• Breastfeeding Capsule Wardrobe
    Fashion,  Parenting/Baby Related

    My Breastfeeding Capsule Wardrobe

    Something I hadn’t even considered before having the baby was that postpartum I wouldn’t be the same size as I was pre-pregnancy and that I’d need easy, frequent access to my boobs! Breastfeeding is pretty intense anyway without one handedly struggling with your clothes to allow a small human access to your nipple without making you both super uncomfortable and getting completely soaked! In the last few weeks I’ve had a pretty constant stream of parcels coming (and often going back) as I’ve tried to get the hang of what to wear for convenience whilst also not feeling like a frumpy mess and I think I’ve finally cracked it so…

  • Best free baby knitting patterns
    Knitting

    My Favourite Baby Knitting Patterns

    TodayI’m going to share with you my four favourite free baby knitting patterns and my finished versions. I had big plans to make loads and loads of stuff in preparation for the baby’s arrival but unfortunately I’ve had loads of trouble with my back (in the erector spinae muscle if you’re interested) which has made it really difficult for me to sit upright and knit or sew. I’m pretty gutted about this but have still managed to make him a few things in time for his arrival in the next couple of weeks. Baby knitting is my favourite knitting because small pieces take less time and so are super satisfying…

  • Tiny Baby Hat Knitting Pattern
    Knitting,  Tutorials

    Adam’s story + Preemie & Stillborn Baby Hat Knitting Pattern

    Just a warning that this post includes some sensitive and emotive topics before we get to the baby hat knitting pattern. For anyone following the Oh Hi DIY instagram (@ohhidiy), you’ll probably already know that I’m 29 weeks pregnant! What you might not know, is that I was also pregnant at the end of 2016. At the 20 week anomaly scan we were told that our little boy, Adam, wasn’t growing properly. He was subsequently diagnosed with Thanatophoric Dysplasia – a skeletal condition that means the rib cage and the limb bones do not grow. The condition’s name is derived from a Greek work “Thanatos” which means “death bringing” –…

  • Wholemeal Breadmaker Recipe
    Baking,  Recipes,  Tutorials

    Honey Wholemeal Bread Recipe (For the Breadmaker)

    I’m a typical British girl, I love nothing more than some sarcasm, a brew and a slice of toast. I’ve got IBS so brown bread is much better for my tummy than white bread (even though I do love it) and I’m here to tell you that this wholemeal bread recipe even gives good old white toast a run for its money in deliciousness! If that wasn’t enough, because you can make it in the breadmaker, it’s barely any effort either! What you need: 545g wholemeal flour 10g instant yeast 2 tbsp olive oil 100g honey (I always find it easier to weigh it in a glass but it’s about…

  • DIY Baseball Top Sewing Pattern
    Fashion,  Sewing,  Tutorials

    Back to Basics: Free Baseball Top Sewing Pattern

    Who doesn’t love a basic top? My two favourite staple t-shirts by far are the classic baseball top and a boat neck striped tee. They can pretty much be worn with anything and, as the dress code in my office is smart casual, are great for work or for play. Strangely, despite their iconic status, it can be hard to find the perfect version of either which leaves me frustrated. There are plenty of striped tops with round or scoop necks but not my coveted boat neck, the base colour is cream and not white, it’s skin tight instead of slouchy, it has embroidered logos or embellishment… the list goes…

  • DIY-Lanyards-FI
    Sewing,  Tutorials

    DIY Lanyards – Sass Up Your Work Pass!

    My latest DIY was a bit of antidisestablishmentarianism (that’s right!) and team morale boosting in one. Our company has branded lanyards for the various fascias it operates except for one, so rather than settling for a generic one I decided to bring a little bit of spirit to our team by creating DIY lanyards of our own. This is a really cheap DIY as all you need is some ribbon and lobster clips – they can even be hand sewn if you don’t have a sewing machine. 1. Cut your ribbon to a length of 1m 2. Double fold in each end of the ribbon   3. Thread the ribbon…

  • Blogtacular-2015-FI
    Inspiration

    Blogtacular 2015 – The Lowdown

    I was quite late to the party on Blogtacular last year, only finding out about it and buying my ticket a couple of weeks before the event but I was straight on it this year as soon as tickets were available. I mentioned in my last post that the blog has been a bit neglected recently and I was so excited for the Blogtacular 2015 weekend to arrive because I knew that I’d come home super inspired and ready to get back to it. And guess what? I did! The weekend started with a train journey to London and a cheeky glass (or two) of wine. After a quick pit…

  • Chorizo-Jam-Recipe-FI
    Recipes

    Chorizo Jam Recipe Review

    Firstly, an apology and an explanation. I’m sorry for having dropped off the face of the earth the last few months, 2015 has, without exaggeration, been the worst year of my life – peppered with family deaths, arguments, illnesses and the breakdown of my relationship. It’s been a tough old time and, unfortunately, the one thing that really slipped was my blogging. With so much going on, inspiration and motivation has been hard to come by BUT it’s June and I need to move on with my life and the things that I love doing so I’m back and ready to blog! My comeback post is fittingly dedicated to my…

  • Scotch Egg Recipe
    Recipes

    Chorizo & Black Pudding Scotch Egg Recipe

    Head chef Simon Taylor from the Copthorne Hotel came up with this mouth watering recipe that’s a cheeky twist on the traditional scotch egg recipe. I have a special place in my heart for the Copthorne because it’s where I did my work experience when I was 15, so when I was asked to get involved in the A Taste of Manchester campaign and give Simon’s recipe a try, I was on board even before I found out that the recipe had chorizo in it (my favourite ingredient!). I’m also pretty fond of scotch eggs too, and meat in general, eggs and bread… in fact, the only thing I’m not…