4 February 2016

baby preparations

The time is coming that I have to start thinking about where to put our new baby when it arrives. I have quite a while to go yet, but I have been working a lot, and looking after our daughter, and any free time I get I am usually trying to rest a bit because I'm already not very mobile anymore! So I thought I should try and do as much as I can now whilst I am still able to ; )
A week or so ago (my blog posts have gained a slight back log lately!) I gutted out our bedroom of unwanted stuff and cleaned it thoroughly. I put up the cot (which we had already) and rearranged things as to make it easier for night feeds etc...

I had intended to removed one side of the cot and raise the level to match our bed as a kind of co-sleeper, but unfortunately our bed is a tad too high and I didn't think it would be safe so I left it as it was. Still easy enough I think, last time I just used a moses basket on a stand next to our bed in the beginning, which was also fine.

I made a mobile for the impending infant, last time I made this one for our daughter and she still has it above her bed now that she is 3 1/2 years old! This one is made from wool felt, gold lame fabric and I used printer fabric to make a little padded moon for the middle. The revolving musical box at the top, I made a felt jacket type thing for so that I can change the batteries easily (its an electric version, so much easier!).
I also made a matching cushion from the same fabrics...

I bought a new feeding cushion (the other one is 'somewhere' is our big storage shed!) which is the one with stars on, and the nightlight and things below, were from the babe's xmas stocking! (aka, me)

Because babies tend to munch on everything, I like to use only natural rubber and unpainted wood for their toys and teethers. That bear is pretty much edible in fact!

We are REALLY pushed for space in our bedroom, so I'm using this Ikea trolly for all the baby stuff...clothes, and nappy changing things on the top tier.

To brighten the room up a bit, I made a new curtain, which is actually one of the muslin swaddles I bought recently! It was just the right size and I like the texture of the cotton.

This is where everything else went! ; ) ....

(annoying off-centre fire place...)

So, I have washed the new baby clothes, but have yet to wash the bedlinen, will do that soon. I have made some other bits and bobs, and prepared downstairs baby sleeping quarters (because they tend to sleep downstairs most of the time in fact! or just wherever I am mostly) which I will hopefully show yous a bit later.

For now I have to crack on with proper work things, I hope I get another day to do baby preparations soon, fingers crossed! 

29 January 2016

NEW rust jewellery

Blimey, I have just uploaded lots of new items to our RUST Jewellery shop, diamond rings, and some new Men's item (some are not quite finished yet so will be available soon!), which incidentally have matching women's versions too.
It's been a mega busy month, so a massive thank you to all our customers around the world!
I myself am struggling to walk, ...and stand, and sit...and lay down...so you can imagine I'm great fun to be around at the moment ; ) I still have a few months to go before I pop, so I have been distracting myself with work, and making and sorting things for the baby. I will be back soon with a post about this, when I get a minute!

21 January 2016

cafes, market and dinosaurs...

We had a lovely week in London last week, it wasn't really planned but because both me and my mister needed to go to London on business at the same time, we had to make it a family trip. It's not always easy juggling work with a toddler, but we did get to spend some time together and do Londony things.

Whilst randomly looking for a parking spot, we ended up in Canonbury and found this nice little cafe. Can't remember what it was called, but there also was one of my fave actresses having lunch there too, which was a bit surreal. Me and the nipper had french toast with berries and maple syrup.

Another parking spot find...been seeing a lot of this bike company in magazines and such, we happened to park in front of Tokyobike shop. Full of super uber smart cycling goods that will make you want to cycle instantly.

We loved these kids bikes...

...but her scooter is the winner by far, the perfect vehicle for getting about the west end.

We also crammed in a little trip to the market. I don't have the stamina for being on my feet for long periods, but somehow managed to see all the market without going into early labour ; ) 

and yes, we bought ANOTHER old bike for our collection (!)

Whilst I was at work, Nao took the nipper to the Assay office which is at St.Pauls. Every single piece of our jewellery is stamped here, otherwise it is treason and we have our heads chopped off.

After a bit of playground action whilst I got some orders sorted, we met up at a local cafe where I learnt a new trick...

...and we found another happy accident! Falconware shop, ...actually just a showroom : (

On a different day we went for a little nostalgic trip to where we used to live in South London. We've been coming to this cafe for years, since when me and my mister first met in fact! about 13 ish years ago

This area has been gentrified somewhat, with trendy butchers and grocers, but it very much an improvement!

We had tea and cake at another old favourite cafe and enjoyed a spot of colouring.

Before we drove home, we decided to take the littlun to the Natural History Museum to see the gigantic dinosaur skeleton (she LOVES huge museums!) 

...and dinosaurs!!!

We had a look at the minerals room which I'd never seen before. I loved the Victorianous of it, and the fact that a lot of the minerals come from Britain.
Our nipper suddenly got a taste for photography and took a whole batch of photos of rocks...

We loved the shop there, and played with pretty much everything in it. However all she wanted was an egg shaped agate stone, which she thought was a real dinosaur egg (which we said would actually hatch if she kept to warm). On the way out, she was adamant that she wanted to give it to the huge dinosaur so it could have a baby, I had to explain that there are dinosaurs on the Isle of Wight too, she could give it to one of them instead. We narrowly averted an incident with museum security, phew.

Off on our way to Lymington to catch the ferry, we had to stop by a certain car mechanic to pick up a new gear box for our Morris, Nao took some photos (because he loves this kind of place ; )

From the market, we bought some things for displaying in our shop...

Blimmin LOVE this bottle, and very old match box with matches still in it!

Lots of old pots and fish paste jars for flowers or candle making perhaps.

Some woodworm (with complimentary wooden crate)

We both fell in love with this little bicycle, and convinced ourselves that we could use it for shop display. Once I'm not melon shaped, I'll be swanning about the town on this, singing French songs and pretending that I'm Amelie ; )

Back home, and back to work. January is usually a very quite month for us business wise, but this month has started with a bang and been full on. No time to get much baby related nesting done yet sadly. 
However, I got one day this week that I could just do sewing and I have made all kinds of things for the new baby (mostly decorative things) and I intend to sort out our bedroom and put up the cot, and make things all nice for the littlun...as soon as I can get the energy going!

p.s. A lot of peeps are asking me about diamond rings...if you are one of them, yes we sold out a lot of rings but we are working on a new batch of rings to be available online from the end of next week. Keep an eye on our Rust Facebook and Instagram for updates!