Friday, 21 October 2016

Word of the Week: Rings

This week it hasn't been the babies waking me up in the middle of the night. Oh no as I toss and turn fearing the worst it’s enough to wake me in a blind panic and feel sick to the stomach. I have spent the week upset thinking that my rings may have been accidentally hovered up.

Hubby placing the rings on my fingers at our weding

I've a number of pieces of jewellery but the only ones that have a special place in my heart are predominantly three rings.

The first was given to me by my husband when we first got together.  He’d found the ring after metal detecting and decided to hold on to it and give it to someone special when he met them. That person he decided was me and I recall being so touched by his sentiments that I was moved to tears.

The second ring given to me by my husband was my engagement ring. This ring was bought at an antique shop and the lady behind the counter happened to know my father. My husband to be actually forgot to ask for my dad’s permission for my hand in marriage whoops.

My wedding ring and the most important of the three rings was made to fit my engagement ring. It’s rather simple in design but unique and personal.

All three rings were blessed in church by our vicar at our wedding.

Having spent a number of days fretting about the loss of my rings I woke up to news yesterday of someone else who’d lost theirs and had to dredge a stretch of water before finding it. Fortunately, we didn't have to go to that length but I did turn the house upside down in order to find them. They are now safely in my sights and I'm not letting them out of my sight again.

Have you ever misplaced your rings? 

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Creative Crafters for Christmas: Poppy K Crafts

With Christmas just around the corner I thought it would be great to interview a number of creative crafters that can offer something unique at this time of year. This week I am delighted to feature Katie Reid with Poppy K Crafts.

PoppyKCrafts Logo

Hi for those who don’t know you could you please tell us a bit about yourself?

I am Katie Reid also a guest designer on Jewellery Maker.

Dragonfly Jewellery

What sort of creative business do you run?

I love to make art that people can wear. I set up my Etsy shop Poppykcrafts in 2014. I set it up because I wanted to share my creations with everyone.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to have a go themselves?

The advice I would give is plan, plan, plan and manage your time because you can get lost in the crafting vortex. If you are anything like me you see something sparkly and get distracted!!!

Necklace on mannequin

How do you juggle creative work/life?

I try to have a balance of crafting and work life with family life. I don’t know how but I seem to get it about right!! You can find me on Etsy. You can also find me on Guest Designer page.

Necklace on mannequin

Have a great day and Keeeeeeeeeeeep Crafting xx

Thank you, Katie for taking time out of your busy schedule to be interviewed.  If you are a creative crafter and would like to be interviewed on a future post in this series please get in contact. 

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

What is Geocaching?

It has come to my attention that some people reading my blog don’t know what geocaching is. So without further ado I thought I’d write this post. Here is the definition and our experiences of this activity.

My feet and Dr Seuss Quote

Geocaching is similar to treasure hunting you download coordinates from the dedicated website, find the container outside, sign its log book and record the ones you've found on the computer when you get back home.  

Geocaches come in a range of shapes and sizes from film canisters to ammo cans and more interesting cache containers such as a case originally used for protecting bananas to this jolly character. 

The Eggman Cache on a log

Geocaching originated in America but we've yet to go there as a family. We have found ones in Holland, France and the UK. There are traditional, multi-cache, virtual, letterbox, event, mystery, webcam, earthcache, whereigo and labcaches hidden throughout the world for people to find. Many of these help to teach you about the world in which we live. This one made us consider Puddingstones.

Puddingstone and me in winter

As long as you've got a good torch you can generally go in search of geocaches 24/7. Some geocaches of course need you to locate items that are only available during certain times making them more challenging. There’s a church near us that never seems open so we can’t locate the items necessary to help us search for its associated geocache.

Ammo can geocache in a tree

We have been doing the activity for several years and so far have managed to locate around 10,000. Sadly not all our searching has resulted in finds we've had our fair share of did not finds (dnfs) too. The most frustrating times have been when you have done a whole series and there’s one little cache that despite the time and effort we've put into finding it we just haven’t been able to locate it.

Daughter crouched down with a geocache next to a tree

As my hubby says geocaching is walking with a purpose you are actually exploring parts of the world and exercising the mind. From time to time you may bump into someone doing the same thing but they may pretend that they are slug watching instead. That’s why geocache meets are great as you get to meet like minded individuals and crack puzzles together.

When did you last get out of the house and explore the great outdoors?

Monday, 17 October 2016

The Siblings Project {October}

Today this quote from the much adored literary writer JM Barrie who wrote Peter Pan jumped out at me. ‘All children, except one, grow up’.  It’s a sad but true reminder of the fact that we do all grow up eventually.

The youngest on her play mat

My babies won’t be babies forever but I hope they stay just a little connected to what they love as little ones throughout their lives whether that be always having a love of reading, exploring the big wide world or something else.


At the beginning of the month, the eldest was just about able to fit into her 18-24 month clothes and today the 17th October she appears to have had somewhat of a growth spurt last night as her 12-18 month dresses fall above the knee! Ok she’s not at that age where we say you aren't going out dressed up like that! But I think this still calls for putting the 12-18 month clothes away right?

She knows how to take her nappy off and will even try to take her sisters off too. She can take off socks, shoes and un-popper pyjamas but she can’t put them on yet. We have had one success with the potty but she’s only 20 something months so I'm sure it will happen when it’s meant to all come together right?! For now it’s something to mainly laugh at and pretend we know what we are doing. I've been told pull ups are better for staying on – what are your experiences?

The youngest is 4 months old today. She is rapidly growing taller and may even catch the eldest up.  I stocked up on a few things for her over the weekend as this time last year the eldest was in 9-12 month clothes while her sister is in 3-6 clothes and potentially may even be in 6-9 come Christmas. I'm still undecided whether or not she needs a snow suit and in which size. What do you think?


With the autumnal/winter nights upon us we've noticed a change in the eldest’s bedtime routine. She is often up with the sun and singing, napping around midday and dozing off around 7pm.  The eldest is such a wriggler in bed that she’s been known to roll off! Fortunately she isn't far from the ground in her bed but it was a problem when she co-slept with us in France!

The youngest is still in somewhat of a pattern being woken or waking up herself, eating and soon falling back to sleep again.


I've been inspired by a British vlogger to create decent meal times with snacks in between. The plastic dishes with separate compartments are fantastic for considering foods from the different food groups to make up healthy meals or be it picnic lunch inspired. I'm lucky in that my eldest still loves the vegetables and fruit. She loves to run to the fridge and pick out a snack and if the door is closed she’ll find a chair to stand on pull it over to the door and open it!

She’ll also down any discarded bottles belonging to her sister. Oh and mummy’s cold tea and my flavoured water have somehow found their way to her tummy too! Up until now we've been relying on Daddy feeding and cooking us dinner but I think this may have to change.


Despite having a lot of things to play with, the eldest is a great imitator and has learnt how to switch on Daddy’s laptop and take off the keys! The pushchair seems to live in the car so getting anywhere isn't easy. I must remember to take her to the park especially when the bigger rowdier kids of the village are in school. In the past I've taken baby in the sling and eldest has had free roam of the park. Fortunately we met up with a friend so she was wonderful in making sure that her daughter and mine didn't hurt themselves.

I'm told by people how intelligent she is and when I brought home a latches board within minutes of it appearing in our house she’d cracked all the locks.

The youngest loves to chat and get your attention. Although she’s not had much tummy time she has taken to it really well and is content to do it.

Well that’s it for my October Siblings post. How are your siblings getting along?

The Me and Mine Project

The Girls Spooky Books

With Halloween just around the corner what should you find on the bookshelves? Well Halloween books of course.
A selection of Halloween books

Here is the selection that’s on my girls’ bookshelves this year alongside their autumn books, but I'm sure this collection will grow.
  • Angelina's Halloween by Katherine Holabird
  • Emily Brown and the Thing by Cressida Cowell
  • The Princess and the Wizard by Julia Donaldson
  • Winnie the Witch by Valerie Thomas
What are your favourite Halloween stories for children?

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Friday, 14 October 2016

Word of the Week: Switch

A teacher once said to me ‘you know you are getting older when the weeks go past faster’ or something similar. Of course at the time I was not too sure of that sentiment but the older I get the quicker time seems to fly past. So fast indeed that it is rather scary and it all becomes quite a blur unless you write something down each day about it. Of course if you are anything like me you think yes next week I’ll write it down and then yes well you get to Friday then think what an earth did I do? I certainly didn't write it down like I tended to do – maybe the fish ate my homework.

The only thing that I seem to have managed to do apart from survive the week with my two gorgeous babies is attend a number of Twitter chats. I also managed to create a new header in paint. Switching the autumnal one I created to a much more fun one. Yes hubby I can’t remember how many hours I spent doing that when I should have been cleaning the house.

I also managed to get a back to the top button sorted. This reminds me of another teacher’s words. She described the scenario as its pitch black in the room and takes a certain teacher to help you find that switch and once you've found it your world is illuminated. That was certainly the case having tried with an old favourite how to sort this html which resulted in nothing then I tried with someone else’s instructions and eureka I cracked it - does the conga round the room.

So switch seems to be my word of the week, what’s yours?

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Creative Crafters For Christmas: May B Sew

With Christmas just around the corner I thought it would be great to interview a number of Creative Crafters that can offer something unique at this time of year. This week I am delighted to feature the very talented Lois Billington of May B Sew.

Top Hat Turquoise with Rose

Please tell us a little bit about yourself?

Hi I'm Lois Billington. I graduated in 2013 with a foundation degree in costume construction. I volunteer once a week at a local theatre helping out with the costumes and am sometimes on stage.

Lilly Pad Top Hat

What sort of creative business do you run?
At the moment my business is based around mini top hats for any event.

Alice in Wonderland Top Hat

What advice would you give to someone who wants to have a go themselves?
My advice would be to organise yourself. Keep receipts of anything you buy or use in your projects to sum up your overall price of your item. Add in time and materials together to make a profit. Organise your time particularly if you’re in either full time or part time work.

Brightly Coloured Top Hat with mask

Where can we find you?

I have a facebook page and my Etsy account is here.

Thank you, Lois for taking time out of your busy schedule to be interviewed.  If you are a creative crafter and would like to be interviewed on a future post in this series please get in contact.