Coat of Arms.

We’ve been inundated with gifts and cards from family and friends since Freddie’s arrival (he’s extremely spoilt!!), and so to try and express some of our gratitude, Tom got to designing a letterhead on which to write our thank you notes.

As with our other cards and most of our wedding stationery, the paper and notecards were letterpressed on the Adana press, and we’re so pleased with how they’ve come out!

Now we just need Freddie to learn to write…..

In other Ice and Earth news, we’ve just released our Wedding Guestbook registration cards for sale. You can find them here on Etsy.

2 Weeks Old.

I know I’m a couple of weeks behind, but over Easter we headed to Tom’s parents so that Freddie could meet some of his great grandparents, and enjoy lots of grandparent cuddles. I don’t think he got put down for about three days….

Tom’s Granny (pictured above!) is an amazing amazing knitter. She has single handedly produced the most incredible jumper collection for Freddie which we now have on display in the nursery. I am in awe of her talent – I have so little patience when it comes to knitting, I just get bored. I can’t wait until he’s big enough to be able to wear them!!

Without wanting to alienate a whole raft of readers, I’m thinking of putting together a list of all the baby things we’ve found really useful since Freddie was born. I know I struggled somewhat trying to work out what we actually needed – do you think it’d be helpful??


Discovering Cambridge.

Tom’s gone back to work today. Boooo. I’m feeling pretty proud of myself though as I’ve managed to have a shower, wash my hair, put make up on AND leave the house all on my own, without Freddie screaming too much at all.

We’ve been extremely lucky, as bar a few truly horrific nights, we’ve managed to have a really nice couple of weeks, making the most of Tom’s paternity leave and visiting some of the beautiful places around Cambridge. Plus, it turns out that 5 hours of broken sleep actually makes you feel very rested! Who knew?!!

These pictures were taken at Anglesey Abbey, when Freddie was 6 days old. Being able to get out and about (plus the onslaught of incredible Spring weather!) has made the whole healing process so much easier.

Although we lived in Cambridge between 2007 and 2010, we’d never actually made it to Anglesey Abbey before. It’s really stunning & well worth a trip if you’re in the area. There are some really beautiful woodland walks – I’ve not been round the house yet though, saving that for my next visit!


Ten days ago, on 8 April 2014, I gave birth to a beautiful little boy, known to the world as ‘Freddie’.

We are completely and utterly smitten, although he can make a hell of a noise for someone so small.

As labours go, I think I had just about the best possible birth experience; it was no more than 12 hours start to finish and I managed to have the waterbirth I was after, but good god it hurt. I was somehow unprepared for that (I know!).

Despite that, there’s no doubt Freddie is the best thing I have ever made. I am still blown away that it’s actually possible to create such a perfect being, I can’t stop staring at him.

We also can’t stop taking photos of him so both my and Tom’s Instagram feeds are full of baby pictures if you’re as much of a sucker for them as me.

Bridesmaid Revisited.

A while back, I mentioned that I was making my bridesmaid dresses and that I was getting pretty bored doing it. Three of the same dresses with slightly different fits and actually making muslins, will do that…..

I may have still been sewing the bows together whilst my hair was in curlers on the morning of the wedding, but I did it and I was pretty damn proud of myself! Woo hoo!

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Ahhh, this picture makes me all teary eyed – it’s got to be the best photo of my family ever.

Anyway, bridesmaid dresses…..

I started with a Retro Butterick bodice, mainly because I loved the low back, and then tried a variety of skirts. I hated the circle skirt I put on it initially (the bias on the skirt wasn’t very flattering), and then had a brain wave when I was making up my Elisalex dress. Although I didn’t want the tulip shape of the skirt, the box pleats lent just the right amount of ‘lift’ to the skirt whilst being pretty flattering. The silk dupion held the pleats really well too – I was sold.

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I finished them with Tilly’s belt, which I think was perfect. Somehow not ‘too bridesmaidy’ but just right. Ahhh, it was so much fun I WANT TO DO IT ALL AGAIN!!!! (minus the making the bridesmaid dresses bit…)

Our wonderful photographer Debbie probably won’t thank me for sharing these photos already (early edits so I’m told) but they’re so beautiful – I couldn’t be more pleased and quite frankly I wanted to show everybody!!! So there. (Sorry Debbie).

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p.s. Excitingly, our wedding stationery is up on Papercrave today, woo hoo!



So, as of yesterday, my littlest sister Mathilda has disappeared up to the beautiful city of Edinburgh to start 4 years of fun and painting…

I don’t have a massive amount of wisdom to impart, although I agree whole-heartedly with this post. I am just so proud of what she’s achieved and that she’s doing what she loves. GO TILLS!