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Loom love

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We have a new brand for Lil’ Beans store this week, Loom.  They are gorgeous hats, crocheted by the lovely Kyle.  The Loom collection is inspired by the people and places of Kenneth Grahame’s ‘Wind In The Willows’.  The ‘ratty hat’ comes in two colour ways, and we will be adding a scarf to the collection soon.
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Here are 3 quickies with Kyle:
Where do you live and with whom?
I live in Clapton, East London. I think Cornwall – where I was born, and spent my formative years – is where I will always call home, but Hackney comes a close second. I live with my partner Ben, my son Syd, my daughter Winona, our three cats (Merlin, Vincent and Runter) and a plague of moths, seemingly hell-bent on ruining my life.
Who taught you to crochet?
I’d like to say I was taught to crochet by my grandmother (or even my mother, if it comes to it!) but the reality is that youtube was – and is – my guide. I got the basic stitches from a ladybird book I found at a car boot sale though, so I can up my twee quotient slightly by way of that.
What’s your favourite time of day with your children and place to go (so far) with them?
My favourite time of day with my children is bedtime. If that sounds harsh, it is slightly (who doesn’t love bedtime?) but what I really mean is curling up with the kids and enjoying time with them, one-on-one. For Syd that means reading books (Moon Man by Tomi Ungerer is the current favourite) and for Win it’s a few precious moments without the somewhat hands-on advances of her older brother.
As far as favourite places, any chance to enjoy the countryside with the children has been wonderful. So yes, that means Cornwall again. We visited the wishing well in Madron in the summer and tied ribbons to the tree… Making memories, that’s what we’re all about.

comfort and warmth

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I’ve tried this recipe once before, and am thinking of giving it another go this weekend, now we’re in pumpkin season.  Very calorific, but these things can be overlooked occasionally.

pumpkinpie

  • 500 g ready-made dessert pastry
  • 1 large butternut squash, quartered and seeds reserved
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 6 tablespoons caster sugar
  • 3 large free-range eggs, beaten
  • 200 ml double cream

Preheat the oven to 200ºC/400ºF/gas 6. Roll the pastry to the thickness of a pound coin. Get a 22cm loose-bottomed tart tin, line with the pastry and bake blind for 20 minutes. Set aside.

Lay the squash in a baking tray. Sprinkle with the nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon and drizzle with the maple syrup. Cover the tray tightly with a double layer of tinfoil and bake for 45 minutes until soft. Reduce the oven to 180ºC/350ºF/gas 4.

Allow the pieces of squash to cool, then scoop out the flesh. You should have about 600g of cooked squash flesh. Don’t forget to scrape out the bits in the tray and the maple syrup. Put in a food processor and whiz until smooth. Transfer to a bowl. Add 2 tablespoons of the sugar and the eggs. Mix well and stir in the cream.

Fill the cooled tart case with the mix and bake for 45 minutes. Meanwhile, wash the stringy bits of squash off the seeds, dry them and lay them flat on a tray. Sprinkle with the remaining sugar and place in the oven with the pie for the last 10 minutes until crispy.

Remove the tart from the oven. Sprinkle with the seeds when cool.

image and recipe. Jamie Oliver

tights

Here’s a selection of tights to keep your lil’ ones warm available from the shop, as it’s supposed to be a wet and cold weekend for us x

some new bits and other stuff

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noe&zoe

We’ve added a few new things to the shop this week.  Some gorgeous neon stars and stripes for lil’ ones by Berlin based Noe & Zoe, which we absolutely LOVE.  More stock from this brand will arrive at the end of the month too!

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Also unisex tights from Irish brand Slugs & Snails.  The ghouls are in time for Halloween, my lil’ bean had a version of these last year and loved the little ghosts and colours.

Aside from the shop, I ordered a colour card from Farrow & Ball today and came across a children’s book they have done.  Painted of course using Farrow & Ball paints, it has been released as a limited edition of 1000, telling the story of it’s new colours.

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image. Farrow & Ball

 

 

snuggle up in blankets

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BLANKETS-ON-COTNow Autumn is finally setting in, I’ve been looking at blankets.  I love them anyway, but I’m also looking for a special one for lil’ bean 3.  It’s one of the things I like to get for each them, to have as their own.

blankets

top image. TBC

top row left to right. Bonnie Baby, J Crew, Roam

middle. Lucky Boy Sunday

bottom row left to right. Pia Wallen, Ferm Living

Manimal available at Lil’ Beans♥

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Manimal moccasins are available exclusively in the UK at Lil’ Beans from this weekend!!  They come in these 3 colours in sizes, 6-9m, 9-12m and 12-18m.  Beautifully made by hand by the lovely Kristen in Brooklyn.  Limited first stock drop, so don’t miss out on these adorable booties.  Autumn is a comin’!

Happy weekend and 1st September x

SpiritHoods – give a little back

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We like these fake fur hats for all ages from SpiritHoods.  Made in Los Angeles, the company gives 10% of net profit from each sale to the conservation of endangered animals.  Like our Lil’ Beans/Le Gun tee’s it’s a bit of ‘shopping for a good cause’, and receiving a great product in return.

images. SpiritHoods


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