My life and other animals

general ramblings of a mum


*sighs* So much for that idea…

The sewing machine works awesomely… except for the part where the foot pedal shorted out and smelled up my room with the scent of burning plastic. *sighs* So I have to get a new one or something. Just where am I going to find a presser foot for a sewing machine from 1979? And one that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. *bangs head on table* I was almost done my owl bag too. (It shorted while doing the corners…)

It’s a mess anyway. That’s what happens when I don’t know what I’m doing, but I tried… At least that’s what counts, right? It does mean all my sewing projects will have to go on the back burner yet again. *sadface* 😥

(not the presser foot *facepalms* the foot pedal. I really should just go to bed, shouldn’t I? orz)



So essited…. *squeals*

Hubby finally cleaned up the sewing machine I’ve sort of… ‘acquired’, and I was able to distract Fifi with a movie (Despicable Me is the bestest birthday present Gareth ever got me LOL) so I could slip into my room and have a go on it. It. Is. AWESOME! *squeals with excitement*

I’m not the greatest at sewing. In fact, I can’t really sew at all, unless you count straight lines that aren’t really straight. >.> BUT. This machine not only doesn’t try to eat me (like my little monster machine does), but it actually does what it’s supposed to. Straight lines that don’t go all wonky. Or well, not too wonky LOL. I made a little pocket (for lack of better explanation/word) to try it out and it’s absolutely brilliant. Ok so I need a bit of help when it comes to sewing 2 different types of fabrics together, but still… I can do this. *so pumped* No more sewing the legs of sweat pants together like I did in home ec all those years ago. 😀

Now I just need to figure out how to ‘backspace’ (is there a term for this?) on it, and I’m set.

(Last night I sort of inadvertently made a really nice perfume while trying to make a room spray for my room. LOL I need to get a grip on this stuff…)

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Fabric scrap dollies

I just spent the last few hours (while watching a movie) making some scrap fabric dollies for Fifi. I’m pretty happy with how they turned out. 😀 I could only find tiny craft sticks, so that’s what I used. It doesn’t seem to have made much difference, and she can even use them as finger puppets if she wants, though her hands are teeny like mine. (not surprising, given she’s not even 2 yet! hehe)

I got the idea from this site and it was very easy to follow. Click here to see the photo. I made 4 of them total. (so far hehehe It can be addicting, making these things…)

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I got my package from Aroma-Zone the other day. It came early (considering I wasn’t expecting it until Friday, so props to them for delivering it before the holiday yesterday. 😀 ) I love the stuff I ordered, and will be getting more as soon as I get paid.

So, what did I order, I hear you ask? hehehe I bought: a litre of neutral cleansing base, a tensioactif (not sure what the term is in English, so you get the French. >.>), a couple of sample sizes of vegetable oils and butters (can’t wait to try these out, tbqh), a couple of fragrance oils, bisabolol, micellular additive (anti-aging/anti-wrinkle stuff), and other stuff I can’t quite remember, though the box is right here beside me. *grins*

I’m going through all my things to see what I can use to make a shampoo to help my scalp psoriasis go away. (but the math I have to do is killing me. help *whimpers*) I’ll let y’all know how it goes once I’ve done it. Not sure how much I’ll get to do today, cuz I’m trying to keep the baby away from all the stuff. *le sigh*

(x-posted to my beauty blog)


Two posts in one day. Imagine that concept…

Sitting here with a DIY face mask on and feeling really stupid right now. (Mainly cuz of the face mask LOL) It’s made with avocado, Greek yoghurt, and honey to hydrate my face because it’s so dry it’s not even funny. I do hope it works cuz I’m tired of having flaky skin already. (If it works, I’ll try it on my arms too and maybe it’ll help the eczema/psoriasis…)

I made Fifi’s bag and she loved it. Kept putting her soothers, random bits of paper, and fabric offcuts in it and dragging it around with her. 😀 She is hysterical. She’s discovered apples and was eating one earlier. (a whole apple, not cut up or puréed.) It was funny, cuz it’s so big and she’s so tiny… And yes, I got photos. 😀 Both the bag and her + apple. Just not sure how to put them on here, cuz the pics are on my phone.

I might try making a bag for me now. With the owl-patterned fabric I bought for making Fifi a tote bag. (though now she’s got the little bag, I think that’s good enough, right?) Yeah, I’m trying to justify it to myself *sheepish smile* I can always buy more fabric when I get paid next, though I have to go to Arlon for it, since that’s the ONLY fabric shop I can find anywhere around here. *grumbles* The lady who works there is lovely though, and is going to try and find someone who will teach me how to sew. How cool is that? 😀 The fabrics are fab too.

Should update my beauty WP site, but… *sighs* Yes, I need to stop being lazy. I even have recipes typed out I can paste, I just… idek. I will do it eventually. I promise. Just not today.

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Insert snappy post title here. Or not. LOL *lame*

I can’t believe Gareth is almost 18 already. It seems like hardly no time at all that he was a little teeny thing, and now he towers over me and is going to college at the end of Sept. It’s all settled and we finally have the details confirmed and have met his teachers. He’s really excited to start already and he hasn’t even finished 6th Form yet! But with Fifi at home now, things aren’t as quiet as they would normally have been LOL She’s getting into everything (as usual), but she also helps to put things right when she makes a mess, which is a huge help to me.

We got the sewing machine that belonged to our landlords’ mother out yesterday. It’s from the 60s (wow!) and obviously hasn’t been touched since then LOL There’s a scrap of fabric in it like someone was testing it out and then put it back and never used it again. It’s horribly dusty and dirty though, and will need a major cleaning before I can use it. It does look a lot nicer than my sewing machine, age aside. *jealous* M is going to clean it for me. Eventually….

Once this migraine clears up, I’m going to try this awesome tutorial on making a quick and easy bag. I’m going to try and make one for Fifi first before I make one for me. She’s taken to dragging around our massive shopping bags, but gets frustrated cuz they’re easily as big (if not bigger) as she is, and get caught on things, making her fall over. (*dead* she’s walking around with a vegetable basket on her head as I write this ROFLMAO wat r u doin’ bb?)

Other than that, we haven’t been doing much other than trying to get the house sorted out and the rest of our stuff moved so we can get rid of the house in Belgium. Hopefully won’t take too much longer.

BB WAT R U DOIN’? LOL (still walking around with basket on her head *dying of lolz* I love my kids. They are so weird…)