New items in my shop, as I am still crippled

You would think that a bruised littlefinger is not going to stop you going on with your adult, independent life, right? Well, you are wrong. I was wrong.

It is strange, because it’s only a pinkie, such a small, apparently insignificant bodypart. But I had to realise, that since I cannot move it because of the bruises and because I lost most of the skin on it and it is aching and because of the big bandage that by the way also paralyzes my ring finger, I simply cannot hold anything in my right hand. Ok, probably I can hold stuff, but I cannot sew, I cannot crochet, I cannot hold a pair of scissors. I cannot produce anything, and I never thought I was so addicted to these activities…

Ok, lets forget all the luxury of spending my spare time productively and in a creative way: I am struggling in my everyday little things.I cannot perform single tasks such as cutting vegetables, my husband is slicing everything these days, so I can make some dinner. Β I find it hard to brush my hair, to brush my teeth with my left hand, to go to the bathroom, to put on my socks, and I had to ask my husband, to wash my hair, because my finger cannot get in touch with water… such a romantic, bonding experience πŸ™‚

Anyway, enough of me complaining. Luckily I can still type and take pictures, so today I decided to spend my time by putting up some craft supplies for sale in my Etsy shop. Do you like wrapping paper? I know you do, so go and check them out πŸ™‚

 

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Shop Opening

The time has come, my darlings, I have opened my shop πŸ™‚

I have been working on my Etsy account very diligently, and after listing my first 11 items, I am now officially open, hurray πŸ™‚ Let’s all prop some virtual champagne for the occasion, shall we?

Right now I only have children pants for sale, but I will keep you updated about everything new, wether you are interested or not πŸ˜›

I am very excited, a little bit proud and a tiny bit scared at the same time, and I am very-very curious if anyone ever going to buy anything from me… ha, that’s the spirit πŸ™‚

But anyway, if you have kids, grandchildren, if your best friend has kids, grandchildren, or if you are just interested in my new little shop, check it out!

Poor Pinkie

Well, what we have been fearing since we moved in, has happened: I fell down the staircase today.

Good news is, that Cherry, who accidently tripped me, is unhurt.

Good news is, that Paddington, who I was holding in my arms while falling, is also miraculously unhurt.

Good news is, that my right pinkie is not broken.

Bad news is, that it is still terribly bruised, swollen, and most of the skin came off of it. Bad news is that I have to rest it for about a week. Bad news is that I wanted to perform a spring cleaning and other serious tasks around the house, before my parents arrive on Friday, to spend the Easter holidays with us. Oh, well…

 

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Girls day out at Ikea

Cherry woke up with a little fever today. No kindergarden for her. But she felt quite ok, so I decided to take her to Ikea. The main reason for the trip was to buy some new lamps for the guest room, but of course one cannot just go and buy one thing at Ikea, I am sure you all understand this πŸ™‚ My husband doesn’t πŸ™‚

Cherry and I ended up buying some new plants for the house as well. You have to know something about me: I kill plants… not intentionally, but I do kill them all eventually… It was very hard to accept that no matter how hard I try, how often I water or don’t water them, put them on direct light, semi-light, darkness, one by one they fade away 😦 Finally I had to realise, real plants in pots are not for me. So the plants we bought today are all artificial. Fake. Plastic. But actually very good quality, and you can hardly see they are not real.

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Cherry also picked some plastic flowers of different colours that we put in a vase and then in her room. She is very happy about them πŸ™‚

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We also bought some cookie cutters, cute animal figures, and tried them right away when we came home. I made some linzer dough, and Cherry helped me cutting the cookies. We got lots of squirrels, hedgehogs, foxes, snails, and also some cars, trains, planes, ships and what not. While we were working hard, Cherry ran upstairs a few times, went into her room, and smelled her fake flowers πŸ™‚ We also had a nice conversation like this: “Sweetie, don’t eat the raw dough, you’re gonna get sick!” – “But I am already sick!” You cannot beat children logic πŸ™‚

When the cookies were done, they got some chocolate icing, and decoration.

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The Tilda Belt

Saturday’s gonna be a big day: Paddington turns 2! Yay πŸ™‚ It also means a nice little family celebration at his grandparents, and Mommy (aka me) wants to look nice for the occasion πŸ™‚

I have a beautiful, deep turquoise warm jersey dress, my Mum sewed it for me for Christmas. And though it is officially spring now, a warm jersey dress will just do fine in the current temperature…

However, I think the dress needs a belt. Something lovely. So today I fixed one for myself πŸ™‚

I looked around a little bit on Pinterest, and found this tutorial on fabric belts. Didn’t look too complicated, so I gave it a go πŸ™‚ I read the instructions once, chose a beautiful birdy fabric from Tilda, that will go in colour to the dress, and went over to the sunroom, which I currently use as a sewing room.

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This is how I did:

First of all I cut off a wide stripe of fabric, and zigzagged the edges, just to be sure. Then I folded itΒ in half, right side facing up, and ironed it, to create a crease.

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After opening up the fold, I folded a little part in and pressed it along both sides by ironing them.

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The next step was to fold in and press the edges, just like in origami πŸ™‚ All the way long I made sure that the folds are the same size on both sides.

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Now I folded Β the belt again, wrong sides facing, and ironed again carefully, to make it ready for sewing.

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Finally I sewed along all the sides.

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And ta-daaam, it was already done πŸ™‚

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I tried it on with my turquoise jersey dress. I really like the result, however, the belt could be a little longer, so I could make a nice big bow on one side. Anyway, maybe next time I will make a longer belt. Live and learn πŸ™‚

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But you can also wear it with some jeans…

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I’ve Got Paint And I’m Not Afraid To Use It!

Suddenly it is such a beautiful spring weather here, sunshine, flowers, kids playing in the garden without their hats on, windows left open, clothes hung out to dry…

Suddenly I feel the inspiration and the need to create… to do something around the house, to clean up very nice, to dress up the rooms… It has been a long winter, and I have realised, that my craftiness was limited to sewing warm clothes and crocheting heavy blankets during these months. Now it is time to return to home decorating.

I have a lot of thing up my sleeves these days, but today I managed to take some time to spraypaint and paint a few things that have been waiting for a redo since last summer… shame on me πŸ™‚

First of all I took some of the mason jars I am using to keep different things in them around the house.

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Then I took the cute little shelf I found last August in a local charity shop and bought it literally for a few pennies. Poor thing was a little dusty, shabby and miscoloured. All it needed was some dusting, cleaning, sandpapering, a few layers of painting and some love πŸ™‚

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So I took my tools, and went into war.

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I gave the jars a few layer of spraypaint and they got a lovely metallic silver colour. They look very cool on my kitchen counter, holding some pencils and straws.

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Or in my office, trying to organise my crochet hook among others…

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And here is a reborn shelf, in the colour of turquoise, enjoying a sunbath, drying.

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It is going to bring a nice pop of colour to my office, which is due to a major redo very soon!