Burns Night in Edinburgh

At the end of January we celebrated Burns Night – albeit without the haggis & traditional imbibing of whisky. Wee Bear visited the Storytelling Centre for a short play with puppets about the life of Burns and was so fired up about the poem “Tam o Shanter” that she sat down and made these drawings… Read More


Jocole Endless Dress

I made my last *cough* digital pattern purchase this year and went for the Jocole Endless Dress. It’s possible, with a bit of tweaking, to make hundreds of dresses that are all different. Jodie worked it out. She clearly likes maths. I am planning three or four dresses -at least- from this pattern but when… Read More


Monday Digital Download

One of the things I love about the internets is finding images to add to my historical clothing library. In the past, pre-offspring, I designed and made women’s historical corsets and wedding outfits, usually a customised corset and skirt, with matching bag, shoes or boots. Oh how I loved playing with the silk, satin, browsing… Read More





Apple & Cinnamon Cake: vegan, gluten free & delicious

This cake has to be one of my all-time favourites. Apart from the sugar (which can be left out if you’re a sugar-free person), it is as close to a healthy cake as possible. When we moved in to our house two years ago, we found a very decrepit old apple tree. It has become… Read More


Organise and Conquer!

Now that we are homeschooling properly (whatever that means) I find that our lack of organisation feels like a huge problem. I’m not sure that it is, but how we feel about something can change what it actually is or does in our lives. So being or feeling disorganised means i enjoy our days less… Read More


Homeschooling: a surprisingly joyful choice

When our only daughter was born a little over five years ago, we gave a lot of thought to where she would study. We live in Edinburgh, where nearly 25% of children attend fee-paying private schools. Often these were set up as charitable homes or hospitals, for the orphans of Edinburgh. These days, they still… Read More


A Vintage (inspired) Wardrobe: made by me mostly

Ever look in your wardrobe and drawers and just sigh because, being brutally honest, there’s nothing there that you wear and feel good in? Nothing that sets your heart beating a little faster or makes you feel a million dollars? Or, more mundanely, little that fits, doesn’t have holes in it or is less than… Read More