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Yes, I know I am not likely to be accused of being a ‘frequent blogger’ but I do have rather a good excuse this time…but firstly I’d like to share with you the contents of the Fall craft swap. It’s always exciting to receive post when you know it’s not a bill…especially when you know it’s going to be full of crafty goodness!!!

Excuse the less than fantastic photo but I had to take it rather quickly as Bean was so keen to be playing with all the lovely things I couldn’t even get a picture without her in it!

There are some truely lovely things that participants have made, some complicated, some wonderfully simple – all beautiful. We were very pleased to have been a part of the swap.

For reasons later explained, we were sadly unable to take part in the winter swap – I’m really looking forward to seeing the items created when they are revealed over at One Hook Wonder. I’m already planning my contribution for the spring swap which I hope Nicole will be hosting. I’m thinking chick finger puppets or felt eggs, something along those lines…

Anyway, the reason (okay, who am I kidding…) one of the reasons for my lack of postings has been due to a delivery of another kind. In mid November we were thrilled to become a family of four, thanks to the addition of little Logan…

He’s not exactly what you would call a good sleeper…but I guess that can be said about most newborns, I spend my days in a constant state of exhaustion and happiness, frequently reminding myself that these sleepless nights will not last forever, even if it feels like it right now! Bean is, thankfully, a born mother and is nothing but wonderful with him, adoring him from the start, which only makes me love her more, which I hadn’t thought was possible.

Something else, which helps during the night feeds is this lovely poem…sadly I can’t recall where I read it…

“Cooking and cleaning can wait ’till tomorrow,

for babies grow up, we’ve learned to our sorrow,

so quiet down cobwebs and dust go to sleep,

I’m hugging my baby and babies don’t keep”

Too true.

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Hmm…so, a bit of a gap since my last post but the title pretty much sums up what we have been doing…

Very sneakily, the Bean has turned from a toddler into a little girl – very talkative, very inquisitive and very much fun.

Thanks to some unseasonally good weather, the outdoors has been a source of great entertainment and discovery…

Discovering poppies almost the size of your head…

Taming the wilderness in your very own backgarden…(wearing very pretty pink gardening gloves, of course)…

and planting potatoes with Daddy (using the Bean method of planting i.e. stand where you are and hurl the potatoes as far as you can)…

Looking back over the photos I have taken, it was these three of Bean that made me realise how much she has grown up in recent months. Tired after “a very busy morning Mummy” ‘reading’ the menu in a cafe…(i.e. choosing from the options I gave her – but making the decision all by herself after much serious consideration and brow furrowing)

and ordering from the waitress all by herself (“‘scuse me lady…”)

and best of all, loving not only what she had ordered but that she had done it all by herself.

Despite the title, there has only been a little bit of sewing going on here, not for lack of wanting (my sewing machine is too noisy to use whilst Bean is asleep, which leaves me sewing most times with a very enthusiastic little helper. This is sometimes wonderful, sometimes not – depending on how much I want to concentrate). Thankfully my current project is a very simple one – a quilt for the Bean, simply 8.5 inch squares sewn together. The Bean’s contribution to my sewing could be anyone of the following: silly shrieking at the ‘scary noise’ my machine is making; constant enquiries of “can I touch the pins Mummy?” ‘um, no darling, that’s propably not a good idea’; to close observation and then sincere comments of “ooh, you very brave Mummy” ‘am I?’ “yes, to put your hands in there”; but the most common is sitting on my lap or standing, being ‘in charge’ of the reverse button. This apparently ‘has’ to be pressed every time I pause sewing, accompanied in most cases by enthusiastic shouts of “go!” and “stop!”. I hadn’t realised how much Bean considered this to be her job – until I set the machine up the other day. I was sternly informed “that my button Mummy. If you press it, I be very angry”…hmm…a conversation about sharing soon followed…

Here is the ‘in progress’ shot – more photos soon. Well, I say soon…

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Hello!

Well, here I am – fresh from a week away on the Welsh coast! I’d hoped to write a post before I went but packing always takes a lot longer than I expect!

We had a fantastic week away – the Bean had just the best time. It’s brilliant now that she is big enough to really do ‘holiday type’ things…we are not very touristy people but sometimes you’ve really got to go for it…

There was a ride on a donkey (much excitement was had by all)

Skipping in the sand

A trip to a (hideously tacky) pier and a ride on the tea-cups (with a reluctant mummy)…

These pictures taken whilst spinning around at high speed further my suspicions that the Bean was born an adventure baby…

 

As bad as the pier was, the view certainly made up for it (excuse the wonky pictures – I was still giddy from the tea-cups!)

More soon!

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Over the years I have been lucky enough to find some pretty cool things whilst thrifting and this is one of my very, very favourite things. I have been looking for a sewing box like this for ages and the few I have seen have either been really small, really expensive, or both…so I was really excited to find this a few weeks ago for £4!

I Love…

…Love…

…Love it!

(As a bonus, the cute little handles on top are perfect for tieing together to stop the Bean causing havoc)… 

So, today was Bean’s first trip to the dentist! For the last couple of weeks we have been (rather succesfully) practising ‘say Ahhhh!’ and showing our teeth, the idea being that the dentist might get half a chance to at least see some of the Bean’s teeth, even if a proper examination was a few visits away…or so we thought! Naturally, the ‘Ahhh!’ idea didn’t work at all, however when the Dentist asked her to roar like a lion she thought that was great fun and he even put his gloves and mask on and managed to feel her teeth as well! We couldn’t have been more proud of her and the Bean couldn’t have been more proud of her sticker!

Here she is showing off her sticker (and her teeth!)

  

We then had lunch on the beach with some friends, there was some awesome improvised sandcastle building (with tupperware and a shoe – you mean you’ve never tried it?)…

and a lot (lot! lot!) of happy splashing!

followed by a first proper ice cream (so it’ll be off to the dentist again soon then…)

(The Bean’s tastebuds have some way to go…she alternated tastes of ice cream with bites of a pasty – hmm!)

The Bean was understandably tired (and sandy) after all this fun…

…but she soon perked up enough to try on a few buoyancy aids, ready for her first canoeing experience on Saturday – she gonna LOVE it!

 

Here’s hoping you had a great day too!

Incidentally, whilst the Bean was stropping (terrible two’s are looming) about the important issue of not being able to have more than one strawberry before tea(!?!) my dad and I tried some distraction as I said ‘and she made an animal noise for the dentist’…’what animal noise did you make?’…the tears stopped, the Bean walked to her toy box and presented Grandpa (‘Bapa’) with this…

 

Heavens!..She’s going to be fun to keep up with… :-)

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I may have mentioned before that I am one of those weird type of people who actually prefer giving gifts than receiving them…I mean I’m not going to turn a gift down if it’s offered (see upcoming posts for my recent birthday goodness!) but if I have to choose between giving or receiving, it would be giving, all day long. It’s purely for selfish reasons you understand, not only does it mean I more often than not, get to make the gift, I also get that lovely smiley happy feeling when you see how much someone (hopefully) likes and appreciates the gift.

With this in mind, have a guess about how long I’ve been smiling due to this reaction over a little gift I sent to a fellow blogger.

Yep, you guessed it, still smiling!

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Hooray! I have finally managed to clear enough space on the computer hard-drive to download the photos of the last couple of months. I have been spending time doing various crafty things, which I’ll post about over the next couple of weeks. In the mean time, here is what I have been up to over the last couple of days…

 

…nursing a poorly-sick Little Bean. We are so lucky, even when she is feeling under the weather she doesn’t make a fuss. We’ve spent the last two days snuggled on the sofa, which has been rather wonderful, in many ways. Apart from when she falls asleep in the car, the Bean only tends to fall asleep in her cot, so whilst I’d obviously rather her be well, it has been a joy to see her dozing off to sleep in my arms or next to me and listening to her little snoring (when I say ‘little’ I use that loosely, as I still think she is part Badger Baby with all the enthusiastic snuffling she does).

All this sleeping has meant I have had plenty of time for a bit of knitting. I am trying (forever trying!) to use up some of the wool that I seem to have gathered over the years. I decided to use some soft textured purple chunky wool to make a shawl which I can wear when knitting in the evenings (I am always cold and it’s hard to knit under a blanket!). I cast on 4 stitches and then worked in stocking stitch, increasing at each end of every knit row until I had about 150 stitches (I forget the actual number). I am sharing this pattern as a warning to others – do not follow! Unless, of course, it’s your intention to produce a cape that Quazimodo himself might choose to wear when out on the town. For me, this was just an unexpected side effect. Luckily this was never intended to be anything other than slouch-on-the-sofa attire and it does do the job, but even so…  

Obligatory (if poorly taken) photo of the shawl-in-progress.

The knitting is complete now, I just need to find the perfect button to finish it off and I’ll give that baby a whirl when I start my next knitting project – a cushion with the same wool. We’ll see how Quazimodo likes that…

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I love that I am creative. I may not be the greatest craftswoman in the world (In fact, I’m fairly sure that I’m not) but I like that I’ll give anything a go. I love that I can combine old shirts and new fabrics to create playmat/quilt for my friend’s beautiful new baby…

  

I love that with enthusiasm (and a good deal of frustrated swearing) I can turn offcuts of wood into a shockingly shoddily made dolls bed (part of a princess and the pea playset for a certain niece who is about to turn 5)…

Are either of these the reason for the title of this blog?

Nope…

…The Bean is very fond of my comb and likes carrying it about, ready to comb her or my hair at a moments notice. This morning as I was rushing out of the house I couldn’t find it, no doubt tidied away in her play kitchen (she’s also very fond of tidying, apparently everything lives in her washing machine), I have a spare, somewhere, but thankfully my creative mind sprung into action…it’s surprising effective combing your hair with a fork. Yep. That’s how we roll.

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