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Hello, little girl!

Well hello there, friends! It has been a long long time since I wrote a post on my blog…for those of you who are new here, I was expecting my first child in April. I’m pleased to say that she arrived safely and we are loving getting to know her. Here she is enjoying her patchwork playmat and tummy time pillow that I made. If you read my post announcing my pregnancy, you’ll know that I’m not going to be posting pictures of Little One on my blog – but I made an exception for these ones because it’s just the back of her. Hello, Little Girl! Check out that hair – she was born with all that 🙂  As you can probably guess, she has a lot of colour in her life – and a lot of animal prints.




Little One's quilt backing | Hello! Hooray!


I spent a lot of my working at home days during my pregnancy sleeping – that was one thing I hadn’t really anticipated! I’m not going to lie, I lost a bit of enthusiasm for crafting and my blog which was a bit disheartening after all the effort I had been putting in to it. But in the last few weeks I regained my crafting mojo and was able to complete a few projects for Little One. The fabric buying ban was still in place (and still is, actually!) so I raided my stash for all the plain colours I have. So these are a mixture of mainly Kona cottons, Moda solids and a few other random ones I had. There are 21 colours altogether, and I used 3 squares of each – Tom helped me to work out how to lay them out so they were ‘random’, and I’m really pleased with how it turned out. It reminds me of Elmer the Patchwork Elephant! The backing fabric (pictured above) is ‘Mother Goose’ by Windham fabrics and it’s just gorgeous – I got it from Fabric Rehab with a birthday voucher (which certainly does not break the fabric buying ban haha!). As soon as I saw it, I knew I had to get it for this quilt.


Little One's patchwork quilt | Hello! Hooray!


I ended up with extra backing fabric and my Mum suggested making a cushion for tummy time – I found a tutorial online and it has turned out really well. I made some spare covers for it, which is why you’re probably thinking ‘but the one in the photo has cats on it!’ 🙂 I’m going to do a separate review post about that pattern, so look out for that at some unspecified point in the future…!


Poppy Pillow | Hello! Hooray!


I also managed to make some curtains for the nursery, using fabric from the duvet covers I had when I was younger. I loved them so much that I couldn’t part with them! It’s really nice to have been able to use them to make something for Little One.


Upcycled nursery curtains | Hello! Hooray!


Our nursery is quite small, so we kept everything white and decided to add lots of colour. My Dad very kindly came to re-wallpaper the room, and Tom did the painting. I think he’s all DIY-ed out now! Here are a few more pictures:


Little One's nursery | Hello! Hooray!


The piano stool has been useful in the nursery (added storage = bonus!), but I didn’t get the chance to paint it before Little One arrived. Something to add to the list of things I’d like to get around to at some point…


Bookends | Hello! Hooray!


We are big fans of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Dr. Seuss 🙂 My Mum picked up these cute bookends in the charity shop she works in. They’re fab!


Maryport in a tin | Hello! Hooray!


This mini wooden seaside was a gift from Grandma H and Grandad K – we call it Maryport in a tin (that’s what it came in). We spent quite a bit of time there as a family, so it’s lovely to have this in the nursery. Little One likes to look at it now that she can focus in on things a bit more. It’s a good job that crabs and seagulls aren’t this big in real life – not to scale here! 🙂


Bear and Mr Fox | Hello! Hooray!


The lovely prints on the wall are from Miri Studio. We wanted to have some pictures in the nursery, and had a couple of these frames from Ikea already. Katy from Miri Studio makes them to fit these frames, so they were perfect! And it’s good to support artists from the UK. I love them all, but the cheeky squirrel is my favourite!


Miri Studio Peacock print | Hello! Hooray!





Miri Studio squirrel print | Hello! Hooray!


Back on Instagram | Hello! Hooray!


I can’t tell you how long it has taken me to put this post together! A big thank you to Tom for the gift of time to be able to do it 🙂 I’ll be returning the favour so he can do some composing! He has taken some extended leave thanks to shared parental leave, and it has just been wonderful having him around. Time is going so fast and it’s brilliant that he can be around to be with us. I can’t imagine what it would have been like if he had gone back to work after only two weeks – I have a lot of respect for everyone who does that. We’ve been able to muddle through the fog of the first few weeks together, and it’s so nice to be emerging from it and to be able to do a few more normal things. I’ve been getting back in to Instagram too, as well as posting a few things on my Facebook page, so you can pop over there to see more in between my blog posts if you like. It feels good to be back! 🙂


Thumbs up, Little One! | Hello! Hooray!


(I love this picture! It took a while to get it, but I got it! 🙂 )



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  1. Helen on May 18, 2016 at 9:35 pm

    Super post from a super mum!

    • Clare on May 24, 2016 at 2:31 pm

      Thank you Helen! 🙂 xxx

  2. Jennie Bisset on May 18, 2016 at 11:12 pm

    Little girl is lucky to have such talented parents who will fill her life with colour and music and love . Best wishes and love to the new family

    • Clare on May 24, 2016 at 2:31 pm

      Thank you so much, Jennie! 🙂 xx

  3. TRINI ALVAREZ on May 19, 2016 at 11:56 am

    Felicidades!!! Es una hermosa niña y tiene una madre muy creativa. Un abrazo.

    • Clare on May 24, 2016 at 2:34 pm

      ¡Muchas gracias, Trini! That’s as far as my Spanish goes I’m afraid – not done it since I was at school! Many thanks for stopping by my blog 🙂 xx

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