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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, October 31, 2011

Sweet Sixteen !

Today my little sister turns 16. I can't believe how quickly the last 16 years have gone, and I can still remember the first time I met her all those years ago! It has made me feel very old today, but also very proud, She is a now growing into a beautiful young woman and I feel very privileged to be her sister. I remember being very jealous of my friends who had sisters when I was growing up, even though I had a younger brother who I did actually spend a lot of time with. I did get my sister in the end, but it took 24 years!

In celebration of her birthday I made her card and a couple of her presents. I really didn't know what to buy her this year, so she got a few little things instead. A knitting bag with wool and needles (I have promised to teach her - what have I let myself in for with that one!) some funky jewellery (and a confession here, Cathy, you nearly didn't get the bracelet, I was tempted to keep it for myself! It was a lucky find on a market stall and I liked it straight away!) a brooch and a journal/notebook.

Cathy's birthday card

and an ATC made just for her.

I made the notebook from a plain notebook, with some card stock and embellishments. I glued a ribbon to it to fasten together, and inside I put two handmade and matching bookmarks too. I'm told the notebook is already in use, which I am pleased about!

You were wondering what I had done with my old jeans and my Big Shot, well here is the answer. My Tattered Florals die was put to use once again on a square of fabric from a pair of jeans that, thanks to my two gorgeous girls, I am unlikely to get back into again. I glued them together and added the button and a brooch back. I did consider adding some blue glitter glue I have but decided in the end that understated was better than bling. I might experiment with it however. There's still a fair bit of fabric left for me to use!

And yesterday saw another *first* for me, in the form of my first ever attempt at Yorkshire Puddings. I have no clue how I got to 40 and have never made them before, especially as I really do like them. I was most impressed with myself as I fully expected them not to rise at all. But here they are in all their glory:

I inherited the Yorkshire tin and it's been sitting in my cupboard for a long time. I thought it was time I actually used it!

As it's Monday, don't forget to head over to see Wendy for Handmade Monday, and see all the lovely blogs, and what other crafty type people have been up to this week. As soon as I get a few minutes to myself when the girls are in bed, and the hubby is packed off to work, that is exactly what I'll be doing!

And just before I sign off, I'd like to wish a Happy and Peaceful Samhain to all. Don't forget to remember your loved ones who have gone before you tonight as you enjoy your evening meal.

Til next time.


Caroline Lovis (Redneedle) said...

How lovely that you were able to give your sister such personal items - they mean so much more and definitely handmade with love. Glad to see you're putting your flower die to good use too.


What lovely pressies - the flower is gorgeous. Bet your sister was really pleased with them.

mcrafts said...

Hope your sister had a great birthday - the gifts you make are lovely. I really like the flower you made Mich x

Wendy said...

Lovely gifts and card. I love that bird on the notebook x

Jam Dalory said...

Your sister is a lucky girl, what lovely presents. The yorkshires look lovely, homemade beats shop bought everytime, both with food and crafts! x

Ros Made Me said...

I have just remembered that my mum gave me a pair of dressmaking shears which I still use, for my 16th birthday. And talking of my mum, she always called Yorkshire puds, bags of wind, and yours really fit the bill, well done!

fatmonica said...

Great pressies.Love the ATC!

Mrs A. said...

Lots of lovely prezzies. You have spoilt your sister but I bet she loves having an older sis.
Hugs Mrs A.
p.s. took a virtual bite out of one of your yorkshire puds and it was scrummie!

Ali said...

Happy Birthday to your sister and what wonderful gifts and card you made for her.

Those Yorkshires look great (I have never made them either and I'm from Yorkshire!!)

Ali x

Martha said...

well done on your Yorkshire puddings! they are not so easy to make, I heard! ive never made my own but i feel tempted even more after reading this post. love munching on them without anything to go with! :)

great cards and atc too! x x x

Pickle Lily said...

I know I'm a little late for Handmade Monday, but your cards are lovely. Well done with the yorkshires they are brilliant, I can't make them at all and cheat with ready made!
jo x