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Shark hoodies, upcycled formula tins and organic cotton #LittleLoves

by Clare Mansell
Shark hoodies, upcycled formula tins and organic cotton #LittleLoves

We’ve had a busy but enjoyable week this week. Jim has been off for half-term which has meant we’ve been able to tick a few DIY jobs off the list. Some jobs were small like putting up a shelf up or fixing a plumbing problem, others a little bigger, like constructing a deck to form our veranda at the front of the house, which he has been working on for the last couple of days.

And it’s Alice’s first birthday today! Although we’ll actually be doing our celebrating tomorrow when we see family. The great thing about children’s birthdays when they are younger is that you can move them slightly to suit everyone’s plans… The other great thing is that they are none the wiser if you are making a quilt for their birthday and it’s going to be a few days late!



A friend of mine pointed me in the direction of this article in the Guardian which questions whether our obsession with sharing our food on social media (and Instagram in particular) is unhealthy for our diets and for food waste. It’s an interesting read and a timely reminder that as bloggers we have the power to influence for better and for worse.


A couple of weeks ago I was going through the Telegraph’s list of the best films available on Amazon Prime and I discovered 99 Homes, a film about the housing crash in America. It’s one of the best and most thought provoking movies I have seen for a while. Unusually for me I sat glued to it and watched the entire thing without picking up my tablet or phone. I’d never heard of it before I saw it on the Telegraph list, but it’s gripping and really worth watching.


We’ve been binge watching season 2 of Nashville this week while Jim has been on leave. As a long-time closet country music fan I am loving the music in it and have added the soundtrack(s) to my Christmas list.


This week I used some of the leftover Novasol spray paint from Theo’s dip dye highchair to spray one of my last formula tins. It’s now a useful and attractive storage container for dead batteries next to my computer.  I still have a couple more tins which will get madeover when I have paint leftover from another project


I’ve also been working on that previously mentioned memory quilt for Alice which is made from her baby clothes…

Memory quilt in progress...


Since I embraced the capsule wardrobe phenomenon earlier this year I have been trying to be more thoughtful and conscientious about the clothes I buy. I want to buy things that will last and are made sustainably as much as possible. One thing I try to seek out is organic cotton, not just because cotton crops use a disproportionate amount of fertilizer, but also because I can feel the difference in the end product. I love these ones I picked up from People Tree


Theo has also been enjoying wearing his brilliant handmade shark hoodie from JJ Jiraffe. Vicky who makes the clothes has some lovely stuff including dinosaur hoodies (for both genders) and a lovely selection of fabrics you can choose for baby leggings, she also does giveaways, dips and market sales on her facebook page. We are collaborating with her at the moment in an ambassador role to help her promote this already successful small business.


And lastly..

Theo and I went to a brilliant 6th birthday party yesterday at Tuppenny Barn, our local organic growing small holding. Amazing weather and simple fun activities for the kids to take part in which they all loved. It was unlike any kids birthday party I have ever been to. And talking of Tuppenny, if you are near Chichester, they are organising a ethical fashion event in a couple of weeks which I’m going to. It’s only £10 a ticket and you can find out more here.

Joining with Morgana for Little Loves.

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Stacie October 28, 2016 - 8:33 pm

Love, love, love that Shark hoodie! Off to have a browse now. That quilt is gorgeous, what a lovely keepsake. I wish I was as talented (and patient) as that. Enjoy your weekend xx

Kerri-Ann October 28, 2016 - 9:38 pm

What a lovely round up. I love those pj’s and happy birthday to your gorgeous girl, she is looking so grown up lately #littleloves x

Halina Vie Choufleur October 30, 2016 - 9:57 am

That shark hoodie is amazing! Definitely going to check that shop out as my son would love something like that. Also, thank you for the tip on 99 Homes – it’s just the kind of thing that my husband and I would enjoy watching so I’m sure we’ll get glued to it some point soon. Hope you’re having a great weekend #LittleLoves


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