Ok, before we start, you’re thinking ‘Tea towel? Really??’ Yes, really, and here’s why:

1) Anyone who visits your house will be horribly impressed that you make your own tea towels and therefore must be a Super Efficient sort

2) You can design them to fit in with the colour scheme or theme of your kitchen

3) They are actually super easy to do

Most importantly, these are no normal tea towels. No sir, these are Keep Your Eyes on the Prize tea towels and therefore I have lovingly stencilled a picture of some wine on it. Because, ahem, I am not super keen on housework where as I am quite keen on sitting on my bottom drinking wine.

To make your own tea towel you will need:

Some fabric – half a metre should make you two. I used lightweight cotton because it was all the fabric shop near me had and I generally leave everything to drip dry but linen or heavyweight cotton should also work well

Sewing machine – again, you could do by hand but its a faff

Fabric paints – I use speedball fabric ones so I can use them for screen printing too

A4 paper, a pen, a craft knife, a sponge and a bit of cardboard

First of all make your tea towel. You need to cut your cotton big enough to allow you to turn the hems in twice so it won’t fall apart after a couple of uses. I did 52x68cm which is a 2cm seem allowance.

Turn the hems in 1cm and then iron, do it again and then iron so its ready to sew.

Sew round the outer edge and inner edge of your seem. You could get away with just doing the one row of stitching, but quite frankly it won’t take you much longer and it will look and last much better.

Et voila! You’ve made a tea towel! Easy Huh?

Ok so the next step is to print your patten. On your piece of paper draw a nice picture, something big will be a lot easier for you to print than anything with little faffy bits. Cut the stencil out using your craft knife. Place your tea towel on your cardboard (because the paint will destroy your table) and place your stencil on your tea towel.

Draw a nice, easy big patten

Either mix your own colour paint using a mixture of colours or choose the paint you want. Lightly dip your sponge in the paint and dab it onto your stencil until all the gaps are filled. Your printing will look nice and homemade. That’s fine, but if you do want cleaner edges then you need to use a silk screen. Remove the stencil and you are done!

Most paints will require you to dry and iron your lovely new design in so it doesn’t come off in the washing machine but other than that you’re ready to go, and if you must, really must do the housework, at least you can do it while admiring your gorgeous new crafting skills.

 

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So when I first started a blog I told myslf there were certain rules I would abide to. I would post at least once a week. I wouldn’t mention my son at all and I wouldn’t do meme’s. Like most rules I make up for myself there was absolutely no logic behind this what so ever, so when Thefabulousmomsguide tagged me into this meme I thought it would probably make more sense to do it that to refuse for a rule I made up for no reason.

So here we go, these are the ten things I tell myself everyday;

1) Do not make stupid rules to live by for no reason. They will ostracise you from polite society and make you look like a twit.

2) WordPress is designed in a way specifically to annoy you. It is not just you. In some countries they probably us wordpress as a form of torture.

3) Chocolate sprinkles on skinny lattes are calorie free. Even if they are an inch thick.

4) (At 8am) Today is the day I am finally going to get on top of the housework. Definitely.

5) (At mid-day) Today is the day I am going to get on top of most of the housework. Definitely. Except for the ironing. And obviously the hoovering. Probably not going to get round to fixing the door locks either but the rest will get done.

Today may be the day the hoover escapes from under the bed. Or it may not be...

6) (At 8pm) Today is the day I am going to get absolutely no housework done. I will however panic clean for ten minutes then blame my husband / child / cat for the ensuing chaos.

7) My hair is not messy. It is interesting, verging on artistic.

8)  Nobody ever lied on their deathbed and wished they’d spent more time in the office.

9) To the best of my knowledge, nobody ever lied on their deathbed wishing they’d spent more time messing about on the internet. However, that doesn’t mean I’m going to risk being that person.

10) Rice cakes are for toddlers, large scale flapjack consumption marks me out as a grown up.

Done, phew! Off to avoid some more housework and think about my next project, but in the meantime I’m going to tag:

@SonyaCisco

@dandelionkisss

@ruthcumming

All of whom also have lovely blogs so do go check them out!

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Kate and Jacob sized portions

Regular readers (hello mum) will know that my son Jacob is not the world’s greatest eater. Most of the time it doesn’t worry me as I know that most toddlers can be a bit fussy, but some days his decision to only eat a yogurt and a crust of bread drives me to what I’ll politely refer to ‘mild angst’.

Like a lot of mums, I’m always tempted to just go down the chicken nugets route as I hate spending ages cooking something for it to be refused (that’ll be another ‘mild angst’ moment there) but with the exception of Official Saviours of the Crafts on Sea Household (that’s fish fingers to you) I try to avoid anything too junky. This recipe is from my lovely friend Louise Harris who teaches crafts, cooking and gardening at The Storehouse in Southend. Its not too fussy to make and as I’ve made it three times in the last week I figured this makes it successful enough that I should share it!

Guilt Free Pizza – Enough for one adult and one child

Ready to cook

250-300g plain flour

A pinch of salt

A pinch of sugar

1/4 teaspoon dried yeast

80ml hand hot water

1 teaspoon oil

2 blobs tomato puree

Cheese (mozerella, or cheddar, whatever is in your fridge)

Whatever veg, meat or anything else you think you can sneak into your child

1) Mix together the flour, salt, sugar and yeast, then mix in the water until it is like a dough

2) Add the oil and need for ten minutes (I do this one handed and use my clean hand for looking online on my phone)

3) Leave to rest for five to ten minutes

4) Oil a bit of foil or baking tray , roll out the pizza onto this

5) Mix your tomato puree with a bit of water to make a paste and spread this over your pizza. Add your cheese and whatever bits and bobs you’ve found in your fridge that need eating. I added mushrooms, which went down ok and red onion which was instantly picked off and thrown over the side of the highchair.

6) Pop in the over for about 20 mins 180c. I’m afraid Louise’s instructions didn’t go as far as cooking details so I make it up each time and just keep an on the over. Sorry, I’m sure Delia write similar things in her books though, right?!

7) Enjoy!!

The official seal of approval

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easy bunting

Jacob is 15 months old and I still haven’t finished decorating his room. Still, my reasoning is if Kerry Katona can win Mum of the Year I’m not doing that badly, but anyway I digress…

Bunting is a really quick and easy way to brighten up a child’s room and this is the easiest and quickest way of all. In total, it took me less than an hour to make and that included drinking a cup of tea. Perfect, if you want to do something handmade for your kids but still to want to have time to chill out in the evening. View Post

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