Sunday, 14 June 2015

Learning to Crochet

I've been AWOL for a while now (since Christmas time!!) as I've been a little manic this year.

Thomas and I are enjoying LOTS of baby groups and have made loads of new, lovely friends along the way. It's a great reason to be away from my laptop but all the same, I do miss my blog.

I also miss my Sewing machine as I barely get chance to take the cover off these days.

Because of this I now go to a weekly group called ' Pitter Patter; Knit and Natter' where mums' and their babies can go along and learn new needle-based / Knitting / Crochet skills.

I'm determined to make a Crochet Star Baby blanket (but have some way to go before I have the skills.)
I figure that this is an easier crafty outlet to have in terms of being able to pick up/put it down easily between mum tasks / baby groups!

Rainbow Star Afghan by nibletcrafts, via Flickr

Thomas has just turned 1 (the time has FLOWN, as so many people told me it would), and despite a current case of Chickenpox, he's a fantastic, happy and bubbly little boy.

He had a joint birthday party with his beautiful cousin Imogen (who turned 2 yesterday) at our local village hall.
The party had a Teddy Bear's Picnic theme and a little of Disney's Frozen magic sprinkled in!

I made the invites, decorations and Goody Bags myself and they all went down really well with our many little guests.
The sun even made an appearance (a first for some time!)

Invites in the making

Goody Bags

Papier Mache Toadstool (1)

Teddy bear Party Hats

Food Labels in the Making

Papier Mache Toadstools (2)

' If You Go Down to the Woods Today....'  Door Curtain

Pinwheels and finished Toadstools
Thomas's Teddy Bears PIcnic Cake was made by Laura at Flora's Delights

Imogen went for a Frozen theme, also by Laura. They both tasted fantastic.

Rachel from Boogie Babies provided the entertainment and then Lauren from Perfect Party Princess wowed many of our guests (They were really star-struck) as Elsa from Frozen.

Overall a wonderful and very tiring day was had by all.

I may've just recovered in time for Thomas's Sweet 16!

Friday, 19 December 2014

Merry Christmas .....

.. and a very Happy and Healthy 2015.........

I do keep stopping by my blog and eagerly start to type.... My little man is never far away though and as he's only a very short napper during the day, this results in my deleting unfinished posts as I never get round to finishing them off. A few days later and the whole process starts again.  I am assured that it gets easier though!

When I do get a luxurious moment to myself (in-between washing and botty-changes!) I like to update Thomas's diary ... I'll take a few photos to show you in my next post what that looks like ..... I'm very proud!

Until then, hae a great festive season and keep calling back as I'm still here and anticipating many posts in the near(ish) future.

Gem x

Monday, 20 October 2014

Lackadaisical Blogger!!

Ok - so I am absolutely mad-busy right now so the title of this blog is completely ironic!  It should be more like 'Every Month I Sew For A Few minutes If I'm Lucky'!

I'm loving being 'mum' and my little man is thriving. . . . . he has the most AMAZING social life! Infact, he has an activity to attend every day except Fri, Sat and Sun! Phew!

I'm busy creating an 'Art Journal' of motherhood which I am really enjoying however, I'm running a little behind. .  . . 
I've got up to week 14 (he's currently 19 weeks +2 days) but I'm keeping daily notes so that I don't forget anything which we get up to. There're also a few creative souvneirsgathered during our endevours which are included along the way.
I'll post up some shots when I next get the chance. . . . . (he'll probably be 18 at that point!)


Thursday, 24 July 2014

Ray of Hope - Crafting for Premature and Poorly Babies

Gorgeous Ray of Hope Knitted Items
 Hi all,

I'm pleased to bring the update that Thomas and I are doing well and learning a lot about each other all the time. He's truly thriving and has increased from his birth weight of 7lb9ozs to an impressive 11lb6ozs. . . .   he is now a grand 6.5 weeks old!

He's grown out of LOADS of his clothes already and his feet and hands are already at the end of his 0-3month outfits! I've given him the nickname of 'cuckoo baby' after the rate Cuckoo chicks also grow! :)

I'm a big believer that children should not be plastered all over the Internet so I'll not be posting up photos of the chunky-monkey himself - other than this glimpse of him in his incubator below that is, with good reason of course . . . . . . . .

The items produced by the Ray of Hope volunteers makes such a difference
As I mentioned previously, Thomas was in the NICU  (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) for 9 days after he was born as he needed a little help with his breathing (due to fluid on his lungs which could have become infected). He also needed help to maintain his temperature, learn how to give cues (i.e cry to tell us he needed feeding etc), he needed to learn how to feed (as breathing, sucking and swallowing simultaneously just didn't come naturally to him at first) and his oxygen levels were a concern (due to breathing problems).

There were a few other issues but these were thankfully resolved quickly by the wonderful staff at Leighton Hospital here in Cheshire.

This was an incredibly difficult and emotional time however, whilst we were visiting Thomas, I noticed that there were lots of gorgeous knitted blankets, hats and cardigans about the place adorning lots of poorly little bodies. Also, under the babies heads, there were some lovely patchwork or vibrant fabric sheets/quilts to capture any sicky-leaks before they reached the bedding. . . . . . you can just about make out one of these in the above photo.

As soon as Thomas was on the mend I asked the staff if they needed any more of these making and they confirmed that they never have enough! It was then I was directed to crafty volunteers, the 'Ray of Hope' team.

As it transpired, this group of wonderful people make and donate loads of creative goodies to the hospital. It is with first-hand experience that I can say what a wonderful difference they make as a result. During the times when I was feeling down, the injection of colour and wonderful craftsmanship and kindness warmed my heart so I knew that as soon as Thomas was home, I would like to join in and give something back.

It will not make these babies better but these small square quilts make the place look much better, distracting the eye from all the medical equipment hooked up to these gorgeous, poorly babies.

I'm letting Thomas settle into more of a routine before I really get cracking on my donations (plus, I need to finish off his height chart too)  but I really wanted to promote this worthwhile cause to other fabric and yarn hoarders to see if I could raise some additional support.

For more information about the Ray of Hope volunteer team and to contribute your creations to this cause, please click on the above link. They have free patterns on there too for this purpose.