At it like rabbits…

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Or: the last-minute handmade bunny Easter card how-to.

You know how Kate Middleton gave the Queen a home-made chutney for Christmas? Well that inspired us. And it’s really easy. Not the chutney but this card we made to give to our metaphorical gran this Easter.

So much so, that once you’ve made one you might want to make another one and another one. For your fella perhaps (see, kinky black leather bunny in middle of photo), or your gal (she’ll appreciate all of them). Watch them, though, they multiply.

They’re also zero-calorie, sugar-free and you won’t have to fight anyone for the last one down the Sainsbury’s chocolate aisle this Good Friday.

Basically, all you need is some good quality card, a scrap of nice fabric, a pencil and a pair of scissors, some glue or spray mount and something to tie around your bunny’s neck – optional though, that one.

Here’s goes…

ABUNNYDRAWINGDesign your bunny. Either freestyle like we did or google bunny silhouette, print one off and trace over it. You can always copy ours by drawing a big half-creme egg shape for the body, two long skinny half-eggs for its legs, then drawing around a coin for its head and adding nice ears.

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Now fold your cardboard in half to create traditional greeting card shape. Draw around your bunny template on the front of the card. Make sure you have two areas of bunny that meet the fold of the card. We did the ears and knees. Next, cut round bunny, open up, et voila… as you can see above, a Bugs-shaped card.

ABUNNYFABRICGrab your paper bunny template again and draw around it onto your fabric, using pencil or fabric pen.

ABUNNYCUTOUTCut out your fabric – you only need one piece for the front of the card.

ABUNNYGLUEUse glue or spray mount to stick your fabric on the front of your card. Don’t worry about raw edges – it’s all the rage this season, just ask Pinterest.

ABUNNYBOWFind a stray piece of ribbon and tie it around your bunny’s neck, making sure to only tie it around the front of the card so as not to strangle bunny.

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And there you have it: a bunny card in situ, alongside a bunch of spring blooms and a shelf-full of craft books. (Don’t say we don’t do our best to look Pinterest-appropriate.)

And with that, we’ll bid you a hoppy Easter, full of stuffing your face with too much chocolate, drinking too many Bank Holiday beers and admiring your rabbity handiwork on the mantelpieces of your nearest and dearest.

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Midweek salmon supper


Oh, if only fish ‘n’ chips were fat-free, gluten-free, zero-calorie, organic, paleo, suitable for a 2-day on the 5:2 diet, full of healthy endorphins… Only 4 more school nights ’til Friday, though.

In the meantime, if you’re also having a non-stuff-your-face day then try out this quick little salmon dish for dinz.

It’s served with garlic spinach, spiralized veg, sprinkled with soy sauce and lemon and baked in paper – en papillote, as Greg Wallace would say. Yes, the spiralizer’s been partying again.

Oily fish + mountains of spiralized veg + select condiments = a surprisingly yum and filling dinner that might make you forget about your need for stodge for a while.

Here’s what you need to make this for two:

2 courgettes, spiralized (or grated or peeled)
2 carrots, spiralized (or as above)
1 medium/large onion, spiralized (same again)
Bag of pre-washed spinach leaves
Fat clove of minced or grated garlic
2 salmon fillets
1 lemon, sliced in half
Soy sauce
Sea salt and cracked black pepper
Baking paper

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Here’s what you do:

Preheat your oven to about 160C

Rip 2 sizeable sheets of baking paper to create your parcels

Place half of the mound of your spiralized veg in the centre of the paper

Place your salmon fillet on top

Sprinkle soy sauce on your salmon and over your veg, as much or as little as you like, according to prefz

Grab your lemon half and give it a massive squeeze so it rains over your ingredients

Sprinkle on some pepper

Now create a loose parcel by scrunching up the corners of the paper

Place parcels on a baking tray in the middle of the oven for 20 minutes

About 15 minutes in, splash some olive oil into a frying pan and heat over a moderate setting for 30 seconds

Throw in your garlic and heat for a minute or two until it’s translucent

Chuck in your bag of spinach and, with a spatula or wooden spoon, press it down and turn it until it’s wilted to your favourite wilt setting

Pull salmon from the oven, and still in its parcel, plonk on a white plate and open carefully – this is not the time for a steam facial

Add spinach, salt and pepper, and serve with a very cold glass of wine

Or water. It’s Tuesday. God. Tuesday. But perhaps just one very cold glass of wine because it goes really well. Not two glasses. No. Never.

How to: Do New York in winter with a baby

 

Author: Sarah-Louise

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Hello, all! I’ve just come back from an 8-day trip to New York with the fam’. I’ve always loved the place. The skyscrapers, the lights, the cabs, the rush, the hotdog stalls, the glitzy store fronts, the accents, the secret bars and glamorous cocktails, the steaming manhole covers. But then I’d only ever been with Julian (BF-turned-husband) before.

Now, however, we are in possession of a 15-month-old boddler – a baby-toddler – called Jasmine. How would this work? Both of us wanted to go to New York again but neither of us wanted to leave Jasmine at home with the monitor on and a cot full of snacks. There was only one thing for it.

And how hard could it really be?

Fortunately – “Hurrrrraaaaahhhh!” – it went pretty swimmingly for the most part.

So, for any other willing/mad parents of babies or toddlers who are contemplating it, here are our best tips and suggestions. Just so’s you know: we flew from Heathrow, London – but much of this will apply wherever you fly from.

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MANAGE YOUR FLIGHT TIMES (AKA working out nap times Vs time zones)

If you’re flying from the UK like us, try and book yourself an afternoon, weekday flight. They’re much quieter. We flew out at 3pm on a Thursday and the plane was only half full. Also, it means by the time you get to New York, it’s bed time for your boddler – and customs is quieter, too.

At your departure airport, book yourself some extra leg room then smile sweetly and see if the person at the desk will block a 4-seat row out for you. This really takes the edge off the 8-hour endurance test to come. Note: this is doable on an afternoon flight; not at all doable on a Friday evening return flight, which we’ll come to. *weepy emoticon face*

We decided that Jasmine would have two hours’ sleep on the plane so she’d be ready for a night’s sleep at the other end. She walked the aisles and played with the in-flight remote for the first hour, slept for the next two – giving us the opportunity to watch an actual film from start to finish – and then we woke her with three hours to go. Those three hours weren’t easy but it was worth it.

We arrived at our hotel in Greenwich Village at about 9pm, after flying through customs and getting a cab. Once in our room, Jasmine had her milk and was soon sleeping like the proverbial baby in her snug-looking new cot. Yay. We’d beaten the ‘lag. (For this leg, anyway…)

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DON’T MAKE A FLIGHT BACK-MISHAP

We totally ballsed up our flight home, though. Word of warning: don’t book a Friday evening flight. They are rammed. And they’re fast. Meaning no real time to have a quasi-night’s sleep. Jasmine got 4 hours; we got none. I was so grumpy by the time we got off, in the rain, that I could barely muster up a goodbye to the airline staff. In fact, I only started to feel like there was any light left in this godforsaken world once we’d got home, slept for 3 hours and showered it all off. My advice: go from midweek to midweek!

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FIND THE RIGHT HOTEL 

We booked The Jade in Greenwich Village. It wasn’t cheap but nothing in New York is. (We knew this was a blow-out holiday and accepted in advance that we’d be eating beans for the rest of the year.) We had a bonus two cosy double beds (good for naps) in our Art Deco-inspired room and a luvverly view of the Freedom Tower.

Greenwich Village is also one of our favourite areas in Manhattan. It’s pretty, full of character, relatively leafy and Bleeker Playground and The High Line are within walking distance – perfect for our active boddler.

There are good deals to be had on hotel rooms in all areas of Manhattan at this time of year, however. My mum Maria came to NYC for a couple of days with her hub Colin while we were there, and found a good deal on a Midtown hotel. It was cheaper than ours and the bedroom was huuuuge. So it’s worth doing your research.

GET WALKING!

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Wrap up that boddler warm – or slap ’em with suncream if you go in summer – and get out there. Early morning, preferably. You’ll feel like you have the whole city to yourself and you can squeeze into cool coffee shops and breakfast hangouts without your buggy and kid causing too much of a ruckus. Explore Chelsea Market, too.

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GO DOG-BOTHERING

Manhattan has a lotta dogs. Those things beloved by babies, toddlers and boddlers everywhere. Manhattan’s canines outnumber little people by 200 to 1. That’s how it feels, anyway. Many an excited squeal arose from the Bugaboo or baby backpack as we pounded the streets and encountered the city’s finest – most of whom were dressed better than us. We made special trips to the dog run in Union Square just so Jasmine could get her fix.

GET A BABY BACK PACK (AND REINS)

Another trick – and something that was initially an experiment but came to be the best thing we ever did – was splash out on  LittleLife Ranger child carrier. It’s like a huge backpack for boddlers and offers them an adult’s eye view of the world. Jasmine hates being strapped into things. She can’t ruddy stand her car seat; she’d much prefer to wander, and we weren’t particularly hopeful the first time we cooped her up into her backpack and she screamed her head off. However, once we got out there and she became aware of its benefits, she was smitten. She even took to “giddying up” her dad whenever he walked slowly.

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DO TIMES SQUARE

Whether in a buggy or on your back, your little person is going to love this shiz. All you need to do is walk through the place. They’ll get a week’s worth of back home-stimulation in 5 minutes here. And if you’re feeling brave, take them into the Disney Store. If they walk, strap on the reins and let them explore. It might sound a little tiresome but, like me, you might get swept up in the joy of it all. And – corn alert – seeing Times Square through your boddler’s eyes really is magical. It made me fall in love with the place when I’d only ever been sniffy about it before.

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VISIT MUSEUMS

Go to the American Museum of Natural History on a weekday. Show them the dinosaurs and the big blue whale and let them talk to the museum staff, who, like most people in New York, seem to love babies. This, I’ve decided, is because boddlers are such a novelty. I’m not sure where Manhattanites keep all of theirs; but they must exist somewhere as school-age children aren’t in short supply. Anyway, walking around Manhattan is a very different experience to walking around ten-a-penny, Kid Central, Crouch End, where we live. You’re much more likely to get someone come up and tell you how cute your kid is, which is nice. Because you’ve always thought the same thing too.

We didn’t get time to check them out, but we also heard good things about the Children’s Museum in Greenwich Village and the Brooklyn Transit Museum.

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VISIT THE PARKS

We loved Bleeker Playground; it comes complete with a sandpit, swings and toys donated by local residents. Jasmine had her first go on a scooter at Bleeker Playground, while a neon “Liquor” sign flickered in the distance. It was a very poetic moment. She also had a walk on the High Line, the tarted-up disused railway track that runs through downtown Manahattan, and where we spotted Clare Danes on a very serious jog. We didn’t make Central Park this time round as it was a bit of a walk. And a bit frigging freezing. But if we’d gone in summer rather than February, we’d have done it all.

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EAT OUT – YOU CAN!

Honestly, dining in Manhattan’s finest and funkiest eateries is not a thing of the past when you have a baby. You just have to re-jig your schedule a bit. Fortunately, thanks to the ‘lag, Julian and I have always been “morning people” in New York. It’s perfect when you have a small person too. We made it to some of Manhattan’s best new coffee shops and restaurants all before 8.30 am – and the best bit, our boddler was not turned away at the door. It’s the dining out experience, just done early.

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MAKE BREAKFAST YOUR THING

We had coffees and pastries at new coffee joints Kava Coffee in the Meatpacking District and Third Rail Coffee, near Bleeker Street, where we spotted killer-thighed former Bond Girl Famke Jannsson and her dog. We also enjoyed brilliant brunches at Bubby’s on the High Line, The Grey Dog’s Coffee in Greenwich Village and Coffee Shop on Union Square. We also went to our old favourite, Penelope, near the Flatiron Disctrict – it does the most divine Nutella French toast you’ll ever get your laughing gear around.  We also managed to experience the legendary Reuben sandwiches at the East Village’s Katz’s Deli, – yep, the When Harry Met Sally one – with boddler in tow (see above). Our tip: get there when it opens.

Another brilliant thing about all of the above is that they PROVIDE HIGH CHAIRS. This is not a given in Manhattan so ring ahead if you’re trying out somewhere new.

 

GET YOUR COCKTAIL FIX

Manhattan practically forces you to have a cocktail in the morning. Most menus have a breakfast cocktail section. Mimosas! Bloody Marys! Blackcurrant belinis! It would be rude not to get tipsy before 10am. Drinking a cocktail in the morning has two benefits, too: it gives you a warm Ready Brek-like glow as spend the rest of the morning, sightseeing – then brings on a totally cosy co-nap with your Little at midday. Leaving you refreshed and ready to start again at teatime.

5pm-ish is a very good time to eat out with a boddler. Child-friendly and cocktail-offering places that welcomed our Jazz included Eataly in the Flatiron area; my fave, Penelope; Dos Caminos in Times Square, and The Rink at the Standard in the Meatpacking District, where, not only will your Little get to watch the action on The Standard Hotel’s ice rink, they’ll also get their own menu, colouring book, crayons and an extremely warm welcome from the modelesque staff. (While you warm up on Cold Fashioneds).

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ENJOY THE NIGHTLIFE

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Nightlife. Schmightlife. We all know fauxialising is the new socialising anyway. So make the most of your boddler’s early bedtime. Buy yourself a bottle of vino, order room service and watch a pre-downloaded film on your iPad – on subtitles. Sound boring? We were so tired after our full and busy days that we didn’t make it more than 15 minutes through any of the buggers. It’s all works out: you get to have a big sleep, rise and shine early, and do the above all over again.

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NIGHTLIFE CHEAT

Admittedly, we had one set of grandparents there for a couple of nights and so we let them look after Jasmine for one in exchange for a bottle of Campo Viejo and a bar of Green & Blacks. Then we hotfooted it to The Standard (when in New York…), where we got drunk on two cocktails at the ridiculously beautiful sky top bar (pictured below) and nipped around the corner for rock shrimp at Buddakhan, and the next night had fish tacos at the Mermaid Inn. During the day we brought Jasmine round to peer at the views of downtown Manhattan from our floor-to-ceiling hotel room windows. Another see-it-through-a-child’s-eyes that’s made us feel all warm inside.

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AND SOME MORE TIPS…

  • Pack LOADS of healthy baby snacks. Jasmine’s appetite was not what it usually is, which we put down to jet lag and unfamiliar environment. Without her regular highchair, even her standby cereal and HIPP organic meals, which we brought with us, were a no-go. So for a week she mostly existed on bowls of berries (New York does good berries) Organix raisins, Organix rice cakes, Ella’s veggie pouches, BEAR’s 100% fruit sweets – and toast. She got unusually stressed and fussy if we put anything more daring down in front of her. Thank the lord for milk!
  •  Know that every Duane Reade in town stocks Pampers and Ella’s – or at least their US equivalent
  • Pack your kid’s favourite soft toy and books
  • Download a load of films and TV shows on your iPad before you leave for your ‘Netflix and Chill’ nights
  • Download some kids’ shows too
  • Pack for the season – we bought Jasmine an extra warm snowsuit, which made her look like the Stay Puft marshmallow man
  • Have extra boddler snacks on you at all times, including on both flights
  • Prevent aeroplane ear-pop: during takeoff, take measures to avoid the dreaded ear-pop. We gave Jasmine water from a bottle and had the emergency soother (okay, dummy) to hand
  • Don’t expect regular changing facilities in NYC. Most of the places we went to didn’t have baby changes. This didn’t affect us too much as Jasmine will no longer tolerate lying on a changing mat, anyway. Apparently, the big stores – Macy’s and Bloomingdales – are the best places to go. Otherwise, you might need to get creative on those big restroom floors
  • Explore Brooklyn and in particular, Williamsburg. We heard great things about how baby-friendly W’burg was, but again, ran out of time before getting to check it out
  • Just be aware that jet lag may strike once you’re home… But remember: it’s worth it!

 

Hello, new shop products

Author: Sarah-Louise

As you might have guessed, we love a bit of bunting here at We May Be Little. And the past week has mostly been spent working on said hangy stuff in all its various guises.

One of our projects is a bespoke commission from a local pub, which we’re quite excited about and which we’ll update you on, on here soon.

The second lot of bunting we’ve been beavering away at is of the Christmas and baby name variety, which is now in our Etsy shop.

So we wanted to introduce you and let you know they come handmade with TLC and a nice price tag.

After all, as soon as this weekend’s Halloween celebrations are up we’re practically staring down the gob of Christmas.

First up, here’s our Christmas bunting, perfect for festooning your fireplace, window ledge, fridge, whatever tickles your fancy…

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CHRISTMAS STAG BUNTING, £5 for a metre/ 5 flags – as pictured.

This is our standard bunting size and the perfect length for mantlepieces, shelves and chests (not those kind). We can make longer pieces for walls if you fancy it – just send us an email and put in your requests.

Here are some more patterns:

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RETRO BABY REINDEER BUNTING, £5 for a metre/5 flags

 

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CHRISTMAS VILLAGE BUNTING, £5 for a metre/5 flags

 

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SCANDI CHRISTMAS BUNTING, £5 for a metre/5 flags
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BESPOKE NAME BUNTING, £10 for up to 5 letters; £1 for each extra letter

We’ve also been going for it on the baby name bunting. Lucky Jasmine (my baby girl) can’t move for the stuff.

Here’s how the name bunting works. It’s a tenner for up to five letters – an extra £1 for each letter after that (so Jasmine would have cost £12 if we hand’t have made it ourselves. Though from a business point of view, maybe we should pay ourselves?) There are four different fabrics to choose from too, with more on their way: toadstools; owls; friends and flowers – see below.

 

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And there we have it. Remember, you could have a go at making your own bunting by following our mini bunting how-to. Or if you can’t be bovved with all that then we’ll make it for you. All of the bunting options above are clickable and go straight through to our Etsy shop. Otherwise you can click here.

 

Happy festooning!

Halloween your hearth

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Author: Sarah-Louise

With just a week to go until All Hallow’s Eve we’ve whipped out our pumpkins and Halloween’d up our hearth.

If, like us, you’re that way inclined (perhaps you too had your spooky button pushed by Scooby Doo as a nipper), then there’s no time to lose. Make a corner of your home look a little haunted with our 10-step how-to today.

Or cover it from head to toe in fake cobwebs from Sainsbury’s if you’d rather. Either or.

This how we Halloweened up the WMBL hearth. It’s understated but does the trick. Plus, it works on hearths and shelves alike. So if the fancy takes you but you don’t have a fireplace, you can simply Halloween up a spare shelf or cabinet.

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1.Clear your fireplace/shelf/cabinet so you have a blank canvas to work on (this canvas would be blank if you ignore the big stain on the hearth…)

2. Add fairy lights to your mantelpiece first, like you do with the Christmas tree. If you don’t have a working fire, add strings of LED lights to your grate to give the illusion of flickering flames.

3. Now for some cat bunting. Based on the same principles as our mini bunting, this one. We May Be Little’s Maria drew a 4 by 4-inch wiggly cat, based on templates she’d seen on the net and in her own imagination.

She pinned the template onto black felt and cut around it. She did 4x cats, as you can see. She glued two little silver sequins on as eyes. She then used thin black cord and threaded ’em on with a needle by their ear and tail.

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4. Now for some sunflowers. That perennial autumn fave. I’m always in two minds about buying these blighters as I feel sad that they’ll never turn to the sun in a big airy field again. But, it’s autumn and we made an exception. These are displayed in a glass pasta jar.

5. Now for the friendly mini pumpkin family to come out. The easiest how-to ever is here. Position so your pumpkins look a little nonchalant and cool.

6. Don’t forget the Scooby snacks (cupcakes, courtesy of the fabulous Dunns Bakery in Crouch End).

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7. Now for a little macrame planter action. But instead of a plant, we’ve popped in a candle holder. The planter is a We May Be Little creation and will be in our shop soon.

7. Add more candle holders and more tea lights.

8. Free-carve a pumpkin. As you can see, the wonky house creation above ain’t going to win no carving competitions. However, low-key and understated is the name of the game here. And look how winning it looks with the addition of LED tea lights and the lights off. Plus, there’s something really satisfying about scooping out the seeds and pumpkin pulp with your bare hands.

9. Wait for night time to fall. Light your candles, switch on your lights. Go “Ahhhh”. Or “Aaargh”.

10. Watch something scary. Twin Peaks box set is our recommendation.

And there you have it. Something to make you feel a little cosy yet bone-chilled on these dark and nippy nights.

How will you be celebrating All Hallows? We’d love to hear from you x

Make a paracord bracelet

Let’s get this straight. This is not your average friendship bracelet. This is a paracord bracelet. Paracord as in the stuff from parachutes.

It’s tougher, more hardy, more adventurous than your regular friendship bracelet. The girls from the Bodyform ads would wear it if they could. It hints at days spent throwing yourself out of a plane for fun with a balloon-y thing on your back.

And we imagine if you ever accidentally threw yourself out of the plane before you put your parachute on that your instructor would be able to drag you back in by the scruff of your paracord bracelet. It’s that strong. Plus the flecks in the material glint.

It’s the perfect guest to a wrist party, too. See how nice it looks next to Alice’s digital watch and Links of London bracelet? You get to say “Oh, this old thing? Knocked it up myself. Out of paracord. Yeah that’s the one, the stuff from parachutes. Have I ever done a parachute jump myself, you ask? Er, of course ye’ – oooooh, is that the canapé tray?”

Anyway, here is everything you need to have and know to make one…

What you need:  7-strand paracord in colour of your choice (we like our feisty neon green from Yougle UK on Amazon); a large-hole bead; scissors; tape measure; pointy ended tweezers; lighter


1. Cut a 50cm length of paracord.

 2. Make a loop towards one end of your paracord; the leftover cord at end-A should be at least 8cm long.


3. Take end-B and thread it over then under the loop.
 4. Now make a V-shape in the loop, pulling the top down over the bottom – like so!


5. Now take end-B again and thread over the ‘point’ of the V and under the next piece of paracord. (This bold and italic thing is working, isn’t it..?)


6. Now pull end-A and end-B gently at the same time.


7. Tighten and tamper a little with your finished knot to make it neat like the one above.


8. Now thread your large-hole bead on to one end of the paracord.


9. Push the opposite end of your paracord through the large-hole bead, too. You will need your pointy tweezers to help get it through. It’s a tight squeeze. Don’t be put off. This tightness is what gives your bracelet its tension/ability to pull open and squeeze close.


10. In order to get the right fit for your bracelet and to know how much leftover paracord to cut off the ends, you’ll need to try your bracelet on; squeeze it past your knuckles. It should be a comfy but snug fit.

11. Now ease your hand out of your bracelet again and, without adjusting the loop’s size, manoeuvre your bead a bit so it sits nice and central.


12. Now tie a knot at each end of your paracord, as close to the bead as poss.


13. Cut off the leftover paracord.


14. Flick on your lighter. Hold the flame close to, but not touching, the  ends of your bracelet. We’re melting the ends so they don’t fray, not singeing the blighters. Leave them to cool. (By the way, slightly chipped nail varnish is where it’s at these days.)


15. Next, apply to wrist – pulling your bracelet open as wide as you need to, to get your hand in, then pulling it closed again.

 16. Et voila! A crash course in using paracord for something even more useful than those handy suspension line things on parachutes.

* If you like this but can’t be arsed to make it, fret not. We’ll have neon green, gold, black and grey-blue versions,  with a sterling silver bead, in our shop from next Friday (23 Oct).

The perfect brunch: swoodle pancakes 


Author: Sarah-Louise James

So if zoodles are zucchini noodles, swoodles are officially sweet potato noodles. And swoodle pancakes are what happens when you lightly fry them in olive oil with eggs, spring onions and garlic.

Yep, the Spiralizer’s been out again and we’ve been having oodles of fun making food that rhymes with oodles. Foodles.

Anyway, while the Spiralizer is amazing for pasta-impersonating dishes, we wanted to do something a little different but just as easy, for the blog.

A couple of hours rummaging around Pinterest, Instagram and BBC Good Food later, and the swoodle pancake – or, sweet potato latkes sans flour, if you’d rather – was no longer just a twinkle in the eye. It was becoming a cobbled-together fully-formed thing.

And once the ideas became ingredients and those ingredients went into the frying pan, we were looking at a potential brunch winner.

These babies are easy to make, taste good and they’re healthy. And here’s the thing, they can even be made without a Spiralizer (gulp). You can grate the sweet potato instead if you like. You just won’t be able to call them swoodles very convincingly.

So… with two whole days of weekend coming up, tonight’s the night to stock up on sweet potatoes and get prepared. (Because everyone loves nothing more than stocking up on sweet potatoes on a Friday night.)

Ingredients and how-to after the pics…





What you’ll need for 4 people eating 3 medium-size swoodle pancakes each:

2 large sweet potatoes, 5 juicy cloves of garlic, 2 big organic eggs, a bunch of spring onions chopped up (we used 6 sprigs. Is sprigs the right word?), rock salt and pepper, olive oil, sour cream (we used shop-bought)

What to do:

  1. Wash, peel and halve your sweet potatoes
  2. Unleash the Spiralizer; stick the fat, flat half of your sweet potato to the spikes and go, go, go. (Or grate your sweet pots)
  3. Transfer your sweet p ribbons to a chopping board and cut them into more manageable shorter curls (make ’em about 5 inches)
  4. Now pop them in a big mixing bowl and sprinkle them with rock salt and pepper
  5. Chop your spring onions and add to the bowl
  6. Grate or finely chop your garlic and add to the bowl
  7. Crack two eggs into a jug, whisk until silky smooth and pour into the mixing bowl with all the other stuff
  8. Stir your mixture with a wooden spoon so it all starts bonding together
  9. Pour one tbsp of olive oil into a big saucepan, swirl it about then stick pan on hob on a moderate heat
  10. Once your oil looks ready, fork out some of your mixture out and create  a circle/patty shape with it in the pan, like in the pics above – do 3
  11. Press down on your sweet pot patties (that sounded a bit wrong) with your fork or spatula for about about 3/4 mins
  12. With a spatula, carefully check that the underside looks golden brown and if so, flip it over and cook for same time on the next side
  13. When you’re happy with your swoodle pancakes’ tans, whop them onto a plate and top with a dollop of sour cream
  14. Repeat the above for the next 3 people
  15. Don’t beat yourself up if some people’s swoodle pancakes are smaller than others. Trial and error. Trial and error.
  16. Serve with a Bloody Mary


Happy weekend, folks! Will any of you be whipping up brunch or, better still, whipping out your Spiralizer? Let us know x