A new chapter

Dear reader,

I have neglected Lalomino for a long time now. It isn’t because I wanted to, it’s because I had to. There is so much that’s going on around me at the moment, that I couldn’t concentrate on blogging. 

Besides still studying for my degree and parenting, I’ve been putting all my energies into building Veronika Lavey Design. 

I’ve been busy designing and making linen dolls that I will be selling on my website at http://www.veronikalaveydesign.com and at select boutiques. 

The proposed launch date for Veronika Lavey Design both online and in some boutiques is 1st May 2012. 

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Hello New Chapter!

And we have arrived to Herefordshire!

The last couple of months have been rather eventful!

We thought we were so prepared when we decided to send the children to Hungary for their spring holiday so, not only could they spend time with my family, but we could move houses/counties easier. Little did we know that Anabelle would get an awful infection behind her eye, that resulted in her ending up in hospital and hooked onto intravenous antibiotics. She was scheduled to stay in for two weeks, but my little battler thought better of it and responded so well to the treatment that I could fly back to Kent with her as planned. Sure Ian had to come to get the children too, because originally we thought Anabelle would have to stay in hospital for the two weeks, which would have meant me staying with her, which would have meant I couldn’t have done the move, which would have meant Ian was going to do it all on his own… Mind you, I was going to do it all on my own too, as Ian was supposed to work through the  move.

As it is, we were all in the UK when we exchanged / completed on the houses.

Oh, it was so exciting to get to the new house!

I drove the kids and myself (4 and a half hours!!) up a day early and stayed with friends. Ian came up on the day of completion after cleaning our old house in Kent and making sure we gave it over as we would have wanted to receive it. Little things like that make such a difference when you get your new house!

The next day the movers arrived but we haven’t heard from our solicitor to find out if the funds have been transferred. So after a little waiting around, we had the call and were told where the keys were hidden in the wood-store. We let ourselves in! Actually Ian carried me over the threshold. How romantic my darling husband is!

We are absolutely in love with the place. Not just our new house that is just perfect, but our garden, our paddocks and everything else surrounding us. Herefordshire is truly truly beautiful.

The pictures scattered around this post are flowers I have around the garden.

Pretty aren’t they?

And it’s crazy, but even the bad weather (yup some things don’t change..!) is so much more bearable here.

So now we’re planting our roots. We’re hoping they’ll grow deep and we’ll stay here happy for a long long time.

Time to make new friends and explore new places.

Oh and since we now have a garden time to bring out the BBQ!

xx for now.

Today’s finds

Those who know me, know that I love boot sale hunting and charity shopping.

Love love love!

Not just because you find SUCH bargains (although that plays a big part), but I love the excitement of the hunt itself.

As it was my day today (meaning: Ian takes care of the kids, the chores, the cooking to allow me to have a day off), I went into a little town not far from us in Kent, that has 7 charity shops.

This is what I found:

This one has little stars on it. I just need to get a red and white stripy something to go with it!

My ballerina find.

A bit wrinkly, but oh so lovely on.

A summer skirt.

This is so beautiful. I couldn’t take a nice photo of it unfortunately.

I’m putting this aside for next winter. How cute is this little knitted bag?

And last but not least, I bought a typical English cap. I found it in the men’s section and because I’ve been borrowing Ian’s, I thought I should get my own:

So, I had fun today. The sun was shining, I had bargains, and I’ve just been called down for dinner. Spag Bol. Yum.



(A pretty obvious) Hint


The Valentine’s Day post

I think there are mainly two extremes of opinion when it comes to Valentine’s Day. Most people seem to either hate it or love it. I’m sort of in between the two. We never did anything major for Valentine’s. We don’t follow the commercial side of the day, so there aren’t any red and pink balloons or expensive cards around the house on the 14th.

We don’t tend to go out for dinner either, because it’s just so very expensive. All restaurants seem to have a special menu that day, TWICE the price of their normal. Ok, maybe not twice, but definitely more expensive. So we stay at home and if anything cook a special meal at home. But most of the time we don’t bother with that either, just eat with the kids as usual.

I don’t say no to handmade gifts though that has a lot of thought put into them and truly came from the heart rather than a wallet/shop. The little book above was all handmade by me. I cut it, bound it, designed it, wrote it. Each page has ‘I love you’ written in different languages and why I love my husband so much.

The gist of it: he’s my missing half. Without him I would not be me. I would not be complete.

This box was another present I made Ian a few years back. It had a book in it, that I was aiming to write in every year with what we achieved that year.

This was that year. We got pregnant with Max! A special year, don’t you think?

Unfortunately after the second entry in the book, it sort of got forgotten… oh well… the thought was there!!

This box wasn’t actually for Valentine’s Day, but I made it because I love Ian all the time. I was going back to New Zealand from the UK to organise our wedding and I wanted to leave something for Ian that will remind him everyday how much I care for him and how much I look forward to our shared lives together. So on each page there’s a little love-note for each day until we got married.

Whether you think much of Valentine’s Day or not, I hope you have someone special in your life who loves you and who you love very much. And no, it doesn’t have to be a boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, wife. It could be anyone special in your life. Just be thankful for them and love them everyday!


Cat on the treetop

Happy Sunday to you!

The sun is shining in Kent today and the skies are beautiful crisp blue! I hope it will stay like this for a little while. We’re so in the need of some sunshine!

I haven’t had the time to work on Anabelle’s ballerina cardigan, because I have an essay due on the 13th.. And I’m so not on top of it!!! Hopefully though it will be out of the way soon and I can get back to knitting. Until then I thought I’d share a picture of a cat we saw from our top window yesterday.

I think it’s our neighbour’s cat. He was just sitting on the top of our fir tree, quite happily, not minding us taking photos and calling it. I don’t know if you can see, but the top of the tree is pretty high up! I wonder why he thought that would be a good place to have a nap. Very cute.

Hopefully when we sell our house and move to one with a bigger garden, we can have a pet too. We miss Spot. Spot was our cat in Hungary. We had to leave him there with my parents because where we are would have been unsuitable for him. This is Spot:

How cute is he, fast asleep in Anabelle’s pushchair??! Awww….

I have to go our house viewers are arriving in 5 min. I still need one last look-over of the house! Wish us luck.


2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 2,400 times in 2010. That’s about 6 full 747s.


In 2010, there were 32 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 111 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 41mb. That’s about 2 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was December 15th with 82 views. The most popular post that day was The Lavey Christmas Tree.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, rosylittlethings.typepad.com, weewonderfuls.com, simplycreativeart.wordpress.com, and elsita.typepad.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for lalomino, mikulas, veronika lavey, the women quilting, and the quilting bee.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


The Lavey Christmas Tree December 2010


Silent night, holy night…. lalalaaa November 2010
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About June 2010


5th December Mikulas! December 2010


Back in the Old Country… Hello England! August 2010

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