This year we had a lovely time capturing our Yule card photos. Again, we take a trip to Middle Earth and the boys became their favourite characters from the Film.
The costumes are all handmade and I learned how to wet felt to make the hats. I bought Conor’s suit, but customised it with rows and rows of spines to create Sebastian the hedgehog.
The beards are acrylic hair affixed with liquid latex. They really enjoyed it!
I have just started wet felting. I am making costumes for the boys for their Yule cards, and needed a Radagast hat. So here it is. Not bad for my first hat! Just gotta pin the flappage up, hehe/
Well, I think this turned out well!? It’s my fantasy cake I think. I’d love to have one for me, hehe.
Conor loves the Dwarfs Song in The Hobbit, both the one that Thorin sings and the end titles by Neil Finn. They are his sleepy songs. So I thought a hobbit cake would be appropriate.
I started with one large cake and two smaller cakes, with a 10oz/10oz/12oz mixture for the cake for ease of sculpting. Crafted the shape, applied buttercream and then icing and decoration. Gandalf, the door and windows are fimo, for mementos. Gandalf is a foil frame with fimo outer.
Popped for a few hours geocaching in Cheddleton. If you are new to caching check here:
We had lots of fun, searching for different cache containers hidden in various places in the woods! We sign the paper log books inside them, and swap some of the toys they contain.(swapping like for like) It’s a proper treasure hunt. Great activity with children too.
We navigate using our GPS, we have a Garmin Dakota 20. It works really well.
We had lots of fun today, the weather was lovely, and the caches were really well thought out.
Here is a baby sized Patapum Carrier. Thought I’d do some daddy pics, instead of mummy hogging the babywearing!
I don’t think Conor will be long in this, as it’s getting close to not being knee to knee, and he’s quite tall, but still, it was an ebay bargain. The problem is the toddler size is just taller, no extra seat width, which I think is a bit of a mistake on Patapum’s part really.
Ive been looking at this helpful chart:
and looks like a tula may be a good next option for daddy.
Here is my Lenny Lamb ring sling in Gaia. It’s lovely, and has a nice long tail for shading/covering/wrapping/wiping noses etc.
Super impressed with it, mainly because of how supportive it is and how wide it is. it doesn’t leave me scrabbling for fabric to pull up his back.
Conor is 11.5 months here and I can tell it will last me now till he stops wanted to be carried…. not that I might want other colours though :-)
Conor has been very lucky to have had a birthday present early. it’s a smart trike. I’ve been coveting one in toys r us, but it was £100, which its way out of our price range. Nanna wanted to buy it too, and I didn’t want her spending that much!
So, i picked this one up on eBay. Practically new and £28. He loves it! eBay bargains rule!
Nanna wants to push him to school in it with the boys, I think he’ll enjoy that :-)
Puppy cakes! Noah has been asking about puppy cakes for his birthday - which is all the way in November (!) but still, at least he is preparing me, rather than being like Jacob who asked for an ‘Art Attack cake’ about a week before hand. So I thought I’d try some out.
These are both fruit cakes, bakes in cereal bowls, covered in marzipan and icing. One is for a friend and the other for MIL. I think they both liked them! Especially as they are fruit, as its difficult to pick up a fruit celebration cake I think.
I’m not sure on this design for Noah’s cake, but I did have the idea of reindeer for Christmas cakes as I think that would be an easy and effective modification to this design.
Yes, I am thinking about Christmas cakes. Ive bought my fruit already and am going to start soaking it soon, in perhaps a litre of spirit like I did last year. I also have mead so I’ll add some of that too. Yes, yes, yes! Nom.
We have been doing a lot of ‘welly walks’ over the holidays. They have been lots of fun.We have a super little lane, just up the road that has the best puddles for splashing in. It means we can make use of some of the rainier days, especially as we don’t really mind getting drenched!
Here we are on Stoney Lane, shorts and wellies having lots of fun. Conor in a back carry in the Didymos Lena size 2.
I have been doing the Plantlife wild flower survey. Id really recommend doing it. You can find the Plantlife website here:
I do a lot of local walking, because I have been investigating all of those little footpaths you pass and wonder where they go. I walk the dog. The kids and I go for ‘welly walks’ and of course I have a lovely circuit of geocaches running through Endon, Stanley and Brown Edge. We often take a carrier bag (especially when we visit the playgrounds) and I remove the litter. It really irks me does litter!
Anyway, all this to-ing and fro-ing means that counting wildflowers was a really forfilling add on! I’d take my camera and snap the flowers along the path ways of a particular grid square. We made a good map reading game out of this, because I printed off the grid squares and let the boys navigate, telling me were we were, which path we were on and when we had changed grid squares.
I am no wildflower expert, but I am getting better at identifying things and there is of course the help of the oracles contained within my computer, primarily on Project Noah and iSpot.
Although, my reference book: The Wildflower Key, by Francis Rose has been invaluable. Undeniably the best book I have found for wildflower identification. Its nice to thumb through pages and spend time pondering the tiny differences between sub-species!
Get out there people, and count some flowers!
I get some really random commissions sometimes. It kinda keeps me on my toes. I wasn’t 100% sure this would fit on the bowl of a spoon, but it has, and looks great.
It is The Beatles, Abbey Road, in silhouette. Burned in to the bowl of the spoon using a pyrography iron.
Far over the Misty Mountains cold,
To dungeons deep and caverns old….
Noah in particular has been familiarising himself with The Hobbit. We like the film too, and Conor loves the Dwarfs song.
I drew some inspiration from this and decided to paint a small vase with a Middle Earth landscape.
It is now on Folksy, here:
I may have splurged on a few new carriers… I did have a fair few carriers with Noah and Jacob, but alas, sold/gave away most of them. But then Conor came along, and so did the carrier addiction again, only this time it’s probably worse.
Here is my new Lenny Lamb Mei Tai in Sunset Rainbow. I love it. Its so comfy and the toddler size has plenty of growing room. I was worried that it would be too pink, but the colours are great. The shipping was really fast as well, considering they are based in Poland.
I also am wearing a beautiful necklace by Coastal Path Creations.Its lovely and gentle on little fingers and really comfy to wear. Conor likes to move the beads around one by one. It must be quite strong too as he has a neck of destroying everything! You can find Coastal Path Creations here: