Tuesday, 1 September 2015

National Baby Safety Month...tips for choosing a cot.

It's probably one of the most important, and pricey, purchases for your new baby and deserves calm consideration...on day one of National Baby Safety Month, here's three top tips on choosing the best cot for your little one.

One...all new cots should conform to safety standard BSEN716, which determines such features as the gaps between bars and base depth. So check your new cot's design is covered by this legislation. 

Two...If buying a second-hand cot or inheriting a family heirloom, check for old paints that could include harmful products. If in doubt get the cot stripped and start again with a modern, child-friendly finish. Older cots may not conform to British Standard guidelines but that doesn't mean they shouldn't be considered...find out about the cot's history, you may find several grown-ups slept soundly in it as babies..!

 amberinteriors via ministyleblog


Three...Whatever your decision, make sure you can get a brand-new mattress to fit your cot...it needs to fit snuggly with no gaps that little hands or faces can get trapped in. 

Now, I'm no expert and these tips are, by no means, the only things to consider in the circumstances...
whatever you decide, take your time and seek professional advice from those you trust...

Check out these websites for more...NCT and SIDS

Sunday, 23 August 2015

PomPoms set to trend in kid's rooms this Autumn...

Summer 2015 has seen the addition of pompom trims on everthing...shoes, bags, jewellery...I've even seen them on knickers...!

And, as we all know, what's hot in the fashion world usually makes an appearance in the interiors world soon afterwards...

I'm sure you've got a dust-covered craft book somewhere that'll show you, and the kids,  how to make a few pompoms of your own but just in case...

So what are you going to do with them when you've made them...here's a few ideas for decorating a kid's room...

 elizagran at shopprettymommy

 find instructions at raisinguprubies

danahaim via abchome

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Saturday, 8 August 2015

Kid's room scheme idea...Ikea.

I sometimes browse the websites of popular stores to see if I can put together the basics of a kid's room scheme...I know, I should get out more!
Unfortunately, my computer skills have prevented me from going much further, and many remain figments of my imagination...until today!
Never mind that I've spent all day trying to work out how to do it...the good news (I hope) is that I've done it...and here's the result...I'm not going to bore you with the technical processes I've had to negotiate...I'd rather you find inspiration and try putting together your own scheme...

The first collection comes from Ikea...couldn't resist the industrial-style wardrobe with moveable, plastic, decorative pieces...let me know what you think...

You can find all the items above on Ikea's website...

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Unexpected success in my first craft and flower exhibition.

Since embracing village life with a move eighteen months ago, I felt it was about time to get involved with the annual craft and flower show...as you do!
Joining the Craft and Chatter group a few weeks previously inspired me to get involved, as well a bit of friendly rivalry I have to say.

In fact, I found myself helping out for the whole day and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Anyway, three exhibits later and I came away with a trophy!
It's only little but I'm proud of it anyway.

So what did I exhibit...?
Two miniature flower arrangements...and I've never arranged flowers before...got a first place for this one...

...and a third place for this one...in the novelty class

...and then my baby polar bears got me another first place in the miniature craft section....

According to those in the know, these little guys won me the trophy...which makes all the hard work creating them worthwhile...

Sunday, 26 July 2015

DIY bookcase ideas for Top Ten book list results.

The results of a fun survey, involving 500 teachers deciding on their top ten 'must-read' children's books, released it's results this week.

And the winner was....please insert lengthy pause with dramatic music aka the X Factor.... 

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl...!

But where are you going to store all these books..? Here's a few DIY ideas, with the help of a friendly 'chippy', that caught my eye...

And if you want size rather than shape....

Saturday, 11 July 2015

Is this the perfect kid's playhouse..?

Architecturally-trained mothers, Christine Petersen and Anne Froydis Linnerud, started creating their delightful plywood playhouses in 2013 after they struggled to find anything suitable for their own kids.

And they are oh-so practical..!

Suitable for indoors or out, each house is held together by big flat 'pegs' so can be put up and taken down at will...which makes it so easy to store away when not in use...and can be painted or decorated as you wish...!

Kids get such a great deal sometimes....don't they!