Sunday, 30 January 2011

Lavender Cupcakes

Again, not the best pic - but here are two of the lavender cupcakes I made for the girls at my Baby Massage class this week!

I was a bit dubious at first, but have to admit that they did taste rather lovely!

Saturday, 29 January 2011

January Monthly Make: Pixie Hat

Here is another pixie hat I have made for a friend's new baby ... apologies for the quality of the photo but I am having issues with iphoto (and along with feeling a bit snotty, having just eaten a disgusting meal cooked by my own fair hand (I forgot about the pasta while trying to calm a fractious baby!) I have lost all patience with it!!)

This hat is my January entry into the Felt Fairy's Monthly Make Challenge!

Sunday, 23 January 2011

Naughty Victoria Plum Does Some Baking

I have had to cut down on my baking!

I was baking cakes and eating (most of!) them. This wasn't helping my attempt to lose the 'Mum Tum" (ahem! and the rest!!)

But I love baking soooooo much!

I was given the Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook for Christmas - and decided that I would bake some cupcakes to take to my Baby Massage class on Friday morning.

I opted for the 'Black Bottom Cupcakes' ... initially I thought the recipe sounded a bit fiddly...but it wasn't at all. Oh my goodness! Dark choc sponge, with a dollop of cheesecake filling (did I mention the chocolate chips?) topped off with cream cheese frosting ...

D E L I C I O U S!!!

And went down very well with the girls at Baby Massage.

I'll be making the Lavender Cupcakes for next week's class!

Saturday, 22 January 2011

Ooooh Fabric and Yarn!!

I have just got back from a very successful trip to the Stitching and Craft Show at Sandown.

I had a budget in mind (and I almost kept to it until I saw some yarn which I couldn't resist!). As I only have one my month on my full salary before I go onto statutory maternity pay, I thought I would stock up on the crafty bits and bobs I need to see me through the next few months (I will be heading to The Felt Fairy once I have been paid!)

I couldn't resist these fat quarters .... I love the Beatles fabric! Maybe I will make Baby Plum a funky Elvis skirt for the summer?
I bought a couple of bargain 5 half meter rolls of fabric. I am thinking of making a greeny blue patchwork quilt and well, I just couldn't resist the Liberty (style?) fabric

Let's not forget my first love ... Knitting!!

Some lovely Rowan yarn (is 10 rolls excessive?) It was half price, so couldn't not buy it now, could I? I have a lovely pattern for a knitted pinafore dress. Baby Plum will look cute as a button in it. And talking of buttons, I picked up some gorgeous ladybird buttons to accessorise the dress with!

And my final purchase ... this lovely little book ... I will be making Baby Plum some knitted veg!!

This wasn't a huge show and I was a little disappointed that there were no jelly rolls of fabric for sale as I had planned to get one (being a little bit of a cheat for my first quilt!) and I would have liked to get a Clothkit for myself and Baby Plum. I went along with two of my crafty pals Brocante Belle and HannahRosie.

Brocante Belle has recently started blogging - she was also a bored civil servant (like me and Mr Plum) but she escaped!! She needs a bit of encouragement to keep blogging about her creations - so go and take a look at her patchwork quilt - it was the first one she made and is fabulous!

HannahRosie is a crochet whizz ... I am very jealous of her lovely crocheted animals. I have added a link to her Ravelry page (if you are on ravelry, take a look!) Baby Plum is very lucky to be the proud owner of one of her crocheted donkey's!

Thursday, 13 January 2011

An Award!

The lovely Justine over at Emma Bear Forever has awarded me a Stylish Blogger Award! Thanks!!

I need to tell you seven facts about myself and then award another 15 of my favourite blogs.

Hummmmm seven facts about me:

1. I grew up in the country and moved to London in 2001 as a compromise - Mr Plum refused to move to the country and I refused to move to the North.

2. I have been vegetarian since I was 14 ... so that will be 19 years then!

3. I love to read

4. I had a baby in August 2010

5. I live in London but never ever see anyone famous ... and yet friends will visit me and see a hundred famous people on their way to my house!

6. I love chai lattes and ginger biscuits - they are my one weakness apart from ...

7. ... Afternoon Tea, as Spencer Tracy said "when I die I want to go to Claridges"

I would like to nominate the following blogs which both cheer and inspire me:

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Odeon Newbies

Today me and Baby Plum went to the pics.

Yes, that's right - I took my baby to the cinema!!

We watched "The King's Speech" at the Newbie screening at Streatham Odeon this afternoon.

The sound is turned down slightly, the lights are turn up a little, lovely ladies walk around with tea and biscuits, some babies cry (mine didn't!), some burp and fart (that one was mine!) but we all managed to enjoy a wonderful film! I am so glad that I have discovered these screenings!

I know that Picturehouse cinemas also have similar screenings, so I will be checking these out in future too!

Baby Plum: Time to Wean

Can you believe that Baby Plum is 5 months old?

I am starting to think about the next stage of our adventure! I have exclusively breastfed her for (almost) 5 months ... but due to Health Visitors making me panic about her weight (not putting weight on as fast as they would like) and teething making breastfeeding hard for her, I have decided to move onto formula feeding. I do feel a bit sad as I would have liked to have continued to breastfeed for a bit longer. But heh ho!

I am beginning to think about weaning!

I definitely don't want to start before her 6 month birthday but am thinking about trying 'baby led weaning'. Through my google searches I have found some very interesting articles and blogs on this subject - in particular This Mummy Loves ... I thought that Dawnie's idea of sitting her daughter at the table when she was 5 months old while she and her husband ate dinner was a fantastic idea. We sat Baby Plum in her Bumbo while we ate on Sunday ...
daddy ... can I have a sip of beer please?

I have ordered a book from Amazon and look forward to giving it a try in a few weeks time!

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

A Monthly Make 2011

Annie, the Felt Fairy is organising the Monthly Make 2011. Do you pledge to make something each month? I do!

Monday, 10 January 2011

Pompom Pixie Scarf

A scarf to match the Pompom Pixie Hat!


I had a few extra followers over the festive period which took me to over 50 ... and as promised, I will be holding a giveaway to celebrate!

You will get an entry for each of the following:

1. Become a follower of this blog
2. Add my giveaway button to your blog
3.Follow me on Twitter
4. Leave a comment on this post letting me know whether you have done 1, 2 or 3 ... or all three!

I haven't decided on a prize yet ... it will be a surprise!

The lucky blogger will have their name pulled out of a biscuit tin at
9pm on 30 January!

Good Luck!

Sunday, 9 January 2011

Happy New Year!

I hope you all had merry Christmases and are enjoying 2011 so far!

The Plums had a lovely festive season spending two weeks visiting our families. Baby Plum was the centre of attention with lots of cuddles from both sets of grandparents, aunts, uncles, great-aunts and great-uncles. Mr Plum and I even had two nights out! I even finally got my hair cut!

I was spoilt rotten ...

My parents had my Jamie O book autographed for me!

Fave smellies and a new CK sewing box

Uggs, ipod, chocs, CK dressing gown, CDs and more books ... I was a very lucky girl!

Awww ... baby Plum this afternoon - worn out after a trip to B&Q with her daddy!

So, what does 2011 have in store? Well, I have eight more months of maternity leave and eight more months of doing lovely things with Baby Plum. We started our baby massage classes on Friday at the local SureStart centre - fab!

I am also planning to do more sewing - I am planning to make a quilt and have a go at a Clothkits creation ...