Posted on September 21, 2014
A Sunday well spent brings a week of content (apparently!). Our ‘well spent’s’ will all look different to one another’s and mine today, is working from home and studying… But I am content (in my ridiculous pink socks again!). Content because it is peaceful here and one can only be too aware that so many lives in the world right now are blown apart by war and fighting, through no fault of their own… We have SO much to be thankful for. What are you thankful for today?
Posted on September 20, 2014
In just a few days time our family sees the arrival of a baby boy (not mine, hello!). Writing a card about a person not yet in the world is a funny thing, because most other cards we write are to or about people we know… but not this time. Pausing mid-flow I thought of the unconditional love the new baby will receive; cuddles, cards and gifts, yet at this moment it’s not here. Everybody’s having baby’s it seems and my sisters been pregnant since for ever but now it’s almost here… And it’s quite fab… A new life… So very special. Anybody else expecting?
Posted on September 18, 2014
One of my favourite times of day…dusk, the other would be dawn. Something very special about both times when experienced outdoors. You don’t really get to appreciate either when inside, but out under the sky…. Magic happens. Here’s to more dusky skies!
P.s. find out more about this beautiful place here.
Posted on September 18, 2014
One of our favourite places to get away to is The Lakeside Hotel. Situated on the shores of Lake Windermere, it is in an amazing location with stunning views. We all look for different things from our holidays; anybody else a scenery person? I adore beautiful views but also need a place my young daughter can enjoy and have a great time in too. The Lakeside is that for us and we’ve been visiting since before she was born. What I love as much as the hotel itself and the location by the lake is the excellence of staff every time we go. Their continually renewed high standards make it so enjoyable time after time.
We ordered lunch before heading to the pool for the afternoon… this meat platter was for one – I could not finish it!
We stayed two days and really made good use of the hotel, going to the pool both days and enjoying just being together in the conservatory – would highly recommend! Visit their website here.
Posted on September 11, 2014
Earlier in the Summer we threw a Baby Shower for my gorgeous sister and made a nappy cake for the occasion. To my surprise, not many of the guests had known what the nappy cake was going to look like as they’d not heard of one before (alas one should never assume!) Having made a couple now, these are fun to make, look great as a piece of party decor and my daughter loved getting involved (always a bonus)… Here’s how to!
You will need:
Approx 74 nappies size 1 or size 2 nappies (if you want to use smaller than size one you will probably just need to use a few more than 74).
74 small elastic bands (or as many as the number of nappies you are using)
Approx 3 meters or string or 3 very large elastic bands
1 large bottle of baby talc, lotion or shampoo – just something large enough to be a central column in the cake
1 smaller item for the top column. I like to use a baby bottle as these look cute poking out the top
6-8 feeding spoons. Go multicoloured, or all blue or pink – your choice
Things to decorate the cake with. Soothers, newborn shoes, pacifiers, get creative!
2.5 meters of 40mm deep white ribbon
3 x meters of thinner coloured ribbon can be around 15mm, to bow up (I’ve used blue).
3 x sewing pins (for securing the white ribbon in place).
On your marks, get set…. MAKE!
Take the nappies and begin to roll one at a time.
Now to create a second ring or layer of nappies round the first. You can see I used 15 for the second ring. Yours may be more or less depending on the size of the bottle and how tightly you rolled the nappies.
Because I wanted a three layer tier cake, my bottom tier had three rings to it. If it were only a two-tier cake there would only be two rings round the talc bottle. Here is the base finished ⇓.
Now it’s time for the second tier. Go about it the same way as tier one, placing your rolled nappies round the column and securing with string.
You will most likely have now run out of central column for the top tier which is where the feeder bottle comes in. Place the feeder on top of the talc bottle and create a top tier with only one ring of nappies around it. The finished naked cake looks like this ⇓ (it was evening, can you tell with the reflections on the wall?).
Et voila! This cost around £50 to make but I would say that if you went for cheaper decorations and managed to get nappies at cost it could definitely be done for £30. Do let me know if you attempt one or post your pic to my Facebook Page here
(P.s Excuse the white balance flip-out across the images! Pictures were taken over a few days and at different times of day meaning there’s a right mix of whites happening and collectively they don’t look so even… still, you get the gist!)