Mamas & Papas’ New Collaboration with Liberty London

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I was invited to an event in London this week for the launch of Mamas & Papas‘ new designer collaboration with Liberty London. That’s right – mega children’s brand meets stunning Liberty prints to create beautiful interiors collection AND a range of very covetable prams and strollers. Yes please.

Sadly due to work I wasn’t able to attend but I thought I would share some details of the collaboration if, like me, you’re very much interested in crafts, Liberty, decor and baby things.

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There are six different Liberty prints used in the new range and one of my favourite things are these star cushions (above), which cost £30. I love how these are so classic but feel modern at the same time and would really suit a contemporary nursery.

I’m also a big fan of this slightly more expensive rocking horse:

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We’ve already bought our pram, but if you’re currently pregnant, haven’t picked out your baby’s first set of wheels and fancy a bit of a heritage twist, then check out the pretty Liberty prints on these bad boys:

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Pretty nice, right? This little musical cot toy is cute as well (and I think reasonably priced at £15) if you fancy a bit of Liberty love but without the heftier price tag of some of the items:

Liberty Musical Cot Toy - Mamas & Papas - Beak Up Crafts

So what do you think? Are you a fan of this collaboration? If you are, the collection launches exclusively with Liberty and Mamas & Papas on September 7th.

Our nursery is pretty much finished now (and I feel this collection is more geared to girls if I’m honest – we’re having a boy) so I’m going to resist making any purchases, but here’s some more price info if you’re keen to indulge:

  • Liberty Musical Cot Toy, £14.95
  • Cushions, £30
  • Doll, £30
  • Cot bed Quilt, £99
  • Cot bed Bumper, £69
  • Liberty Musical Cot Toy £15
  • Liberty Rocking Horse £130
  • Liberty Doll £29.95
  • Liberty Cushions £30

Lots of Liberty love,

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{DIY} Little Star Pennant

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I can’t quite believe that the third trimester of my pregnancy has caught up with me. I guess it means that pretty soon things are going to GET REAL (but I’m not thinking about the painful bit yet!).

Instead, I’m back with a pretty quick and easy DIY to make this Little Star pennant which I think would make a cute addition to a nursery or child’s bedroom.

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What You Need:

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  • Twine or string
  • Felt (a big piece for the main background colour and different colour for the letters)
  • Embroidery thread (in colours to match your felt or contrasting colours if you’re feeling jazzy) and needle
  • Glue
  • A short piece of wooden dowling
  • This downloadable template for your text
  • A small bit of fibrefill stuffing

How to Make it:

  1. Download the template and cut out the letters.
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  2. Trace around these on the back of your felt and cut them out. I chose to use different colours of felt for the letters but you can go for all of the same or match them to your colour scheme if you wish.
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  3. Cut out the pennant shape. I made a template by folding a piece of paper as shown below.
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  4. Lay your letters onto the pennant and glue into place. Don’t forget to leave a big enough gap at the top to allow folding of the top of the pennant over the wooden dowel.
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  5. Let the glue dry then blanket stitch around the edge of your pennant.
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  6. Put some glue along your wooden dowel and fold the pennant over the top. Stick it down and allow to dry.
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  7. While this is drying you can make the little plushie stars to hang on each end. For each star, cut out two pieces of felt using the star template. Blanket stitch these together then stuff firmly with fibrefill stuffing.
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  8. Measure the twine by placing it over the pennant and adding a couple of inches on each end (for wrapping around the dowel).
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  9. Cut a length of twine and tie a knot in one end. Attach one stars by threading through the twine using a darning needle.
    Attach-the-felt-stars-to-the-twine---Beak-Up-CraftsAt the other end tie a knot to keep he next star in place and thread it through. Slide the final star onto the twine and tie a knot in the end of the twine.
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  10. Add a bit of glue to the back of the wooden dowel. Wrap the twine around so the felt stars hang on either side and there is room for hanging.
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That’s it, you’re done! Now hang and display your new pennant with pride!

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If you fancy something a bit different you can always cut out and stitch different words to your pennant, or even personalise it with your baby or child’s name. I hope you like it and I would love to hear what you think of this DIY!

Lots of starry love,

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{DIY} How to Make a Hot Air Balloon Mobile

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I really hope you like today’s DIY post as it’s for something a bit special – the first bit of decor for our new nursery. Oh, and it might help you win £50 – read on for more details!

We still haven’t got a cot – or anything else for that matter yet – but hey, that doesn’t mean I can’t start making pretty things for it!

I’ve seen so many beautiful handmade mobiles on Pinterest and Etsy but I’ve always quite fancied making one for our baby myself, as it means a bit more and is more personal I think. Plus while the mobiles are beautiful some of them are very expensive and if I can save a bit of money on the pretty things it means we can get a really kick-arse pram. That’s the plan anyway.

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Therefore when I was asked by the lovely Sarah and Hannah at Laura Ashley if I would like to collaborate with them again on a project called #sewandstitch I was intrigued. When they told me it was a competition for a handful of bloggers to make something with Laura Ashley fabrics and share the results (and with my baby mobile idea in mind), I jumped at the chance!

If you head to the Laura Ashley Blog now you can vote for which DIY you like the best (hopefully mine!) and you could win a £50 Laura Ashley voucher too so it’s well worth it!

If you would like to have a go at making your own Hot Air Balloon mobile, here are the details…

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We still don’t know if we’re having a boy or a girl yet (we find out next week!) so I’ve made this mobile in gender neutral colours. Plus blue is one of my favourite colours and I’m a girl, so…!

There’s quite a few steps to this DIY but it’s not mega complicated and if you’re looking to make some decor for your own nursery (or as a gift for a pregnant friend), I hope you like this how-to guide.

What You Need:

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  • An embroidery hoop
  • Invisible thread
  • White felt
  • Fabric (I used Laura Ashley fabrics from their new spring collection)
  • Fibrefill stuffing
  • A needle, thread in the colour of your fabric and scissors
  • A soft pencil
  • Lace ribbon (optional)
  • Hot Air balloon and clouds template – download it here
  • A glue gun/strong glue
  • Twine
  • Tealight cases (the metal case the tealight candle comes in)

How to Make it:

  1. Download and print off the hot air balloon and cloud templates then cut them out.
  2. Draw around the templates using the soft pencil on the reverse of the fabric. I decided to make three balloons (two big, one small) and five clouds (two big, three small).
  3. For each balloon you will need eight side pieces and one small circle piece. For each cloud you will need two pieces – a mirror image of each other so the pieces line up when you sew it together (simply draw round the cloud template then flip it over and draw around it again).
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  4. Stitch together the fabric to make the hot air balloons with the right sides together.
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  5. Leave a gap halfway up one side then sew the top of the balloon together (so it is nice and neat when you turn it out). Turn the fabric inside out so the pattern is showing on the outside.
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  6. Firmly stuff the balloon using fibrefill then sew on the circle bit to close it all up.
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  7. Sew the small circle over the bottom end of the balloon for a neat finish.
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  8. To make the basket, cut four pieces of embroidery thread the same length. Put a dot of glue in each of the four inside corners of the tea light holder and attach one of the threads.
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  9. Glue the other end of the thread to the bottom of the stuffed balloon and cover the join by glueing a button on top.
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  10. Repeat steps 2-7 for as many hot air balloons as you want to make.
  11. For the clouds, put them wrong sides together and sew together with a simple running stitch. Leave a small gap for stuffing before finishing it off and sewing it closed.
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  12. Attach the balloons and the clouds to the embroidery hoop using invisible thread. I tied a knot in the end of the invisible thread then using a needle pushed the thread through the top of the balloon or centre of the cloud. To add two clouds on one strand, do the above then add a second knot in the thread so the second cloud rests on this.
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  13. Create the hanging mechanism by cutting three lengths of twine. You need two the same length (about 30cm) then one a lot longer (90cm).
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  14. Tie the twine equal distance apart on the hoop then together above the hoop.
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  15. To finish things off, wrap some lace ribbon around the hoop to hide where you have tied everything one. Use the glue to hold the ends in place.
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And that’s it! You’re done!

When we get our cot I’m going to ask Wayne to help me put this mobile over it and hopefully bubba will enjoy looking at the balloons floating in the clouds.
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Have you made anything for your nursery or had a go at a mobile? I’m keen to get new ideas of what we can do in ours so please let me know if you’ve got any good ones in the comments or on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram!

Lots of nursery decor love,

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