Recent Ramblings

He approves of his yoghurt #summerdayout

Just me and him. A #summerdayout

It’s been a funny few weeks without time or opportunity for blogging. Somethings shouldn’t be blogged perhaps, at least not while they are happening. In and among all of that, we’ve twitched our working life and Max has gone back to employment, leaving me to run our business and rather a lot of the childcare […]

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 […]

Damn. Forgot to take the before shot! #playtimetray

Creative uses for catering supplies.

This weekend I went through my craft cupboard and chucked out 4 large laundry tubs of stuff that has been shoved in there and not used over the last 4 years. My girls are outgrowing crafting as fast as they are outgrowing parties and I’m not overly convinced that Bene is going to grow into […]

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

A day shopping for 'stuff kids needed', rabbit counselling, gardening & repotting Freddie's tree, which barely flowered this year. Now for a run.

May.

If our life was a circus, every ball, actor, venue, booking and act would currently be hanging off a trapeze, or be up in the air, uncontracted, not paid the fee or possibly be a sobbing heap of luvvy-dom in a caravan somewhere. I don’t know where to start with how much everything is dangling […]

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Kids Crafts

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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 […]

More Kid's Craft Ideas

Cooking

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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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Home Improvements

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A living room I finally love.

Last year my dad (and daughters) helped me paint the living room to freshen it up and make it fit together better. The brown walls had got a bit old and dirty and it all felt too cold and muddied. A couple of friends warned me against a particular brand of paint but of course […]

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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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