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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!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Santa's little helper!

We have an elf to stay. She arrived this morning, although Caoimhe is yet to discover that. There is a little note and a packet of sweets on her pillow for when she goes to bed tonight. She would have found the note this morning, if I had been organised last night and not faffing about with denim.. more on that in a mo!

So what's this elf all about? Well thanks to one very creative mum over on the Verity discussion board and lots of posting to and fro from other members, I have been introduced to the concept of a little elf - one of Santa's Helpers - coming to stay with the children with the sole purpose of reporting their behaviour - and their naughty or niceness - back to FC himself. It's a big, busy world nowadays and he needs all the help he can get!
We decided that the elf can sleep in Caoimhe's doll's house, and so I was tasked with making a mini cover and pillow for  her comfort. Thankfully I have a scraps bag (I throw nowt away, just ask Himself!) and a glue gun, and the lint from the dryer provided some nice comfy filling for the pillow (now there's a reason in itself to do a load of washing this morning!)
What do you think?

(Yea, I have no idea why there's a wooden ball in the baby's cot either, must ask Caoimhe at some point. I'm sure there's a good reason!)
I am planning lots of surprises for Caoimhe 'from the elf' so we'll see how it goes down, and also if she is a good girl as a result! (I'm also planning that the elf will take Caoimhe's potty away with her on Christmas Eve when she goes back to the North Pole to report her findings. Caoimhe doesn't know this yet!)

The faffing with denim which caused me to completely forget about the elf's arrival was to make a brooch/corsage, again out of my recycled fabric bag. No sewing this time, but good use of my beloved glue gun. I added some glitter and an old button from my reclaimed button jar. I have my mum to blame for the button jar, as she started me off on that particular hoarding habit. Indeed she provided me with most of the buttons in it. Mmmm is she trying to transfer her stash from her house to mine....has she now run out of room herself?! Still I am very grateful as I have used them for loads of things. Here's the result of my late night faffing about.

Today I'm taking part in the Bath Bomb Creations link party. There's some lovely bath time goodies on offer over there!
I'm also entering my handmade flowers into this fortnight's challenge (to make something with handmade flowers) over on the Craft Room Challenge blog

Til next time


EmmaT said...

Ooh love the top brooch. And a bit of glitter goes a long way with me!

Little Harriet said...

Glitter makes everything awesome. :D Love those makes, might have to dig out my holey jeans now that I'm inspired. (great excuse to treat myself to a new pair)


Kat Shenton said...

Glad you did faff since they are lovely.

I am wondering about the wooden ball too, so if you could let us all know ;)

A lovely idea with the elf though. She's gonna love having a little pair of eyes watching her, getting ready for Christmas.

fatmonica said...

Let me know how the elf goes!

Zoechaos said...

Love the elf idea hope it brings the desired results. Love your flowers, thank you for sharing with us at Craft-Room Challenge XOXO Zoe

Maria said...

Beautiful flowers and a fab idea! Good luck, and thanks for joining us at the Craft-Room Challenge. Maria x

Leikkaan Mervi said...

Just lovely flowers!

Thanks for joining us at the Craft-Room Challenge, good luck and welcome again;-))m

Esther said...

Lovely lovely flowers..they look great in denim with just the right amount of sparkle ! Thanks so much for joining our craft-room challenge..Esther xx

The Bathtime Team said...

Hi helen
Tried leaving a message on here the other day to say thanks for joining the linky party but blogger wouldn't save it! Thanks for joining the party.

The Bathtime Team said...

Now I've forgot to finish the rest of my message that wouldn;t save the other day - ive taken to the fabric brooches and bought a blue one at greenwich market. I like yours as rustic. You should sell them!

hazel said...

I love your fabric brooches, they're fabulous. Thank you for joining us at Craft-Room Challenge.
xxx Hazel.

The Bathtime Team said...

Hi Helen
Thanks for entering the linky party. Can I feature your brooch on a pre xmas post? Or after if hectic. Maybe you could send an image and a brief paragraph and I can upload it?

I am getting a I've been featured button created so that will follow!

If you'd like to it's