Baking, birthdays and dresses #Little loves

Baking, birthdays and dresses #Little loves


I don’t think I’ve read a single story all the way through to my daughter this week. I’m lucky if I’ve read 2 sentences before she turns the page or most likely shuts the book and hands me another declaring “this one”. The photo below is a very common sight at the end of story time. I’ve managed to read a couple of chapters of my book this week, which is more than some weeks. I think I’m still on track to read 3 books this year! I still remember when I could read that in a week’s holiday.



I haven’t really watched that much tv this week. I did watch this great you tube video this morning on how to make a nappy cover. It from the same blogger as the simple skirt I showed you on Wednesday so I’m sure it will be as simple. That was going to be this afternoons nap time activity (I haven’t had my sewing machine out all week) but the ladybird seem to be refusing a nap today!


This week it’s been so hot I’ve been wearing dresses to work. I’ve had lots of compliments on them. I guess I’ve been living in black trousers too long!


The ladybird singing happy birthday to my sister. It took a few attempts to get her to say her name rather than grandad (it was his birthday last month and the ladybird still seemed to associate birthdays with grandad).


IMG_2067I made my sister a victoria sponge cake for her birthday. I filled it with jam and cream and decorated the top with fresh strawberries. It was delicious.

IMG_2049I enjoy cooking as well as baking and this week I made one of my favorite, quick family meals – egg fried rice. This week I added pork, mushrooms and a green pepper but there are so many different options and I often make it to use up left over roast meats. The best bit is that the ladybird loves it as much as we do and we don’t feel we are eating “children’s food”.

And lastly ….

Despite not getting the sewing machine out this week, I bought a few new fabrics at the weekend. First up I bought this Sanderson curtain fabric. It was in the sale for £4 a meter! I bought the last 4.9 meters even though I was not looking for curtain fabric! I’m thinking of curtains or roman blinds for our bedroom or the landing.

IMG_2202Next I bought this super cute, safari animal, canvas fabric and some plain white cotton. Again I have no specific plan for the canvas but I know it will make a great bag. The white fabric is for my first attempt at fabric stamping. My husband bought me some lovely hot air balloon and cloud stamps for mother’s day, which I have yet to use. The plan is to make a cushion for the ladybird’s room.IMG_2191Finally I spotted this gorgeous, soft corduroy in John Lewis. I’ve never seen printed corduroy before and this reminds me so much of Boden clothing. I’ve got plans to make a skirt for the ladybird in the autumn. They had three designs in stock but I’m hoping this is just the beginning, as it is quiet early for winter weight fabrics to be on sale.  It was quiet expensive so I just bought half a meter which is enough for a toddler size skirt (the ladybird is still in a mixture of 12-18 and 18-24 month clothes despite turning 2 at the end of April). IMG_2197Thank you for visiting my blog. I’m really enjoying getting back in to blogging. I’ve surprised myself by posting 4 times this week.



  1. Carie
    July 3, 2015 / 8:46 pm

    Oh I love the fabric haul! Have you seen the Purl Bee’s free pattern for a Gathered Skirt for All Ages? I just made one each for Kitty and Elma and I love the way they turned out and they’d be gorgeous in cord and really show off the pattern!

  2. July 3, 2015 / 9:19 pm

    Was that the one you blogger about with the side pockets? I was probably going to make one using the pattern I blogger about on Wednesday but I’m have a look at purl bee.

    • Carie
      July 6, 2015 / 6:55 am

      yes, it’s fantastic and has a really nice finish

      • July 6, 2015 / 8:12 pm

        I really need to find time to explore purl bee properly. Looks like a great site.

    • July 4, 2015 / 7:30 am

      Thank you. I was pleased with it once decorated (initially worried it hadn’t risen enough). Tasted good too, which is most important in my opinion.

  3. Kerry @ Noah & the Girls
    July 5, 2015 / 11:04 am

    Your cakes looks yummy! I’m the same with reading at the moment. I used to get through so many books, but with three littles there isn’t really the time and my concentrations skills are shot. I hope you’ve all been enjoying the weekend, they go so fast xxx

    • July 5, 2015 / 9:54 pm

      I can’t even imagine how much reading I’d manage with 3! but I wouldn’t change it for the world and I’m sure you are the same. x

  4. July 7, 2015 / 5:13 pm

    I love the fabrics and the cake. I wish I could make egg fried rice – I’ve tried and I can’t, but yours looks delicious!

    • July 7, 2015 / 7:01 pm

      Thanks. I’m planning to share the recipe in the not too distant future. My recipe is very easy.

  5. July 8, 2015 / 9:39 pm

    Your fabric’s so gorgeous 🙂 as is that cake!! Yes please. My niece is like that with books, but it keeps her entertained for ages constantly choosing a new book! Hope you’re having a good week xx

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