Favourite outfits


I don’t really like dresses for Joss, I much prefer for her to be able to get around! She crawls up into dresses and falls over so instead I buy t-shirts and leggings galore! People always say I dress her quirkily, her dad and I equally choose things for her so we must just be a quirky kinda family! We have piles of cloth bum leggings from H&M, and buy her tops from Tesco, H&M, Frugi and Next, I like stripes, cats and things with a vintage feel, like the shorts set in the pics, vintage M&S!

Conversations with Joss Daisy


I have to write down some of the little chats we have with Joss as I don’t want to forget them, so here goes:

First words: baba, Dada, Mama, our dog Toby was alwasys Baba, now he’s Tor for now at least!

First repeated recognisable word…wait for it…she’s a Geordie allright, it was Howay!!

First song she interacted with: this was just this week, see in this photo she’s concentrating, this is her thinking look, and she’s been doing it a lot lately. Suddenly I was singing Old MacDonald and she piped up with ee ai oh in this serious little low voice, talk about proud, I wanted to sing it from the rooftops with her!

She’s copying all the time now, she says tikitikitiki when we tickle her, and shouts duck, ducka duck at the tv, I think this stage she’s at is just magical and she’s growing so so fast!

Crochet bow brooches

I’m really enjoying learning to crochet, but need to practice my basic stitches so I was pleased to find a simple project as I don’t much enjoy practice for the sake of it! The brilliant crochet bow tutorial from Craftiness is not Optional was a simple one hour in front of the TV task (The Returned if you’re interested in what I was watching) – you can find the tutorial here http://www.craftinessisnotoptional.com/2013/01/easy-crochet-bow-tutorialpattern.html I love step by step pictures so this is great, my Mam tried to help but she doesn’t have the patience to watch me get it wrong, we start off with her helping me hold the work and after about four minutes she’s away hook and yarn flying way to fast for me to keep up!

The end results were cute, not perfect, I want the next one to be a bit nippier in the middle to have a classic bow shape, but these will make a sweet brooch for a plain cardigan, no?


Cuddledry launches Pink Polka Range for girls!

Cuddledry launched their new girly pink polka dot range this week, a must for baby girls and toddlers! The range includes the ever popular classic Cuddledry apron towel that we’ve so loved for Joss, so handy with a wriggly tot, an adorable toddler towel that we’re about to move upto for long legged Jossy, and the super‐absorbent Cuddletwist hair towel, great for preventing drips without needing to use another towel which appeals to the eco-mum in me!


The super softness and absorbency will of course remain, thanks to Cuddledry’s signature blend of pure cotton and bamboo. The apron and toddler towels will be made of a double layer of toweling, making them twice as warm and snuggly as regular towels.

Prices start at £8.99 for the Pink polka dot Cuddletwist hair towel, the Pink polka dot apron is £32.99 and the Pink polka dot toddler towel £34.99

As I don’t have my blogger badge yet head to Cuddledry at http://www.cuddledry.com/



How does your garden grow?

I’m loving the Mammasaurus linky How Does Your Garden Grow, sunny scenes and blooms just make me happy! I dream of a garden, but instead have a yarden, a container garden, which we love to potter in, I sit out most days with a cuppa and just watch birds to and fro, bees busily buzzing and the odd ant army trooping about. So what do I know about container gardening? Well not a lot, but we’re learning, we’ve learned that when we get plants from friend’s and family’s gardens the soil needs to be changed as they tend not to fayre well in garden soil out of the garden! We’ve learned that we like sedums, hardy and satisfyingly sturdy, and that there’s nothing like getting together with the flat owner upstairs, building a wall with a cider one summer evening and filling it with climbers and spending subsequent evenings encouraging their trails through the trellis! Painting the external wall adds light, and when it flakes you get a bit antsy but then it takes on a rustic charm, mismatching pots work, and small children like lots and lots of windmills!


A very special room

My favourite room is Joss’ nursery, it’s exactly as I hoped it would be and perfect for a little girl who loves to look around and takes an active interest in the world around her. I thought I’d share some snapshots as I so love looking at other blogger’s rooms! The moody lighting is courtesy of our Gro-anywhere Blind, derigeur in all young children’s rooms at this time of year!

Here goes, this is the felt mobile I made whilst she was a newborn:


Farm bunting by the brilliant Bill Quay Fabric Workshop which I urge you to visit!


Toy and soft furnishing corner, we love owls!


A shelf for hanging teeny tiny baby clothes, we won the Joss Daisy train on a twitter competition and the lovely green wreath featured heavily in our wedding colour scheme and now lives in Joss’ room!


And finally, lots and lots of pictures, here’s just a small selection, we’re a family that likes to have busy walls!


And finally, and brighter, the view from Jossy’s window, our lovely container garden, or yarden!


Cuddledry Super Bloggers

I’ll be back over the weekend with more information, but I’m delighted to be joining a prolific group of other Cuddledry Super Bloggers! We’re huge Cuddledry fans, their infamous apron towel started it all off for us and we’re about to move into toddler sized towels soon, you can see the profiles of other fans here in the meantime! http://www.cuddledry.com/about-us/64/cuddledry-super-bloggers