Paint chart trees!

I do love making my own Christmas cards and when I stumbled across this idea on Pinterest, I absolutely had to give it a go. It was really simple and quick to do one evening, after Sprout was in bed and before I fell asleep!

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I’ll simply use a strip of double sided tape to attach each one to a piece of folded card, with the centre line of each tree either on the crease or the edge of each piece. Have you started making for Christmas yet?

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BLW: Soda bread

Our adventures with weaning are going very well and Sprout is happy to devour anything we put in front of her! I decided to give bread making a go, so that I knew exactly what was in it. I discovered that soda bread is the simplest bread to start with, simply mixed up and put straight in the oven, with little kneading and no proving.

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I used Paul Hollywood’s recipe, but used half the amount of salt and substituted plain wholemeal flour for strong wholemeal flour, as that’s what was in the cupboard! I just needed to cook it for an extra 15 minutes on a lower temperature. Its best eaten fresh, so I waited for it to cool, sliced it up and popped it in the freezer. On the menu today, a deconstructed cheese soda bread sandwich, with banana for pudding!

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Hardy Exotics Nursery

I was looking through some holiday photos recently and remembered a visit we made to an extraordinary place called Hardy Exotics Nursery.  They had some awesome plants!

Hardy Exotics

Hardy Exotics

Hardy Exotics

Hardy Exotics

Hardy Exotics

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Birthday bibs

Last September I wrote a post about a quilt I stitched for sweet little Tahlia. I can hardly believe it but she is now a whole year old! I managed to find a hour amid afternoon naps to stitch her some bright patchwork birthday bibs. I have a mountain of dribble bibs in progress for O and once I’ve perfected the pattern and found myself another hour I will share it with you.

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Little Book Review : Together

Today’s Little Book Review is of Together by Emma Dodd. This is one of the very first books we read with little O and one that she read several times with Matt. I thought that she would love the metallic highlights on each page and the beautiful vivid illustrations and it proved a real hit, even when she was only a few months old! A sweet story to read, with lots to look at.

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If you like the sound of this lovely book you can purchase your very own copy from Amazon. If you purchase anything through the links in my post you are helping to support my blog as I get a small referral fee from Amazon. Thank you!

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Little Book Reviews

As a child my sister and I would use every loan on my Dad’s library card as well as our own and proudly carry as many books as we could manage home. I have spent countless Sundays with my nose firmly planted in a book and have read into the small hours many a time. Although I havent had the time to do either of those things recently, becoming a Mum has meant that I am discovering a whole new world of literature and some amazing illustrators to boot. I would love to share our favourite discoveries with you, in a new series of posts called Little Book Reviews.

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A focussed mind

There is nothing quite like having a baby to focus your mind! Whilst I absolutely love being a Mum and wouldnt change a thing about it, it can be pretty hard to find time to do some of the other things I love doing, namely making. I have finally finished this quilt which was started over 3 years ago. I had always intended it to be a picnic blanket, so when we planned a family barbeque I embarked on some furious sewing to get it completed! It’s pretty simple construction, made from big squares, free machine quilting to attach the patchwork to the backing and then a simple folded over a narrow border of fleece. Dribble bibs are next on my list for my little one!

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Determined crocheting

I’ve worked out that I can do a limited amount of sewing when O is feeding and yesterday I decided to try a bit of crochet! I haven’t crocheted anything in a really long time so I was pretty pleased that I managed to make a pretty little flower. A bit more practice and I’ll try something a bit more complicated!

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Three weeks in the making…baby harem pants!

Three weeks later and I have finished the baby harem pants! They only just fit her so I finished stitching them just in time. I used this pattern by Shwin & Shwin, which is free and very easy to follow. I’m going to draw up my own pattern now and make her some bigger pairs now…I wonder how long they will take me!

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A great food day

Yesterday Matt and I spent the day in Southsea with little O, who is now 15 weeks old! We had a day filled with great food from the start, our trip started with a visit to the amazing Bread Addiction on Elm Grove. It’s obligatory for us to go there every time we are nearby and buy a couple of loaves of their sourdough, which is so tasty! This time we also enjoyed a coffee and some seriously tasty cakes. Processed with VSCO with a6 preset

After Matt enjoying a veggie burrito from a food stall at the Palmerston Road market, buying our body weight in herbs and spices from Akrams and a homemade picnic on the common, we arrived home to find that the recent weather, plenty of sunshine and pouring rain, had led to a great crop of home grown raspberries! What a great food day!

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