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Octoberfest is here

If you follow me on social media at all, or are over in my Facebook group, you’ll have heard me mention Octoberfest, an event on Facebook, more than once in recent weeks. Well very quickly today, I’m sharing my offerings over there, and one or two of my other favourites.

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 Three little pumpkin hats, sizes 0-36 months.

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 Baby and toddler bat booties.

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Teen/small adult acorn headband.


Girly autumn cloche hat.

Halloween tote bag.

Do come over to Facebook on Sunday and check out the event, some of my favourite other pages over there are 4 Munchkins Crafts gorgeous charm bracelets, Eleven 01 Bebé who makes stunning CE marked dolls and Bibbity Bobbins beautiful kids clothes. And that barely scratches the surface of all the fabulous sellers featured.

The event starts here 7.30pm (BST) on October 8th 2017.

Much love And have a great weekend.

Davina

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Wool Nappy Covers

I’ve been saying I’ll speak about wool covers for cloth nappies for a while now, so it’s time to get down to it, and write something up.

The Magic of Wool

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Wool is one of the most popular natural fibres around the world for clothing and soft furnishings. I’m sure everyone knows that it comes from these fluffy creatures. Many sheep are primarily raised for their wool specifically. And this amazing fibre has some remarkable properties. I’m going to list some of those below, and say specifically why that makes it great as a nappy cover.

  • It is anti-microbial
  • It is mould resistant
  • It is breathable
  • It is water repellent
  • It has balancing insulation properties
  • It is flame resistant
  • It is sustainable

There is probably more, but these are what I’m going to talk about here. Being used as a nappy cover means it is covering over nappies that, well lets face it, get peed and pooped in. Because it is antibacterial and anti microbial it doesn’t hold on to microbes and bacteria. It literally absorbs them, but doesn’t re-emit them. This is thanks to the lanolin and keratin, natural proteins found in wool. These properties also mean when it gets damp it doesn’t hold on to those microbes that cause other things to grow mould.

As a breathable fabric, wool literally allows any moisture that touches it to evaporate, so covering over a cloth nappy allows dampness that reaches the outside of the nappy literally come out the other side and disappear. Due to repelling the damp it feels dry from the outside (assuming nappies are changed at regular intervals of btween 3 and 4 hours maximum.)

So is it only suitable for winter? Well no, it isn’t. In fact even for children and adult clothing wool is super amazing. Due to the breathability and the fact it is balancing as insulation, it literally keeps you warm in winter, by insulating you, but in warm weather it allows you stay cool. Of course if you wear a chunky wool jumper in the hottest summer you’ll still get hot, but a light wool layer doesn’t make you too warm. This makes wool clothing over nappies for babies an awesome choice to keep them covered in the sun (Oh yeah it also filter UV rays!) but they won’t overheat. It’s also worth considering the option of wool, rather than synthetic blankets, based on this.

The fact it is flame resistant is self-explanatory really. While I don’t sell nappy covers specifically for night time use, many people do use them over night, and all the clothing and cover used on a baby while sleeping should be flame resistant (a fact to think about if buying or making acrylic baby clothes and blankets. If you see how acrylic melts and stick when you burn it, you think twice about ever risking that getting stuck to your, or someone else’s baby).

Finally the sustainable nature of wool. As many sheep are kept for their wool primarily, they are sheared annually over many years to obtain the wool, the wool used last an extremely long time, many people I speak to have had wool clothing for years, 50 or more not being uncommon. When it comes to nappy covers, well of course your baby grows, but covers will last subsequent babies, longies become board shorts or crops, boardies become shorties. This is why I ensure the rise is generous on my nappy covers as that stretches for a number of months. And when they don’t need the nappies any more? Well my Teeny girl wore her longies from 2 years ago as little crops in the summer just gone now she’s no longer in nappies. And to mark the release of this blog I am setting up a brand new Facebook group premarily for all hand knitted wool nappy covers to be sold, both brand new by makers, and preloved from all makers, the only condition is hand knitted ones only. I’ll add the link below.

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October is here

Quite simply put, I love October, I love the cooler weather, I love wrapping up warm and I love the increasing longer nights.

Yeah, yeah I know, all that extra darkness, all that rain, all those cloudy days, but nope non of that dampens my love for autumn and winter.

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For me this month means a family holiday, our first ever since having kids, that’s 8 years overdue, right? It means lots of work, because of course more people want warm gloves and scarves and hats, although I’m going to show you over the coming months just why you want knitwear in the spring and summer too.

So how am I going to stay motivated? Well aside from my awesome holiday, (did I mention that yet?) I have been working on self-love, particularly with the fabulous Mel Wells who wrote ‘The Goddess Revolution: Food and Body Freedom for Life’. Last week she held a Self-Love Week, where I managed to bring up some very raw feelings, feelings I thought I was over. I guess I’m still a work in progress though 😉 

self-confidence-2076799__340Still I have wrote out a fabulous meal plan from Deliciously Ella, so that I can start looking after my body with fabulous food, and I have vowed to do my MuTu System core workout daily.

Self-love, the key to showing the universe that you know you are worthy of all the good it provides.

Have a fabulous week lovely people

Warm wishes and love

Davina