Bright and Colourful Gender Neutral Baby Sets


One thing I’ve noticed while buying baby clothes, blankets and bits and pieces is that sometimes you can’t help being drawn into the whole blue for boys pink for girls thing. It seems that a lot of the time gender neutral means white or grey, which I do like, but I’m a fan of colour too.

Now that we’re in autumn (my favourite season) and with Halloween and colder nights approaching I’ve been drawn to a lot more animal-style prints in bright colours. It’s the whole autumnal leaves, woodland characters and getting cosy vibe I think.

Anyway, I wanted to share this lovely set of a reversible baby bib, burp cloth and blanket, if like me you’re keen to get away from pastels and fancy a funky animal theme with a bit of a twist.

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This fab set is from Zazzle and are much more vibrant in real life than on the website. I love the design so much with the bears, squirrels and birds and the fact it’s reversible is great too. When I first got pregnant someone told me to buy plenty of nice muslins and blankets as they effectively become a mum’s fashion statement and I think these definitely tick those boxes. They are all super soft as well and the blanket is a really good size. It’s already one of my favourites!

I also love this cute fox blanket, a Halloween-themed pumpkin one and bright safari animals so if  you’re looking for a baby gift for someone and want to steer clear of pale pink or pastel blue (or just want a lot of choice) then I would definitely say check out places other than the high street.

Where have you found gender neutral brights for your baby or baby gifts? Do you have any places you would recommend?

Lots of bright and colourful love,





Disclaimer: I was gifted the baby set featured in this post but all opinions are my own.

{Review} Test-driving Three Bears Yarn


There’s a new UK yarn maker on the block called Three Bears Yarn – you might have heard about them if you’re on Instagram as a few crafters have been test-driving their new range.

I’m lucky enough to be one of them and today’s post is a review of their new Affection range – 100% cotton yarns in DK, 4PLY and Aran weights. I was sent a 50g ball of each in beautiful ice-cream colours. Each ball of yarn is so soft and was a dream to work with.

To be honest, I usually avoid cotton yarn like the plague as it has a tendency to be splitty and difficult to crochet, but this is totally different.


To give it a good workout and see what I thought I decided to make some crochet baby booties using this pattern from Repeat Crafterme.

One thing I immediately noticed was the weight of the yarn. It might just be because I tend to work with thicker acrylic/wool yarns that the thickness of the Three Bears Yarn weight is a lot thinner. Compared with the width of say a Stylecraft Special DK yarn, the Three Bears DK was a lot thinner (in the duck egg, above). However, this wasn’t to its detriment when I was hooking it up as it worked well – I’d say just make sure you don’t let the thickness of the yarn fool you and tempt you into using a smaller hook. I used a 3.5 (as I couldn’t find my 4!) and it was perfect.

The mellow yellow is in the aran weight and was noticeably thicker but just as good to work with. Again, it’s soft and not splitty at all.


I think this yarn is great for making baby clothes as it is so soft and feels like it would really last in the wash too.

As for the pattern I used, it was really simple to follow (it’s in US crochet stitches but you can easily convert them here).


I would definitely recommend this yarn if you want to support UK manufacturing and a homegrown business. Three Bears Yarn is based in Lancashire which I love as it’s where I’m from (I used to work in Darwen a long, long time ago) and the 100% cotton yarn is lovely.

I was also sent a spool of chenille yarn to try which I haven’t had chance to get to grips with yet but I’m looking forward to it.

I’d love to know what your favourite type of wool/yarn is. I feel like I’ve been missing out for years now due to my misconceptions about cotton v acrylic/wool yarn and that maybe I should be a bit more adventurous when it comes to my choices for different projects. Do you have any other recommendations?

Lots of yarn love,


Emma & Chloe ~ A New Monthly Jewellery Subscription Box


I love a good subscription box. What’s not to love about a surprise treat dropping through your letterbox once a month?

Hot on the heels of French monthly subscription box My Little Box, which hit the UK shores last year, is a new jewellery subscription service from across the channel.

If you’re a fan of gold, silver and sparkly things and up-and-coming designers with a bit of continental flair then Emma & Chloe could be for you.

I was asked if I would like to review a box ahead of the UK launch at the end of September and as a bona fide magpie I jumped at the chance. Each month features a new designer and you get to choose if you would prefer your jewellery in gold or silver (or a mixture). The company was launched in France two years ago and they send boxes to more than 7,000 subscribers each month so they must be doing something right.


The box I received had a jungle theme and contained two 24-carat gold-plated rings by new designer HELLES. One was a snake, the other a serpent and together they retail for 88€.

First off, apologies, as I’m no hand model as you will see in the next few photos!


These rings are very cool but not really my style I’ve got to admit. I like taking a few risks with bracelets and necklaces (earrings not so much as I’ve never had my ears pierced!) but when it comes to rings I tend to just wear my wedding and engagement ring. I think it’s because, like I said, I’m no hand model.

Despite that, I can appreciate that these gold-plated brass snake and serpent rings are well made and I like the design. I’m just not hipster enough to pull them off really but I’m looking forward to seeing what’s in store in future boxes.

Along with the pieces of jewellery, each month you also get a fashion magazine, a soft bag to hold your sparkly things and a mini print/postcard.

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If you’re in the market for a new kind of monthly subscription box then I would say check out Emma & Chloe. They show the jewellery from previous boxes on their website so you can get an idea of the kind of things you might get. Each box costs 25€ (£18.50) a month and there’s also a shop if you see something from a previous month that catches your eye.

So what do you think? Do you like the look of this new type of monthly subscription box? I think it’s really good idea and am looking forward to seeing what’s in store next month!

Lots of sparkly love,





Disclaimer: I was gifted the Emma & Chloe box featured in this post for review purposes but all opinions are my own.

Our last holiday as a Couple

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Last week, Wayne and I went away for our last holiday as just the two of us before a small crying person comes into our lives. We went to Filey on the Yorkshire coast and stayed at Haven’s Primrose Valley park for seven days. I wanted to write about it as we had such a brilliant time and didn’t want to leave, and that I’d totally recommend a final break away together as a couple if you are about to have a baby.

I know that static caravan parks sometimes get a bad rap and people can look down their nose at them. Hey, if that’s your vibe fair enough and I’m probably not going to convince you otherwise, but we love them (and we love the odd stay at a luxury hotel too!). Our trip to Filey was the perfect break for us and what made it really special was that we got to spend it just relaxing with friends and family.

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We didn’t do an awful lot to be honest but then again when I think about it, we did quite a bit. What made the holiday so great was the fact that our friends Rob, Amanda and their little boy Alfie, and Christine, Paul and their toddler Noah were staying there too. We hung out together a lot, heading to Scarborough for fish and chips, chatting and watching the kids run around in the soft play area, losing lots of 2ps in the amusements.

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Wayne and I also had a daily Starbucks (hello Pumpkin Spice Latte!), I had an almost daily nap. We read, watched TV, I did some crochet and Wayne and Rob did plenty of running. Wayne’s parents and brother came for a day too which was really nice. We ate in, we ate out. It was great, totally relaxing, and we were spoiled by the sunny late September weather.

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It’s funny. Wayne and I had both been looking forward to the break for so long, and while it felt like we were there for ages the week also went by in a flash. We’d both been working hard up until the time off and it’s always such a shame when something so good is over. For me, the holiday signalled the start of my maternity leave, and while Wayne will be off for two weeks again soon for his paternity leave, I didn’t like it when he had to go back to work on Saturday! We’d got into the swing of just hanging out and relaxing together as with the random shifts and weekends we both work it’s only on holidays that we get to properly unwind and spend time together.

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I feel like I’m getting all gushy but sometimes a holiday doesn’t have to be miles away from home or cost a fortune to mean the world. This holiday was really special to me for all the reasons above and I’m so glad we went away for a relaxing week together just before everything changes.

Have you been on a UK break this year or are you a big fan of the Yorkshire coast? Do you have any other places you would recommend we check out next year? I’d love to hear from you.

Lots of late September sunshine love,



{Crochet} Free Mr Men Amigurumi Pattern ~ Mr Bump


Do you ever get an idea for something you want to make in your head and then you can’t rest until you’ve made it? I get like that sometimes, and randomly this crochet Mr Bump toy is the latest example.

We’ve got a few Mr Men touches in our nursery and we even had some Mr Men stuff at our wedding (we gave each guest a book specially chosen for them as a favour). I decided I wanted to make a Mr Bump toy for our baby, but could I find a pattern online? Well, no, as it turned out. The only option I had was to write one myself, so that’s what I did.


As Mr Men are protected under copyright I’m giving this pattern away for free as I can’t sell it, but if like it and use it I would really appreciate if you don’t repost the pattern and instead link back to this post. Thanks! I’d also love to see any of your crochet Mr Bumps if you decide to make one so please tag me in on Twitter and Instagram.

What You Need


  • White and blue double knitting wool
  • Black aran/worsted weight wool
  • 4.5mm crochet hook
  • Two black safety eyes
  • Black embroidery thread and a needle
  • Fabric (to line the inside of the toy)
  • Fibrefill stuffing

UK crochet stitches throughout

  • st – stitch
  • ch – chain
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • dc – double crochet
  • tr – triple crochet
  • dec – decrease single crochet
  • dectr – decrease treble crochet. Yarn over, draw up a loop, pull through 2, put hook through next st, yarn over (3 loops on hook), pull through 2, pull through 3.
  • * – repeat stitches

Head and Body

Rd 1: Using white. Ch 2. 6 tr in 2nd ch from hook. sl st. ch 2.

Rd 2: 2 tr in each st around. ch 2.

Rd 3: (2 tr in next st, tr) x 6. sl st. Fasten off. Change to black.

Rd 4: (2 dc in next st, sc) x 9. sl st. Fasten off, Change to white.

Rd 5: Ch 2. (2 tr in next st, tr) x 13. 2 tr in last st. sl st. Fasten off. Change to black.

Rd 6: (2 dc in next st, 2 dc) x 13. 2dc dc. sl st. Fasten off. Change to white.

Rd 7: Ch 2. tr in each st around. sl st. Fasten off. Change to black.

Rd 8: Dc in each st around. sl st. Fasten off. Change to blue.

Rd 9-21: Dc in each st around. sl st. Ch 1.

Fasten off. Change to black.

Rd 22: Dc in each st around. Fasten off. Change to white.

Rd 23: Ch 2. Tr in each st around. Fasten off. Change to black.

Rd 24: (4 dc, dec) *. Dc in last 2 st. Fasten off. Change to white.

Rd 25: Ch 2. Tr in each st around. Fasten off. Change to black.

Turn right way out and attach safety eyes. Turn back inside out.

Rd 26: (3 dc, dec *. dc in last 3 st. Fasten off. Change to white.

Rd 27: Ch 2. (2 tr, dectr) * tr in last 2 st. Fasten off. Change to black.

Rd 28: Ch 1. (2dc, dec) *. sl st. Fasten off.

Turn right way out. Make fabric back for inside the body and stuff with fibrefill stuffing.

Rd 29: Using blue on right side. Ch 1. (2dc, dec) *. dc, sl st.

Rd 30: Ch 1. (2dc, dec) *.

Rd 31-32: Ch 1. (dc, dec) *.

Rd 33: dec *. Fasten off and weave in ends.


Feet and Legs (Make two)

Rd 1: Using blue. Ch 15. Dc in each st to end. Continue dc in each st to end. Sl st.

Rd 2: Ch 1. Dc in each st around. Sl st.

Rd 3: Dc in each st around. Sl st.

Rd 4: Dc in next 6. Ch 3. Count 10 st round clockwise and sl st chain into that. Dc around foot to ch st and dc across ch. (You now start to do the top of the foot).

Rd 5: (2 dc, dec) * dc in last 2.

Rd 6: (Dc, dec) *

Rd 7-8: dec *

Stuff foot firmly with fibrefill stuffing.

Rejoin blue wool.


Rd 9: Dc around the horseshoe at the bottom (miss the side of the foot). sl st into the side of the foot. Ch 1. Turn.

Rd 10: 10 dc. sl st into side of foot. 3 dc across foot.

Rd 11-13: dc around circle of ht leg.

Fasten off and leave long end for sewing. Stuff and sew to body.


Arms and Hands (Make two)

Rd 1: Ch 2. 6 dc into second ch from hook. sl st. Pull tail to close hole.

Rd 2: 2dc in each st around. sl st.

Rd 3: Ch 1. dc in each st around.

Rd 4: (2dc, dec) x 3.

Rd 5: Dc in each st around.

Rd 6: Flatten down hand. At one edge, make the thumb by ch 3. 3 Dc back to the hand, sl st.

Rd 7: Dc in each at around, inc thumb.

Rd 8: Dc in each st around of arm. Sl st up thumb to close it (push hook through both sides).

Rd 9-14: Dc in each st around arm.

Fasten off leaving a long tail. Stuff and sew to body.


That’s it! If you have any questions about this pattern please let me know and I’ll try my best to help.

I hope you like it and if you make a Mr Bump of your own I’d love to see some photos.

Lots of Bumpy love,



How much of our Children should we share Online?

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One of the things I’ve been pondering over the last few weeks is whether I should post pictures of our baby on Facebook and Instagram after he’s born. It’s something that has been bugging me if I’m honest as I feel like I’ll want to share photos (I mean, I LOVE Instagram) but there’s a lot of other things to consider too. Well, if you’re someone who worries about stuff (maybe unnecessarily) like me.

  • For example, will I become one of those often tedious new parents who constantly floods everyone’s Facebook feeds with 1,000 new photos of their baby each day.
  • Am I going to be able to stop myself from wanting to share how cute I think he is every five seconds?
  • Is it unfair to plaster pictures of your children on the internet, especially the potentially embarrassing ones? Could they come back to haunt them in years to come and cause them to be bullied or miss out on jobs? After all, we can control what we post about ourselves online but our children don’t have that choice.
  • And then there’s the darker side of the internet. The part filled by horrible people who want to do nasty things to babies and children, those who steal photos and pass them off as their own or use them for unsavoury reasons.


Basically – how much should we share of our children online? While no doubt those who choose to post photos of their kids are proud parents and/or have a brill sense of humour showing the real side to parenthood (poo face, anyone?), does posting too much or a certain kind of content expose our children to risks that were never there when we were growing up? And is it fair to take away the clean slate we had that doesn’t exist now that the internet has become what it is? Should we stop oversharing?

I decided to get the opinion of three parenting bloggers, Susie from My Milo and Me, Hannah from Make, Do and Push, and Lowri, blogger and owner of Little Maldod to find out their thoughts, and of course, I’d love to hear yours in the comments too.

I was really curious to see if any of the three mums had any worries about sharing photos of their children online and what safety measures they put in place.

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Hannah’s children Busby and Indy

Hannah, who is mum to three-year-old ‘Busby’ and three months old ‘Indy’ has a relaxed approach when it comes to sharing photos of her children, but there are some lines that she refuses to cross.

“I used to worry a lot when I first started blogging, and had my Instagram account set to private initially,” she said. “However, I don’t ever post photos of my children undressed, and I share all my Instagram photos on the blog, so it seemed pointless to keep it private. I use aliases on the blog and on social media to help keep them more anonymous for the future when they’re at school etc.”

I like Hannah’s approach. Aliases are a good idea I think as long as you’re consistent and don’t forget (as I probably would!) and I definitely agree on on the no naked pictures thing.

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Susie and Milo

Susie, who is a mum to 10-month old Milo and whose partner is Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth long jump champion Greg Rutherford, takes a similar view. I never thought about the aspect of controlling what goes out there before.

“I don’t actually worry too much about it,” she said. “Photos appear in magazines and newspapers of Milo anyway and I consider my own social media/blog a place where I can control what goes up.  

“I would never compromise Milo’s safety or privacy by putting a photo of him up while not clothed for instance (although Instagram has very strict guidelines on nudity anyway). I’m more safety conscious when it comes to things like revealing what the outside of our house looks like and things like that.”

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Lowri and her son Wilfred

Lowri, who runs online children’s shop Little Maldod and is mum to three-year-old Wilfred and Anwen, who is nearly 17 months, added: “It’s the unknown audience that concerns me and the thought that photos could be taken without my knowledge. 

“What my children will one day think has also crossed my mind. I hope that as and when they look back on photos I’ve posted of them, that they feel I’ve been respectful of them as individuals.”

Blocking on Instagram is a tactic that both Susie and Lowri take if someone starts acting suspiciously on their accounts but as a whole, both find the community and support on social networks outweighs the negatives. I’ve got to agree this is something I love about Instagram, as the handmade community is lovely and I’m starting to see how the parenting one is too (and I LOVE it when both crossover with lots of talented women running their own businesses while being mums too).

Susie sums it up here when I asked her about the erosion of privacy online: “I hope that I talk about my reactions, my life, my struggles and triumphs more than Milo’s as a way to focus more on me as a mum than Milo as a person but obviously sometimes I do talk about his behaviour and what he’s been up to. As he grows older however, I’ve been thinking about being more careful on what I share image wise.

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Milo reading

“I think it can be a positive thing  – it helps parents not feel alone, gives you focus on days where you’re struggling.

The sisterhood is very strong on social media and is a huge aid on days when you can’t get out the house to see your friends.

Like Susie, Lowri holds things back too, a lot of which are special moments to keep a sense of a split between public and private.

“Sometimes I take photos of my children that I absolutely adore, capturing special moments that are really very precious,” Lowri said. “Occasionally, they feel so precious that I don’t want to share them publicly. In fact recently I posted a photo of my daughter on my business/blog instagram page. It was a close up of her face and captured such a sense of innocence and joy. As soon as it was posted I deleted it as it just didn’t sit right with me.

“There’s a lot to be said for that when it comes to all of this. Parental instinct is hugely personal and something that can’t be ignored.”

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Movie night for Wilfred

As a blogger and someone who blogs about bits and pieces of their life, I was also interested to find out what the ladies thought about those who post highly styled or stylised pictures of their children online or to their Instagram feed. Does any child really live in a perfect monochromatic world and have a bedroom that is Pinterest-worthy 24/7. How do they feel about children being used to promote brands? Is any of this crossing a line?

Hannah said: “I guess I do this to an extent as a blogger – on my Instagram feed I do a “Baby Outfit of the Day” which is quite stylised… and we’re sent a lot of clothes to review so we have photoshoots so I can get lovely photos for the blog. I think it would be crossing a line if I said yes to review something that was inappropriate for them, or that I (or they) felt morally wrong promoting. For example, I’ve recently been asked to review an item of clothing that contained real fur, which I turned down for obvious reasons!” 

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Busby and Indy

Susie was pretty strong on this, and I’ve got to say I agree: “I think children should be children and it baffles me when I read captions underneath photos which read ‘he/she wouldn’t sit still/won’t pose’. Of course they won’t, they’re two!

“Little girls with lipstick on or hands on their hips, desperately promoting this and that brand; I don’t care much for it.

“Plus it’s using your children as a way to cash in; is the money going to a bank account for them? 

“Something natural is far more enjoyable and relatable in my opinion. Whenever I take photos of Milo, they’re snapshots of what’s happening right now. If he looks cute, he looks cute. If he looks messy, he looks messy. If he’s moving all over the show and I can’t get a good enough shot of his teeny tiny shoes, who cares? Children are only innocent for so long, I don’t want my little ones thinking the way they look is important because it’s not.”

So where do you stand on this? It’s quite a divisive issue I know and there’s so many different facets to it. One thing that put my mind at rest is that none of the ladies I spoke to have experienced anything dark and sinister online, although Hannah said there had been a couple of cases where it had happened to people in a parenting Facebook group that she is a member of. I guess the key is to always remain vigilant and if something doesn’t sit right with you, to trust your gut instinct.

Do you share photos of your children online? How do you go about it and what things do you keep in mind to stay safe? Or is it something that doesn’t really bother you? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Lots of snap happy love,



10 Easy Ways Make Your Bathroom a Haven


After a hectic summer of DIY and home improvements it’s nice to be able to kick back and relax a bit.

It’s felt a bit like we’ve been on a hamster wheel of continuous DIY/having workmen round/bombing over to B&Q for the last few months. I mean, it’s great as our house is very much ship-shape but it’s also been exhausting for both myself and Wayne and it’s finally time to relax.

One place I love to unwind is in the bath – a hot (but not too hot) bath has been a godsend for me in the last few months of my pregnancy and I have picked up a few tricks to maximise the down time. I thought I’d share these in case you’re in the market for bringing some more calm into your daily life without the stress of having to replicate a Pinterest-worthy spa at home.


How to make your bathroom a haven:

  1. Get Fruity
    Not like that, you filthy things. If you’ve got Apple Music there are some great pre-done playlists on there which you can put on your phone/through your speakers and relax to. If not there’s the radio, Spotify or even playlists on YouTube. All of these get the thumbs up from me for when I want to zone out as long as there’s no talking, but then I’m a bit funny about listening to people wang on when they’re on the radio. Anyone else?
  2. Watch one of your favourite shows
    If music’s not your thing, get your iPad set up on its stand on one end of the bath and watch an episode of your favourite show on Netflix/on demand while you have a soak. This is partly how I ploughed through all six seasons of Gossip Girl so quickly and made such quick work of The Good Wife. OK so there’s the slight added frisson of worrying if your tablet is going to tumble into the bath and electrocute you but that’s not happened to me yet. Just make sure your stand is sturdy before you get in. XOXO and all that.
  3. Declutter
    A messy bathroom ain’t going to cut it and empty bottles of shampoo and body scrub littering the side of the bath will just do your head in when you come to wash your hair. Making your hands go red raw and almost bursting a blood vessel as you try to eke out that last bit of conditioner isn’t tantamount to a zen-like experience. Throw them out and treat yourself to some new ones. As the ad goes, you’re worth it.
  4. Get some new storage
    One thing that helped us keep our bathroom smart and tidy is our new bathroom cabinet. It’s something we’ve been meaning to add to our bathroom for ages but never quite got round to until now.
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  5. Make things tidy but easily accessible
    I love these blue and white stripey storage baskets with rope handles for adding a bit of a nautical feel and keeping the rest of our toiletries tidy. They were really cheap from Store 21 and also add a bit of colour without being too much.
  6. Find the scent that relaxes you
    I think this is really important as scents can really ramp up the relaxation process. I love this Mum and Me Bump Bath Soak by Cussons and the matching moisturiser with it’s light camomile and jasmine fragrance. One of my friends bought them for me for my baby shower and I’m addicted.
  7. Plump it up
    Out with the old and flat towels, in with new soft and fluffy ones. You’re not going to channel a spa experience with a 10-year-old tatty Tenerife beach towel with a hole in the middle.
  8. All of the Lights
    It’s a total cliche but bright lights aren’t conducive to a relaxing soak, unless you enjoy that caught-in-a-police-helicopter-spotlight kind of vibe. Candles are the way forward, but don’t forget to shut the window unless you want to share your bath with a bunch of manic moths.
  9. Add greenery
    Who says bathrooms should be a plant-free zone? After all they clear the air and have a calming vibe about them. Just don’t go for cacti in case you accidentally slip on the bath mat. That’s a tricky one to explain at A&E.
  10. Do not disturb
    Most importantly, unless your other half is coming in to bring you a drink/snack or is offering to massage your feet, keep your bathroom a do not disturb zone, especially if you don’t have a separate loo. I don’t need to elaborate more, really.

How do you relax? Is your bathroom as much as a haven for you? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Lots of pampering and love,





Disclosure: I was gifted the bathroom cabinet for purposes of a review for this post.

{DIY} Fabric Halloween Pumpkins


I’ve been thinking ahead to Halloween this past few days and thought I’d use some time before things get too frantic around here to make a bit of decor that will last up to and beyond October 31.

I never seem to get round to carving a pumpkin (or even buying them!) instead leaving it too late so when I go and have a look in the shops only the most bashed-up ones are left.


Well not this year. I decided to have a go at making some fabric pumpkins which can either be used as decor for when the trick-or-treaters come knocking, a table centrepiece or as a finishing touch to your Halloween outfit. They’re really easy to make and I hope you like them!

What You Need:


  • Fabric
  • Felt
  • Twine
  • Elastic bands (optional)
  • Fibrefill stuffing
  • Needle and thread/sewing machine
  • Scissors

How to Make it:

  1. Fold your fabric in half right sides together and cut a shape like below. This will be wider at one end than the other.
  2. Sew up the open edge so you have a sleeve/tube shape.
  3. Cut six lengths of twine that are longer at both ends than your material then feed through so the ends peek out at both the top and bottom.
  4. At the other end, use an elastic band/more twine to gather up and close the opening.
  5. Turn the fabric so the material is the right side out. You will have some twine poking out of the closed end.
  6. Stuff with fibrefill stuffing so it’s nice and firm.
  7. Gather together the fabric at the open end and close it by tightly tying another piece of twine around it. This will make your stalk.
  8. Now pull up a piece of twine and tie it in place around the stalk, as below.
  9. Repeat for the other pieces of twine, evenly spacing them around the pumpkin.
  10. Wrap some of the twine ends around the stalk and tie them off. Leave a couple as tendrils and curl them with your scissors.
  11. If you like, add a leaf at the top by cutting one out of a contrasting piece of fabric or felt.

And that’s it, you’re done!

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You can make a few to dot around your house, use them as a centrepiece for your table or on your doorstep or porch instead of a traditional carved pumpkin.

I hope you like them!

Lots of pumpkin love,



Slowing Down

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Illustration by Buttercrumble. See bottom of post for more details

I think pregnancy is one of those weird and wonderful things that is slightly different for everyone and just when you think you’ve got it sussed it throws you another curveball.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m still loving it and I’m continually amazed that my body is growing a whole new person while I go about my day to day business. But it’s not like I thought it was going to be and even when I think I’ve got all of the signs and symptoms down, a new one pops up which makes me question just WHAT IS GOING ON IN THERE?

The nausea and exhaustion from my first trimester are a fading memory as I head into the final few weeks before my due date (with the little voice in my head reminding me that baby could actually come at any time now). I thought I’d escaped the cankles (nope) and that my boobs would grow (soz but no). The second trimester was awesome and kind of lulled me into a false sense of security about how pregnancy can be a dream. Everything went swimmingly at the scans and midwife appointments and I had no nasty side effects or conditions to report.

Fast forward a few months and I feel like I’m a body double for Sigourney Weaver in Alien and that at any given moment a Chestburster is going to fire its way out of my belly. Baby seems to spend most of his time tucked up in my ribs (on the right, mostly) which makes breathing seem like a chore and I’ve even woken myself up by being sick in my own mouth a few times during the night. Did I tell you how sexy I’m feeling right now?!

I also get a few random aches and pains down there and sciatica is SUCH a joy. If you pop round my house in the morning I’ll also do a pretty accurate turtle stuck on its back and trying to get up impression for you as I get out of bed. I love making people laugh so this nugget has slipped effortlessly into my repertoire.

I’m sorry if I sound like I’m moaning, I’m really not. OK maybe a bit about the not being able to breathe thing, although it means I get to avoid hills for a good reason now and no-one looks at me funny if I get the lift at work!

But all of this means that I’m finding that I have to slow down a lot in my everyday life. It’s weird when you realise your body just can’t/flat out won’t do the things that it used to do without a second thought because it’s far too busy with something way more important than keeping your dinner down at 3am. But I think that’s also kind of clever, even if it’s sole focus seems to be trying to make you get up to go for a wee five times a night.

I’ve not got long left at work now, just a handful more shifts, and then that’s me done for the best part of a year. This whole new part of my life is both exciting and scary because it’s the total unknown (not least thinking about the labour bit) but I’m looking forward to it so much. Even if I have to take it all a bit slower.

Do you have any top tips to make the last few weeks of pregnancy that bit more comfortable? If so I would love to hear them please!

Lots of nearly-there love,





For more on the lovely Chloe and Abigail at Buttercrumble, who created the illustration to go with this post, please check out their social media links:

Chloe and Abigail are a design collective based in Leeds, West Yorkshire (but originally from Scarborough). They are inspired by mid-century design, the seaside and anything and everything cute! Chloe and Abigail are twin sisters which means they really love working together as it means they can combine ideas and offer suggestions for each piece they produce. The sisters are currently studying and are soon to complete their degree in Graphic Design and Communication. Chloe and Abigail – collectively known as Buttercrumble – use illustration and design to help develop brands, communicate a story or to bring smiles to people’s faces.

Nursery Makeover: From unloved junk room to baby ready!


Our smallest bedroom has undergone a total transformation in the last few months. We started it before we found out I was pregnant and it was going to be my craft room, but that all changed the day we saw two lines on a pregnancy test.

The room itself was totally unloved. It was the last room in the house to be redecorated and we kind of hadn’t bothered as instead it became an easy dumping ground for all sorts of things we didn’t want to get rid of but didn’t know where else to put.

The Big Facelift

After a severe spell of decluttering (not just in that room but in our whole house) we emptied it out and were ready to get going.

Years upon years of paint and wallpaper made the room a nightmare to get ready. We stripped so much but were halted by lining paper that had been painted bright blue (which was one old sticky mess when we tried to take it down).

In the end we decided to do the best we could and then get the room replastered and reboarded in a couple of areas. We also took up the manky carpet and ordered a new one.

Let there be White

As the room was so small (and with a craft room in mind at this point), to maximise the light we painted it brilliant white, with white skirting boards. Immediately the whole thing looked a lot more spacious than it ever did, although being rammed full of old furniture probably didn’t help!

We were going to save a bit and paint the floorboards but in the end we decided that a carpet would be cosier, and now it’s going to be our nursery I’m glad we made that decision.

Decking out the Nursery


With the room done we just had to buy the furniture and bits we needed for the nursery. Or the fun bit!

I think the thing I love the most about our nursery is that it’s simple and will grow with our baby as he gets older.

Here’s a few photos and if you’re wondering where we got anything from, then there’s a list of links below.

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A few more details and handmade touches:

Little-Star-Pennant-hung-on-door---Beak-Up-Crafts Bears-in-the-cot---Beak-Up-Crafts Colourful-changing-mat---Beak-Up-Crafts IKEA-drawers-and-changing-mat---Beak-Up-CraftsRob-Ryan-mini-print---nursery-shelf---Beak-Up-CraftsOur changing station is just outside of the nursery and filled with everything needed for a quick change in easy to access baskets. I also love the porcelain dog night light on top which is going to be great for night time changes. We’ve called him Norman and he’s already a firm favourite!

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The hospital bags are already packed too – one for me and one for baby. It’s getting so close now!


Quick links:

I hope you enjoyed this room makeover. Have you ever given a room a big facelift? If so which bits did you like the least and love the most about the process?

Lots of nursery love,