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I received the first lot of hearts in the post today, aren't they pretty?!
I'm so thrilled that they are already coming in but don't worry if you haven't started making yet as the DEADLINE IS NOT UNTIL 17TH FEBRUARY so there is plenty of time.
In case you don't know what I'm talking about....

If you'd like to help make a heart for another mama spending Mother's Day 2017 in the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) with their little one then here's the details:
1) Make 1, 2 or 100 crochet or knitted hearts. Just do what you can.
2) They can be ANY COLOUR, ANY PATTERN, ANY SIZE ( if you are after a video there is a link to my heart video tutorial below)
3) Get them to me by 17th Feb 2017. PM me for address.
4) If you can't crochet or knit then please help us to assemble them onto gift tags w/c 20th Feb, exact date/ time/ venue TBC - this is a MASSIVE job.
5) Please share this post with as many crafty women as you can think of- perhaps it's realistic to make enough for all the mamas in NICU's in the WHOLE OF THE UK (about 3000) Maybe not, but you never know! The more people who know the more chance we have.

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Bryony NixonI am happy to help get them on to tags xx2 days ago   ·  1
Carolyn PenningtonI can help put tags on hearts.23 hours ago   ·  1
Kate Staniforthshared :)2 days ago   ·  1
Emma HopkinsBeautiful I have made a few but will crack on with it after Xmas2 days ago   ·  1
Kate StaniforthThose ones in the pic are SO pretty!2 days ago   ·  1
Jude ParsonsLouise Baugh you crochet don't you. Xx2 days ago   ·  1

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The problem with having a Tiny Creature with beautiful curls is the hair washing! Seriously it's the most horrid thing for all concerned.
So I had an idea. Not revolutionary, but an idea none the less!
When she doesn't like certain foods, I get her to cook it with me the next time and voila she eats it because she has buy in.
So we made her shampoo together. It's the one I've always used for her and she's always claimed to have hated it. This time however she was very interested to see that coconut milk goes into it and seemed v proud to show it off to Man Beast! She washed her hair tonight without a word! Let's see if it lasts!

Here's the recipe....
¼ cup coconut milk
⅓ cup Liquid Castille Soap
20 drops of Essential Oils of choice (I use lavender)
For dry hair: add ½ tsp olive or almond oil

Combine all ingredients in a bottle. Shake before each use. Use about a teaspoon every time you shampoo.

I use it on my hair too but you've got to 'train' your hair so be prepared to have bad hair for 6 weeks before it settles in. The same doesn'tt apply for little ones hair.
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Katie SweetAny suggestions for detangling spray/lotion my little one also blessed with curls x2 days ago   ·  1
Valerie SaltThat sounds great! Is the coconut milk the one you get in a tin or in a tetra pack carton?2 days ago   ·  1
Chloé BodardWhere do you get liquid castille soap from and what is it?!2 days ago   ·  1
Aurora AykroydGreat recipe, I suggest replacing the Castile ; which is the worst pain I have ever encountered in my eyes, so may be best to avoid with little ones ) with Suma own brand shampoo they do one plain- one rose Alain 5l, not only is it vegan , but it is entirely coconut based... No need for conditioner either! And makes hair super shiny. Xxxx3 days ago   ·  2

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Baby Joshua says.... "If you want to take photos as good as my mummy then you'd better go on the Makey Mamas 'Learn to Photograph your Baby' course. She did, and this is what she said about it"....
"This was the best use of maternity leave. I have learnt so much and am super chuffed with some of my photos. It exceeded all expectations." Mama Amy
Starting January.
Christmas present anyone?!
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The present making is on...
This is a portable, fold away race track that I made for my 2 year nephew. I saw a picture of something a bit like it online, and thought 'that'll take me an hour to knock up'. I was wrong, 3.5 hours later I finished it with gritted teeth.... and obviously lots of love!
Having now made one I can happily share with you how to do it. I reckon it'll take you 2 hours. I didn't take step-by-step photos but I can tell you measurements and the order in which to make it if you fancy? Let me know beauties.
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Ailsa WoodMisty I'd love you to share the steps. I'd love to have a go at this. X5 days ago   ·  1
Elizabeth JaneMy little boy would LOVE this! That would be amazing if you could share steps and measurements xx5 days ago   ·  1
Indi AdeleYou are my makey hero. How you find the time for any of this is, frankly, miraculous!5 days ago   ·  1
Adele Jarrett-KerrThis is lovely!5 days ago   ·  1
Hannah KingThis is so lovely Misty!5 days ago   ·  1
Hannah KingBecky Morris a new seeing project, perhaps?!5 days ago   ·  1

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Happy 1st day of Advent
You saw the stockings in progress- here they all are assembled as an advent calendar courtesy of Myself and Man Beast (Did I ever mention that he taught me to crochet?) They are a wonky batch but I think this might be a time when quantity is better that quality!
Each day my creatures will have an activity on a bit of paper in their mini stockings, stuff like: decorate xmas tree, go to xmas play, see the lights, make charity box, make cards, watch xmas film etc
What did you come up with for advent? Please show me your ideas....
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Leila CornesWith a sticker in each and a wooden snowflake to put in a Dropbox. When the drop box is full it's Christmas x1 week ago   ·  1
Beatrice BraileyRu's granny made him a cloth advent calendar last year. I remembered about it yesterday (parenting fail!) and am filling it with pictures I am drawing of Christmassy things. In my head it's a last minute cop out, and the pictures so far are dreadful! But the boy loves it, was super excited this morning, and I found him a pretty box to store all his pictures.1 week ago   ·  1
Gemma SmartThis is perfect! We have similar :) x1 week ago   ·  1
Sophie BoltonNo 3 and 11 😂1 week ago
Sophie BoltonI love this Misty! Making memories. You need to straighten those hooks though. They are making me twitch!1 week ago   ·  1
April IlesGorgeous! Love this. Xx1 week ago

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We needed to make a Birthday card for someone special today so I asked TC what she wanted to do and she suggested making rainbow bubbles, so this is what we came up with...
I added food colouring to some bubble mixture and then we blew them at some very large paper using lost of different bubble wands I was addicted. She was too, for about 30mins!!
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Beauties, we are getting started early…..
Would you consider making a heart for another mama spending Mother's Day in the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) with her little one?
Two years ago I got a message from dear Catherine at BLISS Bristol (a volunteer group that support parents of babies born too soon) asking us Makey Mamas to knit or crochet some hearts for Mamas on Mother Day. In turn I asked you lovely lot and beyond all expectations we had 285 hearts- ENOUGH FOR EVERY MAMA IN EVERY NICU IN THE SOUTH WEST. Earlier this year we did it again, making 1810 hearts- ENOUGH FOR EVERY MAMA IN 77 NICU'S ACROSS THE UK
It took my breath away. Amazing.

But, can we do it again Beauties? Is it possible that you can crochet or knit or know someone who can so that we can really show these NICU mamas that our hearts are with them on Mother's Day 2017?

If you'd like to help, here are the details:
1) Make 1, 2 or 100 crochet or knitted hearts. Just do what you can. Seriously.
2) They can be ANY COLOUR, ANY PATTERN, ANY SIZE ( if you are after a video there is a link to my heart video tutorial below)
3) Get them to me by 17th Feb. PM me for address.
4) If you can't crochet or knit then please help us to assemble them onto gift tags w/c 20th Feb, exact date/ time/ venue TBC - this is a MASSIVE job.
5) Please share this post with as many crafty women as you can think of- perhaps it's realistic to make enough for all the mamas in NICU's in the WHOLE OF THE UK (about 3000) Maybe not, but you never know! The more people who know the more chance we have.
Don't worry I will be reminding you many times about this before the deadline but many of you have already got in touch asking if you are doing it again...

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Joanna RobinsonAs a Mam who received one of these on my first ever Mother's Day, thank you! It made my day a little brighter and is something I cherish 💙2 weeks ago   ·  10
Lucy PrewettOoh I can't wait to get started on mine! Thanks for sharing the video tutorial last year - will need to dig it out again as I still can't follow a written pattern!!! If anyone has got any easy videos please can they share with me?!2 weeks ago   ·  1
Laura Wedgie MorganAs a mum that received one of these when my little boy was in St Michaels, it really is such a lovely gesture. It's a treasured item for us and it made me cry happy tears. Thank you!!!2 weeks ago   ·  6
Smita Patel SandhuAs a Southmead Nicu mum 4 years ago, I would love to help but can't crochet, happy to donate some yarn or help with admin if needed. Mine was in for 4 weeks and came home just before Christmas, so I know exactly how hard and horrid it is being a nicu mum and how any gesture is gratefully received.21 hours ago   ·  1
Chelsea BrocklehurstI'd love to do some. I was a very lucky Mummy to recive a beautiful heart ♥this year, it was such a lovely gift! Hopefully I can make someone else's day xx2 weeks ago   ·  1
Emma HopkinsSign me up and let me at um hehe let's see how many I can make this time! My husbands friend has triplets currently in nicu so even more important to me this time than last. I think my total was 53 last time.2 weeks ago   ·  2
Vanessa LammasAfter being a nicu mummy for a few days this year I'm definitely making some as know what a horrible experience it was xx2 weeks ago   ·  1
Pippa WolfJo Lee would you do one? Jacob had left NICU by the time they were given out but it would have been lovely to receive one2 weeks ago   ·  1
Elizabeth JaneMy mum and I would love to help! We will get started asap xx2 weeks ago   ·  1
Lucy ParnallStill knitting Evans baby blanket....so I'll volunteer for labelling! Xx22 hours ago   ·  1
Heidi SteenI have 100 made up so far just need details of where to send.3 days ago   ·  2
Cazz CheaneyCan't crochet hearts but i cam donate yarn if you message me the address to send to1 week ago   ·  1
Jan DormandHello Makey mamas, thanks for asking me again, I will happily make as many as possible for you. Love Nana Knits by Jan Dormand xxxx2 weeks ago   ·  1
Julie SwiftI'm in , our grandson spent 6 months in icu as he was born at 26 weeks, he is 14 on Tuesday 😍 xx2 weeks ago   ·  2
Suzy RichardsonI received one of these this year so have just shared as can't knit or crochet myself but kno a few people who do :) x2 weeks ago   ·  2
Rachel CattellI'll love to make some. What sort of size are you after?2 weeks ago   ·  1
Jenny DoeI'll happily make as many as I can. I'll share in a few craft and crochet groups I'm in too xx2 weeks ago   ·  2
Amber WilliamsI would like to, I'm Not the best at crochet, but if there is a tutorial I will! I would love to!2 weeks ago   ·  1
Jennifer ThorpeIs there a specific group/event/Facebook page for this worthy cause? Would love to keep up to date. Have posted on SixtyMillionTrebles page to see if anyone over there with oddments would help out.1 week ago
Carolyn PenningtonAnita Winkworth, Alice Shaw - would either of you be willing to help with this? xx2 weeks ago   ·  1
Stacey BellottiI sent 25 off last year so will aim to do some more this year 💜2 weeks ago   ·  2
Dawn CarsonI'm in, will check out the tutorial. X2 weeks ago   ·  1
Jessica CraneI will more than happy help with assembling! 😊 xx1 week ago   ·  1
Peb Keownlove to do some 4 you such a lovely idea1 week ago   ·  1
Lynda EtheridgeI'll do some it's a lovely idea x💜2 weeks ago   ·  1

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Last year for Advent I made Tiny Creature 25 hair clips with various little crochet motifs on the end. Full instructions and patterns are all in an event on this page (details on comments) if you fancy a go at doing them. They are pretty simple and could be a stocking filler instead of an advent gift....
A year later we still have half of them!
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Happy RAINBOW Friday!
The only special offer I have for you today is to come and join Tiny Creature basking in the dancing rainbows in our front room.
Our hanging window crystals cast beautiful rainbows all over our room, move them and the rainbows dance!
Beat that Amazon!
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Beth KellieFab!! We should start a new movement called Rainbow Friday and post wonderful things that don't cost a penny!!2 weeks ago   ·  1
Anja IpsenPlease can I have some for Christmas please x2 weeks ago   ·  1
Deborah DenmanOh wow yes. That's what we need again. Window rainbow crystals. Thank you for reminding me what's missing in my lounge. ♡♡♡ 💜💛💚💙2 weeks ago   ·  1

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We made the most of our last few Autumn leaves with this special craft- a suncatcher! I'm rather taken by it!
It was a craft of several parts; On one day we collected leaves and let them dry. On another we collected sticks, washed then and dried them. Then we bound the 4 corners of the sticks together with wool (actually I did this bit and TC got a bit bored!). But the best bit was when TC got to stick the leaves onto the sheets of sticky back plastic and squish them down. I then covered it with another layer of sticky plastic whilst TC found 4 drawing pins, we then pinned the whole thing together.
Possibly one of the most beautiful makey things we have done.
I reckon this makey project is suitable for 4 years old plus!
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Gemma SmartLaura, you'll love this x2 weeks ago   ·  2
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Makey Mamas shared KudaCan's photo.

Today I was re-reminded by my love that is KudaCan. We played, we ate, and I secretly scoffed brownie without my creatures spotting me! mwah haha! Tomorrow is their big special 4 year birthday......
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Tomorrow we celebrate ✨4 years of KudaCan✨ and boy, what an amazing rollercoaster! To say a ✨HUGE✨ thank you to everyone who has supported us by coming in for a play, having a spot of lunch, buying a banana, attending a class, allowing us to celebrate a birthday with you, we'd like to pay it forward. Between now and 30 November, when you buy a KudaPass, we'll give you another one for ✨FREE✨ to give to a buddy! That's right, a FREE KudaPass when you show us this flyer 🎉 Please like and share 😊

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1 Jumper= 3 pairs of mittens and a morning of toddler fun

I'd been promising TC that we'd make mittens for her and Mini Creature (MC) our of my old jumper for a while and this morning she insisted! I was rather pleased as I haven't been able to use my sewing machine in front of her since she was a baby, but today she wanted it. We used chalk to trace around her hands, her dolls hands and MC's hands. She helped me to cut and even pressed the foot on the sewing machine. It all went surprisingly to plan even though MC's mittens are actually a bit rubbish (unfortunately I cant blame TC for that!!)

Recommended if you have an old wooly jumper lying about....
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Bryony NixonThis is so lush. Wish I had an ounce of your creativity x3 weeks ago   ·  1
Kari WarrenerGlad you're getting your mojo back! It was great to see you all on Saturday3 weeks ago   ·  1
Amber WilliamsYou are literally super mum. You are great with coming up with ideas to make with her. So inspirational.3 weeks ago   ·  1
April IlesLovely idea! Xx3 weeks ago   ·  1
Becky WhiteSo cute! Love this idea. I'd never thought to make my own mittens. X3 weeks ago   ·  1

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Yes, it's a posed photo and some might say it's quite cheesey but it melts my heart.
Took a while to get Mini Creature still enough to get the shot and I wish Man beast had cleaned his nails first but besides that this Is the sort of photos I will teach you how to take on the 6 week baby Photography course In Jan. Details in the 'Events'.
You'll have to get your own Men Beasts to sort their nails out though :)
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A lot of Mama blogs often have a regular feature called "what mama wore". The mamas look gorgeous, clean, well dressed and aspirational. I too thought I'd join them as I realised that for about 3.5 years (the age of TC) that I have been looking pretty dam good ;)
Highlight of this week....
# 1 Choosing the right underwear
I just love how my super thick WHITE nursing bra straps match my slinky blue vest top. It's a such a good look.
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Cara JayneOmg and here I was thinking I was the only one with that fashion sense. Your a trend setter Misty!!3 weeks ago   ·  1
Sharon FlynnBut your beautiful and have amazing skin :) clothes are overrated lol X3 weeks ago   ·  1
Anne BiestaAny outfit works with such a gorgeous face Mama 😊3 weeks ago   ·  2
Deborah DenmanLol snap! Even I though I'm still breastfeeding both mine, I stopped wearing nursing bras before my 2nd pregnancy...unfortunately with big boobies I get to wear huge ugly straps every day!3 weeks ago   ·  1
Vanessa LammasNursing bras aren't the prettiest alas. I think they should make them prettier to make us feel better about the whole breastfeeding process 😅 even if you can get a nice one you can't get matching bottoms :( x3 weeks ago   ·  2
Amy SearleU always look lush to me!3 weeks ago   ·  1
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I'm sure I'm not the only one who loves walking around on crispy autumn leaves?! However, yesterday Tiny Creature and I took it to a new level; we took our shoes off and crunched the crunchy yellows, orange and browns. It was her idea- I love how small people make you see the world in a new way. ... See MoreSee Less

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Beth KellieThere's an article going around about how important it is for children to have bare feet outdoors4 weeks ago   ·  1
Amanda Woodman-HardyOne of my favourite things in the world is crunching in leaves... Can't wait to do this with Indy when he's older :-)4 weeks ago   ·  1
Karen HardingI wish I could be this type of mum! I would be far too stressed about dog poo, cat poo, fox poo and mud!4 weeks ago   ·  1

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Hannah KingLove, love, love this photo Misty.4 weeks ago   ·  1
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This is officially the most makey place I've ever breast fed Mini Creature... at the craft sessions at Children's Scrapstore Bristol.
They were amazing. There was the usual painting and messy play stuff but what made it special was all the weird and wonderful scrap. Tiny Creature was in wonder of it all and I had a ball sitting on old plane seats feeding MC on a half body breast feeding pillow!!!
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I took a MASSIVE leap of faith today and I'm absolutely terrified and full of self doubt.
I've just booked in my first 'post-Mini Creature' Makey Mamas course. 6 weeks of Saturday morning Baby Photography classes starting in January. Confirmed and in the KudaCan diary.
I have no idea if I can really pull Makey Mamas off in quite the same way ever again. So I decided to not do it the same way; it'll now be at a much slower, mum-of-2, kind of pace.

Taking this maternity time off has meant that I'm pretty much starting from zero – and now I have to work incredibly hard to get the word out there again. If you've ever enjoyed anything I post here, any tutorials, or been on a course or workshop then I implore you to help me try and spread the word and write reviews…

Creative workshops and courses for Pregnant women and mums are back in Bristol!

P.s. This is me doing Go Ape- I'm v scared of heights!!
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Charlotte WilliamsThe photography classes were one of the highlights of my maternity leave. Good luck; you'll have no problems filling the classes!1 month ago   ·  1
Hannah KingAh Misty, you are amazing! Taking leaps of faith can be so very scary but those leaps can take you further than you thought possible - I'm excited for you!1 month ago   ·  1
Ailsa WoodGood luck Misty, the days I did were such a highlighting my maternity leave! Happy to help you spread the word if I can! Xx1 month ago   ·  1
Adele WilliamsWell done Misty! Scary can be good :). If you post up the details of the course you're running, I'll spread the word as best I can x1 month ago   ·  1
Bryony PrestonI now have 2 sproglets too. I attended your workshop when the first was 8 weeks and we made lovely feet casts which I treasure. If I hadn't relocated to wales I would definitely do this with you again instead of doing it by myself! Xx1 month ago   ·  1
Joy ChaneyI have loved your workshops!! 😍 where do you need reviews written?? Good luck (not that you will need it) Xxxx1 month ago   ·  1
Maria HickmanHooray! A wonderful choice for your come back! Good luck, it'll be brilliant again!1 month ago   ·  1
Anne BiestaWell done Mysty!! You will be great. I don't have any mummy connections in Bristol to share with. But I hope it goes well1 month ago   ·  1
Lucy StevensI loved your baby photo class Misty - you're incredibly talented & sure it will be a fabulous success 😀1 month ago   ·  1
Amber WilliamsNice one misty!! I look forward to it! Xx1 month ago   ·  1
Kari WarrenerGood luck Misty, you'll be fine.1 month ago   ·  1
Naomi RylattCongratulations! X1 month ago   ·  1
Hollie BaxterWhen/how can I book on???1 month ago   ·  1

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I've waited long enough. I'm officially starting Christmas makey chat and am v excited by this ever increasing pile of mini christmas stockings!
They are for an advent calendar I'm making for my two creatures. In previous years I've focused on the contents of the calendar but this year I wanted to make something that'd last a good few years!
They are pretty simple to make and take about 20 mins each once you get going. Here's the pattern.... always in UK terms!
Anyone want to join me?

In red:
Chain 6
Slip Stitch (SL ST)
Chain 2
Treble crochet (TC) and increase in every stitch until you have 12 stitches altogether
2 rows of TC- use a stitch marker

SL ST and join white
Double Crochet (DC) x 1
Half Treble Crochet (HTC) x 1
TC x 3
HTC x 1
DC x 1
SL ST
Turn over and repeat

Pick up red wool, 3 rows of TC - use a stitch marker

Pick up white wool, 1 row TC
Chain 15 from the back of the stocking
Tie in ends (or get your Man Beast to do it!)
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Indi Adelethis is similar to an idea I had (which involves less work, admittedly, though some long-term planning!), which was to collect all the odd socks that Luke amassed over the years and turn them into an advent calendar...1 month ago   ·  1
Indi AdeleLooking forward to getting the nativity set advent calendar contents that we made out again. They took a while to make but this'll be their third year out, so totally worth the effort. Luke said last night his favourite are the cows ...1 month ago

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