On numerous occasions, and yet not frequently enough, I have praised my mum for her creativity and never ceasing willingness to help. Such is the case with this beautiful wall mural she did for my daughter’s first nursery, almost 4 years ago.
We were renting a two-bedroom accommodation then. As we were planning to move country before Lexie was born, we got rid of all our belongings and literally downsized to a couple of suitcases. When those plans fell through, we had to move in somewhere. Anywhere, really, that was available and furnished. It was difficult to go through “nesting” period, as nothing was really ours, nothing felt permanent, and I was increasingly consumed with a feeling that Lexie, once born, would feel unexpected and unwelcome. Help…
Too-to-to-too! Mum to the rescue!
My mum and her extraordinary creativity produced this wall mural. Yes, it was rented accommodation, and yes, it did take me several coats of paint to cover it up once we were ready to more; but, oh yes, it did make me feel special. That childish awe, when you ask your mummy to paint you a picture, and she does – quite well, too.
It did just what it was meant to do.
Every now and then, something pops up on Pinterest and you know instantly what it will look like once you are done with it and exactly where in your house it will go. That is how I felt when I saw this Alphabet art piece from familyholiday.net.
To my shame, I had an empty frame hanging on the wall in our living room. The reason for its previous content being removed was simply the change in the frame’s orientation, and where I wanted the frame, it could only fit as a portrait.
Watercolour did the trick and the font I chose for my art was much simpler, but I think detail is in the simplicity.
It is where it was always meant to be. And good timing, too, when all month long peeps are confessing their l’amour for each other!
Make it and love it!
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Days go by, holidays come and go, new year is welcomed in, and I haven’t posted since last year!
I wish I could say I had no inspiration because things have been so hectic lately, but that would be a nice excuse. Truthfully, because things have been so hectic, so have been my crafts. I think a ‘craft fail’ post is panting to happen.
Things could be bleak. However, every now and then I am reminded of some of the brighter, more successful creations that inspire me to keep creating. My sister’s wedding is one such occasion – a day of sunbeams and smiles and that natural obvious untamed glee.
The embodiment of perfection in white dress is my sister.
The one trying to suck out purls from her earring is me.
This lovely dress was sewn by then 4 month-pregnant me for this joyous occasion. My sister sent her choice of material to me, the Maid of Honour (Yeah!) and the bridesmaids, and gave us a free range over the design. I don’t think I’ve ever sewn so meticulously ever before! Every seam, every tuck, every nip was calculated and executed with laser precision (now, I say that, but it wasn’t really…). It even had an invisible zipper! All those other failed invisible zipper attempts now gained a purpose – practice, to make this zipper perfect.
The main goal, as well as looking sister-worthy, was to accommodate the following:
- naturally occurring paunch
- baby growing there-within
- wedding feast
I think, mission was accomplished.
I managed to save a few quid sewing it myself and that’s also a plus.
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