mumsnet bloggers networkBig whoops for me yesterday as I was asked to edit the crafts blogs round up for Mumsnet. Regular readers will know that I am a big fan of Mumsnet, apart from the fact that they are view wine drinking being essential to parenting as a Sophie the Giraffe or Calpol, they also took me on a nice adventure up to Downing Street and were very lovely when I nearly vomited on the Cameron’s nice cream carpet. Although they didn’t save me any booze for when I can drink properly again. Humph.

My theme for the round up is Thrifty Crafts for Adults and Children, I love all the craft blogs that I read and am always looking for new ideas myself so in a totally selfish way I thought I would aim for finding things I can also afford to try! Hey, what’s wrong with that?!  View Post

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how to take your own pregnancy photosTaking pictures of my (ever expanding) bump wasn’t something I really planned on doing until recently. There are no pictures of me pregnant with The Toddler. Well, ok, I’ve found one, but it’s at about 14 weeks and I just look a bit like I’ve had dinner. I’m not super self conscious about my body, but I think that, like a lot of people, the idea of a lens concentrating on my stomach makes me feel like perhaps I shouldn’t have eaten that third penguin before lunch today.

Then the other day I was reading the ‘wish I took pictures like that’ blog Capture by Lucy and I noticed that she had a section on pregnancy photography and I thought, well, why not? I’m not overly planning on doing this again so it might be nice to have something to look back on. It’s not like I have to put them up in my front room. Although I umm… appear to be publishing them on my blog so strangers can look at my belly. Once again I fail to have thought this through properly, eh?!  View Post

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hadleigh farm CollageLiving in deepest, darkest, estuary Essex it can be hard to imagine much countryside around here. Sure, we have the seaside, which I am eternally grateful for, but having grown up on the other side of the Thames with fairly easy access to fields I like to be able to take my son out to somewhere where he can run around in a field and see some ‘proper countryside stuff’.  View Post

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kids grow wild 4I am a rubbish gardener. It’s not for want of trying, over the years I’ve attempted tomatoes, peppers, aubergines and chilli’s at home and I even used to have a landshare in someone else’s garden where I (attempted) potatoes, sweetcorn and a whole host of other things. But the snails… and the weeding…and oh, if I’m honest what I really like to do in the garden is sit on my behind in the sun. Preferably with a large glass of wine and a magnum. Work, as Morrissey wold say, is a four letter word.

Sunshine, wine and sitting on my bottom don’t seem to be that conducive though to any of the other things in my life, namely pregnancy, a toddler and the ‘was that it last week?’ British Summertime. However, the toddler has been showing a unhealthy interest in gardening toys (I blame Mr Bloom) and after weeks of trying to put him off healthy outdoor pursuits I caved in when I saw that BritMums were giving away kids gardening kits to review.  View Post

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lace print earrings Using lace to print on silver is one of my current favourite things to do. I can’t seem to leave metal untouched, whether its in the lace printed necklaces I made before Christmas or the textured heart earrings I shared with you last week. What I love about these in particular is the juxtaposition of the light lace print, which is pretty feminine, with the triangular shape of the earrings which is way more fierce and reminds me of some of the things I’ve seen in fashion magazines recently. Is fierce a word you should attribute to silver jewellery? Who knows, I must be having a Rihanna moment or something…  View Post

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