2 March 2013

making do


*Warning the following post contains baby related subject matter (again!).

So, we had planned to move out of our rented one bedroom flat when our daughter was 6 months old, so we had her sleeping in a moses basket instead of buying a proper cot when she was born. But, it looks like we may be staying put for a bit longer, and Pehr is growing out of her basket (she's 4.5 months at the moment), so we purchased an actual cot, which was strangely exciting for me. 

I looked for a used or vintage cot, but either they were exactly the same as the modern wooden ones, or they had lead paint which would have to be removed, or had to be collected from miles away and so forth. In the end, we found a modern cot for just £35 squid at Ikea no less. I had intended to paint it, put it hasn't happen yet!

Because our place is rented, we cant hang anything from the ceiling or walls which is a pain in the bum. BUT I found a nice wooden mobile clamp which comes with a revolving music box that fixes on the side of the cot. Its not cheap (£25), but Im planning to make it into a lamp when Pehr has no need of it anymore.

I set about making a mobile for her cot. (btw, I bought some replacement wooden poles to make the mobile arm thingy much higher over her cot for safety reasons)

so...I painted some twigs,  made a whale out of wool felt, and some colourful fishies...

'scuse my wobbly embroidery

and I made a cloud to cover the (white plastic) musical box, with a hole cut out at the back for the winding knob.

So, after massive clearance of all my dirty socks, random dust filled shoes, piles of washing and such like, I managed to squeeze a 'nursery' into our bedroom. I put up some star lights because Pehr loves illuminated things.

The alphabet cubes I made before.
The lampshade from the antiques market from the other day...(My mister sprayed a cheapo lamp base grey)

after making the mobile whale, I made a larger squidgey toy whale out of a wool jumper from a charity shop (50p) and used the chime out of a cheap toy I already had, inside the whales belly. It has a blue Liberty print hanging loop which is meant to be his blowhole (is blowhole a rude word?) and I also embroidered on it too but you can barely see it  : |

So on the whole, I think Im actually quite chuffed with my efforts, and it feels a lot more civilised in our flat now. When I was a tot, I shared a room with THREE older brothers. Yes, I survived to tell the story.
But hopefully soon we will have a nice little room for our little'un to make noise play about in.

She slept her first night in the cot last night. Although she woke up a few times (rolling about and losing her blankets) she seems really excited with it!

Off on a bit of a tangent, but just as i was taking these pics, a parcel turned up at the door for Pehr! Its from a mrs. M. Hare.

soooo beautifully wrapped, it is a piece of art!...and inside...a wooly rabbit egg cosy! gorgeous, thank you Vicar x

Just wondering, do any of you's have a nipper living in a one bedroom flat with you? I'd love to know how you've coped. We feel like sardines...even though she's really small, she has lots of stuff already. Drawers, changing table, floor play area, nappy and assorted cleaning equipment storage, toys, books, chair...goodness me! (I love it though ; ) x

*I know its very annoying when people go on and on about their sprogs! But it is kinda hard to avoid.

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  1. Aww so adorable, how do you pronounce her name? :)

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    1. Its pronounced like 'pear' (at least thats what we say!) x

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  2. Loving your whale and fish mobile. We lived in a small house with our two children and I always thought it will be better when we have more room. Fast forward to now, we have a bigger house but we just filled it with more stuff!!! Maybe I need to clear out some stuff. . . . Sarah

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  3. That mobile is absolutely adorable, and I'm so very impressed by your creativity!

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  4. I am with Pehr on the star lights. The girl has good taste.

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  5. My eldest boy just turned thirteen which is another story, but when he was very small we lived in a one bedroom flat in Crouch End. I found that contrary to any ideas I held about babies before I had them that they are really quite loud when they sleep. Snuffelling and snoring. I found I couldn't sleep. So both my boys ended up in the bathrooms. Which in both cases were warmer and darker, and I could get some sleep!

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    1. in the bathroom! thats brilliant x

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  6. We lived in a two bed flat in London, so my daughter had one room and Bertie shared with us until he was 3 (we've just recently moved to a bigger place, so he has his own room but still comes into our bed every night!). It's not easy trying to squeeze everything in, but at the same time, it's quite amazing what you cant it in and how well we can adapt these small spaces - as you have proven. It looks lovely! Some sort of Ikea storage under your cot will be good for expansion when the time comes, me thinks. Reckon you an get quite a bit of stuff under there. x

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  7. I've just moved out of a 2 bed flat, only my boyfriend worked from home in the 2nd bedroom so it was essentially a one bed! My son is 18 months and towards the end when he was was walking (actually... he was walking at 10 months so quite a while ago!) it began to feel very very cramped! The only way I survived was that we were house hunting the entire time and I knew it would get better soon.. also I was utterly ruthless with 'stuff' - frequent trips to charity shops etc... He was also co-sleeping with us until he was about 16 months so there was no need for a separate cot area which helped. You just seem to cope with whatever life brings I suppose!

    Pehr is beautiful and her things are lovely :) x

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  8. That's so pretty. Her bed looks like a ship! I think Pehr will grow up a explorer, I'm sure you will manage to educate her as a curious child-artist, who will see beauty in every little detail, just like her parents do! K.

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  9. It's all just so lovely Artemis, I could look at your piccys for ages - nice work.

    I hope you find somewhere a little bigger for the 4 of you (I'm including the cat!) soon. Move up north a bit, the rent is half the price.... we're Birmingham and my sister is paying double what we are for the same sort of house in Brighton. Shocking isn't it. x

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    1. it sure is, half a million for a two bed terrace house around our way! bonkers. x

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    2. I know us London folk don't like to swap sides of the river, but have you looked at the Walthamstow area? We recently bought a two-bed terrace here for half that amount (with change) and I never thought I'd afford a house in London in my wildest dreams! It can be mighty depressing looking at rip-off shoeboxes but there are still the odd hidden gems out there which aren't too much of a sacrifice if you can find them! We have no bubba's but our 'spare' room is also my office, so despite the space we'd probably have to keep any offspring in the shed until we can rustle up that spare £50k for a loft extension ;-)
      Cot, and everything else, are charming BTW x

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  10. the mobile is absolutely wonderful! Love seeing the baby photos-keep them coming :)

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  11. So wonderful and I have to say hearing that you're in a one bedroom rented house with a little one was comforting to hear. It feels like everybody I see online with little ones has a huge house, its good to know it can be done in a smaller place :)

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  12. leanne2.3.13

    Awh. love the mobile, it's ace!
    I have a 6 and a half month old and the amount of stuff we seem to have gathered is insane! I go thorugh all his clothes as soon as he's outgrown them and give them to friends or charity....although I can't seem to let go of a few things, esp hand knitted cardigans! Like Ladybird said, I'll have to start going through my own I think! x

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  13. I love all the things you have made for her - she will grow up to have a great taste! Unless, aged 4, she decides everything has to be pink and sparkly... Where did you buy the grey felt?

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  14. Beautiful goodies for Pehr as always Artmeis! Where did you get the wooden mobile arm? I have been looking on ebay for a musical mobile that I could replace all the naff toys from with my own handmade ones but they're all crappy plastic!
    We've got only one bedroom in action with a 4 month old as the old house we moved into in October is a 'fixer upper' so we only had enough money to do the bedroom, bathroom, kitchen & lounge! Our bub has finally got to the stage of not needing to feed during the night but still wakes me up a million times at night because he repeatedly hits himself in the face trying to suck his thumb & then whinges! He's still in his bednest thingy cos we don't have enough room for a cot in our room & I had assumed we would have enough money to do his room by the summer but now that's not going to happen so I think we're going to have to squeeze him in the lounge or something! Basically there's no escape from baby stuff in every room...

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    1. its this one - http://www.amazon.co.uk/SEVI-81722-Mobile-Halter-Bogen/dp/B000N8IRMM/ref=sr_1_1?s=baby&ie=UTF8&qid=1362300453&sr=1-1

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  15. Hello, I've been looking for a mobile clamp but not found one I like, any chance of a link to yours?

    We have a sprog in what is technically a 2 bed, although 2nd bed is so small it barely qualifies. You just make the most of the space you have, don't you. Good luck! Pehr is a cutie.

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    1. the mobile arm is this one -
      http://www.amazon.co.uk/SEVI-81722-Mobile-Halter-Bogen/dp/B000N8IRMM/ref=sr_1_1?s=baby&ie=UTF8&qid=1362300453&sr=1-1

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  16. Artemis, this is more than cute and tasty - AGAIN :)

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  17. Artemis, so lovely and tasty - AGAIN :)

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  18. Pehr's spot in your room is so charming! You're a clever ducky I must say.
    And do continue to rave on about her. There's nobody who minds that. xx

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  19. Love the mobile, that whale is so sweet!!

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  20. I'm always amazed by your creativity and crafting ability while having a baby!! Pehr must be a good napper/doesn't need much mom's attention while you do all the crafting. We live in 2 bedroom townhome, about 800 sq ft. perhaps significantly larger than where you live, but we feel cramped since the total 800 sq ft includes a garage and 2 bathrooms (so think about the actual living area that we have). This is why I hardly have any place to craft/sew/spin/knit: all my crafting are packed up since my son is able to crawl, about 7 mo old. I'm not sure if Pehr will grow up into a curious kind, but sufficed to say, I've found fibers of various sorts in my son's diaper and our place has turned into essentially a toddler's playroom by day, and a parent's den at night after bedtime.
    Oh, we try to live with as little stuff as possible. Most of my son's stuff are second-hand and now back to their previous owner (such as baby swings, bouncy chairs, changing table, etc). No baby furnitures are permanent here in our home except for his Stokke high chair.

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    1. Thank you Claire! Pehr is quite high maintenance to be honest! but I squeeze in as much sewing as I can when she has a nap or is a bit chilled. Im very impatient, so most of my projects took me about 3 hours. I can also do a bit of hand sewing at the same time as feeding her. i keep all my sewing stuff on a table out of reach, but yes, it will be even more difficult in a tiny flat once she starts to move about! x

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  21. Love that thing! You are the most beautiful one, and your life too I think many times, when I read your blog. Your fishes gave me the inspiration I just needed. I´m working in kindergarten and we are starting project SEA tomorrow in my group, with kids from one to three. Fishes would be perfect, I try to make something... Thank you, again. Wish You and your family the best coming week.

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  22. For those of us with bigger children (a teenager and a nearly teenager) we love hearing about little ones. I was drawn to your blog for the vintage theme but I'm enjoying your baby posts. It's so hard not to get swamped with the plastic stuff in the form of gifts! My two shared a broom cupboard sized bedroom until they were about 5 and 8. Hard to imagine how we managed that, but the living room had large trunks of toys in every corner!

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  23. Jane3.3.13

    Lovely whales. Put me in mind of Mimi Kirchner's work. Have a look here: http://mimikirchner.com/blog/

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  24. So many lovely ideas in one post, I love the Whale - so cute!

    Harri

    at-rubik.blogspot.com

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  25. Lovely lovely blog and your pear is a peach! Thanks for the fab creative ideas! Your baby is truly blessed xx

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  26. Gorgeous as usual - you've inspired me to get sewing:) We're currently sharing a room with Joe (he was 6 months on Friday). And our cot's from Ikea too!
    The house is pretty tiny but we made a concerted effort to avoid the 'plastic baby things everywhere' look. So friends and relatives tend to buy him handmade things. They look so much nicer - and are kinder to the environment. And stuff gets tidied away into log baskets, tin trunks etc.
    Joe's always slept through but is now trying to crawl. And that means being woken up almost hourly in the night as he gets himself stuck in a corner/on his front. The cot seems massive compared to his moses basket!
    Good luck in finding a new place. In the meantime, your nursery spot looks lovely x

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  27. It's not annoying at all. Love seeing all your creative makings. I always get quite excited when a post from you pops up in my blogger-feed, your pictures are always so lovely. So many other people's blogs seem a little self-indulgent or show-offy (a word, yes) at times, where yours seems quite generous and inspiring with all the things you put on here (if that makes sense).

    I love the material you've used. And the twinkle-lights. Makes it look like a little ship. Jolly good work :)

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  28. How is it that everything you touch turns to liberty print gorgeousness?! xxx

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  29. Sprog news is annoying to who? Not me. Thoroughly enjoy it all and seeing all your creativity. Thank you.

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  30. What a lovely lovely whale! and baby :)

    Our 4 year-old slept in our bed for the first 1.5+ years (I can't remember anymore), and then in her toddler bed right next to our bed for another year before she fully moved to her own bedroom. I nursed her for a very long time (and she nursed every night until she was so old I won't say it here - it'll just scare new parents :), and I found that having her right next to me made that easier for me.

    For our second baby (now 7m) we didn't even bother getting a cot/crib until very recently because we knew she would be in our bed all the time anyway. I only got her a crib now because I am afraid to leave her on our bed unattended for the fear she will roll down.

    I have read that being in the same room is safer for the baby since they can hear you breath/move etc, which can protect them from SIDS. It seems that infants breath more regularly in their sleep when they can pace their breathing to the sound of their mum/dad breathing. So although it feels cramped, you are probably doing the very best thing for Pehr by having her in your room!

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  31. that mobile is so gorgeous & you can tell it was very lovingly made

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  32. So, so beautiful. I'd love this to be my bedroom!! Love the Taska cushions, the liberty sheet, and your whale and mobile are soooo pretty!!

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  33. We're in a teeny tiny Brixton flat with a 5 month old plus two kittys. It's a constant game of tetris round these parts. I've given the stuff she no longer uses out on loan to neighbours with a new baby and have two wicker chests hiding under the shelving in the living room where everything baby related goes at the end of the day...no matter how tired I am. Also ditched the change table. Where to fit the pushchair though is an eternal mystery. Thankfully there's lots to do round here so I try to get out each day for a mosey which stops me getting cabin fever!

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  34. That mobile is so cute! I'd like to make one for our nugget too but I haven't gotten to it. I just saw these and love them and think you might too. http://www.frenchblossom.com/mobiles/118-cotillon-.html We have the same cot from Ikea but in white. I love it because it's simple. Lois used it for her cot and then as a toddler bed until she was 3, because you can drop the mattress and one wall. And now our 2nd baby girl is using it :)

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  35. Emily B3.3.13

    I really like reading the baby related subject matter! I spent the first 4 years of my daughter's life living (in my old room) at my parents' house. Not sure where everything went, but remember having to be very organised and baskets and trunks are really useful. We also used a toy library and borrowed from or loaned baby paraphernalia to friends, as well as reselling some stuff or giving to charity shops. My daughter's old bed and piano are currently on loan to a friend with more space. I really like the idea of hand me downs and it's good that they are being used. I did keep a few things though, like her first shoes, clothes and drawings. Your nursery looks beautiful.

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  36. Beautiful mobile. I'm the kind of mother who thought of that kind of thing but never got to it, so RESPECT!
    As for the tight living with baby-advice; we were living with 4 children (of 10, 10, 1 and 0) in a two bedroom at one point. Our son (1) slept in the walk in closet! Haha! It had a window and heating though. We ended up putting a lot of stuff in storage for a while (also cause we were selling the house and we didn't want to show people a cramped, full space). You can do without a lot of stuff for a while (of forever), stuff like books, cd's, clothes, paintings that have been left standing against a wall. It was so nice cause as you say, baby stuff takes up a lot of space! Also, we hung some stuff high on the wall in our next (also not so big) house. Stuff like the pram, the baby backpack, bags of sandbox toys etc.
    Oh, and Ikea has a very small changing table (we painted it blue, we actually got to doing that.)
    Oh, and after dinner, one of us cleans everything up while the other gives the kids a bath/bedtime story. It's so nice to have some grownup time in a clean (or semi-clean) house! Living small just means decluttering a lot.

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  37. the most adorable crib i have ever seen, ever! pehr must love it :) it's so lovely, your creativity is so so inspiring!

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  38. I'm very much enjoying your baby posts. We live in a small two bed flat in north london with our 10 month old baby. And like most of your other commenters, frequently trying to reduce the amount of things we own!

    Your cot looks beautiful. I'm sure Pehr loves it! x

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  39. Anonymous3.3.13

    Lovely Space. Better to have an inspiring small space than a drab large space. We live in a 400sq.ft. cabin with 1 very small bedroom. I live with my husband and 3 year old son. All that we have I love and enjoy on a daily basis.I think large living spaces are highly overrated and what's more harder to keep clean! I find my son has less stuff now than when he was really little. Loving your beautiful posts. Thank you. xxx

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  40. i can't tell you how much i enjoy reading your posts. i will be an empty nester soon and with each little bit of news and lovely pictures i get to relive when my kids were little. thanks for sharing a bit of life with your sweet baby girl.

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  41. I so agree with Lisa. Lucky Pehr

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  42. Anonymous4.3.13

    I love your baby posts..so don't apologise!! I have a 6 month baby and think you're nothing short of amazing!! I have a pile of fabrics, photos to be framed, half knitted hats etc that are still there untouched as I just don't seem to be able to get myself organised enough to do them :-) Every time I read your blog I'm inspried to go and make things...must try harder. Ernest will be 15 and I'll just be getting around to knitting him those booties!! x

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  43. Good job! I love the mobile and all your other projects as well - very inspiring! We live in a one bedroom apartement (65 m2), we manage good right know and I don't have the feeling that we need more space. Our daughter just turned one year and she plays only where we are so it wouldn't make sense to move her in a separate room. So we made her own play-area in the living room (you can see that on my blog). We feel like we can easily live like this for the next three or four years.

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  44. all is adorable! yes, we did when we lived in our one bedroom flat in brixton. we had a double bunk bed built in the bedroom ( kind of a mezzanine but only with the bed) we used the space below for our baby as her little room, but I ended up sleeping downstairs with her for the night feeds for six months. I had put up shelves with baskets to organize all her stuff, we were very space efficient, own very little furniture and clothes. When it was time for her to move to a bigger bed we had no choice but to move and left London We now live in a 3 bedroom house with garden at almost the same price of that tiny flat. It's not too bad for us, since we don't need to commute to London, it's not about the distance (which is like a trip by tube to zone 4 during rush hour) it's more the staggering price of train fares! The main concern of living in London for us was schooling, as we cannot afford private education (and also we are a bit against it to be honest, this two ways of education in Britain is quite unfair in my opinion) we couldn't afford to live in the areas where the schools are all good
    (you need to live in a catchment where your three options of school are all very good)and because I didn't want to work full time and leave Anita to others we decided it was time to move on. I'm telling you this because time flies and you need to enrol your child to a good school way before she'll start pre-school.But you probably already know all about it. Enjoy the sweet baby days :)

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  45. Beautiful post. I love the mobile, you are super creative. X

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  46. Anonymous4.3.13

    your baby is so beautiful and you are so special person thank you to be!Bye from Sicily !I am Carmela

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  47. love every baby related post!

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  48. so beautiful. i too like all things illuminated. pehr is so darling.

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  49. Love the mobile - you are a true artist!

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  50. Jenny L5.3.13

    As someone who found your blog around the same time I found out I was pregnant I have to say I love the baby posts, so many good ideas that i plan to pinch!

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    1. Me too! I'm pregnant and love your baby posts. I'm trying to find a list of things that I should get for the baby. Would be lovely if you show us in pictures those things that you said you've got for Pehr.

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  51. WOW! what a beautiful nook you have made for your wee one.... It's gorgeous. Me and my hubby lived in a tiny one-bed flat before I got pregnant with twins (at which point we came to Australia...) and it was just fine. Our baboo slept in an Ikea cot (can't beat 'em) at the foot of our bed, and hubby constructed a hinged fold down nappy change table, which flipped down over the cot, with a catch to keep it up against the wall while not in use. Above that, we had the shelves of nappies (washables - so pretty!) and baby cream and bits and pieces for nappy change. Every morn we were woken by the Baboo beaming at us, and this was especially lovely when he started standing up in his cot. We could all smile at each other without getting out of bed. We had so many beautiful outdoor places to visit, and we got to know so many lovely people around and about, including a rather lovely lady called Sue who used to spin wool on her houseboat - I used to go and buy wool from her and breastfed the baboo on hier boat once while she brewed us a cuppa. In fact,I can highly recommend a trip to Springfield Park in Hackney, and the tow paths, and the riverside cafe, and the field of rare breed cows - if they're still there and if you ever fancy going north - plus the gorgeous Stoke Newington High St. With one tot, a one-bed flat is just fine till they're around two I reckon. We stayed in ours till the baboo was 18 months old.... Really, all you need is love (and in your case, a sewing machine and some Liberty prints) - and you'll be just dandy. It's probably one of the most special times you will ever have..... xxx

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  52. Anonymous6.3.13

    That Whale and Fish Mobile is possibly the cutest thing I have ever seen! Except for the stuffed whale, of course.

    Lois in SWPA (USA)

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  53. I love all of your posts. The mobile is amazing. I love the way Pehr fits perfectly into your lives xxx

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  54. No one is ever EVER going to get sick of you "carrying on about baby stuff" Artemis! Besides it' s not just about Pehr (cutie pie) it's about the creativity and joy that a lady can have (amidst the midnight feeds, the nappies and the sleep deprivation) and it gives us ideas and insights into something beautiful, authentic and real. One day Pehr will read this and she'll be so proud. Thank you for sharing... ♥♥♥

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  55. I don't have children (yet) and I started to follow your blog because of... well, your blog. antiques, fairs, the van, gorgeous pictures. BUT I enjoy it now more than ever! It's so nice to see a glimpse of your life, and Pehr is now part of it. Why should you have to make excuses? It makes no sense to pretend your lives are the same, they're not! And it's good that way. And the mobile? I'm STOKED about the whale and fishies. I think I'm gonna make myself one! haha.

    I'd love to hear more baby related stuff if that makes you post more, haha. I find your writing style so refreshing!

    many many greetings to you three (or four with pim) from vienna,
    karo

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  56. I adore all the lovely things you have made. You have made a small space very beautiful.
    We are about to have baby four and are currently renting a 3 bedroom house, which is perfectly proportioned downstairs while our kids are young but upstairs is going to take some creative thinking to fit us all in. I adore our house, our neighbours and location so I can't even think about moving but in 6 months time we will have to see if it can work. Fingers crossed it can for a while longer! x

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  57. Anonymous8.3.13

    No, we don't have kid in small flat but for first 3.5 years had our son in our bedroom next to bed - had cotbed with side down and pushed against our double - bought exactly that ikea cot for holiday house and have recently converted it to settee for him to lounge upon while reading (now nearly 8!). Having him in same room for early years was best decision (we have 2 bedrooms) and I'd recommend it. Your daughter will benefit from her super caring parents and cuddly surroundings. Well done and best of luck to you all! May you be as happy as we are.
    L.

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  58. Anonymous9.3.13

    Living in a big city with three kids means sharing not so much (rented...) space... but being able to walk or ride the bike to nearly all the places, we have to go. That perfectly works for us, although you actively have to go out to give enough possibilities to move for the children. And I really love to do some camping at the weekends for the needed amount of space and green!
    About the lost blankets: A sleeping bag worked really well for our kids (who rolled A LOT). Another project you could make by yourself... I just love, how you turn every project in perfect and adorable "junkaholic design"!
    All the best, Bele

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    1. Thanks Bele, she has got a sleeping back but she grew out of it, so i will definitely be making a new one next!
      We love London, and we love the countryside, hmmm....it a difficult one!

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  59. Anonymous19.3.13

    It's a beautiful mobile. It's a shame the child sees it from the bottom and not from the side.

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    1. thanks! she seems to love looking at it from all angles but especially when she lies underneath it! she squeals and kickers her legs and giggles, not conducive to sleeping though ; )

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  60. Knowing how to sew it going to take you far with a little one. I'm an apartment dweller with two kids under five and I totally understand what you mean of feeling cramped. If you haven't done it already, declutter your own stuff. Put things up high if you can.

    My friends who all live in the city encouraged me to put all my finds and ideas of living in a small space with a growing family into http://bigbabysmallspace.com. Check it out.

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  61. Anonymous5.10.13

    Can you explain how you made the arm higher? I like the idea of having a higher mobile to be able to had more pendants :)

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