Thursday, 21 April 2011

My First Fascinator Workshop!!

Teething Troubles

Its been a difficult week here at the Jones house! Kaylee is teething! She now has 4 teeth, her front top and bottom two! Kaylee, a normally happy and contented little girl, has been grumpy and irritable, chewing everything she can get her hands on, off her food and had been a little constipated... all signs I now know of teething. Last night I had to call in some reinforcements in the shape of Gran and we eventually got her settled and to bed at 10pm, after 3 hours of crying about going to bed for the night!

I really did feel like a useless parent last night and even had a good cry about it. These are the bits that the parenting books rarely tell you about! After what was actually quite a good nights sleep, I can look back and say its OK... being a parent can be overwhelming and it IS OK to cry, it's normal and it will reality no one is perfect! I'm very lucky that I have a great support network of friends and family, that I can call on for help and advice!

The other problem I'm encountering is Kaylee starting to assert her independence at mealtimes! She prefers her meals in finger food... things she can feed herself. And while I think its great that she is starting to feed herself, I do worry (which is completely natural as a mother) that she's not getting enough food! So far we know she LOVES bread... toast, homemade pizza breadsticks, naan bread, she will sit and chew on bread with no problems. She also really enjoys omelette (which I shall share my recipe for cheese and spring onion omelette later!) and any type of veg you put in front of her! She LOVES yoghurt too... which is about the only thing that she'll let me spoon feed her! So I'm off to research some more finger food ideas for her later!

I have managed to spoon food her baby pasta, but on one condition... she has to have a spoon of her own to 'help'!!

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Lazy Summer Days

What a wonderful sunny weekend we had in Fife, gorgeous sunshine, blue skies, 21 degrees... we had a lovely lunch on Sunday on the garden, covered Kaylee in sun cream popped on her bonnet and had her out in her swing for a bit. Alas today it is grey and cloudy again. 

But I'm looking forward to the better weather, being able to tackle the garden and enjoy some time outside with Kaylee. And being inspired by the summer I added some 'fruity' little fascinators to the Etsy Shop today!

First up is the Strawberry Dream fascinator, this is a made to order piec (please note this can take up to 3 weeks, although I can work to tighter deadlines if necessary), originally made for friend and photography student Mari-Claire Francis, handmade in original hot pink shot silk or in the colour of your choice, edged with matching satin bias, lashings of matching veiling and three hand sculpted strawberries!

Then there is the Lola Strawberry Print fascinator, a simple circular fascinator in Cath Kidson blue strawberry print cotton with fresh white veiling and satin bow.

And if you prefer cherries to strawberries then I have two bargains on the Etsy Shop, reduced to clear are the Cherries Jubilee and Cherry Drop fascinators at £7 and £5 respectively!

Product of the Day!

I'm hoping to make this a daily feature of the blog and share some of the brilliant things I've come across in my everyday life as a mother and crafter!

So today I'm sharing the 'Totseat - The Washable, Squashable High Chair', designed to be easily carried and used anywhere.

We picked one of these up during a long weekend in Glasgow, as I'd become a bit disillusioned by the lack of suitable and safe high chairs available for Kaylee in some of the cafĂ©'s and restaurants we visited. You know the situation, high chairs with broken clips, or no safetly straps, or in some cases no high chairs at all. So we invested in one of these handy gadgets and all I can say is WOW.... perhaps the best £20 I've spent . It fits almost any chair and is extremely easy to use. It holds Kaylee securely and allows her to sit at the table with us when we're out. And its machine washable too! No we can go anywhere together and eat where ever we want without having to check out the family facilities!!

The only down side I have found to it so far, is my remembering to pack it before we travel anywhere!! I highly recommend getting one of these for your little one, or if you know someone who is expecting then why not get them this as a gift, it will certainly be very much appreciated!

We got the 'chocolate circle' print variety, which is only £18.46 at Amazon.