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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, November 28, 2011

A bit of upcycling.

Last week my Christmas present arrived.  Himself told me as soon as it arrived and gave me the option of having it there and then if I wanted to instead of waiting for Christmas. (Fueled by his own complete inability to have any presents in the house until the actual day (birthday or Christmas, he isn't fussy) and he wanted to get his paws on his own Christmas present...) But no, I held out...I did very well, because it was sitting in its box for several days before I took it out to admire it, and then a couple more days before I actually did something with it. That is a record for me.

Of course I am quite rubbish at sewing, as regular readers will know. My New Year's Resolution is to use it for more than hems and mending split crotches in jeans. And phone socks. I'm quite fond of making phone socks, there must be half a dozen floating around the house. But I owe it to my lovely husband to use this magnificent beast for more than that.

So the other morning, armed with my new sewing machine, a bag of material for recycling and my daughter's LeapPad I knocked up a little cover. ('knocked up' makes it sound like I did it in the Corrie ad break on my way to make a brew, not in the hour and a actually took...) I made it from a piece of my old and very favourite pj bottoms. I sadly cannot wear them anymore as the split down the bum,  although it has been fixed, really doesn't want to stay fixed. So into the recycle bag they sadly went. And now they live on. Hurrah!

Don't look too closely at the stitching because it's really not good! In my defence it is quite difficult to sew when you have to sew standing up (I had to put it on my kitchen work top to use it as the cable isn't long enough! Really must find a better solution than that!) and it gets a bit harder when you have a 3yr old pulling at your pant leg too! I made the button hole out of a ribbon for two reasons. First of all it is big enough for Caoimhe to manage to fasten and open herself. And secondly...I don't know how to do buttonholes....yet. But I will learn (It's been 20 odd yrs since Needlecraft at school so give me a break!)  I tried to make it quite roomy so she can fit a couple of games in it as well. When I handed it over to her she gave me a really big smile, so I think that's a hit.

A bit later than usual this week, but it is *still* Monday so don't forget to take a look at what people have been up to via Wendy's blog for Handmade Monday
Have a good week everyone.
Til next time!



A great start Helen - I love the material. Look forward to seeing lots more makes on Handmade Monday.

Caroline Nash said...

Congratulations on your new gift and ell done on your first make, it does get easier

Wendy said...

You did well to wait so long before pouncing on it! An excelent start, here's to many more hours of happy stitching!

Wendy said...

Sorry about the spelling of excellent, that's what happens when you type before coffee in the morning ;-)

Kat Shenton said...

That's a really cool bag! I love the material, and the fact that you used/up-cycled it from something else is just great.

I love the term Knocked up/out. Makes it sound like you are super speedy, when like yourself it tends to take me a lot longer than suggested. This way though you get to feel like super woman without the gold and red outfit ;)

Caroline Lovis (Redneedle) said...

How wonderful a lovely new toy - hope you checked with Santa first before opening. Well done on christening it with a fab first make

Rach said...

Helen, I may be a teeny bit jealous (not that I am even sure where I would find the time to sew) I see so much lovely fabric floating about and am desperate to learn to sew lots of lovely things as well as to learn to do a million other domestic goddess type things. If only you were closer we could send the children out with Daddies and you could give me a crash course in all things domestic goddessness.

As an aside what is that Leapfrog thing like of Flip Flop's, does she play with it a lot?


Helen said...

Rach- have pm'd you on V x

Your Friend Susie said...

I am in awe, it's wonderful! Maybe we will learn to sew together, in cyberspace. :) I like your ribbon/button idea. I'm very put off by doing buttonholes too (and zippers) although Im determined to learn. My new machine is a Singer, but I'm sure our machines would be great friends if they met! :)

Jam Dalory said...

Ooooh how impatient are you! loving the pouch though and the material is great. I have the same problem with PJ bottoms, I blame it on shoddy manufacturing rather than a growing posterior! x