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Instant Gratification


Do you ever have that feeling want to make something completely new, and that you can finish really quickly so that your existing projects don’t quite count as having been abandoned? As sort of hit of the lovely happy feeling of having finished something to boost your commitment to the giant ripple blanket gently growing but months and possibly even years away from completion.  I think it’s the creative equivalent of writing something on a list that you’ve already done, just so you can cross it off again.

So I picked up the free cover kit from the latest Mollie Makes and the little crochet hook that came with it and got going.  The girls have been sighing in anticipation over the dream catcher ever since the latest issue arrived and with Kitty complaining of terrible dreams about onions it seemed only right to do something about it and find a way to make all their dreams full of sunshine, rainbows and ice cream.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade life

It’s a really sweet little project, it took me an evening to make, even after I had to look up double crochet on you tube because my ripple blanket is all trebles and it seems to have wiped my ability to remember any other crochet stitch.  The mandala came together very nicely and very quickly, and as it didn’t need to be sewn onto the hoop but was crocheted instead it was all a piece of cake, right up to the felt feathers, which I roughly sketched and approximated from the pattern rather than cutting out a template, ostensibly because all feathers should be unique but mostly because I couldn’t be bothered to get up off the sofa and go to find some tracing paper.


The girls discovered it hanging from the handle of my chest of drawers the next morning, loved it, hugged it (gently) and called it theirs.  It has been hung on their drawers, on the head of each of their beds (alternating, depending on who’s home at the time) and has now finally found a universally acceptable home dangled from Elma’s name bunting (that’s why it looks a bit blurry in the top picture, I’ve smooshed her name out).

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade life

And so far, there have been no more reports of dreams about onions.

Having done one mini project I was itching for another, and to be honest, itching to do a little sewing without having to cut out the rest of the hundred gazillion triangles that I am womanfully making my way through at the moment.  And I remember that although I’ve had a copy of Cath Kidston’s SEW for a while, and even used the patterns as inspiration for a few projects, I’d never actually got around to making the cover kit, a handbag in my favourite sort of Cath fabric, all little flowers and duck egg blue.  It’s the kind of fabric that reminds me of my Grannie’s kitchen curtains in the best possible way.Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade life

I pulled out the bundle, realised that the fabric was pre-cut (PRE-CUT!!!) and about 30 seconds later I was at the machine, loading up a bobbin and rethreading the machine in a nice pale blue.  The pattern is deceptively simple for what looks like it could be quite complicated; the whole assembly took me two evenings, and that’s only because I started at 10pm the first night.  The most tricky thing in the entire thing was getting the button loop to turn inside out.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade life

I love the pattern and the style and I think the only thing I would change if I make it again would be to make the shoulder strap about half an inch narrower, but I think that’s personal style as much as anything.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade life

If I make it again – who are we kidding.  I am absolutely determined that this is going to be my bag but I’ve already rescued it from Kitty prancing around the garden, and discovered it full of Elma’s building blocks and a fairy, and when I explained that this was Mummy’s there was only one response:

“So Mummy, when you make one for me…”

It’s a good job I like the pattern when I’ve got two more to make!

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade life

I am utterly thrilled and over the moon excited to be a finalist in Baby category of the 2015 MADs Awards. To have made it to the final six in the blogging equivalent of the Oscars is a dream come true. But truth be told, I would really love to win! And so if you enjoy reading here, please would you vote for me? It literally takes seconds, you don’t need to be in the UK or a blogger – parenting or otherwise – and it might just make my year!  Voting is open until 16th June.

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  • Yanic 05/06/2015 at 10:50 am

    Both beautiful, but that little crochet dream catcher… that tugged at my heart this morning. So delicate. You make me want to learn to crochet with all the pretty things you make.

    • Carie 05/06/2015 at 11:24 pm

      I’m a complete beginner when it comes to crochet – and if I can do it anyone can, I just figure it out as I go!

  • Mandycharlie 05/06/2015 at 11:13 am

    I have one of these bags to make up, somewhere! As you say Pre-Cut!! Wow, I must find it out and make it up.

    • Carie 05/06/2015 at 11:22 pm

      Oh do, the Pre cut bit is just brilliant!

  • Chantal Milk&Nappies 05/06/2015 at 11:36 am

    Wow these are both so good! I love the dream catcher, its so beautiful! And I also have a thing for Cath Kidston so they’re both up my street! xx

    • Carie 05/06/2015 at 11:21 pm

      Ah yes, we love the Cath around her too!!

  • Claire @ Clarina's Contemplations 05/06/2015 at 3:38 pm

    SO pretty! I am TOTALLY all about instant gratification projects… and I am also one for writing things on my to-do-list after I’ve done them just so I can cross them off! I love that Kitty’s been dreaming of onions! Little dreams are so bizarre sometimes!!

    • Carie 05/06/2015 at 11:18 pm

      I do the list thing too – it does just seem to make a very busy list seem more doable!

  • Quilts & Such 05/06/2015 at 5:04 pm

    Love that little purse. It is cute as a button!

    • Carie 05/06/2015 at 11:17 pm

      I know, isn’t it just!

  • barnraised (Jen) 05/06/2015 at 6:01 pm

    Love these projects!

    • Carie 05/06/2015 at 11:17 pm

      Aww thank you very much 🙂

  • Sian 05/06/2015 at 6:42 pm

    Ah that is lovely – I really want to make it! Shame I can’t crochet. I too have that sew book and have not made the bag yet… you’ve inspired me!

    • Carie 05/06/2015 at 11:16 pm

      I don’t think I’d realised that the pieces were pre-cut until I opened it up – it definitely made a difference in terms of how quickly I could get sewing.

      • Sian 06/06/2015 at 9:51 am

        That’s good to know!

  • Jemma 05/06/2015 at 11:47 pm

    Beautiful! I haven’t made mine from MM yet, well possibly never will because I can’t crochet but yours is an inspiration nevertheless! It’s a little make 🙂 lovely! Hope the onion dreams go away soon xx

    • Carie 07/06/2015 at 6:47 am

      I am such a beginner when it comes to crochet, it really is really really easy, just try it and see!

  • Brandi 07/06/2015 at 1:37 pm

    My girls would love that dream catcher! How cool! Congrats on your finalist position! Best of luck!

  • sally 13/06/2015 at 9:43 pm

    Yes, instant crafting gratification, there are times (especially when pushing towards the end of a seemingly never finished quilt) when I definitely crave that. Love both your makes, especially the bag.