Saturday, 31 December 2011

Modern Maternity Patterns

I've just got back to wearing my pre-pregnancy wardrobe, and now that Baby B is a super eater of solid food he nurses pretty infrequently these days so I don't need to wear so much clothing with easy access to my front. So imagine how gutted I was to find this amazing new range of maternity & nursing clothes patterns via one of my favourite online sewing shops, Backstitch.

Created by Megan Neilsen, the range features dresses, tops and skirts, all suitable for pregnancy and nursing.
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Back when I was first pregnant and realised how dire so much maternity wear is, I scoured around for decent pregnancy patterns in the hope of making my own. But it was such slim pickings, with just the odd pattern that would have been okay if I'd wanted to look like Princess Di when she was expecting Prince William, circa 1982. So well done Ms Neilsen for creating this lovely range - I'll be buying if there's a second Baby Biddle in the future. And luckily she does one or two patterns suitable for non-maternity wear too like this lovely Darling Ranges dress.

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Friday, 23 December 2011

The First Noel

So ridiculously excited about the boy's first Christmas and about cooking the festive feast for the first time. Merry Christmas one and all. Love from Mrs B xx

Wooden laser cut decoration crafted by our talented friend Miss Williams of Etched Ltd

Thursday, 22 December 2011

Our Christmas Library #3

At the weekend, I went to visit my friend the Vintage Bride in her new home of Henley-on-Thames. About three doors down from her new home is the loveliest and most reasonable little antiquarian book shop, Richard Way Booksellers. And tucked in a bargain box for £4 I found this utterly gorgeous Christmas book from 1946, filled with beautiful two colour illustrations.

My passion for hunting out vintage treasures is about more than just the items. It's about unearthing objects with history, stories and past lives. I know this is a passion so many of you share. And this lovely book is such a perfect example. Throughout the pages are pencil annotations in neat, old fashioned handwriting, indicating the book was once used as the script for a festive performance. I've loved leafing through the musty pages, imagining children, now in their 70s & 80s, narrating the Christmas story and singing the carols chosen to accompany the text.

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Our Christmas Library #2

A new addition to our Christmas library, soon to be wrapped and popped under the tree for the little one. The wonderful illustrations of Dick Bruna combined with simple text bring the Christmas story to life, and the book comes complete with a press out nativity scene too. I look forward to sharing this book with Baby B each year, and remembering back to his very first one.

Monday, 19 December 2011

Our Christmas Library #1

Found in a charity shop, a blast from our Christmas past. My sister and I had this Ladybird version of the nativity story in our childhood, with its vibrant colours and simple illustrations by Lynne Bradbury & Lynn N Grundy. I found this first edition from 1984 for 50p and it has been triggering all kinds of sensory memories as I've read it to Baby B.

Friday, 9 December 2011

A Plate to be Proud of

I have been itching to share with you one of the most fabulous christening gifts Baby B received from his talented Aunt Sally. I know I mention my sister a lot but she is blooming talented and so I feel the number of posts about her plethora of illustrations, crafts and art are warranted.

When we were little, Sally and I both had commemorative plates hanging in our bedrooms which marked the place, time and date of our births. Well, Sally had dug hers out and used it as the inspiration to create a brand new plate for our little lion. Featuring a very special illustration drawn just for him - on a circus theme to make his mummy chuffed too - we were blown away by yet another example of her awesome creativity. And what a fantastic new baby/christening gift eh? I'm sure she'd be happy to do commissions if you fancy having one created for any new little bubbas in your lives.

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Petit Patterns

Discovered on the bottom shelf at the back of Oxfam, £1 a pop ... vintage clothing patterns for little ones. Looking forward to having a go at the short dungarees for Baby Biddle, and making him a little set of PJs too. Loving the retro illustrations on the front too.

Saturday, 3 December 2011

Harlequin Baby

Six months old already. Time flies when you're having fun, especially in these jazzy kex.
NB: 'Jazzy Kex' means 'fancy trousers' in Northern speak! These fine specimens are from Polarn O.Pyret.