Stop, wait! It’s September?! How did that happen!

The start of this month has crept up on us in an especially sneaky manner, as we only arrived back from Sweden yesterday and we’ve been running around today preparing for Theo’s 6th birthday party tomorrow, so I hope this later than usual post doesn’t catch you unawares.

This month’s theme is inspired by our week in Sweden… no I won’t be suggesting you photograph Ikea furniture, rather that you seek out the remarkable in your every day.

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Earlier this month we returned from a fortnight’s holiday at La Grange Du Moulin in Charente Maritime in France. As regular readers will know in previous summers we have holidayed on boats in France with my family, but this year my sister decided they wanted to do something different and so we were left with a blank canvas and a bewildering range of options.

Living so close to Portsmouth and the ferry terminal it made sense to head back to France again and as we’d had the Charente region recommended by Le Boat, I casually started googling Charente and child friendly gites.

One of those searches eventually lead me to La Grange Du Moulin, a collection of six gites deep in the French countryside which are owned and run by a British family and targeted specifically at parents of primary age children (they in fact having a book system which allows you to see the age of the other kids booked to stay already). There are two pools, an enclosed garden and lots of organised weekly activities. It is also crucially only four and a half hours drive from most of the major ports that Brittany Ferries serve.

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I’ve recently returned to sewing clothes after quite a long hiatus. Except for one pattern (which you’ll see in a minute) I’ve never felt entirely satisfied with the clothes I’ve made and so I’ve tended to avoid clothes and concentrate on other things. However when I buy handmade, the items are always beautifully finished, so I know it is achievable and that some perseverance is required.

The one pattern I have suceeded with many times is Made By Rae’s Parlsey Pants Shorts. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve made these shorts for Theo and on each occasion the result is slightly better. I now sew the elastic directly on to the waist rather than threading it through which gives a great finish.

Theo was recently invited to a 6th birthday party with a pirate theme and when some pirate themed fabric popped up on facebook in the Eternal Maker’s sale, I decided to buy a metre of it and make a pair of shorts for the birthday boy (left) and a slightly different pair for Theo. For Theo’s rather than turning the hem on the legs, I made some yellow bias tape and finished the legs with that. The resulting shorts are therefore also slightly longer than his friends.

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If ever there was a Home Life Project post that nearly didn’t happen it was this one! We arrived home from two weeks holiday on Saturday night and thanks to delays at passport control at the ferry terminal, got home far later than we were anticipating, finally putting the kids to bed at 11:30pm. Making what would have been a long day in any circumstances, a really long day!

Still, a night’s sleep worked wonders for all of us and we were refreshed enough the following day to attend the annual Families Day event at Goodwood House. This is a lovely event held every year on the front lawn for member’s of Goodwood’s Road & Racing Club. You take a picnic, enjoy the display of classic cars and the kids can go on as many fairground rides as they wish at no cost.

Last year we took Alice along in our vintage Silver Cross pram, this year she went on all the rides with Theo and we’re noticing the changes at home too. She’s worked out how to climb out of her cot, so an already busy day also included two hours spent converting her bed and toddler proofing the room! Oh and one final thing… there’s a photo of Alice in the garden waving a flag, I’ve included this as she’s standing on a newly laid concrete base, which by next month will be the foundations of an interesting new addition to our garden…

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Hello all!

No creative challenge this month, but just a little reminder that Home Life Project weekend is this weekend. I am currently enjoying the penultimate day of our French holiday (which believe me is an odd thing to be writing when you haven’t yet left for it) returning home tomorrow night, ready to photograph (I hope) a little bit of the Goodwood Families Day on Sunday. It’s always a lovely event with free fairground rides for the kids and an excuse to picnic for us…not quite our home life, but close!

Linky will open as always at 7am on Monday morning. Hope you have a great weekend – Au revoir!

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Hello. I'm Clare.
I'm a mum of two & a freelance content creator. I live in the Sussex countryside by the sea and this blog focuses on creative family living through photography, design, crafts and interiors. Read more

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