Playtime

While I haven’t been producing items for sale over the past year, I have found time to create a few objects for our own home. The first was a really fun project which allowed me to order some truly awesome fabrics online to produce the most colourful patchwork playmat for the little one. With a bit of custom applique and my new skill at french knots (to complete the strawberry) it was ready to go and has been well-loved and used over the 20 months.

 

Patchwork playmat

 

A bonus of this project was all the leftover scraps of fabric which have since been turned into a set of matching applique cushions, ridiculous amounts of bunting, some cuddly owls and several pieces of fabric artwork all of which I’m sure will feature in future posts.

July 13, 2012 at 19:28 Leave a comment

Project Linus

Early last year I was browsing a quilting magazine at Mum’s and read an article about Project Linus. Project Linus is a volunteer organisation established to provide homemade blankets, quilts and incubator covers to babies, children and young people in hospital, shelters and hospices. While I’m not known for completing patchwork projects, but after some first-hand experience of NICU when the little Pickle arrived I could see exactly what impact a Linus quilt could have and dropped them an email about helping out. Since then I’ve taken over updating their existing website with plans for a refresh in the future, and helping to spread the Linus message online.
 
Are you a crafter? Could you spare some time to create a blanket, quilt or incubator cover – or even just one block of a quilt?
 
If not, you can always support us on Twitter, Facebook, or make a donation to help provide fabric and supplies.
 
projectlinusuk.org.uk

July 13, 2012 at 19:00 Leave a comment

Image of the day

Polaroid rainbow by yumalum on etsy

Polaroid rainbow

February 8, 2012 at 10:29 1 comment

Jessica

Jessica
 
This is Jessica.
 
She joined our family in 2010 after a holiday in Cornwall. We met, we fell in love, and she came home with us.
 
Jessica is an original painting by Caroline Walker. You may recognise Jessica (and the rest of the herd) from Glastonbury Festival or from her starring role running along a beach in the Muller advert.
 
This painting now lives in our hallway and is greeted on a regular basis by the little one who expects you to moo on demand when she points at it.

February 7, 2012 at 10:01 Leave a comment

2011 – a year in review

We’re already a month into 2012 and I’m thinking back over the past year. 2011 was an incredible year for us. It sped by, it was packed full, it was full of highs, lows and thousands of wonderfully happy moments.

To be honest, the year didn’t begin on the 1st January – for us it began in October 2010 when an adorable baby girl arrived in our lives. Not content to stay in my (enormous) tummy a moment longer she appeared three weeks early, more perfect and cuddly than we could ever have imagined. I fully intended to get back to blogging during my maternity leave but instead spent my time gazing at our little girl, playing, walking, gardening, pinning, photography, cooking, crafting, reading, and enjoying every second of being a parent. Predictably, given my love of photography, she is probably the most photographed baby in the world and on her first birthday I completed my first 365project – a photo every day for her first year.

Since returning to work a few months ago I’ve continued the photo project while reminding my brain just how to code, and refrain from telling my colleagues that cups of tea are “hot – don’t touch”. Now we’re settled into a happy routine balancing work, nursery, family, friends and time at home I think it’s time to get back to blogging, etsy, and much more.

Winter 2010

Summer 2011

Winter 2011

February 6, 2012 at 13:21 Leave a comment

A work in progress

The new house is really beginning to take shape now. The office is half decorated – to be completed this week. Carpets and wooden flooring are chosen, the new fireplace is arriving in two weeks, toilets are fixed, the hot water tank is fixed, the garden no longer looks so much like a jungle and the lingering smell of curry spices is gone.

We now affectionately refer to the house as ‘the money pit’ as predictably we’re hopeless at just improving things gradually and in the next three weeks will be decorating the entire downstairs living space. Why work at a normal pace when you can manically attack every room in the house? We may be mad, but our deadline for having completed most of the renovations was moved forward by several months, and a nursery is now high up on the list of rooms to be decorated…

June 7, 2010 at 12:06 Leave a comment

Christmas in April

339 long days after we first sold our house, after the disappointment of losing the first house we waited for, we have finally moved into our new house. Eleven months is a long time to be in limbo and the moment on Friday morning when the removal truck arrived holding all our furniture and posessions from storage was so exciting.

The new house was absolutely filthy and smelt, but we honestly didn’t care – after a few days of bleaching every surface, cleaning the carpets, windows and floors, and a LOT of unpacking and flatpacking boxes we are in. It’s like a huge weight has been lifted from our shoulders, and despite the amount of work that needs doing to the house and the garden, we’re just happy and relaxed for the first time in almost a year.

Now I can *finally* start decorating!

May 4, 2010 at 12:46 Leave a comment

The Sweat Shop Cafe

A fabulous idea – sewing cafe now open in Paris – full story at The Guardian

April 19, 2010 at 15:51 Leave a comment

Image of the day

In other news, we are still living in the temporary flat of mould and doom. Excitingly the oven door fell off last week while I was making red velvet cupcakes. The gloom of the flat is lifting however as spring is finally here and I have my fingers, toes, arms and legs crossed that we will exchange contracts on our lovely new home next week.

Source: Pottery Barn

April 8, 2010 at 13:01 Leave a comment

Cake, cake, cake

We had a lovely trip to Hummingbird Bakery last weekend which reminded me that my cupcakes from their recipe book are never quite the same as the ones in-store. There have been birthdays in the office (complete with cakes) and a custom cupcake order booked as a gift. The icing on my cupcakey week is the recent opening of a cupcake and sweet store just around the corner from the office. I’ve resisted so far…

Cake slippers from Ruby and Ed

March 25, 2010 at 10:11 Leave a comment

Image of the day

Hello little moo cow. You’re adorable.

Source: Berry Red

March 23, 2010 at 09:22 Leave a comment

Inspiration

Well, the Ideal Home Show was utterly uninspiring. I’m glad the tickets were free!The only stall I was particularly interested in was one selling handmade wooden shutters. However the salesperson didn’t know how to open the shutters, or how many colours they came in, or anything else about the product! I’ve worked at a lot of large events and shows at Earls Court and Olympia and this was by far the most disappointing.

We had a quick wander round then promptly left for a much more inspiring stroll along Kings Road and lots of window shopping in Heals, Habitat, Zara Home and Anthropologie.

It was the first time I’d had the chance to explore the store and it’s just as gorgeous as I’d expected.  I wanted to move in, or at the very least buy some lovely china and glassware…

March 22, 2010 at 16:18 Leave a comment

Today’s playlist

Today it is lovely and sunny.

We’ve had an offer accepted on a house and we’re hoping to move in next month.

I am off to the Ideal Home Show in London tomorrow to look at pretty things for the new house.

Proud Mary – Cast of Glee
Imagine – Cast of Glee
Lean on me – Cast of Glee
Don’t rain on my parade – Cast of Glee
Don’t stop believin’ – Cast of Glee
Gold Digger – Cast of Glee
Defying gravity – Cast of Glee
Somebody to love – Cast of Glee
Take a bow – Cast of Glee

(did I mention that i love Glee?)

March 19, 2010 at 08:41 Leave a comment

Image of the day

from DocMartinStudio

March 19, 2010 at 08:35 Leave a comment

Back to the start

We were due to finally exchange contracts on our new home today, unfortunately things came crashing down on Friday evening when we discovered (via text message) that 263 days after accepting our offer on the house the sellers had withdrawn the house from the market.

It was difficult news to process and I’m only just coming to terms with it and realising that we’ll be staying in our temporary accomodation for several more months. Focusing on the positive it means that we’re on the hunt for the perfect house once more …

February 15, 2010 at 12:45 Leave a comment

Country Kitchen

The space in our new kitchen means an exciting new range cooker. After disappointment that the lovely aquamarine range wouldn’t fit in the gap, I think it probably does make more sense to get the vanilla range to fit with our modern country kitchen (inspired by the above image from Ideal Home) and guarantees that the church pew I’ve got my eye on in a reclamation yard will fit in nicely…

Given my propensity for burning myself/falling over/spilling things and the depth of the range doors, new extended aga oven gloves were an essential. There was only a teeny bit of squealing when I realised I could buy lovely Joules aga textiles which will match my extensive wardrobe of Joules jumpers, hoodies and wellies…

January 26, 2010 at 13:34 Leave a comment

Print

My love affair with print and type posters is still going strong and with the house move getting closer I’m almost ready to make some final decisions on which gorgeous prints will be appearing on the freshly painted walls.

This is currently a favourite to feature in the new kitchen, and I have dozens more prints bookmarked on Etsy, NotontheHighStreet and KeepCalmGallery

related posts:
Make do and mend

January 14, 2010 at 16:02 1 comment

The Return

It’s been quite a while since my last post. We’re still not in the house which has been the biggest factor keeping me from updating. We’ve had some moments of false hope that the move will happen soon and I’ve immersed myself once more in paint samples, fabric and window shopping for furniture but unfortunately things are still up in the air. It now looks like a February move date. 233 days and counting since we had the offer accepted…

Back to happy, positive thoughts about how lovely it will be once we move in. We’ve now started buying small items for the house; some gorgeous Kilner jars to store all sorts of kitchen bits in, we’ve been round the dreaded home appliance warehouse and ch0sen the washing machine, range cooker and fridge freezer, and next week we’re off to Bath to look at furniture and more supplies for organising the kitchen.

Christmas was lovely – manic, noisy, lots of food and too much time on the motorway – but lovely. Since then we’ve been enveloped in unusually heavy snowfall which looks beautiful but has caused chaos as we’re so unprepared for snowfall in the UK. The snow is all melting today so I can look forward to spring in our new home.

January 14, 2010 at 15:47 Leave a comment

Introducing

Roly Poly

aka: Poly, Fatcat, Troll-poldy-roll

age: 15

Likes: food, attention, sleeping

Dislikes: humans who sleep, eat or read instead of adoring him, leaving the house, the airing cupboard door being closed.

Scared of: absolutely everything except food and cuddles


November 26, 2009 at 17:21 Leave a comment

One night at a time

One night at a time by Susan Hill

As a child ‘One Night at a Time’ by Susan Hill, illustrated by Vanessa Julian-Ottie was one of my two favourite books. My Mum would read it to me and shoo bad dreams out of the window. Even now my original copy of this book lives by my bed. I love the story, and I adore the illustrations. I love Tom’s little suitcase, I love the way the household items he sees as monsters are scary yet not too scary. I can trace my love of red things back to this book as I dreamed of having a toadstool light just like Tom’s, and I can’t play MarioKart unless I’m Toad! It’s not a shock that one of my first applique designs was a classic toadstool.

 

toadstools

November 13, 2009 at 13:25 Leave a comment

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