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July 30, 2015 / dottybelle

My First Jelly Shoes!

Nanna P (Hubby’s lovely Mum) bought E a very cute pair of Jelly shoes for our holidays at Centerparcs and Greece this month and next, and Elliot, being a shoe lover couldn’t wait to try them on.


Here he is modelling them whilst showing me where his tummy is!

Shoes, £7 from M&S.

July 26, 2015 / dottybelle

This Week’s Best – 26th July

This week’s best came after putting the Paddington Bear movie on to watch with E, who has only very recently began to properly watch TV. I had just bought some Paddington Bear PJ’s for him (see here) and thought he may get excited if he connected the two. He’s only said a few words so far and ‘bear’ has never been one of them, so I was very excited when five minutes in to the movie he said ‘Bear’ in a clear and very cute voice. And he repeated it tens of times in the hours and days that followed. As soon as he sees the TV now he says ‘Bear’ and has started to call everything and everyone ‘Bear’. He is bear obsessed and it is adorable.


Here he is engrossed watching ‘Bear’ for (literally) the thirtieth time!

July 19, 2015 / dottybelle

This Week’s Best – 19th July

Unusually, I spent the most part of Friday to Sunday with my boys, actually doing things together. Out and about. Adventurous! So there are four best bits this week.


1) Shopping at Westfield for a Bridesmaid dress.

2) E’s first go on a bouncy castle at Willows Activity Farm. A boy sat on his head for longer than is polite.

3) Cooling off nakey in the garden and riding the skuttle bug.

4) Caught up with Mummy friends from my postnatal parent craft class, and photos were taken with babies lined up, same as we did a year before. There was a lot more movement this time!

September 4, 2014 / dottybelle

Sparkly New Shoes!

I got these Ash trainers yesterday and they are the perfect go to Mama shoes that will brighten up the autumn days which are just round the corner. I already have a couple of pairs of shoes from Ash and they are so comfy. I’ve never been into sparkle much but lately I’m loving a bit of gold, when it looks classy and not OTT!

ash shoes

They were in the sale at Kate Kuba for £64 but I’ve found them online for £59.50 here. For extra coolness they have studs on the back, here’s another view:

ash shoes 1

Stay Comfy!

June 29, 2014 / dottybelle

My First Memory Frame

Baby E is almost five months old. Whilst packing away his smallest clothes I decided there are three things so special that they have to go on display. These are; The hat that the midwives put on him as soon as he was born – the first thing he ever wore apart from a nappy! The vest he wore and was dressed in when I first got to spend some proper time with him in his incubator, which was size newborn and looked huge on him. And some very cute White Company sailor pjs which were a present from our lovely friend O. I’ll see that he always has White Company pjs, I love them!

Once individually framed these will go on the blank nursery wall and form a picture gallery. I’ve been planning picture galleries in other rooms for ages but get stumped on what to frame and how to lay them out. For this I’m just going to start with the first few items I have and let it grow organically from there.

Last night I had some energy (a very rare occurrence!) and took the plunge and started with the hat. I had an Ikea Ribba shadow/3D frame in my craft stash which I repurposed and here’s the finished product.


The frame came with mount so I just lay the hat how I liked and chose a background. I have trouble committing so used double sided tape rather than the glue gun to fix the fabric in place. After playing with some lightly patterned scrapbook papers for the backing I settled on some oatmeal fabric I had lying around, which was actually a sofa fabric swatch (hoarding comes in handy!).

I’m looking forward to getting frames for the other pieces (below) and finishing a project for the first time in a while.



June 24, 2014 / dottybelle

I appear to match my tablecloth…


June 19, 2014 / dottybelle

Stitched With Love

My wonderful friend T, has gotten in to embroidery over the last few years. It started after her beautiful daughter N, now three and a half, was born, and she put her days of hedonism behind her (well, mostly!).

Before Christmas she asked me and a couple of other besties what our favourite books are. Mine was, and always will be Roald Dahl’s, ‘Matilda’.

A little time after Christmas (as I said, she has a three and half year old!) I was presented with the most lovely and thoughtful gift which I will cherish forever. This embroided piece of work, which features a quote from my favourite book.


Such a brilliant idea. The embroidered fabric was given to me by itself so I could frame it as I liked. I decided to stretch it in an embroidery hoop, simple yet effective.

Baby E’s nursery was the perfect home for it, and here it is in situ…