Thursday, 8 April 2010

Easter holidays


As usual I am reaping the rewards of being married to a teacher in school holiday time, with an extra pair of hands at home to help with the children when I feel like a bit of sewing (the perks are few otherwise, though he did let me have a small piece of graph paper the other day so that I could draw a hexagon template!). I finally got started on this babushka bunny kit from areathriftyone that's been sitting in my stash for 6 months or so. I came across the kit when researching a blog post on sewing kits that I wrote for UK handmade a while back and had to buy one for myself. I love the idea of pre-printed fabric kits to cut out and sew and this one is really sweet! She's for the new baby, due within the next few weeks, and is the perfect size for tiny hands.

Not wanting my older two to be left out, I've now got my eye on the girl and boy doll kits from Clothkits. I still have my clothkits doll, made for me by my mother, with a whole array of outfits which I see has now been reprinted (though she doesn't have quite as extensive a wardrobe as the original). I like the idea of having some hassle free sewing kits like this for when I've lost my mind during the first months after having the baby and feel like doing some sewing which is not going to require precision measuring! Maybe I might even work up to one of the lovely robots from WeeWonderfuls, though I'm worried I may be floored by fabric selection left to my own devices (you see I've done this twice before, and remember what a wreck I was for the first few months!).

Other than the sewing, we've been having plenty of Easter holiday fun. I bought a couple of second hand bikes on ebay for my children recently, thinking that now would be an ideal time to learn in preparation for leisurely rides alongside the pram come the Summer. I can't believe how quickly these two were off when we took them up to Burnham Beeches for a first ride - helmets are definitely a must for next time round!

cycle ride

That's me scurrying ahead (well, waddling) so that I could try and take a photo of them riding towards me on my mobile, but they were too fast!

We've lots of plans for the remaining week and a half of holidays, including plenty of crafting for the children. Next project is to be making freezer paper stencils and using fabric paints to design a t-shirt each - I will have to reign in their creativity just a tiny bit as it'll be me who has to precision cut out their complex drawings.

Hope you're enjoying the Easter holidays and Springtime sunshine!


  1. the bunny kit is gorgeous xxx

  2. I've been umming and arring about buying a babushka bunny kit to make for my little un, I think I will now as yours looks great.
    I also had a clothkit doll when I was younger, wish I still had it.
    Enjoy the rest of your hols.

  3. Ohh my little girl just loves dollys so thanks for pointing me in the right direction,I'm going to make her a clothkits one to treasure forever! Justine xx

  4. I had a clothkits doll and my brother had a skinny boy doll too which he still has. I remember all the clothkits clothes my Mum used to make us, especially one of the padded jackets.
    Love the bunny, very cute.

  5. Oh wow! I love the bunny so much! I am slowly stashing little goodies like this for when my sister eventually decides to give up the fight and have a baby! I may add one of these to the pile! I'll have a neice or nephew eventually even if it kills me! xxx

  6. Cute bunny! I can reccomend the Clothkits dolls, made one for my little girl before she was born - a very straightforward sew (though having said that I still didn't manage to get the second dress made until the little one's first birthday - hopefully you'll have a sleeper unlike me).

    Only a few weeks to go now? How exciting! Spring is a lovely time to have a baby.

  7. Hi Helen!

    The bunny kit is so cute. Wow, a few more weeks till your new baby will be born! Time has gone by really quickly. You and your family must be so excited.

    I've been taking my daughter cycling too as the weather has been lovely.

    I hope you all enjoy the rest of your Easter holidays.


  8. Hope all is going well with the baby helen and that the hols were as fun as they sound. Take care xx

  9. make sure resting is invlolved in there somewhere!

  10. Love the bunny & can quite see the appeal of ready to sew. I still lust after the Rob Ryan skirts from Cloth kits.

    Hope you've had a nice relaxing day today - you deserve a bit of a sit down, I think!


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