If you've been keeping an eye on me through my Facebook page, on Twitter or through Instagram you might have spotted a new line of crochet goodies!
These pieces have grown from a rather soft spot in my heart, put there by my ever growing and learning son and the love that my other half and I have for food and all the amazing discoveries and adventures that you can have with it.
Something we both discussed, even before our little one was born, was the increased desire to introduce our children into the world of food with excitement and curiosity!
Not just to indulge in foodie wonders but to build a healthy knowledge of food, where it comes from and how it's made.
And the memories!
Who doesn't have a fond memory of ice cream or a treasured recollection of butter on toast round their grandparents, or that sneaky toffee treat? And my word, roast dinners!
It all adds up a wonderful way to live life, loving food.
As our little one grew and the time to introduce food came, we found that food alone doesn't always spark the interest of their ever busy minds.
And whilst hearing of other parents difficulties, trying to convince their little one that biscuits aren't the only food in the world, I found myself developing and working on pieces to try to make eating and meal times much more fun and exciting to be a part of.
These pieces that I've brought together make sitting down at the dinner table for a delicious meal so much more exciting!
Teddy Bear Placemats and Teddy Bear Coasters, crocheted from 100% cotton, and completely washable!
They get to choose their own colour or even a few different colours to make things a bit more fun. It can be their own little job to lay the table with fun teddy bear mats and even take it as a routine queue that teddy bear tableware means food time!
My own boy has a blue bear (as pictured above) and calls out "Teddy Bear!" if I've forgotten to get his placemat out for lunch. In fact, I need to make him a new one to alternate as they go through the wash, it's becoming a solid part of his routine which not only helps with meal times, but is starting to fill me with the most amazing feeling of having designed and made something that's really helping my son.
I hope these help other little ones to get excited about wonderful, new eating experiences and if nothing else, to make the dining table a more fun place to sit and enjoy time with the family!