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Free Summer Dress Patterns – Simple to Sew

I’m not a great sewer but summer dresses are so easy, it’s crazy not to make them myself. Plus we have have a brilliant old school London market just 10 minutes walk away which is crammed full of fab cheap fabric. So I’ve been collecting up all the loveliest free summer dress patterns I can find …

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Pirate Activities

The other weekend whilst digging our new pond … very exciting! … we found pirate treasure … Long ago … maybe about the time of the Romans 😉 … the pirates sailed up the hidden river at the end of our road … and hid the treasure in the old marsh which is now our …

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Free Bag Patterns – Totes, Purses, Clutches & More

I haven’t sewed for ages as my machine … inherited from my grandma … had finally given up the ghost. But I am now in proud possession of my mum’s old machine, … she has a new whizzy one … and am rairing to get started again. I used my mum’s machine plenty in the …

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Beginners Phonics

  Oh my, learning to read got sooo complicated! Most of us mums learnt with “look & say”. Very old school!! So, whether our kids are beginning school or we’re teaching them at home, all this phonics stuff can be super confusing!! I went searching for phonics apps for my 4 year old a few …

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Fire Experiment

This simple experiment helps kids understand what fire needs to burn. But more importantly it gives a very visual introduction to the idea of “gas” – it helps even pre-K kids understand that there is something in “thin air” even if we can’t see it. The experiment builds on the “volcano” experiment that lots of …

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Christmas Toys for Girls

Girls really can be demanding when it comes to Christmas presents , totally unlike their mothers of course 😉 Unfortunately some of their incredibly complicated ideas for complete gorgeousness can turn out more than a little expensive, again, nothing like their mothers … So this list includes some truly gorgeous Christmas gifts that will impress …

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Christmas Gifts for Babies

Now obviously most babies will be happy with a cardboard box, scrumpled wrapping paper and a wooden spoon as a Christmas gift 🙂 But unless you’re a complete scrooge you’re going to want splash out on baby’s first Christmas. And friends and family will also come proffering gifts for the new born. So to avoid …

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