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Well, my current WIP is trying to get my blog up to date!

In the meantime here’s a little bit of crafting I did recently for the Bean’s second birthday!

A birthday crown, following the excellent tutorial over at Frontier Dreams!

Proper wool felt is really expensive, so for the actual crown I used the best cheap felt I could find in my local craft store. I had to join two pieces, hence adding the purple strips between each of the motifs. For the designs I used felt I had purchased a while ago from Paper and String – I urge you all to buy from Sarah, the service is excellent and my gorgeous felt rainbow (45 different shades of wool mix felt) was beautifully wrapped with a hand written note and best of all, very reasonable.

The Bean is very fond of ladybirds, hence…

I was really pleased how this turned out but my favourite was ‘Gerald’, a character from one of Bean’s favourite books, ‘Giraffe’s can’t dance’ (spoiler alert – it turns out they actually can, I was as surprised as anyone…)

I’m never sure how much to ‘add’ to a project – I wasn’t sure about the leaves at the time but now I love them.

I also traced and messed about with illustrations from another of Bean’s favourites ‘The Smartest Giant in Town’, to make a special birthday card…here’s an ‘in progress’ picture…

I’ve not yet taken a picture of the finished card – but it looks great (if I do say so myself).

The simplest but most time consuming part of the Bean’s birthday preparations was making the party bags for her little friends. For some reason I decided to make party bags for the littles. The bags were simple rectangles, machine sewn then cut with pinking shears. Inside were stickers, colouring sheets printed from the ‘net and for some reason, which made perfect sense at the time, each bag contained a knitted hedgehog.

This little fellow wasn’t to0 pleased about having to share his cake.

(Shh! They’re coming!)

The pattern is by Julie from Little Cotton Rabbits. Julie stuffs her hedgies a little more but I think mine look pretty cute! I love visiting Little Cotton Rabbits as Julie knits the most wonderful toys – I am just hoping for the day that she releases a knitting pattern book as currently she only sells the finished toys. The pattern is very simple (sensing a theme here?), each one probably only takes 20 minutes max and the reaction from the littles was absolutely worth it!

Right, blog semi-updated. Now, off to check out what everyone else has been up to!


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…so basically a week in a post! Not sure how this week went by so quickly – I guess the this post may give me some clues… :)

Toddler Tuesday

Last Wednesday we went to lunch with my mother in law, she’d made a delicious quiche and kept some pastry for the Bean to play with.

I’d not introduced the Bean to play-doh yet as I wasn’t sure how much of it she’d eat. Yes, it’s non-toxic but even so…


However, she played brilliantly (only nibbling a teeny bit…) and spent ages rolling it out time and time again and making ‘pattens pattens’ with any of the cookie cutters which didn’t happen to be doubling as bracelets at the time.


Apparently it was all quite funny!

The quiche was amazing too!

Work In Progress Wednesday

I’ve mentioned before that I like to try and make as many of my Christmas gifts as possible, but always end up finishing them in a panicky rush on Christmas eve…so, I’ve decided this year will be different (yeah, right!) and have started my Christmas gift list already and have made a start with two* cute knitted pigs from Knitted Toy Tales by Laura Long.

(I may have mentioned before that I was lucky enough to be given lots of craft books for Christmas and my Birthday, which I will, one day, get around to sharing and reviewing here. The reason for the delay is that you’ll all want to buy the books for yourself, so by then they’ll be on sale…so really I’m being thoughtful by taking so long about it…).


It’s a really quick pattern to knit as the head and body are knit in one, just adding the ears and feet. The body is only about 60 rows and the shaping is very simple. Over a couple of evenings I’ve almost knit enough for the two pigs, I just need to finish half a body. The knitting is the easy bit I feel…I hate the sewing up. That’s the time I’ll really mess it up and make a lovely knitted toy look mean…many’s the time I’ll sew up a (potentially) cute toy and see it turn to the dark side with just a few (un)carefully placed embroidery stitches…ugh…wish me luck…


*I was explaining to the Bean that I was knitting a little piggy toy for one of my friends ‘and Issey’. she adds. ‘Oh, do you think Issey would like one too Bean?’, ‘Yes…and Mummy’, ‘Well, I’ll knit one for Issey’, ‘and Mummy’…so it may end up being three. I’ll have to practise looking surprised on Christmas day. :)

Thrifty Thursday

Just a quick one this week – I’ve been looking for old toy knitting patterns lately (more opportunities to create accidentally scary toys…) and found these beauties!

Plenty of things to add to the ever growing Christmas list (yeay, just what I need!)

This Moment

{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. Inspired by Soulemama.

Here’s hoping you get a chance to stretch out and relax too this weekend!

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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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There’s been just a simple little bit of crafting going on this week – you can’t get much more straightforward than a simple knitted child’s scarf. I normally prefer the smoother look that stocking stitch produces, but I figured a scarf that narrow would roll up too much (I’m too lazy to block) and that the Bean, who is currently a big fan of squishing things, would prefer the thicker scarf.

It’s such a simple, quick knit – only 20 stitches across in DK wool. I’m using Robin Paintbox wool, which I bought for £1.50 from a recently discovered wool shop in my local town. The picture doesn’t really do it justice, it’s actually a lovely mix of white, raspberry and pink shades. I bought it partly because the Bean seems to be turning into a girly girl (albeit still a rough and tumble one) so the pink will go down well and partly because it reminds me of the beautiful wool used by Nicole over at the brilliant Frontier Dreams and yes, I do know that I am kidding myself in believing that the beautiful hand dyed wool she uses could be replicated in my £1.50 find but hey, that’s as close as it’s going to get.

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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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