That time of year is upon us and this Christmas we are no longer two but three! It’s Maggie’s first Christmas and while she ain’t going to remember a single thing, I still want to make it special and start new traditions. One of those has to be her very own stocking to fill. I remember being very protective over the stocking my mum made me whilst growing up. Oh the glee each time we got them out each Christmas Eve! It was the very same one each year, right through my childhood, with my name glitter glued on the front if i remember rightly. It has to be said it was enormous, in fact it was probably bigger than me for the first few years of using it.
Most photos by Sophie Carefull Photography
You may well remember my post about the last Weekend:IN event I went to back in Summer. I was heavily pregnant and more than exhausted by the time I got back from Somerset but I loved spending the day in a gorgeous setting, being introduced to so many lovely independent brands and so jumped at the chance for another opportunity a few weeks ago! This time it was set in the stunning and highly instagrammable, Leman Loche. You can only imagine the pure, giggly joy that comes from a group of bloggers locked in a room with powder blue walls, pink sofas, retro bottled drinks and cute straws along with a whole wardrobe to play ‘dress-up’ in. In each room we were able to discover a different brand and I thought I’d give you a little peek and share them all with you, especially as Christmas is fast approaching and I love how more and more people are deciding to shop independent!
Ordering your Christmas gifts from Amazon Prime, last minute may be the height of convenience and believe me, I’ve done it before! However, if you can get organised and find some time to make your gifts, it’s not only more satisfying but a whole lot more meaningful. Handmade gifts don’t need to be dodgy knitted jumpers in all shades of the rainbow…don’t be that person. I’ve pulled out 15 DIY ideas that aren’t particularly complex or time heavy so you can get creative in the run up to Christmas. Admittedly most of these are more suitable for the ladies in your life but let’s be honest most guys only want you to head to their amazon wish list anyway.
monstera leaf and tree from Ikea
When I say I have a love, hate relationship, it’s more that I love plants and they hate me. Greenery in my home makes me burst with happiness and I’m sure there’s a correlation between the growing amount of green life in the flat and the amount I enjoy being there. I’ve had many specimens joining the family over the years but sadly I can’t think of more than a handful that have actually survived over a year and that’s probably being generous. Too much water and too little water, I’ve gone both ways, even killing cacti on a regular basis and my lowest point was leading the hardy spider plant to it’s demise. It was long and painful for the poor thing, which in practise looked like no water for approximately 9 months if you fancy giving it a whirl yourself. Even when I’ve attempted to be really diligent and made sure I’d looked up everything a plant type needs, something’s managed to go wrong.
I don’t think I was ever sure I would be sharing my birth story on here but I really warmed to the idea in my third trimester seeing as I felt so thankful for the many positive birth stories I read and listened to in the run up to D day. I had a real fear of childbirth growing up to the point of wondering if I could bear the thought of having kids in the future. I don’t know where it came from as I’m generally pretty good with pain. Somewhere along the line the urge to have babies became greater than my fear of the actual process but I still went into it in a bit of denial, trying to suppress the haunting thought that there was only one way out for this little person! In my third trimester I came to realise that part of the issue was that I just hadn’t heard many positive stories. It felt like women loved telling gory tales of horror, painting lurid pictures of a complete blood bath or alternatively saying not very much at all but instead giving you that look that says ‘you wouldn’t believe the things I’ve experienced’, accompanied with some nods and ‘mmmhmmm’ noises that fall somewhere between sympathy and patronising you. It was only last year when two friends responded positively to my question ‘how was labour?’ that I realised it didn’t have to be something you looked back on in terror and trauma. I was suddenly really intrigued because I’d never heard the same from anyone else. They didn’t deny the pain but were also kind of in awe of the way our bodies take over and do amazing things. I am well aware that women can have very complicated births and genuine trauma from their experience but to view birth as an awful and terrifying thing from the offset just ends up building anxiety that does nothing good for the process and is apparently proven to actually heighten pain (how crazy is that?) I’m very thankful to be able to tell a positive birth story although as with all of them it didn’t go exactly as I thought and adjustments to my birth plan were made along the way, but such is real life.
As you can imagine life has changed quite drastically around here in the last 6 weeks. The arrival of Magda has totally upturned our lives in the best way possible. She’s filled our home with so much joy along with all the dirty nappies. Obviously my day to day looks pretty different all of a sudden and whilst it feels more frantic and days just zip by in a foggy sleep-deprived haze, it also feels like little actually happens or gets done! Our home is now full of baby washing, dummies, baby rockers and muslin piles around every corner with the sofa now masquerading as a feeding station. It’s where I end up spending most of each day with all our decorative cushions now piled up around me as back and arm rests to help with being the ‘milk bar’ I’ve become.
As with most of my DIY ideas, I’m on the hunt for something myself and in the end just decide to make it instead. That’s exactly why I decided to make these earrings but the beauty of them is not just that pom poms make everything look super cute but they also take all of 5 minutes! I promise I’m not exaggerating as that’s about the amount of time I have for crafting with little Magda around right now. I rustled these up at the end of one of her naps and boom!…a new pair of earrings.
It’s my first time back on the blog since the birth of our little babe! If you follow me on Instagram you may know we had Magda Lisbeth Muncey on the 12th September at 10.17am and have been besotted with her ever since. It’s crazy that the last post all about her nursery was scheduled ahead of time to go out on what happened to be the day she was born! All the prep that went into getting ready for her and now she’s here and yet it feels like she’s always been a part of the family. One of the things I did in the weeks leading up to her birth was this cute DIY project and now I have a little bean to make use of it…and to lend me her modelling abilities.
Well this is overdue, a little like our baby really! Lots of deadlines at the end of August meant that getting the nursery sorted was pretty far down the priority lis, which I found really hard as those typical nesting urges were welling up! Yes, I realise you don’t need a fully kitted out nursery for a newborn but I really wanted to have the enjoyment of preparing in that way and having the time and capacity to make little bits and pieces for it. I’d been putting away things for a while and just wanted it to all finally come together and I’m so happy with the outcome.
You may remember that last month I teamed up with Shurgard to create a home DIY for their blog. This month I’m following on from that with another idea for repurposing your home items to serve as new, shiny storage. The month I’ve taken it down a more decorative route with this collection of vases, sure to make a statement in any room of your house. Yes, you might be picking up on some oriental vibes and I have to admit I have been loving that look lately, which I didn’t see coming!