Archive for October, 2009

Today for your visual pleasure and curiosity, dear reader, allow me to present to you these most marvelous chopines from the Bata Shoe Museum:

Chopines - Bata Shoe Museum

Yes, they look gorgeous and bizarre, but so what? you might say, but have another look – these bad boys were made around the turn of the 17th century.  And they still look this amazing.  Those tassles and that ruffling (which has made a recent reappearance) – oooh la la!

Do head over there and find out more about this fascinating footwear from an expert.


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Magical Mystery Tour… of Nottingham

I’d like to say a big thank you to the lovely Rosel for taking me on a magical mystery tour of the sewing and vintage shops of  Nottingham today.

We went to Husqvarna Studio , which looks like a very useful place for habadashery bits’n’pieces and even sewing classes:

The only down side about the classes is that they’re during the day, but apparently some of the local colleges have evening classes and the like.

I was v impressed by the amount of fabric shops – a cheap one at Sneinton Market, no fewer than three in Victoria Market, John Lewis (which still has that damn sewing box that I waaaaaant sooooo muuuuuch!), and even more just out of town in Beeston – I’m feeling spoilt for choice!

And my vintage clothing tastes were piqued by the awesomeness of Celia’s Vintage Clothing:

Celia's Vintage

So so many pretty things in here – I was sorely tempted!  I’ll definitely have to come back here when I’m allowed to spend.  It’s got everything from 80s puff-ball party dresses to victorian night dresses.  There are some great hats, vintage stockings, gloves and other accessories.  I sense I will spend quite a lot of time here.

I did get to treat myself a little today though… We enjoyed yummy pastrami sarnies in a little tea shop and on my way home, I popped into the gigantic Waterstones (four floors – yay!) and spent some of the money on the giftcard that was my leaving present from work oooon… Soulless, by Gail Carriger:


All in all a great day!

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So I am now living in Nottingham, which feels odd, but good.  We just sorted out the internet this evening, so I’ll endeavour to start something like normal service by next week, but I don’t want to make any more promises and then disappoint!

Still on my to-do list:

  • Find a flat.
  • Get a job.
  • Get back to writing A Thief & A Gentlewoman.
  • Finish my Zombie Marie Antoinette costume.

Speaking of which… It looks like my Halloween plans have been scuppered!  Fingers crossed The Boy has some part-time bar work to tide him over and his first shift will be on Saturday night… sooo it doesn’t look like I’m going to be going out for Halloween.  Meh!  I am way behind on sewing the dress, thanks to current stress and the like anyway, but at least if it had to be done for Saturday, I’d have a deadline to get my arse in gear.

Nevermind, I’ll still finish the dress as it can be used for various fancy dress.  At least this way I can get on with the stuff that is (allegedly) more important (ie, the first two things on that list!).  Damn practicality!

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18th Century Televisual Delights

For your viewing pleasure and courtesy of Channel 4’s 4oD, I recommend City of Vice and A Harlot’s Progress.

The former is a semi-fictionalised account of the novelist Henry Fielding and his brother, John, as they try to clean up the filthy streets of 18th century London (and is there a hell of a lot of filth on those streets!).

The latter follow’s William Hogarth’s Harlot through her descent into prostitution and, like City of Vice, gets its hands dirty in the seedy underbelly of 18th century London.

Guess what I’m going to be watching before bed-time for the next week or so…

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A Room of One’s Own

The thing I have learned in the past month or so is that Virginia Woolf had it pretty much right: in order to write and create, a woman needs a room of her own.  Not just a physical one with walls and ceiling, but also the mental space.

The past few weeks have left my mind feeling mushy and overstretched and quite overwhelmed.  Every week I’ve been applying for jobs, telephoning lettings agents (often several times in one day), working, packing up my belongings, missing The Boy and dealing with the end of an era for me.

I know this is by no means the worst life in the world – I’m not moaning – I’m just a little stressed and my poor little brain is feeling utterly drained.  I’ve found myself unable to sit and read a book (unheard of, for me) or write any more of Thief, even in the odd quiet moments – I think it’s because at the moment the big things are not sorted out, they’re still unresolved.  Similarly, I’ve not been able to think about, never mind concentrate on writing blog posts.

We don’t have a flat, I don’t have a job (and neither does The Boy) and we don’t even have a date for the removal van to come down.  (I am leaving my house on Saturday, when my Mother picks me up – my stuff might not be going up to Nottingham until next week!)  I don’t deal well with things being this up in the air at this late stage.

I’m hyper-organised for a reason: I panic if I’m not.

So, at the moment, what I’d really like, what I really need is room in my mind to write and create and escape my temporary zombification.

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AWOL! (And the Saturday Shoe)

Hello again, my lovelies… Sorry I’ve not been able to post as I’d hoped – things have been (and still are) really hectic around here – I hope to be able to resume some sort of normal service next week.

In the meantime, as it’s still Saturday – here’s your weekly dose of shoe-love:

Mid 18th C Shoes

Mid 18th century from the Louisiana State Museum.  I just love the simplicity of fabric combined with those curly little toes – they’re so cute and remind me of ‘Turkish slippers’ (which I want to get when I go back to Dubai!).

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Away time

I’m away for a few days sorting out stuff for the move. Sorry, that means no Saturday shoe today. I hope to have a new poston Friday. Have a great weekend, all!

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