Monday, 1 February 2016

#I Heart You Mini Quilt

I’m back! Back at my machine. I managed 2 full days of sewing last week.  My sewing room looks like a cyclone when through it (no time to tidy up…)
And I finished ONE thing (still working on another very BIG thing… I will come back to this, hopefully, soon).
The pattern is from Cluck Cluck Sew and can be found here.  The pattern is so darn cute and the mini went up so fast and easily.
The colours just make me smile.
And I’m pretty happy with my quilting – OK maybe not the back… I had so many problems: the thread frayed and broke again and again, then I forgot to drop the feed dogs for the swirly part…  Anyway, who look at the back of quilts? :-)
#IHeartYouMini

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Oh boy! He is 18

What is happening with me this January?  I had a couple of weeks when I did not feel like sewing.  I tried knitting with not much enthousiasm…  I have a couple of posts ready but no picture taken yet and with the weather we had the chance of taking them are quite slim…

Anyway, something very important happened this week: my little son is not little anylonger.  My sweet boy is now an 18-year old! Oh boy!  How I am not prepared to have grown up children… So tonight I went through some old pictures.  Just enjoy!

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I could go on and on with funy pictures, serious pictures… and they would make me smile and laught and probably cry too…Oh boy!

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

My PlayList

Reading wise, 2015 was an off year, not very satisfying… Actually, I just went back to my Goodreads list, and realised I am wrong.  They were some books I did not like, and still read 3 from the same serie (I should have known better).  Actually, from this experience, I learnt that I DO NOT have to finish a book if I don’t like it, why waisting time if I don’t enjoy it?
Still, since my last Playlist post, I read some good stuff, some entertaining too.  If you haven’t read it yet, I would strongly recommend Stephen King’s 11/23/62 before the mini serie is brought to screen next month.
Another nice find was the Dressmaker from Rosalie Ham.  As per the title, it the story of a seamstress set in the 50’s in rural Australia.  There’s a lot of characters, lots of women which means a lot of dresses.  Oh my! how much I love the fashion of the 50’s.  I can’t wait to see the movie, and hope the costumes will be as gorgeous as I imagine them.
If you want dark, go for Snow white must die by Nele Nehaus.  For me it falls in the same categorie as the Nordic thrillers I enjoy reading.
Goodreads _ Caroline’s Year in Books_files
Isn’t it interesting to the most popular book is the one I like probably the least and the least popular one according to Goodreads is on the top of my most enjoyable books for the year.
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My current book is the Millenium 4, Ce qui ne me tue pas.  I loved the Millenium Triology.  There’s some controversy about this last book, should it have been writen?  Is it true to Stieg Larsson?  Initially I wasn’t planning on reading it, but I like the French cover (not, it is not the way one choose a book!).  I’m half way through, it is not bad, maybe a bit slow and I don’t know whether it should be compared to the original trilogy.  I really don’t have any strong opinion about it, let’s finish it and see.
Next, I have a few things lined up.  Mainly French, I realised that I am reading less and less in French and as a consequence I found it more and more difficult to write in French!  Those books are recommended by Gerard Collard, he has a book shop, a 5-minutes show on France Info (A livre ouvert) and I used to be a fan of his TV show years and years ago.  There’s a certain american flair in this selection:
  • Zelda Zonk and Hanny by Laurence Peyrin
  • Il était une ville by Thomas B. Reverdy
  • Paris est une fête by Ernest Heimigway (this one is actually a christmas present)
Reading January 2016
Do you keep a log of the books you read?  How do you feel about on line book stores or other reading book websites that tell you, according to your rating or your previous choices, you might like this book or that one?  I stopped rating books, I don’t want an algorythme to push books similar to the one I just finished, I want to be challenged with new things…  If you don’t enjoy, how long do you keep reading until you give up?  Or do you give up at all?
That’s it for now.  I’ll have to come back for a podcast playlist and a TV shows playlist too…

Friday, 1 January 2016

Dear readers,
Dear followers,
Dear family from far and away,
Dear friends from all around the world,
Dear anonymous,
Dear friends of my kids,
Dear Crafty Tuesday crew,
Dear Guild members,
Dear Studio quilters,
Dear all,

I want to say THANK YOU to all of you for passing by.
It warms me up to know that you stop here, even for a short bit.
I wish you all the best for the New Year!
And please come back if you enjoy my ramblings. 

Monday, 28 December 2015

2015 Finishes

You know what keep me blogging? It helps me to remember the little things I would have forgotten otherwise.  Looking back, I’ve re-read my first post of 2015.  I was intentionally non-ambitious with my projects list.  A couple of times, I entered UFOs challenges with not much to show for at the end of the challenges.  So this year, I DID not enter our Guild UFOs challenge and I decided to have a very limited ToDo list.  Actually, my only real goal was to finish the ONE project that really matters, the Wedding Quilt for my god-daughter.  Everything else was bonus, now looking back I got a lot of bonus!
Quilts – 9 finished (and still a couple more in progress)
Little things
Dress-making (I still want to blog about a couple of finishes)
Knitting
Sewing room5
A couple of pairs of socks, Evisa, Purl Soho Diagonal scarf, Colour Affection, KAL hat, Wake, It cannot fail to please
Project-wise, it has been a good very year.  For 2016, I’m going to write (for myself only) a list of projects I want to finish, a list a projects I want to make, a list of techniques I want to explore.  Hopefully, I’ll be able to report on these at the end.
Let me know, how do you keep track of what you do?  Do you find that sharing projects on social media helps documenting your realisations?