Sunday, 30 December 2012

Shop Update Bikinis!

While it isn't really bikini weather here in Bonn at the moment, seeing the latest bright additions to my shop (and the Facebook posts from my Australian family and friends) I really wish it was!

Lots of bandeau style strapless bikinis -available in the shop now :-)


Thursday, 20 December 2012

Crochet bowl

Here is another result of my exploration into the world of crochet -a simple soft bowl.

I have been wanting something to put my jewelery and hair clips into for a little while now and when I saw some crochet baskets and bowls floating around on Pinterest, I knew I wanted to make one.

Some of my inspiration...
 Left from Les Tissus Colbert and Right from My Country Cottage Garden

The result...

I found this bowl easy to make as you only need to know how to make the single crochet stitch and increase. Bunny mummy has a good tutorial here to make similar bowls.  I don't like counting the rounds though, so mine is free style! I used a polyacrylic yarn (I fell in love with the colour and had to use it regardless of what it was made from!) so my bowl is quite soft, but it holds its shape well enough for my purpose. What do you think?


Tuesday, 18 December 2012


At the start of this month we got some proper snow, it snowed for a whole day covering everything in white. It only lasted a few days and now it is all gone but luckily I got some photos so I can remember how pretty everything was...

Even barbed wire looks pretty under some snow!

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Rear Guard

From; Bound & Determined: A Visual History of Corsets, 1850--1960

I thought I'd share this fascinating Ad from 1942 for "wonderful Jantzen panty-girdles" from the book Bound & Determined: A Visual History of Corsets. The underwear women wear today seem so free when compared with some of the corsets which were commonplace in the past. Corsets were a way to achieve a desired shape, usually a cinched waist and flat stomach. This, however, came with the price of discomfort and restriction. To look your best for an occasion -sure but for everyday, no thanks!

Stuff You Missed in History Class have done a fun podcast on corsets and things, if you are interested you can check it out here.