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Cake Club, Doc Martens and Nautical Cushions #LittleLoves

by Clare Mansell
Cake Club, Doc Martens and Nautical Cushions #LittleLoves

It’s been a funny week this week, as I approach my due date I have had problems with my pelvis which has slowed me down a lot, but simultaneously I’m also finding I at last have the time to get lots of little niggly jobs done that have been hanging over me, like uploading my latest batch of photos for sale to Getty and cleaning all the interior glass in our house. I definitely feel like I’ve got to the stage where everything is slowing down ready for the birth!



Theo and I have been reading the first book we have received as Parragon Book Buddies. It’s called Pumpkins Pumpkins Everywhere and is a beautifully illustrated seasonal read. The repetition of the words is also useful for children who are learning phonics at the moment and Theo enjoys picking out the letters he recognises.


cakeclubOf course everyone watched the Bake Off finale this week and I had some great company. Wednesday night was the date for our monthly Clandestine Cake Club and as I had mentioned I might not be able to make it into town because I’d be so pregnant, a few of the gang decided to come to my house instead… bringing with them four cakes! Theo got to stay up late with us and watch television and we all drank tea and ate cake… the perfect way to spend the evening really!


dms   I’m getting a little bored and frustrated by my maternity wardrobe at the moment. As the weather has got cooler I’ve had to move away from the more summery items I had, but at 38 weeks I don’t really want to buy new things to replace them either. Still at least I have finally taken the plunge and bought a pair of boots I debate buying every autumn… Yes my first pair of Doc Martens! I was worried they’d require a lot of breaking in and look huge on my feet, but I have found the Pascals are really light and have beautiful soft leather. Perfect for all the walking I am doing at the moment!


Jamie Lawson’s ‘Wasn’t Expecting That’ seems to be everywhere at the moment, I’m pretty sure the wedding car in the video is a Morris Minor too which makes me love it even more. It reminds me a lot of John Mayer’s Stop This Train which entirely by coincidence I listened to a lot just after Theo was born.. They are both really weepy songs too!


Sailing cushion

I actually made this cushion about a month ago, but it’s been so long since I last got round to linking up with Little Loves that I never got a chance to show it off! It was made for Theo’s nursery teacher and if I’m honest turned out a little larger than I was expecting, which is doubly comical because she’s a rather petite lady. The pattern is called Cornish Wave Cushion and is from Keepsake Quilting.

And Lastly

I attended Blog On Winchester last weekend. It was brilliant value for money and lovely to catch up with so many bloggers I haven’t seen for a while including Em, Aby and Katy. I also got to meet Annie for the first time and sat out for one session chatting to Dawn in the corridor. The best sessions for me were Katy Pullinger’s excellent vlogging tips (many of which you can read about in her post here) and Laura’s fantastic common sense question and answer session about tax and blogging. Over the last 18 months I have attended 4 blogging conferences varying hugely in size and price and I can’t recommend attending enough, I always leave so full of ideas and inspiration.


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Louisa October 9, 2015 - 12:09 pm

An evening of cake and watching the bake off with friends sounds absolutely wonderful.
Your cushion is amazing. I’m sure Theo’s nursery teacher adores it. I’ve just had a look at Keepsake Quilting and they’ve got some lovely patterns I’d love to try now I’ve got my confidence up. x

Zoë October 9, 2015 - 2:35 pm

Sorry to hear about the pelvis but glad it hasn’t seemed to slow you down too much! Love the cusion… can we put an order in for birthday/Christmas/just because you care ??? A new baby surely won’t get in the way, right 😉 xxx

Dawn & Bean October 9, 2015 - 3:13 pm

Thanks for the mention Clare, it was lovely to catch up in the corridor. There should be more corridor chatting i think. 🙂

Claire @ Clarina's Contemplations October 11, 2015 - 2:10 pm

So exciting! Not long to go now! The cushion is beautiful!! Love it! Looking forward to seeing your news in the next few weeks!

Mum Reinvented October 11, 2015 - 7:58 pm

That cushion is gorgeous! Wish I had a creative bone in my body! Blog On Winchester sounds like it was brilliant. I haven’t been to a conference for about 5 years, seriously need to get myself along to one! That was nice of the CCC ladies to come to your house and bring all that cake of course! Have a great week x

M&MFASHIONBITES October 11, 2015 - 8:27 pm

Cool boots 🙂
Maria V.

Morgana October 14, 2015 - 8:34 am

Watching Bake Off with cake and friends sounds like the best way ever! I think I’ll do something similar for the final next year.
Love that cushion, I wish I was better at creative things like that.
Hope you’re having a good week xx


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