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Some of my lucky (?) friends and family got lovely handmade goodies for Christmas…here is just some of the crafting goodness that went on…

These cushions were made for a couple of friends. The cushion on the left is of the flag of our county – (thankfully it’s quite a simple flag  – gotta love straight lines!) but my favourite is the bunting cushion on lovely thick cotton sheeting, which gives the cushion a nice crisp, weighty feel. Thanks to a recent discovery of ‘Bondaweb’ this cushion was ridiculously simple to make. I simply cut out a large rectangle for the actual cushion, hemming the ends. I then cut out four triangles from fabric and Bondaweb and ironed them onto the cushion*. I then zig-zag stitched around each triangle to add definition and (hopefully) longevity.  *Before getting angry with the Bondaweb and curse it for not working, check you have first removed the backing paper…and that’s all I have to say about that.


I was really pleased with how this turned out (once ironed). It was a idea that had been floating about in my head for some time (at any one time, a small proportion of my brain is always thinking about bunting), which is always dangerous as if it had turned out badly I’d have been all the more disappointed, but it actually turned out really well. 

I also made some felt Christmas tree decorations in a variety of designs, some decorated with buttons in muted tones, some bright and some ‘vintage’ shirt buttons (i.e. cut off an old shirt destined for the recycling but let’s call it vintage and it sounds so much better).

I also made a little bunny for my niece T. It’s always a bit worrying giving a toy to a child as you have no idea how well it’s going to be recieved – so naturally I was thrilled when she immediately hugged her and said “Oh, I shall call her Ballerina Bunny Love”…erm…okay then, as long as you’re happy…

My favourite part was the little shoe laces (admitedly that’s probably not the technical ballet term).

They looked somewhat different after a night of hugging.

Tsk, I nearly forgot (again). Although not at all related to Christmas crafting, here’s a shot of Poorly Micheal which I made for cheering the Bean up when she gets sick. I’ve shown it to her and she’s pretty much shunned it, however I’m hoping he’ll grow on her, or she’ll never get sick, either suits me fine.    : )


I got the idea from Nicole at One Hook Wonder, who in turn got the idea from the inspirational Molly Chicken blog (I’ll try to find the proper links later). I love the way we have all interpreted the idea in a different way whilst still keeping similar elements.

That’s all for now folks…


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Ugh, okay, so apparently I am quite bad at this regular blogging lark. Ho hum. Well, there’s an advert out promoting healthy living which says ‘Start again in 2010’, which is what I’m going to do (start again I mean, not eat healthily – I love chocolate too much for that…)

So, Christmas was pretty wonderful around here – quite, peaceful and spent with family, exactly as I’d hoped it would be. The Bean ‘helped’ fold out the branches on our (ridiculously small) Christmas tree and then got a little over excited by rugby tackling it and squishing it all up again.  Adding the jingly bells she chose was her favourite part (well, that and playing with ‘jingly bag’ (apparently it’s all about bells this Christmas).


The tree was the perfect size for the knitted decorations I made earlier in the year


and just big enough for my lovely tree topper which I found on sale the year before last (but was too shattered to put decoration up last year) (the Bean was only 7 weeks old at the time).

The Bean loved her dolls cot and crocheted blanket (so much so that she tried to climb into the cot at first sight) and loves tucking teddy up to sleep (then dragging him out by his leg).

The bargain of the decade was the whirly bug ladybird I found at a car boot sale for £3. Yep, £3.

I’ll post some pictures of Christmas crafts soon (hopefully tomorrow but hey…who knows?!) Along with shots (finally) of this little character (can you tell who he is yet?)

Here’s one of the presents Father Christmas brought me (I told you I liked Chocolate…)

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Well well, it’s been a while hasn’t it! After the Bean’s birthday we all came down with a horrid cold which we still haven’t entirely shaken. I decided that if I was going to wait until I felt entirely better I’d be posting pictures of the Bean’s second birthday instead.

So, a little later than planned – the Bean had a wonderful  birthday and part of the day was spent at a nearby aquarium. She loved it because she got to fulfil her long held ambition of being able to touch the glass on a fish tank (it’s all she wants to do in the doctor’s waiting room). Seeing her excitement was one of my favourite parts of the entire day.


Proudly clutching her super special birthday mug…


After our special day out, we had a little party in the evening with the Bean’s grandparents. On the Saturday we had family over in the morning and friends in the afternoon (it’s only a small house, hence the split) and on the Bean’s one year and one week birthday (still following…?) we had five of the Bean’s own-age friends over for the afternoon. I’m wondering if 5 birthday events will become the norm? I guess we’ll find out next year…only 11 months to go…

Craft-wise i’ve been quite busy too…after writing, then staring in disbelief at the extensive list of Christmas presents I’m kidding myself I’ll have time to make, I have actually (to my surprise) made a rather sucessful start. Of course I did get distracted by (finally) starting to make a ‘Poorly Micheal’ for the Bean (despite mentioning in one of my first posts that I was off to make him, I only got so far as designing him). He’s come together really quickly and should be finished tomorrow, ready to go in time for any winter coughs and colds. I should have pictures of him (as my WIP), along with some of the other things I’ve been making but for some reason the camera won’t download any photos so you’ll have to wait until I get that one sorted!

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Busy Bean

The Bean has learnt a new skill today. Oh dear.

(I love that little hand!)

New skill 1

What have we found?

New skill 2

Oh, just a blender, wedding china and heavy granite placemats, lovely…

New skill 3

Can anyone guess what i’ll be doing this week?

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…states that when you try and take a picture of the Bean’s reflection as she peers into the washing machine, she will suddenly find the camera strap far more interesting!

Bean 8.10.09

Good news on the felt-food-front! The felt cookie dough I made for T and P was very well received and played with immediately – hurrah! : )

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I spent this weekend in Sunny Windsor, at a hen party for my future sister in law – it was brilliant fun and the long journey left lots of time for crafting. I had planned for a while to make a rainbow blanket for the Bean, however I decided to make a small version first and i’m so glad I did as the colours don’t go together as well as I had hoped. It’ll look lovely on a Christmas toy cot though! I’m intending to add a crochet border (one I’ve learned how, that is!)

WIP 1  WIP 2

I’d not been to Windsor before but it’s beautiful!

Windsor CastleSwans CastleCrooked HouseWindsor

  As much fun as Windsor was, I was very glad to get home to the Bean. 

Where’s the Bean…?  There she is!

Peek-a  Boo! 

Hope you all had great weekends too!

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Busy weekend…

Well, I tried to post yesterday but for some reason the gods of the internet decided it was not to be and refused to work…luckily the highly technical solution of turning the computer off and leaving it for a bit seemed to work.

This weekend I had lots of jobs to do, nothing major but the kind of jobs that sit there and look at you reproachfully until you get around to doing them. Tim wasn’t feeling well so I had a little helper. I love that Bean has reached an age where she can actually help, well, not hinder, not totally prevent me from getting things done! Mostly I love that she can find joy in the little things…like washing…

Washing  Washing 2

…tidying…(although I can’t think who made the mess with the pegs in the first place)…

Tidying  Pegs

…and helping me get her old pushchair ready for storage…(in a somewhat menacing way it has to be said!)…


So what could have been a somewhat boring list of jobs turned into an afternoon of fun, giggles, tickles and hugs.

I’m still finding pegs everywhere though.

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