Thursday, June 26, 2014

Made a dress

Butterick 5145 made up in a yard and a half (no wastage) of slubby 80s raw silk off Etsy that seems to have been tea dyed.  In real life, where I and the dress transcend this image, it is classic 80s The Cloth style textile design that has a certain lustre and fall.  What you can't see is the beautiful Victorian seal etched into glass set in filigree brass round my  neck that my husband bought for my birthday.  How constantly surprisingly he knows me well.

Sunday, June 22, 2014


Young girls from the Bronx in the early 80s (the early 80s, listen to it again.) making amazing music that was then later sampled and monetized by the boys. I am more than a bit fascinated by their story. I was reminded of them by my friend Clare who saw them live just the other night and said they were amazing.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Just a peep

Throughout the rooms of the eighteenth century mansion house where I work I am fairly sure that I walk a little differently.  A more deliberate step, a more elegant hand, even if rushed.  Maybe it's the eyes of all the oil stroked faces that follow me around.  Maybe after a solitary morning, passing through the still house with the only real sensory changes having come from weighted scents, I allow myself an indulgence of imagination...

Sunday, June 08, 2014


See the watchtower in the distance?  Sardinia colonised inland, in fear of Saracens and Pirates - on a Mediterranean island, you would expect a culinary culture born of the sea but the traditional dish we were hunting for was boar (roasted with myrtle).   I want to go back and explore inland - look at that beach, I can't believe how happily I would turn my back on it.  But the mountains were calling...

Thursday, June 05, 2014

A honeymoonin'

I can't quite tell you exactly where we went in Sardinia as it neatly circumnavigated all the points of the equilateral triangle least, I will wait until we have gone back with our girls. Oh! They were missed.
I made the swimsuit and am quietly pleased.  Please note that our camera failed and we had to like, use i-stuff and stuff? Sorry for the images.
Sorry for lack of posts - work is taking precedent. Today involved the winch gear of an eighteenth century chandelier and carpet beetles.  It was a good day.