Sunday, 22 May 2011

Hiatus

Apologies for the length between posts! Birthdays, exams and holidays all in a very short space of time.
We visited the same fantastic spot as last year and were lucky enough to secure the same cottage. Pictures below of our home of the past week and our current neighbours x
Sun shone and we played non-stop all in wide open freeing spaces!
More to follow when back to a normal pace of life...




Thursday, 5 May 2011

Cluck cluck...

Went to a local garden centre yesterday with my boys, their Aunty and Nanny (my Mum and Sisterro). I wasn't looking to buy anything for indoors but wanted to find an ornamental tree or shrub to add to our garden overhaul to grant us a little shade in years to come. Alas - no tree was available at least not in my price range anyway!

But, my sister spotted these two lovely ladies and I decided they were perfect for adding to my new kitchen items ready for when it will be done. I took them to the counter along with a pack of half price Cadbury Caramel Bunnies for the boys to share and as the lovely lady could not find a price and they were the last two in the store, she scanned the bunnies twice more so I had each one for 39p WOW!

Aren't they lovely - can't wait to have a boiled egg and soldiers with them x

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Harebell...

Thanks for your suggestions a couple of weeks ago, I think I'm going to take my naming inspiration from nature so the lemon hat set becomes 'Primrose' and introducing 'Harebell' today. I'm working on the patterns for them all - it's proving hard to get the sizing how I'd like so I should forewarn that it will be a little while before they're uploaded to Ravelry.

Taking a knitting break at the mo and will show you my interim project in the next couple of days as it's very close to being completed x
P.s. it's one of my sons squishy footballs holding the hats shape, I tried so hard to keep the pattern out of the pic but was impossible!

Monday, 2 May 2011

Tick Tock Toddler Clock...

I had been looking around for a little while for a cheapish clock that had an easily removeable cover. Reason being is that little man has been getting up and out of bed as soon as he wakes, anything from 5 onwards is fairly normal.

We've been popping a gate across his room to encourage him to find his toys/books etc and play quietly for just a wee bit longer, else we have a Mr Grumpy from 10am and that's no fun at all. It was working to a point but if like me the idea of a gate doesn't feel completely right, you may want to try 'adapting' said cheap clock into a 'you should stay in your room and rest in bed until' clock.



You will need:

  • 1 clock
  • 1 of your toddlers favourite comics/magazines with free stickers attached or not (you can cut out pics if you like)
  • patience and your wits about you to get those stickers on in the right place!
  • sticky tape
  • scissors

  1. get your toddler comfortably sat at a table reading comic of favourite character
  2. remove clock face cover
  3. ask your toddler which stickers they would like on the face
  4. place a sticker near or inbetween the numbers you would like them to know it's okay to get up at (we've chosen 7-7.30) and place an easily identifiable sticker there
  5. choose and place another sticker at the end of the hour hand, to prevent it sticking to the face, cut a piece of sticky tape large enough to 'back' the sticker and when both surfaces pressed together there should be no risk of hands getting stuck or stickers getting dried out in sunny rooms and falling off ruining your hard work
  6. trim the edges of the sticky tape to match your sticker
  7. replace cover
  8. explain to your toddler for example, 'when the little hand with a star shape on the end reaches the orange engine by the number 7, then you can get up out of bed' - this is going to take a little bit of time and consistency so when they're up and coming to find you at 6, back to bed they go with a gentle reminder that the clock doesn't say it's getting up time yet (added bonus - it's not you saying it's not time to get up but the clock). If you want you can put a bedtime sticker on as well, for us we use our clock downstairs anyway so haven't on the one you can see.
So for the price of a clock from Wilkinsons £2.50 and a comic £2.00 that gives hours of reading fun as well as those all important character stickers you have a little clock perfectly suited to your toddler who's been engaged throughout the whole process x