Castle
Brodick Castle
Brodick Castle
Brodick Castle
Brodick Castle
Brodick Castle
Brodick Castle
Brodick Castle
Brodick Castle
Brodick Castle
Brodick Castle
Brodick Castle
Brodick Castle
Brodick Castle
Brodick Castle
Brodick Castle
Brodick Castle
Brodick Castle
Brodick Castle
Brodick Castle
Brodick Castle
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Brodick Castle

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Charity shopping and new specs

Mustard blouse
Flowers
New glasses

I’ve randomly got my charity shopping mojp back again recently, helped in large part with the age concern shop on Clerk Street closing down and dropping it’s prices. I bought a couple of things at half price and then 5 things for £4.50 at the very end. I used to go on about this a lot when I went charity shopping more often, but I honestly don’t understand why charity shops price things so high. There was never anyone in that shop until it started lowering its prices and then it was mobbed. I just think if they stopped pricing used high street branded clothes at barely less than you could get it new on sale, maybe they would actually start shifting things instead of hanging on to them for ages, having to pay for storing them, and then them eventually ending up at the side of a road in Africa.

Anyway, one of the things I bought was this mustard batwing top. I love wearing mustard, but I actually have one thing in that colour, so I went for it even though I wasn’t 100% sure about the shape, but given that it was only £1 I went for it anyway. Turns out I was kind of right about the shape. I’m not sure what it is, maybe it’s too short, or maybe it’s it being a button down shirt, but I look huge in all these pictures. So I guess I’m not quite over wanting stuff to look flattering. To be honest I’ve got no idea what body shape I am any more, and what shapes suit me. Ah well, at least it’s a good colour!

The other thing to mention is new glasses! They’re from Glassesshop.com, sent for a review. I’m a big fan or buying glasses online, it means I can have several pairs to change around. You oviously don’t get the opportunity to try them on but I know that big acetate ones are good for me, so I can have a good guess. I have been wanting to try cats eyes for a while, so I chose those, and I went with Tortoise, because I have another tortoise pair (not from this company) which I love but the anti glare thing has come off and it looks stained. Anyway, I am delighted with them, they’re not too full on but I feel confident now that I can try more full on cats eye shapes. So thanks Glasses Shop! Worth having a look for eyeglasses and prescription sunglasses if you fancy – you get 50% off the already super low prices with code GSHOT50.

Mustard blouse
New glasses
Flowers
Mustard blouse
Flowers
New glasses

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ECA degree show: Textiles

ECA degree show

We had been thinking we were going to miss this years’ Edinburgh College of Art degree show on account of being in Arran, but we snuck in just before it finished on the Sunday. Much more successfuly than last year as well, when we just managed the illustration bit with the kids (and even that under much protest), and then I had a VERY quick run around Fashion and Performance Costume on my own (blogged here). This year we managed everything in the design building properly, plus Performance costume in the main building. Maybe next year we’ll manage the actual fine art stuff too, who knows!

Anyway, I’ve taken quite a lot of photos, so will split this into verious posts starting with the fibrey stuff, Textiles. Not totally sure what happened to fashion this year actually, they usually do just get the photos up, since they have the fashion show, but didn’t even see those. Judging from the pictures in the show booklet this year was all about exaggerated volume hiding and transforming the volume of actual bodies, which I would have liked to have seen, but at the time it didn’t even occur to me to look for it.

Right, onto the things I did see!

ECA degree show
ECA degree show

My favourite by far was Roberta Fox (also image at top of post). This seemed like quite a straightforward collection, presenting just the fabrics, not really sewn into anything, but oh my god I wanted them all. The luxurious fabrics, the graphic shapes, and those colours! Dressmaking heaven!

ECA degree show
Lauren Dodds, this was in a way much more complex, different textures and materials attached to each other and garments that would have been perfect for a 90s rave. I liked this a lot.

ECA degree show
Eimear McGrath This was all maximalist stuff based on bright children’s TV shoe themes. It’s not really what I would wear myself, but I know lots of online friends would have loved this, I guess that’s why I took a picture.

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Elspeth Coutts. This is kind of a terrible picture, but the stuff itself was lovely. Blocky colours but with lots of subtle textures. The embossing process was shown and was particularly cool. Dave’s favourite.

ECA degree show
Emma Roberts. Intricate embroidered quilts, gentle colours. Really really pretty.

ECA degree show
Tor Ewen. This one was more interiors textiles than clothes, perfect to go with mid century wood. Loved the colours and these organic shapes were so beautiful.

That’s all I took pictures of, wish I’d taken more now. The textiles bit is always so inspiring to me personally as a creative person, I want to go off and print, sew and embroider stuff now.

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Isle of Arran – Corrie

Isle of Arran - Corrie
Isle of Arran - Corrie
Isle of Arran - Corrie
Isle of Arran - Corrie

As I mentioned, we went to the Isle of Arran for our holidays last week. As usual I took a million pictures, which I will be editing and posting in bits. This is the first bit, from our first evening exploring around the cottage. We stayed in Corrie, the prettiest of the villages just north of Broddick, made up of rows of these cute white cottages lined up on a pebbley beach. The one with the grey shown was ours. We braved the midges (which were a pain in the arse, but actually not quite as awful as expected) and went out around dusk when they’re at their worst. Such pretty golden hour light though!

Isle of Arran - Corrie
Isle of Arran - Corrie
Isle of Arran - Corrie
Isle of Arran - Corrie
Isle of Arran - Corrie
Isle of Arran - Corrie
Isle of Arran - Corrie
Isle of Arran - Corrie
Isle of Arran - Corrie
Isle of Arran - Corrie
Isle of Arran - Corrie
Isle of Arran - Corrie
Isle of Arran - Corrie
Isle of Arran - Corrie
Isle of Arran - Corrie
Isle of Arran - Corrie
Isle of Arran - Corrie
Isle of Arran - Corrie
Isle of Arran - Corrie
Isle of Arran - Corrie
Isle of Arran - Corrie
Isle of Arran - Corrie

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Lady Grey Cowl

Lady Grey Cowl
Lady Grey Cowl
Lady Grey Cowl
Lady Grey Cowl
Lady Grey Cowl
Lady Grey Cowl

You might remember I made my sister a lady grey hat for her Christmas. What she actually asked for was a hat and cowl (or loop scarf as it is called in German, I like it) set, but I ran out of time, so I made the matching cowl for her birthday last week. It’s the same stitch chart as the hat. I can’t now remember how many chart repeats I did, which is annoying cos getting the right length on a cowl is so hard to get. I’m actually not the biggest fan of cowls because it’s so difficult to get the length right for it being possible to wear it both open or wrapped multiple times. Luckily, it worked out pretty well here.

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Project 52: 23/52

23/52 Milo
23/52 Ellis

We’re in Arran this week! Amazingly I’ve actually already sorted out some of the hundreds of pictures I’ve taken, but the wifi is way too slow to upload them all, so just the Project 52 ones this week.

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wedding guest outfit - nani iro dress

So remember how I made three identical dresses? Well, this was the reason for it – this is version number 4, which I made for going to a wedding. The fabric is beautiful nani iro double gauze, shipped all the way from Japan. I really, really didn’t want to mess this up, and thankfully I didn’t! Because of the border print I needed to be super careful with the cutting out of the pattern pieces. My usual approach is very slapdash, I tend to just cut things off and turn things under more in the hemming if things don’t quite align. But obviously that wasn’t an option here, and I had very little white space to play with to turn under underneath the border. It was stressful, let me tell you, but I managed! Unfortunately I wasn’t quite as careful with the placement of the border on the sleeves, so I had to choose between them both being the same length or them both having the print the same way. I chose the print, and I don’t think you can tell unless you know.

So that’s the sewing chat done, now let me show you what happened when we tried to take photos. The first photos is obviously just me and Dave in our wedding finery (with Dave looking well grumpy), then this happened:

wedding guest outfit - nani iro dress
Milo wants in on the action

wedding guest outfit - nani iro dress
Nice family photo, if with inconsistent outfits

wedding guest outfit - nani iro dress
Aaaand Ellis is off to steal the camera

Finishing off with some individual photos

wedding guest outfit - nani iro dress
wedding guest outfit - nani iro dress

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DIY reversible knitting project bag

Homemade project bags
Homemade project bags
Homemade project bags
Homemade project bags
Homemade project bags

Ages ago, when I was doing fibreshare (a yarn swap), I wanted to make a project bad for my recipient partner. After a bit of googling, I decided on this pattern. The no-hand-sewing method for the drawstring channel is really clever, plus it has a flat bottom, so you can stand it up. Nicer than the simpler flat style and those plain looking field bags that people seem to inexplicably be willing to pay about £60 for. It’s also fully reversible, though given that both sides are the same fabric here, it makes no difference. I made three out of this fabric (which our neighbours were trying to throwing away in the wrong recycling bin), one for fibreshare, one for me and the bigger one for my friend Kristin. It was just really nice to sew something that doesn’t require fitting!

I’ve got some liberty fabric left from my burda dresses (this white one and this black one), which would be perfect for another one. I don’t really need more than one (I’m a one knitting project at a time kind of girl), but would be up for doing a trade for it, or ‘selling’ it in exchange for a donation to a refugee charity. If anyone is interested, give me a message!

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