I’ve used my sewing machine so much the last couple of weeks that it went bonkers on me and had to be oiled.
I saw a couple of patterns I liked and decided that for this year, my Christmas presents would be handmade. I made some crochet beanies and little personalised dollies from these cute patterns I got from Blinking Flights. I added ironed on photos of the kiddies I was giving the presents to. My friend’s kids already opened their presents and they absolutely love it. I love that these toys will be placed in the keepsake box, like a time capsule for their future kids.
I also finally did something about the fact that I don’t have an apron in the house. The only one we have, for over nine years now, is a black apron with Jack Daniels on it. Not that I don’t drink JD but I would really like some girly apron too.
The solution? I made one. Well, two technically. I got a half apron panel from Spotlight and made a Christmas one. Then I just went for it and created a patchwork one from the scraps of my dolls project based on the pattern I got from Honeybear Lane.
I added some details on the pockets by using the photo to cloth transfer technique I found on A Beautiful Mess. So easy and such a great detail! I love how the tutorials out there are just so great and easy to follow.
Have I mentioned how much I love craft bloggers?
Finally, I’ve summoned up the courage to try something from the Jamie Oliver range. I never wanted to before because they are always so complex. But his 15-minute meals looked easier to handle. I bought the book and the spices (someone else was carrying the same book at the grocery too hehe) and just went for it. I was thoroughly amazed at my creations. I’m even using saffron! His 15 minutes is 30 minutes for me, but that’s still a good timeframe for cooking.
I especially love that my little one is expanding her taste buds by trying out the Jamie Oliver range. She’s eating couscous, brown rice, veggies and more. I’m even starting to introduce her to mild spicy foods. The biggest thing of all though is my homemade wholemeal bread. It is easy to make and absolutely yummy! There’s nothing like eating warm fresh bread.
Yes, I can now admit I am quite the domestic goddess. Holy crap.