Tuesday, 24 January 2012

A Project

I keep reading other people's blogs and finding that they are doing a project of one sort or another.  I like the idea of a photographic project myself - something quick and easy that can be fitted into my hectic life.  So here's my plan - to take a picture of Max and Penelope every week and put together a little slideshow at the end of the year to see how they've changed.  These photos don't have to be fancy and posed - just ones that capture them - oh and preferably in focus!

I'll keep you posted as to how I get on as I have a sneaking suspicion this may have fallen by the wayside come the second week of February....

Right off to find my camera - wish me luck!

Sunday, 15 January 2012


There are some moments which mark big stages in a baby/toddler's life.  Y'know the ones - smiling, sitting, food, teeth, walking.

And then there's the smaller ones which, whilst not so important, still mark watershed moments.  Here's a pic of Penelope having her first chocolate at about 11 months.  She wasn't putting on any weight at that stage and I swear it was all a ploy to get chocolate early!

And here she is this week with her first bunches.  Okay they're the tiniest little bunches in the world but they mean she is no longer a baby and very much a little girl

It might not be a big moment but enough to warrant pause for thought *sob*

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Plastic explosion

There has been an explosion of small plastic pieces in our house over the festive period.  Lego, it seems, was all a small boy wanted for Christmas.  He already had a considerable amount already and we have now added to his collection

If you remember this post, the icing on the cake was the Lego Fire Boat, shown on the right of this picture.  It didn't arrive until the Wednesday after Christmas as Granny and Grandad had got it for him.  Unfortunately that meant an upset little boy on Christmas morning as "I told Father Christmas I wanted the Fire Boat".   I had to keep reminding him that perhaps Father Christmas had left presents at Granny and Grandad's house.  Note to self - when a small boy keeps saying he wants something, Mummy must remember that it is required on Christmas morning and not three days later!

It seems though that all this Lego is not enough as, when we returned from a visit to my parents, the new Lego catalogue was lying in wait for us.  Cue much "I really want that" "and that" "and that"....

All I have to remember now is not to stand on any small bits that will inevitably get scattered about.

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

A brace of bears

I got a bit crafty before Xmas thanks to Jo's pattern and here's four of the bears waiting to meet their new owners

I made seven in total but despite my best intentions they weren't all ready at the same time.  In fact the bears for my nephews J and N were only finished on Boxing Day evening!  To personalise them a bit further I embroidered the name of the recipient round the tail

I had lots of fun doing them but, in my crafting naivety I completely over ordered the stuffing.  Note to self - 3kg of lightweight stuffing is more then enough for seven bears, do not therefore order 6kg!  I barely (if you'll pardon the pun) took the top of the first bag so either I need to make lots more bears or everyone will be getting cushions!

I do enjoy having a project but I'm not very creatively minded and I am genuinely in awe of Jo's talent to make some of the most beautiful things.  Here's the stockings she made for Max and Penelope

I can however follow instructions very well so I just need to get Jo to post some more patterns (hint hint nudge nudge) and I can then craft away.  Perhaps however I could just get Jo to teach me how to make cushions.......