Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Mix & Match

Narrow legged culottes with a short blouse

Narrow legged culottes with a long tunic dress

Mixing prints

Matching skirts and blouses

And sometimes just wearing it on its own!

 This is just a brief look at a few of the new pieces I am working on. I am still working on patterns and still sourcing fabrics but a few things will hopefully start making their way into my shop, soon.

Friday, 18 July 2014


Madesmith: "We believe in 'buy less, buy well'."

 Get to know who makes the thing you use, and how it's made. Madesmith commissions special collaboration products that bring together artisans and designers from different fields while keeping a focus on promoting mindful consumption. Our featured artisans make limited edition textiles, jewelry, shoes, accessories and home goods for Madesmith that are often one of a kind unique products - Madesmith

Great idea, beautiful things and gorgeous sandals!

Elita sandal

By k* shoes

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Enjoying The Holidays

Today I am busy making lists, sketching new ideas, sorting through fabrics and working on a new plan of action for my sewing and my shop. 

However, I just had to include this gorgeous photo of my two favourite girls as we have been spending a lot of lazy days with each other and so far, apart from not eating enough ice cream, there have been few complaints.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Back from the Scottish Borders

A wonderful week spent walking along The Tweed, watching the birds, and eating pieces of cake: too many pieces of the Guinness Cake with White Chocolate Icing served at the Main Street Trading Company, St Boswells.

Nigella's Guinness Cake

So, as well as buying their cake, and feeling it was time to turn to some healthier choices, I also bought a new cookbook.

a modern way to eat by Anna Jones

‘Anna is a treasure. She’s the rare cook able to expertly explore the rich realm of possibilities at the intersection of health/wellness and deliciousness. Her food is inspired and fresh, satisfying and beautiful – vibrant food for a vibrant life.’Heidi Swanson

This is a lovely looking cookbook with clear instructions and enticing photographs. So, on tonight's menu we are having Puy Lentil and Sweet Potato Pie or maybe the Artichoke and Fennel Seed Paella but the Maple Peanut California Wraps sound good as does the Warm Salad of Kale, Coconut and Tomatoes...

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Monument Valley

Monument Valley, the game, is short but so, so beautiful and totally mesmerising. It is 'an architectural puzzle game...where you twist and drag bits of geometrically-impossible monuments to guide a princess named Ida through its eerie world.' Guardian

It kept me entranced for a few hours until level 10 was completed, finishing the game - and leaving enough daylight to get back to sewing!!

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Hand-made Cinema: The Work of Norman McLaren

Norman McLaren was born in Stirling, Scotland in 1914, was a student of the Glasgow School of Art and was a world renowned film maker: ' a genius of the moving image famous for his innovative and prolific animated experiments.'

McLaren engaged with the underlying materials of filmmaking - painting directly on to film and film soundtracks, scratching into celluloid, developing electronic compositions from black and white cards and making bespoke equipment. - McLaren 2014

McLaren’s work reveals astounding inventiveness, and reflects his deep-rooted humanism. His joyous work was influenced as much by surrealism as his pacifist convictions, and shaped by a passion for dance and music; as such, his films can be celebrated on many levels. He has influenced generations of artists, filmmakers and musicians, from Picasso and Truffaut to Lucas and Linklater. - Edinburgh International Film Festival

This is a small but fascinating exhibition and the examples of McLaren's etched film are just beautiful. (Jason Dee's Pursuit of a Shadow which is also being exhibited is worth a visit too.)

Talbot Rice Gallery
University of Edinburgh
31 May- 5 July

Edinburgh International Film Festival 18-29 June 2014
Screening and Talk of Norman McLaren: Now is the Time
3pm / 21 June 2014

Saturday, 14 June 2014

13threads Shop Now Open

Screenshot of 13threads online shop

It seems to have taken me forever to do but last night I got to click the 'on' button. 


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