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Jo MarshallLove those cheeks. Xx1 day ago   ·  1
Jo MarshallLouis's have come on in a big way since you last saw him too. We can compare child cheeks on Sunday. :)23 hours ago

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Now this is what Tiny Creature (4 next week) made Mini Creature for her 1st.....
I have no idea what it's called... a 'fabric-pulley-outey-thingie'
Basically TC sewed about 5 long scraps of material together. She did this in a couple of sittings. It was her first time using a proper needle (rather than a plastic toddler) one. We then put them all in a wet wipes dispenser box thing for MC to pull them out. That's it. TC then folds them and puts them back (or I do). MC pulls them out. Repeat for hours!
It was MC's fav present by far!
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Harry BarryWow! That's so wonderful! πŸ’–3 days ago   ·  1
Danielle ArrowsmithThis is so awesome! May I ask how old your eldest is? I can imagine my four year old would love to make something like this for her brothers 1st birthday 😊2 days ago   ·  1

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This is the birthday card that we made for Mini Creature's 1st. Man Beast was surprised at how much he bore a resemblance to the frog! ... See MoreSee Less

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Leila CornesThat went quickly - happy birthday mini creature!5 days ago   ·  1

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Many of you have suggested about me running some creative workshops for Grandmothers and grandchildren so I'm very happy to tell you that my dear friend, Pippa, from Mothering the mother is doing just this in her new project, 'Grandmother's Footsteps'.
First up is making a plaster cast of handprints to take home; grandmother and grandchild together.
My Mum and Man Beast's mum LOVE the casts of their hands and my girls' hands.
Beauties, please spread the word to Bristol based Grandmothers.
Pippa got some funding for this so it'll only be Β£2. Yes that's it.

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Makey MamasKate - is this for Esme and her grannie?1 week ago
Makey MamasThe age range of the grandchildren has now been taken off - any ages!7 days ago   ·  1
Annabel RussellLovely idea! x1 week ago   ·  1
Claire BywaterMore details please x6 days ago   ·  1
Emma RoeYes please x5 days ago   ·  1
Maria HickmanAnnabel when Jessica's a bit older! X1 week ago   ·  1
Rowan WebleyMore details please x1 week ago   ·  1
Annabelle FootMore details please :)1 week ago   ·  1

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Hi Beauties. We are back from our holibobs in Turkey. Tiny Creature captured all the best moments in her diary that she kept. She is desperate to show it to anyone who cares....
It was such a great activity for her to do daily- all I took with me was a small photo album, scissors, pencils, cellotape and glue. She cut and pasted and drew everything she could. Then the polaroids made up the rest- although very expensive the immediacy of having something physical was priceless! Recommended indeed!
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Beatrice BraileyWe are stealing this idea! (and borrowing your camera- thank you very much!) Maybe TC and Ru can get together after we get back and compare diaries xxxx11 hours ago   ·  1
Indi Adelestill managing to get 'film' for that polaroid?!1 week ago   ·  1
Alex BuxtonIt's quiet without you guys xx1 week ago   ·  1
Gemma SmartOh love her, what a fab idea! Good one you! Hope you had a great time x1 week ago   ·  1
April IlesHow lovely! Xx1 week ago   ·  1
Sonia RobertsFabulous idea!5 days ago   ·  1

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I just received a carnation and a little note from the hotel we are staying at in Turkey as today is their Mother's Day. It made me think of all of you Beauties out there and our 'Hearts for NICU mums on Mothers day' campaign.
Anneler GΓΌnΓΌnΓΌz kutlu olsun!
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Kate StaniforthThat is karma if ever I saw it :) <32 weeks ago   ·  1
ChloΓ© BodardIt's American mother's day no? X2 weeks ago

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Tomorrow, dear Beauties, the family and I are off on Hollibobs! The first one in many years. We are very excited. Before I leave I just wanted to pass on the most recent message from Mama Becky who received one of our hearts...
"Our poorly girl had only just been admitted to NICU in Southampton and everything was very overwhelming and emotional. It made me cry to know that someone made this with such love and it was wonderful to receive it at such a difficult time. I just wanted to let you know that our baby girl is now home and doing well. Thank you! Xxx
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Becky BrombleyHave a good holiday! And thank you for passing on my thanks. X3 weeks ago
Kim ParkerAhhh that's lovely have a lovely hollibobs xx3 weeks ago

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It's birthday central here at the mo.....with Mini Creature's 1st on monday, Man Beast's 40th last week, mine the week before and Tiny Creatures next month! Ahhhhh! I have spent the last few months working on this 40th memory book for Man Beast. You know the thing when you ask friends/ family to submit anecdotes/ memories and photos of the birthday person. Despite collecting all the content far in advance I left myself exactly 1 week to put it together. I was absolutly panicked and it ended up being a very basic affair with just text and photos and of course a few hearts shoved in for good measure. I was thrilled by his reaction to it but I WILL NEVER DO IT AGAIN....until next time! ... See MoreSee Less

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Kate StaniforthHappy Birthday Man Beast!!! And you and Tiny ones xx1 month ago   ·  1
Kimberley Louise McCoolHow wonderful Misty, happy belated birthday Pete! All sounds very exciting in your House! Enjoy! XxxπŸ˜˜β£οΈπŸŽ‚πŸŽˆ1 month ago
Kim 'Audrey' PalmerI can not believe it's minis first so soon!!!1 month ago

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My Mini Creature will be 1 next week and I need your help Beauties. I have no idea what to make her....
For Tiny Creature's birthday I make her a dress every year and hope to carry on this tradition for a long time.With that in mind I'd like to do something similar (but not exactly the same) for MC. Something that can be made each year... at the mo I'm just thinking trousers but has anyone got any toy or otherwise ideas...

This photo was taken on day 1 of her life :)
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Indi AdeleI love all these ideas, but wonder if another item of clothing would help to avoid the potential upset of either sibling feeling the other is getting a better type of gift? I suspect that, as a young child, I'd have been really happy with a dress until I saw my sibling getting a toy ...1 month ago   ·  1
Allison TillcockFabric photo book- images transferred into fabric?1 month ago   ·  1
Beth KellieI make my son a book every year. The first year I bought a board book blank from amazon and stuck little rhymes and photos of him in it. The next year I did a photo book all about him and the things he enjoys as well as helping him to learn his age, where he lives etc. For his upcoming third birthday I'm thinking a book about him and his different emotions as a bit of a bonding/learning experience. He treasured these books and they are such a lovely keepsake. I'm actually having to mend the first year one as it's been read so many times.1 month ago   ·  1
Kate StrodeYou could recreate the above photo each year as she grows, or a canvas with her hand and foots prints on, like the idea of a quilt made from favourite outfits she's outgrown that could also be added to each year (and add a pillow when her clothes are bigger). Good luck lovely lady. xxx1 month ago   ·  1
Emma HopkinsSkirt instead of dress? Bear made out of clothes that she's out grown that year? Square for a blanket that each year gets added to. Rag doll?1 month ago   ·  3
Claire LittlejohnI like the idea of a quilt out of favourite outfits that could get bigger each year1 month ago   ·  2
Katie LyttleHow about a birthday cloak and crown? Each year you could sew a star on? Obvs it would be a bit big this year! Xx1 month ago   ·  1
Gemma SmartRussian doll idea where each year you make the next size. They could even have numbers on to represent the age ;) x1 month ago   ·  1
Emma CooperBeautiful photo πŸ’• You could make her a jacket every year?1 month ago   ·  1
Jan DormandA memory bag each year to keep all her precious artwork, special item of clothing, favourite photo etc, for that year.1 month ago   ·  1
Julia PurserRagdoll? Then you could make a new dress for the doll each year, maybe even a mini version of big sis' birthday dresses?1 month ago   ·  1
Jenna BrownDungarees all the way - just too cute not to!1 month ago   ·  3
Jasmine Hawthorne-TunksRag doll is a great idea...adding to it each year :)1 month ago   ·  1
Leila CornesSunhat?1 month ago   ·  1
Catherine DerrickKnit something.1 month ago   ·  1

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There is something very satisfying about getting a thank you letter for the hearts from Great Ormond Street Hospital and Children's Charity. I'm pretty proud that WE did this. ... See MoreSee Less

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Jan DormandLovely letter, hope we can help again at Nana Knits by Jan Dormand. Xx β€οΈπŸ‘πŸ™‹πŸΌ1 month ago   ·  2
Del SurmonCongratulations Misty, you and you Makey mamas do wonderful things. Keep up the good work xx1 month ago   ·  1
Kim 'Audrey' PalmerLovely well done, as Gosh patient (many many years ago πŸ˜‚) this warms my heart xx1 month ago   ·  1
Alan TunksFantastic letter very well done daughter lol pt xxx1 month ago   ·  1
Lyndsay AndrewsThis makes me really happy!1 month ago   ·  1
Dawn EathertonI'm proud to have taken part :)1 month ago   ·  2
Ashraf RemtullaWowww such a great achievement xx am really happy1 month ago   ·  1
Liz CotterillFantastic! Great stuff!1 month ago   ·  1
Alexis MasonHeidi Steen - your 100 hearts πŸ‘β€1 month ago   ·  1
GoΕ›ka OngYou are truly awesome!1 month ago

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When your preschooler's Easter lamb card is better than yours....
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Catherine MilesBoth beautiful works of art especially compared to what I could create xXx1 month ago   ·  1
Elly WhiteI love them both πŸ‘1 month ago

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*What Mama Wore*
Highlight of this week....
# 5 Accessories
I like to regularly adorn my ONLY breastfeeding dress with accessories. My favourite one being breast milk. It looks great and I regularly catch people staring in admiration. It also smells great- like my own personal perfume - eau de boob! The positioning of the accessory also confirms just how firm the body is underneath. GET ME! :)

For those of you wondering what I'm blabbering on about...
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
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A cute and simple little spring 'butterfly ring' craft Tiny Creature and I did today....
1. Madly colour a piece of a4 paper
2. Cut out a sort of bone like shape (like the shape in the left photo)
3. Cross the two 'wings' over each other to get the butterfly ring and flutter until your heart's content.
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I havent mentioned much about my workshops and courses recently so I thought I'd let mama Hollie (below in photo) speak for me as she has been on the Crochet Bootie workshop last weekend and the 6 week Baby photography course last month....

"I have been on a 6 week photography course and a bootie making workshop. My husband also joined me on the first. Both are taught exceptionally well and we really looked forward to each week of the photo course. We have some excellent photos from then and continue to take good ones now! It was great to learn about catch lights etc and to use the back drops and props! Toby will soon have a cute pair of booties when I get round to finishing them too! Misty has been so welcoming at both her home and Kudacan. Definitely recommend to all!"
Hollie B, 3/4/17

My next workshop coming up at the end of the month is 'Natural Skincare products'. Details below...
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Final call out...if you want your baby to be as cute as little Josephine then come and have some Crochet Bootie making fun this Saturday morning. You don't even need to know what a crochet hook is :)
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HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY Beauties. I sincerely hope that you are being loved and looked after.
I'm feeling totally emotional as today our hearts went to EVERY SINGLE NICU in the UK, that is all 184 of them. From Truro in Cornwall to Raigmore in Scotland to Ysbyty Gwynedd in Wales. We covered them all.

β€œTo the mothers whose worlds are feeling unstable at the moment, you are in our thoughts, hearts and prayers. These hearts may not fix your trials, but we hope they will lift your spirits. You are not alone, others outside of your families and hospital are thinking of you.”
Kim Mc Call, one of the thousands of women and heart makers who've contributed to our Hearts for NICU Mums appeal

Messages have been flying in from all over the country from mamas who've received a heart and want to say a thanks to you all. Here is one of them:
"I've just gone in to see my baby S and found your knitted hearts - the most gorgeous thing to receive this morning!!! Thank you SO much. Things like this make such a huge difference when your baby is in hospital so thank you - best present ever and will treasure it forever xxxxx" Mama R in Bradford

I'll share all the messages over this week
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Sophie-Aurora WadeAmazing, glad you managed to reach every unit! ❀ and you used one of the hearts I made in this pic πŸ˜„ xxx2 months ago   ·  2
Becky BrombleyThis is incredibly late but I've only just had time to check you out having received my gorgeous heart on Mother's Day. Our poorly girl had only just been admitted to NICU in Southampton and everything was very overwhelming and emotional. It made me cry to know that someone made this with such love and it was wonderful to receive it at such a difficult time. I just wanted to let you know that our baby girl is now home and doing well. Thank you! Xxx3 weeks ago   ·  1
Danielle Arrowsmithbeautiful <3 hope we'll get to see more messages (as I'm sure more will come in) xx2 months ago   ·  3
April IlesSuch an amazing project. That message brought tears to my eyes! Well done on all your hard work organising it & to everyone involved. Amazing!!! Xx πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘2 months ago   ·  2
Kimberley Louise McCoolWell done Misty, you have done something truly amazing! X2 months ago   ·  2
Niki DleeHow thrilled I am to have been a small part of this xxxx2 months ago   ·  2
Helen SolanoAh I'm tearing up here2 months ago   ·  2
Liz CotterillBrilliant!2 months ago   ·  2
Vicki MatherAww, fantastic!2 months ago   ·  2
Rene KnottBrilliant. xx2 months ago   ·  2
Jean McbrideGlad i was able to contribute making and labelling xx2 months ago   ·  1
Bliss BristolThank you to every single wonderful person who contributed to this it's been emotional seeing them all today πŸ’–2 months ago   ·  3
Jenny SmithWe received ours in glangwili SCBU, Carmarthen, west wales. β™₯️ thank you!2 months ago   ·  3
Tina CartwrightAbsolutely fantastic. Well done everyone involved. πŸ˜€ x2 months ago   ·  1
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Dawn EathertonWas happy I helped πŸ˜™πŸ˜™πŸ˜™2 months ago
Kristina ClarkeHeather Amos.. This is amazeballs2 months ago

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Happy almost Mother's Day to us, Happy almost Mother's day to us, HAPPY ALMOST MOTHER'S DAY TO USSSSSSSSSSS, Happy almost Mother's Day to us :)
I had a realisation earlier today that tomorrow it all comes together. After months and months of work from women all over the world, tomorrow is the day.
I'm very grateful to Emma Hopkins, a woman and Mother Ive never met (that has been involved in this project for the last couple of years) sent me this lovely Danish heart just for me. Another example of how this campaign bring women together. Don't tell Catherine from BLISS but Ive got some thing for her too.. tehe!
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Emma HopkinsMore than welcome, you deserve so much more though! I have had a new bit of art done to commemorate mothers day as my lovely mom is in hospital at the moment. I have her favourite creature an owl, and my favourite creature a dragon inside of course a heart :)2 months ago   ·  4
Peter LuckettHope you and your Mum have a lovely Mothers Day! J x2 months ago   ·  1
Rebecca CantYou've done amazingly!! Well done you superstar xx2 months ago   ·  1
Catherine MilesOoh I'm in suspense now do like a surprise 😘2 months ago

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Rainbow Bear fun!
As you know we love rainbows in our family but we haven't had much fun with them lately....until this week. We have a friend called 'Arthur' which apparently means 'Bear' so of course he needed a Rainbow Bear card for his birthday. I was suprised by how preschooler friendly this was. I obviously cut out the bear outline but Tiny Creature cut each piece of rainbow wool herself and laid them across the bear both horizontally and vertically. She then cut some lengths of cellotape (her new fav thing!) and together we stuck down the edges.
When 3 year old Arthur was presented with the card he said 'but it's not scary!!'
I suspect this craft might come out again and again!
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CHAOS!
That's what it's been like for the last few weeks. This is Catherine from Bliss Bristol, Liz; Catherine's amazing mum, Me and Mini Creature labeling, sorting, packing all the hearts for them to be sent to the NICU's across the UK. All the hearts should be there now ahead of Sunday. I can't wait for them to be distributed!
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Katie BurnettFrom all #PlymouthNICU thank you so much for your lovely hearts πŸ’ž... they go so such a long way to bring a smile to a #NICUTCWMUM. Thank 😌 you from us all...xxxx2 months ago   ·  1
Alan TunksVery proud of my daughter well done2 months ago   ·  1
Sarah TurnerOne of the best moments of my journey on NICU was receiving my first mummy's day card from NICU, it was such a lovely touch. This will bring many happy tears to many mummy's. Well done everyone xxx2 months ago
Bryony NixonWell done! An amazing achievement. You should feel very proud of yourself xx2 months ago
Peter LuckettWow! You and your family have put so much into this. The hearts will be hugely appreciated, I am sure. J x2 months ago
Kate BallAwesome! Well done, you will make so many mummies, so very happy! 😊2 months ago
Sarah SoleAmazing πŸ’œβ€πŸ’›πŸ’š2 months ago
Naomi BelliYour all amazing.2 months ago
Liz CotterillAmazing!!2 months ago
Gemma SmartEpically awesome in every way!! β€οΈπŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’™πŸ’œ2 months ago
Naomi RylattYou are such an inspiration!2 months ago
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Ahhhhh, 3 years ago we ran the Mini Bootie trail across the city. Families took part in virtual and physical treasure hunts to find these 35 pairs of mini booties (about 1.5inches long). All of the surviving booties got donated to the NICU at Southmead Hospital for premmie babies at Easter. That, Beauties, was the start of the story of the *Hearts for NICU mums on Mother's Day* campaign....
If you'd like to learn to make some of these beautiful booties, with their sheepskin soles and wooly sides, come along to my next *Crochet Bootie Workshop* on 1st April. For absolute beginners. It's booking fast.
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Lydia SheehanHi, can i come on the course to make crochet booties? Or is this for mums only?2 months ago   ·  1
Anne BiestaI wanna make more booties. Do you sell makey kits yet Makey Mama??2 months ago
Catherine MilesWhere it all began β€οΈπŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’™πŸ’œ2 months ago

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