Beaches, sunshine and a bit more sewing #little loves

Beaches, sunshine and a bit more sewing #little loves

I’ve missed a couple of these little loves posts as we went on holiday to Anglesey. This post will be a mixture of the things we have done over the last few weeks.


IMG_2477I found a bit of time to read whilst we were away and finally finished reading The Rosie effect by Graeme Simsion. I really enjoyed both this book and The Rosie project (which I read on holiday last summer). I look forward to seeing what he writes next. Once I finished this book, I started reading Us by David Nicholls. So far I am enjoying it but yet again, since we got back Sunday I’ve not picked this book up again! I’m really behind with my blog reading too so I have spent a little bit of time this week trying to catch up in my feedly account. You may remember last time I posted the ladybird was not letting us read books to her properly. Well I’m pleased to say she has got a lot better (for the moment at least) which is lovely. I’ve actually managed to read a couple of quiet long (for a 2 year old anyway) books like Julia Donaldson’s Room on the broom and Jonny Duddle’s The pirates next door (both really great books). Her current favorites though have to be Millie Mae in summer by Natalie Marshall and Train by Judi Abbot.


IMG_2446I can’t think of any good tv we have watch recently. We did watch a dvd – In Bruges, which we both enjoyed. Mostly though I have enjoyed watching my daughter enjoy her holiday. We had days on the beach, trips to Anglesey sea zoo (where she loved the lobsters most and declared them spiders, she loves bugs at the minute!) and the Welsh mountain zoo. She made a little friend on the beach one day and they had lots of fun collecting “treasure” (shells and dried sea weed). But what she loved most was paddling in the sea. She adores water play and swimming so it was no surprise that she loved the sea. What was a surprise though was how she loved to fill her bucket with water and then pour it over herself whilst squealing with delight and looking a little shocked at the cold!


I bought a new skirt and dress in the fat face sale before we went away. They got plenty of wear whilst we were away. I’m trying to make an effort not to live in jeans and black trousers this summer. IMG_2591I’ve also been wearing this new bag a lot. It’s my new everyday bag for when I have the ladybird with me (most of the time). Up until now I’ve been using the same changing bag I bought before she was born. I had a Babymel big slouchy in red which I would totally recommend (it’s currently in the sale for £25) but after using the same bag for just over 2 years I really felt like a change. She’s still in nappies though and also with a toddler you still need to take a fair amount of stuff on a day out so I opted for this beautiful rucksack from Accessorize.


The ladybird’s word of the holiday seemed to be “stuck”. If she was in her buggy or car seat, in her opinion she was stuck. If she could not open or lift something etc, she was “stuck”. She must have announced she was stuck several times at least every day. She also repeats nearly everything we say at the moment which can be funny at times. Particularly when she started calling her daddy be his real name! I can’t help but laugh when she does but I know he would prefer her to call him daddy all the time. Whilst we were at the Welsh mountain zoo, I enjoyed hearing her try to make sea lion and owl noises.


IMG_2207The weekend before we went away I made a few delicious meals (and we even had nice enough weather to eat them outside). The one above is moussaka with home made flat breads. I’ve used this recipe to make moussaka a few times now and it is always delicious (you do need a good hour and a half though to make it but it is so worth it). I also made toad in the hole which myself and my husband loved but the ladybird refused the Yorkshire pudding (she used to love them). Whilst we were away we ate out and had a lot of simple meals or BBQs. IMG_2212I made another dress for the ladybird from the new book from Wild thing dresses. This time I made a simple tie top beach dress. The photo above is the best one I manage to get of the ladybird wearing it on our holiday. The poor thing looks freezing in this photo, I promise she wasn’t like this all day! It was actually quiet a sunny day but a little windy. We found a sheltered spot on the beach but this was taken on our way for a paddle in the sea. I also made her a nappy cover using the tutorial I shared last time and myself a waterproof pouch for storing sun creams and toddler juice bottles in my new everyday bag.

And lastly…

IMG_2583It seems to have become a bit of a tradition to share some new fabric I’ve purchased in this section so who am I to break with tradition! I found a beautiful fabric shop near where we were staying in Anglesey (Copperfield in Valley if you are interested). It was very much focused on quilting and stocked an amazing selection of gorgeous fabrics. They had a sale on and I could not resist picking up a couple of fat quarters of this beautiful Lewis and Irene fabric. I’m not sure whether it will become a cusion cover for the ladybird’s room or a skirt for her yet but isn’t it beautiful?



  1. July 24, 2015 / 10:15 am

    I love the fabric. The moussaka looks so tasty. Glad you enjoyed your holibobs and that bag! Love #littleloves x

  2. July 24, 2015 / 11:51 am

    Aww sounds like you had a wonderful time away! That’s such a cute dress you made 🙂 ooh I love finding a bargain in the FatFace sale, their stuff is such good quality. I’m sure you’ll find something lovely to make with the fabric, I hope you have a fab weekend xx

    • July 24, 2015 / 2:41 pm

      I agree, I love fat face clothes for their quality (especially if I can get them in the sale). x

  3. July 24, 2015 / 6:35 pm

    Love the dress, I really want the Wild Things book but don’t think my sewing skills are good enough yet! x

    • July 24, 2015 / 6:53 pm

      I must publish a review of this book. I love it and there are a wide range of projects for different skill levels. I really want to make one of the animal dresses but not sure my skill levels are up to it! x

  4. July 25, 2015 / 10:02 am

    Love that bag and that moussaka looks amazing! Sounds like you’ve had a lovely time in Anglessey. Have a great weekend x

  5. Sarah Anne
    July 28, 2015 / 9:23 pm

    Oooh, I love moussaka.

    What lovely photos, and your holiday sounds wonderful. Did you manage to get any further into the David Nicholls book? I read One Day by him a few years ago and really loved it.


    • July 30, 2015 / 11:29 am

      Thank you, it was. I’ve read one day too and loved it. I’ve not managed to read any more since we got back! It generally takes me a good few months to read a book now a days!

  6. Carie
    August 27, 2015 / 11:28 pm

    Aww her dress looks so cute – I’m putting the Wild Things book on my Christmas list but first I’ve got a little stash of Oliver and S patterns that came in the post while I was away!

    • August 28, 2015 / 7:44 am

      You wan’t be disappointed. I love the book and will be sharing a review soon. I’ve yet to buy a pattern but the oliver and s ones keep popping and they do look lovely. I’ll be watching your blog to see how you get on.

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