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Inspiration: My Rose Valley

How fantastic are the unlimited resources and tutorials you can discover online! Crochet inspiration is one of my favourite things to browse during quite times or when I simply need to tune out from the crazy kids! I love the people who put the time and effort into creating free tutorials so…

Buying A Sewing Machine

Buying A Sewing Machine

Deciding what sewing machine to buy is a hugely important decision.  It is a big investment so you want to make sure you get the right machine for you. You want one which you won’t grow out of too quickly, but equally that you can easily use now.  You want…

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How to Hand Quilt

Jo Avery is the author of the fantastic blog myBearpaw which is all about sharing the things she makes. Here you will find some really great quilting tutorials with my favourite (so far) being instructions on how to quilt by hand. Jo share’s her 20 odd years worth of hand quilting experience…

Crochet Owl Mittens

Crochet Owl Mittens

I know I know… it’s the start of summer and I’m posting a link to mittens! They are just so cute and I didn’t want to forget about them. These are going straight on my ‘Craft to do once the weather cools down’ list. I just can’t bring myself to…

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Minestrone

Mmmm Minestrone

Fragrant and hearty minestrone soup for a cold winter’s day. Minestrone is one of my favourite soups that everyone enjoys. It gets so many vegetables into my daughters and to mix it up a little for their entertainment I sometimes use dinosaur pasta instead of macaroni. I also prefer a…

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Spinach Cob Loaf Dip

There’s no doubt you’ve been to a party or BBQ where there has been a cob loaf served full of delicious goodness. My favourite is the spinach cob (closely followed by the corn & cheese) and it’s super easy to make. A quick whiz around the supermarket and you’ll have…

Potato & Bacon Soup

Potato & Bacon Soup

This soup is ideal for when you have an empty fridge and pantry and desperately need to do a shop but can’t be bothered! All you really need are a few potatoes and a little bit of bacon and you’ve got a delicious soup that the whole family will love!…

Crepes Yummo!

Crepes Yummo!

Crepes are something I’ve always enjoyed eating and have also always thought they were too hard to make at home. But I was SO wrong! I’ve been making my family crepes for awhile now and we all find them easier to eat than pancakes and you don’t feel as sick…

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February 2016 Wallpapers

Geometric shapes are everywhere you look at the moment. I’m really loving black and white with a touch of pastel. I don’t have much of this colour scheme in my home but though it could work as a cute wallpaper. So this is my inspiration for the month of February….

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A Fierce Flourishing Wallpaper

This year the MOPS theme is ‘A Fierce Flourishing’. We become more ourselves when we celebrate, rest and notice, and that looks a lot like flourishing. But this flourishing isn’t the precious or exhausting kind. This is a fierce flourishing. It is a deep-in-your-guts experience of gratitude and hope compelling you…

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January 2016 Wallpapers

Happy new year to you all! I’ve been asked about what my new year’s resolution is and it’s got me thinking… I would like to try and be more digitally organised. My home life is generally pretty well organised but I struggle with my computer filing and social media schedule….

December 2015 Wallpaper by Lis O'Brien

December 2015 Wallpapers

It seems like to countdown to Christmas started months ago with decorations popping up in the shops at the start of October! But it is just around the corner at last and the carols and festive spirit are now welcome in my home. We traditionally put our Christmas tree up…

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Minestrone

Mmmm Minestrone

Fragrant and hearty minestrone soup for a cold winter’s day. Minestrone is one of my favourite soups that everyone enjoys. It gets so many vegetables into my daughters and to mix it up a little for their entertainment I sometimes use dinosaur pasta instead of macaroni. I also prefer a…

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Inspiration: My Rose Valley

How fantastic are the unlimited resources and tutorials you can discover online! Crochet inspiration is one of my favourite things to browse during quite times or when I simply need to tune out from the crazy kids! I love the people who put the time and effort into creating free tutorials so…

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Joys of Potty Training

I’m seriously in no hurry to do this but I need to start encouraging my little 2 year old to try and use the potty more. I know I sound all ‘lazy mum’ but being the second child and knowing what’s ahead is exhausting just thinking about it. It’s one…