What a lovely weekend we had here in the Midlands. We spent a good 3 hours tidying the front garden, digging stuff up, planting beans and blowing bubbles once we got bored of the helping! But its starting to look better, a lot less wild!

Today is the first official day of our Easter holidays. We’ve got lots planned for this week. Today we went to our local nature reserve for an Easter Bunnies and friends workshop.

The girls loved making their bunny hats and hedgehog/badger house.

We’ll be back again next week for a spot of pond dipping!


This post is for those of you who have asked about the fox cushion.

I found the tutorial over at A Beautiful Mess and couldn’t resist knocking one up for my lovely friends birthday.

I had to add a bushy tail onto his bottom to make him super cute. I now fancy making a skulk of foxes for our own sofa with all sorts of cute fabrics! What fabric combo would you choose?


Sorry its been a while, there has been various family stuff going on the last month or so (mainly involving various NHS establishments) but fingers crossed everyone is fit and healthy and we can all enjoy 2 weeks of the Easter holidays! So, what have we been up to craft wise recently? We had our latest review box from the lovely people at Yellow Moon, and what a great box of stuff. As soon as the girls spot the Yellow Moon tape on a box they want to crack it open and get stuck straight in! Here’s what the box contained….

Glitter glue pens, feathers, Easter keyring kits, Easter Bunny kits, Easter stickers, chick and bunny pop out cards, foam buckets and wrinkly crinkly paper! There were some chocolate eggs in there too, but I can’t seem to find where they went to! ;)

The first thing the girls wanted to make was easter cards. Who am I to argue. We used te pop out cards and easter stickers, LOTS of glitter glue and some googly eyes. The girls did a great job and really enjoyed making cards fro friends and family (watch your letter boxes people!)

We stuck our easter stickers  and some foam butterfly stickers onto the foam buckets to fancy them up ready for our easter egg hunt next week. We used the shredded paper grass to make a nice soft place for our collected eggs. After we’d finished those we made the bunny easter keyrings. The girls LOVE bunnies and these have been put straight on their school bags! These make such good party bag gifts :)

We had great  fun with our easter craft box. There is still time to pop on over to Yellow Moon and browse all their fab Easter range.

*** Disclaimer: All items were sent to us by Yellow Moon for review purposes. All opinions are my own ***


Gosh, It’s been a while since I did a proper blog post! There has been a few things going on. Mini turned 3 at the end of Feb, since then she’s definitely been a bit of a challenge! Not sure if its being 3 or getting her hearing aids fitted or a combination of both!

(birthday jam toast face)

Husband had a case of the flu just after having a tooth extracted. H had a trip to A&E with a bead up her nose and a trip to the dental hospital a few weeks later to have a tooth removed after a bad trip in the playground at school. She was incredibly brave having it taken out with just a local anesthetic! I feel like, as a family, we’ve been getting our moneys worth from our fabulous NHS!

(H rocking the toothless pirate look.)

I have actually been quite busy sewing too! Personalised cushions, bear dresses and ballet shoe bags.

More bear dresses, gingerbread men, mother’s day present and a birthday fox cushion for a lovely friend!

well, I feel we’ve mostly caught up now. I do hope you’ve all been enjoying the warmer weather here in the northern hemisphere. Spring is well and truly on the way. The garden is coming to life and there is lots to do in the veg patch. expect photos! x


Yes, I’m still on with my pinterest obsession. This week we’re starting to thing about what we want to grow in our veggie patch. There’s also a new raised bed to build next to the girls play house so they can have their own patch to dig and sow!

{photo from gardenworldimages.com}

Because our veggie beds are in the front garden I would really like them to look stylish! We get many a passer-by stopping to have a look what is growing. Over on my Veggie board there are so many pretty veggie gardens. We’re going to have another good crack at the garden this year. Last year we concentrated on half of the back garden so this year its the fronts turn again.



If you know us in real life you’ll know that we have a nice bay tree by the front door that we planted a few weeks after we moved into our house. It not as little as it used to be so now hides the house number. I’ve been thinking about making (or having made) a nice house number plaque to go in the window.

This one from Lily May Crafts is lovely!

The rest of my board is full of house welcoming loveliness :)

Baby cushions!

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Feb 282014

I do like it when people come to me with an idea and a new product magically appears! Say hello to our newest product: New baby cushions.

Isn’t it just lovely?! This one was specified that it had baby Alice’s weight rather than her mass!

I can make these with any variation of name/DOB/birth weight in any unit (lbs/Kg/g/N!) and I’m in need of samples to photograph. For a limited time these gorgeous personalised cushions will be available for the amazing price of £30 plus postage (normally £40). The back of the cushion uses the same yummy fabric as the front and it comes with a feather down cushion insert to make them lovely and squishy. I want to make some for my girls!!

Please note: longer names will have smaller lettering.

Find the cushions HERE.


It has been the wettest winter I can remember here in the UK and I can’t wait for the weather to start to warm.

(image from tidbitsandtype)

Ass a little sunshine to your day with my Sunny board :)

A happy customer!

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Feb 242014

If you’ve been reading my ramblings for a while you’ll know that I’m a bit of a sciencey nerd, and nothing makes me happier than when I get a request for a set of planets. I love making these little chaps and sewing on their super smiley faces. Here is my latest happy little customer!

Doesn’t she look cute hanging out with her new friends! These are going to be made into a mobile for this little munchkins bedroom and I bet they’ll look great!

If you would like your own set just drop me an email for a quote to: claire[at]paynedesign[dot]co[dot]uk  there is a bit of waiting list but they’re worth it! I posted another set out this morning :)

Feb 192014

It’s Mini’s birthday (3, can you believe it!) in a couple of days and she’s MONSTER obsessed. She’s asked for a cuddly Mike Wazowski for her birthday from us and a big cuddly Sully from H. I’m assuming the cake will be monster themed too…

I can’t find credit for this idea but we’re totally going to use it on her presents!!!!

Check out the rest of my Monster Board :)

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