Bouncy chair and roses – made and discovered

I’ve had to get lots of jobs done this week, and I’ve been reminded of how much longer jobs take with children in tow. Not in a good or bad way, just an awareness. I didn’t have chance to do all the crafts I’d planned for the two eldest. I’ve also been feeling a little somber at the state of the world. It is such a happy place, yet such a sad place, and I just don’t understand what is going on. There is so much heart break, and it reminds me that I need to be careful not to take things for granted, because envitably I do. It’s always sadness and confusion, mixed with guilt for being so lucky. Sorry to be melancholy, but it has been on my mind a lot.

Here is what else I’ve been up to:

  • A bouncy chair cover – Our current bouncy chair cover was looking rather tatty, so I decided to make a new one as we’re taking it on holiday soon. I just took the old one apart and used it as a pattern.IMG_20160728_161406 (1)
  • Rose petal perfume – Win, Ru and I had a go at making some rose petal perfume. I haven’t made it since being child, so it was rather nostagic, although it didn’t smell that great to be honest. 20160728_081506
  • Helmet – I couldn’t stop laughing when Win made this helmet so he could play ‘Wallace & Gromit’. I went to the toilet and he had quickly whipped it up. IMG_20160727_103107
  • Cook Happy, Cook Healthy by Fearne Cotton – A friend bought me this book for my birthday and I am so impressed with it. I had to wait until the evening to properly look through it and I couldn’t wait. I made the Sri Lankan fish curry this week and we all loved it. I’ve never made a fish curry before, so it was nice for us all to try something new.
  • The Refugee Camp: Our Desert Home on BBC 2 – A new series exploring the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan. It is the first refugee city and houses 80,000 refugees. The first episode was equally upsetting, fascinating and heart warming. It’s on Thursdays at 9pm.
  • Olive clothing – I’ve loved this website for a little while and I could buy just about everything. The dresses are incredible.

Wishing you a very happy weekend!

E xx



  1. 28th July 2016 / 8:56 pm

    I can’t stop laughing at his helmet either hahaha haha oh my, the seriousness on his face adds to it! Love the bouncy chair cover x

    • Esther
      29th July 2016 / 9:36 pm

      I know what you mean! SO serious, thinking he is actually awesome! x

    • Esther
      29th July 2016 / 9:36 pm

      I hope I haven’t offended the person who gave me the bag! Haha! x

  2. 30th July 2016 / 9:31 am

    That bouncy chair is fab! Oh helmet making is great, and Wallace & Gromit!! I got fearnes book too but the think I need to build up a stock of ingredients as it seems so much more cooking this way. What do you think? X

    • Esther
      11th August 2016 / 9:20 pm

      Thanks Nat! I find Fearne’s book a good inbetween. It’s much ‘normal’ and achievable than other books, but is still gluten and sugar free. I really love it xx

  3. 31st July 2016 / 7:36 pm

    Ooh that chair cover is amazing, you’re so clever! And rose petal perfume brings back memories too, we used to make that as children as well, and it never smelt that great – and my gran was always a bit cross that we’d pulled all the petals off her roses, even though we were trying to make her some ‘lovely’ perfume!

    • Esther
      11th August 2016 / 9:21 pm

      Thank you so much. He seems to like looking at the new cover too! Loved that image of your gran getting made about the roses!!! x

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