Meet English Mom Lucy living in Bath…
My name is Lucy I live in Bath, England with my husband Johann and two children Lola 5 and Leo 3. Having children and being at home has given the chance to flex my creative muscle, which is channeled in to my online shop Rocket and Bear.
It all started when I knitted a cardigan for Lola as a baby, I loved the process and the wool! but it was frustratingly slow so I bought a knitting machine some wool off ebay and spent every minute of Lolas sleep times to master the thing, I started making blankets and knitted clothes for the kids, nothing better than a woolly baby. As time went by and the children got bigger they introduced me to new things Lola is very flamboyant and loves her tutus more recently I bought a heat press and I'm experimenting with T shirts.
What kind of house do you live in, are you and the kids happy here or is there anything you all terribly miss …?
We live in a Victorian semi-detached house in the centre of Bath. its very convenient for the whole family, my parents and brother live in Bath also, but I often compare my childrens childhood to my own. I was bought up in the countryside where we reared our own animals and grew all our our own food I played and roamed the fields most of the time, I worry sometimes that we should be offering a more rural life to them.
Do you like to spend time on decorating your home and the children’s room?
Oh goodness I love decorating the childrens rooms we moved house 4 times in the last 5 years so I have had lots of practice.
Where do you look for interior inspiration, favorite magazines, websites, blogs?
My weakness is fabric I buy it and then try to find a use for it. Therefore I have a huge stash of unused fabric. Last year I bought some fantastic Echino fabric to make panels for Leos room, then I thought I'd use it to edge my blankets, trouble is I think its too nice to cut. I just like to keep it and think about things I can do with it. Daft really.
What are your children’s favorite items in your house?
Lola loves the glitter ball in the kitchen and to be honest Leos favorite item has to be the sofa in front of the TV.
What's it like to raise a child in your town?
Actually its great, Bath is big enough to be intresting and small enough to be able to walk everywhere. Last year before Lola started school we were lucky enough to go on a big trip to Australia and America for 3 months, you could say we went on a big park trip because we spent most of our time finding the local parks. Our conclusion was that our local Victoria Park is the best park we have found so far, saying that though, the one in San Francisco was pretty cool I'd like to live next to that one, the weather would be better too.
Who do you consider is a good example for your children?
I would like to think that Johann and I are good examples, but we are 'just' mum and dad. Luckily we Alex who began life in our family as a babysitter and who now is their friend and Godmother. The kids admire her and I think she is a great role model, Kind funny and clever, true to herself.
What is your idea of a perfect day with your children?
I'm a bit lazy, it would have to be a day at home windows and doors open with us all round the table doing some kind of art project. With Johann doing all the cooking.
Can you mention some of your ‘how-to-raise-your-kid’ values?
Accept the children for who they are and work out the easiest way of the family living together.
What kind of DIY projects do you like to do with your children?
We love sitting round the table making stuff at the moment Lola is really into patterns and felt pens, she has started school her drawing is very neat, this makes me a bit sad, I'm not sure if its school or just a new self awareness because of her age. Leo has just started drawing actual things with gusto, amazing cars and people..
Any tips for keeping the house clean when crafting?
Are you a crafter or DIY person?
I am a crafter through and through, can't stop wanting to learn new tricks. I'm determined to get to grips with photoshop so I have set myself a task to make my son some paper alphabet bunting, for him and so I can put it on my blog as a print out.
What do you do with all the projects your children made at home or in school?
I thought I would be very organized and buy them each a portfolio each year label it and file it away. Nice idea in practice altogether different still haven't got round to buying more than one each which are very very full.
How do you like to celebrate birthdays and other special days in your house?
We celebrate with a small family gathering and lots of cake.
What kind of place do you like to go to on vacation with and or without the children?
We love traveling with the kids and we try to do as much of it as we can, which is why we both work for ourselves and from home. Our saving grace in long journeys is the Apple I Touch. Its cheesy and I guess expensive but oh My its brilliant, saved for those occasions when you really need them to tune out or be distracted. Educational, too I could go on…I won't or I'll sound like an advert.