Posts Tagged ‘Chiglet’

Pinterest win! (Winterest?!)

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

I love Pinterest. I can while away hours pinning away interesting craft projects, sewing ideas and projects for the garden that, realistically, I haven’t got a hope of actually doing. But I can dream, and actually there are a lot of pins on my board that I have found useful… hair ideas for my daughter, Chiglet, and helpful household hints for me. Although that does make me sound rather dull!

Taking advantage of a day of good weather, and in anticipation of a forecast week of wet and windy ahead, I spent a bit of time gardening. And of course my thoughts turned to the inspiring ideas on my ‘Garden’ Pinterest board. “What a wonderful chance for some family projects”, I thought.

I cracked my husband on with creating a fire pit using the bricks in the skip (kitchen renovation is ongoing, but that is a story for another day!) and persuaded Chiglet to put down her iPad (no mean feat) and join me in a bit of Mother-Daughter crafty bonding. The plan was to recreate a picture I had seen of a little metal watering can hanging from a hook, with a shower of glittery beads coming out of the spout to give the illusion of  water droplets.

I had a little metal water can already, and a stash of beads from old necklaces and previous planned projects (blame Pinterest!) so Chiglet and I spend a very happy half hour or so threading beads while watching husband lug bricks back and forth. And I have to say we are very pleased indeed with the finished item… Pinterest win!

Pinterest win watering can!

 

 

Cie Carabossa Fire Gardens

Friday, June 24th, 2016

Last night Chiglet and I went to a spectacular display in the Valley Gardens, in Harrogate. Part of the Harrogate International Festival (co-comissioned by the Yorkshire Festival) the Fire Garden was created by a French company Carabosse.

We were absolutely entranced! We got there at around 9pm and the fires were lit from around 9.15, and as dusk approached and the darkness encroached upon the remains of the daylight the fire installations seemed to brighten and intensify. (Yes, I know, rather arty-fart talk for Chiggs, but the whole magical experience affects you like that!)

Lighting the fires

I find fire rather mesmerising, and the mixture of large installations and many many small ones (like the flaming flowerpots lining the paths) was spectacular. The smell of incense combined with the scents of the Garden flowers, and with the heat of the flames and ethereal music it really did touch all the senses.

 

 

Cie Carabosse is also on this evening (Friday 24th of June) and tomorrow (25th of June) and I urge you to visit if you can. At £3 for adults and £1 for children our magical evening cost us a mere £4… as we say in Yorkshire, that, lad, is a reet bargain!

 

Happy New Year… here’s to a joyful 2016!

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

Happy New Year to you all!

There was a celebration in December as the 15th was the 10th Birthday for Chiggs, marking the day 10 years ago that I took delivery of the very first print run of Baby Feed Wheels. I can scarcely believe I have been running my business for 10 years, and I’m very much looking forward to the next 10!

Rewind to 10 years ago this January, and I was approaching local shops to see if they wanted to sell the Baby Feed Wheels. I had a great reaction to the cards, and was also offered some very useful advice… of course, I was completely new to business, so any help was very very welcome! On the advice of a local card shop I put the cards in cellophane wrappers… I’d been so involved with the design of the Wheels, it was something I hadn’t thought of!

The very first shop I approached was Magpie Greetings, which at the time was based in the Westminster Arcade in Harrogate. They bought a stock of Baby Feed Wheels to sell in their shop, and I’m delighted to say that 10 years down the line, many re-orders (and a premises move to Beulah Street) Magpie are still selling Chiggs Wheels! They now also sell the Get Well Wheels in their ‘get well soon’ card section.

Here is a #ThrowbackThursday photo of me and Chiglet at our exhibition stand at the Harrogate Card and Wrap Trade Fair, taken in January 2009. I must point out that my little helper is now 13 and as tall as me!

#ThrowbackThursday

#ThrowbackThursday

 

 

 

 

Chicken pox : spot-on survival tips!

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

Most children will get chicken pox at some stage, and it can be a nightmare! It’s horrible to see your little one covered in spots, but there are a few things you can do, as a parent, to relieve some of the symptoms- both over-the-counter remedies, and some that are a little more unusual, but have been recommended to me or that I used when Chiglet had chicken pox.

Basically, you are loking at paracetemol to help the fever, and lotions to help the itching, but I have a couple of other very effective suggestions to help ease the itch!:-

Over-the-counter medicines:-

Chicken pox survival tip 1- a Get Well Wheel

Chicken pox survival tip 1- a Get Well Wheel

Poxclin Coolmousse- this is good if you have a large area of spots to treat, and as it’s a mousse is quite light on the skin- avoiding that ‘crispy pink crust’ type sensation that parents who were treated with lotions and potions in the 1970’s and 1980’s will be familiar with!

ViraSoothe – available as a cooling gel that can be applied two to three times a day for babies from 6 months onwards.

Eurax is great, but for children under 3 it suggests consulting your Doctor before applying.

Calamine lotion (basically calamine and zinc oxide) is the traditional remedy,  once smelt never forgotten!

A couple of alternatives are:-

Oat baths. Fill the end of a pair of tights (a sock or a muslin works, too) with oats (just normal porridge oats), and tie the open end with string or in a knot. Run the water through it, so the bath water turns cloudy. You can also use the sock as a sponge and dab on your childs spots. 

Bicarbonate of soda in bath- this is what really worked for my daughter when she had chicken pox! Instant relief from the itching for the poor little mite 🙂

It may also be useful to clothe your little one in a loose fitting Onesie so they can’t scratch the spots, and keeping fingernails cut short may also help prevent scratching!

Keep track of baby's medicine times, set the 'clock' dial to show when baby is given calpol etc.

Keep track of baby’s medicine times, set the ‘clock’ dial to show when baby is given calpol etc.

Chicken pox is often accompanied by a fever, in which case paracetamol or ibuprofen can help.

Don’t forget your  Baby Medicine Wheel or Get Well Wheel to keep a note of the time you gave the medicine to your child, and you’ll know the time that you can safely give the next dose.

If your child is at school or nursery, let them know that your child is ill in case other children are at risk, and it’s also important to note that people with chicken pox should not travel by air until all the spots have crusted over.

 

 

 

 

chicken pox survival tips

Tour de France- global phenomenon with a local legacy?

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Here at Chiggs we love Harrogate, and we love ‘Wheels‘, so we are naturally very excited that this weekend our home town will be hosting the Tour de France!

Yellow bike at Harrogate Tourist Information centre

‘The Tour de France cycle race is a global phenomenon, televised on over 85 TV channels in 190 countries- but what will be the local legacy for an area like Harrogate  from the Tour de France Yorkshire legs? It will put Yorkshire firmly on the map (as if it wasn’t already!) with hopefully more tourists coming to visit (and cycle) our magnificent Dales in the coming months.

A bonus in these straightened financial times would be a boost to the local economy from the event itself. A couple of enterprising local ladies have been supplying local businesses with yellow, green and spotty bunting reflecting the colours of the Tour de France cycling jerseys, and local gift shops have been doing a roaring trade selling the bunting to people wanting to decorate their houses with it!

In my role as manager of a junior cricket team playing in the Nidderdale league, I’ve been driving (with my cricketing daughter!) round a lot of the route the Tour de France cyclists will be tackling this weekend, while on my way to our away matches recently. I’ve seen a lot of ads from all sorts of businesses on the route with green spaces offering camping (the hotels in  Harrogate apparently sold out within days of the announcement that the Tour de France would be coming to Yorkshire). Very entrepreneurial, and obviously fulfilling a need-Harrogate Rugby Club has a full field of tents booked- sold out! What a great boost to the finances of the sports club!

Tonight Chiglet and I are going to the Tour de France opening ceremony at the Leeds Arena which we are very excited about. Le Tour de Yorkshire leg of the Tour de France is about to start, and we at Chiggs can’t wait to be there for the ride!

Tour de Bunting knitting update

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

I thought I’d blog an update on our efforts at knitting little jerseys for the Tour de France bunting.

Chiglet and I have completed 3 little yellow jerseys, and well before deadline (at least a day or two!) we took them to one of the drop off points, a shop on Cold Bath Road in Harrogate called Baa Ram Ewe which specialises in, as you can guess, the art of knitting!

The chap in there is absolutely lovely, he gave us some great advice when we originally went in to pick up our pattern and some yellow wool. This time he was very kind about our efforts, and gave us more good advice about ironing our finished jumpers (ie don’t! Just give them a little steam! I had pressed them to within an inch of their lives, which is not the right thing to do!).

He also suggested that although Harrogate Council are no longer collecting bunting, that should not stop us keeping on knitting, and that we should make more little knitted jumpers to make some bunting to adorn Chiggs HQ. What a great idea!

Harrogate County Council originally hoped that keen knitters would knock up 3,000 yellow, white, green and white-with-red-dots jerseys, hoping also that wasn’t too optimistic. And how many jerseys have been knitted? Over 23,000!!! As you can imagine, that is going to take quite some stringing!

Earlier this year we went for a family walk up to RHS Harlow Carr, and passed by the Council nursery at the top of Harlow Hill. We were rather surprised to see a couple of lines of the jerseys hanging out- we thought they must be the experimental bunting to see how the knitting copes with the Yorkshire rain!

In the next week or so the  lines of bunting should be appearing above the streets of Harrogate- and yes, we are going to see if we can spot our jerseys but with over 23,000 we may be there a while 🙂

the Tour de Bunting for Le Tour de France!

Sunday, February 9th, 2014

I’ve mentioned before that Chiggs is very lucky to be based in the beautiful North Yorkshire town of Harrogate, and this year we have some added excitement as the  Tour de France cycle race is coming to the Harrogate district.

Yes, I know it sounds a bit bizarre that an iconic French cycle race will be whizzing around the Yorkshire dales, but while the Tour de France bicycle race is primarily held in France, it also occasionally makes passes through nearby countries- and this year it will be coming to Yorkshire!

Harrogate is hosting the final stage of the first day of the “Grand Départ” on the 5th of July, and the race passes through the district again on the 6th of July. In what can only be described as a truly British idea to celebrate the cycling extravaganza, Harrogate Borough Council have launched “Le Tour de Bunting “.

They have appealed to local groups, organisations and individuals to knit little woollen jerseys to represent the colour and shape of the riders’ shirts. These will be made into bunting, and used to decorate the district in the build-up to and after the event. It’s an ambitious project; the aim is to produce over 3000 knitted jerseys!

Here at Chiggs we love projects like this, so I have dusted off my knitting needles, and I’m teaching Chiglet the basics. The colours of the shirts are bright yellow, bright green, white and polka dot (white with red dots)

Le Tour de BuntingWe have chosen to knit an iconic ‘yellow jersey’, (I’m purling and Chiglet is doing the knit rows), and I have to say it’s going surprisingly well!  We have completed one little woolly jersey, and are well on the way to finishing our second. I’ll be the first to admit, it’s not perfect- we have an odd ridge on the back of our finished jersey (I think I knitted when I should have purled!) but I’m sure when the finished knitted bunting is in place and fluttering in the balmy North Yorkshire breeze above the streets of Harrogate no-one will notice!

We can’t wait for the event now, it will be lovely to look at the finished ‘Tour de Bunting’ and to think “we helped make that”

Books galore

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Yesterday I received a very exciting delivery through the post. A big brown-paper-wrapped parcel that was so heavy, the Postman asked me how many gold ingots were in there (I wish!).

Enclosed was a selection of business books dealing with various aspects of online marketing and trading. Absolutely perfect material for me to get stuck into, covering all sorts of different topics, so will hopefully give me some great ideas for the business and inspiration for ways to improve the Chiggs website.

One of the books specifically deals with blogging- “for Passion, Profit, and to Create Community” reads the blurb, so once I’ve read that one I’m hoping for great(er!) things here at the Chiggs blog! 🙂

So how did this treasure trove of information come to be resting on my coffee table? The best news of all is that I won the whole package!

A while ago Mumsnet (a parenting website that I have been a member of since 2005 when I was seeking help with potty training Chiglet!) started a business section on the forums in association with Barclays Bank, and together they ran a ‘Barclays on Mumsnet’ Online Business Fortnight. I took part, tweeted a few tweets, and lo and behold a few weeks ago received a message to say that I had won their book giveaway.

I shall report back with book reviews shortly!

Royal baby bump watch is a growing phenomenon

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

The Daily Mail newspaper is running ‘Bump Watch’, ‘Now’ magazine has a Royal Bumpwatch and even Harper’s Bazaar is running a weekly Royal Babywatch – is this the shape of things to come?! With fewer than three months to the mid-July arrival of the royal baby, the august institution that is the British Press have turned their collective attention to the size of Kate’s bump. Expect more and more inches to be devoted to the Duchess of Cambridge’s tummy size over the coming weeks! I’m sure the experts will expand on the subject of the bump with speculation about whether Catherine is carrying to the front or all around, and if this means we can expect a baby boy or girl to arrive in the summer.

Being pregnant can be a tricky time, because obviously having a growing baby within is a personal event, but your visible bump can make it a public event- people you barely know want to touch your tummy, and they come out with the most bizarre and sometimes deeply unhelpful comments (in my case, at a Christmas ‘do’ a week and a half before my due date (and just 7 days before Chiglet was actually born) “good grief, haven’t you had that baby yet?” Er, no- or else I wouldn’t be standing amidst a partying group of glamorious Air Hostesses looking like a whale!).

So I can only image what it must be like to live out a pregnancy in front of the full glare of the world’s media. Hang in there Kate!