the Price is Right...... or is it??

>> Sunday, 30 August 2009

I've been messing about with new dress ideas for a while now, so today, instead of doing my work (shh... don't tell anyone!!) I thought I'd have a go at trying to make some up!

I 1st had a go at a circle dress I've been promising @mummytips, but the fabric I'd bought was pants, it kept sewing really badly! So... until I can buy some more fabric, that dress, is going to be shelved! at least I did get the pattern drawn up and saved for another day!

then I started on another dress! This is a personal favourite of mine.. its a simple style and a great shape for showing off a large printed fabric (which I've got tons of!) I've even bought some fabric especially for making into a dress this shape and I cannot wait to make it now!!

I 1st wanted to do a mock up dress, just to make sure it worked out OK.. it did! (i knew it would!!) so I've decided to run another competition.. using the mock dress!! (don't worry.. its in perfect condition!!)

NOW as per the title of this post.. its inspired me to run a kind of not so free competition! (stay with me on this.. I will explain!!)

I've decided to make this competition a bit differently!

Will the Price be right?? I want you to think of a price.. any price.. (but one your willing to pay!) for this dress!! i can be anything from £0.0001 pennies... to... £11.11 or beyond... the limit is yours?!?!!

The winner will be the person with the most unique *£* price they would like to pay! and are willing to pay this amount! So in fact.. your not actually *winning* the dress.. your winning the dress at a price you'd like to pay! in the most unique amount!

made in Alexander Henry 'Tattoo' fabric, the dress is age 18-24 months.. but it should fit up to age 3-4 *NOT age 5 as stated before, Sorry!!*

OK.. you say.. I'm interested in this competition, but where's the dress?? well here... (below!! LOL)

To enter the competition, Please send an email to with your 'Price is Right' price!!
you can enter via twitter too, all you need to do is add @soph4soph in a tweet along with your 'Price is Right' price!!

the competition will run for one week! closing date will be the 6th of September @12am!

there are NO LIMITS to the number of times you enter! so enter as many times as you like!!

GOOD LUCK! and have fun!!

dress measurements are:
Chest - 12.5 inches or 32cms
Waist - 14.5 inches or 37cms
Length - 20.5 inches or 52cms


Norway Rock Sophie4Sophie

The owner of Tamo (our 1st EU stockist!) had told me a while ago that a top Norwegian magazine had wanted to do a feature on her shop and she'd like to use the Sophie4Sophie dresses!!


yesterday, Bárbara Reite (Tamo owner!) Emailed me with the fabulous news that it was published!!! she included a couple of photos for me but said she would send on a copy of the magazine to me in the post! how cool!!

our 1st published feature in a magazine!! so exciting huh!!

Here are the pics..

I wish i could read it! but i'm sure whatever it says is funk da funk cool!!!


a wordle Quickie!!

>> Thursday, 20 August 2009

I just read this on twitter: "@enhance_me: - Word Clouds are Beautiful!"

Word clouds??? what are word clouds?? so off over i went to the website to take a look..

OMGosh... what are word clouds... they are THIS:

i love it!! i've just spent about 30 mins messing about with colours, fonts, layouts.. I could spend hours playing with the words & things... I think i might actually!! LOL

anyways, I just wanted to share this with you all!! Thanks @enhance_me!!

(on the wordle website it states: If you use a screen-capture or other image representation of the Wordle on this page, you must attribute the image to Images of Wordles are licensed . So here I have!!!)


Mamascarf.... The Toddler Review!

>> Wednesday, 19 August 2009

A while ago.. I stopped wearing nursing bras.
I am still breastfeeding, but I was FED up of wearing the awful HUGE uncomfortable nursing bras available (FYI.. I wear a 34LL cup!)
I've never been shy of feeding, but now that I have stopped wearing nursing bras, feeding Sophie has become a tad more difficult! especially whilst out and about..
I've bought myself some moulded cup shape bras and when I want to feed I have to Yank my boob out, over my top/dress and have a FULL on naked 'boob' view!
I've tried wearing cardigans/shrugs to keep my modesty, but with the super unpredictable weather.. I was often forgetting to take one out wth me! also, I have tried using blankets, but Sophie wasn't too keen on these as she preferred to be snuggled up with them.. not having them over her head!

Then I noticed @mamascarf on twitter, I had a look at the website and was Super impressed!!! It was the answer to my needs!!
normally people who buy mamascarf buy at birth or within the first 3 months, Sophie is 21 months old! Would the mamascarf work on a toddler? as most babies being fed using a mamascarf, at the age of 21 months would be used to being fed this way!

I contacted Keira at Mamascarf and asked if i could try out the mamascarf on Sophie!
the scarf arrived the next day.. wow! instantly I had to try it out! the fabric is amazing, I love the tactile texture of the nobbles!!! Sophie loves twiddling it in her fingers!

the design is so simple, by following the instant & super easy instructions, I was adorning the mamascarf and offering Sophie a feed!!She loved it! normally Sophie's a right wiggler when feeding, she loves being nosey and it drives me crazy! but inside the mamascarf she was great, she focused on feeding and became very settled and calm!

another fabulous thing about the mamascarf is the size.. a newborn baby can fit completely inside the scarf! Sophie is HUGE for 21 months, but even so, her head and whole upper body fit inside the mamascarf, which took a lot of her weight off my arms! YAY! (but please note.. mamascarf is NOT designed to carry a baby)

We've been using the scarf at home, especially when my sister's new boyfriend has come round (i think he'd run away crying if he saw my huge boobs!!) and we've taken it out with us everywhere we've been!

On Tuesday this week, we took a trip up to London and Sophie was hungry on the train going up! within seconds I was wearing the mamascarf and feeding Sophie with no one around me any the wiser!! it was fab! Also whilst eating our dinner in Ikea I fed Sophie and no one knew what i was doing! it was fabulous!

the fabric is very lightweight and doesn't take up any space in your bag! but also... if you want to, you can wear the mamascarf as a scarf! it looks very stylish, I can see me using it way after I've stopped feeding!!

it washes at 30 degrees in the washing machine, and as its such a lightweight fabric, it dries super quickly!! less than 2 hours in the South-east sunshine.. amazing!

I would definitely recommend the mamascarf to all breastfeeding mummies! had I known about it when Sophie was born, it would have been my 1st purchase, but even now at 21 months old.. its still a wise investment!

The mamascarf comes in 3 different colours, Blue chambray, Black & White! (I received the black one!)it also features a cute little corner pocket in the centre bottom point, which is fab for keeping a spare breast pad in OR as Sophie prefers, a toy!!

You can order the mamascarf directly from their website, its priced at an amazingly reasonable £15.99 (+ £1.95 for P&P in UK!)

(I received my mamascarf for free, in return for a unbiased, toddler/mother feeding view to using the mamascarf)

I'm so glad I had this opportunity as its probably the best breastfeeding aid I've ever used!!

Thank you for letting me review for you mamascarf! Here a few pics of us using the mamascarf!!!


a 'meme' from meme!

>> Saturday, 15 August 2009

I've been tagged by 2 wonderful bloggers last week yummymummytips and Sandy Calico , with this thing called a meme? I love reading things about people, it really makes you feel like you know them better (or even just a fab excuse to be nosey!!)

Now if you know me, I'm not the kind of person who hides things... ask me a question no matter how personal and I'll answer! I think knowledge is power.. i ask Questions ALL the time, like a kid.. "but why...." and "if you......" and so on... My bosses always used to find it incredibly annoying, but I was always the 1st to excel and get promoted.. I love learning.. and NEED to learn.. my needs nurture.. especially as I'm not studying anymore.. Roll on next year when i go back to Uni!! WooHoo

Anyway.. I'm digressing... here are my answers to the 'meme' on Well 'me' lol

1. Who is the hottest movie star?
Movie stars don't really do it for me... but if i had to choose, it wold be Vin Diesel.. for 2 reasons only.. His Voice.. OMGosh.. he could talk me to sleep any day! Its so deep and powerful, I love it!! and secondly, his muscles!! I am a HUGE muscle fan! I used to do bodybuilding (before soph was conceived!) my fave muscles are the shoulders.. Oooh.. i love those bumps and dips... I HAD those... one day i hope to have them back... (or a man with some of his own, so i can ogle his!!)

2. Apart from your house and your car, what's the most expensive item you've ever bought?
My stroller... the wonderful and amazing
Stokke® Xplory® I've never bought a house.. or a car (can't drive at nearly 30 years old!) but the Xplory is the BEST vehicle I've ever driven! it was and is the best investment I've ever made.. I wanted the Yellow Xplory Sooo Badly, i saved for Months to afford it! I know people will think I'm crazy for spending over £1000 on a stroller, but really.. it has been the best ever EVER item I've ever bought.. it brings so much Joy to mine and my daughters life.. We love the attention it brings, but MOST importantly, it bring my daughter and I closer together! we talk, play, chat ALL the time and she's the most content child you'll ever meet.. and I 100% put that down to her 'ride' if ever i could endorse a product.. the Stokke® Xplory® would be 'it' LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT! you can see my blog post on it here!

3. What's your most treasured memory?
I would have to say.. that through all of my treasured memories, the one which will live with me for the rest of my life sticking out the most, would be the moment my 4yo son was born. HE wasn't due till March, but was born on the 12th of December 13.5 weeks early. I was all alone in the theatre, I even did the LONG walk to the operating room All alone, just with my thoughts and the fear of what might happen. to be honest, i didn't want anyone there.. this was MY MOMENT and i needed to deal with the situation alone. I won't go into the whole process of his birth, as I haven't ever written it down, or gone through it with anyone yet, still too painful and sore, but I will never forget it. After the operation, he was whisked away, and i was left in recovery at 3am. Another couple had hard their baby before I had gone in, (as i was rushed in, they didn't move this other couple out of recovery before i was put in there.. and I'll never ever forget.. Laying there in the Dark, NUMB from the agony of not knowing anything about my son & hearing this other couples baby cry.... just crying... and I had a sense of calmness come over me, I kept thinking... his baby could be my baby.. the crying soothed me, It helped me concentrate on my own son.. I hoped he'd be crying.. up in his tiny incubator.. I needed Hope! (but as you all know, my son is still here! He did survive the fight and is my constant reminder.. that HE IS my most treasured memory!)

4. What was the best gift you ever received as a child?
As a child i was spoilt.. we came from a very wealthy middle class family and I always got what I wanted.. (spoilt brat syndrome!!) the best gift i ever remember receiving was a my little pony castle for Easter! we always got given at least 10 eggs and 2 presents, I hadn't even asked for this castle, So i was SOOO pleased when i had got it! I loved it, I was never into barbie.. my friend had the house, with the moving lift.. and sun terrace on the roof.. but I LOVED my castle.. and the dragon 'spike' that came with it, He was my best friend!!! i still have him somewhere!

5. What's the biggest mistake you've made?
I don' think I've ever made any mistakes I've regretted... but probably the biggest one was letting my mum catch me with some (shh...) illegal smoking thingymabobs!!
she got me kicked out of school at 13 years old and I went down hill after that.. (again, i wont go into details, but it was the slippery slope that helped me lose 10+ years of my life!)

6. 4 words to describe yourself: a 'mum' Trustworthy, Honest, & Bad-with-money

7. What was your highlight or low light of 2008?

the highlight of 2008 was starting Sophie4Sophie with my sister, we were so bored one day, we bought a Skirt & vest top from a shop in the sale and took it home to create something new for (little) Sophie to wear! the outcome... the Sophie4Sophie pants!

8. Favourite film?
I don't have a favourite film, but was saying to my friend the other day, my only tom cruise film I like is 'war of the worlds' and i think... this film is in my top 5.. as is 'I am Legend' and 'Hancock' I love will smith..

9. Tell me one thing I don't know about you.
um.. one thing that you may all not know.... I could tell you that i was Married... before i had any of my babies... i got married at 18, to the Guy i was with for 3 years... I'd cheated on him, dumped him twice, but got back with him as it was the easiest choice!.. we got married as it was the natural progression of our relationship! he proposed to me at 4am in the morning.. he'd just got in from work and slid the ring on my finger saying.. "we're getting married.." I didn't even notice it till the morning (thought i was dreaming! but not in a GOOD way believe me!!)
I split up with him about 1.5 years later.. I kicked him out of my mum's (we were living there at the time!) and I sold the rings the next day! Harsh cow aren't i!!

10. If you were a comic book/strip or cartoon character, who would you be?
If i could be a super hero I would have to be..... Peter Pettrelli, he's just like Sylar but in a good way, he can absorb powers to use for good... I would love to help and save people.. and how Kick ass would it be to be able to fly, be invisible and Read minds!!!

now, I know i am meant to be passing/tagging some wonderful blogger friends, BUT i think.. most of you have already done this 'meme'
I'm the last to partake i think!! hahaha!!

Anyways, I hope you've all enjoyed reading a bit about me!... I really should be working... LOTS of exciting news to BLOG about next week...


Caption comp Winner Revealed!!

>> Saturday, 8 August 2009

so... after giving the entries to my sister and 8yo son, they couldn'd decide on 1 winner... they chose 2 and these are the winning entries.. BIG Sophie chose 'allgrownup' for her fab one liner!...

its such a great Caption it had us all in stitches... it is exactly how Soph jumps onto my arms!!!
and my 8yo son loved this Caption entered by 'pramrock' he's really into angels and things, he always calls Soph an angel.. so he thought this was a good Caption for the picture!
Well done to everyone who entered, i'm so sorry you all couldn't win, as I loved all the entries..

So... the Winners... allgrownup & Pramrock... Congratulations, you have both won a 'Kinky bib' in your chosen fabric, please could you both email me at with your details, and I will also include your special discount code, so you can have 25% Discount on anything else you wish to buy from us at Sophie4Sophie!

thanks again to everyone who entered, Please keep looking out for future competitions! in the mean time, we'd like to offer everyone a special offer of 10% off any order placed between the 24th and the 31st of August! Just Quote "caption" when getting in touch!

Don't forget you can find all our latest fabrics on the Flickr photostream and keep upto date with all our latest info on Facebook and Twitter


The apparition of a Geisha in the Bathroom

>> Friday, 7 August 2009

I've had this piece of paper sat in my bathroom for ages... every time i go into the bathroom i think.. this is interesting.. I can't remember what was spilt on it.. but i think it spilt into a very cool shape... What do you think it looks like... To me it looks very much like a Geisha

I don't know why It appears as a Geisha, is it meant to mean anything?? I always think that things appear for a reason, and this has sat on my mind for ages... why a Geisha and why is it on a piece of paper which gives advice on parenting techniques?

am I reading too much into this apparition of a Geisha?? I've Googled the phrase and in fact there is a painting called "the apparition of a Geisha suite" .. not sure its connected but......


Soph4Soph's 1st blog comp.. Thanks to @juicytots!!

>> Sunday, 2 August 2009

Hi everyone, I'm so sorry my blog has been super ignored for ages.. I never realised how much time it takes to think/write and publish posts.. Especially when all 4 kids are hovering around me like flies 24/7!

I have promised to do a few new posts, so whilst i'm working away from my computer today (blitzing the Kicthen and trying to fit in a marathon sewing session!) I thought I would post the photo my 8yo took last night of Sophie! She launches herself onto my arms when i'm trying to type (ok chat on twitter!!)

I published it on Twitter and it had everyone in Hysterics!! My good friend and Sophie4Sophie Stockist
@juicytots said "@Soph4Soph stop it! It looks like it should be in the humorous cards section, you could do a comp on your blog for the caption!"

I thought about it and Yes.. it would be fab for a Competition.... here is the photo:

please forgive what im wearing.. its my old trusty Bavado nursing bra!! not a good look (especially without a Tee on!) but super comfy!!

So Competition:

  1. think of a "caption" for the photo

  2. choose a favourite fabric from my Flickr photos

  3. leave your Caption & choice of fabric in the comments

  4. ENTER.. as many times as you like!!!!

The winner will win a 'Kinky bib' in their choice of fabric! and a 25% discount off a Sophie4Sophie dress or a pair of Sophie4Sophie pants!!

The winner will be chosen by my 8yo son & business partner BIG Sophie!

The Competition will close on Friday 7th August at MIDNIGHT!!

Good Luck....

UPDATED: this is Sophie's 2nd fav position of trying to scupper my Twitter/type in peace!!

If you like, you can think of a caption for this one too... All entries COUNT.. so enter as many times as you like!
the funnier the Better!!......

Loving the comment's so far too... So funny.. I can't stop laughing!!..... Keep it up!


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