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Home Life Project – November

Home Life Project – November

by Clare Mansell

It’s not you, the October Home Life Project post never made it on to the blog…. Life has been delightfully busy and we’re building up for some changes in the new year which have switched my focus elsewhere. I took the photos (late) but the impetus wasn’t there to share them, so I didn’t… Because that’s how I roll.

After nearly 13 years of blogging (!!) I’m quite happy to be at a place where I share on my own timetable, not dictated by stats, expectations or what the blogging rule book says…

So here’s a little window into our lives this weekend in what may well turn out to be the penultimate Home Life Project… I’m keeping all my options (and certainly this URL) open, but that’s probably where it will go.

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A baby quilt 9 years in the making

A baby quilt 9 years in the making

by Clare Mansell

The story of this baby quilt goes back to 2009 or there abouts, when I was working in Canada with a good friend of mine. There was a quilt class running in our village (where I first learned to quilt) and my friend came along too. If I recall things correctly, this class lead to her making a quilt for her niece, but also more importantly to the purchase of a couple of Moda charm packs and some meterage.

I’d forgotten all about her fabric purchase, until after announcing her first pregnancy a few months ago, she brought the fabric to our house and asked if I could turn it in to a quilt for her – but of course!

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A cordless vacuum for pet owners. AEG FX9 review…

Every now and again I turn down an opportunity which I later regret. Some time ago, I was offered a cordless vacuum to review when cordless vacuums were still relatively new. I thought they were an interesting curiosity, but I didn’t really see the point of them, so I passed and decided to take another product instead.

Then earlier this year my parents bought one and I watched as my dad leapt into action to clear up a mess in seconds and a light bulb went on in my head…

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T-shirt memory quilt

T-shirt memory quilt

by Clare Mansell

T-shirt quilts are something I have always loved the concept of, but I’ve struggled a bit with their style. One of the things that appeals to me about quilts is their graphic simplicity and regular shapes and t-shirt quilts are very often composed of irregular blocks and a higgildy piggedly design.

My turning point with memory quilts came when I made Alice’s one using clothes from her first year, I kept it simple, used regular sized blocks, complimentary colours and mixed in some plain squares. I surprised myself by loving it so much when it was complete, so I decided to try it again on a much bigger scale with Theo’s t-shirts.

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Our annual family holiday on the French canals (Canal latéral à la Loire)

As regular readers to this blog may know, every year for the past four years my family has taken an annual trip on the French canals. The tradition started the year that Theo was born, when I mentioned at Christmas that I’d always fancied doing a narrow boat holiday, that off the cuff comment lead to us booking a holiday in Wales and a couple of years later, we moved on to holidaying in Europe…

Since 2015 we’ve built up a good relationship with Le Boat who we holiday with and we share our photos with them to use for publicity in return for them throwing in a few extras and doing us a good deal. Last years Thames trip even resulted in Alice appearing in their TV advert, much to everyone’s amusement!

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