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Instagram Giveaway

On Monday my husband celebrated our 4 year wedding anniversary. To help celebrate that I have a little giveaway on my Instagram page.

In the UK the theme for four years is fruit and flowers, so here are four little treats with a lovely floral theme.

If you fancy having go at bagging yourself these then hop on over to Instagram. Apologies to those readers who do not have Instagram, I will have a giveaway on the blog soon. A winner will be announced Friday 18th May at 8pm BST. Good luck!!

P.s How can it be four years already!??

Chatter · Photography · Weekly picture

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One photo every week for a year. 

When I set myself this challenge I had Mabel in my mind as my subject. I forgot however that getting a non fuzzy nicely posed photo of her is near on impossible these days! 

Except today, today I have a poorly poppet and it’s horrible. There is really nothing worse than seeing your baby unwell. I have a feeling it’s her teeth but I’m not certain, if only she could talk and tell me! I’m hoping for a better day tomorrow! 

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I’ve seen this before on other blogs and thought it was a lovely idea. I’m a week behind so please bear with me as I catch up

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I love this photo, Mabel rarely naps on me these days, but this particular day she wouldn’t go to sleep in her pushchair like normal, instead she cuddled up to me and fell asleep. It was so nice! 

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This picture was inspired by the tree of life photos I have seen on social media. Yesterday my breastfeeding journey came to an end and I wanted a picture to mark this huge milestone. It’s a real bittersweet moment as much as I felt ready to stop, to get my body back (I’ve either pregnant or breastfeeding for 2 whole years!), and to be able to eat dairy again, I feel heartbroken that it has ended and my little baby needs me no more. Having said that I am looking forward to the next part of our adventure.


Baking · Chatter

Happy New Year!

When I re-started this blog I promised myself I wouldn’t put pressure on blogging or apologise for the length of time between each post, but really, I am sorry it’s been so long since my last post! Life with a 15 month old has been pretty hectic there is barely any time to sit down and do anything, let alone make things to blog about!  I really admire mum’s who can juggle both blogging and a toddler I don’t how you do it! Any tips would be greatly appreciated!

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and a happy new year! It seemed to go too quickly and it seems surreal that we are already in 2017. I am clinging on to Christmas by still having my decorations up. I’m going to wait until 12th night (6th Jan) to take them down. I just love the coziness of the Christmas lights.

In my last post I shared with you my plans for making a Christmas cake. The weeks leading up to Christmas I fed it with a little brandy, but was still unsure how I wanted to decorate it. I had elaborate plans but had to be more realistic with time being an issue. I didn’t decide until the day I iced it if I was going to use royal icing or fondant. I like the rustic, snowy look of royal icing, I had bought some reindeer and trees and wanted to create a forest scene, but at the last minute I decided to use fondant. I was a little nervous as I know it can be quite unforgiving and show off every little lump and bump.

 

 

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I haven’t iced a cake with fondant since school so I was fairly pleased, I feel it could have been more perfect but I think it passed. Maybe not to Mary Berry’s standards though!?

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A close up of the topper, it was really hard to pick up the sparkle on the Merry Christmas! It’s by Ginger Ray and can be bought on places like Amazon or EBay. So the cake is probably not what I had in mind, it’s certainly not a grand creation, but for a first year attempt and being a sleep deprived mum of a very clingy 15 month old I am pleased. I will definitely be making another for next Christmas. Unfortunately I couldn’t sample any, I’m on a dairy free diet as my daughter is intolerant and I’m still breastfeeding, but those who did sample it, phoned and asked for more so I must have got something right!

 

So what are your plans for this year? Anything exciting planned? I am hoping to get back in to the kitchen more, and definitely plan to sew more. I have a couple of makes that I did for Christmas that I would like to share with you and I hope to that soon.

Chatter

Hello!

I can’t believe it has been so long since my last blog post! For those who follow me on Instagram you will be fully aware as to where I have been, for those who don’t I will share with you now… I am now a mummy to the most beautiful 1 year old little girl!

My pregnancy was not the easiest and wiped me out pretty much from day 1. Think 24 hour sickness (hyperemesis gravidarum) for most of the pregnancy, crippling fatigue and then in the later stages back and pelvic pain that required the use of crutches and to complete the mix carpal tunnel syndrome. Basically it didn’t leave me much time for blogging or sewing or anything really! It was just a case of getting through the 9 months.

Before I got pregnant I had visions of sewing up beautiful creations for my baby and having a permanent glow, the reality was very different!! The birth was not an easy experience either ending in an emergency C-Section (a story for another time maybe)..

The past year has been a whirlwind blur of sleepless nights, feeding and changing nappies. We celebrated Mabel’s birthday on the 29th September and I feel ready now to engage again with the blogging world and crack on with some sewing projects!

Fear not lovely followers this blog will not become a mummy blog, this will be my space to be me, so expect posts just like before, sewing, baking, ramblings and inspiration, maybe the odd baby picture. I can’t promise daily posts, but I will update as much as I can.

For those still following me after all this time I thank you! WordPress told me when I logged in it is 4 years today since I started this blog! Very appropriate that my first post in so long is today! (Edit: My first post was actually 19th October)

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Chatter · Inspiration

Friday Favourites

It has been a while since I last did a Friday Favourites feature, I’m hoping to make them more of a regular thing this year. Here is what has caught my eye and love this week.

CustardCream Crochet PatternA super cute Custard Cream Crochet pattern. Which you can see here.

Forget me Not by CocoRose I love Vanessa from Coco Rose Diaries photography, and just love this simple but stunning picture of some Forget Me Nots.

Down Grapevine LaneI am totally in love with this EPP from Down Grapevine Lane. Perfect fussy cutting!

Chase and chloeAnd finally look at these beauties from Chase & Chloe, sadly my days of wearing heels this high are long gone so I can appreciate these from afar.

 

(Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post, I’m just sharing some of my favourite things from the week and are my own personal opinions, all links were correct at the time of publishing)

Baking · Chatter · Sewing

Hello 2015 {Updated}

I’m looking forward to a brand new start this year. 2014 was spent mainly being unwell. I tried to play it down on here but well its not been easy. It didn’t leave me much time for what I love doing dance, making and blogging. I received my annual report from WordPress a couple of days ago and was shocked to read I had only managed to publish 70 posts.

The great thing about the start of the year is all the plans and ideas you promise yourself you’ll do… the disappointing thing at the end of the year is when you realise you’ve not fulfilled them! The key is to not beat yourself up about it, last year taught me to be thankful for the little things and (try) not to worry about the big stuff. Take each day at a time and don’t put too much pressure on yourself.

The highlight of the year definitely had to be Louie!

LouieIts amazing what a difference to your life one little dog can make! He really did brighten up an otherwise miserable year.

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2014 was the year of the hexagon! I had a lot of fun with these, including two quilts! Which brought my completed quilt count up to 3! There will be plenty more hexagons in 2015 I’m sure!

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I almost forgot to include my bakes of 2014! It doesn’t look as many as I remember baking, so I’m pretty sure some didn’t get photographed! I know I made plenty of mince pies in December and a Christmas yule log.

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A major achievement for me over the year was to quit smoking. One year ago today, and I’m so pleased with myself. These figures are based on a 20 a day habit, so if you are trying to give up now these stats could be yours in a years time.

FabricThanks to the extra pennies here is just some of the lovely fabrics I was able to treat myself with. It is one addiction I don’t want to give up!

So what’s the plan for 2015? Well I can’t give it all away now but I hope to have some new things in the shop, I hope to get back to my ballet classes, do more photography and take more time to blog and maybe another quilt.. or 2.

Wishing you all a very happy and healthy new year! Thank you for all your support in 2014.

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P.s The shop will reopen on Monday 5th January