Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Not so ordinary week-end

Don’t you love a long week-end?  Ours was great, we went for New York and we made it extra long by fitting some College visits (one needs to make to most of her last kid going to college pretty soon).

It was cold, it was sunny, it was snowy too, it was energizing (and I caught a lots of new Pok√©mons too :o).  Here we are, overload of pictures.

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Brooklyn bridge



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Night views from and around our hotel

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Scrolling around with my teen

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Mod Podge for the win

Hello Friends,

I don’t know about you, but I have a slow-ish time, almost no momentum.  Let’s say it’s the after math of traveling for the holidays, jet lag, and the kids were here too.  So I spent very little time in my sewing room, and btw I could hardly see the sewing table or the floor of the room.

In order to be gentle with myself, I started this year with a little easy project: pattern weights.  Here how it goes.  You need an even number of flat washers (I don’t know what people use these for, I got mine from the hardware store – $3/10), scraps of fabric (I used selvage) and some Mod Podge.

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The rest is easy: wrap the fabric around 2 rings (I first secured the fabric between the rings), then once not more metal shows, I saturated the fabric on one side with the glue, let it dry, cut the excess fabric, and dab more glue on the other side.

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Once the Mod Podge has dried, it gives the fabric a bit of shine.  Aren’t they pretty?  And I really like the feel of them in my hand, perfect size (2 inches).

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As much as I am proud of my first little finish for 2017, I know it is not an original idea, there are plenty of similar projects around.  Go and make yourself some!

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Thursday, 5 January 2017

Reading list

Hello Friends,

I was about to start like this : ‘2016 has not been great in term of reading… blah blah blah…’  But you know what, 2016 is gone and there’s no point in dwelling on what it has or has not been.

So off we go, here is my line up of books for now.  I’m sure more will be added over the year.

Reading list

Zadie Smith, On Beauty – because I loved White Teeth and NW (and if you don’t feel like reading these last two, you should still watch the mini series White Teeth, or the TV drama NW)
Global Mom – this one was gifted by my neighbour, she has spent most of her life away from home too, I can relate to that;
Denis Johnson, Train Dreams and Takashi Hiraide, The guest cat – I picked those two when I was in London in November, I can’t remember why, hopefully they’ll be nice surprises.

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Those are my Christmas presents:
China through the looking glass – I wish I could have seen the exhibition at the Met, the book is so so beautiful, illustrations, paper, biding… and you should really watch the documentary on the exhibition: The first Monday in May.
V&A Gallery of Fashion: fashion though history, what is there not to love?
In the company of women – the sub-title says it all “Inspiration and advice from over 100 Makers, Artists and Entrepreneurs”
Un couteau, une cocotte, un plat (a knife, a pot, a dish) – yes another cookbook, but with a super simple concept: one pot + all the ingredients = one meal.  The recipes are just a couple of steps, the pictures are clean and appetizing.

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The quilt block cookbook by Amy Gibson (aka Stitcherydickory) because I want to follow (very loosely) the Quilt along (#cookbookquiltalong), and also because I love a sampler quilt.
The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters by Sherri Lynn Wood because I want to push away from my comfort zone and tip my toes into improv.

So that’s it for the moment.  I record my fictional reading on my Goodreads, should you be interested to see more.  What are you reading?

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to all my friends visiting my little blog.  I’m glad you came by, this space is not much but it makes me happy.

So let’s start 2017 with my best work ever (I know, I know I’ve said it before…)

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Wishing you all the best!

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

One last crafty review

It’s the end of the year, time for a quick retrospective.  Most of what I’ve made can be seen here. And you know what? I'm pretty happy with 2016 production.  There's a good balance of knits, quilts and garments. 

The pictures is not quite complete as there are quite a few garments that I haven't blogged about yet: I really want to come back to them especially this dress, this skirt and this top - I'm hoping to take full advantage of Alice's photographic skills to take pictures so I can feature them here.

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One of my biggest accomplishment has been for charity: 4 full quilts cut, pieced and quilted, plus a few more where I contributed to the quilting or the biding. Normally, I am a very slow quilter; I might take years to finish even a very small piece, so it has been quite encouraging to realise that I can work faster.

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Knitting wise, nothing very spectacular to report but fun and fast projects. I'd love to up my game but the opportunities to wear knitwear are quite limited in Florida.

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Now, shall I risk writing a list of what I would like to accomplish in 2017 (and no, its is not biding!)

- knitting: I know I'll be knitting little baby things and I already know there will be my most loved projects.  I also have the Waiting for Rain shawl to work on, it has been frogged a couple of times, put on the back burner for the moment, but it is second on my queue. I might make a cardigan for myself, I do have a few skeins of a beautiful charcoal yarn. 

- quilting: I still have some long suffering projects that need finishing, we will see how this goes. And I would like to push myself to new horizons, I'm tempted of making 2017 the year I'll embrace improv. 

- dressmaking: I am itching to try new kind of projects: jean-making, sportswear, lingerie, menswear ...  And because I could not resist, I have enrolled to the #sewmystyle project organised by Bluebird Fabrics: 12 months, 12 projects.

PS. this is my last finish for 2016 , the Flax sweater from TincanKnits.

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Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Best Nine

It's been clear for some time now, Instagram has taken over my social media interactions. I would love to blog as much as I used to (my best years were 2011 and 2012, when we lived in Singapore, when I did do any housekeeping and my kids where taking to bus to school!).  Still I will carry on blogging as long as I can and hope to have a few readers to follow me along.

Surfing on the trend, I’ve done my best nine and here are 2015 and 2016. It's very interesting (for me anyway) to see what attracted Likes. 

2015 - my #hrminiswap, Heather Ross mini swap was obviously a hit as well as the #scrapwrotexqal organised by Crazy Mom Quilts. Also I did post an awful lot (532 pictures!). 

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2016: #quiltsforpulse is at the top. I already blogged about this, the Pulse tragedy has been shocking, revolting, but thankfully the Quilt for Pulse drive and the way quilters around the world responded has restored my faith in humanity.  On a more light note, I am delighted to see my #lesfleurs garments, made with #riflepapercofabric, are doing so well.  I am also very happy to see my #zinniaskit on the mosaic, I love this skirt so much.   Finally isn't it nice that's the centre picture is a family picture!

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Tell me, what does your Best Nine look like?

Monday, 5 December 2016

A 5 stars celebration!

2 weeks ago, the whole family, children, grand-parents, sisters in law gathered in London to celebrate Alice’s 21st birthday.  It was such a great event. Alice, her best friend and her best friend’s parents organised it all (the perk of living far away, we did not do a thing, just arrived on time to enjoy the party).

Brace yourself for an overload of pictures, but having a professional photographer makes such a difference (I even like pictures of myself :o)

Alice's Party

The party was at the London Rowing Club, which does not look as glamorous under normal circumstances, but add pink lights, fairy lights, gold glasses, black and white table runners and it’s time to party.

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So just you know, we had a StarStarStarStarStarevening, more fun times the following days as we were staying for Thanksgiving too (our French family, celebrating an American holiday, in England at an Asian restaurant).

BTW, I’ll have to come back to this red dress, because I love everything about it.

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Ordinary weekend

Sometime it’s good to try new things. So in an attend to be more culturally integrated into the Florida scene, we went to a hockey game on Saturday.  What?  Hockey game in Florida?  Yep, Orlando has its own hockey team, the Solar Bears.  They were playing against the Sting Rays from South Carolina, another States well known for its hockey legacy Winking smile.

It was fun, fast and quite rough.  The Solar Bears got a few penalties for starting fights, but in the end they won and all was well!

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