Happy 3rd Birthday Boy!

My little boy turned 3 on Saturday!  Where has the last three years gone?!  Here’s what we got up to this year…

Birthday present
Birthday present
Cake inspection
Cake inspection
Victoria Sponge on the bottom and marble cake on the top
Victoria Sponge on the bottom and marble cake on the top
Pirate Birthday Cake
Pirate Birthday Cake
Pirate vanilla cupcakes
Pirate vanilla cupcakes
Chocolate buns that were decorated with chocolate butter icing and chocolate money
Chocolate buns that were decorated with chocolate butter icing and chocolate money (Joy of Baking Chocolate Cupcake recipe) The bun wrappers are from Tesco
Naked vanilla cupcakes
Naked vanilla cupcakes (Hummingbird Bakery recipe)
The theme was... Pirates!
The theme was… Pirates! Plates, Napkins and Table Cloth came from Sainsburys

We had a lovely day with people coming over from 10:30 in the morning and the last leaving at 18:30!  A very long and tiring day, but a very enjoyable one.  And as you can see, the dressing gown is being worn!

Happy 2nd Birthday

This week has been busy busy.  It’s the first week back at work (for Husband, any way!) and we’ve been trying to get Boy back into some sort of routine after the fun and chaos of Christmas and the New Year.  Whilst organising bits and pieces for Boy’s second birthday, which was yesterday.  I truly can not believe how fast the last two years have gone, and how much he’s grown and changed in such a short period of time.

Originally we weren’t going to get him anything for his Birthday as the Toy Lander took a lot of time and resources.  However we decided we wanted to get him something to open on the day from us, so Duplo (chunky lego) was the chosen present!  He’s really into building things and uses the Duplo that me and my sisters had as children a lot at Grammy and Grumpy’s house so we knew it would be a success.

Husband and Boy
The Concentration!

So, other than a little shopping and present wrapping my main contribution to our little boy’s day was this:

Yup, Land Rover theme again!  He was pleased as punch with it and keeps asking to look at it.  In all honesty, it probably won’t get eaten as none of us really go for cake (Boy dislikes it, Husband prefers fruit cake and I’m trying to be good!) but all the effort was worth it for his face.

I had to get his age on the cake somewhere!

We all had a really happy day.  I think one of my favourite memories will be watching him play with his bricks on the floor with his Daddy and then in the evening, with my Father.  I can’t wait to see what the next year brings!

Happy Happy


Is how Boy came into the bedroom at 5:30 this morning with two helium balloons! Happy Birthday to Me! I’m officially 30 and it actually feels pretty good to be honest, despite the recent trepidation…

Right, first off, a disclaimer: I haven’t done the draw for my birthday giveaway yet! I still need to do a bit of admin to make sure everyone’s entries are counted and then it will be names out of the hat time! Probably tomorrow evening or during the day Saturday…

So, do ya wanna know what the birthday fairies got for me? Well! I’m gonna share anyway. And let me say here and now I’m a very lucky girl!

First ups is the wee gadget I’m writing this blog post on… Only a flippin’ I-Pad!!! A present from my wonderful Mr, Boy, Ma, Pa, and youngest sister. Well, they’re not a cheap item… It’ll make following sewalongs or YouTube instructions in my sewing room (read tiny box room!) a lot easier! I can also interwebs and email on the sofa with my Mr.

I also received the new Sewaholic pattern for the Minoru jacket (not a surprise, but hurrah all the same!) and the Burda book which I’ve only glanced through so far… I’ve also been given some money (ooh, fabric shopping?!) a gorgeous frame which will go in our bedroom once filled, lots of flowers, a book of poetry called The Rattlebag, some framed pictures of Boy and some choccies of the Terry’s Chocolate Orange variety – Yum!

I’m a very very lucky girl. I hope you’ve all had a good day and those in the USA have had a wonderful Thanks Giving.

Happy Birthday Husband

Today is my darling husband’s 39th birthday.  This is the bouquet that me and boy made for him

All chocolate!  Boy loved helping with the tissue paper!

For his main present, and the once in a lifetime trip that I hinted at yesterday, I gave him a voucher for this…

Ben Ainslie Sailing for GB!

We’re going to watch some of the Olympic Sailing next summer!  We’ll be in the grandstand at Weymouth and Portland to see these races:

Women’s Elliott 6m – Match Racing
Men’s 470 – Two Person Dinghy
Women’s 470 – Two Person Dinghy
Men’s Laser – One Person Dinghy
Women’s Laser Radial – One Person Dinghy
Men’s RS:X – Windsurfer
Women’s RS:X – Windsurfer

Both me and husband spent a lot of time on the water, and it was in fact sailing and the Sea Scouts that brought us together!  I’ve also ordered a programme and lanyards for all three of us.  Boy was the cheapest as he will be 2 at the time so only cost £2!

So, something that I am only likely to be able to do for him once.  I’m pleased to say he was surprised and very happy with his pressy!

Happy Birthday Baby Sister

I’m the eldest of three girls and it was my baby sister’s 25th birthday this week.

Baby Sister's Piping Hot Hobo Bag

This is the bag I made for her – the pattern is from Lisa Lam’s Bag Making Bible.

My youngest sister has a cute, quirky and quite playful style and I knew she’d love this sock monkey print, when I found a banana print to go inside I was over the moon!  The fabric is by Moda and is called Funky Monkey.  The designer is Make and Nobie.

Monkeys and Piping

It’s not the first time I’ve applied piping to a bag, but it’s the first time that there was so much of it!  I used a bought satin bias binding and I’m really pleased with how this turned out, as is my sister – it’s going every where with her!  It’s also a really cavernous bag – when I emptied it this evening so that I could photograph it (I forgot to take the photos before I gave it to her!) it had a cardigan, phone, keys, purse, another purse, paracetamol, lip balm, bottle of water and a ton of other stuff in it and there was still room for more!

The strap is long enough to wear the bag across the body, which is what she does, or can be shortned and worn on the shoulder.  It’s closed with a magnetic fastening.

I love it’s curvy shape – particularly the curved top edge when it’s open and the pleat in the gusset which makes it so easy to reduce it’s volume.  She’s using it as a day bag at the moment but apparently it’ll be making it’s debut on night out this weekend!

Curves and Bananas

Carrying on the photographic theme, I got the rest of the photos done for the bags I made and they’re now on Etsy.  I roped Middle Sister in as a model for some of the shots – have a look and tell me what you think of the bags!