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March is a very special month for my mum. In it she has two days of celebration. 1. Her birthday 2. Mothering Sunday. Some years these two occasions land on the same day so sometimes a bit like those poor people whose birthdays fall on December 25 she misses out on the full quota of gifts and treats.

This year the two events are separated by a couple of weeks but as I wasn’t able to see mum on her birthday (she was on holiday) and I’ll be away for Mother’s Day I hosted a special breakfast in bed extravaganza last weekend.

Having said that I didn’t really have much time (in between packing, tidying the house and work) to organise it all but I found wonderful wonderful Marks and Spencer was the perfect one stop shop for everything I needed …

Flowers delivered on the day.Tick

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M&S do a great variety of cut flower bouquets and actual planted plants (always better value if you ask me as you get a plant that will last and often a useful receptacle for doing useful things with). Prices start at £20 and delivery is free. Click here for more info.

Special china. Tick

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There’s a pretty range called Spring Meadow which has everything from mugs to seat pads. The floral pattern is really cheery for a breakfast table. Click here to see the rest of the range

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If you’re looking for something slightly more refined for your mothers Earl Grey Kirstie Allsopp has done a range of bits and bobs including a bone china teacup set and an all-in-one-teapot and cup combo. (A very clever idea and apparently something my mum has wanted for ages). Click here to see what else she’s been up to.

Yummy breakfast goodies. Tick

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I couldn’t resist these Lemon Shortbread biscuits as they come in such a pretty tin that would be Really Useful For Keeping Things In when all the biscuits are gone (about 20 minutes in our house) and they’re a bargain at only £3. I also served Welsh Cakes, fresh fruit, yoghurt and honey and a delicious apple and cinnamon granola musli thingy which is so much more than a breakfast cereal (I reckon it won’t be long before mum is mixing it into her crumble toppings and flapjack recipes). Click here if you’re feeling peckish.

And finally if you can’t decide what to buy or need to send something small in the post then this pretty gift card is just the thing. Tick and tick. Click here for more info

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For more Mothers Day ideas visit the M&S website where they’ve put together lots of handy Mothering Sunday gift ideas.

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Today I am off to visit lovely lovely Hannah R-B and Teddy her new little babba. To mark his imminent arrival I made these bunny slippers and gave them to her at her baby shower a few weeks ago.

The basic slipper shape is the one from my Felt Sew Good book and I adapted it by cutting a heart shape in white felt for the face (embroider the eyes and nose on the white heart first. Then sew it to the grey slipper upper and then sew the upper to the sole.). I cut one pink and two grey ear shapes for each ear and attached them to the slippers by making a small hole in the slipper to poke the ear through and then sewn in place. This makes the ears stick up. The tail was a rectangle of felt folded in half lengthways then snipped down across the folded spine (stopping before the bottom). Roll the felt rectangle up to form a kinda pom pom and sew in place.

They were quite hard to part with but I’m sure Baby R-B will appreciate them as much as his mummy did. I’m thinking it may take a few weeks before he fits into them though!

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photography Tiffany Mumford

Here’s a little project that was left over from our Everything Alice book (there just wasn’t enough room!) These Stained Glass Heart Cookie Pops are the perfect treat to make for someone special on Valentines day. This recipe makes around 20 cookies depending on the size of your cookie cutter.

YOU WILL NEED
1-2 packs hard boiled sweets (simple fruit sweeties work well)
115g butter, softened
55g golden caster sugar
180g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
1 tbsp milk
2 heart shaped cookie cutters (one smaller than the other)
lollipop sticks
ribbons to decorate
Icing pens, most supermarkets sell these in little packs of 4 colours … they look like this

1. Pick out all the red and pink sweets from the packets. Place them in individual plastic bags and whack with a rolling pin till they are broken up into small pieces

2. Place the butter and sugar into a bowl and beat until pale and creamy. Sift the flour into the mixture and add milk. Use your hands to mix everything together to form a ball.

3. Preheat the oven to 180°C/fan160°C/ gas 4 and line two baking trays with greaseproof paper.

4. Place in the fridge for 20-30 minutes. Remove from fridge and roll dough out onto a floured surface till it is about 5mm thick.

5. Use the larger of the two cookie cutters and cut out a heart shape. Use a cake slice or palette knife move the cookie shape to one of the baking trays. Place a lollipop stick underneath the cookie at the tip of the heart. Then use the smaller cutter to cut a heart shape in the center of the cookie. Repeat with all the cookie dough.

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(Hope this picture doesn’t confuse you too much it’s from when I was making Emerald City Cookie Pops for our other book Everything Oz. (They didn’t make it into that one either! but they are tasty.))

6. Fill the holes with some of the crushed sweets. Try not to leave any on the cookie dough as it will burn and turn brown.

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7. Bake for 15-18 minutes, until the biscuits are just golden. The sweets will melt as the cookies cook and form the glass window effect.  Allow to cool and make sure the sweets have rehardened before you transfer them to a wire rack.

8. When completely cool use the icing pens to decorate, leave the icing to harden then tie a ribbon and a gift tag around the stick with a special love note written inside.

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photography by Tiffany Mumford