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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, January 9, 2012

A (hopeful) new venture

Morning everyone. I hope that 2012 is being kind to you all so far!
Today, as it's Monday, I shall of course be linking up with Wendy over on her blog for Handmade Monday. Make sure you have a wander over there and see what everyone's been up to!

In all the post Christmas chaos I've not really managed much this week. However a swift kick up the bum will hopefully restore the balance of that.
Last weekend saw the return of the takeaway challenge and after a quick look in my veg rack and at some recipes I produced a butternut squash and potato curry.

It was quite quick and easy to do, onions lightly fried until soft (but not coloured), add garlic, turmeric, curry powder, cumin, paprika, then the vegetables (in this case butternut squash, potato and mushrooms) a tin of chopped tomatoes, a tin of coconut milk and leave to simmer until the veg is nice and soft. Seemed to go down well and I was crowned the *Queen of Curries* by my hubby, so Domestic Godessness is restored! Tim now has to take up the gauntlet and produce the next 'takeaway' so watch this space!

I have been a little bit crafty this week, as it is a family birthday so obviously cards had to be produced. Caoimhe enjoyed making her card, using my 'sheen' to make paper flowers to stick on. And I came up with this:

I also made a book mark from some things in my stash:

I'm quite pleased with it I have to say. It turned out more or less as I imagined, which is a rare event!

I have decided to use the New Year as a bit of an impetus to actually do some things I really want to do. On the agenda is:
Completing my English degree, which I had to abandon when I had Caoimhe, and which I hope to restart again in the next 18 months. 
Learn to use my sewing machine, and also learn how to hand sew better than I do already (which wouldn't be difficult since I am rubbish at it!)
Learn a new craft skill - don't know what yet so I am open to suggestion!
And sell my handmade things.

I'm working on the last bit already, tentatively. I think you are always your worst critic, and I wonder if anyone would ever actually want to buy the stuff I make. Well there's only one way to find out I expect!
So, with that in mind, my goal this month is to set up a Facebook page and a Folksy shop and then see where it takes me!

Til next time!



Happy New Year. I love curries - definitely my most favourite meal (well one of them) and yours looks gorgeous. Good luck with your resolutions for this year - look forward to hearing which new craft you take up.

Ros Made Me said...

Crikey, when are you going to have time for you? Good luck with the degree, great to hear you are going to finish it.

Can learning to use your sewing machine double as your new craft... you will love it when you start playing with your machine :)

Bobleyboo said...

Ooh would love a link to the folksy site when your up and running, I'm working on an online shop myself, but my perfectionism keeps pushing back the launch!

Kim xx

Wendy said...

Good luck with those resolutions - lots to do there!! The curry looks yum x

Jam Dalory said...

Good luck with everything, sounds like you've set yourself a lot of goals. I think everyone is their own worst critics, I always think no-one will buy my stuff, once my website is running I guess i'll find out! Can't wait to see what you come up with next. x

Charters said...

Well done setting goals for the year. I took the plunge last year with Facebook page and Twitter. Its surprising how many different people you get to know with similar interests. Good luck with your degree, keep crafting but mainly enjoy 2012.

Caroline Nash said...

Way to go we are all geared up for change in 2012

Little Harriet said...

Ooo good luck selling!
I love the bookmark and the card, very pretty.

Have a fab 2012!


Your Friend Susie said...

Well, first, thanks for the recipe, I'll hope to try it, it sounds good. Second, I hope to see you on Facebook, I spend way too much time there. Third, I too went back to school after my kids were born, I found I was way more focused, so I think you'll do great!
Sounds like you've been busy, but then, moms with young kids always are. :) Thanks for taking the time to share.

Pickle Lily said...

What a lovely mix of things! Cooking and sewing and aspirations. Good luck with everything.
Jo x

Kat Shenton said...

Yummy yummy!

Good luck with the folksy. I need to finish taking photos and get mine sorted in all fairness, but worth the effort in the end!