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Sunday, 30 September 2012

Sofia's finished knit's

Hello!
I hope you are all having a happy Sunday today. My plans for today are sitting in the snuggly warmth with a cup of tea and doing bits of my crochet blanket. May do a bit of decluttering of the da da da dreaded kitchen drawers. They are so full of junk it is out of control.

Bit of a yacky week this week as ended on Friday with the Dentist and a deep clean :(. Not the greatest of days.

 Little Sofia has been kicking away loads and I decided to have a little chat in the bath last night to her and sang her a song and saw the most amazing kicks as well as feeling them. Amazing. I can not wait to meet her.  I am 23 weeks now the size of a large Mango according to my babybump app.

Miss Ell's has been settling into school well too - bless her and has made lots of new friends.

I have finished making my hat to go with the little mitts if you remember I showed you last time. Quite please with how they have turned out. Although I must admit that when it came to threading through stitches towards the end that was quite hard to do. I had to unravel and start all over again. Because it was a fun textured yarn it was hard to see what I was doing with the threading.

Here it is - Sofia's finished set.... ta dahhhh


When I started this project I did not know if I was going to have a baby boy or girl but this colour would definately suit both. The wool is called cookie and it does have that kind of effect.

Changing the subject slightly I have decided to change the name of  Sofia's Spelling to this way of spelling it rather than Sophia. Reason being is the name is Italian in origin and on hubby's side there is an Italian line. So I think it would be rather nice to spell the name this way.

I want to start on making a pair of baby bootees soon in two different sizes. I have made them before for baby Beau - our niece and they are adorable. I will show you the pair I made for baby Beau.


Super cute so these are a must for little Sofia x

I had some good news recently and won this book. Now then I admit I am not a first time mum but when I entered the competition I had my sister in mind as she will be a first time mum. Rach is 4 weeks behind me and due for her 20 week scan soon. I am going to read the book and then pass on to Rach. What I have read so far is spot on advice and I would recommend this for first timers to put there mind at ease. I know most of the stuff but what did surprise me was when I was breast feeding I did not know that it was supposed to hurt to begin with and it does it hurts like hell and then it becomes easier. I just assumed I was breastfeeding incorrectly etc.... The book is by Hollie Smith and if you would like to see what she is about she also has a blog   www.holliesmith.co.uk

I have also purchased a few e-bay/charity items for baby Sofia's arrival which I shall show you next time. However I can show you this which was a present from may Mother in Law. It is lovely - plain white but love the lacey pattern.


The perfect snuggle blanket.
Now then if you get the chance today try and buy The Telegraph as they had a free Cath Kidston booklet in saturday's copy which I had to get and today they have one for clothes I think. I got the booklet which has some fab patterns in for Home and Gifts. Love love love ..... Well worth the £2.00 to buy the paper.

I really like this as hubby and I have talked about buying one from Ikea to put under the kitchen table. The colours are really bright which I like but hubby likes the more subdued colours. He loves my crochet blanket at the moment - not - a bit colourful but great for kids.

It shows you in detail how to do the different stitches to which for  a beginner like me is a must.
I love this cot blanket too ....


I have also been doing a bit of experimental cooking and made this ......

SAUSAGE  AND BEAN HOTPOT


It was delish and the whole family demolished it - we served with rice. I got the recipe from Netmums and if you fancy making it here is the recipe - although I replaced the kidney beans with butter beans instead.

Serves 4 - cooking time 35 minutes

1x 454 pack of pork sausages
1 onion or leek
1 420 g tin of baked beans
1 410 g tin of red kidney beans
1 400g can of chopped tomatoes
2 red peppers.

Cut sausages in half/ peel and slice onion/leek finely

Place sausages and onion/leek in a large flameproof casserole dish or large frying pan ( in my case I used a wok as could not find a pan big enough.

Gently cook for 10 minutes, turning at regular intervals until sausages are browned and onion/leek is soft. However to be honest I cooked my sausages off first in the oven to make sure they were cooked through.

Slice red peppers and add to hot pot along with the tin of tomatoes.. Cook for five minutes.

Add baked beans, drained kidney beans, continue to cook for a further five ,ten minutes.

Serve with mash, pasta or similar.

A real cowboy meal. Enjoy if you decide to make too.

Righto have a lovely week  and hopefully next time I will have the bootees done xxxxxxxx Leah


  


 

Saturday, 8 September 2012

Pitter Patter of Tiny Feet.

Hello it's been a while. I kind of lost my creative mojo to be honest and I have had other stuff going on so needed the blogger space. I have enjoyed the break but now it's time to share my stuff with you.

Well have you guessed yet? Yes I am expecting :) I am 20 wks pregnant now and went for a scan yesterday. I am due to have another daughter so it will be a house full of girls for my hubby. Here is my scan picture. We have already chosen our name Sophia Rose. What do you think?






I can not believe how clear the scan picture is.  It seems a lot better than when I had my first daughter nearly five years ago now. I could not resist but here is a picture of my baby bump. It seems to have grown alot  in the past week.

Of course I will be making lots of baby things from now on. I also have some other wonderful news. My sister is also expecting and is only four weeks behind me so we can push prams together on maternity leave.

My mother in law Janice found this bargain in the local charity shop. The price is far too low for such a pretty piece but it is amazing what you can find in charity shops really. Now I know that I am having a baby girl I will have to try and refrain from spending too much when I see the gorgous baby clothes out there. I will try to remember that baby does really not need to much - that will be my mantra.

Sweet cute bonnet.
Here is something I have made this week. Little baby mitts from an old copy of Let's Knit magazine Feb 2011. I have just started the hat to go with the mitts. The yarn came free with the magazine and is so soft to touch. It is called cookie and I really do think it does have that appearance.
Here is the hat - I will show you when it is done.
I am due on 25/01/2013 so it will be very cold then so I want to try and make a couple of warm things for the new baby Sophia.

It's been another big event this week. My daughter Miss Ell's has started school. Very emotional. I can not believe how time has flown by. It does not seem like two seconds since she was a new born. Here she is all ready for her first day. She has done really well and has survived her first week bless her.

Here is the progress of my crochet blanket I started over a year ago. I keep picking it up when I feel like doing some of it and putting it down again. It will be done one day and I think it would be great for the kiddies bedroom for them to snuggle up with in the colder months. I have just got to join the square up now. I have using a decorative ridge edging.








I have also made this little heart for my sister as a small wedding gift for her wedding that was in June. So I have done some creative stuff but not a great deal. Mainly I have felt rotten for the first sixteen weeks of my pregnancy with morning sickness or all day sickness which has made everything such a physical effort. I feel a lot better now though and some of my energy is now returning.

Recently we went to the Preston Vintage Guild. It was fantastic. There was a food festival there as well and I tried a Wilderbeest burger. My hubby sampled some of the hot mustard and that was a slight mistake as it was too hot and his eyes were streaming. The lancashire cheese stall samples were lovely and Miss Ell's and I really enjoyed the cheese.  Quite sad that it will all be ending as our city has done us proud. There is loads of stuff going on this weekend too. Wish I could go but we have had party's for Miss Ell's to attend and school early on Monday which is a shame as there is going to be a great firework display on Sunday evening to mark the end of the celebrations.

Here are some photo's of what we saw. I love this car.



Well done Preston!

I am going to try and keep my blog more updated so there won't be such a long absense. I will definately be making baby stuff so watch this space.

Here are some flowers that my mum brought for me well over a week ago and they are still going strong! Beautiful x
  
Take care, thank you for reading and see you all soon :) xxxxxx Leah