We’ve been a little quiet on the baking front recently as we’ve been snowed under with commissions and book writing. So, now that it’s turning colder and The Great British Bake Off is back (squeal) I’m feeling all inspired to get my bake on. We got sent a copy of the new Cath Kidston baking book to try out and this Salted Almond and Chocolate Brittle jumped out as an easy and incredibly delicious looking bake. It is in one word…scrumdiddlyumptious!
Hoorah! Our 4th book is out to buy today. We’re so happy it’s out, we’ve been really excited about it for months. The Big Book of 100 Little Activities is jam packed with tons of little things for you to do and make with your kids. Rainy days, bored days, crafty days, sunny days… just lots of projects to keep fidgety fingers entertained. All of them simple and quick and most using things you’ll have round your house.
We are so happy to say that our books are available to buy from today! To celebrate, we had a little garden party last week and had fun dressing up in all the projects. We had great fun making these books, and the whole time our little ones had to sit back and watch us make things without being able to touch or play with the projects. That’s painful for a 3 year old! But now they can, and they were so excited about it.
This little quiet book has had a lot of love. It’s 36 years old, sewn by my mum for my brother when he was a tiny baby. It’s the reason I started sewing in the first place, when I was a kid. I don’t think I could ever make anything quite as lovely as this, but seeing that you could create beautiful, real things from pieces of fabric seemed like magic to six year old me. I’ve been trying to meet this standard ever since. I did have a go at my own book a few years ago (see the post on it here) but it’s not quite as lovely as my mum’s.
Ok, I have to declare a little bias when it comes to these books. The Super+Super printmaking and embroidery books are from Brighton-based duo Amy and Claire. These lovely ladies were two of the first people I met when I moved to Brighton and have been a source of craft inspiration ever since. That aside, their books are the perfect stocking fillers for any newbie or experienced crafters out there.
With Christmas fast (too fast!) approaching, we are starting to think about what to get our Little Buttons. Books are a great gift for kids, but it’s not always easy to know which ones are really good. So we decided to ask some of our favourite parent bloggers to tell us their top children’s book, to give us – and you – a little inspiration.