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Homemade Baby Blankets

The big gap in posts was because I was busy creating a little person but a few months on I’ve got my hanker back and so it is fitting to recommence with a baby related hanker!

Inspired by the quirky baby blankets I wrote about by Carousel Belle I decided to try to make my own. How hard could it be? Well certainly harder than hitting ‘Add to Basket’, but not too hard. I may have lost a few hours looking at colourful cottons and soft plush fabrics on Plush Addict and hanging around my local fabric shop. But eventually I chose retro lions;

baby blanket lion

Colourful pigs; and baby blanket pigs

Faux cow hide to match the nursery wallpaper.

baby blanket cow

I sewed the two pieces of fabric together wrong sides facing leaving a small gap so I could turn them right side out and sewed up the edge. I had a bit of an issue with the plush fabric stretching in the machine so had to redo some of the stitching to correct the wonkiness. They’re certainly not professional quality but I’m pleased with how they turned out and the cow one is a bit of a favourite with baby already.

Plush Addict have gorgeous fabrics and some good value remnant packs to start out with if you fancy having a go.

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Swinging Monkey Pendulums!

I was looking for a clock for our spare bedroom and found this animal clock from Graham and Green.

Graham and Green - Clyde Animal Clock

I think it’s meant for kids. The white metal and chic animal silhouettes are quite grown-up, but then the bright red swinging monkey pendulum and the playschool shape screams kiddie.

Maybe it’s for sophisticated kids? I’m sure I could just about fit into that bracket.

I think it would go well with our cow wallpaper. What do you think?

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Knitted Baby Blanket

After I knitted my first scarf a few months back, I had a hanker to make something a little more challenging. My friends and their daughter are staying with us this week, so a couple of months ago I thought I’d try to make a baby blanket for her first birthday.

As it was to be the third thing I’ve knitted, I was looking for a basic pattern that looked a little fancier than it was. After a bit of searching I found a pattern by The Wooly Knitter on Etsy called Bethan  that only requires knit and purl stitches but has a more complicated looking texture.

Susan in Mrs Moon helped me choose Spud & Chloë Sweater yarn, a cotton and wool mix in a gorgeous dark pink called Jelly Bean that you can stick in the wash and even in the tumble dryer (on a low heat).

So I set about knitting and was quite pleased with myself until I made a mistake a quarter of the way through. I kept knitting convincing myself that it wouldn’t be noticeable but it turned out it was very noticeable so, after trying and failing to fix it, I ended up unravelling it all and starting again.

With this little set-back I was rather behind schedule so have spent the last two weeks knitting frantically trying to get it finished in time. My husband has started affectionately referring to me as ‘the claw’, but despite the repetitive strain injury I’m quite chuffed with the finished blanket.

My hand knitted Bethan Baby Blanket

On one side is a wave pattern and on the other a woven pattern.

My attempt at The Wooly Knitter's Bethan Baby Blanket

And here is the little lady snuggling up to it with her milk on her birthday.

The finished blanket

Any recommendations on what I can knit next?

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Quirky Baby Blankets

A couple of friends are pregnant or just had babies so I’ve been looking out for baby presents that are a bit different. These baby blankets by Carousel Belle are gorgeous and not your average run-of-the-mill designs, I had some trouble choosing just one so here are a few of my favourites.

My hands-down favourite is this cowboy blanket. On one side is a soft cow hide design and the other is a print of cowboys rearing up on their horses, chatting on fences and doing other cowboys things.

Cowboy Western Baby Blanket - Carousel Belle

Know anyone due a baby in the moustache growing month of Movember? This blanket could be the perfect pressie, especially if Daddy-to-be is mustachioed for charity.

Moustache Baby Blanket - Carousel Belle

This vintage-style tattoo design is really pretty with the purple spotty fleece on the back.

Tattoo Baby Blanket - Carousel Belle

I just love the Frida Kahlo design.

Frida Kahlo Baby Blanket - Carousel Belle

If you like your baby blankets a little more traditional, the Red Riding Hood blanket is sweet in clashy pink and red.

Red Riding Hood Baby Blanket - Carousel Belle

I could carry on showing you these gorgeous blankets all day as there is such a choice, check out the lovely London design that would be great for a Jubilee baby and the slightly macabre Day of the Dead designs.

These are all under £20, which I think is a great price for such unique blankets. Which is your favourite?

P.S. Apologies for the big gap in blog posts recently, life took over a bit!

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Buff Babies

A baby in a cute outfit always makes me melt and this picture had the same effect. Look at her little face!

Buff Baby Dumbbell Rattle - Maiden - Culture Label

Relax, the Buff Baby Dumbbell Rattle is made from lightweight plastic. What a great twist on a traditional rattle design.

If you know any exercise-loving new parents this would be a funny little gift for their offspring and if you want to go the whole hog and also get these gym shoe style socks that’s completely up to you.

Baby Gym Shoe Socks - Culture Label

The rattle is £8 and the socks are £14.95 and both are available from Culture Label.

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P-P-P-Pick Up A Penguin Print

This morning I finally got around to framing and hanging my Mr Penguin With Balloons print by Showler & Showler that I got for Christmas.

Mr Penguin With Balloons - Showler & Showler

I think it’s really meant for children but I thought it would go nicely in our cow bedroom, that one day might be for a little person and in the meantime is a spare bedroom/home office. Mr Penguin comes in three sizes from £12.99 and on postcards from £1.

I chose a gloss black wooden picture frame and paired it with a snow-white mount with black core from Eze Frame that I thought would frame the print nicely and accentuate the bright colours.

Showler & Showler have a fantastic collection of bright and colourful prints and postcards suitable for kids and big kids alike. I particularly like their crayon print. They’ve just launched their new website and print range and to celebrate have a 20% off discount code to use when you buy prints, so pop over to their website for a pop of colour.

What do you think of Mr Penguin? Too kiddie or just adult enough?

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DIY Baby Tail

Since writing about baby tails I’ve found a handy version for any of you hankering after the mermaid one but unwilling or unable to pay the £70 price tag.

Mermaid Cocoon Knitting Pattern - 4aSong

Order the knitting pattern from Etsy seller 4aSong and knit your own mermaid baby tail cocoon (or ask someone nicely to knit it for you) for $4 plus the cost of the yarn.

4aSong have plenty of other sweet patterns, admittedly not all very practical, there are lots of novelty ones for photo shoots. But this one would keep little legs warm out and about in the buggy or during a daytime nap.

If any of you give this a try I’d love to hear how you get on…

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Baby Tails

My Facebook timeline seems to be full of people showing off their babies as fairies, Superman, elves, Christmas puddings, baby Santas, pumpkins and other little cuties. But why not think outside the box? The people at The Miniature Knit Shop have done exactly that with their outfits.

You might get some disapproving looks as you walk down the street with your baby in this Baby Shark Sleeping Bag but I think it’s very funny and very cute.

Handmade Knitted Baby Shark Sleeping Bag - The Miniature Knit Shop

Less controversial but equally gorgeous is the Knitted Mermaid Tail

Handmade Knitted Mermaid Tail Baby Costume - The Miniature Knit Shop

All the pieces are handmade and their prices reflect that, the shark is £84 and mermaid tail is £70.

There are some very sweet bird feet booties at £24 which would make a lovely and different new baby gift.

Knitted Bird Feet Booties - The Miniature Knit Shop

If you want to add a penguin, chicken or parrot hat that is completely up to you.

Live vicariously through your children as long as you can I say, it won’t be long until they learn to talk and can tell you how embarrassing you are. Can I remind you to take lots of photos, they’re perfect ammunition during the teenage years!

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Folded Heart Book Decorations

When I came across these book decorations, I thought ‘how clever’ followed by ‘they hurt a book!’ but then I read that they don’t cut the pages they fold them down, which makes it even more clever.

Folded Heart Book Decoration by Stuff by Losy Posy

There are three versions each at £25, a children’s book, a romantic novel and another version with more manly titles. Each version has a choice of two titles with corresponding coloured ribbon.

Children's Book Folded Heart Book Decoration by Stuff By Losy Posy

I think the Water Babies one would be lovely for a christening or first birthday, they also include the original dust jacket which would be nice to frame separately. The other versions could make nice wedding or mothers/fathers day presents.

What do you think, pretty decoration or grievous book harm?

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You’re Welcome Baby

I’m at the age where lots of friends are having their first babies and really it’s all the excuse I need to look at cute baby pressies. There are so many more gorgeous things available than when I had my little bundle of joy fourteen years ago.

This car seat cover solves the question of whether to put a snowsuit on baby who ends up being a bit squashed in the car seat with all the extra fabric, or tuck a blanket round him which inevitably gets kicked off en route to the car. A fantastic idea in some sweet designs or custom made if coordination is your thing. They are by Sophiemarie for around £30.

Baby Car Seat Cover - Sophiemarie

Spots and Dots for Tots make some gorgeous baby blankets that can be personalised for baby and feature members of baby’s family, there are several different sizes and styles available from £22.50 up to £75 for this ‘My Family’ design.

Spots & Dots for Tots - 'My Family' blanket

Sirbubbadoo’s baby burp cloths are 100% cotton with a design on one side and soft raised dots on the other and could be used as a baby changing mat or dribble cloth. This set of two Matryoshka design burp cloths are £12. They also do bibs and blankets in some lovely unusual designs.

Sirbubbdoo baby burp cloths

Baby changing bags are often really babyish looking, the designers seem to design them with the baby in mind and forget it’s the parents who actually use them. I think Graham and Green’s stag print changing bag is neither too babyish nor too girly and would probably get the thumbs up from mum, dad and baby.

Stag print baby changing bag - Graham and Green

This sleep thief romper is very sweet and will raise a weary smile from knackered new parents. For the really sleep deprived it is also available as a gift pack with a coordinating sleep mask for mum or dad. Babes and Babies also has a good range of breastfeeding tops and although they’re fairly pricey you can often snap up a bargain in their sales.

Sleep Thief Romper, Babes With Babies

Almost makes you want your own doesn’t it?

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