Childhood memories – Paddington Bear at GAP Posted February 5, 2014
I must confess, I’m not the biggest fan of endorsed children’s products. But recently I noticed that GAP have produced a wonderful Paddington Bear range, and I absolutely love it. This Limited range is a subtle, stylish nod to a much loved classic character. With a great blue spotted poncho that is obviously influenced by Paddington’s famous blue duffle coat, a cute hoodie with bear ears and an adorable one-pieces with pencil sketched Peggy Fortnum illustrations of Paddington Bear himself. Along with these there are beautiful embroidered tops, printed dresses and yellow wellington boots.
This range is available for just a limited time at BabyGAP and will be available at a special pop-up shop on Paddington Station in London and two in-store Paddington branded boutiques in GAP’s New York and Tokyo flagship stores.
So, if you like any of these pieces you need to snap them up before it all disappears to the deepest, Darkest Peru.
1. Paddington Bear™ for babyGap printed toggle poncho
2. Paddington Bear™ for babyGap graphic footed one-piece
3. Paddington Bear™ for babyGap knit hat
4. Paddington Bear™ for babyGap rainboots
5. Paddington Bear™ for babyGap bear marled sweater hoodie
This isn’t a sponsored link.
Merry Christmas Posted December 20, 2013
I have to apologise for the very long gap since our last post. It has been a manic end to 2013, that unfortunately meant that Ellie and Liv had to be rested for a small period of time. We have now relocated to Nottinghamshire, and my mind is brimming with ideas to launch in 2014. So please keep coming and checking our posts again where I will showcase some of the exciting project I was lucky enough to work on last year and the new ideas for 2014. But for now I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Shusa Toys Posted July 22, 2013
I love wooden toys, they look great, feel great and are great to play with. I’ve just discovered these beautiful toys by Shusha via the web. They were created by parents who are a fellow graphic designer and an architect in Russia.
Currently there aren’t many stockists yet, but I do hope Shusa come to the UK very soon, as I will be snapping them up.
Summer sales baby and toddler bargains Posted July 21, 2013
I love retro clothes for Ellie and Liv, maybe it’s my desire to be young again or I simply want to recreate my 1970s childhood. I often try to buy this style of clothing for the girls and what better time than the sales. Children’s clothes can get expensive enough when buying for one, but when your buying for twins, triplets, siblings as well, things can often seem to get out of hand. I find the summer sales are a time when I can collect a few more expensive pieces that I normally couldn’t afford to buy two of.
My biggest tip is go for classic pieces that can be used in all seasons, buy the next size up and store until your child fits them. These are some of my favourite pieces from the high street in the 2013 summer sales.
1. I love Jools Olivers Little Bird collection for the girls and I have purchased this lovely dress for both of them, a classic Breton will never go out of fashion
£12.00 £8.00 – Mothercare
2. Again Jools Oliver Little Bird classic. I love unisex clothing
£11.00 £7.50 – Mothercare
3. Breton romper suit, too good for just bedtime
£13.00 – £14.00 £7.80 – £8.40 – Debenhams
4. Cool trainers, what child wouldn’t love stomping around in these
£17.99 £7.99– Zara
5. In summer, wear it on its own, in winter over a longsleeve vest or under a chunky knit
£14.99 £9.99 – Zara
6. I want this in my size, what rainy day wouldn’t be brightened up with this?
£24.00 £26.00 £14.40 – £15.60 – Debenhams
7. A girl can never have too many pairs of these
£5.99 £1.99 – Zara
Just remember if you like any of these get ordering quick, the summer sales are nearly over!!
Naptime project – tent time Posted June 30, 2013
The other week I posted a blog on my love for fabric tents for children. So this weekend I dragged my husband from the Formula One to help me make one.
I’ve seen loads of beautiful ones ready made to buy, but they looked like a simple structure that I could tackle, so with the help of an online tutorial and my own imagination we put one together whilst the girls were napping.
For naptime project– tent time you simply need;
1 x single duvet cover (I chose a reversible one from the Asda sale so you got two fabric patterns)
4 x pieces of 120mm wood
3 x 16mm width x 1200mm dowling
1/2 metre (approx) of elastic
First measure out on the wood where you want your holes to put your dowling through. My hubby made about these 20cm in from the edge.
Make your holes in the wood for the dowling. The hole needs to be tight enough to hold the dowling but loose enough that you can fold up your tent. We experimented on a few off cuts to find the right size.
Measure the width of your tent structure. Mine worked out to be 1120 mm and my duvet was 1350mm, so I made a large hem each side to make it the right width. This is where it looks nice to use a reversible duvet.
Place your duvet over the wooden tent structure and attach with elastic hoops.
Ready to play. Enjoy.
Naptime project – fabric crowns Posted June 26, 2013
Ellie and Liv love to dress up these day, forever stealing my beads, filling my bags with blocks and bending the arms on my sunglasses. So I have started a little dress up box of their own. Trying to be as cost effective as possible, I’ve simple been collecting old clothes, hats and jewellery from around the house. But I felt something was missing. I wanted a few more role play pieces. As I searched I found that most dressing up clothes starts at aged 3 and above, what is great for older children but they drown Ellie and Liv.
Not wanting this sizing issue to stop my girls fun, I decided to make my own pattern for some fabric crowns, using remnants of fabric that I have left from other projects. I think the floral and graphic patterns makes rather attractive fabric crowns for toddlers and much safer than the hard edged plastic ones available, especially for little ones who stumble. Plus these fabric crowns are reversible, adjustable and most importantly washable!
I was so pleased with these I want to share the pattern with you all too. After a few final tweaks the pattern will be available to download from the Ellie and Liv shop over the next few weeks and I’ll be putting some ready to make kits together too. I also plan to make some other types of role play hats to go in this collection, so watch this space. Happy sewing in naptime projects.
Snack time – Toddler banana bars Posted June 26, 2013
When weaning the girls I have learnt to be quite clever and experimental with what I cook for them, making sure that they eat plenty of fruit and veg, along with protein and carbs. Anyone with toddlers knows this can sometimes be a challenge. They love something one day, hate it the next. The area where I have to be most creative is snack time. Fruit is always a great option, but when you’re on the go it is not always the best/easiest option. Especially with two sets of sticky fingers to contend with. It is always tempting to reach for the convenient ready made snacks, but the costs soon adds up and I’m not a great fan of pre-made food.
So with a bit of experimenting in the kitchen and adapting recipes I have seen I have come up with a rather yummy toddler friendly banana snack bar, that only uses 4 healthy ingredients, no added sugar, no fat, no gluten and only takes 20 minutes to prepare several days worth. I thought I would share this recipe. I hope your kids like them too.
Ellie and Liv Toddler Banana Bars
1oz porridge oats
3tbsp unsweetend dessicated coconut
1 large banana
small handful of raisins or other dried fruit
1. Simply whizz your oats in food processor until fine.
2. Add the coconut and banana, and whizz again until it becomes a thick sturdy paste, (you may need to add more oats if the banana is large and the mixture is too sloppy)
3. Mix in raisins.
4. Pour mixture into a lined baking tin. I find the base of a loaf tin is the perfect size. the mixture should make a thin layer (you don’t want them too thick for little mouths). Pat mixture down to make a smooth surface.
5. Place in a preheated oven at 180 degrees and bake for 10-15 minutes, until the mixture is firm and is beginning to colour at the edges.
6. Let it cool and cut into bars.
7. Let little mouths enjoy!
It is such a simple recipe, one that even toddlers could help with, as there is no raw eggs to worry about. I would just simply whizz the oats in a food processor first then mix the rest in a bowl. Even let little hands mash up the banana with their fingers. If you don’t want to give your child coconut due to allergies, just replace this with more porridge oats. I find this amount makes 6 small bars and keeps for several days in a sealed container. I haven’t tried to freeze them yet, as they get eaten too quickly, but will soon.
Enjoy Ellie and Liv Toddler Banana Bars
My weekly Pinterest – Tents Posted June 7, 2013
After receiving a post from the lovely Ferm on Facebook today, I have got thinking about tents for the girls. Even before I had children after seeing a Cath Kidston style teepee in a local gift shop window I announced that, “one day, I wanted to make one of those”. Now more inspired by the old rustic ‘clothes horse and bed sheet’ A-tent, I am going to attempt to make one (with the help of the hubby). Searching for inspiration these are just some of my favourite tents I have found today on Pinterest. I think you will agree, the inner child in you is dying to crawl inside and make a cosy den.
1. The start of today’s inspiration, the Ferm A-Tent. I just love the colours and the window detail – Ferm
2. OK, so it’s not a tent, but I just love the imagination of this playhouse – mymakedo
3. This is one for the girls, a lace Tent, would be beautiful in any bedroom – mycakies
4. I did try this style today in the garden, but it was just too breezy. Best for indoors – Easy Living
5. So cute with it’s monotone child drawing style – Little Fashion Gallery
6. The tent of dreams for adults and children, what luxury. I want to nap in this one – Love Nordic
7. A matching mini tee pee for the toys – Henry’s House
8. Sometimes simple is the best. I just love the fabric on this one – Ryan and Jo
Sewing bee – toddler dresses Posted May 23, 2013
I’ve finally finished sewing the dresses for Ellie and Liv. I must admit, I’m quite proud of them, it’s the first time I’ve sewn pleats, and made button holes. I can’t lie there was quite a bit of unpicking, and cursing from behind the sewing machine, but I finally go there. And to be honest the perfectionist in me would like the insides to be slightly neater.
I got the beautiful fabric from Prints to Polka Dot and it’s by Anna Griffin. It’s a wonderful high quality cotton that I found was the perfect weight for sewing little dresses out of. The pattern is by Kwik Sew from Sew Essential. It was an easy pattern to follow and comes in sizes Toddler 1-4. I love the pattern because I could make the dresses in reverse, I so often want my girls to not be dressed the same, but still coordinating and this is something that’s extremely hard to do when buying from the high street. Luckily have a metre left of each fabric, the girls may have to fight me for it though, as I quite fancy a top out of it myself.
You will hopefully see the dresses in action soon, as we’re having a family shoot with the very talented Ickootu Photography at Brooksby Hall, but so far we have been rained off, so fingers crossed this spring/summer weather finally appears and we can get our photos done.
This is not a sponsored post, I bought all the fabric and patterns myself.
First Taste Posted May 16, 2013
The girls are well past the first weaning stages, but they still often try new things. My theory is the more they taste now, the better their palate will be later (I just know this theory will come and bite me on the bum). So, I try to give them as many new flavours and textures as I can. If they do find something they don’t like, they gradually push it to the edge of their highchair untill it drops off, and the dog eats it. The girls think they are being clever by doing this, and think I don’t notice. But girls, remember, Mamma sees everything! This slow motion video captures those first tastes perfectly. I might have to try filming the girls myself.
Link via Cup of Jo