A Babywearing Post

Well since its been here over a week I think its about time I blogged about my gorgeous Didymos Ginkgo wrap conversion by Fay at Opitai Baby. This stunning carrier arrived on the 21st and I decided against blogging about it over Christmas as I anticipated readership to be down and I want to share it with as many people as possible!

Ginkgo Opitai conversion

So for the babywearing geeks amoung us, the wrap was a size 6 and was converted to a wrap-tai with pleated shoulders, a wrap straps, head rest and rainbow topstitching on the waist which we requested to be 4 inches wide and floppy (so not standard). We went without sear darts as we are now finding they aren’t giving T* the ‘ideal’ seat. In the picture above I have folded over the waist to make the body of the carrier shorter as this carrier is for when T* is a bit bigger. The picture just doesn’t do the carrier justice, it is just beautiful and best photographed in natural light.

So, the finer details aside, wow, what a carrier! So comfortable, very supportive and beautifully made…I can’t wait til the drier weather is here so we can really try it out! Huge thanks to Fay at Opitai Baby for your amazing work!

And on the subject of babywearing, I’m looking into setting up a Folksy shop to sell some simple babywearing (and other) artwork. Watch this blog for a link….

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

…And I’m still not ready! But I’m not to worried, the world won’t come crashing down if a few gifts don’t get to their recipients on time! This year winter solstice falls on the 22nd December and if we get the chance we’ll do something small to mark the occasion.

I have to confess to be addicted to needle-felting. I bought a kit from www.handspinner.co.uk and I’m loving it. Disaster struck on Friday when I managed to break a needle…cue a mad scrabble to order more needles in time for the Christmas postal standstill. I’m managing to get a bit done while little T has her daytime nap in my lap. I’ll post photos of my progress soon.

I’ve also been trying to fit in a bit of reading. I got hold of a copy of The Horse Boy by Rupert Isaacson, but I think I’ll have to come back to it in the future, I’m already put off by some of the references that are made regarding the horses. *Sigh*

Our Didymos Ginkgo wrap was converted on Saturday by Fay at Opitai and I am so excited! I’m anxiously awaiting photos via email to cheer up this miserable winter day…EEEEEEEEEEEEK!!! Lol!

 

Back to Blogging…

….And I’m back! Sorry for being so quiet lately, I can see by the site stats that BCB is still being visited regularly so its nice to know people are still reading.

Well, things have been busy and my head has been full. I’ve tried to blog several times but given up because my mind being blank. Winter is here, my body and brain are slowing down, but enough of that! I’m back and I promise to be better.

So what’s been happening? No much actually. The small one is keeping me busy, she has just completed a block of speech therapy where she was introduced to a picture system as a method of communication which she picked up really well. We’ve also had an OT assessment and were told we are doing everything they would suggest. It’s so reassuring when the professionals say that! The physio’s application for a walker has been approved but we have to wait to find out if there is any funding left for this financial year…if there isn’t we’ll have to hang on til April.

We haven’t been able to spend much time outside now it’s turned cold and wet, but I’ve recently discovered ringslings which is making life much easier indoors. We have a Storchenwiege Lilly and also waiting on hearing about a Neobulle Julie as we really need two on the go! We also sold our Rose & Rebellion SSC and got a petite toddler Girasol Wompat in Forest Berries as I needed something in a smaller fit. Forrest Berries is soooo pretty, I’ll have to get some pictures sorted so I can show it off to you. Not only that but our beautiful Ginkgo has gone off to Opitai be converted into a wrap-tai! I’m a bit nervous at the thought of it being chopped up but really I can’t wait to see the result…watch this space!!

That’s enough from me for today, plenty to come so stick with me x x

Older, But No Wiser

So I’m back after a busy few days! Thirty came and went and there was cake ~ chocolate of course. I have discovered the joys of Bondaweb and managed my first bit of machine appliqué. Its not great, but its a start lol. On Sunday we visited the National Woolen Museum in Drefach Felindre and saw pictures of babies being worn in traditional Welsh shawls. My small person enjoyed looking around from the comfort of our Ginkgo. I had a low day on Sunday but we all went for a short walk down the lane and by the time we got back in I was feeling much more uplifted. Its great how a bit of fresh air and some exercise can improve the mood!

I’ve decided to look into Art Journalling, I’m waiting for a book through the post to see what its all about then I might give it a go.

So there we are, a quick catch up. I’ll be back in the next couple of days to post something that makes a bit more sense. I also want to say “Hi!” to the lovely readers who I hear are dipping into this blog…its great to know you are reading and enjoying xx

A couple of pictures just to brighten up a dull text…

Leaping hare appliqué

Sunday's double rainbow (can you spot it??)

Autumn Walk

Hello September!

Summer has finally drawn to a close, and September, my favourite month, is here. I love early Autumn, with luck the days are still warm and sunny, but there is a feeling of lateness as the leaves start to turn and the evening light takes on a different quality. I feel as if I’m growing, change is in the air and I’m looking forward to it!

We have been playing with copper and although its rough, our first experiment  is also very lovely. My lovely other half will drill a hole in this little beauty so I can put it on a keyring to inspire me when I’m out and about…and then I’m going to get cracking with my jewellery making…this little bird design will make a fab necklace!

Copper Coin

And just because he is is gorgeous, the copper equine in my life…

Copper Clopper

I’m also very much looking forward to a new sewing machine very soon! My old one is temperamental and permanently grubby from repairing pony rugs so I’ve never used it for anything else. I’ve got lots of ideas for things I want to make, including making a babywearing bag from a Didymos Ginkgo scarf/doll wrap to match the beautiful Ginkgo wrap that will be chopped and converted at some point. And I also have plans to make a few mei tai slings in my pursuit for the ultimate carrier for my growing bundle of fun! Watch this space…

Busy Being Busy

Well, its been a couple of weeks since I last blogged, and I’ve been quite busy. I’ve got a few crafty type things on the go or on the list so generally I’m busy, busy! On the plus side it means that I’m able to ‘do something’ in a day instead of sometimes feeling stressed by always being the Attachhed Parent…maybe the scales are finally starting to tip into balance…?

We have received our beautiful Didymos Ginkgo wrap after finally paying it up. Wrapping is a bit of an art, its all about getting the tensioning right and we really need to practise. As ever, doing anything with a small person who has extra needs is not straightforward. She likes to have her arms out but needs a lot of support around her back so many carries aren’t quite right. But we’ll get there. We also have a Melkaj mei tai on the way as our Ellaroo is outgrown, apparently its gorgeous and I can’t wait to see it. I love mei tai’s and there are some amazing wrap conversions out there, I think the wrap style straps which spread open are just brilliant and combine the best of both the wrap and mei tai features and I imagine they are especially supportive.

So, aside from crafting and carriers, ponies seem to be featuring more and more in our day and we are enjoying the increased contact. There is a lot of work to do with them for the future, but instead of feeling overwhelmed, I’m really looking forward to it all. I’m starting to feel more like me!

Didymos Ginkgo