Friday, September 26, 2014

Six Weeks

Wow the first six weeks of motherhood were no joke! The sleeplessness, the feeding, the laundry... it took me a while to realise that when people say 'sleep when the baby sleeps' they do mean it literally - you never know which nap could be your last! Over the last week though things seem to have clicked into place - everything is easier all of a sudden. Probably a combination of Orla being a little bit bigger and Ciaran and I getting the hang of things. Now Orla and I go out every day with the pram - for walks around the village, to the pub to meet our other new Mum friends for lunch and last week I even brought her along to Kirsty Allsopp's Handmade Fair!

Orla is a dream, I love her so much it's unreal! I wish you could see her funny face when she wakes up in the morning and looks around her or the little 'ahhhhhh' sound she makes after she sneezes. She's been really alert from day one (she had her eyes open as soon as she was born!) but now that she recognises my face as well as my voice I get the most amazing smiles and giggles!

She currently weighs a robust 8lb 10 and finally fits into her 'newborn' size clothes. Although it's obviously brilliant that she's gaining weight and getting bigger I can't help feeling a little sad that she's growing up so fast. I try to savour every moment and remember that she won't always fall asleep on my shoulder or curled up on my chest, though at the same time I can't wait for the future - getting to know this amazing little girl. Motherhood is brilliant!

Monday, September 15, 2014

It's that time of year again...

My favourite time. Summer is on it's way out and Autumn is on it's way in!

You've got to make a wish when the chimney sweep's brush pokes out the top of the chimney and shake his hand for good luck.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Pom Pom Garland DIY Tutorial

I made this fun pom pom garland a few weeks ago whilst waiting for Orla to arrive! It looks bright and cheerful adorning a wall in her nursery, though you could use it to brighten up a corner in any room! Pom poms are so fun and simple to make too - I recommend investing in a pom pom maker, though you can do it the good old fashioned way and make a cardboard template if you prefer. I love pink and green together - particularly these raspberry and pistachio shades! You can make a pom pom garland too with my super simple tutorial!

You will need...

Approx. 85 meters of yarn in your main colour (I used Rowan Handknit Cotton in Raspberry)
Approx. 55 meters of yarn in a contrasting colour (I used Rowan Handknit Cotton in Celery)
35mm pom pom maker (get 'em here!)
Crochet hook (I used a 3.5 mm size hook but you can pick your size depending on what yarn you're using)
Tapestry needle

Step 1:

Make a sliding knot as follows...

Hold out two fingers and loop the yarn round twice clockwise. Bring the loose end of the yarn over towards the left hand side of your loops then tuck it behind and bring a new loop under the two original strands...just like in picture number 4!

Insert the crochet hook into the loop then pull it tight like a little noose. You now have a super handy sliding knot!

Work in chain stitch until your garland is the desired length - I made mine just over 1.5 meters!

Step 2: 

To make a pom pom, first take your pom pom maker and open up the coloured 'arms'. Start wrapping your yarn around the arms, first one side and then the other. For a really fluffy, plush pom pom try and cram as much yarn on there as possible whilst still allowing the arms to pretty much fold back into their original position.

Once you've filled both sets of arms with yarn and folded them in, take a small pair of scissors and snip the yarn right the way round.

Take a small length of yarn and wrap it round the pom pom maker, pulling it tight and securing with a double knot. It's important for the yarn to be tight so it holds your pom pom together nicely!

Carefully pull apart the pom pom maker to release your pom pom then fluff it up a bit with your fingers!

You might notice that your pom pom looks a little bit wonky at this point and is shaped more like a hamburger than a little plump sphere. All you need to do is take a pair of scissors and give it a little trim! Like giving Barbie a haircut, you might feel nervous and a little tentative at first but as you snip away you'll get more and more confident as the true shape of the pom pom is revealed!

I made six green pom poms and five pink pom poms.

Step 3: 

Thread your tapestry needle with a short length of yarn and thread each pom pom onto your chain stitch garland. Secure each pom pom with a double knot and trim the ends of the thread. I found it helpful to spread the garland out on the floor first to figure out how to space out the pom poms evenly before attaching them to the garland.

Your pom pom garland is now ready to hang!