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Felt and festive

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Ta-dah!!!! Look at this felty marvel!!! I have made this for my little friend to play with from December the 1st. All the little decorations have Velcro on the back of them so my little b can decorate and re-decorate it til her heart’s content.

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It is slightly taller than her and is glued on to card. I just have to add on a little hoop to hang it with and away we go.

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Look at this fabric!!!! I could eat it, it’s so delicious. All those gorgeous Christmasy elf houses. Oh, goody gumdrops, I have a wonderful idea for it, but it will save until later in December.

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And my, my, I’ve had gluey fingers this week! I’ve made this for beebop to play with. I’ve got to add the backing fabric yet and figure out how to make it fold up and be portable…

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Emergency services….

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Houses at the bottom of our hill….

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The top of our hill…. Our house, aunty s and her farm, the windmill…. It is better than ours as ours has no sails!

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And rufford park, where we visit quite often! I’m doing several of these type of things this year…. Crikey! I’m going to get through some glue aren’t I! See you soon!! Xxxxxxx

Halloween galore!

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Crikey!!! I think this has been the longest I have left my little chats with you. I’ve been very, very busy! Mostly because m has been working all the hours god sends and so I have been busy with my little friend, and also…. The impending Halloween festivities have had my fingers busy and messy at every opportunity. Well…. I think I am nearly done. So much to tell and show!

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The weather has suddenly changed to the gloomiest fog and drizzle and I am longing for the beautiful Sunsets and bright days we had recently. This sunset was caught from my upstairs window. that night, after my sister informed me, I put little b to bed and assumed position to watch the international space station go over. It was very impressive. I had no idea at the time that a crew of 33 were whizzing over my head, guided by a female captain! The following night, I gave them all a wave and b was singing her goodbyes to the world and waved to the ‘rocket’ as well!

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Everyones chimneys are suddenly smoking as it has turned chilly, chilly, chilly! It’s a comforting sight.

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So many green tomatoes failed to ripen this year and I can’t bear to waste them so in the pan they went with half their weight of onions, a large amount of dried fruit, mustard seeds, brown sugar and white vinegar to make….

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Green tomato chutney! Yum!

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Poor little b had her foot painted and stamped to make these cute little witches and sent to loved ones in the post

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An army of them!!! Oh, it was funny. I did laugh, squelching her gorgeous, tubby little feet over and over, and watching her confused, amused and giggling face as we did so.

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B and I watched my beloved David Attenborough in a documentary (well, a clip of it on youtube) about fruit bats and then set about recreating the scene. I tend to do this with most things that she doesn’t see in real life to explain and contextualise things for her. It was actually an amazing clip. Hundreds of thousands of fruit bats greying the exotic skies. She looked quite interested in my tale of one weeing on me as it flew over on my travels in the past!

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Anyhow…. I cut some bat shapes out of cardboard and let her loose with the black paint.

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And we even cut up an egg box and made it into bats…

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Cute! Not hundreds of thousands, but she seemed to understand…

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Maybe we’ll add to it!

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These sponge sticks are great for little hands and short attention spans. They make things so much easier.

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Whilst b was asleep, I made these little felt bats to hang by the fire….

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They look pretty cool….

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And will flutter when the fire’s lit.

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But these are my favourite creations so far, along with these….

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My crochet garlands! The first is basically just a flat circle pattern….

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That is embellished with some added leaves. I just poked my hook through my finished orange circle on the very edge

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And pulled through the green yarn

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Then chained 8 to make the stalk

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I then did half double crochets back down the stalk

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And slipstitched it back on to the pumpkin.

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I then chained 6 and worked my way back down with a single crochet, half double, double, half double and finally a single crochet. This makes a nice leaf.

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Fasten off and go to the other side of the stalk and do the same again.

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I made five pumpkins. I like odd numbers when making garlands. I then chained 80 then slip stitched in between the pumpkin and the leaves along the tops.

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I then chained 30 stitches between each pumpkin. After the last pumpkin, I chained 80 again.

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I then made the faces with a needle and black wool.

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And am really pleased with them!

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I will do another post very soon with the pattern I made for my cute little bat garland.

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Do you remember my little pompom spider I made b? Today, we made him a web out of icelolly sticks!

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And hung him up!

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He’s much happier.

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B and I also made this lovely little lantern

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We always collect pretty leaves and I put them straigt in a heavy book until I can figure out what to do with them. Well, this was really easy for little fingers! Simply brush clear children’s glue on the jar, put the leaves on and brush glue on top of them! I’ve decided this is to be our craft lantern and will be lit each time we make something together.

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Well, there’s more to come, but here is a little corner so far. What I love about this the most is the happy afternoons that b and I have spent at the dining table making our things. It’s nice to sit and work together and see where things take us. I feel that we are more connected spending time together on activities like this, rather than just running around the planet from activity to activity. B certainly seems very content and happy too. I can’t wait for her to wake up tomorrow, as I have put all of our handy work up tonight after she went to bed. Phew! Tonights been a long one! See you soon xxxxxxx

Leaves, apples and potties!

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It’s been a few days now since my last post and we have just finished day 10 of operation wet pants. Urgh! It’s tiring and I have felt like a prisoner to the potty doing the cold turkey method…. Removing nappies and just going for it, but I think it’s paying off now. There’s been a few highs, and many lows!!!! Sitting in the booster seat at the dinner table and re-creating the angel falls was a good one, as were the parcels on the floor as the bath is running. Honestly…. It seems that the second I take my eyes off the ball, a calamity happens! Take today…. It took me moments to squeeze a tea bag out of the cup and in that space…. Houston…. We have wet pants!!!!! You’ve got to laugh… Although I have to say, I am a very, very patient person on the whole and generally have never been frustrated with little b before, but my word! I’ve felt frustration like you wouldn’t believe! It’s when you think it’s all going so well and it’s beginning to click and then you go backwards. For example, I have taken to playing peppa pig on my phone to b when she is sitting, trying to wee. We must have watched three episodes and two minutes after standing up….. Hello fountain!!!!!!! Oh well…. On the plus side, whilst she is still improving on going to the potty and communicating the need, she now can hold it well in between. Generally 2 hours and once 3! If I just keep saying…. ‘no wet pants’ she seems to understand and it means I can start to try to go out and about. Today, she managed a car journey to the town 5 miles away, a shopping trip and the journey home. What a little star and then did a little tiddle in the potty when I got back. She’s doing well on the whole.

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We’ve both been ill this week so poor little mite has had a lot on her plate. I’ve relaxed during sleep times by playing with my leaves! They’ve been waiting for me and so I laid them all out on this cushion and got cracking.

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The result…. My lovely, leafy Autumn garland.

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I’m very happy with it….

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And little b was thrilled when she saw it.

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She’s really good with knowing her colours now and enjoyed naming them all….

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And we’ve been collecting real leaves today, so it seemed to have some relevance to her.

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M simply looked up…. And sighed!!! Ha ha….

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These are b’s favourite healthy treats at the minute…. Apple crispy slices. Mmm they are yummy and offer a good potty incentive! I know you can buy these type of things, but the sulphuric additives are not to my liking so I’ve made them and in my opinion, mine are nicer!

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Simply slice your apple across the core in thin slices. Now I don’t own an apple corer, so I use this….

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A wine bottle top. It’s just the job!!

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Lay them out on some brown paper

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And sprinkle with your choice of sugar and spices. I use golden caster sugar and cinnamon. Delicious! The whole house smells amazing whilst they are cooking. Put them in a warm oven on a low heat… I put them in on 120. Now they take a good couple of hours and you need to turn them over after an hour.

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But they are well worth the wait.

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I put a few grains of rice in the jar to absorb any moisture. Now…. The paper you lay them on…. Don’t throw it away, or the left over sugar and spice. Roll it up, put it all in a jar and use it again for the next batch. I’ve used mine 4 times now!

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Well…. Almost time for bedtime snuggles and stories, so I better be off. See you soon xxxxxxxw

Graves and leaves

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There was a beautiful sunset here the other night, I only caught the last few moments, but it was glorious.

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Here is our local church from my bedroom window, right at the peak of our ancient hill. The house to the back of it is aunty s’s. There is something so magical about this church. It is really, really ancient and has an eerily electric feel that whips around in the wind up there. I keep meaning to look into its positioning because I am absolutely convinced it must be on a lay line if I have spelled that accurately? I know many ancient churches were built on these mystical, geographic lines and there is something so strong in the energy up there. It’s graveyard is the most beautiful I have been in. In a completely none-morbid way, I like graveyards. They are so peaceful and so steeped in history. I’ve taken b up to our church and graveyard many, many times. The graves are from the middle ages to the end of the 20th century. It’s full now, shame really as I would love to fertilise the earth up there.

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This grave that b is placed by is said to be that of will scarlet, robin hoods pal. Maid Marion is said to have been born in our village, I’m not sure how true either tale is, but it’s a nice thing to consider.

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The view from this peaceful place is wonderful….

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And far reaching.

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And although it doesn’t look much, this bench is my favourite spot. It feels like your batteries are being charged on this bench as the air almost crackles with energy. I get the same feeling at aunty s’s house. I think they are on the same lay line. The bells were ringing earlier this week for two and a half hours.

It was a very blustery day, I put b’s jacket on when I got her up and we walked up to the church to see why they were ringing. It was deafening standing right outside. Little b loved it! The bell ringers were presenting the surrounding area with this immense display to celebrate the 40th birthday of 4 of the bells. I can’t imagine how tired they would be after doing that for 2 and a half hours. It was super. I passed on our enjoyment to the warden, but other than me and one lady tending to a grave, no one else was there. Other things then….

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These felt squares are the focus of my attention at the moment.

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I have had the idea of turning them in to Autumn leaves and

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Stitching on some embellishment and then dangling them from fishing wire in our living room.

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I have to share my love of small pleasures with you and capture that cosy, excited moment when the sewing machine is switched on and the light comes on!!!! I really, really love Autumn and want to represent this new season to little b in so many ways so hopefully, when I can live in some normality, rather than this

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I can share my Autumn crafts which I have planned and buzzing around my very dusty brain! Before I go, I have to show you my butternut squash plants once again. It’s like something from the little shop of horrors!!!! They are taking over!!!!

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Now climbing up b’s elderflower tree….

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Reached the top of my lilac tree and….

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Working rapidly up the Forsythia. Well…. Better go and lend a hand downstairs where the mess is taking over, like the butternut squash!!! Goodnight xxxxxxx