Thursday, 26 June 2014

Bangles and B’day cake

My B’day was last week.  I’m not to good at celebrating my b’day.  But this year Philippe and the girls were around, quite an unusual treat!

Anyway, my friend rang me and said we must celebrate… and she invited me to a bead workshop… I loved the idea.

So we went to the Bead Bar.  We went with our girls, friend and mother.  We had the classroom and Sonia just for ourselves.

I really like what we produced, easy wiring technic with such an impact.

wire and stoneJuliette did this set

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wire and stone2

And celebrating without a cake wouldn’t feel right so I brought a cake.  Somebody once told me that it’s not right to bake one’s own B’day cake, but I have so little opportunity to bake…

The recipe comes from the White on Rice Couple blog, Rustic Red Velvet cake layered with Berries.  I’m not supposed to eat cakes, I’m allergic to eggs and I need to start to take it seriously.

Red Velvet

I did only two layers and next time, I think I will use mascarpone instead of cream cheese, I’m not a great fan of cream cheese in deserts.

Friday, 20 June 2014

Brooklyn Tweed

I need some Super Powers, right now!  Something that either will make me sew/knit/clean/cook super duper fast, or something that will stop time until I’m done with all my projects.

…and why do I need super powers?

Brooklyn Tweed – that’s the reason!

 BT Kids.

This time, it is all about kids… beautiful, trendy… I love the earthy colours… I just need a couple of kids to knit for :-).  Oh but I know somebody who lives on the other side of the planet, where winter is about to start.  I just have to cross my fingers and hope that MP will have time, read this post and make her selection.  I’m sure MP’s Bbs, who are no babies any longer, need something warm to run on the beach.

Anyway, here is my selection:

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So let me activate my Super Powers, finish Alice’s cardi and start scouting yarns.

Monday, 16 June 2014

Too many projects – not enough time

When it comes to blogging, I wish I could do it every two or three days…

But I have trouble finding or making the time…
I spend oh so much time on Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube…
Then there’s the problem of finding the project to blog about… should I wait until I have a finish before I speak about it…
I have many projects on the go at the same time, beading projects, knitting a cardigan, crochet doilies, finishing UFOs, dress almost done…
I’m really trying hard to finish a project before starting another one, but it is so so so tempting…

Recovered Autosave1

Here is the Instagram recap of the past few weeks:

some doilies – I’ll come back to that soon

some scrappy blocks for my fellow bees, I’m making progress, just a couple more to go

a fun block of the month for the June meeting of the OMQG – such a shame I did not win the other blocks

the Happy Quilt – I’ll come back to this one too, it is part of my UFOs challenge with the OMQG

some outfits for Alice’s leavers’ party at the beginning of July

some relaxing time together

a couple of examples of Juliette’s baking at Summer camp

a dress for myself to be finished before Alice’s party

a cardigan to be finished before Alice’s start at Uni

So all in all some progress, but no finishes yet

Sunday, 25 May 2014

May’n events

OMG, mid-May already!  School year is almost done here in the States.  I always wondered why American bloggers were so worked up about end of school year.  What was all the fuss about?  And now I understand, we crammed so many things in a week.

It all started last Saturday at 9:30 with Juliette's ballet assistant duties.  Then at 1pm she had ballet rehearsal followed by Bach Festival Youth Choir Spring Concert.  We spent Saturday driving her around Orlando.

BFYC spring concert
Sunday was a bit better.  Juliette had to attend an event starting at 8:45 (P. did the drop off, I can't be asked to be up that early on a Sunday morning). Then he picked me up, we went to Eatonville where I wanted to take some pictures for my Photography class' assignment.

Assigment 2
Then back to Juliette, then to the restaurant for Mother's Day lunch (I now have 3 Mother’s days:  in March in the UK, mid May in the States and end of May in France).  And a final stop for more pictures taking then back home and rest…

Monday, I had a Batik workshop. Well, that was... frustrating, very frustrating at first : thinking backward, trying to anticipate colour combinations... So out of my comfort zone... but I was surprisingly pleased by the end result.

Batik workshop1

Batik workshopI love my peacock feather

Wednesday - Photography class plus more ballet rehearsals.

Thursday - grade 8th celebration ceremony.  My 'little' girl got an award in Composition (sorry, I can never stop bragging about my kids). I've got no picture of the event; so what is the point of taking Photography classes? I wonder!

And it was Saturday again, I was booked for talk with Nicole Curtis from Rehab Addict.  This lady has so much energy and passion for what she does.  If you don't know her, you've got to watch her show, it is so inspirational.  After the talk, there was a visit of some old restored homes in Winter Park.  So so nice! I wish they were my home, and it made me think that I need to do something with what I’ve got.

Nicole Curtis' talk
The grand finale of our week was Juliette’s ballet recital with the OBS.  I was so impressed by my girl, of course, but also by the whole thing.  Everything was so professionally done and just beautiful, and graceful and talentful…

05- OBS recital

The ‘cerise sur le gateau’, or in other word the cherry on the cake is that Alice is here with us, very tired but there.  And I HAVE her for a full 5 weeks.

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My beautiful girls – missing Victor though

Thursday, 22 May 2014

A few finishes

I don’t think I have shown any finished quilt since the beginning of the year.

So let start with with my Liberty’s cushions.  I’ve used some Liberty’s scraps bought years and years ago and cream linen.  At first I was not entirely convinced whether the difference of weight in the fabrics will work together: the Liberty’s being very thin and tight weave compare to the linen.  The pattern comes from Sew Mama Sew, tutorial from January.

Liberty cushions

Liberty cushions1

The front is hand quilted, with very simple lines across the background areas.  I machine-quilted the back of the cushion.  I  think they make a lovely pair.

The second project I wanted to share is a 2-year old UFO, started it in S’pore.  It was a mystery quilt brought to our group by Béatrice, one of our quilting buddies.  My initial intention was to create a very calm, flowery quilt.  I chose fabric from the same collection, very little contrast in hues and values.  It took me an awful long time to finish it… I was not exactly in love, I wanted a strong. border but couldn’t quite figure out what to do.

Beatrice mistery quilt

Then some time ago, I took a long-arm quilting lesson and decided to use this top as my first trial. I just did a simple, large swirl all over.  It took me less than 2 hours to finish it all.  I’m now pleased with the end result :-)  Nice quilt to take to a pick nick.

And lastly, my Owls quilt.  Again, it’s a 2-year old project.  I precisely remember when I started it: in Koh Samui, just before Alice’s GCSEs.  That was such a great holiday.  I used a collection of Japanese fabrics I’ve gather for some times.  It’s my first appliqué quilt, I don’t think I’ve done a great job at it.  But it turned out to be such a cute quilt.

Owls1

Owls

NB. Can somebody explain why my pictures are not getting better since I’m taking Photography lessons?!…