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Daisy Has Arrived!

Well you might have guessed by the long pause between posts that our darling daughter, Daisy, has arrived!

She came 1 week and 1 day late on Sunday 13th November at 7.22pm. She weighed 7lbs 10oz and is absolutely beautiful!

I have so many things to update on the blog as we’ve made more purchases and received more gifts in the weeks following her birth including a sling, play gym, buggy mobile, knitted cardigans, extra large muslins, buggy safety strap, bibs and a baby bath foam insert to name but a few!

I’ll do my best to update the blog with more details as soon as I can, Daisy depending!


Handmade Baby Toys and Sewing!

Picture of Sock ToysMy sister and I went to a fab vintage handmade fair on Sunday in Hatton. We had tea and cake on vintage china and spent some time looking around all the lovely stalls of handmade goodies!

I found these gorgeous handmade sock toys and bought a black and white one and a pink stripy one for just £8!

Picture of Felt PenguinI also bought a penguin felt making kit! They are really Christmas tree decorations but because they are black and white I thought they would be good for our baby to look at in her car seat or around the house! I also added a bell inside the penguin to make it more interesting!

Picture of Felt SquaresBecause I’ve had some unexpected spare time on my hands I decided to get on and make the black and white felt squares for our daughter to look at in the first few weeks/months when she can only see high contrast things!

I searched the internet for someone who had made something similar and found a blog post on The Crafting Chicks website which gave me ideas for the patterns to make. I decided to machine sew the shapes onto the felt squares instead of glue because I didn’t want little bits of felt coming off and being a choking risk! I think I’ll also make some smaller ones and sew them into a cube to hang off the car seat handle too.

Picture of Light ExcluderI finally finished another sewing project which was to make a light excluder for the outside of the nursery door. It’s obviously really a draft excluder but we need it to stop light from getting into the nursery from under the bottom of the old cottage door!

It’s quite shabby chic as I didn’t do a very good job on sewing the hearts on but it does the job!!

2 Days Overdue!

Picture of Silver Sewing MachineWell I’m 2 days over my due date!

Now just waiting, excited as to when our daughter will decide it’s time to arrive!

So I’ve been busy making and sewing some handmade things for her which I’ll photograph tomorrow and post about.

More Gifts From Mum!

Picture of Navy Sailor CardiganMy Mum has been knitting again and made a gorgeous navy sailor cardigan!

It was a challenge though as the pattern was one I found in a magazine and we don’t think it was quite right! Anyway I think it looks great and can’t wait to put Daisy in it!

Picture of Organics for Kids Pink Snuggle SuitMum also wanted buy something we needed for the baby so I suggested a lovely pink Snuggle Suit from Organics for Kids which arrived this week.

It’s made from 100% organic cotton and made in the UK.

Picture of Huddle & Bliss Organic Bodysuits

She also bought us 3 more organic bodysuits from Huddle & Bliss which are made in the UK.

Made in the UK Buying Bonanza!

With less than 3 weeks to go we have been making sure we buy the last remaining items we need!
Picture of DK Glovesheets Cot Bed Flat Sheets  Picture of Baby Bath Mat  Picture of Baby Bath Wash and Body Cream
We have bought 3 cot bed 100% cotton flat sheets, made in the UK, by DK Glovesheet from Bennellies, a baby bath mat from Boots, made in the UK and Little Me Organics baby bath wash and moisturising cream, again from Boots and made in the UK.

Picture of TotsBots Wet Nappy BagWe also swapped the original wet nappy bags (made in China) for TotsBots wet nappy bags which are made in the UK.

For my hospital bag I ordered 2 gorgeous personalised handmade wash bags from Heavenly Hearts on the Not on the High Street website, made in the UK and found Maternity Pads in Boots that are made in the UK.

Picture of Blue Rose Bud Personalised Wash BagPicture of Pink Rose Personalised Cosmetic Bag We checked out our local Scope charity shop to see if there were any second hand books and found quite a few were made in the UK.

Picture of Second Hand BooksAll new books seem to be printed in China and we’ve found it almost impossible to buy any baby books made in the UK.

We found 2 baby books and 2 classics (The Railway Children and The Jungle Books) in the Scope charity shop that were made in the UK so we bought them!

Phew! That was a lot of buying!


Picture of Baby SnowsuitPicture of Baby Wadded Pinny DressI decided to return some of the original Mothercare products that we purchased and found were made in China.

Back went the Travel Changing Mat, Snowsuit and Wadded Pinny Dress!

So now I have £26 on a Mothercare gift card and can’t find anything in their store that we need and is made in the UK!!!

Look What We Found In Cornwall!

Picture of Cornwall CottageWe decided for our 13th Wedding Anniversary to go away for a long weekend to Cornwall. We stayed in this gorgeous cottage in Mousehole and on Saturday visited the lovely town of St. Ives.

Picture of Lizzie Shirt Baby TopWhilst looking in all the wonderful little boutique shops we found one called LAFF selling lots of baby and children’s clothes made in the UK. They stocked brands such as Lizzie Shirt, Little Blossoms, Madfish Clothing and Inch Blue all designed and manufactured in the UK (mostly in Cornwall).

Picture of Little Blossoms Baby DungareesWe bought a baby top by Lizzie Shirt and some baby dungarees with butterflies on by Little Blossoms.

Then on Sunday we decided to visit St. Just and as we were driving in we spotted a craft shop and Robert saw a sign in the window for Little Blossoms!

Picture of Little Blossoms Winter CoatThey weren’t really open but the owner let us go in and we chatted for ages about the baby clothes and finding ones made in the UK. It was great to meet the designer and maker of the clothes and we couldn’t help ourselves and bought 4 more items!

Picture of Little Blossoms Baby DressWe loved this thick fleecy coat and bought it in size 1-2yr old so that we would get more wear out of it! We also bought a gorgeous baby pink flower dress, blue spotty baby jacket and pink spotty dungarees.

Picture of Little Blossoms Baby JacketThe fabrics were just gorgeous and we were sorely tempted to buy everything in the shop!

In addition all the Little Blossom clothes are reversible so there are pockets and decorative flowers on the inside and outside, so they can be worn either way. We were very impressed to say the least!

In general, Cornwall seems to be very proud of all it makes and shouts about it at every opportunity! Why don’t we do this in Warwickshire?