It’s been a year since I posted last and oh so much has happened, like, a baby! A beautiful little girl and we couldn’t be happier. For a long time I thought she was not coming, I was convinced we would be a family of 3. Whilst I felt incredibly lucky to be able to have one child we desperately wanted another. We went through the IVF process and I became pregnant with our dear Alana. I still can’t believe we got so lucky. I felt terribly ill- very lucky and extremely grateful but still, terribly ill- right throughout my pregnancy and didn’t feel much like writing, taking pictures or making. She has been in the world for 4 months now and in that 4 months I’ve felt the most productive, making wise, that I’ve ever been. She sleeps on me mostly in a wrap and I’ve been able to do a lot of stitching at the same time. I’ve been taking commissions and making dolls, knitting & quilting. Ed is a lot more independent now and is happy to do his own play or colour beside me while I work. We don’t have much of a routine yet, we’re just doing whatever whenever but I can feel it coming into a noticeable rhythm. It was interesting to see from my last post that not much has changed; even down to the sweater I just finished knitting!
Sewing: Dolls, dolls and more dolls. I am so pleased these are keeping me busy. I am excited to be working towards making my dream of becoming a doll maker when I grow up a reality.
Stitching: English paper pieced stars from Liberty fabrics to be sewn to doll sleeping bags. I really love EPP, it’s such a portable craft and easy to do with a sleeping babe wrapped on the front of me
Cooking : Toast. Jam toast mostly but sometimes just toast and butter. And eggs. Is that classed as cooking? Probably not. Wal has been doing most of the cooking at night as I’m usually feeding Dot around that time.
Visiting: We haven’t been out visiting anywhere lately. Its been cold so we’ve been snuggled up inside in front of the fire watching TV, playing ipad games, doing loads of LEGO and eating jam toast. The weather is getting nicer though and I’m excited about getting out and about a bit more.
Drinking : Strong English breakfast tea
Watching: Gilmore Girls….. for the billionth time. I’ve also just discovered Monty Don. I know, he’s been on British TV forever but I’d never seen him before until I came across his show Big Dreams Small Spaces on Netflix. I’ve been dreaming of a flower garden for what feels like forever. I gave up last year, it was too hot and dry and watering seemed such a chore when I already felt so ill from being pregnant. I’d like to try again this year though.
Buying: A Phoebe Wahl kettle broach
Wearing: My linen Lisa dress with tights and cardigans- same answer as last post! But seriously, it’s the only thing that fits me at the moment as I am still not back to my pre Dot shape. I have been wearing a lot of trackie pants with long sleeve tshirts. Breastfeeding friendly clothes only at the moment and lucky for me its mostly the style of clothing I’d wear anyway. My friend Jen has just released a new pattern, the Quincy Dress. I made her Mayberry Dress last year and loved the way the bodice fit. The Quincy is a sister pattern to Mayberry and the pattern pieces can be interchanged. I’d really like to try the Quincy, I think it would be a great nursing dress.
I hope you’re keeping well x