There’s something lovely about old wool blankets. They feel lovely and are easy to transform into something useful, thank goodness we no longer need them on our beds. I’ve been on the lookout for vintage wool blankets for ages and recently bought a double blanket in perfect condition in a charity shop in Frome for only £3.99. They seem to be getting harder to find but I was really pleased with this one. It still had it’s original label and was an unusual peach colour.
It was too big to use so I cut it into several smaller pieces and dyed two of the larger pieces with Dylon Bahama blue fabric dye and Tropical green fabric dye, both for use in a washing machine. They turned out really well which was lucky as I didn’t know how they’d mix with the original peach colour!
It seems an age ago that I made a badge blanket for the toddler. He quickly grew out of it as the blanket was cot-sized so once he stopped playing with it I carefully unpicked the badges and put them away. I’ve been meaning to stitch them on a larger blanket and, now he’s started building forts, it’s the perfect time.
I’ve been busy collecting more badges so I had quite a collection, in fact there were enough for a blanket for the toddler and his sister. They include Cath Kidston patches, vintage Girl Guide badges and some odd ones picked up in charity and vintage shops. Each one seems to tell a story and the children had great fun picking the ones they wanted.
So far I’ve finished the toddler’s blanket, using the green blanket, edged with navy blue binding. The toddler loves it and has been using it to hide under and snuggling under when he’s poorly.
So far we’ve only discovered one problem with our lovely new house. The previous occupants took all the blinds with them when they moved. They were perfectly entitled to do this but it has left us feeling a little ‘exposed’ to our neighbours, especially in the evenings.
Today we ventured to the local high street. We did some shopping (top of the toddlers list was ‘bubbles’) and stopped for a cup of tea in the strangest coffee shop-inside-a-department-store you’ll ever see inside the M25. I was allowed a very quick look around a charity shop which was curtailed by the toddler knocking over a mannequin….
Anyway, after two nights of sleeping in a room without blinds it was clear that something had to be done. We made sure the children had blackout blinds as they need their routines. Luckily we’re both tired from unpacking but top of our list is searching Web-Blinds. I’m currently sitting in our lounge typing this but I need to put the lights on as it’s getting dark. I need blinds, not just for some privacy but also so I can hide the mess from the neighbours for a while longer. As I said yesterday, we’ve made one room liveable but elsewhere we’re still tripping over boxes. We unpacked 37 boxes yesterday, with my husband back at work, I only managed 2 today!
The to-do is getting longer. After sorting out the blinds I need the stair gates up as they make life so much easier. After that it’s bedroom furniture as we need three wardrobes, a new bed and bedside tables for us, and lots and lots of hooks so I can hang some of my pictures. It’s amazing how empty a house can look until you start to cover the walls up.
I love this photo I took of Little Sis yesterday. I’m embarrassed to show you the mess but it’s already looking much better than this – now you can see the floor!
We treated ourselves to a weekend away visiting my sister on the Isle of Wight. We didn’t need beach towels but the cold weather didn’t stop us enjoying the trip and the children had an amazing time with their cousins. There was a boat trip, long pub lunches, face painting for the toddler, and some rare child-free hours for me to go charity shopping which was really lovely and much appreciated.
Staying in a hotel is never easy with two young children. Our routine goes out of the window and mealtimes and bedtimes slip. The children did go to bed eventually but only after lots of bouncing on the bed and excitable bedtime chatter. We travelled lightly so were pleased to be sent a travel pack of miamoo goodies which was the perfect size to pack in our weekend bag and brilliant for the little people.
Both children have sensitive skin so I have to be really careful what I use on them. The miamoo travel pack contained 6 handy little products and a washcloth, perfect for keeping little skin clean and moisturised. We used them during bath and bedtime and their skin felt lovely and fresh and smelt pretty good too. They are 98% naturally derived skincare and don’t contain any nasties such as parabens, mineral oil, petroleum jelly, SLS, synthetic colour or PEGS.
The products came in a handy travel bag and the spritz and cheeky cream have already made it into my handbag for use whilst we’re out and about back in London. I have to admit to using them too and the good news is they also have products for adults!
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