Sunday, 25 March 2012


Recently Missy's school celebrated World Book Day by asking each pupil to come to school dressed as their favourite book character.   Confident she would want to go as Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz, as this is her favourite book, film, soundtrack, theatre production and anything else Oz related I sat back and relaxed as I had already started making a blue gingham dress for her forthcoming birthday party.    Finally I got round to actually asking her who she wanted to be the night before the big day and she told me Stick Man by Julia Donaldson.

After several hours of trying to convince her Dorothy would be a better option I gave up and started to cut out leaves from green felt and search through her wardrobe for anything brown - not easy when this girl is as clued up as Tavi Gevinson and brown is definitely not this season.

2 hours later, with a bit of hand sewing and a lot of fabric glue I had a costume and she looked so gorgeous. 

On arrival at school the next day with a class full of Superhero's and Disney Princesses I was so happy my little girl is already showing a creative streak.

CM x

Monday, 19 March 2012


The Missy is upgrading from a large cot to a big girls bed.   This calls for a room redecoration which for the first time ever I did myself.   I put my scruffy jeans on and cracked open the Dulux white.

Up on the step ladder rolling away and carefully painting around the spot lights, after 3 days I had a lovely blank canvas.   Then came the exciting bit.  My fabulous friend David Van Berckel created an amazing tree on the main wall with stencils and lino stamps he made.   He hand painted the birds and then photocopied them onto very thin paper and pasted them on.   The heart was hand drawn and is certainly her favourite detail.

I added the bird box and just need to finish making a little bird to occupy it.

These gorgeous shelves came from Cox & Cox.   I had them in her nursery and luckily they work perfectly in the now nearly 4 year old Missy's new room.
I mainly keep special things from my childhood which are so old they are considered vintage! 

The bookshelves were a bargain at £20 from Ikea and we use the top as her dressing table keeping very jewellery box and collection of vintage tins containing her many hair clips.

This gorgeous limited edition print was from her Godfather and is by Angelique Houtkamp.

To tidy away her growing number of toys I bought a big laundry basket from Zara Home.  The bedside table is a wooden box from Ikea turned on it side creating perfect storage for night time reading and the toadstool lamp was a gift from Grandma and can be bought from on-line store Not on the High Street.

Finally to share her room with her I made Missy a new little friend who she called Gaga!

I enjoyed the whole process so much I am inspired to make my own bedroom more interesting.

CM x