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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!



Monday, May 16, 2011

Having a bit of a play, and accepting a challenge...

Apparently there is something called Handmade Monday. It's a bit of a *link party*, where people can link their blogs (about handmade stuff of course!) and click links to other like minded bloggers too. Thought I might give it a try, it can't hurt, right? Thought I would share the details with you in case you might be interested :)
This explains it much better than I have done, of course!
About Handmade Monday
And here is the link to the weekly blog post:
Handmade Monday

I hope you find some of the links interesting reading. In the absence of my daughter (aren't childminders great!) I am about to settle down with a brew and a good read!

But before I go, I wanted to share my little bit of experimentation. My mum (in her wisdom) has sent her sewing machine to live with me. I am not a seamstress. I never will be. My poor old gran spent far too many afternoons trying to teach me to sew, and failing miserably. I can sew on a button, and I can fix a hem (or a decapitated mouse as those of you who follow me on facebook already know) but that really is the extent of my sewing prowess. But like a child in a sweet shop I just had to get stuck in. Armed with a denim skirt that Caoimhe has grown out of, and one which she had managed to get a permanent and irremovable stain on so is no good for Tilly to grow into, a couple of lengths of ribbon and some stick on sparkle, I came up with this little bag:


Ok, so it's not going to concern Kippling but Caoimhe certainly likes it and that's all that matters! My hubby was suitably impressed as well, although he is a bit on the biased side!  In any event, fun was had. and isn't that what it's all about?

Til next time!

19 comments:

loody said...

What a great idea....well done you xx

Suzanne said...

Too true crafting should be fun! And you ended up with a great little bag, fab idea to use an old skirt. Well done!
Hugs Sue x

Wendy said...

Looks lovely, and fun was had along the way so that's all good! I *love* making things from something that would otherwise be thrown away.

Hope you've enjoyed and benefited from Handmade Monday - thank you for taking part & hope to see you again next week! x

Picto said...

I love making bags out of old jeans and things, I used to make my children's school pump bags from the leg of old trousers and decorate them with appliqué or embroidery, great fun.
Great idea to use the pocket.

Jan x

Ali said...

Great idea for a really effective bag with its own built-in pocket!

I'm now following your blog and look forward to reading more...

Ali x
Ali's Craft Studio

Caroline Lovis said...

Absolutely it's all about having fun and every stitch no doubt was made with love. Very thrifty thinking I like it.

Charters said...

Sweet little bag, and it'll be unique! Remember: from little acorns - oak trees grow. Look forward to seeing more of your projects.

Your Friend Susie said...

That is perfectly adorable! And my sewing prowess sounds like yours. This is something I might try. I have some jeans I was going to get rid of, I might make them into cute little bags for my granddaughter and my great niece! :) I remember back in my hippie days (yes, I'm that old--I wasn't really a hippie, but you know it was the style!) I actually did make a purse from an old pair of jeans, but I don't remember exactly what I did. This is way cuter tho.

fatmonica said...

Fab bag!

Ros Made Me said...

Welcome to Handmade Monday... I have visions of your daughter locking up her wardrobe as you start eyeing up her clothes for repurposing....

HippoTree said...

That's great! I tried it a few years ago with an old pair of jeans from a charity shop, but one broken needle later, I packed away the sewing machine :) Such a nice bag for your daughter - whose name I absolutely love - and know how to pronounce :) I'd just convinced hubby to let me call No 2 Niamh - then it turned out he was another boy :)

HT x

Carolee Crafts said...

I think the bag looks very good and if your daughter is happy that is more than enough testament to your work.

Polly Polkadot said...

Sewing is about practice, so if you enjoyed it, you'll try something else, and before long...

cj said...

Fab little bag, I love playing around and seeing what comes out!

Maria said...

What a lovely little bag, I love recycling old stuff. I'm sure your daughter will treasure it.

Pickle Lily said...

Just to say - this has inspired my daughter to cut up her brother's old jeans and have a go at making a bag!
Jo x

Helen said...

Thanks for your lovely comments :)

dreamstar said...

I think the bag looks fab. Well done

fatmonica said...

have left something for you on my blog!