The Delightful Ex Pat Love Of Colour

Last year during my annual jaunt to stay with my friend’s famil who live permanently in cyprus, we visited one of the most fantastic stores we’ve ever been in.  It knocks harvey nics and harrods into a top hat for sure.  It’s a clothing exchange agency – but so much more organised and classy than …

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Slimming Down Involves An Alteration Project

there is only one drawback to a successful campaign to slim down and lose weight.  Although it is fab knowing I am a better shape, and clothes look much nicer and feel better on me, I end up with lots of garments that do not look so nice now.  I have several pairs of smart …

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Enter The World Of Seamstress – In My Dreams

If there’s one thing I really wish I had learnt to do properly whilst I had the chance as a youngster, it would have been dressmaking and sewing in general.  I can get by, fix things, take a hem up very neatly, sew on buttons and repair a torn item;  but the actual art of …

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Clothes Made At Home With Much Love

I was watching the young neighbours haring about on their modern day roller skates and bikes in front of my drive over Easter – it was great, seeing the unadulterated joy on their faces as they screeched to a halt with an inch to spare.  The fact the children were all playing together, outside in …

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Local Dressmaker Truly Saves The Day

On a recent sorti to the out of town retail park I was seeking a bright colourful ensemble for a forthcoming wedding.  Not being mother or grandmother to either the bride or groom but still being a close grown up relative, I wanted to look spectacular but not quite mutton dressed as lamb.  I found …

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Joy To Behold At Adult Education Classes

These days there are all sorts of hobbies and crafts to be enjoyed.  The lifestyle tv programmes offer absolutely anything you can think of – no longer does ‘hobby’ mean just one person with sticky backed plastic and odd washing up bottles.  No, today’s hobbieist is sewing madly, knitting, crocheting, quilting and making lace.  The …

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Dragging Out The Forgotten Craft Skills

It is a truly exciting moment when having taken early retirement, the initial feeling of joy and permanent holiday has passed on and thoughts suddenly come to “what can I do now to fill the day”.  No need for boredom in my house.  I have waited all these years to start making things.  I have …

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Trying Out New Crafting And Home Made Skills

Of all the joys to be had around the lead up to year end period for a relative is the chance to get down to some luscious Christmas makes.  There is the main table with it’s extra long cloth and matching napkins. With that will be the bread basket wrap and all kinds of other …

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Granny Saves The Day With Home-Mades & Hand Me Downs

There were some very long held traditions in my family with respect to the making of clothes for my siblings and me.  This would definitely have stemmed from Grandma being born in 1895 and thus being in service at the tender age of 13 – as a very junior nursery maid, learning to make and …

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Tradition Of Clothes Made With Skill & A Great Deal Of Love

Ah Christmas, with thoughts drawn towards the bustle of household activities such as food planning, buying, storing and yes . . . all that cooking. In days past, an added thrill was having separate wardrobe of clothes specially set aside for the Christmastide  – our family had a long tradition of bringing down from the …

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