♥ ♥ As my baby is due at the end of May, my shop will be on 'Holiday' mode for
a few weeks, starting 16th May.

Feel free to send me a message if you require anything, and I will try my
best to get back to you ASAP.

kellie@itsthe-littlehings.co.uk

However, I am unable to take Custom Orders for the time being, sorry.


Thank you to everyone for your messages and good wishes...i'll keep you posted!! ♥ ♥

Kellie xx

Jellie & the Bean

I was given the nickname Jelliebean, in work, by the postman about 8 years ago...it all started when I received mail addressed to Jellie rather than Kellie, easy mistake to make as 'J' & 'K' are side by side on a keyboard. The name has stuck and thats why I use it for my Twitter & Blogger accounts.


As alot of you know Im due my own 'Wee Bean' in just under 2 weeks on the 22nd May, I am so excited, I cant wait to meet my little one.  Im booked into the Ulster Hospitals Maternity Unit in Dundonald, I choose the Ulster as I would like to be able to use the Home from Home Unit

This is a new unit within the Ulster Hospital. It is a midwife-led unit consisting of seven spacious rooms, all with ensuite facilities and birthing pool. It is designed to give low risk women a homely environment in which to labour, give birth and stay until discharged home within 24 hours of delivery.

 


Sounds great doesnt it? Only one problem, Ive had high Blood Pressure since my booking appointment,  Ive been seen by both my Doctor and the Consultancy care team at the hospital throughout my pregnancy...my Blood Pressure has been consistently high the past 2 weeks so I now get 2 weekly visits from the Community Midwives as well...I cannot complain about the care and attention Ive received, everyones been great!  The only downside is that everytime my blood pressure is read I get sent to the Day Obstetrics Unit (DOU) to have a CTG and BP series ran...this can take hours, and it doesnt bother me, I get a scan, can hear the babys heartbeat and my BP usually stabilizes within an hour or so,  I have always been sent back home afterwards, except on Friday.


On Friday my BP remained at a very high level throughout the day, the midwife sent me off to the DOU and they ran their tests again, but this time the Doctor advised I started a course of medication to lower and stabilise my BP, she prescribed Methyldopa and explained the various side effects to us.  I have an appointment tomorrow afternoon to see the consultant, so heres hoping this medication has worked and my BP is lower!!


The Beans Progress:

Bean is healthy, currently weighing in at 6lbs 6ozs...with 2 weeks yet to go  :D

 10 Weeks
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17 Weeks



20 Weeks

28 Weeks


Lemon Drizzle Cake

Ok, so since Ive been made housebound due to High Blood Pressure Ive had my baking head on...and yesterday I just fancied some lemon drizzle cake, leaves the most amazing smell in your kitchen and makes a pregnant lady very happy!

Ingredients:
  • 225g unsalted butter , softened
  • 225g caster sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • finely grated zest 1 lemon
  • 225g self-raising flour

For the drizzle:
  • juice 11⁄2 lemon
  • 85g caster sugar


Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4

Beat together the butter and sugar until pale and creamy



Sift in the flour


then add the lemon zest and mix until well combined


add the eggs, one at a time, slowly mixing through


Line a loaf tin with greaseproof paper or a paper liner, then
spoon in the mixture and level the top with a spoon.
I had enough mix left to fill a few muffin cases too!


Bake for 45-50 mins until a thin skewer inserted
into the centre of the cake comes out clean


While the cake is cooling in its tin, mix together
the lemon juice and sugar to make the drizzle


Prick the warm cake all over with a skewer or fork, then pour over the drizzle
 the juice will sink in and the sugar will form a lovely, crisp topping.
Leave in the tin until completely cool, then remove and serve...yummie :)


Folksy Friday #31

Nesting...

There's only 8 weeks left until little Beans due date, time is flying by so quickly now and we are seriously trying to get organised...not prepared, I honestly don't know if we'll ever fully be prepared!!! :/

Its such an exciting time but Im a bundle of nerves too.  Im getting less and less sleep as I get bigger and just lie there thinking about what still needs to be sorted.  Ive been getting up a stupid o'clock just to clear the fridge out or brush the floor, I search for things that need to be cleaned... I just hope this isnt a sign that Bean is gonna put in an early show as I still have 3 weeks of work to go!!

as always pinks the link





 Nature is Precious - Come Day Go Day


 Elm 'Nest' Bowl - Eastfield Design


Chalk Turquoise Wire Wrapped Ring - Gimme That Thing



 Bird House Needlecase - Linen Tree


 The Nest Best Thing - Pea Pod Jewellery


 Needle Felted Nest Bowl - That Fuzzy Feeling


FADGE (Irish Potato Bread)


No traditional Ulster Fry is complete without this delicious little thing. Fadge is also known as a potato “farl” from the Gaelic word “fardel” meaning “four parts”... it's also a great way to use up your left over mashed potato!!

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb freshly cooked potato
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter (margarine)
  • 3/4-1 cup flour  

Directions:

Mash the potatoes (make sure there are no lumps)


 Sprinkle with salt and drizzle with the butter.

Knead in enough flour to make a pliable dough (usually 3/4 cup is enough)


Roll out to about 1/2" thick and cut into quarters.


Heat a non stick skillet and brown on each side 3-4 minutes or until golden brown.
Serve with butter.
  Happy St. Patrick's Day!

God Save McQueen




His designs were beautiful, brutal and bold. Dubbed 'enfant terrible' by the snooty fash pack, Alexander McQueen was never two feet away from controversy. However, love him or hate him no-one could deny that Alexander McQueen was indeed a true fashion genius and in my opinion the greatest British tailor.  McQueen made a huge impact on me whilst studying my Fashion Degree from '96 - '99.




'What attracted me to Alexander was the way he takes ideas from the past and sabotages them with his cut to make them thoroughly new and in the context of today. It is the complexity and severity of his approach to cut that makes him so modern. He is like a Peeping Tom in the way he slits and stabs at fabric to explore all the erogenous 
zones of the body'   
 - Isabella blow





Alexander McQueen tragically took his life this time last year and it is only fitting that a documentary paying tribute to him and his legacy should be aired in the midst of Fashion Week. You cannot talk about McQueen without mentioning the late Isabella Blow, the eccentric stylist who committed suicide herself  in 2007.  McQueen and I  is a retrospective look at McQueen and his relationship with Blow who made a massive impact on his life from the day he showed his graduate collection from Central Saint Martins, which Blow immediately snapped up. Since then she became his personal champion by guiding and nurturing his talents as well as  her muse.  McQueen and I contains some very interesting footage of Alexander and Isabella together and we get an insight into the deterioration of their relationship.

McQueen and I
  was aired last night but is available to view here on 4oD 






 

My wee stall @ FATC Feb 2011

Well we had a fantastic day at the Frock Around the Clock Vintage Fair, meet lots of lovely new people and a few Folksy faces too... just a few pics from my wee stall and to say that the next event Totally Bazaar will be held at the 
Holiday Inn, Ormeau Avenue, Belfast
on Sunday 3rd April
from 11am - 4.30pm
come on down and say hello :)

Folksy Exhibitors include