Monday, 27 June 2011

Roll Up, Roll Up

Hello. My name is Mrs Biddle and I'm a circus-aholic! I love the colours and the costumes and the characters. I love the music and the theatricals and the idea of a team of people working together, living together, erecting a tent and providing entertainment which is rough and ready and glamourous and dangerous and smells of saw dust. 

So I can't help myself buying circus themed things and so Baby Biddle's getting a fair share of them too. He was given this absolutely delightful little case by our good friend Miss Pine. It's adorable, we love it and we've filled it with the Little Lion's tummy time toys.

I'm a big fan of Ikea - I love nothing more than an hour or two there, imbibing Swedish meat balls before prowling the aisles in search of bargains. Circus is one of the new themes in their children's range and I picked up these colourful rattles for mere pennies.

Getting a little ahead of myself, I picked up this fabulous lunch box from Fred Aldous in Manchester. It'll be perfect for stashing full of baby rice cakes when the little one's moved onto solid food!

Friday, 24 June 2011

French Fancies

Baby Biddle's Godmother, Miss Lawton, came to visit and meet the little fella. And she came with the most gorgeous cardigan for him which she'd picked up in the nation of chic - France.

It seems to me that the continent excel at baby clothes where so many high street shops in the UK fail. They make funky, classic and quality togs for bambinos and manage to avoid covering them with hideous slogans and images. Plus they seem less gender specific in colour choices. Greys and browns and creams for boys rather than blue blue blue. Or at least this is how it appears to me!

This lovely cardigan came from Bout'Chou which is the clothing range of French supermarket Monoprix. Check out all the lovely clothes they have for babies (and adults too) on their website, and at fabulous prices. Perhaps a trip across the channel is in order for the Biddle family very soon!

Monday, 20 June 2011

Here's One I Made Earlier

At Christmas I did my first craft fair. One of the things I made for the fair was a selection of baby quilts. As the fair wasn't particularly successful, I still have a stash of the quilts ready to become gifts in the future. When I was looking for a suitable soft floor covering for Baby Biddle to start Tummy Time on, I headed for the stash and chose this bright Rocket Rascals quilt for him.

Monday, 13 June 2011

Pooh's Grand Adventure

Little boys appear to be the order of the day amongst our friends at the moment. Alongside our Little Lion and the adorable Milo, son the Vintage Bride, our friends, the Clothiers, are also getting themselves ready to welcome a tiny man into the world at the end of this month. At their 20 week scan, they thought that Baby Clo looked like Christopher Robin. So taking this as my inspiration, I made and found the following Pooh themed presents.

I discovered this beautiful set of vintage Winnie the Pooh books in a charity shop. The books are in pristine condition and I loved the bright orange case.

Also in a charity shop, I found an old pair of Winnie the Pooh curtains in excellent condition which I cut up to form the basis for this quilt. I combined the fabric with ginghams and florals which I had left over from making the table runners and bunting for the Clothiers' wedding some time ago, and mixed these up with a lovely alphabet print and a green sleeping children print. 

The layout for this quilt was inspired by this post on Laura in a Tangle's blog. It was a really easy way to create a more unusual square and rectangle design than I've tried before. I was really happy with how the quilt turned out and the Clothiers were very happy with it too.

Friday, 10 June 2011

A Cosy Cardigan

The Little Lion is nine days old already. Doesn't time fly!? He's been completely spoilt with a flurry of cards, parcels and presents which arrive on a daily basis from all our wonderful friends and family.

Having excelled with her cream cardigan, which Baby Biddle has been wearing lots already, Grandma Biddle kept those needles clicking and knitted this gorgeous chocolate brown cardigan for when he's a little bigger. I want one in my size! We particularly love the hand embroidered label. A triumph of wool.

You can just see my bump peeping into this photo ... Can't believe he actually fit in there!

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Welcome to the World

After all that waiting, I am delighted to introduce to the world and the blogosphere, our Little Lion. He arrived on Wednesday weighing a hearty 8lb 10oz and he's perfect. You can probably guess his name from the title of this blog!

I'll be blogging again soon - still lots of crafts and projects to share with you from my period of waiting. And it was well worth the wait as Mr B and I are completely in love with him.