Saturday, 15 March 2008

Pink domesticity...

Last week I made these pink oven gloves in an attempt to soften the new cream glass splashback that sits above the cooker, mastic-ed to the wall. I am wishing that it was pink...but even more than that I'm really wishing that I had insisted on going through with my original idea: a transparent sheet of glass that would protect a little injection of colour in the form of some delicious pink wallpaper or fabric; glass that would have been screwed to the wall with little stainless steel caps so that I could take it down and replace the decoration behind whenever I felt like a change. I am mourning the loss of this piece of loveliness that might have been...and waiting for the passing of five years, by which time it might not look quite so frivilous to rid of the solid cream splashback and replace it with what I had originally dreamt of. In the meantime these little mitts that I made using some of the lovely Amy Butler that my mother bought me for my birthday do provide some comfort.

I have never quilted anything before and so this was a really good small project to sample it on....and I absolutely loved it, there's something so unchallenging about ploughing up and down the lines that I'd marked out that I found it a very absorbing and restful activity. Yet again, my walking foot was the most wonderful sewing companion, even if it was a little noisy.

For the pattern I drew around some old, charred, oven gloves, but decided to adapt it a little as I didn't want binding on mine...which was a good thing as it's such a very tiresome thing to try and install nicely!

Anyway, as this post is about such a very domestic item, I feel it is the perfect opportunity to share with you a tip someone told to me recently, that delights me every time I try it. It involves a bottle of the deliciously scented Baby Oil and a fat roll of kitchen towel for all the fun to come. It appears that after years of slugging away over previous stainless steel ovens with various cleaning products and e-cloths, only to be left with smudges and dull patches, that actually, all that I really needed was the Baby Oil from the children's nursery. It is quite amazing. You just put a small amount on with some kitchen towel, wipe it around and it will get rid of any troublesome splats that may have leapt from the saucepan and leave the surface looking completely and evenly shiny, and it even leaves a light film that seems to repel pesky fingerprints. It also leaves me wanting to cuddle my oven and being happily transported back to my babies' early days. It is a very good thing indeed.

17 comments:

  1. The quilting on that oven glove looks lovely. I'm sure it will do the job of pinkifying your kitchen - the fabric is great.
    The baby oil thing is great, isn't it! You have to be careful not to use too much though as it can attract a lot of dust. Lovely smell though!

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  2. What a lovely oven mitt. I think I might have to indulge myself in one as well.

    I love the idea of your splashback too. I am just about to put in a new kitchen and thanks for the baby oil advice.

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  3. Great job Florence - did you use the walking foot?! Your quilting looks very straight and I love the pink/chocolate combination. I used to loathe cleaning my stainless steel appliances and now I have a white oven and ceramic top (came with the house) which seems to require even more cleaning attention!

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  4. i so need to give my oven the baby oil treatment, it is always covered in sticky finger/face/hand prints, and that's just me, not the kids! ; )

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  5. Hi Florence, the oven mitts are lovely - such gorgeous fabric - I have never quilted before but would like to give it a go - tell me though, what is a walking foot? - Im sure I must have one with my machine but just like me I have never read the instructions! - I have been using the baby oil for a while, it gives great results! - Natalie x

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  6. Lovely oven mitt - far too nice to use obviously. At least in my kitchen they would be because mine always end up completely filthy. Excellent first quilting project too and fully justifies the purchase.

    I love baby oiling the kitchen too. I have a huge stainless steel fridge, as well as the oven and the kettle and the coffee machine...Sometimes cleaning is so therapeutic.

    I ought to get out more.

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  7. thanks for the tip, I was wondering how to get the fingerprints off the new oven, now I've got all the paint off that the decorator splashed all over it........

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  8. The gloves are beautiful! I love the fabric and they look more like an art instillation hanging there that a kitchen utensil!

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  9. I could certainly do with a bit of baby oil rubbing into my very dry skin, I try not to look too hard at my oven!

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  10. Love that fabric Florence and aren't you clever to be quilting? I have never tried it but am desperate now as yours looks so good xx

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  11. That's a fantastic idea - I love your use of colors and the pink and brown as so cute. I'm in awe of the neatness of your sewing.

    Yep, I've got stainless steel appliances too - baby oil is great as are those micro fibre cloths - you just need a bit of water on them and they take all of the marks off.

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  12. I got told the baby oil thing too a while ago and LOVE IT. We have a stainless steel cooker and also the front of our fridge. So this is a WONDERFUL domestic tip!
    I am at my friends house in Califronia right now and she has just seen this over my shoulder and is trying it RIGHT NOW LOL
    Take Care
    Clarexx

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  13. That oven glove is lovely! can't you make a tutorial on that ? :)

    And the baby-oil trick is also used in our house ! it works perfect!

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  14. oooh. I have been procrastinating about oven gloves and tea cosies for a while, because I have no idea what to put inside them to make them heat proof ... do you need special thermal batting or will normal batting do, and if so what grade? I asked one fabric shop and they looked at me blankly. I darent go to the other fabric shop as I will be ensnared by Heather and Amy fabrics which they stock and which I can't afford at the moment but I know they will leap into my arms regardless and beg me to take them home.

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  15. I am feeling the oven glove love but the whole hugging-the-oven thing? I think I must be missing a vital chromosome. I use something that promises to kill the dirt - it seems more appropriate.

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  16. I love the oven mitt. So pretty.

    Thanks for the baby oil tip, I may have to try that one.

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  17. Gorgeous oven glove - beautiful choice of fabric. It looks too good to use!

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