Back to the 80’s and Smelling the roses

I woke up the other day and thought ‘I really want an 80’s shirt’. That sounds like something no one would ever say, a joke, even, but I did, bizarre! In a moment of nostalgia I decided to hunt for a genuine article, something that would evoke a ‘girls just wanna have fun’ moment. It…

Upcycled and Inspired

I finally finished the skirt I showed in progress in last week’s post. I changed the decoration slightly but went with the black Broderie Anglais trim. I wore it yesterday on a visit with a friend to the Fitzwilliam Museum, it’s a while since my last visit and every time I go back I’m reminded…

In the pink, floral inspiration

I saw these flowers… I know they look a bit raggedy but the colours, wow, I love that combination. It reminded me of a scrap of fabric I had that I’ve featured before, that became a skirt… that lasted until I decided to unpick it: I was fully intending to turn it into a cushion…

After so long in the red, I’m back in the black!

I’ve worn so much red this winter. I love it, it’s warm and mood boosting but I think it’s time for a change. I’ve been trying to step away from the red! When I was in my twenties, along with many of my generation, I owned few clothes that weren’t black. When I look back…

From crochet to crocus

Back in December I read a post by Vix (here) The book she shared, Exotic styling, had some wonderful crochet that got me thinking. I’ve done lots of crochet but never clothes (unless you include scarves). Vix went on to make a lovely crocheted jacket from a blanket her mum had made. I had already…

Where did that week go?

  I’ve kept meaning to write but time has passed me by. I’ve just had supper and I’m determined to write something before I relax for the evening. I love sitting down and doing this and I need to stop prevaricating! One excuse is the length of the day (I know it’s still 24 hours,…

The Joy of Small Things

I’m channelling Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music. When she sings about her favourite things. So this is the backdrop to this post. Just to help your recall, should you have forgotten said song; When the dog bites, when the bee stings, when I’m feeling sad, I simply remember my favorite things and then…

Upcycled and Thrifted Winter Wardrobe

  Last year I decided to try to buy no clothes over winter and to upcycle and use my fabric stash to make as many things as possible. I wanted to see if I would feel I was missing out and to see if I could make being sustainable fun. I found that I really…

Stuck like glue

This is a short-ish post about glue. It does what it says on the tube! I’ve had many a problem finding the right glue for a job and there are so many out there. I have shelves in the garage, hanging with cobwebs, on which sit half empty, dried out and now useless glues. I’ve bought glues…

Lets do the Time Warp again

I checked my email inbox this morning and saw an advert for zombie skin. I was momentarily perplexed, not a great advert for moisturiser I thought, until I remembered it’s Halloween tomorrow. Time to do the Time Warp again.. it’s just a jump to the left, and then a step to the right…   I haven’t got my…

Ac-cent-tchu-ate The Positive

You’ve got to accentuate the positive Eliminate the negative Latch on to the affirmative Don’t mess with Mister In-Between Sod Mister In-Between, that’s what I say. Well, when life ain’t a bowl of cherries and I need to perk up. I think of this song. I first heard it years ago on The Singing Detective,…

Seeing Red

Apparently green makes you think more creatively. Red though is my favourite, it yells confidence (orange speaks it but red yells) So even though I could definitely do with a bit of eye makeup and a smudge of lipstick…and maybe a little blusher, the red was what I needed today. It works too, I’ve always loved…