hi everyone, God it's cold today! I don't know about you but I am a little sick of the 's' word now, we don't have much left and hopefully it won't return. Yes it was pretty and lovely but it was also massively inconvenient for many, lethal for some and I personally was a stir crazy mummy by the end of last week as getting out with the Boo was very tricky! I know from reading some of your blogs the snow was inspirational and also had some of you literally trapped in your homes!
Anyhow, something that arrived yesterday to brighten up the grey skies were these beauties.
Aren't they lovely? They are made by a lovely woman called Victoria who lives in Scotland and sells here wares on etsy under the name of re:made. here is a link to her shop.
I came across her stuff when browsing etsy, looking for a Christmas gift for my sister and saw a pair very similar to these but in bright pink that were just the thing. When they arrived I was so taken with them I contacted and asked Victoria if she would make me a pair in red, should she come across the materials to do so - all her stuff is made from recycled jumpers and knitwear which she gently felts and turns into a whole range of stuff, brooches, teacosies, mug warmers, scarves and wrist warmers. Dom even bought me one of her cosies for Christmas which was also one of my favourite presents (oh the boy done good this year!)
Anyhow, true to her word, she found a red jumper and crafted these especially for me and I LOVE them. especially the flower details :-)
Apols for blurred photo here, trying to get snaps done with Jake grizzling in background (teething!) is not easy!
I also like the way she packages her stuff up - simple but effective!
What's really perfect about these is that when pram pushing but needing to answer my iphone with it's touch screen, fingered gloves don't work - the phone needs your finger to actually touch the screen, or so it seems, and by the time you get the phone out of pocket/ bag and hoick a glove off the caller has rung off - highly irritating! So these are just the thing. And soooo stylish too! I bet I never see another person wearing them which also satisfies me greatly! I did try to take a photo of me modeling a warmer but as you can imagine it was tricky and by the time Dom was back from work the light wasn't right at all.
So get yourself along to remade's shop on etsy and have a look, and maybe a wee purchase!
Anyhow, we are off to the cottage this weekend so I may well blog from my phone if I see anything I just have to share with you guys...
Someone asked me the other day what my favourite Christmas present was. I haven't been asked that for years! At first I thought of the marvelous pyjamas my sister bought me from Primarni. Helen must be a witch because I had seen a blog post from Jane about these pjs and a. wanted them and b. was going to buy them for Helen too - alas, when I went, Primarni had sold out of our sizes! Clever Helen however had beat me to it and so I unwrapped a pair of these beauties on Christmas morning, loving the sweet rose buds and nicer I have to say than anything Cath Kidston has to offer currently! (btw, is it just me or has CK gone a bit off the boil recently?)
Anyway I digress because I wanted to show you one of the best food related things I was bought this year, by my dear husband. Now some women get cross when the menfolk buy them kitchen stuff. Not me. And not when it looks this good!
(BTW the chair in the background is SUPPOSED to be chipped! It was professionally distressed!)
I had spotted this a few months back in Lakeland and said something like 'ooh ahh, isn't that lovely' and lo and behold it is now mine.
It always annoys me to get the scales out just to measure say some rice or oats but I know from experience that measuring quantities, baking aside, is essential if you want to stay the right side of porky. So this is fab as you can measure loads and loads of stuff in it very easily.
And as for the title of this post, well clearly he has! And sweetie, if you are reading this, it's my birthday soon...
Well I wouldn't blame you for thinking that this blogging was all a flash in the pan and I'd be off again for 5 months!
So you wanted to see the boy and here he is, a recent picture taken only this weekend just gone.
Isn't he the handsomest chap you ever saw? (Permission to disagree only if you have a little man of your own). This was taken in our fave cafe in Whitby, Becketts which I have blogged about before here
I think I was pausing from drinking my butterscotch steamer (yum!) when I saw the opportunity to take this little snap of my men. As my friend Helen at Busy Bee would say, GORGEOUS.
So what's new for 2010? Well back on with the cooking etc. I have been making some great things recently including some lovely gift food which alas I have not been sharing with you. Meany. But I will be back soon with a recipe. And some gift food as valentine's day is on the horizon...shhh... not a word.
In the meantime, have a revisit of this classic which I am making for dinner tonight. except with rice not naan as our oven has broken down. did I not mention? three days before Christmas dear reader, three days before the most important meal of the year... Luckily the hob still functioned (all praise dual fuel) and my sister and her fiance who were our guests live but two streets away, so much tooing and froing in the snow with stuffed capon, roasted vegetables and sausage rolls ensued :-) In the SNOW. and ICE. All was well though.
Toodle oo for now chicks and chaps and thanks for stopping by xxxx
Now, where was I? Oh yes, using up plums and waiting for a baby to arrive. And boy has he arrived! I have been away from this blog for over 4 months now, all fanciful hopes of having more time to blog were swept away by the demands of Jake and the huge learning curve that becoming a mother is.
I have to say I have been having the best time EVER and my little man is the most precious thing that ever was but I have been completely overtaken by the whole thing really and so, no blogging! However I have settled into it all now, the feeds are now every 4 hours not ever 2 and my nightimes wakening is generally down to just once so we are on a more even keel and have a little more energy.
And I have missed it and according to my web stats people are still visiting and reading old posts so, onwards! It's snowy here, the photo is our wee back yard which is quite sheltered so not really representing how much snow has fallen round these parts. More soon and I promise a photo or two of the wee fella :-) what you want one now? oh ok, how about this one?
ahh a bit sneaky as you can't really see him. Plus, this is way old, think he was about a month old at this point, maybe slightly less! So, more tomorrow, I promise!