Thursday, January 06, 2011

January Reflections: Homemade

Shop-bought or homemade?


What do you think?

Homemade, of course!

Thick, fudgy chocolate cakes, heavy with real butter and an 85% cocoa solids chocolate-laden icing...

Cosy knitted scarves with that snuggly, unmistakeable handmade-ness about them...

Patchwork quilts that are already worn when they are new because they're crafted from scrap fabric...

Colourful paintings with splotchy spots of chalky watercolours, made by miniature humans...

Coffee so fresh the beans were only ground two minutes before you took the first sip...

Lentil soup, rich and brown, with buttery soft vegetables melting into it...

Unwanted clothing re-fashioned into something that will actually be worn...

Homemade is you, making something yourself.  Something that will be used... eaten, drunk, and worn; something that will be treasured; something that will last; something that often cannot be replicated; something that you love.

Here's a quick peek at a random handful of homemade things seen around our house in 2010:

 Tie-dyed t-shirt

Coo's birthday dress, made from a ladies' smocked top

A bit of pie-crust all to herself

Chocolate Guinness wedding cakes

 Baby feelie blanket for a miniature Smith

Cardboard Roman armour, made by Themselves

 Lentil soup... yummy!

Spicy gingerbread people

Felt Christmas ornament, complete with thrifted button and a smidgen of sheep's wool to decorate

So, yeah, homemade... I'm not saying it's always better, but it is more fun!


  1. oh, I think it's so much better! I was drooling at the coffee descrip and the soup...well, everything actually! once again inspiring! xo

  2. Yeah, Erin!

  3. Yay Yay Yay!! Great post. I too love homemade, or at least I'm making baby steps towards loving it more completely. Sometimes homemade is more work, but I think you're right, it's almost always more fun too. :)

  4. I'm so glad you all appreciate homemade... I'm planning a "homemade" giveaway in February! :)

  5. Glynis, where have you gone? I can't view your blog anymore... :(


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