Sunday, 22 November 2009

New Friend

O calls him Boy.
Boy is happy to play for ages, he makes O laugh when he hides and then jumps out at the same time as him.
Boy had disappeared when O tried to show him to L but I'm sure he'll be back to play soon.

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

The Gift of a Swap

u My lovely package of cinnamon bundles and a gingerbread man tree ornament from the clever S over at Down to Earth Forum ( there were sweeties but I've no idea where they went !! )

Thanks x

Monday, 16 November 2009

Shoebox Love

11 shoeboxes filled with special goodies = 11 happy children around the World.
Thanks to all who came, drank tea, ate cake and brought a box full of Love.

Monday, 9 November 2009

Book Sharing Monday - A Squash and a Squeeze by Julia Donaldson & Alex Scheffler

I can't tell you how many times O has brought this lovely book to me today and requested that I " read it Mummy " and after listening to it all again, wandered off saying " squash, squeeze "

Sunday, 8 November 2009

Caramelised Onion Chutney - Done

Thanks to Clare over at GP forum for the recipe.

Saturday, 7 November 2009

Buy Hand for the Holidays Challenge - 2009

We're joining in with crunchy chicken's Hand-Made Holidays

We'll be Making -

Bath Melts - Cocoa butter, lavender & chamomile.

Bath Bags - Muslin bags filled with oats, milk powder, lavender & chamomile.

Sloe Gin & Vodka - already brewing.

Knitted Scarfs - using sari yarn.

Chocolate Truffles

Sleep Pillows - filled with hops & chamomile.

Caramelised Onion Chutney - DONE

Care to join us ?

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Loving The Mother

I am late in joining in with the many blog posts about The Mother Magazine and the support she is in need of at the moment.
Partly, well no fully, because I knew I could never find the words to explain how I feel about this magazine, the community of Mother readers and the richness it has all brought to my life.

I have subscribed from the beginning ( yes I have that much sought after Issue 1 ) and from that very first read, my relationship with The Mother has grown and blossomed.

She has lead me down paths I would never have traveled ( holding my hand all the way )

She held me in the middle of the night in those early breastfeeding days, when I thought I couldn't breastfeed, wrong latch, wrong position, not enough milk ... for every worry I had, there were words to tell me I could and I did.

She has introduced me to friends that I will LOVE forever and ever.

She has taught me endless lessons, that have comforted, healed and nurtured me.

I am a better person for knowing Her.

And at the heart of this incredible magazine is an amazing family, who inspire me daily.
My strength of feeling for them, knows no bounds.
Veronika's wise and kind words telling me that it was ok to take my babies back into the heart of our home for their education rather than leaving them sad and lonely at school are words that happily changed our lifes forever.
I knew that many hands held us when Emma Joan died and we continue to feel the Love for her from this amazing community of Mother friends.
I could not be without this magazine and so, as She is struggling in these difficult financial times I would like to offer those of you who have never seen The Mother the chance to read a copy and begin your relationship with Her.
I have 2 copies from this year to send ... anywhere to anybody.
Please leave a comment telling me why you'd like to received one of these issues.

Monday, 2 November 2009

EZ BSJ Q & A !

Thanks so much for all your wonderful comments on the " knitting matters " post, such a delight to read them all.

So to answer your questions ....

The pattern I use is the Baby Surprise Jacket by Elizabeth Zimmermann, available from Schoolhouse Press

This pattern will make a jacket that will fit from around 6 months to 18 months.

While away on our holiday in the beautiful Forest of Dean last week, I cast on another jacket, the pattern really is addictive ( especially as the first one I knitted doesn't fit O and this one won't either ! will be looking for homes for them )

The pattern is easy ( honestly ) it really is all about trust.
I did join the BSJ group on Ravelry, which I do recommend as some of Elizabeth's terms really threw me but thankfully all the answers were there, along with photos of jackets in progress.

The folding of the finished jacket is really easy and with only shoulder seams to sew, how much better can it get.

Good news for those that need bigger sizes, Schoolhouse Press are now selling a pattern that covers baby, toddler through to adult ( mine is on its way .. yipppeee .. one that will finally fit O )
Please let me know if you have anymore questions.

So what you waiting for ...

Burning Embers from BabyLongLegs waiting to be spun.

The moon tonight waiting to be admired.