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Happy Cloud – Baby Mobile June 1, 2012

Filed under: Baby,My craft — happystruggles @ 2:14 pm
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All the rain lately made me think of another cute baby mobile I have seen on the net. So I decided to make one.

It took a good few hours as I sew every bit with hand, but enjoyed it a lot. I love to to see how some fabric or wool can come into life.

I have been making these things for our new arrival; but this time I felt bad that R has got nothing from me lately; well nothing I have made, so I changed my mind and gave it to her. (I am sure will feel this kind of guilt many times after we have our second daughter with us. ) It hangs on her ceiling lamp; and she really likes it, but tells me every time, she will give it to the little baby when she comes. 🙂

1. Cut two of all the shapes; clouds and raindrops. You can make it in different colours: blue cloud with gray and white drops….etc Depending on the look you want.

handsewn drops

2. Sew drops. Leave a small opening on top and bottom to able to stuff it and to fit the string, which will hold the drops together.

the drops attached to string

ready for stuffing the could



3. Sew the strings to the bottom of the cloud, and sew the ribbon to the top part. Sew the two clouds together. Leave  a small hole before sewing it all to stuff it , all nice and fluffy. Ready to hang.






ready to rain


Upcycled Bread Salad May 31, 2012

Filed under: My craft — happystruggles @ 3:37 pm
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I don’t want to start a new category so I thought “My Craft” will just be fine for this.

I can say I don’t cook. I am one of the lucky ones who married someone who can cook well and enjoys it more than I do. But very occasionally I spend some time creating in the kitchen too. There are times I get an urge to have something I know can do well and love to eat it too. So this is what I made today; on a lovely early summer day: Bread salad! An upcycled food I love!

To start of , you need a wee bit stale bread. I can say we have that a lot here. I am linking one of the recipes here on this salad. http://www.care2.com/greenliving/tomato-bread-salad.html I don’t follow recipes well; I always  make changes. I guess that applies to other areas of my life too 🙂


This time what I changed was, that also put garlic into the sauce. and cut up cucumbers to make it more colourful. I don’t understand the cup measurements (living in Europe)  at all so don’t even bother with it; I just taste here and there. Also left the seeds in it too.

Advise: squeezing tomatoes are not so tricky; all you need to do while you squeeze, cover the bowl with 2 pieces of papertowel. Clean job!


Baby Mobile May 25, 2012

Filed under: Baby,My craft — happystruggles @ 10:30 pm
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Now I am getting ready on many levels to have our next baby. One is the nesting. Though I have no hormone level changes to back me up on this, but already have the urge to make nice things for the baby’s new home. I am making a nice mobile from felt. While I’m working on it I can already feel connecting with this new little person. I know nothing about her yet, but that doesn’t seem to be a problem.

the circles before sewing

It is another easy, but a bit time-consuming craft.

Cut out many same size but different colour circles.

Cut out smaller circles or other shapes if you wish in different colours .

Sew the small circles on top of the bigger ones

Sew the two same colour same size big circles together. Before finishing it leave a tiny hole to fill it with soft stuffing to give it a nice body.

Thread them on string/thin ribbon and hang.

hanging above the cradle


T-shirt Dress May 12, 2012

Filed under: My craft — happystruggles @ 1:30 pm
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I am not very good at throwing things out. But finding the time to use the stored things, are always hard. So I take great pleasure from things I get to upcycle finally. I just love upcycling!

I made a dress for R from two of my old T-shirts. Cut off the neck part, folded down to make casing and put a rubber band through it. (I am not very good at the instructions, as I don’t have the English words for them. I guess I will have to extend my vocabulary in this area too.) Just like a peasant dress. I sewed black sleeves and bottom part to it from the other t-shirt. Easy-peasy!

Good enough for the playground

Good enough for the playground