adventures with little cotton clothes


This is most definitely the season for adventures and a blossoming imagination. Being a mother of a two and a half year old has brought me so much joy as I witness my boy transition into the next stage of his childhood. He has a wild heart and is happiest when outdoors exploring! We have spent many afternoons at my parents exploring the overgrown pathways at the bottom of the garden, collecting apples and pretending we are on a bear hunt, squelching through the mud. These are some of my happiest memories and ones I hope he will remember for a life time too.

Arthurs outfit is from Little Cotton Clothes, who have recently introduced a range of boys clothes to their collection of beautiful childrenswear. For me, this brand is rooted in the joys of childhood – feeling free and comfortable to explore, to climb trees and jump in all the muddy puddles without a care in the world. The pieces are all made from natural fabrics with a simple and timeless design, which is something I have always been drawn to with children’s clothes. What I love most about the range is its simplicity, they are both practical and comfortable for little ones, whilst being ethically made and wash beautifully too.

Imogen and Leonie are the sisters behind Little Cotton Clothes, who set up the childrenswear brand after their daughters were born. Each piece of clothing is designed by them and draws inspiration from their own fun filled childhood here in England. They wanted to create clothes that are both beautiful and practical for little adventures, which I think they have achieved and I am already excited to see the launch of their SS18 boys range.

This post was written in collaboration with Little Cotton Clothes. Thank you for supporting the brands who support this space.

preparing our home for autumn

Today has been one of those lovely crisp September days where the sun shone and the sky was blue. I love the notable shift in the season between summer and autumn, the dip in temperature as our corner of the world tilts away from the sun. The subtle change in light and the colours of the leaves on the trees as they begin to fade into a patchwork of jaded greens, reds and yellows, have you noticed it yet? 

September around here has always been a welcomed chance to start afresh, this year especially. We spent lovely hazy summer cocooned in our newborn baby bubble, it felt lovely and care-free not needing to be anywhere or do anything. But with the coming of autumn, I am ready to set some intentions for the months ahead and find our groove as we settle into a new season as a family of four. Here are a few things I will be doing in the coming weeks to prepare our home for autumn:

// Sorting and washing all our woollen blankets and throws so they are lovely and fresh when the evenings get a little chilly.

// Giving the floor a good old scrub after weeks of little feet running barefoot in and out of the garden.

// Sourcing and making candles. One thing that defines a cozy home in autumn, for me, is burning fragrant candles, especially if the weather is a little bit gloomy. Last winter we lit a candle in the morning at breakfast time it was a lovely start to the day and something I will reintroduce now that the mornings aren’t quite as warm. Iv recently discovered The Botanical Candle Co for beautiful, hand poured, soy candles that not only smell divine but come in some gorgeous repurposed vintage vessels and stoneware, I highly recommend having a little look at what they have on offer. I am also going to attempt to make some beeswax candles. I have lots of wax left over after making these food wraps here and I have recently purchased some sheets of natural beeswax to roll my own candles.

// Apple picking. I’m looking forward to stocking the freezer with stewed apple and making apple crumble because nothing says autumn more than crumble and custard, right?

// A simple evening routine. The hours between dinner time and bedtime used to be so simple, we’d fallen into a lovely little routine that saw our eldest fall asleep in my arms soon after a story. Things now seem to be taking hours and juggling the demands of both little ones leave me feeling exhausted by the time they are both asleep. Over the coming weeks I want to find a simple bedtime routine that will keep us all calm and feeling restful. If you have any advice please do leave a comment below I would love to hear.  

// Self-care. Carving out a little time to take care of myself has been quite low on my list of priorities lately. I am sure I am not alone in this and many of you will be familiar with the feeling. There are not enough hours in the day to do it all, let alone carve out time to nourish our own souls. But I have come to realise that it may be the most important thing we could do for ourselves and our families, because if we feel refuelled – creatively, spiritually and mentally then we will have the energy to continue “giving” to our families. I would like to read more, to look after my skin, to practice the things that give me joy (other than being a mother). I think if I were to be a little more organised than I may just find a way to free up some all-important me time.

Have you set any good intentions and goals for the months ahead?

Handmade // baby gym

This is quite possibly my favourite DIY project ever! Not least because seeing our littlest enjoy playing with it makes me smile, but because we all had a part in making it together as a family, including Arthur who helped Daddy drill the holes.

Many of the baby gyms we have seen online are brightly coloured, whilst they serve good purpose, they are not our taste and would only make our small living room seem much smaller and feel cluttered. What we really wanted was one that, not only provided entertainment for Rupert but one that was made from natural materials that felt like it belonged in our home and fitted with our simple style. Making our own was the perfect solution and it was so easy too.

To make your own baby gym you will need:

4 x 400mm length of wood, the pieces here are 20mm wide
1 x 400mm length of dowel
2-3 packs of wooden beads (we found ours here)
1.5m (approx) of ribbon, we have used hand-dyed silk scraps
Drill (including drill bit to match the dowel + a smaller one)
Saw
Sandpaper
Needle

Method:

Cut the wood to length, the measurements above are approximate but work well. We mitred the bottom edges with a 45 degree angle so it sits flat to the ground when opened out

Using a drill bit the same width as the dowel, drill a hole at the top of each length of wood. Then drill a small hole mid way down each length of wood.

Push the dowel into the holes at the top of the wood (two on each side, this will create the A-frame structure)

Sand any rough edges

Thread some ribbon through the smaller holes on the A-frame, this will stop the frame opening out too far

Thread a series of beads on to ribbon and tie them to the dowel at the top

Over time we planning to add different things to hang down from the bar at the top to keep it interesting. As autumn is upon us we thought fir cones and dried crunchy leaves might be a nice idea for a different texture. Or some bells to add a different sound. But for now, we love it as it is and its really lovely to see Rupert happily explore it with his hands and feet.

For those who may be interested:

Rupert’s romper  // Wilbur the wooden stacking dog* // Wooden rattle // Bear rattle* // Wicker toy basket* // This is not a sponsored post although the products marked with * were sent to us as a gift. 

Newborn bubble // Memories of July

My memories of July are already so hazy, it feels a life time ago already now, its the perfect reminder to keep documenting all these little moments here on my blog so I can look back on in years to come! Here are some images I have dug out from my camera roll from the month of July – I think the month passed in a blur as I continued to heal and bonded with our tiny little boy. We had lots of picnics in the sunshine and little evening walks, the little walk through the wheat field has to be my favourite memory of July.