Quick evening crochet: Owl Hat

I’ve seen this child’s hat around a lot in the last year or so and always thought it was sweet – when I saw my friend’s baby wearing it this week it inspired me to give it a go and here is the result!

I’m really pleased with it, particularly as it only took me 2-3 hours to make.





Appologies for the terrible photos!

I found the pattern on Repeat Crafter Me. Looking at her blog I can already see there are loads more projects that i want to try, as well as making many more of these owl hats for friends!

What have you been making recently?

F x

Toys for a newborn: Our top 5

Ok, so its true – your newborn doesn’t really need toys for the first few months. But its fun shopping for them, and – if you’re anything like me – you like to be prepared! So here is our 5 favourite toys for a ‘newborn’.
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1. My friend Emily (Lamaze toy)

With a clip on the top you can attach this toy to pretty much anything (a play gym, pushchair, car seat etc.) Each part of ‘Emily’ is covered in a different textured, different coloured material with a crinkly sound below, Alice has spent hours exploring the different parts of this toy. Now she is a little older (5months) she is using the rings that emily is holding to help with her teething. This was the first toy that Alice really started to enjoy around 3 months. Alice was given hers at my baby shower, but you can buy them from Amazon.

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2. Baby’s First Doll (Fisher Price)

A super soft, pink, padded dolly with a rattle inside; “baby’s first doll” is perfect for young babies. Alice has always enjoyed looking at this dolly and listening to the rattle. Since about 4months she has been able to grab the dolly herself and it inevitably rattles as she fires it towards her face (Thank god its so soft!) This, again, was a present but can be bought from Argos. Don’t be put off by the online pictures, its less freaky than it looks and your little one will love it!

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3. My Pal Violet (Also available in green called “My pal Scout”)

I purchased this as a christmas present for Alice in an amazon lightening deal for around £8 (what a bargain!). Each of the four paws has a different control: sleepy sounds, games, music and off (each of these with many different songs/games on). Violets ‘tag’ lights up as she talks and sings and what’s best is you can personalise Violet with your child’s name! I always get the songs stuck in my head…“me and my friend ALICE! we like to do everything together…..”  Alice has enjoyed this since about 3 months old and now at 5 months is mesmerised by the lights as she bites Violets nose and presses the buttons herself!

2317899454. Jellycat Bashful Blossom Bunny

There’s nothing particularly special or outstanding about this bunny, its just a soft toy! But it is our favourite. This is the first thing daddy ever chose and bought himself for Alice. He said that the ears are the type pattern that you’ll never forget. Alice has always loved having this near her and in her pram to gnaw on. I hope she grows old with this one. We purchased ours from Jojo Maman Bebe, but have also seen some John Lewis’ selling them in various sizes and colours.

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5. Twist and turn rattle

Out of all the many toys Alice received for Christmas, on the day – this was the only one she was interested in! With moving parts all the way down and rubber ridges on three parts, this rattle can be bent into many different shapes for your baby to chew on. I particularly like it as its small enough to carry around in the change bag for whenever entertainment is needed! I can’t find anywhere online that sells the one we were given, but amazon does sell a simpler figure 8 version which she also enjoys. Let me know if you can find the one pictured above to buy online and I will add the link to this post!

Whats your newborn’s favourite toys?

F x

Most Popular Baby Names of 2014

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Picking a name for your little one is one of the hardest and most important decisions you will have to make, pre birth. There are so many lovely names to choose from. And yet, somehow, some parents seem to have the ability to get it oh so wrong! Hashtag, Number 16 Bus Shelter, Lucifer and @ just to name a few! Obviously these are extreme examples and what is a ‘normal’ name for me might not be for you so I do try not to judge but when faced with a baby “Audi” I am forced to bite my tongue!

For us, we wanted to choose a name that was cute as a baby (check), cool as a child (check) and sensible enough to survive in the adult world (Check. I think.) – eventually we narrowed it down to ‘Alice’. Alice was, in fact, my grandmothers middle name so it is nice for there to be a namesake also.

If you look back through records, you can see how names seem to be becoming popular again from our grandparents generation (Ida, Stanley, Jack, Ava, James.) I expect this cycle will continue on forever (and no doubt more ridiculous names as parents attempt to outdo each other on ‘originality’)

Here are the top ten baby names for 2014 as submitted by babycenter users. Is your little one’s name on here?

Girls               Boys

Emma            Liam

Olivia             Noah

Ava                Mason

Sophia           Ethan

Isabella          Logan

Madison        Jackson

Abigail          Jacob

Mia               Lucas

Charlotte      James

Olivia           Oliver

For the full list please visit Babycenter.

Would your favourite name being on a ‘most popular’ list put you off using it? Or would this be the list that you make your choices from? What are your little ones called and how did you come to choose it?

F x