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Tartan at the Oscars!

Mary Anne


The big award ceremonies are an international melting pot with winners chosen on talent not where they are from. With the Oscars fresh in the news it’s time to take a look at the Scottish or tartan who’s who of the Oscars.

A big impressive 2019 win for Olivia Coleman, who may not be very Scottish, didn’t wear tartan but has performed with Scottish export David Tennant (who hasn’t won an Oscar yet).

More Scottish, or tartan wearing talent who haven’t yet secured the Oscar gold but are still very good include: Robert Carlyle, Ewan McGreggor, Kevin McKidd, Karen Gillan, Kelly Macdonald and Isla Fisher. (I considered Isla Fisher Australian too but she has Scottish parents.)

Now lets rewind and see who else is a notable Scottish or tartan winner.

Frank Lloyd was an inaugural year Oscar winner in 1929! He was also one of the founding members of the Academy Awards and president (1934 and 1935). He hailed from Glasgow and was better known for Mutiny on the Bounty, for which he received a Best Director nomination.

Peter Capaldi, you probably know him better as Doctor Who, is from LLBK’s closest neighbour Bishopbriggs in Glasgow. Another Oscar winner for his short film, Franz Kafka’s It’s a Wonderful Life.

Tilda Swinton who considers herself Scottish won for Micheal Clayton. She starred with George Clooney who also isn’t Scottish but would look great in a kilt!

Sir Sean Connery, from Edinburgh, was a slow burn winner after waiting three plus decades for his Untouchables win.

Before you think I had to scrape the bottom of the barrel with Tilda Swinton to even up the Scottish female winners here’s Deborah Kerr. Another Weegie (Glaswegian), and who knew the From Here to Eternitystar was even Scottish!

Annie Lennox, who won Best Original Song all the way from Aberdeen.

Kevin McDonald, director of Last King of Scotland and Oscar winner for documentary One Day in September.

Braveheart, Academy Award winner and a film with lots of tartan. It was mostly shot in Ireland because of the tax breaks – shame on you Mel Gibson.

Brave, an animated film with lots of tartan was produced by Dreamworks with a lot of Scottish and tartan inspiration. It’s Scottish director Mark Andrews cut a particular dash in his kilt at the 2013 Academy Awards. ‘Mon the kilts!

The list goes on, there are actually too many Scottish winners to mention…because like LLBK’s, a surprising amount of talent is exported from Scotland! Now there is no exact research to substantiate if wearing tartan makes you more talented than non wearers but after reading this, why take any chances. It would be safer to get your little one into their LLBK  tartan sooner rather than later. You just never know!

Craving to watch Brave in all it’s animated tartan splendour? There’s a good few tiny kilts in that and if you’re looking for inspiration for a new one, it’s a good place to start!

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How to Frame a Baby Kilt

When Little Legs becomes not so little anymore. 


One day you look up and your little one is no longer so little and you’re at a loss to know what to do with the ever admired and remarked upon baby kilt that they wore to weddings, Christmas and christenings. A photograph sits proudly on the sideboard of not just your household, but several others, and as you finger the hem and wonder what to do with this kilt made for little legs.

There are a few options of how to remember your baby’s kilt wearing days, now they are 10, 12 or 15. • Pass it down through the family
• Put it on Teddy
• Sew it into a quilt.

However if none of these appeal there is another option. (And by the way, there’s no need to wait till they are 10.) With tartan and stags and all things Scottish brightening up our living rooms a baby kilt in a nice frame is a pleasant addition.

Here’s how:

1. Before you start, make sure the item is clean and pressed.

2. Select items to be displayed with the kiltA photo of your little one in the kilt, any accessories, a reminder of the occasion: confetti, a program or song sheet. Try a few displays of the items out and see what looks the best. Or a simple kilt might be just perfect on it’s own.

3. Choose a Frame
A kilt is a bulky item, even a baby kilt, so one of the easiest ways to frame one is by using a deep frame. This is sometimes called a shadow frame. If there isn’t one to hand, try a standard frame, it might fit. Lots of places sell deep frames but if stuck for ideas both IKEA and Amazon stock them.

4. Attach the kilt to the back board of the frame. There are a few
choices on how to attach it, including:
• Self-adhesive velcro
• Sewing pins
• Command strips
• Double sided sticky tape.

Additional items can be placed with double sided sticky tape or blu tack.

5. Once attached hold the backboard up inside the frame.
• How does everything look?
• Move things around if they aren’t quite right.

6. Reattach the backboard to the frame and it’s ready to hang.

7. Sit back and admire your handy work and reminisce about the little legs in their baby kilt…unless they’re only 3 and have made off with the double sided sticky tape, scissors or pins!

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The Call of the Wild

Go out.jpgAs someone with strong introvert tendencies, who spends a lot of time alone, the importance of getting outside is a discipline I must remind myself of every day.

I love the freedom of working alone, the being able to set my own pace, set my own timetable and balance it against the needs to my small family. Not a day goes by that I am not thankful that this allows me to be the mother and wife that I want to be.

But working alone comes with it’s challenges. Getting so engrossed in your work, or so busy that I forget to eat, forget to go outside for a walk, to sit in the garden and feel the rare sunshine on my face. As is forgetting how to talk to an adult after spending the day alone, sometimes with the kids and the dog for company, but mainly just those weird days when you’ve forgotten how to have a conversation. Sometimes when my poor husband gets home he’s greeted by grunts and a monosyllabic wife, consumed with the thoughts that have been racing round my head all day because there’s no one to interrupt them, or tell her to chill out, stop worrying, it doesn’t matter.

It’s in those silent days in the studio that the thoughts can take a hold and before you know it set a pattern for your mood for the whole day. A mood taking hold that wasn’t there in the morning when you were woken by a sleepy eyed baby, arms outstretched high for warm morning cuddles.

This is why I like this poem, a reminder to go outside. Get out and remember that the world is bigger than my small studio, silence those silly thoughts that take hold, that chance meeting with the postman or a neighbour to practise speaking to other adults. A reminder to pause, to take a moment in the day to rest, to find a little peace, to realign myself. A reminder that most things can be blown way with a fresh breeze and birdsong.

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New Website!

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So Little Legs made it to 7 years old already! Whoever would’ve though that making a wee kilt for Rory would have turned in to a business. 2 kids, 1 dog and 7 years later we thought it was definitely time that we sort out our website, give it a bit of a revamp, update some things and start blogging. So, here is it unveiled.

We’re hoping to do a bit of blogging about our daily lives, what it’s like to run  small home based business, as well as other things Scottish, kids related, the realities of being a work at home mum, and introducing you to awesome new businesses.

We are currently in the thick of the wedding season, so our sewing machine is going away furiously getting all your orders completed in time for events. It’s always  tricky to get the balance right when the draw of the sunshine in the garden beckons me while I’m sitting in the studio. Although I try not to work evenings, sometimes the lure of the garden is just too much and I decide to go enjoy the sun and work in the evening instead.

That coupled with Arthur’s settling in to nursery and organising the summer holidays means that there’s been a lot of juggling going on. Today feels like we’re (just) on the cusp of winning the balance game. Let’s hope it stays that way!

Do let us know what you think of the site. If you see any typos let us know, or if you think there is anything missing drop us a comment (good or bad, constructive criticism taken).

Hope you’re enjoying the sunshine wherever you are!

Laura x