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.

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Finished WIP: Bright stripe blanket

Way back in April I posted about my (then) latest WIP which was a blanket for my little baby who's on her way soon. Well, I can FINALLY say that it is finished!! I did a wee happy dance when I stitched the last stitch as this has been a mammoth project.

Here it is all finished!

Folded in half!

Look at those vibrant colours!
 It is so large I struggled to get it all in the picture at the same time!

It's too bright for Squeak...

Now for some blanket facts:

154 stitches per row (double crochet or single crochet in US terms)
180 rows
27,720 stitches in total
35 hours of crocheting

This has been an interesting project as I had no idea how big it would turn out to be, and a certainly had no idea how long it would take me to make! At times I thought I'd still be crocheting it while in labour! At times I hated it and felt like I wasn't getting anywhere with it. And at times I just ploughed my way through, ticking off the number of completed rows.

I'm glad it's finished, and I love the bright colours and how 'in your face' it is compared to all the other baby related items you can get in the shops. I'm sure this blanket (which is actually more like a rug in size) will feature in many baby pictures once Poppet it here, so watch this space!

Tuesday, 14 August 2012


My babyshower had an afternoon tea theme and I just had to share some pics of the scrummy cakes we had which my mum, sister and aunt made.

Creamy meringues

Pram shaped cookies for thank you gifts

Chocolate and coconut strawberries


Iced ginger loaf

Scones, cream and jam

Monday, 13 August 2012

Decorated baby vests

This weekend was my baby shower and family and friends got together to celebrate this baby's imminent arrival (well, she actually still has 7 weeks to go). It was a lovely afternoon which involved much eating of cake and drinking of tea alongside some little activities.

The biggest part of the afternoon was when we each decorated and personalised a baby vest for Little Poppet to wear. It was so much fun and I thought I'd share some pics of how they turned out.

 I can't wait for Little Poppet to wear each of these! Did you spot the ones I did?

And I just had to share this baby vest, which was not decorated but us but a friend found online and it is perfectly hilarious!

Saturday, 4 August 2012

WIP: Crochet Elephant

One of my many projects at the moment is a crochet elephant to put in the nursery. The plan was for this elephant to be about the same size as Gerald the Giraffe, but so far, she is measuring a whopping 14 inches head to toe!

The interesting thing about this crochet pattern is that you make all the parts flat and then it is by stitching them together that you make it 3D. Here's how it looks so far:

I still have the 'undercarriage' (as Mr PC called it), the ears, tusks and tail to do but the biggest parts are done now. She's shaping up nicely, even though she's turning out to be massive!!

Friday, 3 August 2012

Instagram pics #3

It was a duvet day for Bubble

Risotto in the making

29 week bump

Cradle in the making - Mr PC's current project

Old skool sat nav

Raspberry cheesecake - amazing!

This always cheers me up

Squeak helping pay the bills

Dinky laundry

A gret life motto me thinks

Major pregnancy swelling ;(

Ready and waiting for my little poppet

Quality crochet time while waiting in the car garage

My first gladioli of the year

Homemade lasagne from scratch - get in my tummy!

Another pic of a sleeping Bubble

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