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If you ask me what my very favourite thing is I would not hesitate to say my family. I came into motherhood quite late on, and was immediately overwhelmed with how amazing it is. Now I would like nothing more than to be a Domestic Goddess, and surround my family in love, good food, beautiful things and lots of happy memories. And like the majority of families these days, we need to do it on a budget!

I firmly believe we all have a little bit of the Domestic Goddess inside us, just waiting to break out. Whether that is knowing how to make a roast chicken feed a family of 4 for a week, being able to make, repair or recycle clothes, hunting down a bargain, or simply turning everyday, simple things into pretty or useful items, with a little bit of imagination we can all dip in to the Goddess inside and make our lives that little bit more interesting.

I hope you enjoy reading my blog as much as I enjoy sharing my (challenging) journey into Domestic Goddessness!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

And you've been waiting for.. of how the Big Day went?
Well, due to unforeseen circumstances (which will not be discussed here, so don't ask!) I was unable to finish the wedding cake, and my poor mum had to ice the top two tiers herself. She did a very good job! Unfortunately I haven't got a photo of the cake but I will make every effort to get one (just as soon as the gallivanting bride and groom are back from Kenya) It was a stressful event, much worse than I anticipated, although I daresay circumstances made it a bit worse for me.
There were 3 attempts at the middle layer, and to this day I have absolutely no idea what possessed me to make it in the way I had decided to... ie in one layer. For future reference, it doesn't work! Well it probably does but it would need a lot of experimentation to get the timings absolutely spot on, and a few days before a wedding isn't really the right time to be trialing stuff like that! Once sanity and sense had been restored and I made a good old fashioned Victoria sponge - in two layers - it worked perfectly well. I assume it was a hit since I didn't get any cake - there was none left!
The favours seemed to go down a treat, although the loot bags for the children - although good to keep them quiet - did cause a couple of squabbles. And I was quite pleased with the effect of the centrepieces as well. Just the right size I felt.
Pictures as promised:

The favours (for the ladies, the men got cacti )

The table centre pieces:

And a little display for the table with the guest book on:

I have to say I really enjoyed helping my mum plan her big day, and it was lovely to see her enjoy it so much. Will I do it again for someone else? Mmmmm only if they paid me a LOT of money! And gave me more than a few months notice as well.

It is Caoimhe's birthday next month. We're having a shop-bought cake!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

And the countdown begins...

... Just under a week to the Big Day and it's going to be a busy week. I have 2 cakes to make and 3 to ice...but the cakes are sponge so really needed to leave them as long as possible.
But I can confidently claim to be on track and not stressing out...(well not much anyhow!)
Favours - done, centrepieces - done. All that remains is the cake... and a small matter of some jewellery for me to wear on the day too!
I have ordered some lovely cotton dk (God bless ebay) and am itching to start on a brooch to wear, and my lovely husband has offered to make my earrings...although I'm half tempted to have a stab myself. Perhaps I will get that box of beads out when a certain miss is in bed.
I have several cards to make as well this week. Why are there so many people with birthdays in October!My sister's scarf is all finished now and I'm quite pleased with how it's turned out. I have to say The Happy Hooker is a fab book for anyone who isn't that confident with crochet, you just have to remember to translate the terms from American to English which actually isn't as hard as it seems. Thanks for the tip Sharon!
So no pictures this week but I promise plenty after the big day!