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Little Doolally

Designer Profile Amy lives in a little house on a hill in Nottinghamshire, England with her husband, daughter and son. Colour, crochet and everything crafty makes Amy happy. Amy is a Crochet Pattern Designer and loves searching for great vintage finds in charity shops and at car boots sales and using them to inspire new creations. She has been crocheting since…

Corn & Bacon Fritters

I’m trying to find recipes for my 14-month old that aren’t pureed baby food but also something soft enough for her to gently chew. She’s been a little unsettled and fussy with her food so these Corn & Bacon Fritters were the perfect way to get some veggies into her. The recipe calls for corn kernels but you can use cubed…

The Knit Studio

A bespoke knitting mill located in Red Hill on the Mornington Peninsula Hinterland. The Knit Studio specialises in custom made, personalised blankets that come in a wide range of sizes and on-trend colour palettes to choose from. Their blankets are made from 100% premium soft cotton or merino wool and are knitted on ‘state-of-the-art’ equipment. You are invited to design your own…

Bandicute Designs

Bandicute Designs is a handmade, uniquely Australian label specialising in babies and children’s clothing, women’s accessories and home wares. The small business was born out of a love for being creative – drawing, painting, dyeing, printing, sewing – and always looking for new techniques to create beautiful, modern designs for baby and the home. Bandicute designs are a mother and daughter team…

Krazy Knits by Karen

I have been a huge fan of Karen’s for many years now. I’ve purchased a couple of bright colourful pieces for my daughters and I receive compliments every time they are worn. Karen lives in Canberra with her “extremely patient husband of 31 years” and their three adult children. Karen makes hand knitted items for babies and children using good quality and…

Favourite Chalk Board Fonts v.2

And here’s version 2.0 because you can never have too many chalk board fonts to choose from! I love the siteDaFont which is a great resource where you can download fonts straight to your computer from an extensive style library. If you don’t know how to download fonts there is a helpful Q&A here that I recommend.   Chalk Outline Sign Handwriting Grutch Shaded…

Favourite Chalk Board Fonts v.1

Chalk board fonts are so much fun to use on invitations, posters and even baby birth charts. I love the site DaFont which is a great resource where you can download fonts straight to your computer from an extensive style library. If you don’t know how to download fonts there is a helpful Q&A here that I recommend. Summer Sunshine KG Second Chances…

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 little more bacon than suggested below but that’s just personal…

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 we can benefit from them. Thank you tutorial makers!! I…

‘All About Me’ Activity Sheet

I don’t pay much notice to things like site stats on my website in general but one thing I do notice is how often these downloads are re-pinned on Pinterest! Since I moved over to a new site I have found there is still a continuous flow of traffic coming from Pinterest specifically looking for these free printables. As a…

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 of those things that take so much effort and diligence and…

Mr Fox Crochet Cushion

Mr Fox Crochet Cushion

This is seriously one of the most challenging things I’ve ever done. Right up there with parenting…. well not really. Parenting is far easier. But it does take a whole lot of concentrating and that’s something that can be difficult with a home full of little people. While I sit in the school car park every afternoon waiting for the…