I had the little one home sick from school this week so I thought I'd share a fun activity that we did together to pass the day.
I came across some cute activities on Pinterest related to the book Dog's Colorful Day, by Emma Dodd. We don't have this specific book but we do have Dog's ABC (also by Emma Dodd) which little miss really enjoys so I knew she would recognize the character.
I found some Dog printables online, took out the Do-A-Dot markers and let her get to work...
With baby #2 fast approaching, I've been hunting for books to read to Little Miss in order to prepare her for the new arrival.
These are my favorites so far...
(R) I came across Baby and Me, by Emma Dodd at my local bookstore. It's a sweet pull tab book about a little girl who looks after her dolly as if it was her new baby brother. Little Miss enjoys interacting with the book and learning about all the different things she can do to help the baby.
(L) There's a HOUSE inside my Mummy, By Giles Andreae and Vanessa Cabban was also another great find at my local charity shop. I especially liked this part where the book offers up why Mommy falls asleep sometimes. I think I relate a little too much!
Finally, I have I"m a Big Sister, by Joanna Cole on order from Amazon. I found good reviews for this one all over the web so I'm looking forward to it's arrival.
Again no sewing has been done lately but until next time!
The little one is having an Easter Parade this week at school and we (parents) were asked to make an Easter Bonnet for each child. I'm fairly sure this is an English tradition because I don't remember doing this back home in NY. My family and I used to visit the Easter Parade in Manhattan every year where the Easter bonnets are crazy and fabulous. Alas, this is pre-school, so here's my very first attempt...
Again, times like these beg for a trip to my local Michael's but as there are none in England, I made due with picking up supplies at my local Poundland (hat, nest, pompom chicks & bunnies), Tiger Store (ribbon, felt flowers) and even Butlers (bunny & duck ornaments).
I then used a combination of glue dots and Aileen's tacky glue to affix all the ornaments. The nest and and teal ribbon were sewn on by hand.
Here's the bonnet in action...despite near freezing temps!!!
I got a chance to go to the Spring Knitting & Stitching Show at Olympia over the weekend so I thought I'd share. I normally go to the show up in Alexander Palace but I was happy to go to this one too since it's not very far from where I live in London. I liked the fact that the venue was small, thus making it more manageable for a preggers lady to do in one afternoon. There weren't many quilts on display though but there were tons of venders on hand of course.
I only had my phone camera handy so please forgive the shoddy pictures!
Hi Folks. Yes, I know it's been a very long time since my last post. I think I needed a blog vacation for longer than I thought. I suppose I felt a little burned out after the holidays.
But the real reason for my long hiatus is the very happy fact that we are expecting baby #2 this summer. I've been experiencing a lot of fatigue this second time around so instead of using my spare time to sew or blog, I am trying to rest as much as I can.
I hope to get some, ok, any sewing at all done in the next few months but I'm going to let myself off the hook and just do what I can :)
With that, I'll leave you with a quick review of my trip to Purl Soho when I was in NYC over the holiday. Enjoy!
I finally got the chance to visit Purl Soho back in December while I was in NY. I've been drooling over their blog for ages so I'm glad I got the chance to actually visit the store. Unfortunately, I have to say that I was a bit disappointed. I guess I was expecting to find some new and different fabrics but didn't come across any.
The store was certainly attractive, but I came away empty handed despite spending a good 30 minutes looking for some project inspiration. However, it was exciting to see many of the actual projects featured on the purl bee to touch and admire.
The verdict? Purl Soho is great for fabric/yarn eye candy but I'm still loyal to The City Quilter for fabric.
I interrupt my mini "blog vacation" to bring you some good news. The Village Haberdashery is one of my favorite online fabric stores and they are celebrating the opening of their new "bricks and morter" store this coming weekend. If you are in London, please give it a visit!
What: The Village Haberdashery's first Open Weekend! Date and time: Saturday, 15th December 11-7 and Sunday, 16th December 11-5 Location: 47 Mill Lane, West Hampstead, London NW6 1NB (West Hampstead Tube station)