Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Mamatography: Week 3

16th-22nd January Bit of an out-of-routine week this week as we had decorators in painting our ceilings, so we spent quite a lot of time out of the house to keep out of their way. 

16/1 A visit to the local children's centre sensory room. Eden loves it here & it's so peaceful

Pretty lights and lots to explore in the sensory room!

17/1 My 33 week bump!

18/1 Giant paper and pens providing some entertainment as most of the toys have been packed away while the decorators are in 

Loving the big paper and concentrating hard!
19/1 A full day out of the house, and a special treat of a hot chocolate!

20/1 A wet and rainy day, so we spent much of the day reading lots of books

21/1 A trip to the museum

22/1 Hunting for 'treasure' (pennies strategically placed) in the garden

Finding treasure!
Mamatography is hosted by Diary of a First Child. Check out other contributions this week here

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Mamatography: Week 2

9th - 15th January
9/1 One of the things I love about our house is that because we live on a hill, the houses below us drop away and we see so much sky! Every day brings a different view...

10/1 A trip to the Zoo

11/1 This morning's sunrise taken from our bedroom window

12/1 Finger painting fun!

13/1 This week has been a week of baking for us thanks to Eden finding a new love for cooking - she also loves the washing up part!

14/1 Making a den in a corner and behind a chair at Grandma and Grandad's house

15/1 Relaxing in the bath with lots of bubbles

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Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Mamatography: Week 1

2nd - 8th January 2012
I really love taking photos and capturing moments in time. It's a New Year, so I've signed up to take part in Diary of a First Child's Mamatography Challenge 2012. The aim is to take a photo everyday that represents something that happened in your day, and to post them up on the blog once a week. Sounds like fun, so I'm up for the challenge and looking forward to having a record in photos of daily life in 2012.

Here's Week 1 of my Mamatography challenge:

2/1/12 Iggle Piggle sadly lost his red blanket while out shopping today, Eden requested Mummy make  a green replacement.

3/1/12 Special birthday card made for Great Grandma

4/1/12 It may just look like a mess, but Eden spent a good 10 minutes 'organising' each item , placing it carefully exactly where it is on the carpet!

5/1/12 George, our kitten, had also been cuddled up next to Eden in this shot, but jumped off as soon as he saw the camera!

6/1/12 Finishing off a 'Happy New Year' painting started at the library's toddler session this morning

7/1/12 Some of the stash from our Ikea shop today

8/1/12 Finding the cats on Eden's bed - 'Bit naughty' as Eden would say!

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Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Bitten by the sewing bug

Regular readers may remember the Advent Calendar Bunting that I made for my daughter back in September (which by the way was a BIG hit with her this December, but that's another story). It was made using a basic mini sewing machine that I picked up for £4 at a car boot in August, I was impressed with the results even though the project was a complete pain and took three times as long (at least) thanks to the sewing machine not coping well with the material. With this in mind, I've been on the hunt for a decent 'proper' sewing machine for the last few months.

Just before Christmas, I bought a Silver Crest one that was on offer from Lidl. I did my research beforehand and checked reviews, all of which were very positive. From the set-up to the sewing, I've found it easy and enjoyable - and this is coming from a COMPLETE sewing novice, I am well and truly a beginner, and like to learn by getting stuck in and doing. The Silver Crest sewing machine has 33 different stitches, and comes with various different 'feet' - so far I've used the basic foot and the zipper foot - it's easy to interchange them. 

I purchased just in time to make a few Christmas presents for family. Due to my lack of skills and knowledge in using a sewing machine, I was surprised at the results, which I felt were good enough to actually give as presents without being embarrassed about wobbly edging and the like showing me up! So here's a few piccies of my recent makes:

Cath Kidston-style knitting needle case

The zip using my new sewing machine

Owl doorstops and paperweight
And this is a Very Hungry Caterpillar baby playmat that I made for our new arrival in March - can't wait to use it!
VHC play mat

Friday, 6 January 2012

A belated Happy New Year!

I know, I know - I'm nearly a week late with it, but just wanted to wish all my followers a Happy New Year! Hope 2012 is a good one for you!

I've been taking a break from my blog over the festive period, it's been a busy time hosting our first Christmas in our new home, for our extended family. Having visitors is certainly a good motivator to get all those little jobs done around the house that we've been putting off!

This Christmas was also my first attempt at cooking Christmas Dinner, and I cooked it for 14! We managed to squeeze all 14 of us into our little dining room by pretty much emptying it of furniture (apart from the piano) and finding 2 big tables and borrowing some stools. After Christmas day before putting all the furniture back into the dining room, we took the opportunity to take up the old carpet and put some laminate down instead - so much more practical for eating with little people.

Eden is now 25 months, and it was wonderful watching her understanding of Christmas festivities this year. Having Eden around has made Christmas time so fun and magical!

I'm looking forward to the year ahead, in a little over 8 weeks time we'll be meeting our new addition to the family and I'll be a Mummy of Two!