Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Window Dressing.

Just a little post to test out blogging on my new iPhone.... Woop woop. Craig wasn't too keen on the iPhone because it is locked into Apple and Windows, so I have had an android phone up until now. It always irked me that good apps always seemed to be geared towards iPhone... So Craig said if it's what you really want... Yippee. It is taking a while to get used to but what is not to love. I have Pinterest, Etsy, Facebook, my Kindle, Amazon, Sonic the Hedgehog, a Harry Potter movie, a good camera, A Cath Kidston case and Blogger.

I digress, so I wanted to see how easy it was to blog and add pictures. This post is about two small things I have done recently that have cheered me up no end.

I have never really been happy with the fireplace in the front room, a bit dated and it has never been properly dressed. With company coming, I collected some random accessories from round the house and put them together with a big bunch of daffodils (always a sure fire way to brighten the mood) and I am loving the new look.

The flower vase is an IKEA hurricane lantern. The westie was a Christmas gift from mum. I had some seasonal Pinterest subway art in the frame but had to swap the 'hohoho' theme for a picture of me in Sequoia National Park, a random photo but a great picture from a fabulous holiday, so it can stay till I find some spring subway art. The bird was a resprayed eBay purchase, done after seeing Creative Little Daisy's blog about thrifting and spraying everything white. The bird cage was a cheapy purchase from the Range as was the mercury glass candle stick. There were two candlesticks but I smashed one just getting to the car. I thought it best not attempt to return the other one because  I would probably smash it on the way back to the shop. I actually think one looks OK. I still need something for my resprayed picture frame on the end though.

I am pleased as punch with the overall effect, I would have liked some spring themed cushions but we are on a budget now... Boo.

Lastly, hot pink nail polish, DIY pedicure and I feel a million bucks- who knew. Freya was equally pleased with the colour. When she saw it on my bedside table, in awestruck tones she said "what's THAT..." and she ended up with pink toes too. Just need it to be sandal season now.

Money spent= £0, overall happiness increase 80% at least.

Monday, 20 February 2012

Rapunzel Mania

The love affair began when Freya saw the Rapunzel dress in Asda, it was purple, so the girl had to have it. The sleeves are organza, crazy really as she had accidentally ripped a sleeve off within days. A whole hour spent stitching it back together... I will never get that time back you know.

Next step, I downloaded the original brothers Grimm story on my 'electric book' as Freya calls my Kindle. As is usual with fairy tales before Disney gets hold of them, it is a bit dark with people getting their eyes put out and so forth.

Then she got the Barbie doll with stupidly knotty long  hair, which I seem to spend most nights brushing before she comes down and trashes it again next morning.

Finally, she has seen 'Tangled' the Disney version... many times I may add. Aunty Emily kindly got it for her third birthday. She has fallen in love with Flynn Rider and says his name many times throughout the day. We eventually bought Freya a Flynn Rider doll that now travels around with us and Prince Phillip, Edies main squeeze.

I am really proud of this last picture, my megablok masterpiece... Rapunzel's tower. Every megablok we had in the house and a spare twenty minutes, very therapeutic, like crocheting really.

Demolished within hours, obviously.

Thursday, 2 February 2012

Edie's Independance

The house is as quiet as a library, it is Thursday and Freya is off rough housing with all the other pre-schoolers at nursery. I seemed to get so much done today and can take everything at Edie's pace.

We have done her 'your baby can read' DVD, there was lots of copying and joining in with songs. We have had a walk round the park (half way) before falling and banging her head. She was examining stones today and showing off her new whistling skills (bizarre that she has learned to do that now). We have had a bit of a play, then peanut butter, banana and honey sandwiches before going back to bed.

I took these shots recently when I realised that she had grown out of the babybjorn carrier and this would be her last outing sniff sniff. It is not that it was particularly comfortable but it is definately the end of an era. I finally realised she had outgrown it  when I bent down to poop scoop and Edie was stood, both feet flat on the floor in the baby carrier. We have the occasional trip out with the big backpack but essentially she is her own little independant thing walking to and from the park.

Edie is nearly making it round Bold Venture park, while Freya walked all the way up to Darwen Tower the other day. We were so proud, two years old and already fell walking. It was a beautiful day for it. We wanted to go up and inspect the newly erected small 'dome' on top of the tower. We had to bribe her up with revitalising snacks and drinks but I think she did champion.

Edie, on the other hand, gets grumpy when she is ferried around preferring to express herself through the medium of dance.

This video shows her dancing to Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty Waltz. We are not being high brow, it is on the end of the Disney film which Freya loves. Both girls now love waltzing. Edie has been particularly surprising, she sings the first line of the song "I know you..." and she has formed a real attachment to Prince Phillip and regularly takes him for a little dance. I love her 'Fingers on lips' finish. (Sorry about the poor quality of the audio.)

Freya is less graceful, we took her to her first ballet lesson the last Saturday, credit to nanny, she sorted it all out. It is a little dance studio in Blackburn where the adults sit round the edge on sofas having a coffee while the little dots do set dances, skipping and waving silk scarves. She was very attentive but she skips like a herd of elephants. Her friends from nursery, Bethany and Maisie were there too.

I have ordered some pretty ballet gear because last week (her first time) I just put her in something that she could dance in:  pink leggings, red tutu, purple sparkly trainers and a mickey mouse sweatshirt she looked cute but eccentric compared to all the other pale pink graceful little things. The woman had said that they could just wear anything that they could move in...oops.