bristol with the little one.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

we recently spent a few days down in bristol to visit my lovely friend, jess.  i was a bit busy chasing the little one around to take too many pictures, and we ended up going to child friendly places where he didn't need to be restrained too much.  how different these little trips are now.  where they previously were trips to independent cafes, little boutiques and vintage shops, now they are aquariums, museums and soft play centres.

we did find a really lovely little cafe called the faraway tree, which happily mixed the independent cafe and the kid friendly.  

me, cole and the land of sleep deprivation.

Monday, 18 April 2016

so far, i can count the number of nights that cole has slept through the night on one hand. at the ripe age of two, he is still waking up in the night.  every night.  sometimes he has a good night, which means he has one big cry and then flops back down to sleep until the morning.  other times, he has very, very bad nights where he basically doesn't settle back down for hours, dragging us along with him for the ride.  we have tried all sorts to attempt to improve this, but to no avail.

but, you know, it's ok.  it wasn't before, but we've come to accept that he just isn't a sleeper.  one day he will be, but until then, we just have to ride it out.  it's a lot easier when you just admit defeat.

but my god, do i miss sleep.  before he came along, i used to get so panicked at the thought of less than a solid 8 hours sleep.  and one of my favouritest feelings in the world was to feel tired and to succumb to it and just let it wash over me and take me off to zzz land.  these days, the drifting off experience is accompanied by the feeling of apprehension and wariness: how long will i get before he wakes me up, is he warm enough, what do i need to do tomorrow, is there even any point, why don't i get up and do some ironing?

sometimes i find it absolutely incredible that i want to do this another one or two times, but as i say to nick, what if the next one also doesn't sleep?  what if that's it and we just aren't ever going to sleep ever again?  i think that might actually kill me.  like, completely finish me off. 

to remind me that he does actually sleep, and that there is evidence of it, here is a little gallery of the little bugger sleeping, obviously while i'm wide awake and totally besotted by his little face to even remember just how much i miss the golden days of sleep.

mike lowery.

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

i have following the instagram feed of mike lowery for a while now.  his illustrations are so funny and they never fail to put a smile on my face.  he often presents random facts, which are actually really interesting, with funny little illustrations.  or he'll draw something about what he did or ate on a particular day.  he also does great illustrations representing cities around the world.  so, he pretty much does everything, but with really cool drawings.  that are funny.

his website is here:
and his instagram is here:

go check it out.

the crafterie does workshops...and parties

Thursday, 10 March 2016

the crafterie hosted two taster/tester workshops over the last two weekends, which were partly for me to get back into the swing of teaching workshops and get all the silly rookie mistakes out of the way, and partly to take some beautiful photos to use to promote future workshops and parties. 

they were super duper hard work and were months in the preparation.  but i had so much fun doing them.  i used to do workshops quite regularly at the old shop, but never really bothered about making it look beautiful or providing the attendees with a wonderful all round experience.  

the idea behind the crafterie's workshops and parties are that they are to be a beautiful and inspiring experience, that they feel like a treat or a special day out.  i won't be able to do the workshops very often and they will more than likely be for special occasions during the year, but parties will be run all year round for special events and celebrations, or just for a treat or team building. whatever the occasion, i want to make sure that they are memorable and enjoyable and that people feel that they have been really spoiled by attending one of my workshops.

i am also working on getting some kids parties and school holiday workshops set up too.  so, there is lots going on at crafterie hq.  i'll leave you with some pics from the workshops, but if you're interested in finding out about our workshops and parties, as well as to get 10% off all workshop bookings, please join our mailing list here.

a few things.

Saturday, 5 March 2016

time to make a note of some of the internet's funny again.


flying mouse 365.

fursty on instagram.

viral stuffs.


Monday, 22 February 2016

ah, is it that time again to come on here on apologise for my lack of blogging?  the past month seems to have been full of everything and nothing all at the same time.  the majority of the time was spent racking my brain for ideas on how to entertain a child when it's raining outdoors, we've also all been struck down with colds and had our first overnight stay (and visit at all actually) at the children's hospital, we saw nick have his birthday and i have been busy busy working on some workshops for the crafterie.  

the workshops have taken up any of my free time that i have left after looking after the family.  and it has also physically taken up most of my house.  the spare room/office has reached a new low in messiness and every time i venture in there to do some work, i am acutely aware of how much of a possibility it is that i will get severely injured by falling stacks of parcel tags and that it would take a team of sniffer dogs a good week to find me.  but these workshops have stirred up all my creativity and inspiration and energy and enthusiasm and they have really, really emphasised just how much i love what i do and how lucky i am to do it.  one thing i miss from having my bricks and mortar shop is the opportunity to work with other small and creative businesses.  as part of these workshops, i have reached out to local businesses and creatives and have really enjoyed being able to communicate and work with these incredibly talented folk.  it has really been a privilege.  

the first tester workshop is this weekend and there is another next weekend.  the aim of these is to test the waters a bit, get some feedback, see what does and doesn't work, what is feasible, costs of running the workshops and also to get some lovely images to use in the future.  so, i will hopefully be back soon with lots of photos to show you and talk of a much less hazardous work environment.  

anyway, lots of words.  here are some pics of life lately:

having so much fun preparing for these workshops.

and entertaining this guy.


days out with friends.

and lots and lots of cuddles.