Thursday, 14 July 2016

Moving House

Wow, moving house with two kids is epic. 3 months in and I still feel in disarray. I think we have too much stuff. Ok, so I know we have too much stuff. I am gradually wading through the piles which are mostly confined to the garage now. Sorting, clearing, donating and recycling. 

I think part of the problem is all the things waiting to be done. Pictures need printing so we can hang frames, toys needing new homes, bits and pieces that need to find their 'home'. 

So I am going to write a list. A list of things to do in that tiny window of time after kids are in bed, dinner is made and the days clearing up has been finished. But for now....just another minute of  sleepy baby cuddles....

So bye for now...but I will be back soon. When my list is just a little shorter. 

S x

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Second baby

I have read lots of parents letters written for their children on their blogs. One of the most recent ones was addressed to a second child and was a heartfelt apology that has resonated with many parents with more than one baby because it is true they don't receive the undivided attention their eldest sibling once enjoyed. And for a moment it made me want to cry for the things I just couldn't give my tiny little girl.

But then in rolled her brother with his calls of "hi miss" and "wow, miss, wow, tute (cute) miss" and it hit me. Baby bean was born into a family, a family with a whole extra persons worth of love. Where small bean was building our family and had two people loving him entirely, baby bean had 3 people completely besotted right from the very start. The love grows as a family grows and love is just the best thing for babies. Baby bean and I may not have as much one to one time as I did with small bean at this age and I may feel like she is missing out on some things but when I see those big dimply smiles she gives small bean every time he walks into the room or catches her eye I know she has just as much great stuff.

I guess my point at the end of it all is as long as we give our children all the love they deserve we can count it as a job well done. All the rest is just the embellishments. Embellishments each of us will research and tear our hair out over to make sure we are doing the very best we can....but that is the proof of all the love we can give, right?

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Christmas Crochet

My first completed crochet project of 2016! We'll sort of... I am counting it as a mini ta dah moment we go...

Christmas is such a huge and magical event for our family. I love all things Christmas. So I have started a new project making a special Christmas blanket for small bean and baby bean. Yellow bean and I have a Christmas blanket I crocheted a few years ago (lovingly packed away into our Christmas box so no photo I am afraid).

I loved the idea on repeat crafter me for a corner to corner pixel blanket. I have now finished my first pixel image.

Ta dah!!

I am not sure how I am going to consruct the final blankets, if they will be just red and green, if they will be all image squares or some blank and if they will be the same or different. But I have enjoyed the start. You can find the full repeat crafter me pattern here:

The c2c blanket is a new method for me and it is nice and quick and very effective with beautiful results. However, I am so not good at keeping my yarn organised as I twist the work. I am impatient and so I change colours quickly without repositioning balls of yarn. I also tend to crochet on the sofa in front of the telly picking up and putting down my work regularly as I have two small children. This results in a lot of tangled yarn. It is often not too difficult to sort out but it looks a real state! (Insert my red face of messy shame here)

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Painting with hands

We love painting with hands and feet in our house. Small bean will whip his socks off and dive into paint and bowls of water given the smallest of opportunities. He is less interested in brushes. Why take the conventional route?

He has also been showing an interest in numbers. All too often at the park do I hear shouts of 'race Mummy. 2....5....go!' And mumbles of 'eight, nine, ten, fourteen, eighteen,' as we walk down the stairs, usually ending in a triumphant shout of 'fourteen' as there are fourteen steps, a fact he never fails to recall.

So we decided to combine these interests and make a picture we can use to count. By painting one extra finger each time to help him count to five. For some reason he can manage counting to four but struggles with the leap to number five. Although left to his own devices he prefers to start the counting at two.

Whilst we often get the paints out it is only very occasionally that I have a specific plan in mind. When I do it often ends up creating something small bean loves and refers back to a lot but it often feels less organic. Perhaps it is over ambitious or too much structure for a 2 year old. It is nice to have a mix of purpose and 'just go nuts' and I believe he is learning either way.

Wednesday, 20 January 2016


The one drawback to crochet, as every crocheter knows, is those ends. Sewing in the ends, I always find, is a long, drawn out process. I know it is necessary but I do find it boring. I also have a fear that those sneaky little ends will wiggle their way out and unravel the beautiful crochet I spend so long creating. Does anyone have any sneaky tricks? I have tried various methods over the few years I have been crocheting. Little tails often peep their little ends out but so far no disasters!

But ends are a sure sign that a project is nearly finished. Or in this case, part of a project. I will be back soon with a lovely reveal.

Any finished items for 2016?

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Hanging stars out to dry

I have done some bits of papercutting in the past and I love love love Rob Ryan, both for his words and images, so I thought I would have another stab at it (no pun intended). 

I am pretty pleased with it I have to say. I like the style of cutting and contrast of the paper. I first came across papercutting at a Chinese fair in LA 4 years ago and since then it seems to have exploded and is now found all over the place, in adverts and book covers as well as the art itself.

What do you guys think? Is it a style you love?

Sunday, 3 January 2016

Happy new year!, how fast has that come along?! 2015 was over in a flash and what a year it was! In 2015 we welcomed baby bean into our family. It has turned our world upside down and made everything simultaneously harder and more wonderful than anyone could imagine.

I love a new year, much like a new page in an exercise book. It is filled with so much hope, possibility and promise. I have so much I am itching to fill my year with, it is all about finding a balance in life. Giving appropriate attention to the little beans, yellow bean and of course housework whilst finding a bit of time for myself and the ideas brewing and growing inside my head.

I think I can safely say there will be craft and art in 2016. Small bean loves to paint, stick and cut. He paints his hands and feet just so that he can wash them clean. I love the frivolity and simplicity of the toddler mind. And me? Well crafting and creating are my outlets, it is how I unwind and how I remember who I am when I am not just 'mummy' or 'wife'.

Do you have any goals for the coming year? I have many aims but no formal resolutions, just a few things I am working towards. Mostly with a 3 month old and a 2 year old I will be aiming to survive with as much sleep as possible and as much laughter as I can bring into our home.