Category Archives: Baby

Toy Tofu…

Just finished making a soft tofu toy (it has a lovely sounding bell inside and jingles when you shake it) for the beautiful baby Henry and his gorgeous vegan mummy Karoline x

Tofu Toy

Oh I do like to be beside the sofa…

I’ve had an idea to build a beach in our living room for a while now, and today it finally all came together….

It’s surprising how many seaside-type-things we already had…a lovely stripy deckchair, wind up crabs, turtles and fish, water themed toys that blow bubbles and sing and a bright yellow towel…the rest I made or bought.  I think the whole thing including buying a bucket, spade, yellow blanket and one and a half metres of pebble floor covering came to well under £10.

I put the sofa cushions on the floor and covered half with a blue sheet and half with a yellow blanket.  Thom loves to throw himself onto the cushions.  We call it “Flumping”.  I put a yellow towel across the smaller sofa and created a sand dune.  I bought a plastic spade for £1 and sand castle buckets for £1.50

I made cut out shells and oysters

And a sandcastle made out of sandpaper

I made a souvenir shop out of an old Amazon box

And made postcards with backs you can wipe clean so I can use a board marker when we’re helping Thom learn to write in years to come

Our larger sofa became our Pleasure Pier

The Pier included a Ticket Office

With Punch and Judy show

A Fish and Chip shop

I printed off some newsprint so that Thom wouldn’t get mucky hands and wrapped in around some paper cups we had left over from his birthday party

And an amusement arcade

I pushed holes through an apple box with a knitting needle and pushed our Christmas tree lights through them.  I painted the box black so the lights would look even brighter.

I decided to add a little fun fair and tattoo parlour to complete our pier

I know all of this clearly indicates I have employment issues…but at least Thom got some more wear out of his sun hat…

I thought it would be fun to make a message in a bottle

I tried to think of what my S.O.S message would say and all could think of was this…

After we had played for a while to a background of barrel organ music we went for some food

Me, Pickle, Moo-Ma and Moo-Pa had chips, veggie pasties, peas and fishless fingers

Thommy had roughly the same, but with steamed sweet potato chips

After diner we visited the tattoo parlour.  At first I was quite restrained…

It says “Born to read”  Then I got a bit carried away…

I took Pickle down with me

We were trying to arm wrestle, but we just ended up holding hands…

We dressed Thom in his “Catch of the Day” onesie and his sunshine dribble bib

He looked like such a big boy on the deckchair…

As night fell the pier looked even prettier…

We had such a lovely day!  Can’t wait to take Thom to a real seaside!

 

Introducing Polly…

On Tuesday 23rd October 2012 the world got just that little bit more lovely.  Polly arrived.  I have kept very few of Thom’s outfits from when he was tiny as other friends have had their own small people and I’ve handed Thom’s clothes on.  I did keep one outfit that Mrs Penis Penis bought for Thom from Beauty and the Bib because I loved it so much.  When Polly arrived I had the compulsion to give her something very dear to me, so I decided to customise it for her.

Welcome to the world little one…such wonderful adventures await x

Camm Street Winter Garden…

It’s been a grizzly day.  Very foggy and grey.  Although Moo-Ma and Moo-Pa took Thom to the swings it was just too damp and horrible to play in the garden…so I built a garden to play in inside!

I used an old apple crate, printed off some pictures of ivy and cut them out and made a potting shed…

I then made some seed packets which are just little brown dinner money envelopes with some split lentils inside.  They make good shakers…Look out!  I think Mr Bird wants to eat our seeds!

I made our garden pond by filling our paddling pool with blue and green ball pit balls, green balloons, blue tissue paper and ducks.  It provides quite a range of sensory experiences…and things to bat and throw!

It may be grey outside, but inside we have blue skies…

I then went looking around the house for garden related things and made some butterflies and leaves…

Another lovely day of play x

Father’s Day…

Its Pickle’s first Father’s Day and we’ve had a lovely day eating cake and seeing friends.  This year I made a total of three cards (with the help of Thommy) two of which are pictured here…

This one was made for Single Malt Monkey, Pickle’s Dad.  He’s a big Grateful Dead fan…

This one was for Pickle.  It’s a line drawing of the first picture he had taken of him and Thommy when Thom was born.

The third card I made was for my dear Moo-Pa and I was helped by Thom.  We forgot to take pictures but Thom used one of the rainbow stars from his wall display.

Dribble Bibble #2

 

Mine and MooMa’s attempt at catching more drool.  I got all confuddled with the sewing machine, but MooMa came to the rescue…I’d forgotten she worked in a knicker factory for so many years…Looks like she hasn’t lost the knack!

 

Dribble Bibble…

Now that I’m on maternity pay only and Pickle will be out of a job in twenty something days I thought it was time to start being a little more inventive with the things we need and the things we already have.  Thommy is feeling his gums a bit and covers his outfits in dribble about three times a day.  Si-Bot bought us some adorable dribble bibs which are great for this, but they’re not exactly cheap.  Thommy is 6 months old tomorrow and at the end of his 3-6 month clothes…so I thought I’d experiment with one of his old t-shirts that no longer fits in the body.  Considering this is my first attempt (I got a bit excited and didn’t make a template…I just went at it with a pair of scissors) and I’m just learning to use a sewing machine, I think this is pretty cool…and cost zero pence.  Hooray!