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Friday was not a great day in the Crafts on Sea household. I’d had a shoddy week at work and was looking forward to a day off, but with the small thing continuing to wake up at stupid-o-clock he was stressed due to being over tired, I was stressed due to being over tired and then of course along comes the mummy guilt for not being 100% fun all day and not being to make the little fellow 100% happy.

And the weather was rubbish too.

So of course soup is the answer to a stressful day, a big warm hug in a bowl. Except I didn’t have any in the cupboard.

Soup has always struck me as one of those things that ‘other women’ make. You know the kind I mean. Tidy houses. Kids that don’t scream at you to watch cbeebies. People who do the gardening while wearing a Joules dress. It looks like a lot of effort for not that much gain. However, as quite often in the case, I was wrong.  View Post

I saw this website mentioned a little while ago by someone and thought I’d give it a go for Jacob. We live in Essex, my mum and sister live in Peterborough and my dad lives in Kent. Not the other end of the planet but still not quite close enough that you can pop in for a cup of tea without doing a weeks wages on petrol. These pictures seemed the perfect way to  do encourage a bit of creativity while helping to remind Jacob about all his family members and we did some of a recent holiday too – good times!  View Post

Feeling upbeat after lasts weeks huge success of the upcycled vintage prints, I thought I’d give this upcycling lark another go with these DIY dog toys. I am not a hippy mum, I never buy organic, I like driving my car and I don’t like lentils.  I do however have one big bug bear, landfill. Or more specifically stuff that is doomed to be landfill, promotional tat that I will never use no matter how ‘free’ you tell me it is. Is it on front of a magazine? Well I’d rather have a cheaper read thank you. Is it a tshirt that’s been given to me at the end of a race (I did used to run a lot, I know it’s hard to believe) well thanks but I’d rather have a flapjack. And for reasons that include not getting sacked I’m not even going to start on work related tat, although a friend of mine in the NHS seems to get new logoed up bags with alarming regularity.

DIY dog toy

So yes, I don’t like tat, I don’t like landfil and, if you want to give me something for free that’s boden with a B or champagne with a big straw please.  View Post

So, by all accounts I’ve been a bit lazy recently with doing these. Reasons? Well, there’s always an excuse isn’t there? Going on holiday, Jacob refusing to sleep past 5am meaning that I’m knackered (and living on a diet of mochas and beroccas, now there’s a good blog title for someone!) and eating out a bit, which if I’m perfectly honest I prefer to cooking. You prefer cooking? Meh, your loss.

I also have bloggers guilt. Quite a few people have sent me recipes and I haven’t got round to trying them yet which I feel bad about. Case in point is Rachel from A Discount Ticket to Everywhere who has sent me the recipe for a fish pie. And I love fish pie! And I used to make it quite a bit! But every time I buy the ingredients I then have a mocha and berocca day and it turns into pasta instead. Oops. Anyway, thankfully Rachel is a good sort so has in the meantime has sent me another recipe, being this one for a tuna bolognese bake. Not only is it easy (its pasta! I can cook pasta!) but it included everything that I already had in the flat which meant that when we had friends due over I was able to prepare this guilt free while Jacob had a  nap. The instructions are as follows: View Post