Saturday, 7 June 2008

Fred's 6th Birthday

Sorry if I have been a bit quiet over the last day or so but I have been busily getting ready for one of the key events of the Locket family year!

and it looks like we got it right doesn't it?

I think you could safely say that as far as Fred's birthday goes 2008 was definitely the Year of the Dinosaur! Okay, so maybe I get a bit obsessive when I am buying birthday presents (as I tend to do the shopping for most of the members of the family) and Fred now owns a large collection of Playmobil dinosaurs! So therefore I had dinosaurs on the brain when I was looking for other presents to buy and make.

The most exciting member of our new handmade dino family flew here in a yellow box all the way from Germany and the poor chap has had to wait for a couple of weeks until he could come out to play but here he is at last

Mr Nigel McDinosaur a fantastically super-sized version of Jake, designed and made by the amazing CharlieP - I am so in awe of her talent, creativity and humour - I mean look what came with Nigel

an introductory letter to Fred

his passport (of course!)

(unfortunately I didn't have any red card to print it out on but it looks authentic in brown too!)

complete with photo, details and the all important signature

And probably most importantly of all

Just in case of any little accidents!!!.

Charlie you are an ABSOLUTE STAR!!!!!! Thank you soooooo much - you can see how happy Fred is with his new friend!

And if that wasn't enough Charlie goodness look what else she helped to create

Nigel's mini friend Spike - incredibly made by me after I bought Charlie's pattern from her Etsy shop (and a fab and well written pattern it is too)!!!!! Only for this one I used 4 ply mercerised cotton and a 2mm needle whereas Nigel has been supersized by Charlie and is made with double, double knit and a large hook.

And the final member of the Locket Dino family is Dilbert

Made from the fantastic Melly and Me Dilbert pattern - I am really pleased with how he turned out in the end - especially as I was still finishing him at about 1am last night and had had a few hiccups along the way.

One of these "hiccups" involved cutting two body pieces out both facing the same way - so I made a "Flat Dilbert" and appliqued him to a pillow case. I also asked Charlie if I could use her Woolysaurus "shape" for an applique which I put on a cheap shop bought T-shirt - so here is the full Locket Dino family!

(so you can see the size difference between Nigel and Spike!)

I'd also like to show you Fred's reaction to his present from Dorothy - we stuck her story into a little brown Paperchase album to make it into a proper book and there is plenty of space for all the other adventures she has planned for Fred!

Look how pleased he was

and he loved his Dinosaur Top Trumps and story books from Daisy too!

This afternoon we went and had a birthday tea at Mr Locket's parents' house - Granny and Grandpa Biscuit

with this fantastic cake (Granny Biscuit makes Exceeeeeeeedingly Good Cakes!)

and Fred liked it so much he ate it off the plate!!!!

And if all that birthday goodness isn't exciting enough, look what arrived yesterday morning

a trio of parcels from Australia containing the most amazing mini quilts and goodies from Jodie, Rachel and Annie - poor Mr Locket nearly died of shock as I squealed and squealed with excitment as I opened them - I don't think he will be taking another day off on holiday for some time, work is far safer!!!!

And if that wasn't brilliant enough a parcel arrived today for me from my lovely, lovely Moogsmum friend containing more gorgeousness!

I will blog about all the goodness inside these parcels in the next post as I am sure you have all read quite enough! (and I meanly want to make you wait!!!!)

Have a great rest of the weekend, Lucy xxx


Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Fred! Lucy, it looks like he had a wonderful time! Loving those dinos! I've made a Dilbert for my little boy - LOVES IT! He's been begging me to make some friends for him! Birthdays are so super special! Can't wait to see the contents of the parcels too... and yes... it was MEAN to make us wait to see what's in it - especially when there's posts on the Aussie blogs about how you are going to pee your pants with excitement!!!!

Sal said...

What a fab lot of dinosaurs!
Yeah I agree..MEAN to make us wait to see the contents of your parcels.
LOL ;-)

Ally said...


Lots of lovely dinosaurs, hope they are all friendly, otherwise you will have to use your stickers to make you invisible!

Love Ally x

nicolette said...

Happy birthday Little (Big) Locket. Wow, you have had some party! 6 is definitely the dinosaur age! Dilbert looks really fabulous!!!

silverpebble said...

Dinosaur magic - they're all so lovely! We received a parcel from Charlie P this morning too.

A very tasty-looking birthday tea. What a clever Gran. So glad Fred had such a lovely birthday.

I'm all excited to see what's in your parcels now.

Lesley said...

Happy Birthday Fred Locket!!!

Glad to see Fred having such a dino-tastic birthday! Well done to you Locket on getting all those fab presents well as all your gorgeous mini-quilts!

You really are Superwoman...did y'know that?!!

I hope you have a well deserved relaxing Sunday :)


the vicious chicken said...

Ooh, you are mean! I have to concede that it was a great post, though, even without piccies of the contents of your parcels :o)

Anyway, to get to my main point: HAPPY BIRTHDAY FRED!! I'm glad you've had what looks like a terrific day, filled with dinosaurs and much fun!

PS Dorothy's story for Fred was lovely :o)

quiltdude said...

Happy Birthday Fred.

I just love the picture of Fred hugging Nigel, it brought tears to my eyes. it's great when you capture those moments. The Dino family are superb, all of them. looks like the book was a big hit too (well done big sis)
More parcels! this is so unfair!!!

Kitty said...

Happy Birthday Fred! Hope you have had a fantastic day and wish you a wonderful year ahead from me and my smalls.

Lovely dinosaurs - I must have a go at a Dilbert - I think he's fab. And I've yet to see something Charlie has made and not yearned to 'have it'. So talented.


Jodie said...

That is certainly one happy looking little boy - What a sweet photo of him and Dorothy hugging!

Charlie P said...

My goodness, you'd think I'd paid you to say all those lovely things!

I'm glad Fred had such a great birthday, you can see from his face he was having a fantastic day :) I wouldn't mind trying one of Granny Biscuit's cakes either!

Looking forward to seeing the mini quilts of Oz...

p.s. that photo of Fred and Dorothy is really sweet :)

Blossom said...

wowo...what a great day for Fred!!!
I love all the dinosaurs.....
I esp love the passport!!!amd the first aid kit!!ROFLL!!


Thimbleanna said...

Happy, Happy Birthday Fred!!! Six Years Old! WOW!!!
Lucy. You have the most adorable kids -- I love seeing their pictures and I always read your posts with a big smile on my face. From that cute pic of Dorothy hugging Fred to the adorable dino line-up with Fred -- Fabulous!!!

est said...

happy birthday mr.fred!!! what a bunch of dino families!! such warm and thought! :)

Rachelmp said...

What a great birthday for Fred! Fantastic dinosaurs Lucy!

Katy said...

happy birthday fred!!! I am soooo green with envy at the dino goodies...the ginge loves a dino.

I NEED to see the parcels, I NEEEEEEDDDDDD to!!!

trashalou said...

Happy Birthday Young Fred and long may the reign of the donosaurs last. However! Locket you are just far too meanfor words - I shall be haunting here until such time as I see all this Australian fabulousness - I'm getting a bit fed up with looking in the mirror!

April said...

Happy Birthday Fred!

What amazing dinosaurs!!

April xx

Simone said...

The dinosaur first aid kit was a great touch. I love all the dinosaurs. I bet Fred was thrilled to bits. What a super happy looking little boy he is.

Gina said...

All of those dinosaurs are fantastic. Fred looks as though he has had an amazing birthday and has thoroughly enjoyed himself.
Hope you've put your feet up today!

periwinkle said...

Doesn't he look so happy - bless him. So many cute dinosaurs. Was Dilbert easy?
Lisa x

em said...


i hope u all had a good day. the dinosaurs are great. fred and dot look very cute in that picture

talk 2 u soon
em xxxxx

Barbara/Ring-a-Rosie said...

Happy Birthday Fred!

Looks like you all had a great time and I love all the Dino's.

Barbara x

Muddling Through said...

If I weren't SO considerably older than six, I would be incredibly jealous of all the birthday wonderfulness Fred had. As it is, I just wish him so many more of the same and even better. Great gifts, and great party spread!!!
Happy Birthday Fred!

dottydesigns said...

Lucky boy fred!! I love your dinosaurs, your mummy is very clever, i am obsessive too when it comes to presents, i remember when my boys were into dinosaurs, I think it's a great thing to be 'into'. I hope you had a great day, it looked like you did. x

Alison Boon said...

yltawThose are awesome dinos. Happy birthday Fred.

Jane said...

oops! Happy Birthday Fred, hope you had a lovely day. Your Dinos are great, lucy you are a very clever Mummy. In reply to your comment on my blog I don't mind not being able to drink wine i'm happy with a soft drink instead or tea Jane x

Jo in Tas said...

Happy Birthday Fred! I love all your dinosaurs.
I can't wait to see what's in the parcels too so I'll be back to check later

Lina said...

Happy birthday Fred. Can't wait to see the contents of your mum's parcels!

Jenny said...

Looks like lots of birthday fun in the Locket's house-happy birthday to Fred-he looks so happy. I can just imagine you opening those parcels-can't wait to see them!!

tintocktap said...

Happy birthday, Fred! Those dinosaurs all look gorgeous, just watch out none of them get hungry in the night, you never know what might happen! My son was mad on dinosaurs when he was 6 too. Now everything has to be Lego, including the dinosaurs.

Levin (and Emily) said...

wow - i love those dinosaurs - almost as much as i love fred's face in all the photos. how happy is he???!!! happy birthday fred - may the coming year be filled with lots and lots of fun times.

julie said...

What a brilliant birthday - lucky Fred! The dinosaurs are brilliant and that party tea looks the best!

Ruth said...

Well that all just looks sooo exciting! I bet he had the time of his life... what happy memories you are creating :-)

French Knots said...

What a super dinofest!!
Looks like a brilliant birthday.

Jackie said...

So nice to see a happy child not surrounded by plastic toys, but with traditional hand made ones. Congratulations.

amandajean said...

happy 6th birthday to fred! all those dinosaurs are sooooo cute!!! I love the dinosaur first aid kit, too. adorable.

Kaz said...

A very belated happy birthday to Fred. He got some fab pressies and has a suitable big birthday grin in every photo!!

That cake looks scrummy, I don't suppose it lasted long did it?!

Get posting Mrs Locket I wanna see your goodies!!

eileen said...

Yep, I think you got it right for sure. That Nigel has got to be one of the cutest dinosaurs I've ever seen.. and the whole kit included. Your little knitted one is adorable too, and also the softie one with matching pillow.
Great birthday hug too :)

corry said...

Happy late birthday Fred! Sounds like you had a fantastic day. I love those dinosaurs!

Suzie Sews said...

Been off line, good to catch up with all your dino adventures....Happy birthday little man!!!

dottycookie said...

Oh Happy Birthday Fred! This was a wonderful weekend to have a birthday ;-)

Wonderful dinosaur goodness - I don't know how you do it!