Felt Flower Hairband

Felt Flower Hairband

I love making things at the moment.  This is the first hairband i’ve made.  I’m planning on making more for Christmas.  I bought the plain hairband and made a felt flower and stitched it to the band. 

 I used 6 strips of felt 2cm x 10cm to make the outer petals, then 2cm x 7.5cm for the middle and a length of 2cm x 30cm for the inside. 

To make the petals,  I stitched along one edge of a strip , then pulled the thread to gather it.  Straightened out the edges to leave the gather in the middle. 

Then stitched the middle sides by folding together along the edge and stitching.  It then opens out.  I repeated for all the petals.

I stitched the six petals together.  Overlapping each petal to the middle of the next and put a couple of stitches in to hold.  I did the same for the middle 6 petals.

For the middle of the flower.  I stitched along one edge and gathered it up.  I turned the felt to make it into a flower shape.

I then stitched all 3 parts together and fastened it to the hairband with a circle of felt on the back.  The hairband was between this circle and the flower.  I was able to stitch it to the hairband  ribbon too.

A trip on the ferry

We had an adventure today.  It was Jacobs first trip on a metro (chu chu) and the ferry.  We went with my brother and my Gran.  She turned 90 this year in June.  It’s very rare we do public transport.  Just for the fact we have the car, and with school and nursery runs, there was no time for big outings during the day.  I’m very lucky and live only 5 minutes walk away from the town, so it’s never been needed. 

Well we started off.  There is always alot of excitment when buttons need pressing for the traffic light crossings and finding our way to the metro.  Figuring out what tickets we need to purchase and the fact that Evie travels free for another 3 weeks.  I thought she would have got upset that she didn’t need a ticket, but she is looking forward to her birthday, so skipped past that hurdle.  The metro came and we found our seats and counted each stop before we reached our stop.  Again, excitment for the lift.  Our next stop the toilets.  The girls love these toilets, there is a little cubicle on the end, which has a half door and small toilet.

We arrived at the Ferry to see Gran-Gran and uncle Aaron waiting for us.  We were on time for the Ferry, so did not have to wait long.  Gran, Jacob and i sat downstairs while Aaron and the girls went on deck.  This short journey across the water thrilled them.  We walked along near the river and stopped in a Cafe for chip dinners (Jacob really behaved himself!). With great luck there was a ferry waiting to take us home.

 The real purpose of writing this story is tell you what i saw at the end of our trip.  I saw my brother, a young man of 20, pushing my frail 90 year old Grandmother in a wheelchair.  What a touching sight to see.  This was his trip.  He planned it.  He wanted to take his Gran out for the day.  And i am so lucky to have been invited, and witness this moment between a brother and his Gran.

1950s Daily Housekeeping Schedule

Tonight i’ve been having a quick look on the internet and found a 1950s schedule for a housewife with no children.  Upon reading, i thought this is probably what i get done in a whole week or more, definately not a single day!   After reading through a couple of times, i’m thinking, hmm i might actually try this one day, and see how far i get down the list and in what timescale.  Will i really get through all of this in one day (with kids)?  Happy Reading 🙂

A 1950s daily housekeeping schedule

  1. Throw back the covers
  2. Open up the blinds and windows
  3. Freshen up
  4. Make and serve breakfast
  5. Clean up breakfast
  6. Complete a 10 minute exercise regime
  7. Shower, do hair and make-up, get dressed
  8. Gather a basket for tidying. As the rooms of the home are tackled, pick up items that aren’t where they belong and place them in a basket. Redistribute them where they should be as you enter a new room
  9. Straighten up the living and dining room, including picking up potential clutter, light dusting, fluffing / straightening pillows, and watering plants or flowers
  10. Make the beds
  11. Tidy the bedroom, including light dusting
  12. Hang up any clothes that may be about or ensure dirty ones are in the hamper
  13. Do a light tidy of the bathroom including removing and replacing used towels, refilling toilet paper and soap (if needed) and cleaning the sink and basin area including soap dishes
  14. Review the menu for the current day and the next and compare it to what’s currently available in the home. Make note of anything that needs to be prepared ahead of time or marketing (shopping) that needs to get done
  15. Begin long-advance preparations for dinner (such as making dessert)
  16. Wipe down kitchen work surfaces and inside the fridge
  17. Dispose of garbage
  18. Rinse dish cloths and hang to dry
  19. Sweep or mop the kitchen floor
  20. Handle errands that might take you out of the home (such as marketing, volunteering, going to the post office, getting an item fixed, etc), bookkeeping, correspondence, or indulge in a hobby
  21. If returning from the grocery store, wash vegetables, wrap them and put them away. Place rest of groceries or purchases in their proper place
  22. Have a quick lunch
  23. Start advance food conditioning like crisping vegetables or thawing frozen foods
  24. Handle weekly chore for the day (more on that below!)
  25. Set the table for dinner
  26. Arrange the living room for evening enjoyment (such as “the Mister’s” newspaper, book, and cigarettes)
  27. Do a quick sweep of the floors and ensure entrance ways are clear
  28. Prepare a special dish for dinner
  29. Freshen up before the husband returns from work. Consider changing into something more festive if the day dress is plain
  30. Set out a tray with equipment for making cocktails, should “the Mister” want to serve drinks before dinner
  31. Greet husband “gayly”
  32. Serve dinner
  33. Clear table and wash dishes
  34. Pour boiling water down the sink to ensure pipes are flushed
  35. If necessary, pack the husband’s lunch for the next day. Set aside a lunch tray in the refrigerator for yourself if having leftovers
  36. Set table for breakfast
  37. Ensure breakfast foods are available and do any make-ahead preparations for it
  38.  Enjoy an evening of relaxation

If that isn’t enough, each day there is a once-a-week chore to tackle, which is basically a deep clean of a particular room.

  • Use metal polish on bathroom fixtures
  • Clean and disinfect all kitchen appliances
  • Scald and disinfect bread boxes and garbage pails and bins
  • Replace flowers with fresh bouquets

In addition, laundry should be done at least twice a week (including bedding) and floors should be mopped / vacuumed on a similar schedule.

There is also a recommendation in  to try to squeeze a 10 – 30 minute nap in the afternoon (if not because you’re actually tired but to “look more refreshed” for he-who-wants-to-be-greeted-with-prettiness when he gets home).

 The 50s housewife used a lot of simple household products as well – such as baking soda, vinegar, lemon, castile soap and borax – not to mention a good deal of elbow grease. She used things like cheese cloth, rags and old newspapers instead of paper towels.

A moment of bliss

I had probably one of the first uninterupted baths this morning for a very long time!  It was rather quite odd to be honest. I kept thinking someone would barge through the door at any moment.  The secret was that i was putting Jacob to bed.  The girls know not to disturb him, as he was a terrible sleeper when he was younger.  I was going out to my friends Hawiian party and needed to wash my hair.  I still had loads to do that morning, so decided to quickly nip in.  I ran the bath and climbed in.  I used some posh coconut scrub, to go with the Hawiian theme (silly thing, i know).  I realised no children!  No-one hanging over the edge dabbling fingers or trying to climb in too.  We have a corner bath and ive been known to have all  3 children join me!  So, i lay right down in the bath, with my ears under listening to the water running.  It was bliss, pure bliss.  Theres nothing like a good soak in the bath.  When i (eventually) sat up, the water was just under the top of the bath.  I was so relaxed i could have gone to sleep right there and then under a blanket of warm water.  I just kept thinking – no children.  Wow this is a first.  After getting out, reluctantly, i even managed to moisturise and cleanse, wear foundation and sharpen my eyeliner.  With no children in sight, wanting to sharpen it for me (you know how it just snaps).  This felt great and i left the bathroom tidy with no soggy towels or wet floors. No Toys filling the bath and clothes left haphazidly on the floor.  No Leaky shampoo and conditioner bottles, or a previously full shower gel, totally emptied.  As i entered the living room, the girls turned to me and asked “Mum, have you been in the bath?” I answered and they replied “oh” and carried on with what they were doing.  Perhaps this is the way forward and i may have peaceful bathing in the future.  One can only dream…

You know you’re a mum when…

You know you’re a mum when…

* your feet stick to the kitchen floor.. and you dont care.

* you cant find your phone, so you ask a friend to call you, and you run around the house madly, following the sound until you locate the phone downstairs in the laundry basket.

* your idea of a good day is making it through without a child leaking bodily fluids on you.

* your favourite television show is a cartoon.

* you will kiss your child’s boo-boo, regardless of where it is.

* your children make jokes about flatulence, burping and pooing and you think its funny too.

* yo’ure so desperate for adult conversation that you pour your heart out to the telesales agent that calls and HE hangs up on YOU!

* spit is your number one cleaning agent.

* the closest you get to gourmet cooking is making a sandwich with the crusts cut off!!!

*  you’re up each night until 10pm vacuuming, dusting, wiping, washing, drying, loading, unloading, shopping, cooking, driving, flushing, ironing, sweeping, picking up, changing nappies, bathing, helping with homework, paying bills, budgeting, cutting out coupons, folding clothes, putting to bed, dragging out of bed, brushing, chasing, feeding (them, not you), PLUS pushing on the swing, bike riding, pushing trucks, cuddling dolls, roller blading, basketball and football playing, bubble blowing, colouring, skipping, PLUS raking, trimming, planting, edging, mowing, gardening, painting, and walking the dog.  You get up at 5.30 am and you have no time to eat, sleep, drink or go to the bathroom, and yet youve still managed to put on 10lbs!!!

 

Shining or Lived in?

I read a blog today, that was just ME!  I’ve copied and pasted it, as i could not do it justice.

It’s by Not So Suzy on facebook.

Anthea Turner” I am not… (most definitely NOT)

 

For those of you who don’t know, the concept of being “Not So Suzy” sprung from the fact that I’m no perfect housewife (or house mother, seeing as I’m noone’s “wife”) – a play on words of the term “Suzy Homemaker”. I’m genuinely and honestly no good at being on top of things. I have days where I work really hard to get ahead (normally making three times the mess by dragging it all out in the process) and yet always seem to be plateaued at a certain state of clutter – where I know where everything is, but it’s definitely not organised.

 
The picture featured in this post is my living room floor last week, when I was trying to sort out the kids toys! :S This was an exceptionally messy week… but from this extreme to the “normal” extreme, there isn’t a great deal of difference… just all the toys are put away. The vacuum cleaner is still always lumped somewhere in the living room. The telephone is always “somewhere…. but I’ll have to ring it to find it”! There is always a small pile of “kids clothes they’ve just taken off”, “kids clothes they’ll soon be putting on”, “kids clothes that I’m not quite sure if they’ve worn these yet or not, so I spose I’d better wash them again just incase”… And at the end of the day there’s always a pair of jeans and undies on my toilet floor – because at the end of the day, when the kids are at last in bed, I finally have a chance to pee (after most likely holding onto it for a few hours) and out of habit I just take them off in there and go directly from the loo to the shower, shower to the bedroom, and put my PJ’s on!

 
I’ll be moving house soon, to a much smaller home, and with downgrading home comes time for a clear out. And just thinking about the work that will need to be done in order to move makes my brain weep… There is so much stuff, and so little time with children around to get it all done. Coupled with my brilliant ability to procrastinate, I’m feeling like it’s going to be an uphill battle.
 
You know it’s time for change in your house when:
 
– You seriously consider hiding the dirty dishes in the cupboard quickly before someone comes over, rather than washing the sink full of crockery, cutlery, and endless baby bottles from earlier that day.
– Your children have enough clean clothes to last them about another month despite not doing laundry for a week.
– Your toddler starts mimicking your “bad habits” – like throwing his shoes in the general direction of the shoe pile that inhabits a corner of your lounge-room when he takes them off.
– When asked if you want to catch up for a cuppa, you reply “Sure! Let’s go to that new cafe in town, I hear their coffee is GREAT!” rather than save yourself a tenner and have coffee and cake at home.
– You change your dinner plans because a certain pan or pot or implement required to make the meal you intended to make is in the dishes pile mentioned earlier, and you end up having eggs on toast instead.
– You find yourself very painstakingly and dedicatedly applying yourself to the tasks you DO like (sure – there’s three piles of kids clothes to be washed in the laundry, but look how my bathroom GLEAMS with blinding cleanliness!) This is one form of procrastination I find myself falling into often…
– You just get completely overwhelmed and say “F*** it!”, grab the kids and go out for the day instead.
 
Now don’t get me wrong, I am not particularly lazy. If I was lazy my kids would be in dirty clothes, soggy nappies, have yucky grimy faces and hands, and be unable to walk across the lounge-room floor all together for all the toys and clothes and crap they own. I do detain the mess/clutter, it is organised clutter, and I do spend my day doing quick runs around the house inbetween catering to their basic needs ie. I feed them good food, I stimulate their minds, I give them lots of love and create variety in their day. Maybe my priorities are just slanted more towards giving them a good day than giving them a beautifully presented home.
 
However I’m prepared to set myself a challenge for going into the new home. At the new house I intend, every week, to invite a friend (or friends) over to my house, for coffee, lunch, dinner, whathaveyou, or even invite people to feel free to just “drop in on us” (exception being of course during the “Cactus Hour” I posted about earlier this week – do so at your own risk at that time, and if you do, no apologies on our behalf for our nakedness or chicken-stuffed noses).
 
The reason I propose to do this is because the only time I have been able to really keep the house nice and clean has been when it’s been out of sheer fear of being judged and mortifyingly embarrassed. For example, when a special friend from out of town is coming to stay, or my very neat sister is holidaying with us, or I have a house inspection, or other kids are going to come over to play. Whilst with some friends, such as my nearest and dearest bestie, I know I can “get away with it”, there are some people I would just go hide under a pile of laundry and pretend I wasn’t home if they came over to visit…
 
So feel free, in 3 months time, to come knocking on my door – clutching a copy of this blog entry printed out in your hot little hand – and gleefully tell me “I believe you asked for this!” And by all means feel free to chastise me if you can’t see the living room floor, or if I have to wash a mug before offering you a cup of tea!”
 
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I couldn’t believe it when i read it.  I do the exact same things!  My hoover stands in the corner of my front room, unless we have any special visitors and it’s wheeled out to hide in another corner of another room.  Its origional home has long been filled.  I can use it at least twice a day, and that is my so-called reason why it is there.
 
Now the dishes.  I have been known to place them in the dishwasher – not stack them, place them on top of each other, away quickly before a guest arrives.
 
I see i’m not the only one who has a pile of clothes left over from the kids.  Clean, dirty, dressing-up and odd blankets and towels.  It’s usually swimming costumes too.  There’s usually an abandoned skirt or dressy up in the downstairs loo and don’t get me started with the socks lying here and there and everywhere.
 
Have you ever said ‘Excuse the mess’  when infact you’ve spent the whole day tidying and it’s the cleanest you’ve ever seen your home?
 
I loved reading this blog and it was good to see it’s not only me who does these things, but as Not So Suzy, i have set myself goals a few weeks ago to keep the house tidy during the school holidays.  Which i’m pleased to say i’ve sort of managed.  It hasn’t, as of yet, gotten to the point of ‘ Oh my goodness, if someone was to knock at the door right now!’ stage.  I guess only because we spent a whole week tidying it at the beginning of the 6 weeks.  But then again we had our reasons for this.  It was Jacobs first birthday and all the family were coming.  Now it would’nt had taken us the whole week (and yet we still didn’t quite get everything sorted, ie, the playroom is still in the middle of being organised after new shelving)  But we decided to re-decorate the downstairs loo (the white gloss had actually turned yellow) and put up new shelves downstairs.  This is something we’ve wanted to do and not got around to since we moved in 4 years ago come Halloween.  This is one of my problems.  I buy lovely things then don’t display them, or put them up on the walls. Eventually i’ve begun to.
 
I wouln’t say my home is tidy, but it is lived in and could be improved upon, perhaps when the kids go back to school.  But as a good friend said-
 
“The work will wait while you show the child the rainbow, but the rainbow won’t wait while you do the work.”
 
So on that note, perhaps one day my home will be perfect, but by then i bet i’ll be wishing it was messy again, with the children young and hanging from my apron strings.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Charity Shops

 I had a look in two of my local charity shops today and found some great bargins.  I managed to buy 2 tops for myself, brand new with tags for under £3 each.  I’ve had some great deals on kids clothes in the past.  I managed to get a lovely Tommy Hilfiger skirt, excellent condition for 69p a couple of months ago.

My next purchase was teacups and sauces, hence the pic (not the ones i bought).  My intention, is to make these into Candles.  I made a candle last Christmas, by melting down candles and re-using the wick.  I made this in a plain white tea cup and saucer and it looked fab!  I got 8 cups and saucers for £3.99.  Less than 50p each.  I already have candles which i bought in Ikea for 20p a box, they are sented and smell great!

I managed to buy a Flamenco dress for Evie!!! £2.99.  I couldn’t believe it.  This is exactly what she wants.  It’s her birthday in 3 weeks so i’ve hidden it!  I have no shame in doing this, and do it all the time for my children.  I buy used things from Ebay, so why not from charity shops and car boot sales (talk about those later).  I even manage to pick up brand new items!  I had been looking at a farm carousel for jacob (12 months) a few weeks ago while we were on holiday, it was £25.  The next day i found one in a charity shop, brand new, sealed box, for £2!! It’s away for Christmas!

I also bought today an Orchid Toys game, called Rain or Shine for 99p.  This range is lovely!  This is also going away for a birthday!

My last bargin was a Christmas short stories book.  80p, orgionally £6.99.

I guess though my best bargin today was going to the library and borrowing books!  This costs nothing, as long as i return them on time.  I must have saved hundreds of pounds doing this.

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