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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!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

A mixture of textiles

There has been a mix of crafts in the Gallery household this week. Wool, fabric and chocolate have featured quite heavily in what has been a fairly productive week, considering I am still working as well (tho not so much of that left!)

The chocolate was in the form of left over Easter eggs. Yes, I am aware it is almost June, but we still have several chocolate eggs left over, hogging cupboard and fridge space. I don't mind a bit of chocolate myself, and nor do I deprive my daughter of it, but I'm just not too keen on her having too much. So in my domestic goddess mode, I decided to break up one of her eggs this week, and melt it down. Much fun was had turning the melted chocolate into chocolate crispie cakes, adding some dried berries, jelly tots and sprinkles. And I do believe Caoimhe was just as happy selecting which ones we were taking up to Grandma's to share out!

Wool wise saw the completion of some crocheted bunting, which will eventually go up in Caoimhe's bedroom. It has taken me several weeks to complete this, as it was very much a pick up-put down project. I am quite pleased with the results though:

As for the fabric, well I found myself in the possession of a quantity of material, thanks to my mum. I am a complete novice when it comes to sewing more than a hem or a button, but I just had to get the sewing machine out and have a go at making something. I had a trawl around the interweb for a bit of inspiration, and decided to start small with a mobile phone sock. I was pretty pleased with myself when I finished it!

front , with a little pocket :)

back view 

I think my husband quite liked it too, since he has asked me to make him one too! An excuse to go and find some nice material, if nothing else!

Just time now to mention Handmade Monday. There are some lovely blogs linked over there, all craft related in some way shape or form, so take a look!

Til next time!


fatmonica said...

Ooh love the bunting and the phone sock.I'll have one too please!

Mrs B said...

You're so crafty, it's awesome!

I reckon you should give a sock monkey a go!

Kazies Magical Designs said...

Your bunting is lovely You will have to put a picture of it on here when its up I have always wanted to learn to crochet I have the needle and wool its another thing on my to do list xxx

Ros Made Me said...

Well done with ipod cover and your daughter will be thrilled with the bunting. Isn't it funny how you never grow out of chocolate crunch!

Wendy said...

Oh, I love the bunting!

Thanks for taking part in HM x

Carolee Crafts said...

Chocolate crispie cakes, yummy. Love your makes this week and the phone holder is really great.

Suzanne said...

Love the bunting. Cant believe you've still got chocolate left from Easter, my children had finished theirs by the following week end.
Hugs Sue x

Your Friend Susie said...

What a great idea to recycle the Easter Chocolate! I always let my boys just eat til they got sick (maybe not the best idea, but I figured to let them eat it all and get it out of the house fast--oh and I was such a good Mom I helped them so they wouldn't be totally poisoned!)
I love your little phone sock. I'm not a very good seamstress either, but I'm trying to learn. I think you did quite well! Seems like a great first project and I do like that fabric. I did a little clutch purse recently. Had a few issues, but it was fun. Sewing is...well...frustrating. :)

Charters said...

Love the bunting. Keep with the mobile socks, they seem to be very popular at the minute.

Polly Polkadot said...

Love the bunting, I've never seen a crochet version.

Anonymous said...

Hello from a new follower - I found you on Wendy's Handmade Monday blog :)

I absolutely adore your crochet bunting and I'm sure it will look lovely in your daughters bedroom!! Lovely colours.

I'm no good at sewing although I'd love to learn - your phone sock looks fab and is very impressive for a first project, can't wait to see more!!

Laura xxx

cj said...

oooh the buntng looks fab! The easter eggs wouldn't have stood a chance in our house!!

Picto said...

I don't think chocolate would last that long in my house :o)
I've never been able to crochet, the bunting looks great.

Jan x

PuppyFly Boutique said...

I'm always glad to meet a fellow sewing novice! It's really pretty - and I'm very impressed your husband wants you to make him one! Anna x