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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, July 3, 2011

Happy Birthday!

I can't believe it's time for another Handmade Monday , where does the week go? I will shortly be heading over to Wendy's blog for a look at what everyone else has been up to this week.

But first of all I want to say Happy Birthday to my Auntie B, and to me too. Well it is actually Auntie B's birthday today, not mine but I will explain that  in a mo!
I had a lovely trip to see Auntie B this morning, to say Happy Birthday to her, and to give her her birthday card and a little bit of a present. I don't get to see her very often, but that's because she seems to spend her time gallivanting around the world these days (I can't wait to retire if it means having as much fun as she seems to be having!)
I managed to make a card and a little mini book for her, which she seemed to like:

I wanted her card to be summery

Mini book

A few of the pages

It isn't actually my birthday for a few months, and then it's quite a nasty one to be honest. (But I don't want to think about that!) Tim asked me what I wanted for my birthday, as he always does with a few months' notice, to give me time to um and ah and say I don't really know. But this time I asked him for a die cutting machine. I'm aware that I should be asking for something a bit more *interesting* with it being a nasty birthday, but that's what I want really. And my impatient husband being who he is, has already ordered it, so I am getting it early...hopefully this week! I think there's an ulterior motive. I'm sure he thinks I will be off and running, making hundreds of cards and other assorted paper/card items to sell and make a fat wad of wonga. I can't see it myself, especially not with the impending drain on my energy and time (4 weeks and counting) but you never know, stranger things have happened!

We've had a bit of chocolate making as well this week, the Flip Flop and I. I wasn't feeling so great on Wednesday, which is normally our day for Footy Totz (and anyone with a child aged 2-4 should really have a look at it, it is fab! ) so we compromised with a promise of making chocolates with raisins in. I had bought a silicon chocolate mould from the pound shop ages ago and it was the first time I have had the chance to use it. We melted down the very last of the chocolate left over from Easter and poured it over raisins. Delicious!

And that's been about it craft-wise this week. But given the heat and my ever expanding wriggly waistline, I am quite pleased that I managed that much!

Don't forget to have a look at the lovely sites linked on Wendy's blog. I'm going to go and have a good nosey now with a brew!
Til next time!


cj said...

The mini book looks lovely and the chocolates yummy!!!

fatmonica said...

Love the mini book and I hope you've saved me a chocolate!

dorsetgirl said...

The mini book is lovely and although i'm staying clear of chocolate they do look delicious!

Carolee Crafts said...

I think to give a handmade gift is to give part of you, so easy to go to a shop and buy but to give your time as well is precious. The chocolates look yummy

Wendy said...

The mini book looks lovely and so do those choccies! x

Caroline Lovis said...

I love the little book so special and what a great idea to melt down left over choccie to produce something even more special. You won't regret getting the die cutting machine, I had one quite recently and love it!

Maria said...

The book is gorgeous I'm sure your aunty will treasure it. I love the chocs they look really yummy. It's my daughters birthday today (4th July) I might make some chocs for her instead of cake. She doesn't really like cake so thanks for the idea.

Ali said...

Mmm chocolates!!

Happy Birthday to your Auntie (and to you when it finally arrives!) Lovely card and mini-book.

Ali x

Kat Shenton said...

You've been busy!

I love the cards. They are so well made and look so fine in detail!

Charters said...

Congrats on the award! Great little mini book, I'm sure your Aunt loved it. Birthday presents should be what 'you' want. Impressed that your husband is so well prepared in advance. Enjoy your prezzy!

uhooi said...

Wow,, It works great, beautiful and creative,,