Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Unexpected Gifts!

Isn't it nice to receive an unexpected gift? We were lucky enough to do just that earlier this week when the lovely people at kindly sent us a 'Brio Little Forest Train Starter Set'.

I would never have bought my daughter a trainset (I seem to have accidently slipped into buying stereotypical gender-specific toys without even realising it!) so it is lovely for her to have something different to play with. If this was a cheap-looking, garish plastic product I might think that the RRP of £11.17 was perhaps a little steep (hellobabydirect's sell this product for £9.99) but this is a beautiful little wooden train set of excellent quality and therefore I think this is actually good value for money.

Brio also produce a wide range of other products e.g. more track, extra engines, bridges etc. that can link to this set so I'm sure our little train set will get lots of use. The box suggests that this starter set is suitable for age 3+, but I think it is suitable for younger children (maybe 2+). I am definately impressed with this product which I think would make a great little gift for a toddler - male or female!
Anyway, loads of bits and pieces to do in the next few weeks (including wedding cards, birthdays and a photographer's logo design) so I'll be back with lots more work soon!

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Meet my mate...

I have recently been in touch with an old university friend of mine, who told me about her blog site. Like me, Elisavet is an architect and she loves to be creative. Her blog shows beautiful examples of the kind of things that a lot of us would love to make or have in our homes - if only we had the time!! As a mother of a toddler a lot of the projects are child-related too which I love! If you're interested in sewing, knitting or just looking for motivation or inspiration to get on with your next project, do take a look at her site. You can also subscribe for a email newsletter to keep you up to date.

Its been a while since I got out my pencils - which is shameful as my husband bought me some fabulous Derwent pencils in a beautiful, elegant timber box some time ago. (If I'm honest, I'm a little afraid of using them - they simply won't look the same once I start to wear them down and sharpen them!) Anyway, I have put some of the pinks to use in this little girly card which is suitable for either a newborn or first birthday.

Saturday, 1 May 2010

Dusting off the paint brushes

This week I rediscovered my watercolours. Its been a long time since I did any painting and so I'm a bit out of practice. My brushes are a bit worse for wear, but I've had a lovely time going back to this 'old school' media. My first project was the Christening card shown which was created especially for a double Christening - little baby Sophie and her 'big' brother Oliver. Hope they both have a lovely day!