On my mind today...I've got a body with 2 legs attached, a head and 2 arms...what's it going to be you ask? well, that's my christmas present for my baby girl. She loves "babies". Always points to them at the shops - real babies I mean, and loves her big sister's baby too - always pushes her around in her little pram with the crooked wheels. I started making the doll about a month ago from a pattern I bought online at Sarah's Dolls. It's been an easy pattern to follow, but now I'm stuck trying to sew the head onto the body - not quite as easy as I thought it would be, so it's been sitting in the cupboard for a wee while....I'm waiting for it to sew itself on ??? hmmmmm.... OK, I know that won't happen, so it's out again.
See the gorgeous hand dyed mohair in the picture? That's from the lovely Jo over at Indigo Inspirations. ( I love her shop !) And that is going to be my doll's hair. According to the pattern I have to crochet a cap for the hair - another reason why I had to learn how to crochet. I'm a bit nervous about that bit, but I'm determined!!
The bright, rainbow coloured wool fleece is also from Indigo Inspirations. And is also for christmas presents but I should probably keep that bit quiet. Have to leave something as a surprise hey !
I saw a sign the other day that said "55 more sleeps till Christmas". Talk about a wake up call ! and there is still so much to do. The plan is to make the majority of presents, as is my plan every year. So far so good, I know what I have to do, but I'll be busy busy busy if I want to get it all done in time.
And my new favourite thing is...
Orange citrus cleaner
I should have taken a photo before I strained it, but I forgot ! I found the recipe here at Just Like MY Nan Made - a great blog full of interesting things that I love. So basically you just have to keep all your orange and/or lemon peels and steep them in vinegar. I used orange peels. And I juiced the oranges to make iceblocks for the kids which they loved.
So after I strained my finished citrus vinegar I diluted it 50:50 with plain vinegar and got to work. I sprayed the kitchen surfaces and wiped them with a clean cloth. It smelled so fresh and lovely!!...then I got carried away, and took my new citrus cleaner into the laundry, and to the bathroom. Needless to say my home smells of oranges and I am in love. I'll have to get more oranges and make a new batch because this one isn't going to last long at this rate !