Wednesday, December 31, 2008


I wish you a Happy New Year 2009!
This is the time to sum up the old year and take good resolutions for the next one.
Well, 2008 has been good on the whole, and I'm thankful for that.
Regarding 2009, my only resolution is to take life as it comes, and enjoy it as much as possible...

Tuesday, December 30, 2008


You can not go to a party without a purse, can't you. Since I had an hour to spent, I made this one to go with the dress:

Sunday, December 28, 2008

The days after Christmas

This is Amandine enjoying the plaid I gave her. I was hesitating in the store, between on in polar fleece and this one with mohair. The man told me he had one at home, and that his cats were always sleeping on it but that the plaid remained like band new. He added a warning though: this plaid enduces a violent sleeping surge... I think he was right ... In the meantime, I made this dress for the sleeping beauty above:
The dress is not perfect, but she likes it a lot, so I'm happy.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008


Merry Christmas to all of you!
Joyeux Noel !

Saturday, December 20, 2008

ATC and AS received

This week brought three nice surprises:
One from Muriel:
one from Solange:

The third one was a calendar by Wurzel. Although I love every bit of it, it is difficult to show you pictures of it. It is really gorgeous, and made with pictures from her own garden. You should visit her blog to see more of it!

And while I was writing another surprise arrived:

made by the kids next door. Ain't they yummy?

I wish you all a good weekend. I'm heading towards my sewing machine...

Wednesday, December 17, 2008


This is a little wallhanging I made for my friend Wurzel.
The fabrics come from India via Shangari. The name of the kit is Diwali, i.e. the holliday of colors.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008


I should be preparing my stuff for the patchwork tomorrow, but I miss you, so here I am :-)

Thank you for your comments on my trip to Munich. I'll post some more photos before next year!

In the meantime, time is running. I don't know how days disappear, but they do. I fact, I know. Since I'm back from Munich, I've been cleaning the house and trying to decorate it. The proof:

At least, she has got the spirit ...
And I've been away again this weekend. To visit my eldest daughter in Paris. The weather was not good, to say the least. So no pictures.
We did some Xmas shopping, had dinner at a nice corsican restaurant, and went to the Muséee de La Mode, where there was an exhibition about crinolines. I wish I could show you pictures. All the dresses were just gorgeous. Most of them made of silk. Sigh.
Then we went to Palais de Tokyo, officially to see some modern art, in the truth because it was too cold to cross the Seine to go another Musee :-) We ended the day in a Japanese restaurant.
The aim of the trip was not tourism, but just being together. And I met the nice guy she is sharing a flat with. Not a boyfriend, just a friend.
But now, I really have to prepare my stuff for tomorrow, and myself for bellydancing tonight.
Take care all, especially those lost in the cold!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008


A few pictures to get into the Xmas mood. To learn more about this town:

Monday, December 8, 2008

Spell on me...

I did not do anything this weekend. But I have an excuse: Did you guess where I was? Yes, in Bavaria.
I'll post several times about this weekend in the near future.
I had not been near Germany or Austria for a very long time. Since I built happy memories there as a teenager, I was completely under the charm as soon as I landed in Munich. And even more when I was in Linderhof, one of the castel of Ludwig II. It was like a fairy tale, the Alps, the snow, the silence and the beauty of the place. Since then, I kept dreaming of it ... He must have put a spell on me... and "worse" I dream in German...

But first of all, my friend Wurzel made it all happen. She invited me over to her place. We met for the first time at the airport, and we had a wonderful time together. She knows a lot about Bavaria and its culture and history. And she is so very nice. That's the wonderful part of Internet, meeting a person from far away, and feeling as if we had knew each other for ages.

Thank you very much Wurzel!!!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

My color

I've tried the test for fun. The result is rather me, indeed.

You Are Grass Green

Down to earth and a bit of a hippie, you are very into nature and the outdoors.

You accept the world and people as they are. You don't try to change things.

You are also very comfortable with yourself, flaws and all.

Optimistic about the future, you feel like life is always getting better.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008


Look at what my sister sent me! She made it herself. Aren't those notions boxes lovely, and the pincushion as well. Of course, she did not make the iron box, but what is inside: yummy waffles! She knows I cannot resist them.While I was unwrapping, my assistant Choupette stood guard. It is getting colder and she understand gloves are made to keep your paws warm: She is sitting on my regular gloves as well as the fingerless ones...

I keep my knitting yarns in a box with a lid, to keep them away from my assistants. But they both found out how to slip it it through. Here is assistant Osiris

trying to hide away from me:

Have a nice day all!

Sunday, November 30, 2008


Here it is, finished, with redone lining hems :-)

Fingerless Gloves

First of all, thank you for your comments on the jackets! Emilie has not seen them in real yet, but she likes them too.
The print may be weird, but the polar fleece was very nice to work with. If I can find some, with another print, I'll take it for myself. I love polar fleece night wear...
A little secret: knowing you are watching makes me progress. For example, I sew my jacket yesterday, but the lining hem for the sleeves is less than perfect (and even than good), and I'm going to redo it. I would not redo it if you were not around :-) Although you won't see the difference...

The weather is getting colder, and suffer from cold fingers most of the time. So after knitting some for Emilie, I made this pair for me:
Still Noro yarn.
Have a nice Sunday!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Sewing two vests...

Remember my first jacket? the one in fake fur? Well, DD#1 likes it. So much that she asked for one. When we arrived at the fabrics shop, I knew there would be two jackets, because I knew her sense of humor could not resist that fabric:But she really tries to be more girlie, so here is the glam version:
During this long weekend, I've cut three jackets, those two for her, and one for me. Mine is ready for the fun part, i.e. sewing, but this will have to wait until next weekend ...

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Mail received

I've been spoiled by two talented ladies

This lovely white card is from Corryna:
and this beautiful lady from Conni:
Am I not a lucky girl ?

This is the ATC I sent to Conni. It represents a dandelion flowing in the wind:

and the one I sent to Corryna. Those are supposed to be stockfishes, stockfish been the only word from Netherlands that made its way to our local language:
Thank you Conni and Corryna for this swap opportunity!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008


I've done no sewing, quilting, knitting, whatsoever this weekend. I really did nothing! Just enjoying the weather, the surroundings ...

and the food.

Did you find where I was ?
A hint: I did all that (and much more) with my daughter Amandine.
Another hint: I had a lovely time in a DIY shop, followed by a drink with Neki (a movable feast).
OK, now I'm sure you know I was in Barcelona!

The weather was perfect. We spent a lot of time shopping and walking through the city. I took Amandine to the zoo, then we headed to the beach where we had lunch in the sun, walked along the beach, listened to some musicians, and more and more.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Noro Minikits Design 26

I've got a new toy to go along with my passion for sewing.
Very helpful: to see mistakes, big mistakes that I should have seen while I was picking stitches for the neck border.
So I just had to undo and redo the whole border.

And now, I can see the buttons do not match the yarn. That is a shame because this yarn is so gorgeous, it deserves the right button... I'll change them at the first opportunity. I promise I will...

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Burda November 2008 - # 117

That is what kept me busy yesterday. I would have hesitated to sew it for me, although it is beautiful. I was scare of theangle seam you can see from the drawing. But when a daughter asks for a skirt, you don't answer you can't sew it, do you? So there it is: I would go for a simpler version of it. You can see it on Life Happens be positive.

Oh, I would like to visit this site too: Ne pas . One of Emilie's friend has started making yummy jewelery...

Monday, November 10, 2008

How to spend a nice weekend...

First of all, thank you so much for your comment on Go Green. There will soon be another project with recycled material, at the beginning of next year.

In the week before the weekend, I purchased some fabrics I liked.
Then I took my daughter shopping on Saturday and purchased some fabrics for her. As usual I made sure my assistant agrees with our choice.

I grabbed my sewing stuff on Sunday, and started getting rid of that stash.
Since my daughter is here for the weekend only, I started with her clothes. She fell in love with a Vogue pattern 8131

This is the first time I'm sewing with a Vogue pattern. I've discovered them recently and like their design. A bit different from the patterns from the Burda magazines I'm used to. The main difference for me is that the seam allowances are included. They are exactly Emilie's size, or vice versa, as you like. So I used the pattern without altering it, but was thrilled to see the lines to shorten or lengthen the pattern. I'll need them for myself. Anyway, sewing was a delight, and the next morning she could wear her pants:

I made the fingerless gloves too. They are from Noro minikits. A pleasure to knit (I've ordered some yarns to knit a pair for me too).
And continued sewing today, more picture tomorrow.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Go Green

A couple of months ago, Quilting Arts organized a Go Green Challenge. You can see the winners in the current issue, there are beautiful pieces.
I took part to it, using wrap paper,
my favourite vegetables nets
the remains of what was once a handbag
resulting in this
Have a nice day all!

PS, I'm not among the winners, just one of the many contestants!