Sunday, 8 February 2015

Psychohail, Whippocino, Shimmerglisten........Plus My First Giveaway!

Beware picture-heavy posting ahead.

Bah, snow and not even the good stuff. That stuff that just comes down in a stinging, soggy shower of misery. Yep, today I am having a good rant about the weather even though the sun is streaming in the window in a very winsome and deceptively golden fashion. You could almost mistake it for Spring.

The first snowdrops in my garden. Still got roses and geraniums flowering. Weird.

I have been away out of the office and had the good fortune to go to Florence for a couple of days.  It snowed. Everyone was quite surprised there as this is not apparently a common occurrence. The snow must have heard this as it sort of gave up and turned to sleet in a hissy fit.


Arriving into Pisa the day before, the weather there was beautiful and balmy. I had put my thermals on under my suit, plus a raincoat over the top. Cue one big sweaty mess, so the next day I dressed for warmer weather. Bad move, it was freezing but I was in Florence and determined to make the most of the tiny amount of time I had.

So time for a big wander round the city, looking for fabric shops and generally having a good nosey. I didn't find any fabric shops. It was quite late and dark. A lot of stuff was shut. I did go for a stroll round the Duomo and the indoor/outdoor markets near San Lorenzo Church. The leather stall holders there really give you the hard sell. It was still sleeting and I got soaked literally through to the skin so squelched back to the hotel in search of a hot shower and a glass of wine.

The Duomo is a bit mental and not in the best possible taste. You can't deny that it is some achievement though and was lovingly crafted. I love ecclesiastical art, the sheer scale and literal awesomeness, but some of it really has me thinking about the purpose behind its creation. In a lot of Italian churches the art there really makes me feel like it is there to remind people to toe the party line and know their place. Look at the expressions on this pair. Not a lot of benevolence in there.



However, these little chaps are charming and make me wonder who the sculptors used for models. They are crafted with such life and quiet love about them.


A final one for the Doctor Who fans out there. Don't blink!


For all you proper fashoionistas, I found a couple of streets full of the big designer shops: Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Prada, Dolce and Gabbana, Tiffany. They all had very impressive window displays. I loved these flowery trousers.




Next day was time for home and I checked out extra early so I could have a couple of hours in Pisa. I really like this town and have been there quite a few times now. There are some good shops and I noticed some market stalls dotted around the side streets selling local food and handmade goods.





My favourite photo is out of focus but I think that it looks quite Impressionistic that way.


Anyway, now to the exciting finale. One of my primary (non work-related) objectives was to pick up a copy of La Mia Boutique magazine. This is like the Italian Burda, with sewing patterns inside that you have to trace off. La Mia is a bit legendary as it is hard to get outside Italy and is supposed to have very swish patterns inside. I am going to reserve judgement on that but someone can make their own mind up as I bought an extra copy to giveaway.




This giveaway is open world-wide. Just leave a comment below this post before Midnight Friday 13th February! Spooky Possums!

So to round up, apologies for the bad camera photos and for the fact that this blog is slowly becoming more of a travelogue. I have been doing some sewing, all day yesterday in fact, and have finished two skirts so it will be back to the sewing ASAP.

Best of luck and have a great week!

Kxx

21 comments:

  1. I'm so glad it's a travelogue...I get to see great photos of places I'll never be able to go this way :) Thanks for sharing all these lovely images and the experience of being there in the rain and all. Wonderful.

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    1. Thanks for the comment and you never know. i didn't start travelling until I was in my 20's. Even now I have not been very many places and I hope that one day that will change. Xx

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  2. Wonderful pics of your trip. Don't enter me in to the giveaway as I suspect it would be wasted on me! But will share a link as there must be many out there who would love to join in. Such fun!

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    1. Thanks Ms Nora. I think that my copy might be wasted on me too. You buy them with such good intentions then, bam, work appears and takes over. That would be ace if you could share it though. The more the merrier. Xx

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  3. Oh man, Pisa... I love that city! It's wonderful and impressive, as Florence and a lot other Italian cities. I was in Rome last year but sadly didn't think of buying a La Mia magazin... Maybe I'm lucky now. :)

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    1. Maybe.:)
      Pisa is nice. I like it better than Florence, probably as there are a lot of bits you don't have to keep dodging cars. Would love to go to Rome. Xx

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  4. Despite the sleet, I am very envious of your trip! I'd love to go to Florence (I've just read a novel set in Renaissance Florence, it's got me all fired up about art!)
    I agree with you, those floral trousers are fabulous. I should get my act together and make a pair! xxx

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    1. Hi Curtise, those trousers are definitely you. Have you not made some great trousers like this? They were lovely. What was the novel? I do love a good book and that one sounds great. Xx

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  5. Oh my first view to your blog and how lucky to see Italy bringing back memories. I was there quite a while ago but was in a sewing hiatus then so didn't even look. It's a lovely blog.

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  6. Hi Summer Flies. Thank you. Italy is such a great country. I never found the fabric shops either. Xx

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  7. I would love to win the magazine, if not I might pick one up when I'm in Venice in two weeks!

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    1. Sounds great. I am so green. Never been to Venice hut really want to some day. Good Luck! Xx

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  8. Gorgeous pictures of a stunning city, thank you so much for sharing them. I love your blog but please don't enter me into the giveaway as I don't dress-make!

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    1. Thanks Josie. Will do. Just camera phone pics but it was too wet for a *proper* camera. Florence is indeed very beautiful, even by night. Xx

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  9. I absolutely love that photo of the wrought iron balcony with baskets.... the colours and texture of the walls, the different building materials, the sheer prettiness of the flowers. I am going to try and print that off, if I may, there is just something about it I love. And loved reading about your trip to... lucky you. How I wish I'd had the wherewithal, the balls, the money, to travel when I was healthy and young and fit. Sadly, now it's armchair travel only, so really like to read about others travels, see their photos... thank you.

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  10. Hi Edwina, you have just made my day :) . It is only a quick camera phone pic but quite hi-res. i am very happy to send one to you, you know, or email you a better copy. Thank you. I am very lucky at the moment to be travelling a bit for work. Sometimes it is just straight from the airport to a meeting and back but occasionaly I will have a few hours free to go for a wander with my phone, usually lookng for fabric shops! There is no hope. Never go away anywhere much with Sprogzilla but would really like to one of these days. Sorry to hear that you can't travel far. There are some very beautiful places in the UK. Xx

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    1. I managed to print off a lovely copy on photo paper, it now sits attached to the pinboard on the wall next to my worktable/desk. Thank you.

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  11. Oh, my goodness. I just came over from Rhonda Buss's blog, and I'm so thrilled to find photos of my two favorite cities in the whole world - Pisa and Florence. Mind you, I haven't been there since I was in junior high school, but the longing has never stopped. I'll be following your blog - and maybe living a little vicariously...

    What a beautiful coat on the cover of that magazine. Can you read Italian? Of course fashion requires no language, right?

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  12. Oh, my goodness. I just came over from Rhonda Buss's blog, and I'm so thrilled to find photos of my two favorite cities in the whole world - Pisa and Florence. Mind you, I haven't been there since I was in junior high school, but the longing has never stopped. I'll be following your blog - and maybe living a little vicariously...

    What a beautiful coat on the cover of that magazine. Can you read Italian? Of course fashion requires no language, right?

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  13. Hi Charade, thanks for leaving a comment and for living "vicariously". I love Pisa and Florence too. I really have only the most basic grasp of italian that can pass for being polite. It is a nice coat on the front. Got to love a classic camel. xx

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  14. Hi Charade, thanks for leaving a comment and for living "vicariously". I love Pisa and Florence too. I really have only the most basic grasp of italian that can pass for being polite. It is a nice coat on the front. Got to love a classic camel. xx

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