Tuesday, 27 May 2014

A Mini Blog Post Every Day For A Week - Review

Last week I challenged myself to write a blog post every day for a whole week in an effort to try and get myself back into my internet world!
It feels like it's been ages, but Finn has evolved into a little time sponge, so I need to figure out how much time I can get away with spending online with my work!

I managed to write every day up until the weekend, when things got a bit busy.
So I think my challenged worked, at least showing me when I can dedicate time to my work and when my little time sponge devours all of my free time!


Well, my enthusiasm for the summer has been a little dampened these last few days!
It just won't stop raining out there!

(Yep, that's an old baking tray being used as a bird bath...
When we moved into our new house, we put a lot of our old kitchen utensils to use in the garden. Take a look at my post about starting a herb garden)

But all of this rain won't stop me wearing my new summery pumps!

They suit the rain and the sun, just not the really big puddles!

I think I need to go shopping for new summer pumps! These ones aren't going to last five minutes the amount I'm wearing them.
And wouldn't it be nice to have a shoe rack full of different coloured pastel pumps?
...now to convince Lewis that this is a great idea...



Friday, 23 May 2014


I've been a bit rubbish at planning my post for today I'm afraid.
It's been one of those grumbly, rainy days of gloom.

there is one fine way to make a person smile when your in a funk!

Google "cute" and your little grumpy face will start to smile!


Then super hero Lewis, skoots off to the shops and comes back with an indoor picnic for us to go crazy on whilst it's all grey and drizzly outside!
I'm so full!
And there was pudding too!!

And then, just to top things off,
and there is no way that you'll be in a grump!

I don't think that I have ever cooed over a marshmallow quite so much in all my life! 


Wishing you lots of smiles folks!
Happy Friday!


Thursday, 22 May 2014

Thursday's Inspiration - Pastels

I've been adoring pastels recently!
It could be because the lovely, summery weather is so intoxicating, but they are gorgeous!
(Hence my lovely new, pastel mint pumps!)

Staying round my parent's house today and doing a bit of rummaging, I've come across some fantastic, old pieces from my own childhood. 
The wonderful pastel colours that are inspiring me at the moment, present throughout these pieces.
I love how the traditional, soft colours of childhood are those same, uplifting colours of summer!

I even remember reading this book as a child at night, when it must have been summer, because I can remember my parents being out in the garden whilst I was supposed to be sleeping.

And I'm not sure why, but I remember "Who Killed Cock Robbin" as being my favourite!
A bit worrying, looking back, but I remember always reading it, and being quite chuffed with myself because it was one of the longest nursery rhymes in the book!

A beautiful combination of the joys of childhood and the joys of summer!
Perfect inspiration!


Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Wednesday Makes - Cross Stitch

My felting might have been put on hold
(mostly because I couldn't bear the thought of little Finn discovering a felting needle, they're as sharp as anything!)
But that won't stop me from making things!
I've had a great time making little toy boxes and crocheted hats and at the moment, I'm really enjoying exploring the world of cross stitch.

Cross stitch was one of the many crafts that my Gramma was amazing at! She used to have great big landscapes and old town scenes neatly framed up on her walls and there would always be her next project all set up and half completed in the conservatory.
They were the sort of pictures that were so detailed and perfect, that only when you got right up close to them could you see all of the little thread crosses.
She's my craft hero, I swear!

I remember my very first cross stitched piece that I got as a kit when I was quite young. 
I still have it, tucked away in a pocket in my sewing basket 

I've been getting into cross stitch recently as it seems to be a direction I can take the Pheeples, but I can easily lock it all away in a box with no fear of it all being ransacked when Finn gets mobile!

I started with some large Pheeple pieces which are still in my 'to-do' pile at the mo!

But these are my babies!

I love it!
It's like drawing in textiles.
There's so many more directions I can take my little guys and having a drawing come to life without the difficulties of 'how on earth am I going to make that?!' It's a lovely feeling now that I don't as much time as I did to ponder my little creations!

I've got a lot of plans for my cross stitch pieces! 
I can't wait to get more of them done...
...I just need more time!



Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Being A Mum - 10 Things I Wouldn't Be Without

This Saturday the 24th May, I will be a mum to a 6 month old!
How on earth 6 months have zoomed by I'll never know,
but one thing's for sure, I don't know how I would have done it without these things!

1 ~ A dummy
I know that some mums are pro dummies and some are completely against them, but Finn found it such a comfort when he was little and trying to sleep, and now it helps him while he's going through teething his first tooth through (a dummy fresh from the fridge is a god send!).

2 ~ A Gro Egg
From the very first night we were paranoid about the temperature of our house without central heating and little Finn being warm enough. This was definitely an investment! And it came with lots of advice about how many blankets to use with ranging temperatures, and it makes a lovely little night light too!

3 ~ A light weight blanket
 On the same subject as keeping your little one at the right temperature during the night, a thin, non-woolly blanket has been a definite must-have! Knowing that he's not going to over heat with a think blanket is great peace of mind when you need all the sleep you can get!

4 ~ Fairy lights
It sounds silly, but he's totally amazed by them. He loved staring at them when he was tiny and now seems totally mesmerised by them! 

5 ~ Fun baby clothes
Again, something quite silly when you think about it. Surely all baby clothes are cute and fun. But when he's managed to mess up a clean baby grow and vest within 5 seconds of you struggling with flying arms and legs to get him into it, it's less of a 'job' when you're then putting him into a super cute Tigger onesie!

6 ~ Muslin cloths
I think all mums would be with me on this one. Muslin cloths are your hero! They save the day with anything - dribbles, vomit, messy eaters, teething aids, a cool cloth in the summer... the list goes on!

7 ~ A clothes rail
We don't have a tumble drier, and one human has never needed so many clothes washing each and every day! 

8 ~ My phone
As much as I hate being ruled by the technology world, if I didn't have my phone when I became a mum, I'd have been a little lost. Being able to hop onto the Internet whenever a doubt or question popped into my head was a massive reassurance that all was well! 
And of course being able to take photos of the super cute things he does without having to hunt out my camera is a plus.

9 ~ Rubber ducky
Probably just a Finn thing, but he loves his rubber duckies! In the bath or out, he's always after them, and most of the time chewing on them!

10 ~ Lewis
Most important, above all of these - Lewis!
Without him I would most definitely be a quivering wreck somewhere, doubting all my mothering instincts and scoffing chocolate like there was no tomorrow.
He has been amazing, totally beyond words, a super dad!


Monday, 19 May 2014

A Mini Post A Day For 7 Days!

Hello all!
It has been absolutely AGES!
...and obviously all the fault of this little man 

He melts my heart, but he also absorbs every single second of my time!

I'm determined to get back into my blogging though, so here's a little challenge for myself:

~ A mini blog post every day for a week

It's been a while, so there will probably be a load of waffle, but hey, you guys like waffle right?

Today's post:

Day 1

It's summer!!
Or at least it feels like it. 
Everything is growing like crazy and the birds are singing away until 9pm, the sun is gorgeous and I have already gotten a little sunburn!

And what better way to celebrate the beginning of lovely weather than with a brand new pair of shoes!

They're nothing extravagant, but something super summery that makes you oogle your feet every 5 minutes!
I think everyone should be with a pair of some summery pumps this year. Wouldn't it be great to walk around town among a rainbow of gorgeous pastels skipping along the streets.

And to really get the feeling of fresh summery-ness, it's time to replace the tea bags with fruit water!
I shared a post on my Facebook page (Facebook.com/RebeccasEmporium) not long ago about the advantages of drinking fruit water. It really inspired me to give it a go, and not let it pass me by as one of those things that I think it's a great idea but have then completely forgotten by the next day.

I started off with orange. 2 chopped up oranges in a flask of water, shaken. Then put the water in the fridge overnight and in the morning it makes a perfect tea replacement!
It's much better for you and really starts the day with that summery feeling!
I'm thinking of trying red fruits next. I bet strawberry water is delicious!

Happy summer time folks!
I think it's definitely here at last

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