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#imapiece – a crafty update

I am cringing at these photographs, but my intentions were good.

Shake has had to put up with me complaining about my lack of skills an awful lot recently. I was planning to sew this properly at craft club, but baby hasn’t been napping so well during the day and I just can’t bear to take a grumbling boy out to see people.

It’s silly, I know. The ladies keep telling me they want to see him but I just don’t relax if he isn’t “himself”.

So, as a result I had to sew the shape by hand which I’ve never done before, hence the stupid looking shape. I also have very little free time and even less patience…

It doesn’t matter though. My piece will be part of a bigger picture, with an important message.

Why not get involved too? If I can, anyone can! (You can even buy a kit now…)



Favourite posts this week

:: Cashew cream and its uses – really not nut fans (except pistachios!) but we are trying.

:: Sweet shirt for a sweet girl. More inspiration for me to sort my sewing out…

:: I’m pretty happy with my current go-to brownie recipe, but olive oil brownies? I need to try this out!

:: We make lentil burgers to have with baby (maybe I’ll share the recipe one day) but mushroom and lentil sounds yummy too.

:: Forget Heinz, think white beans with sausage. Perfect for Autumn/Winter.

:: Cute camping pics coupled with a beautifully honest reflection on marriage. Wow.

:: George and fish – I like the Guardian but he makes a very valid point, let’s hope someone listens. Just ignore the majority of the comments though, urgh. 

:: Aaargh this really upset me  - what are these people thinking? Shameful.

:: Seeing as someone is crawling, standing and doing lots of falling these days (8 months old today!!) we really need this baby-proofing advice!

:: Brussel sprout salad? Worth a try :)

:: Lagom. Cool word, even cooler meaning.

:: 100 Wild Huts – what a fun challenge!

:: Lastly, some dubstep.

Wishing you an awesome weekend!!



Crafty activists

A few weeks ago I came across this initiative and it really, really stuck with me.

Every year, 2.3 million children die because they don’t get enough of the right food.

Doesn’t that just make you sick?

Whilst I am pretty useless at all things crafty, I wanted to put my “free-time” to good use and try to learn something at the same too.

I mentioned months ago that once we were settled here, one of my goals was to learn to use our sewing machine. Well, I still don’t have any power supply for our machine(!) but I did start to use my mum’s.

I say started, as I actually broke it. Not sure how…

Fortunately, it turns out that in the village on Tuesday afternoons the ladies (men welcome too!) hold a craft group. You can turn up with your own projects or take part in something else, with the group supplies (last week it was mosaïque)

For an annual fee of €5 I can’t go wrong, especially when there is homemade cake and a tisane involved at the end of the afternoon ;)

Baby comes along with me and the ladies just swoon at his charms. He has them (and me, naturally) wrapped around his chubby little fingers!

All of this blabber is just to explain that as our machine(s) are out of action, the ladies are going to help me use the group sewing machine.

Above is my jigsaw piece terribly traced and cut out and ready to sew, I think. I still need to decide on my message.

If you have the time and inclination, why not become a crafty activist too? Or consider signing the petition.

In the meantime I have been busy knitting a few bits and pieces. I’m feeling inspired, especially with a special baby girl due to arrive mid-January! [OOPS – just to clarify, this isn’t our baby girl…! Sorry!]

In my knitting bag I also found the beginnings of a glove I bought the materials for two years ago and gave up when I got to a part I didn’t know how to do. Oh my. I’ve now got a lovely group who can explain how to do it – it makes such a difference to me.

So, baby boy has a winter hat and some booties to keep those lovely little toes cosy on our afternoon walks and future baby girl will have a few more bits and pieces. Maybe then I will finish those gloves of mine :)