Amelia’s New Blanket

About a year and a half ago I got this book from the library. I LOVED it! Zoe Mellor Adorable Knits for Tiny Tots

I was really sad when I had to return it but there was one pattern I really wanted to try, a blanket. I sneakily scanned the pattern for the blanket and started using 3 balls of wool I picked up while on holiday in Portstewart 2 years ago!

Hearts and Satrs Blanket

It was one of those books however in which I loved loads of patterns, these are a few of my favorites…

I have started knitting this one already!

photo 4 (2) photo 5 (2)So I started the blanket and committed to buying 20 balls of the wool I had started with and on and off knitted the blanket for a year. Christmas happened and I sort of left it until I found it when I moved house a few months ago only to find I had lost the pattern, so I just bought the book! I finally finished it! The color isn’t right in this photo but here you go, the finished blanket.

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Hearts and Stars Blanket
I am so proud of myself for finishing it, it is definitely the biggest knitting project I have tried. Its not very well knitted, there are some mistakes and I actually just found a small hole in it which I hadn’t even noticed! But I’m just happy to have finished it and Amelia adores it she has slept with it every night and calls it ‘blanky’. So I’m super happy even if my knitting isn’t great!!

Amelia and blanky

You can buy the book here, I highly recommend it.

Coffe morning

Last week sadly the weather was super changeable. However when I left the house on Monday for coffee with my sister I decide I would try out the shoes Stephen got me for my birthday. This is what I wore,

photo 1 (4)Jumper- H & M (no longer on the website but possibly in store)

Leggings- Boden

Espadrilles- ASOS

I love this jumper, about a year ago there was a stripy jumper, navy and white in MaxMara Weekend on the Lisburn Road, that I wanted to buy I think it was around £119 so I decided I would think about it. However when I went back to get it, it was sold out and I was unable to find it online. This jumper from H&M is a fraction of the price and is really nice and quite slouchy.

I have mentioned these Boden leggings before they are AMAZING!! This is my second pair in 3 years, only because I needed a smaller pair. I find it difficult to get leggings that don’t wear at the crotch but these haven’t at all, well worth the money. The espadrilles were a birthday present (last week). I really like espadrilles I had a pair the summer before last but wearing them without socks left them smelling awful and Stephen binned them. But these new ones are so comfy! Sadly it rained really badly when we were in getting coffee which is a nightmare and resulted in my feet being absolutely soaked.

Rowallane

National Trust membership is awesome. I used to live in Ballygowan so I had the option to go to loads of places, Rowallane, Mount Stewart, Castle Ward etc. The last few weeks we have definitely used our membership loads.

There was a jazz weekend at Mount Stewart.

Jazz weekend Mount StewartA trip to Castle Ward with my cousin Ado who was visiting from Switzerland.

Castle WardLast weekend we headed to Rowallane for a walk…me and Stephen walked, Amelia had to go on my shoulders for most of it.

Walk Rowallane

Amelia loved the little band stand thing, it was a fight to get her to leave.

IMG_0138 The theme of ‘wee houses’ ran throughout the whole of Rowallane with Amelia sitting on every little bench she saw in any covered area.

Rowallane

Amelia wore:

Dress- H&M

Amelia has this in various patterns, they are great for summer and a really good price!

h&m Jersey Dress

Sneakers-Nike (old but similar here)

Nike Free Girls 5.0Boden coat (old)

 

Patchwork Tent

As my car has been broken it has given me an excuse to catch up on the numerous knitting and sewing projects I have started/intended to start.

For Valentine’s day I was given this book by StephenIMG_0145

 

You can buy it here,

It is a pretty awesome book, there are loads of things I want to make. Obviously Amelia had to have a flick through and she ‘needed’ me to make a rather fetching pop up, patchwork tent.

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I started this using scraps, as well as fabric I got in the discount bin things in fabric shops and an old bed cover and its finished!! I was so excited, as was Amelia. I am not a great sewer in all honesty, I definitely lack the patience needed. However, this was quite an easy project as a lot of the projects in this book seem to be, mixed in with some more advanced things. There’s a nice blouse I want to make, a bag and a patchwork bathmat that I may scale down and turn into placemats.

So, here it is, the tent. I have to get a better picture. I will make an effort in the next few weeks.

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The Lock Keepers Inn

Amelia was ill, I was ill and the clutch on the car went so the last few weeks have mainly been spent in the house or walking around Newtownbreda! Before the car broke down however I picked up my sister and headed to Lock Keepers at Shaws Bridge, parking in the car park at Instonians. We called in at Forestside to check out H and M on our way. Its pretty good for holiday clothes for Amelia and I got a really nice skirt. Amelia chose sunglasses and insisted on wearing them with her wellies, however I’m pretty certain she couldn’t see!

sunglasses h and m

Dress- Zara

Leggings- Boden (from a year or 2 ago but these are the updated ones)

Sunglasses- H & M

While we were at H&M Amelia chose a dress…

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I definitely did not like this dress but Amelia ‘loved it so, so, so, so much’ and ‘had to have it’ thankfully at £2.99 it wasn’t the end of the world but she has insisted on wearing it loads.

But back to Lock Keepers! The reason for choosing Lock Keepers? The amazing weather. Me, Sophie and Amelia were able to sit outside in the sunshine. I had a toastie and chips and Amelia had chicken goujons and chips. She tried to cut them with the wrong side of her knife!

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She tried some of Sophie’s green tea…and hated it!

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It was really quite expensive, but being able to sit outside and enjoy the fresh air made it totally worth it. Amelia had a blast as well, as there its sort of enclosed and there is a nice bit of grass where she could run around.

After all the running around Amelia decided she wanted to sunbathe in her glasses so lay on the picnic style benches.

Later that week we went to Balmoral which was pretty much the last trip before the broken car. Amelia did however walk Toby with me and I just love this picture its so cute!

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Hillsborough forest

On Saturday thankfully the rain held off (nearly) long enough to get a walk at Hillsborough around the lake.

Stephen drove which unfortunately meant the poor dogs had to stay behind but on the plus side I got a rare break from having to drive anywhere.

Driving the skoda

The drive was all too much for Amelia who fell asleep by the time we had arrived at the lake. It had just started to rain very heavily so it gave us a good excuse to sit in the car for a while before we walked.

Sleeping in the car

We fed the ducks. I think if we feed the ducks again we will stick to Castle Espie there were some pretty scary geese at Hillsborough hissing at us!

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After the bread was finished we started our walk it was great fun!

walk at Hillsborough

Amelia carried my umbrella.

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Poor Amelia fell down in mud during an epic game of hide and seek.

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photo 1 (1)However she got me back for hiding in a muddy area by stealing my umbrella when it started to rain heavily.

photo 4 (1)photo 3 (2)Amelia Boden coatWe ended our walk with loads of bluebells and then a run around the grass on the way back to the car.

Amelia wore the cutest thing I have ever bought for her. I love that little jacket. Everyone is always commenting on how cute it is. I also bought it for her about a year and a half ago, sized 1 and a half to 2 years and at 2 and 5 months it is a perfect size if not slightly too big. Her little leggings are another favourite of mine, these were from Baby Gap and look super cute. They are cropped as well so are really nice for colder summer days. They are also in the sale as well which is always a bonus!!

Amelia wore:

Coat- Boden (No longer in stock but keep an eye out I find that they sometimes recycle styles)

Leggings- Gap

Wellies- Matalan (old) but there are loads of place you can get wellies, I tend to get Amelia cheap ones as she wears them so much so it doesn’t matter if they fall apart. The only requirement from Amelia is that they are Minnie Mouse!

I wore:

Denim Shirt- New Look

Leggings- Boden. These leggings are great they are really thick and well worth the money. Previous leggings I have owned have worn really badly around the seams and developed holes as well as getting baggy at the knees but these haven’t and I’ve had them for about 2 years. I have 3 pairs and some cropped ones.

Balck vest- Next

Wellies- Hunter. Heres a top tip, I’m quite short at 5 ft 2 and I find the adult ones come up quite high, making it a bit awkward for me to drive in them, however the kids wellies go up to an adult size 5, they are shorter and so I find a better fit AND they tend to be a lot cheaper.

Wellie socks- Joules (old) but similar here

Overall this was such a lovely day even when it rained. Its great to splash about like a big kid. I walked around with my phone app to measure how far we walked and its about 2 miles round the lake and there are loads of extra little paths that you can run up. The fort at Hillsborough is also worth a visit, although we didn’t have time as poor Amelia was covered in mud and exhausted, as was I!

 

Bikes, bikes, bikes

Friday marked the being of the Giro D’Italia in Belfast and so donning comfy shoes me, Amelia (my daughter) and Stephen (the boyfriend) trekked to Stranmillis to see the bikes.

A lot of my pictures ended up like this, as the slightest bit of action from the crowds across the road who could see what was coming made me click the shutter.

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After ages the bikes came past- very fast.

Amelia however lost interest before seeing the bikes and was only kept happy by a ham bap, a banana, an orange and a packet of magic stars.

Amelia eating magic stars

When all the food plus a fruit shoot was gone she resorted to eating her hat.

Amelia eating her hat

Tasty!

I would be the first to admit that I’m not a fan of cycling at all. However it was pretty awesome to go and watch the Giro, especially as there had been so much publicity leading up to it.

Amelia wore a pretty dress that she picked out from Debenhams, admittedly the picture in the link doesn’t do it justice, but it looks super adorable on!

Debenhams Daisy Dress- Amelia wore this with her Startrite shoes but a little pair of sandals would be great with this dress especially in summer (such as these from Zara).

Gap Cardigan (old)

I think this wee dress would look lovely with a little denim jacket, like this one from H&M.

I wore:

ASOS Jeggings

Image 1 of ASOS PETITE Jameson Low Rise Denim Jeggings In Mid Wash

Nike Roshe Runs- My actual trainers are a different pattern to these as they are older but these trainers are great and I think nicer than mine. They are super comfy and look great.

Plain black vest top from Next

Longchamp Tote Bag- this is a super bag to have with a toddler (especially one who’s potty training) as there room for loads of stuff, I have it in large and this colour.