Sunday 31 October 2010


My super-capable sister has been staying with me and on Friday she prepared our first carved pumpkin (and made a delicious pumpkin and ginger soup with the pumpkins innards)! This will be gracing our doorstep ready for local trick-or-treaters.

We made some biscuits (slightly random and non-halloweenish) that the little blighters will get. Next up a costume for C - sheet over the head I think, a ghost is about as good as it's going to get for her this year! We're only just beginners at this parenting lark.

Saturday 30 October 2010

Maja is Three!

A little bag I stitched up for Maja's birthday... can't believe she is three already - and C will be joining her in a few weeks.
The main fabric is from a Designers Guild warehouse sale that I fought my way around a couple of years ago and the 'M' is from the fabric I'm using to make C her blinds (STILL in progress)!
I'm wondering if it's worth making a few up for my etsy shop?

Sunday 24 October 2010

Mirror Mirror on the Wall

Two mirrors for £15! Bargain... surely I can hardly have got one unmounted mirror that cheap?
We've got some house guests for the next two weeks so it's been a good incentive to get a few things around the house sorted and these mirrors that I bought a while ago at the market have found a home above the bathroom basin. Not sure if this will be their final destination, but for the moment they'll allow our currently homeless friends to check themselves out in the bathroom!

Two mirrors from Sunbury Antiques market for £15
Glass jars from Zara home
Lights from Original BTC
Blind fabric is Manual Canovas
Basin is a repro (from CP Hart) - ideally would have got a reclaimed one from The Water Monopoly
Walls painted in 'Strong White' by Farrow and Ball
Panelling in 'Vert de Terre' by Farrow and Ball

Wednesday 13 October 2010

Baby Bunting

Baby Isla was born ten weeks early while her parents were on holiday in France. She is doing well and back home in London now and is 12 weeks old today... meanwhile her bunting gift actually ended up taking me more than 10 weeks to finish, but it's packed up and ready to post now. Phew. Another item I can cross off my list.

(This is what the ribbon from The Cloth House was for.)

Monday 11 October 2010

Fly Away Butterflies...

Two of these cards are currently in the royal mails hands making their way to friends (and only a couple of days late... hopefully).
They are re-made from my 34th birthday cards, which for some reason were all very 'pretty'... that's what happens when you get older maybe?

Available to buy from my Etsy shop!

Tuesday 5 October 2010

The Cloth House Soho

The Cloth House in Soho is like a grown up sweet shop... I had to go and get some ribbon for a little project, a good excuse to peruse their wares! Ooh, so much lovely fabric and ribbon and loads of quirky buttons. They always have inspiring window displays too... often a variation on some kind of bunting which is ticking my boxes right now!

These are some rosette/bunting/washing line windows they had a couple of months ago. I'm mulling over making C a reward chart with felt rosettes to collect. I like the idea of cute rosettes, but I'm not sure they'll be the best way to coax a toddler into good behaviour?

Monday 4 October 2010

Baking & Bunting

Toddler and I made a massive batch of flap-jack on Friday, it was so big that I didn't really notice how much of the ingredients were eaten pre cooking! (Who knew that she loved figs)?
It was an adapted version of a recipe that my friend at work found on BBC Good Food we swapped out some oats for figs and added pumpkin seeds too. Yum - and they feel 'almost' healthy.
We took some to the Booker family when we visited their new arrival (CONGRATULATIONS!) and I even tarted up an old box to pack some in for some other friends who kindly let us use some of their loft space!
Beware... a bunting theme is afoot.