Monday, 17 September 2012

New Memo Boards in Stock

I have finally got round to listing my new memo boards on my Etsy shop, woohoo!! It's been one of those time consuming jobs that I've been putting off...I don't know why cos I want to sell them but they won't sell unless I list them!

Anyway, pop over to my Etsy shop and take a look. Not only are there the 7 brand new memo board designs, there are also several other delightful items available to purchase. Now is the time to get thinking about Christmas presents, people!!

And just to get you even more into the early Christmas shopping mode, you can get 15% off any purchase by using promo code 15OFF until 30th September!  Simply enter the code at the checkout to get your discount.

This is my favourite of the new additions:

Saturday, 15 September 2012

Finished WIP: Crochet Elephant

A couple of weeks ago I managed to finish the crochet elephant I was making for Poppet. It turned out to be a whole lot bigger than I expected it to but I love it! We've called her Rosie.

Here's a pictorial 'making of'.

If you would like the pattern, you can find it here

Friday, 14 September 2012

Instagram pics #5

Some of my latest Instagram pics.

Homemade chocolate shortbread

Bubble ready for her close up!

Parisian views from my bedside

Will catch the sun anywhere!

Baby woollies for the hospital bag

Nursery curtain fabric

A year's supply of Johnson's?

Dinky Minnie Mouse dress for Poppet

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Lampshade spruce up

We are finally nearing the end of Project Nursery, and boy has it been a long process! I won't bore you with the details, but suffice to say, it has involved a lot of 'argh when is this going to end' moments. Today I want to show off my spruced up lampshade.

The nursery is pink and white and so I took a plain boring white lampshade from Ikea (where else?!) and got myself some trimmings which I glued on with the glue gun. You gotta love a glue gun, it's great for everything!

Here's how the lampshade looks now it's hanging in the nursery.

Pink ric rac, white ric rac and some mini pink pom pom trim.

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Table makeover

We recently bought a new arm chair for the living room and after having it for a while, I decided we needed a wee table to go with it so that we had somewhere to put a drink, tv remote etc. Mr PC was going to build one from some mahogany he got from Freecyle (love free stuff!) but as he's had so many other projects on his plate this summer we decided to just buy one. A trip to Ikea was in order! We bought this cheap and cheerful table for a spiffy £7! 
NESNA Bedside table IKEA Bamboo, a hardwearing natural material. 
We didn't like the glass top or the slats, so Mr PC used some plywood to replace them with. Then I got to do some wood staining! Normally I'm not 'allowed' to do jobs like these because he prefers to do them and thinks himself an expert (which he kinda is, but don't tell him I said so), but in the interest of having the table asap, I got the brush out and got stuck in!

Whilst I liked the table once it was stained, there was something missing...

...a bit of granny action! I quickly whipped up a granny square to cover the top and made it just long enough to hang over the edge of the table top. I weaved in some elastic to make it nice and snug and hey presto, and splendid new table which cost a mere £7!!

 The new arm chair is super comfy and has become a bit of a handmade nook which I just love!

Monday, 3 September 2012

Instaram Pics #5

Today is the first day of my meternity leave and now that I'll have some more free time, there are some blogposts in the pipeline. In the meantime, here's some of my latest Instagram pics for you!

LED rabbit light for the nursery

Project Nursery underway!

One of Squeak's many bizarre sleeping poses

'Wot you lookin at?'

My happy mug

Mid afternoon snackette

Currently on the hook

Will sunbathe anywhere!

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Instagram Pics #4

It's been a few weeks since my last Instagram update, but here's a selection of pics from the last month or so.

Bump at 31 weeks

A new discovery in the sweetie aisle at the supermarket

This wee ted keeps me company on my desk

Not Terry's, MINE!

Snuggle time

Packing up my office to turn it into the nursery

Comfy-ness is key

Poorly swollen tootsies

Finally finished the baby blanket!

The makings of a mobile for Poppet

Too early in the day for that kind of heat!

My view of my 36 weeks bump

Friday, 17 August 2012

Introducing some old friends

As Poppets estimated arrival date approaches (7 weeks to go!), Mr PC and I have been working on getting organised and sorted with the nursery and all that stuff. There's a whole long story about this process which I will spare you for now, but as I formulate the plan for the nursery in my mind's eye, I have been squirrelling away some items and also fishing out some old items from my own childhood.

When I was a kid we moved house and country a few times which means that many things like toys and clothes were parted with throughout the years. Now at the grown up age of 28 there are just a few items left which are the ones that I could not bear to part with. Everyone needs some of their childhood toys and games, right?

Well, two items which I wanted to add to Poppet's nursery have been unearthed from their storage box in the loft and have been spruced up ready for their new home. And Mr PC's Steiff bear has been fetched from his parents' loft and has joined the crew too.

So without further ado, I'd like to introduce three of our old friends:

Hamish is my teddy bear which my great grandfather bought for me when I was born. He went everywhere with me and even has a wife and son (Mrs Hamish and Baby Hamish).

He looks rather dashing now as he had a short stint at the Teddy Hospital the other week and got a thorough wash and blow dry along with a new leg and a new spiffy pair of boots.  This is a pic of him before his treatment:

I'm not sure if you can see the difference, but he really came back looking good as new! And the story about his leg goes like this: Way  back when we were still kids, my little sister somehow managed to pull his leg off and although mum sewed it back on, it went awol after a while and poor Hamish had been one-legged ever since! Now he is back to his former glory and I realised how much I loved this bear. I hope Poppet will love him just the same too.

This pink knitted dolly was another of my top favourite toys and she came along on many days out. I carried her in my 'handbag' (a pink plastic shopping basket) whenever I went anywhere.

She's in pretty good condition all things considered and just spent a couple of nights in the freezer to make sure any dust mites etc are exterminated.

This is Mr PC's childhood bear, a Steiff teddy that his granddad bought for him when he was born. He too went to the Teddy Hospital for a wash and blow dry and has come back looking good as new. Isn't he adorable?


This is Ted's 'before' pic and I must say, what a massive difference!

So there we are, three old pals waiting to meet Poppet's acquaintance when she comes! Do you still have your childhood teddy? Maybe unearth them from their storage box, spruce them up and give them pride of place once again.
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