Saying Thank You with a Recipe

Davina here - As a way to say thank you for all our lovely Christmas and Baby gifts I thought it would be nice to bake Thank You Biscuits with Elfie. I really like to involve her in the thank you process and teach her to appreciate the things we are given and the kind gestures we receive.  After the first round of baking I realised that there was no way we could bake for everyone so decided to share the biscuit recipe instead and make Thank You cards with a picture of the biscuits and the recipe on reverse. 

We used a Cookie Cut Letterpress set to make the cookies - I really recommend buying a set - so much fun - I have so many ideas of how to use them already (Valentine's Day one coming up)

We sent the Thank You card with Bonnie's birth announcement -it was nice to send a mini bundle and feel we were giving something back (the recipe).

The Sun (sort of) dropped Page 3. Hurray?

Artwork by No More Page 3 campaigner Jo Harrison. 

Artwork by No More Page 3 campaigner Jo Harrison. 

Hannah here: Davina and I both feel very strongly about Page 3- the blatant objectification of women in the UK's most popular "family" newspaper. This is not because we are anti sex or anti female body or anti porn but because of the framing of these pictures as news, next to men wearing suits and talking about sport. And because they are available at kids eye level in newsagents, because they are acceptable reading material in millions of family homes, cafe's and pubs across the country. What message does that give? Women: you're here to fit into a miserably restrictive box that pleases society (ah well it actually only please some men) -You probably need to be white,  young, skinny, with large breasts and sexually please men. Men: you do the serious stuff.

This bothers us in a myriad of ways; As women we are tired of the constant ways we're degraded as a sex- all the quiet endemic ways women are trodden down; in the way breastfeeding is ridiculed and penalised (breasts are for men! How dare they perform their primary function!) and how motherhood and domesticity are patronised, undervalued and looked down upon. It’s evident in how women are paid less than men, in the gaping inequality in domestic and caring duties, maternity and paternity leave discrepancies and in all the constant media messages  that demand that we scrutinise and hate our bodies and do things to them so that they meet standards set by the beauty industry. It’s also there in the small everyday things: the catcalling, the sexist jokes, the women drivers comments, the way boys and girls are portrayed in cartoons etc, etc, et-f*^king cetera. 

Picture from a 'Feminist T-shirt making' workshop Davina recently run at the Southbank Centre

Picture from a 'Feminist T-shirt making' workshop Davina recently run at the Southbank Centre

PICTURE FROM A 'FEMINIST T-SHIRT MAKING' WORKSHOP DAVINA RECENTLY RUN AT THE SOUTHBANK CENTRE

PICTURE FROM A 'FEMINIST T-SHIRT MAKING' WORKSHOP DAVINA RECENTLY RUN AT THE SOUTHBANK CENTRE

As mothers of daughters this scares us even more. Our families are trying to demonstrate feminist values in our every day life (sharing and equally valuing domestic and working duties, showing our daughters how we accept and love our bodies etc).  We are also attempting to raise our kids so that they don't feel like they HAVE to fit into the good little girl shaped box that pleases society, laid out ready for them. If they do happen to like all things saccarine-pink-barbie-princess, then great! But they'll also have a good idea about the things women can do other than be valued by fitting into a narrow definition of 'beautiful'. Hopefully they’ll know what else they can achieve and know about all the ways that men can support them to get there. 

We could go on and on, but all this prefixes the following blog post hannah wrote for Huffington Post about the supposed demise of Page 3. The photo’s are of some awesome workshops that Davina ran last year for  WOW festival which is coming up in March! We're going- are you?

Davina Drummond workshop at WOW festival, Southbank centre

Huffington Post piece

On Monday I, along with millions of other page 3 critics, held my breath as I awaited confirmation of the news that the Sun had finally, after 44 years, dropped the embarrassingly outdated and hideously misogynistic renditions of barely legal teens with their breasts out. Yes! Triumphant fist pumps abound!

Well, maybe. There is definitely much to celebrate, and yet, well, let's not hang up our bootstraps and sit back with a pinacolada just yet. The Sun has taken one tiny step away from making women into sex objects by plastering boobs on their 'news' sheets, but they've only 'progressed' to a slightly less offensive, widely accepted option of using 'scantily clad' women to sell a product.

After a year squirming under an increasing tide of criticism (including linking to a breast cancer charity, a move that garnered the No More Page 3 movement 50,0000 extra signatories), the Sun finally and quietly conceded that the days of bare breasts in the UK's most popular 'family' newspaper have had their day. The very same newspaper that stated page 3 was incredibly popular with its readers and would be staying indefinitely. So the decision to drop the feature is pretty flippin' good news. Not because it's good to repress female sexuality, but because this at least gives us a chance to reframe it away from the male gaze, a way that celebrates all female and male bodies, not just young, very slim, mostly white ones. The success of the No More Page 3 campaign is evidence that if enough people get together under the banner of "F*ck this Sh*t" then we can engineer actual real change.

But just before I ran down the street under an arc of imaginary fireworks, singing the Mary Poppins Sister Suffragette song at the top of my lungs, I was informed by the Today programme that although page 3 as we know it is gone,[update- yes we realise it's back] the third page of the paper will still be displaying 'nearly naked women' and the reason for the 'quiet drop' is to enable its reinstatement should sales drop significantly. HOLD UP.

There's a double-edged sword to all this swapping topless breasts for scantily-clad breasts malarkey. On the one hand, the Sun's attempts to shift units by giving readers a morning dose of titillation with their cornflakes will be rendered useless. There are already pictures of scantily clad women everywhere you flippin' well look. The Sun's sexualized images will be relegated to the denizens of the normal, every day, internalized misogyny we are used to. Ha! In your face the Sun...sorta...

We've got the problem of Murdoch sneakily wielding his poisoned scythe at the No More Page 3 campaigners by slicing through the core of their campaign: 'Scantily clad women aren't news' doesn't quite roll off the tongue in the same way as 'boobs aren't news' does it? Slimy so and so's.

Taking the bare boobs out of the Sun is a momentous step in the right direction. But let's not dance in the street just yet (maybe just a few fireworks and a glass of bubbly?). We're not done people.

  • 'Between 40 and 50 per cent of women in European Union countries experience unwanted sexual advances, physical contact or other forms of sexual harassment at work'
  • 'Violence affects the lives of millions of women worldwide, in all socio-economic and educational classes. It cuts across cultural and religious barriers, impeding the right of women to participate fully in society'
  • 'Laddism is rife on campuses - 37% of women and 12% of men say they have faced unwelcome sexual advances, and rape and sexual assault jokes were commonplace'
  • Frequent exposure to media images that sexualize girls and women affects how girls conceptualize femininity and sexuality. Girls and young women who more frequently consume or engage with mainstream media content offer stronger endorsement of sexual stereotypes that depict women as sexual objects'.
  • 'Research links exposure to sexualized female ideals with lower self-esteem, negative mood and depressive symptoms among adolescent girls and women.'

Because as long as women are objectified and presented purely as objects to please men, we have work to do. As long as female sexuality is hammered and crowbarred into a tiny, miserably restrictive box, as long as women are sexually harassed in the workplace, as long as violence against women continues to be globally endemic, as long as casual sexism pervades everyday interactions and as long as 'lad culture' and sexual harassment on campuses continues, there is still so much work to do.

Cross-posted with The Huffington Post. 

Davina Drummond workshop at WOW festival, Southbank centre

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Copenhagen: 10 cool, kid and budget friendly things to do in Copenhagen.

Copenhagen from the water

Hannah here: Twitter and Instagram are alive with holiday plans for 2015, and I am indulging in my own deep-seated wanderlust and talking to the mister about what we can afford this year. Which made me realise that I should probably get back to covering the aweseome 5 weeks trip we took last August. My posts about our big trip have had an unexpected, christmas shaped break, but it's high time I get back on with them.

We spent 5 weeks camping around northern Europe in August, visiting 6 counties, stopping off at 9 different places, taking 6 ferries, and driving hundreds and hundreds of miles along the way. Suffice to say there is still so much to cover! The last post in my big trip series was all about our favourite places to eat and drink in Copenhagen and i’m continuing today with a list of our favourite things to see and do. Copenhagen, we kinda love you. 

Netto boat tour Copenhagen | Seeds and Stitches blog

1) Eat and drink. Everywhere you go. Until you can no longer afford it or your stomach threatens to burst. Copenhagen has so so much good food and drink- much of it kid friendly. Jaegersborgadde was our favourite hangout. Trendy shops, great coffee, a tiny heavenly restaurant called Grod, sickeningly good bread products… what more could you ask for? See this whole separate post for more specific foodie places

Falernum in Copenhagen | Seeds and Stitches blog

2) Head to an exhibition or show in Christiania. I was really excited about visiting this autonomous society. The colourful gardens, glass houses and graffiti are beautiful, and fun for children. Learn from our mistake though and avoid the green zone- (where drugs are dealt freely- and legally) as it felt a bit seedy. I wish we looked up something on the calendar and went to a specific kids event with Frankie instead, they are supposed to be wonderful.

Christinaia, Copenhagen | Seeds and Stitches blog.
Christiania, Copenhagen. | Seeds and Stitches blog

3) Wander around the super cool Meat Packing District. There are some great food options here (see other foodie post) and some other fun stuff too. We chatted to the friendly folk at Butchers and Bicycles and had a test ride too which Frankie was absolutely thrilled about.  Everyone cycles in Copenhagen, but we couldn't make it work for us as Frankie naps in the buggy at midday. There are also some sweet city gardening projects here (always fond of a city gardening project, me)

Butchers and bakers in the Meat Packing District, Copenhagen | Seeds and Stitches blog
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Copenhagen Meat Packing District | Seeds and Stitches blog

4) Go to one of Copenhagen’s many green spaces. You can see Hans Christian Anderson’s grave in the pretty cemetery near trendy Jaegersborgadde.  Many of the parks in Copenhagen have brilliant kids sections; kids playground Norrebroparken features an enormous aeroplane, Fælledparken has an amazing set of castles to climb, and the one on 'Vesterbro' features an enormous parrot slide. Britain: take note. 

Copenhagen kids park | Seeds and Stitches blog
Hans Christian Anderson's grave, Copenhagen | Seeds and Stitches blog

5) Go to the Botanical Gardens. They’re free and utterly wonderful. There is a large rock garden that you can scramble over, beautiful outdoor gardens to explore as well as the most lush greenhouses. We ate a marvellous pack lunch whilst looking out over the glass house shimmering in the sun here. 

Botanical gardens Copenhagen | Seeds and Stitches blog
Botanical gardens Copenhagen | Seeds and Stitches blog

6) Take a budget boat boat trip! As you will know from my previous trip posts, we always take a tour by water if one is available. There is just something a little magical about learning about the city from the water.  We took the Netto tour from Nyhavn as it’s the cheapest option. You see so much on the tour, including the vastly underwhelming ‘Mermaid’ sculpture (but at least you can say you’ve seen it, I guess?) Opposite the dock, you can also ogle the most wonderful, slightly bonkers  Old Stock Exchange. It's roofed in the most gorgeous green copper, and features a spire made up of 4 dragon tails twisted together. It resembles a fairytale castle and we found it quite enchanting. 

Netto boat trip, Copenhagen | Seeds and Stitches blog
Dream house spotted on the Netto boat tour, Copenhagen | Seeds and Stitches blog
Netto boat tour, Copenhagen | Seeds and Stitches blog

7) Go to one of the brilliant flea markets. Contrary to popular belief, there are mega bargains to be had in Copenhagen. In fact, I was able to use my meagre budget to come away with a whole sack of new old stuff.  My Copenhagen friend Laerke  greatly assisted me in finding these flea markets (so grateful!). She finds Copenhagen flea markets using the site 'markedskalenderen' which is in Danish, but can be translated with google. My two favourites were the Saturday morning flea market by Frederiksberg Rådhus (Frederiksberg city hall) and the Sunday flea near The old Carlsberg brewery (really interesting elephant buildings!) If only we had a Laerke in every city we visited!.

Copenhagen flea market | Seeds and Stitches blog
Copenhagen flea market | Seeds and Stitches blog

8) Head to the vintage area. Copenhagen is choc full of vintage shops. I only scratched the surface but my favourite shops were definitely around Ravnsborgardde, and particularly Hafni Antik. Frankie actually really enjoyed rummaging with us, with a "gentle touching" rule. She has her parents penchant for vintage, it seems!

Hafni Antik, Copenhagen | Seeds and Stitches blog
Ravnsborgadde vintage shop, Copenhagen
Hafni Antik, near Ravnsborgadde, Copenhagen

9) Head to some Scandi design shops. I mean, when in Scandinavia…. my favourite scandi shops were Dora on Værnedamsvej and Dansk on Istegadde. Admittedly, these were a tad tricky with Frankie- we took turns playing with her outside whilst one of us dashed in.

Dansk, Copenhagen | Seeds and Stitches blog
Dora, Copenhagen | Seeds and Stitches blog
Dora, Copenhagen | Seeds and Stitches blog

10) Go to Louisiana. This art gallery is unlike any other art gallery I’ve ever been too. It's perched on a cliff top outside of the city set in a sprawling combination of different era buildings and surrounded by the most beautiful gardens. This is a very special place, with a huge and very well equipped kids section. Oh! To go back!  I wrote whole other post about it which you can read here. 

Louisiana, Copenhagen | Seeds and Stitches blog
Alexander calder at Louisiana, Copenhagen | Seeds and Stitches blog

How we saved money in Copenhagen. 

  1. We camped! We stayed at Absalom camping just outside the city centre and took the train in. If you stay under the willow trees at the back of the site it's really quite lovely. The site itself is very well equipped but it had a funny vibe because a lot of people on the site are on long stays or living there, so it lacked the usual holiday camaraderie of other campsites. 
  2. We made lunch back at the tent and took it with us, with bottles of water, snacks and food for Frankie.  We had a limited budget but we wanted to experience all the amazing food, so we brought food for at least one meal of the day (plus snacks and drinks), ate out once a day and bought coffee and cakes. Soooo much good pastry....
  3. We avoided the really popular tourist attractions. Frankie is still a bit scared of the idea of the zoo, despite our earnest explanations that the animals are behind bars and can’t touch her. So we didn’t go. It is also really really expensive, as is the other popular family tourist destination, Tivoli gardens. So we avoided them. And still had a wonderful time. 
  4. We went to the flea markets. We were very lucky to have help from locals to find the flea markets and vintage shops. I realise not everyone will have this, so thats why I've told you all I know above!
  5. We didnt take an expensive tour- we opted for a budget boat trip- thanks to advice from our friends. (details above)
  6. We found the free stuff! We spent a lot of time in the brilliant free parks dotted all around the city and loved hanging out in the Botanical gardens. 
  7. We walked. and walked. and walked. We used the buggy for some of it, or just went at Frankie's pace. We loved experiencing Copenhagen this way. 
  8. And when we did use public transport, we used a Clip Card to ride the train, bus and metro. 
  9. We visited as part of a much larger trip, first getting the ferry to France, then driving our way around slowly, then getting the ferry home from Denmark. (sadly this route has now closed)
walking in Copenhagen | Seeds and Stitches blog

So, have you been to Copenhagen? Are you going? We cant recommend it highly enough!

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3 Simple & Quick customisable makes for New Baby using rubber stamping

Babygrow stamped with my feminist symbol stamp set  by my good friend Nadine

Babygrow stamped with my feminist symbol stamp set  by my good friend Nadine

Davina here - As most of you will know I love to stamp - to the point that Hannah and I have discussed that I need to make sure I don't only post rubber stamp DIYs! But I had to share these simple stamp makes that I stamped for Bonnie as they are so easy and make such great gifts.

3 Easy Customisable Baby Gifts:

  • Baby-grows
  • Muslins 
  • Baby Mittens

Instructions:

Simply stamp item with fabric rubber stamp ink - allow to dry and iron for 2 minutes to set ink.

Note: It helps to iron garment first if creased. 

 

I couldn't resist!

I couldn't resist!

Here Nadine was using my Vaginal stamp from my feminist stamp collection

Here Nadine was using my Vaginal stamp from my feminist stamp collection

I made these stamped muslins with hannah just before Bonnie was born.

I made these stamped muslins with hannah just before Bonnie was born.

My friend nadine made these for Bonnie - so cute.

My friend nadine made these for Bonnie - so cute.

I made these two tops for nadine's baby girl wren

I made these two tops for nadine's baby girl wren

If you get busy stamping baby garments and accessories please do share your photos with us on Instagram

The beach in winter. Embracing January.

The beach in winter | Seeds and Stitches blog

Subscribers to our monthly Sunday Supplement will already know about our feelings toward January. It gets a bad rep but we love this very first of months and the new promise that it brings. One of my resolutions this year is to embrace January. I find this easier as the years progress but sickness, eating badly and not moving enough often counteract my well-intentioned winter joy and leave me feeling rather…frosty toward this lovely month. But after a few stressful and rather down months leading up to christmas, I am feeling so ready- sublimely positive even- about the new year.

We’re back to eating whole, seasonal food and lots of veggies. But in large part inspired by Lisa we are not restricting anything. This has been a revolution. If I fancy chocolate I now make these instead of denying myself. And i’m not beating myself up if a little processed food creeps in. We’re using the word “balanced” an awful lot. We're also becoming increasingly sceptical about calorie counting/"low fat" diet food and faddy no sugar/whole 30/paleo type diets because of the preceding reasons. Surely, it's just about eating a balanced, healthy diet...forever? Not just a few weeks?! I’m running and yoga-ing and spending as much time outside as possible, not as part of a ‘fitness’ routine but because being outside and moving my body makes me feel really good. As a result I’m feeling better than I have in months.

The beach in winter | Seeds and Stitches blog
The beach in winter | Seeds and Stitches blog
The beach in winter | Seeds and Stitches blog
The beach in winter | Seeds and Stitches blog
The beach in winter | Seeds and Stitches blog

It also happens that the beach in winter time is at one of its most magical incarnations. There are no people! Winter light turns everything violet at 3pm, and glitters on the incoming tide as rolling waves sweep the beach. Dark grey clouds blanket the bay, sunlight in shafts race along the horizon. That painfully biting beachside wind, you realise, is also strangely energising. Eyes close, you breathe deep the seaweed scented air. 

Fishing on a Danish Beach | Seeds and Stitches blog
Fishing on a Danish Beach | Seeds and Stitches blog
Fishing on a Danish Beach | Seeds and Stitches blog

The first lot of photo's are from a couple of our beach jaunts to Seasalter and Whitstable with friends this week (have I mentioned how much I love living near the sea? Much?!) and the second lot are a sneak peak from a future instalment of our big trip posts- the most amazing, wilderness beach in Denmark which we visited every day, despite the rain.

P.S lots more winter love over on Pinterest.  

P.P.S Apologies to those of you who received this post as just one photo in their readers yesterday morning. After a morning of blog wrangling, Squarespace and I are not on talking terms. 

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