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T-shirt memory quilt

T-shirt memory quilt

by Clare Mansell

T-shirt quilts are something I have always loved the concept of, but I’ve struggled a bit with their style. One of the things that appeals to me about quilts is their graphic simplicity and regular shapes and t-shirt quilts are very often composed of irregular blocks and a higgildy piggedly design.

My turning point with memory quilts came when I made Alice’s one using clothes from her first year, I kept it simple, used regular sized blocks, complimentary colours and mixed in some plain squares. I surprised myself by loving it so much when it was complete, so I decided to try it again on a much bigger scale with Theo’s t-shirts.

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Our annual family holiday on the French canals (Canal latéral à la Loire)

As regular readers to this blog may know, every year for the past four years my family has taken an annual trip on the French canals. The tradition started the year that Theo was born, when I mentioned at Christmas that I’d always fancied doing a narrow boat holiday, that off the cuff comment lead to us booking a holiday in Wales and a couple of years later, we moved on to holidaying in Europe…

Since 2015 we’ve built up a good relationship with Le Boat who we holiday with and we share our photos with them to use for publicity in return for them throwing in a few extras and doing us a good deal. Last years Thames trip even resulted in Alice appearing in their TV advert, much to everyone’s amusement!

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Homelife Project – September

Last Sunday was Theo’s seventh birthday party. We squeezed it in two days before the start of the school term and on one of the last glorious days of the summer. Because we arrived home from holiday the night before we kept it simple, no goodie bags, no elaborately shaped cake and only simple party games…and you know what, it was just perfect… and several of the parents stayed for the duration just to hang out in the garden and drink tea with us too.

Thanks to having a few family members on hand to assist, I even managed to grab a few photos, though not all of them I’m sharing here…particularly to save the blushes of the brave mums who volunteered to be wrapped up in loo roll!

After clearing up, we finished the day walking round the fields before bed – Oh what a summer it has been!

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Homelife Project – August 2018

Homelife Project – August 2018

by Clare Mansell

I can’t remember ever shooting two months in a row with such incredible weather. I quite thought that last month’s Homelife Project was going to be our token swimming pool moment, but no, we have been spoiled with a second month of sunshine, shorts and swimming!

Jim was away for this one, so I had to work a bit harder to squeeze myself into the photos to stop it being too child-heavy… Probably not a bad thing though!

What on earth will the weather on the first weekend of September be like? I hope it stays good because we’ll be documenting Theo’s seventh birthday party!

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DIY Titanic life jacket for fancy dress

A few weeks ago my son came home from school with a request to dress up for a Titanic themed day at school. We quickly realised we had very little that was era appropriate for him to wear and it occured to me that the easiest thing to make would be a life jacket.

I did some googling and found this example of a bouyancy aid for the ship and I used this as my inspiration.

What follows is the instructions for a very loose replica. The instructions are detailed, but the process is very quick so do not be put off! Our version was very successful, so much so that he ended up being appointed as Captain of the ship on the day.

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