A Mum Made Costume, Halloween 1995

Let’s talk Halloween. Specifically, Halloween 1995. My Mum made all of my costumes when I was little (check out 1993 an 1994 here) but this one was my favourite. A floor-length fairy gown in watermarked taffeta, complete with silk flowers on the bodice and a sparkly crown. Sigh…. It was magical—the rustling sound it made when I twirled, the way the…

My Nana’s High School Autograph Books, 1936-1937

Well if this isn’t the most precious thing… Did you have these? I remember getting them in primary school. We’d all practice signatures at our desks before rushing around in a frenzy, making our friends write us a message. It was probably the first time we’d distinguished between writing and signing our names, and let me tell…

A (Not Embarrassing) Grandma-Made Sweater

Well, this isn’t embarrassing at all—is it? No cats, no boring beiges. None of the things that come to mind when you think of Grandmother-made sweaters. It’s really, truly, wearable. I mean, maybe not everyday wearable (it’s pretty heavy and real-deal-wool-scratchy, one of those sweaters you wear in place of a jacket) but the design is lovely.…