I am addicted to Etsy. I love it. Absolutely love it. There is nothing that I could possibly want that I could not find on Etsy. My love for it was reignited when I was in the last few weeks of pregnancy, daydreaming about wearing something other than pyjamas with a highly elasticated waistband, dreaming about the time when I would once again be able to wear something that I actually liked. I bought quite a few dresses in those last few weeks, managing to think up little reasons why I deserved a present that day, things like surviving the day without taking an afternoon nap or doing the hoovering were all relevant and deserving of a gift to myself. And now I have had my lovely baby things like managing to get dressed and apply make-up within the same day or moving the ever growing pile of clean washing off the stairs and to its next destination are just as treat-worthy. The other day, after a lengthy debate with myself over what I needed to add to the kitchen I decided on some vintage mugs so I scrolled through pages and pages, adding to my favourites list (which is now up to about 135 items). I have found so many that I love but eventually settled for some much needed vintage pot holders. And the best thing is, I never even knew that I needed them. Much joy.
Monday, 9 July 2012
We just got back last night from a lovely couple of days in Birmingham with Emma and Pete, we walked, talked, ate lots, got wet in the rain and then hot in the sun, saw animals at the zoo, drank tea and won teddies at the fair.
Friday, 6 July 2012
When Freddie was a couple of days old we found out that both of his hips were dislocated, something that I had when I was a baby and Freddie's brother Ben also had. With Ben, we didn't find out until he was about 14 months old and he had to go into a plaster cast that went from under his arms right down both legs for 6 months. But despite this, little Ben learned to walk and could even climb up stairs with his plaster on. He was such a little star. As it was found early with Fred he was put into a harness when he was 2 weeks old to keep his hips apart so they can grow properly and has just finished his 6th week.
He now can be weaned off the harness, this week he can have an hour a day out of the harness, next week 2 hours a day, then 4 hours a day until he is only wearing it at night. It was so wonderful to have our baby free to wriggle, to give him a bath (as we weren't allowed to take the harness off at all until yesterday) and to just have a cuddle with our naked baby! He seems so much smaller when it is off, like a little newborn again. He is just so yummy.
Friday, 29 June 2012
I have broken the habit of a lifetime by getting on with homework on a Friday evening rather than last thing on Sunday. Daisy wasn't very impressed by my efforts but she got on with it anyway (the picture at the top of her work is of a black cinema screen, she wasn't feeling very artistic).
Freddie's nursery is now finished and I just love it - his face lights up whenever we go in there. He is still in our room at night but it's ready and waiting for him...
Thursday, 28 June 2012
Wednesday, 27 June 2012
My friend Jennifer came round this afternoon for a cuddle with Freddie, her little boy Alex goes to school with Daisy (Daisy LOVES Alex, she has asked him to marry her but is still awaiting a reply). This very lovely lady made this very lovely cake for us! It is just so pretty that I cannot bear to cut, Daisy is so desperate to eat it that we have had tears. But I simply can't. It's just too special.
Sunday, 24 June 2012
Freddie has just slept through the night for the 3rd night running, I feel so much better for getting that extra bit of sleep. It will be so amazing if this continues but I do remember being lulled into a false sense of security with Daisy who was a great sleeper until she was 3 months and then that was it, she didn't sleep properly through the night until she was 3 years old. She used to wake up shouting that she wanted cake in the middle of the night and wake the whole house up ~ the boys were not amused. She is better at night now but still enjoys a midnight feast, I get her up on the morning to find chocolate round her mouth and her teddies sat around a little picnic blanket.
Our room has blinds up at the windows and they don't keep the light out very well so I have been looking out for some curtains that would do a better job. The car boot sale on Wednesday was awesome. We went over to ask a guy how much he wanted for an old tea chest and noticed that he had heaps of vintage fabric, curtains, bed linen and tablecloths and I literally filled up two huge black bags with everything I could and I found a pair of curtains that fit the window perfectly so I think they are to thank for my baby sleeping so well. And they look fab.
Thursday, 21 June 2012
Yesterday Daisy lost her first tooth. This tooth has been wobbly since about March and was literally hanging on by a thread. Every day we would have an update on how far she could push it forward with her tongue, on Tuesday, our last update, she was convinced it needed to click 2 more times before it would come out. Then, while on her way to Rainbows it just fell out into her hand. She was with my cousin Kate when it happened but when I picked her up the beam on her face was huge. I actually don't think I have ever seen her smile quite so hard as she showed me the gap and unwrapped the little piece of tissue paper containing her tiny tooth
The Tooth Fairy visited and left £2.50 for a very looked after little toothy peg which she woke us up very early to show us.
Monday, 18 June 2012
This weekend was great fun. Saturday was a ballet day, Daisy had her usual lesson in the morning then a rehersal for her modern dance exam in the afternoon. I managed a quick scout around for some treasures while she was in there and found these lovelies. I am a bit obsessed with typewriters at the moment. Sunday morning it was actually not raining for once so we were all up early and off to the car boot sales, Freddie only slept for 2 hours Saturday night so keeping my eyes open was quite a task. We came home and had a big Fathers Day brekkie, Nathan opened the many many cards that Daisy had made him and we headed into Winchester to the Vintage Market and a wander round the shops, Ben bought a hat he's never going to wear and an expensive pair of trousers and Daisy bought a rabbit on a spring that is now called Bounce (not to be confused with Bounce-Bounce, her trusty favourite rabbit). And I found some lovely vintage Pyrex cups! Happy days!
Friday, 15 June 2012
Thursday, 14 June 2012
I love cakes. Just love them. I love how they look, I love eating them of course and the urge to make a big gooey cake is always there. If I see a recipe for a pretty cake I write down all the ingredients needed and if I actually get round to buying them the next stage of making the cake rarely happens. So I have a cupboard jam packed with cake decorations, icing (in various forms, a few boxes of icing sugar, a pack of royal icing, several tubes of writing icing - some gone hard and some just about usable), every shade of food colour, large quantities of flour... you get the picture. I recently found THE most amazing blog whilst pinning pictures of baked goodies on Pinterest and if you love cakes you need to have a look at Sweetapolita
I decided to create this delight for my mums birthday last week...
I am not one for properly reading therefore not properly understanding instructions, I improvise a lot. I don't have a Kitchenaid - I have a small Magimix food processor given to me by my gran when she bought herself a better one and I don't think it has a 'paddle' attachment which is what the instructions said I needed here. Please note : this amount of ingredients will not fit into a Magimix. I discovered this after trying to sieve in vast amounts of flour twice. I abandoned this idea, transferred it into a big bowl and used an electric hand whisk, circa 1970, also from my gran. It worked out OK, the whisk did sound like it was going to pass out from the strain of the sheer volume of cake batter but it got there in the end. So the batter was done and tasting good, the next step was to put this into two cake tins, bake, then repeat as it is a four layered cake. I weighed out the exact amount of batter, feeling very professional, into my lined, greased tins. Alas, my tins were smaller than required which resulted in the this...
After cleaning up this mess, feeding the baby, bathing Daisy, doing some GCSE maths with Jacob and chatting to Ben about his new cool hairstyle, I baked the remainder of the batter and it did turn out well in the end. In fact it was the yummiest cake I have ever eaten. We covered it in pink ice cream flavour frosting and edible glitter and.... ta da....
Tuesday, 12 June 2012
One of our latest auction finds was a huge box of vintage cameras, we had great fun going through them and figuring out how each one worked. So many fab designs, they just look great on display. This is exactly why I love what we do ~ my living room floor is covered in cameras ~ never a dull moment...