Friday, 25 September 2015

My Current Shopping List

1. I love making a gift basket. I'm already getting excited about Halloween, and this little guy is going in Emmett's pumpkin basket this October

2. I love Autumn and winter and being able to wear tights again. Tabio are my absolute favourite. Being 6ft tall can make buying tights a nightmare, but these always fit me perfectly

3. I've recently moved my office into the small bedroom. I'm slowly starting to make it feel more like mine and I've treated myself (haha!) to some nice new postage scales. Obviously you can use it in the kitchen too. It's so small and cute

4. Ryan Adams does Taylor Swift's 1989 . Ryan, covering Taylor, channeling Bruce Springsteen. What's not to like?

5. Spotted Lauren Laverne in one of these. I ordered one straight away, obviously.

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom Gelli Baff Jelly Flood Messy Play

With two little boys, most play in our house is messy whether I like it or not. Emmett age 3 really enjoys Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom, made by the same people that created Peppa. Now he's a little bit older he enjoys the more detailed stories and the humor in Ben & Holly.

When I came across the product Gelli Baff Lava Blast Red the first thing I thought of was Nanny Plum's constant spell errors that cause jelly floods in the cartoon. We have a set of the toy figures and so on a rainy afternoon it was the perfect activity.

Emmett was very excited to put all the toys in the bath but was less convinced about the unusual texture of the Gelli. With some encouragement he was soon in the bath playing and squelching about in all the red goo. Also rather brilliant was how easy it was to clean up - I rinsed the children off with warm water and using the sachet in the pack, true to the instructions it all washed down the plug hole without fuss. We all really enjoyed ourselves and it's something we'll definitely do again.

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

La Passablahblahblah Cog #1

Now our littlest boy is a year old i'm finally starting to manage to carve out a little more time for myself. One of my favourite evening crafts is hand sewing. I previously tried English Paper Piecing around 5 years ago. I made a huge hexagon quilt which started life as a baby blanket and grew to the size of a double bedspread because I enjoyed it so much. I've started the Instagram crafter's favourite La Passacaglia

This is my first cog. I thought I'd start on one of the big ones in the pattern first. I think it's going to take a while, but I'm really enjoying it so far.

Monday, 21 September 2015

Getting Back To It

So, as it turns out having two children under 3 is quite time consuming.

We have barely scratched the surface on all the home projects I'd hoped to have done, but having two little boys literally undoing any cleaning and tidying throughout the day with the effort of a well oiled tag team, I'm powerless to try and fight it. I can't stop the tide. I'm trying to enjoy this time as best as I can and remind myself to feel lucky everyday that I have a job that allows me to be home with these little tornadoes.

Right, let's try and get back to business.