Recent Ramblings

wasteless journey

When habits cost the earth (and hit your pocket too).

Do you have shopping habits? I know I do. One of them, for reasons I can’t explain, is that if I go intro a shop to buy a set of ingredients or top up supplies (and it tends to be me who does this), if one or two of the items are on some form […]

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What’s in a name?

Choosing baby names is tricky; it needs to appeal to you, you might want it not to be too popular (I speak as the temporary keeper and guide of one of the oldest Amelie’s in the country!) and give off the right vibe for the child you hope they will grow up into. It needs […]

We did it #raceforlife. Thanks to #briochepasquier for sponsoring my entry.

Racing for Life.

I keep saying it’s been a funny few weeks here and it has. Not that it matters especially, other than that it has made me think very hard about trying to take better care of myself inside and out. Annoyingly that – and the general lack of time that our life now involves – means […]

My Crafting

I made a pretty thing

Sunday Stitches: Crochet Bolster Cushion Cover

This is a quick one from a few months back. I’m currently deeply engaged in the Fritha Mandala, now on a second incarnation with some testers helping me prepare a pattern. I never did write this one up and I love it really so I thought I’d show it off. It lives in my living […]

Happy birthday to our lovely baby boy Freddie, who should be 5 today. Always missed. #daffodilboy #babyloss #crochet #springwreath #spring

Sunday Stitches: Crochet Daffodil Wreath

Just in the nick of time, the daffodil wreath got finished. I find it really helps me to make something in the run up to Freddie’s birthday. Out of eye shot of the girls who expect it to be the actual days that bother me, I’m able to process a lot of the emotions and […]

More crochet, knitting & crafty pretties

Family Life

Bye bye evening.

Appreciating Daddy.

We all like to feel appreciated and one of the ways we do that in our society tends to be gifts. That’s relatively easy for a family to do for a mum; flowers, pamper treats or maybe a nice bundle of yarn if you are me. 😉 I can be made very happy by coming […]

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Kids Crafts

Hot cross bun #bostikbloggers

Our Spring & Easter Crafts

Continuing in my marvellous ‘blogging it for next year’ tradition 😉 This years Easter crafting comes courtesy of our Bostik Bloggers box again. With the girls getting bigger now I either get LOTS of collaboration or none – I need Bene to get a bit bigger and start to want to make things too! This […]

#valentinecrafts #bostikcraftbloggers

I suspect this will be the worst timed Valentine post ever.

I’m sticking with my ‘blogging it for next year’ meme. To be honest, I’m not a huge fan of Valentine’s Day, having been that kid who never once got the rose delivery to the classroom on the big day at school. It’s a humiliation you don’t get over until you are old and jaded enough […]

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Cooking

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Sponsored Post: Baking yourself happy!

I’ve only recently discovered the delights of baking; I’ve tended to avoid it in the past, given I can’t manage not to eat the proceeds and I more or less put on weight by looking at calories. But lately I’ve had an urge to send my children out of the house with something filled with […]

More cooking posts

Home Improvements

Want them all! #qd #peterborough #colour

Hunting for Colour.

For someone who spends so much time making and creating with craft materials and oggling websites like Attic24, I’m not very confident with colour. Fran’s blanket is pushing me out of my boundaries with random, unthemed colour choices and I keep desperately trying to pull it back to something uniformed and safe. She wants unthemed […]

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Life after Child Loss

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And again. 

5 years ago today was Freddie’s due date. I’ve thought about that, rather than him, a lot today. How I could have demanded that scan harder, or listened to my doubts harder. How I could have bottled it and asked for him to come out today.  5 years ago I thought I was on the […]

More about life after losing Baby Freddie

Reviews, Comps & Everything Else

more cake

Sponsored Post: Baking yourself happy!

I’ve only recently discovered the delights of baking; I’ve tended to avoid it in the past, given I can’t manage not to eat the proceeds and I more or less put on weight by looking at calories. But lately I’ve had an urge to send my children out of the house with something filled with […]

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