Baby proofing trouser fire guard! 

So, like every home we have lots of potential ‘hazards’ now that our little man is running around all over the place. Of course there is only so much you can do and we didn’t want to go OTT when it came to baby proofing the flat but we did stick on some corner shields, plug sockets shields etc and moved some of the furniture around to make its safe, while at the same time being able to teach our LM that touching the radiator when it’s hot is not a good idea!

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One thing that has still been worrying me though is the marble fireplace surround. We used to put the coffee table in front of it, but now that the LM can climb the table (!) we had to change that plan. Enter the suitcase of random fabric I keep for unknown projects! Among the offcuts of completed (and unsuccessful) craft projects I found a pair of my other halfs trousers that I had been saving ‘just in case’ they came in useful, and hurrah, this was their lucky weekend!

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Draft excluder style fire guard from a pair of trousers 

  1. Cut off both trouser legs (leaving a pair of shorts!)  
  2. Sew the top of the legs – right sides together – with one leg inside the other 
  3. Pull out the inside leg, so that you have one long cylinder shape, with the fabric inside out
  4. (As the trousers were wider at the thighs, I had to run a straight stitch from one end to the other so that the fire guard would not be fatter in the middle)
  5. Turn the trouser legs the right way round and stuff (I used fabric offcuts and a cardigan bound for the charity shop!) 
  6. Once full, sew each end shut – I did two lines of stitching at each end – on the top side of the fabric

(I should point out that our gas fire doesn’t actually work so there’s no risk of it catching fire 😊)

Farewell to Christmas at the Geffrye Museum, Hoxton 

We went to a really lovely event this afternoon at The Geffrye, Museum of the Home, in Hoxton. Mulled wine, 12th night cake, carols and the traditional burning of holly and ivy to say farewell to Christmas.


It was great for the little man, who was very happy running around the garden and transfixed by the fire. Add in some swaying to the brass band and bits of cake and he was set!

A great way to say farewell to Christmas. Looking forward to heading back to the museum again for a proper explore – a series of living rooms / spaces that reflect how people lived in the past. There are beautiful gardens too, so I might save it until it’s a bit warmer! 🙂

Welcome 2016! A new start

So, I have been neglected my blog recently (a few years counts as recently, right?!) and I thought I’d make more of an effort for 2016, not just for me but for our little one as well.

My last post was about a play mat I was making for my (then) soon to be born little boy. He is now 18 months old and the play mat has long been in a cupboard, replaced by mega bloks, Thomas the Tank engine toys and lots and lots of running around.

Initially I was quite good at recording what we were up to, to help me remember (amidst the sleep deprivation), but I let it slip once maternity leave was over and I had to head back to full time work.

However, 2016 brings with it a new start and amazingly the little man and I will now have one day a week just the two of us (weekends now reserved for daddy time!) and I am resolved to start documenting  again,to help me remember the things we get up to during his childhood, along with anything else that springs to mind as life unfolds.

Happy 2016. I wonder what the year will bring…