Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Baby Biddle's Baptism

On Sunday, after a hectic week of non-stop visits by grandparents, friends and family, Baby Biddle had his head wetting celebration. It was a truly lovely day filled with much love, and once again, me and Mr B felt so blessed to have such an amazing support network of fabulous people in our lives.

The wooden invites were created by our super talented friend Claire Williams whose company Etched can laser cut onto just about any material you like. She's also just created all the wooden decorations for the big Christmas tree in the town hall square in Manchester.
We had a little lunch celebration before the service with Grandparents and Godparents which gave me a great excuse to put my recent washi tape purchase into action on the place names.
The party after the service gave me an excellent excuse to dig out the table runners and bunting which I made for our wedding, and like at that happy event, we popped flowers into an assortment of jam jars.
In time honoured fashion, my Mother-in-law had frozen the top layer of our wedding cake (a masterpiece of her own making), which she defrosted and redecorated beautifully for the occasion.
And because you can never have enough cake, I baked a mountain of fairy cakes which we decorated in a family Biddle production line flurry of hundreds and thousands.

Tuesday, 22 November 2011


I recently found these four plain white baby vests in a charity shop for the grand sum of 20p each.
After a spin in the washing machine, I armed myself with some pinterest inspiration and attacked them with scrap fabric, interfacing and thread, adding these appliques to make them look a bit more fun. Not a bad result for 80p and an hour of crafting.

Friday, 18 November 2011

A Flash Back

Last weekend, I strapped Baby B into his car seat and drove along the South coast to visit my friend, Mrs Flint, in Lewes. Lewes is a gorgeous little place and last weekend, the amazing shops were over run with Christmas shoppers. And in a corner of a charity shop, hidden amongst numerous copies of Thomas the Tank Engine, I spotted this book which sent my mind scuttering back to childhood in an instant.
In my childhood bedroom, in the Northern valley town of Darwen, I had a cabin bed. It was red and white, and underneath it had a desk and a wardrobe and a secret tunnel in which I hid sweets. Running along the top edge of this bed was a wall frieze featuring this exact set of Ladybird alphabet images. For years, I looked at these ever more tattered pictures, and seeing them again in this book was the strangest thing. I know each one so well. Of all the books I've found in charity shops, and I must have bought over 100 now, this is definitely the most exciting. And all that nostalgia and retro graphics for the grand sum of 30p!
Talking of alphabets, I also picked up this cute screen print for the wee fella's room at the Lewes Art & Craft fair. By the Type King, I thought it was a lovely piece for £4.50.

Monday, 14 November 2011

Birthday Card

Last week, we were off to see a very cute little boy with very big hair on the occasion of his first birthday. Now we'd bought him a present - Oliver Jeffers fabulous new book Stuck - but I hadn't found a card for him. So I grabbed the pinking shears, jumped on the machine and sewed up this little number. If you haven't tried sewing onto card before, it's definitely worth a go. It's really simple to create something unique, I love the look of it, and it's also a great way to use up off cuts of gorgeous fabrics.

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Maileg Mouse

I've been a fan of the lovely Sisters Guild for a while now, and enjoy reading their mix of stories, shopping and crafting on their blog. The idea of two sisters, blogging and crafting together, resonates deeply with me as my sister is one of my best friends. Then last week, to celebrate their first birthday, they organised a big web game of pass the parcel which I entered, and to my delight and surprise, I won one of the days! Whoop whoop. And my prize? A Maileg Mummy Mouse.

Now, I love Maileg toys. Baby B was given a little Maileg monkey as a newborn which we named Maurice and he adores him. We love Maurice's vintagey feel, his little stripey belly and how much the little one loves to chew his limbs!
So I was mega chuffed when, of all the days and prizes, we won the Maileg Mummy Mouse. This gorgeous little fabric mouse comes in her own little matchbox bed, with pillow and blankets made from vintage-esque fabrics. And this lovely pass the parcel gift was delivered to us in a big box, wrapped in tissue paper. Thank you lovely Sisters Guild - check out their darling website here and blog here for more Maileg products and an amazing array of superb gifts by companies such as Love Mae, Lucky Boy Sunday and Belle & Boo.

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Pink Dribble Bibs

A gift for a new little girl. It made quite a nice change to sew something in pink so please forgive the gender stereotyping! My tutorial on how to make these is here.

Friday, 4 November 2011

Thrifty Find

Alphabet & abacus. British Heart Foundation shop, Lancaster. £1.50.

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Mittens on String

An arrival in the post this morning from one of my favourite shops for little ones, Polarn O.Pyret ... mittens on string. They were only £4 (we'd seen some not as nice in Petit Bateau for £18.50!), and I bought the matching hat too. Little Biddle is going to look mighty cute in these. Bring on the frosts.