How to brighten up winter

I’m not someone who really gets sad during winter – I like the cold and wearing layers and pinecones on fires. However, it’s always good to have a few tips up your sleeve for when leaving for work in the dark and arriving home in the dark (that’s what we do during June and July) begins to grate…

Wear colourful brooches
I recently ran an Emma Makes competition and Emma from Freedom Creative – another crafter – won it. On Saturday I was so surprised and excited to find that Emma had sent me one of her brooches – it’s the same style as the ones shown here but is a bright red Japanese paper and hasn’t left my top since I put it on. You can find her work here.

Wear bright tightsPlus Sized White Striped Tights
I recently discovered – through friends – an American tight site that sells bright opaque tights for all sizes. So I bought some. And with the exchange rate the way it is, you could buy some too and dance around in them while all the businessmen cry into their ties about export prices.

Here’s the site – and I did the math for you and worked out that each pair is only $17 New Zealand dollars. They’re thick, bright and comfy and they fit – so no more pulling your tights up all day if you’re taller than 160cm.

Watch old videos
Yesterday I flicked on C4 while doing some handsewing and they were playing One Hit Wonders of the 80s. It was SO GOOD! This was my favourite:


7 Responses to How to brighten up winter

  1. Becka says:

    I have been meaning to order tights from welovecolours for ages, i’m so happy to hear they are really are as good as they look!

    • tomandemma says:

      I was nervous the first time because I thought, ‘oh yeah they’ll probably be too short again or won’t fit my thunder thighs’ but they’re super! Really great and I rate them big time. In fact, I just did another order for black, bright red and royal blue. Their colours tend to run a little brighter than you’d think too – my gold tights are bright yellow for instance.

  2. sue says:

    we love colors is doing a free shipping to oz and nz deal.

    WELOVENZAUS gets you free shipping to nz for order over $30

  3. martinboroughartdepartment says:

    Yippee, thank you Emma for sharing your tight secret. I am completely looking forward to my MAD ones especially the pink stripe and orange striped ones.

  4. Emma says:

    Thanks for blogging about the brooch I sent… you really didn’t have to. And super glad that you like it. Going to check out that tight site now.

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