Category Archives: Mummy Life

Mud Kitchen!

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I finally finished making Poppy’s Mud Kitchen! It was 95% recycled, thrifted and salvaged! I spent a few quid on the little whisk and colander. The cooker is made from an old cupboard turned on it’s side, with a magnetic closure added inside the door. The top part is an old draw found in a skip. The pots and pans were donated by a kind person on a local freecycle group. Hopefully P will have loads of fun with it this summer. 🙂

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Long time no post!

It’s been a while since I last had a chance to update my blog, I hope to do so more often! I am still stitching away, making personalised items for my Etsy customers. I have recently added Birthday crowns to my shop, which can be made in your choice of colours and shapes. There is also the option of a crown with changeable Velcro numbers for each birthday!

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Spring is in the air here in the UK and my personalised play tents are proving popular! Now available with windows! Great for indoor and outdoor play.

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I hope to share more of the fun activities I get up to with my lovely daughter, we always have a project on the go! Some of our recent makes include this dinosaur terrarium in a Poundland cocktail bowl!

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At the moment we are making her a mud kitchen to play with in the garden this spring and summer. More photos coming soon. 🙂

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Poppy’s Teepee Play Tent

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Poppy loves making dens and hiding under blankets and I had been wanting to make her a play tent for a while. She is now 18 months old so her half-birthday and the warm summer weather seemed like a good excuse to give it a go! Safe to say Poppy *loves* her new play Teepee.

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It was so fun to make and Poppy loves it so I decided to go for it and add it to my shop as a made to order item. You choose the door fabric & applique lettering or design.

The Teepee comes without the poles to make it easier and cheaper to post, the poles can be purchased from most DIY shops. If any local friends are interested and can collect in person I can include the poles , just let me know. 🙂

Perfect for teddy bears tea parties, reading stories, hide and seek and more. The teepee can be used indoors or outside in dry weather. Poppy has been having fun playing peepo with the curtains! I’m looking forward to many fun times with this tent. What a fun project. 🙂

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! December was an exciting and busy month filled with sewing, craft fairs and family celebrations!

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Our beautiful daughter Poppy is now 1 year old! She is amazing and I am so lucky to be her Mummy. It’s been an incredible year! She’s now walking everywhere, and she knows a few words and signs. ❤

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I had great fun doing my first two craft events since Poppy was born, From Cambridge With Love and the Mill Road Winter Fair. Both are fabulous local events and I had a brilliant time sewing & preparing for the fairs and then setting up, trading, and chatting to everyone who passed by! Thanks to everyone who came to say hello!

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I had so much fun making baby dresses, quilted bibs, micro bunting, purses, pincushions and wash bags! Lots of items are now available in my Etsy shop. My plan for the new year is to update my shop regularly with lots of fab new items so keep an eye out for new listings. I update my Facebook page regularly with my latest projects. ^_^

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Christmas has been really nice too, all the more fun with Poppy around! I have to share some of the beautiful & thoughtful handmade gifts I was given!

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This sweet Totoro acorn family came all the way from Tokyo and is now hanging in Poppy’s room. They are handmade by mums at the local primary school. The Mums also run workshops where you get to make them yourself! My brother made a blog post about it a while ago!

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This awesome rainbow scarf was crocheted for me by my mum!

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I’ve set my goal for this year and filled in the left eye of my Daruma! I’ll fill in the right eye when my goal is reached. Here’s to a great 2014 and plenty of sewing! ^_^

Autumn projects

It’s November already… this year is flying past. Poppy is 10 months old now and she’s just so sweet & funny. We went to look at the Autumn colour garden at the Botanic Garden this week.

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We celebrated Poppy’s first Halloween this week too. ^_^

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I’ve been stitching away and updating my Etsy shop as often as possible. Here are a few of the things I’ve been making this Autumn…

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In September I made two applique cushions featuring Totoro. ♥ One for Poppy’s room and one for my shop… safe to say it’s new owner baby Dex was pleased with it! ^_^

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I made some more of my wristband pincushions, this time in Liberty of London fabric with vintage buttons. There’s one left in my shop, and I will be making more (Japanese silk ones too) for the winter craft fairs I’m trading at and hopefully for my Etsy shop too.

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I’ve also been making some embellished zip purses which are in my shop now. ^_^

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Now I’m busy preparing for the Christmas craft fairs I’m trading at this year, but I’ll make sure I update my shop in good time for the Christmas post deadlines too! I’m making all sorts of things (with some *gorgeous* fabrics!) so I’ll be sure to share some photos here and on my facebook page of my work in progress. Baby Poppy keeps me busy so I’ll be sewing every chance I get! Gambate to all those preparing for craft shows this season!

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Summer Time

Hello! I seem to be able to manage one blog post per season at the moment! This is my summer post. ^_~

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I’ve been enjoying the summer so far! Back in July I celebrated my birthday with a new sewing machine! Baby Poppy is keeping me really busy, but I have been able to spend a few blissful days and a lot of evenings sewing. One of the first things I made was a summer dress for Poppy, from sparkly goldfish fabric I bought on a very hot day in Tokyo, it seems like a long time ago now!

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I think Poppy likes it. ^_^ She’s 7 and a half months old now and she’s getting so strong and clever! She amazes me every day with all the new things she can do. This summer has been all about picnics and parks! We put quilts down on the grass and let Poppy play.

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I like the kimono style crossover bodice so much that I made another baby dress which is available to buy in my Etsy shop. This one is made from Japanese fabric with a traditional floral print. The dress is trimmed with Japanese lace. This one is made to fit a 12-18 month old. Let me know what you think of this style. ^_^

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I’ve also been making lots of Blythe doll dresses and my Dolly Mixture Etsy shop is well stocked at the moment! I’ve been experimenting with applique, top stitching and printing my own fabric. ❤

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I’ve got a few more projects planned for the rest of August. Next up are some Totoro applique cushion covers which should be in my shop very soon. ^_^

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That’s all for now! I’m sure I’ll update again in Autumn! ❤ xxx

Hello Spring…

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… what a Winter it’s been!

My beautiful daughter Poppy is 5 months old already! She’s amazing and being a Mummy is really wonderful.

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Here she is in her adorable Totoro hat crocheted by her talented Grannie, in her snuggie wrap which I love carrying her in. ^_^ Maybe one day soon I will get round to writing a post about her amazing birth story and a little bit more about being a new mum. Poppy’s room (which I blogged about last year) was featured on the UK blog Here Comes Baby, it was lovely to see her room alongside all the beautiful nurseries featured on the blog!

Poppy has been keeping me busy, but as she’s getting older I am slowly but surely getting time to sew and make again. I thought it was time to share the things I’ve been working on.

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I’ve been making lots of Dolly Mixture Blythe doll dresses! I have a Dolly Mixture Facebook page now where I share my new dresses as soon as they’re available in my Dolly Mixture Etsy shop. ♥ I’ve been having lots of fun making them & I can work on them in the evenings while baby girl is sleeping as they are mostly hand stitched. Thanks to all my lovely customers for the sales & support! ^_^

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I’ve also added some of my handmade accessories to the Tokyo Textiles shop, including my Kewpie doll hair bows which were really popular at BlytheCon UK, and my kimono silk wristband pincushions. ♥

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We’ve been in our house for almost a year now and the garden has bought beautiful surprises each season, including this gorgeous pink blossom on the tree in front of the house. ^_^

That’s it from me, just enjoying mummy life and the occasional bit of spring sunshine here in the UK! Hope to have more handmade goodies to share soon. xx