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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, June 19, 2011

A Work in Progress

I'm getting it in a bit early this week, but thanks once again to Wendy over at 1st Unique Gifts for hosting Handmade Monday, a really good opportunity to see what fellow crafty bloggers have been up to this week.

As for me, I don't really seem to have achieved an awful lot of crafting this week. It seems to have been quite busy in other ways. I'm blaming the nesting. From a crafty point of view I have finally got round to emptying and sorting my two yarn boxes, and several yarn bags. The boxes are now empty and waiting to be turned into toy boxes, and the yarn has been organised into several (more) bags and is waiting to find a home in the blanket box upstairs.I fear that at least one of the bags of yarn will not make it, however, as I have seen a couple of things I want to make in my Art of Crochet folders (also reorganised this week, and now in order and not in piles waited to be filed!) There is still quite a pile of things in the living room, including several books, folders etc, and I'm sure they will find a new home somewhere accesible pretty soon.

One of those crafty books is a gorgeous book called The Crafty Minx by Kelly Doust. I have spent quite a lot of time recently looking through the projects and deciding which I am brave enough to try out. If you are handy with a sewing machine, or interested in upcycling/recycling etc then this is definitely worth a look. I have taken some inspiration from the book for my next project, which is (hopefully) going to be a cot mobile for Tilly.

It's very much a work in progress. I have bagged a few wire coat hangers from my mum and hope to do something with them, covering them in bright coloured fabric of some description (she suggests bias in her version) and as for the hangings, I have made a start on a few things:

A stuffed cat. The front.

The back (I used fabric from an old top, how's that for upcycling!)

Star, so far unembellished and I may leave it as it is, who knows!

I used spotty fabric for the front of this heart, and glued on some flowery sequins

I also covered some wooden curtain hoops in ribbon, although I'm not quite sure what I'm going to do with them yet! Any ideas gratefully received!

So nothing completed last week but with any luck I will be able to finish off this week and post up the results of my labour soon. As long as it is the only labour we have this week that is! (Stay put Tilly, not quite ready for you to put in an appearance just yet!)

Til next time!


fatmonica said...

Love them all especially the star!The curtain hooks would be great on a Christmas/Yuletide tree!

Martha said...

a ha ha ha that stuffed kitty has got such a face that it makes me want to take it in my hands and cuddle it :) like the 2 different buttons for the eyes! :D

Wendy said...

Love the stuffed kitty!
Yes bias would work best on the coathangers - the stretch of bias cut fabric makes it easy to wrap (make your own bias - it's easy to do).
Watching this blog with interest now - counting down with you! xx

PuppyFly Boutique said...

Love the little cat - especially it's eyes. The star reminds me of some stars I have in the classroom with big smiley faces (just an idea in case you decide to embellish it). Anna x

Maria said...

I love the cat it's just waiting for a hug. The star and heart are cute too. Your curtain rings would make great tiny frames. You could make a tiny stuffed heart or star to fit inside them. A few stitches would hold them in place inside the ring.

dreamstar said...

Love your final comment!
Great, enjoyable post, i loved reading it x

Anonymous said...

Don't forget to let us see the finished goods! Looks like you've bee having lots of fun and letting your imagination run wild - stars, hearts and pussycats! Very envious of your tidying up - I must get on with it!

Aviya Glass said...

Way to early to be using the 'C' word (Christmas) but the colours on those curtain hooks with something pretty or sparkly dangled inside would be my suggestion.

Charters said...

Love the cat. How about using the wrapped curtain hooks to make into a snazzy belt ... worn over jeans not through the loops?

Picto said...

Really cute cat, will look great on a mobile, looking forward to seeing the finished item.

Jan x