Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Where are you from?

The other day a shop assistant asked me this question: “where are you from?” (Should I add that the person asked with a foreign accent too).  Interesting question.  My usual answer: I’m French on the passport (and the accent), English in the heart, and at the moment I live in Singapore.
When I tell you I’ve been home for the holiday… I’m not giving you much information.
This holiday I’ve been in London.
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I am not a great fan of Christmas, but in London it feels different, I can’t explain why.  Anyway, I promised myself, if I ever happen to live in England again, I will celebrate Christmas there, in my own home, planning the menus, getting all stressed out by the event.
We’ve been in Lyon too.
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If anybody is serious about food, the place to be is ‘Les Halles de Lyon’, you’ll be spoiled with choice and the quality of the products.  How many different kinds of blue cheese does one need?
And of course some family time (with more food).
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Happy Holidays to all!

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Celebrations: Sew much love!

This is when I normally start crying… writing about my children make me teary! I think I’ve already explained all of these  emotions in several posts here, and here for example. So no more words, just pictures of Alice’s quilt which I managed to have finished for her birthday.

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And you can always trust the cat to find the best sleeping spot!

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Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Celebrations! More finished projects

I’ve been helping Santa with a few things:

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Kina is a very simple, fast project.  I’ve knit size 2 in 3 days.  It’s a top down cardi, one button, no seam.  The perfect project of a little girl.

Little toboggan (jumper and hat) have been easy knits too.  It’s my first stranded knit, not as difficult as I thought.  I love the result, but I think I should have done a smaller size.  Oh well, the little boy will grow fast and might be file it up very soon.

Sadi was started it back in July, the body was done within a couple of weeks, the sleeves followed fast but I don’t know why it took me so long to finish it.  I love the colour, the 3/4 length sleeves and the ‘no-button’ neck closing.  I could be tempted to keep it for myself :-D.

Now excuse me, I need to go to the Post Office.

Monday, 12 December 2011

Elephant Parade

There’s always something happening in S’pore: an exhibition, a sport event, a cultural one… and at the moment we have the Elephant Parade.
As much as I have allergy to Xmas glitter, bling, I love the Elephant Parade.  I’ve been trying to catch some of those cutties.  There are 162 decorated baby elephants all around the city, I ‘met’ a few of them.
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Oops! I have also caught another parade on Orchard Road… A&F is opening a store this week, hence the half naked, waxed, photo-shopped models… It must be much nicer to do an opening in December in Singapore than in Paris…
Here the album of all my elephants, minus the boys…

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Celebrations! Brother and Sisters

My kids are expert in driving me mad, and to be honest, I am expert at getting mad at them.  They can be grumpy, nagging each other, they call each other names.  But from time to time, actually much more often than that, they show each other affection and my heart melts.
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We must be doing something right.  Celebrations!

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Celebrations! SAL finished and ready for Xmas

I’ve been told that I should celebrate what I do more.  So time for Celebrations! I’ve finished my Xmas banner, and it is so lovely.  Red work has always been a favourite of mine, and it is the perfect match for Christmas decorations.
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Thank you very much Lesley Boost from Sew Happy Me for sharing this with us. I really enjoyed doing it and the ‘manageability’ of this project.
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Lets the Celebrations begin!

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

A very (very!) late birthday

How bad is that?  Alice turned 16 more than 2 weeks ago and I have not post any pictures of the B’day girl?  Even worst, no B’day cake, no party?  Not that I did not offer to organise a ‘big’ party for her, but she did not want it.  And as far as the B’day cake is concerned and to set the record straight, she had some cake on her B’day, and she also had a ‘small’ party, brunch with her family and her best friend… :-)

On the same day, I put her in a plan for London to sit two days of entrance exams for a boarding school.  Seeing her going through security, I realised that she was starting her own life; in a few months, she will probably leave Singapore and go to study in the UK, she will make her own decisions away from us, she will start to plan for her future, her mind buzzing with projects.  I just hope that I, or more objectively, we have done a as-good-as-possible job.  I hope she will have the confidence and the reason to make the decisions that suit her, that she will be a caring person but not to the point that she loose herself, that she will be proud of her accomplishments and still respect other (and that she will remember what we did for her when comes the time of looking for a nursing home for her old parents… :-)  My girl is not a baby anymore.

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I’ve just scanned some of her baby pictures, could probably cry doing it.  How can I make her understand how much love I have for her…

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Sunday, 23 October 2011

The simple pleasures of house chores

Disclaimer:

  • If you live a ‘normal’ life (working, educating, taxi driving the children, cooking, ironing, dusting, mopping…), then you should close this page and not read further.
  • If you are my husband, you might want to save this and use it to your advantage once our life is back to ‘normal’.

The rest of the population (probably 3 to 4 persons) will understand.  I am privileged enough to have a live-in helper, a nice lady that cooks for us when I don’t ‘have time’, that does most of the housekeeping and ironing.  However, this makes me feel inadequate as a mother/wife/’home maker’.  Where does my time go?  Am I losing my soul leisuring around?  How many knitted scarves or quilted blankets one must make before it is too much (especially if you live in a perpetual summer)?  What example do I set to my children, to my girls?

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But on Monday, armed with my broom, my brush, hot water, vinegar, I dusted, I scrubbed, I cleaned and I felt very satisfied.  Life was almost normal, the children were revising, helping each other, and I felt I had accomplished something.

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Friday, 21 October 2011

Home(s)

 

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Rue d’Alésia – Paris - France

Chiltern Avenue – Bushey – UK

Old Heathbourne – Bushey Heath – UK

Cours Marigny – Vincennes – France

Am Tiefenberg – Gerresheim – Germany

Rue de Sèvres – Ville d’Avray – France

Rue de la Ronce – Ville d’Avray – France

Kingsley – Bushey – UK

Park Road – Bushey – UK

Coronation Road West – Singapore

These are the name of all the places I lived with Philippe; ten homes is 18 years.  One day I will make an embroidered panel with all of them. Something like this:

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{source – from Gardners 2 Bergers}

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

10 meters

10 meters… that’s how long is this binding.

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and here a sneak peek of what I will be able to show you in a couple of weeks.

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Sunday, 16 October 2011

Autumn

You know what I miss the most in S’pore?  I really, really miss the change of seasons.  I miss the crispy cold of Winter (some will say the dark humid days).  I miss the wake up of nature in Spring (other will say the endless rainy days).  I miss the coolness at the end of a hot Summer day (I hear you saying what hot Summer day?).  I miss the warm colours and the smell of Autumn (who’s thinking gloominess?).

Until we moved, I did not realised how the seasons rhythm our lives.  I remember our first year here, my mind and body were still on ‘holiday’ mode in December.  Here it is simple, it is either ‘sunny and hot’ or ‘rainy and hot’, every day, all year long…

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When Alice and I were in England a few of weeks ago, I just wanted to stay there and enjoy the changes, the smells, the colours.  I wanted to feel chilly in the morning, to wrap in a woolly cardi.  I realise it was the end of Indian Summer, and soon the days are going to shorten, rain and cold are going to take over.  But I really crave for Autumn colours.

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Pattern: Daphne by Lien Ngo

Yarn:  Fyberspate Scrumptious 4 ply bought at Darn it and Stitch in Oxford

Love metre: lots and lots of love Red heart Red heart Red heart Red heart, will probably knit this again.

 

Actually, I like it so much, I think I’ll keep it for myself.

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Blabbing and stuff

I have not been posting much recently, it seems that my days are filled with so much ‘stuff’.  The kids are off to school by 7:30, and I expected to have more time to blog but I keep asking myself whether my ‘blabbings’ really interest anybody out there.  Oh well! I guess I am not blogging for fame, but to keep a record of my life .

So you know not to expect any amazing tips, life coaching, professional-like pictures.  It is just me showing some stuff and blabbing away.

Maud outfit

The cardi was started way back in July.  The yarn is from Sublime.  I worked it like the Lady February cardi, top-down.  What I like about the hole pattern is its elasticity: squeeze the fabric in your hand and it just bounces back.  It’s light but I think will keep a certain little lady (not my Juliette) warm this Autumn.

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This skirt is made of Japanese linen.  It is relatively heavy but still have some flowiness (is that a word?).  The pattern is ‘mine’, and maybe one day, if I find time, I will share it with you.

My love meter for the outfit: very very high Red heart Red heart Red heart Red heart Red heart

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

SAL – Week 2

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I really like this week pattern -  Love and Kisses (if you have not yet downloaded the pattern, go there quick; it is available until Friday! And Santa is available too).  And I love it even more because I think that my embroidery is better than the one on Santa. 

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This is the first time I am embroidering with batting.  Last week I was not quite convinced by the result.  My Santa looks puffy, the fabric very tight around my stitches.  Obviously, I’ve been pulling my threads to much.

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This week, I used a loop and did one stitch at a time: through the fabric, pull from the back, through the fabric again and pull from the top.  It is a bit longer, probably twice as long, but the result is much better.  So time does not count, with one block each week, I have plenty of time to finish it.

Friday, 23 September 2011

So Happy Quilt Along

Forget about any resolution I might have made.  This is now a fact I CANNOT resist a new project, so I just registered for this Sew Along. 8 weeks, one block a week, that sounds reasonable.  Are you joining me? Please, pretty please!

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I have 4 different fabrics: two whites with dots, one with poinsettia, one with snow flakes.

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I am almost done with Santa. Ho Ho Ho!  Can’t wait to see what tomorrow will bring.

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Thursday, 22 September 2011

Deep thoughts...

[… write that in your blog or better,] stop inflicting your opinions on the world

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

A visit to Oxford

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Bought this in a nice little shop in Oxford – Darn it and Stitch
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From skein to ball…
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and becoming this shawlette – Daphné
And please nobody to mentione the ‘no new project’ resolution :D