Imagine my delight when I opened my post to find a heart had been sent to me to celebrate the birth of Mini Creature! Many of you will know the significance of this but for those of you who don't this is what it's all about.... For the last 2 years we, and by 'we' I mean you lot, have been making crocheted/ knitted hearts for mums spending Mother's Day in a NICU (Neo Natal Intensive Care Unit) with their tiny ones. This year 1810 were made and sent to 77 NICU's all over the country. It has amazing! Anyway, out of all the hearts this was my favourite, I even photographed my 34 week pregnant bump with it on the day we got all the hearts in. This heart was kept back for me by my fellow co-coordinator, Catherine from Bliss Bristol. Weirdly she never saw this photo I took so it was pure coincidence, 1 in 1810 chances, that she kept me this heart! I was very touched. Special thanks to lovely Emma who actually made this heart, along with 52 others. I've never met Emma but like so many of you who contributed to our Hearts project I feel a sense of togetherness within this crazy time of motherhood. Correction: Ive just had a message from Emma and she didn't make this one. SO, we have a Makey Mystery on our hands... who made this heart?? ... See MoreSee Less
Just before I had Mini Creature (now 7 weeks!!) I created a 'Fiddle Pack' for Tiny Creature so that she'd have something new to occupy her when I was doing epic amounts of feeding. I never got round to completing all the parts; this was the final Fiddley thing..... Introducing the 'Aunty Kimberley' game. That's what I grew up calling it, however a wise woman has recently told me it's called matching pairs or the memory game. Do you know that one I mean? I raided my fabric scraps to do it. Nice and simple. I'm going to put together a post on all the things that I made for her 'Fiddle Pack; what has worked well and what hasn't! ... See MoreSee Less
The most popular creative workshop I run is the Baby Casts and Prints. It's not hard to see why when you see this plaster cast of Mini Creature's feet inside Tiny Creature's. The finish is pretty rough finish but I'm tickled pink by it. Mini Creature 12 days old Tiny creature 2 years, 11 months and 12 days old I'm praying it doesn't break in our impending move. I could never re-create such cuteness again!! Have you made a plaster cast at home after attending the workshop? ... See MoreSee Less
I've always wanted a rainbow room so badly, so I am living vicariously through my toddler.... this is her new room at our new and (still unfinished!) house. Although I like to think I could have turned my hand at painting this myself, I didn't. I got in another Makey Mama and I'm so glad I did. It is lush and Tiny Creature hugged it with joy when she saw it!! This is just the start of the rainbow joy for her room... I'm having so much fun doing it! ... See MoreSee Less
This (awful photo - taken whilst BF'ing) is Tiny Creature applying some of the botty butter she made for her baby. She spent about 20 minutes carefully mixing together thin air to make it, chatting away to herself the whole time. When I asked her what was in her remedy she replied: "it's got all sorts of flavours to help ouchies" I am soooooooooo proud! My website has my recipe for botty butter on it- under 'resources'. It has a bit more ingredients than Tiny Creatures and is lovely soothing stuff. ... See MoreSee Less
Hannah King👋🏻 wonderful!! It's so lovely when you get to catch glimpses of how your passions influence your children, isn't it?! Today, R picked up my DSLR and said, 'I take a photo of you and J, Mummy.' Proud mama moment for me too that she knows how to work it (although needs support to actually take a photo!)3 weeks ago · 1
I miss running my Natural Skincare workshops- the smells, the chatter, the supportive atmosphere of women working together to create gorgeous natural products, so I am thrilled to share with you about another mama who runs Natural Skincare workshops, Claire from Bare-All Skincare Co.
Claire is running 5 workshops over June and July with each workshop focusing on a different topic: the hands, the face, the hair, the feet and the body. Make at least 2 of your own products each week to take home.
Wednesday evenings, 7-9pm, and a half-day Spa Day on Saturday 30th July, 10-1pm.
The workshops cost £25 each (£37 for the Spa Day), there are discounts for block bookings of 3 or more, (and even a sneaky discount if you book all 5)
Man Beast might have made Tiny Creature a completely awesome water wall but I continued my yearly birthday tradition of making her a birthday dress out of one of my old dresses. Guess which present she'll prefer?! Pahhhh! I'm sure I should get some extra mama points for doing it with newborn Mini Creature strapped to the front of me :) ... See MoreSee Less
Every summery bank holiday weekend needs water fun.....This is what Man Beast has been working on for Tiny Creature; a water wall. To make it, he raided the skip at our unfinished house (yes, it's still not done!), scavenged from the neighbours recycling bins, hunted through Scrapstore (have you been??), and even found some bits in a hedge. He was a man on a watery mission! TC hasn't seen it yet but we played on it for ages this afternoon! I can show you close up photos if you want more detail to make your own. ... See MoreSee Less
You know you have a new baby when the scent of flowers fill the house.... I got a new flower press just for the occasion and Tiny Creature and I had a lovely few minutes in the sun preserving some of the beauty. When the flowers are pressed dry we will use them in Mini Creatures Baby Book. At least that's the idea. They will probably sit in the press for a long, long time..... ... See MoreSee Less
This little video clip was taken at Tiny Creature's first swimming lesson (she looks so much like Mini Creature), she was just 6 weeks old and slept through the entire thing. I was captivated by her in the water. At almost 3 she can now swim after going to the same Aquatic Harmony swimming lessons this whole time. I love the lessons, I love the teacher I love the location and I love that they are a small independent business. 8 day old Mini Creature will surely be a swimming genius too :) ... See MoreSee Less
Aquatic HarmonyWe would like to offer all Makey Mammas 15% off our baby and toddler swim classes for our summer term! Just quote MAKEY15SUMMER when booking your first term of baby swim with us :) www.aquatic-harmony.com or email email@example.com months ago · 1
Aquatic HarmonyAhh such lovely footage Misty I remember the day well :) look at your beaming smile :) xxx2 months ago · 1
Lara Carpenter-BeckI remember this too! I was there that day! I can't believe it's been 3 years. How lovely 😍 xxxx 💦2 months ago · 1
Look what I made Beauties....Just hours after my last post my waters broke and a few more hours later I caught my little girl as she came into a watery world. Clove Daisy is a little pink smurf May Day baby. From here on in she will be referred to as Mini Creature. ... See MoreSee Less
Nicola KammingaWelcome Mini Creature! What does the other creature think? My Small Girl loves her Not-So-Tiny-Anymore Boy so much now (apart from the odd shove) and they share clothes despite 23 months between them!2 months ago · 1
Chris Keeling-RoweAmazing! Awesome photo and lovely name, many congratulations to you all Misty x2 months ago · 1
Victoria Delgado-scottI am so tempted to say 'and here is one I made earlier!' Oops! I said it. I'm a May day Muma (5 years ago! )A big congratulations to you and your family. I am so happy for you. Hugs from us. Look Amy Houghton!2 months ago · 2
Amy SearleWell done Misty! Congratulation such a wonderful photo. I was thinking of u today too. Must have known somewhere in my brain x2 months ago · 1
Kari WarrenerCongratulations to you and your family. Enjoy these precious days with "mini creature" Clover. Hope Luna is enjoying being a big sister. Take care x2 months ago · 1
Debbie NicklessBeautiful picture. Beautiful family. Love you loads. Am hoping too see you all soon. Take care x2 months ago · 1
Francesca Deely-LewisCongratulations Misty, I'd been thinking of you today actually. So happy for you. And look at Clove's colour: Absolutely wonderful. Sending love.x2 months ago · 1
Rachel WattsCongratulations. She is very cute. Love the name and May is a lovely time of year for a birthday. Hope yr resting and enjoying yr family xx2 months ago · 1
Amanda Woodman-HardyCongratulations Misty on bubba 2. What a beautiful photo to treasure forever. Xxxx2 months ago · 1
Joanne WhiteCongratulations! My little girl is a may day baby too. She just turned 2. Clove is a lovely name. X2 months ago · 1
Amy HurstOh my goodness Misty, she's so beautiful! Congratulations on an epic make! 💜2 months ago · 1
Louise MustafaCongrats misty beautiful picture and love the name xxx2 months ago · 1
At the 11th hour (yes today is D day but no sign of her) I made Pico a very simple hat out of some gorgeous shetland wool. Like everything I make, Tiny Creature assumes it's for her or her cuddly friends, this time 'Prill-a-roo' benefits nicely from the cosy hat!! ... See MoreSee Less
This zip blankie (it's about 1m x 1m) is part of a feeding twiddle pack I'm working on for Tiny Creature so that she has something to fiddle with when I'm spending hours feeding Pico. The question is... will I get the twiddle pack finished before Pico comes?? 5% chance she'll come this saturday :) ... See MoreSee Less
It's finally done....Hurrah! Almost 3 years ago my sister presented me with gorgeous leather bound baby book for Tiny Creature- she adorned each page with crafty goodness and first year prompts. I was a little overwhelmed as it had about 300 pages in it for us to fill with anecdotes, photos and props. Almost 3 years later it is complete and I'm soooooooo proud of it. I'm from Australia and baby books are big deals so it was really important to me to have this for her but also important to finish it before Pico comes. Did you do one for your tiny ones? This time I've asked my sister for a mini version for Pico :) ... See MoreSee Less
Heather BurltonI am doing a project life album for my little man using the project life app by Becky Higgins. It has journaling cards with prompts and spaces for photos - easy and I think it looks great. Will print as photo book at the end of the year2 months ago · 1
Allison TillcockI made my two 'This is your life (at Ashley Down)' books. School photo and pics of things they got up to during that year. Very cathartic for me 😉2 months ago · 1
Beck KinnerslyNancy gave us one and we're filling it in as we go along, not 300 pages luckily! Luna's book looks beautiful xxx2 months ago · 1
Maria HickmanYes! My very good friend got me one when we found out we were pregnant. Not 300pages but lovely prompts & I'm pleased to say I have been filling it in the last 10months! Got some great photos to put in there too 😉! X2 months ago · 1
Del SurmonWonderful gift, now filled with a lifetime of memories. Xx2 months ago · 1
Tiny Creature has made Pico a present for when she arrives... a ribbon ring thingie! I really wanted her to spend a bit of time making it; choosing the ribbons, cutting them, tying them (with my help) so that she has complete ownership over the gift. The making actually ended in tears, "mooma- I dont want Pico to come", but we talked it through and I felt the whole thing was really positive. A bit of a pre-new baby counselling session, in a 2 yr 10month old kind of a way! :) She has now put the ribbon ring thingie in pride of place and is showing it off to everyone, "Look what I made for Pico"...... ... See MoreSee Less
Whilst packing up to move, I've been having a good clear out and found many gems of yester-year including a list of baby names I wrote when I was 13. If you look closely you will see that I crossed 'Chip' and 'Bohemian' off the boys list. This was when I sadly realised at about the age of 15 that twins dont run in my family and that I'd probably never have a 'Dale' or a 'Rhapsody' to go with them. I was very upset. Seriously! :) ... See MoreSee Less
Chris Keeling-RoweLove this! Slightly spookily, I have got, somewhere, something very similar from the same kind of age - and must confess that one of our front-runner names for the bump topped my list both then and now ;-)2 months ago · 1
I'm about to make my little family of 3, a 4.
I wont be running any Creative workshops for pregnant women or Mums for now. I *hope* to resume activity in the Autumn but I'm going to see what feels right and not put too much pressure on myself or my support network. I will still be posting on FB and sharing makey ideas but less so.
I have spent 2 years bulidng this up and have worked harder than I ever have in my life. Frankly I'm terrified that by having this break that all of my effort will be lost and that is a heart breaking thought. I'm so grateful to each of you Beauties for your support, kindness, enthusiasm and how you have helped me to spread the word. Activities like the 'Mothers day hearts' and the 'Prematurity Stars' are a team effort and I feel privledged to have been part of them with you. I implore you all, mother to mother, to keep telling your friends and family about Makey Mamas.
Amy HurstEnjoy your maternity leave Misty and I hope all goes well over the next few weeks as you become a family of 4 💜2 months ago · 1
Faye DickerEnjoy your biggest makey project Misty- it's well deserved. I know that feeling, when your business is your other baby & you've put your heart & soul in. There will be a whole host of Makey Mamas waiting to join you, when you are ready to pick up the threads. X2 months ago · 3
Laura VincentTry to get some rest in before your new little one arrives. Don't worry we will be here when you come back. xx2 months ago · 1
Gemma SmartCheering you on from the side lines. Don't forget, if you ever need anything your Makey Mamas are never far away xx2 months ago · 2
Kari WarrenerGood luck Misty. You will totally get the business back on track as you are one of the most determined people I've met.
Enjoy the precious time before and after the birth of your little one. Can't wait for the updates. Take care :-D2 months ago · 1
Errrrrr, "Because I am worth it". She says with a flick of her new birthing haircut :) I have prepared myself and my body some treats for pre birth, labour and post partum. BRING IT ON.......in 2 weeks!
I have install for my body Pre birth: A perineum massage oil Bump rub De-swelling foot rub oil
During Labour: My essential oil kit with full instructions for Man Beast on how to prepare me a range of remedies on the go: relaxants, destressors, dilators, strengthenors, exhaustion busters! Lipbalm with extra moisturising goodness Stretch and Massage Perineum Oil for crowning (!)
Post Partum: Soothing witch hazel and aloe BIG pads to go with my BIG pants Perineum cleansing and healing spray Nipple Cream Healing bath salts Botty butter (for Pico not me!) Face, hand and body Moisturisers ... See MoreSee Less
Cara JayneOmg please start selling these kits (obv when you have time to make them again) when I finally have my second this would be awesome. Hope everything goes well for your birth :)2 months ago · 1
Beth KellieWow that's amazing!! You should sell those kits or the instructions to make them2 months ago · 1