November 11, 2012

First mitered corner

I have been working on napkins for my daughters for quite a while now.
I designed a couple of patterns and finally found the right one.
It has to be long enough to fall on their lap and easy to tie around their necks.
Then, I had to think about the finishing. I did not want to apply a bias tape and I wanted neat and clean angles.
I searched my various sewing manuals and found the instructions for the "mitered corner"!!!

Quick and easy to do - ideal for beginners!!!
I will share the instructions with you soon!!! Stay tuned.

October 01, 2012

Recycling shoeboxes

Why throwing away 2 nice grey shoeboxes while we desperately need some boxes to put away tiny toys in the girls' rooms?
Why not customising them to make them a little more "girly"?

September 19, 2012

Homemade yogurt - second try

A week ago, I received my Seb "yogurt machine"...
I could not wait but I missed one of the key ingredients: powdered milk.
I convinced myself that it did not matter and that I should give it a try anyway.
In addition, I did not dilute enough the base yogurt (that you need for the ferments).
I was not really satisfied or confident with what I was doing and the result was not up to my expectations. To be honest, I have a sweet memory of the homemade yogurts I made during my summer vacations at my grandparents near Arcachon.

But, I could not stop after this failure.... I bought powdered milk, a new base yogurt et tried again....
I also followed the instructions on the yogurt machine manual (it can certainly help).
Tomorrow is the verdict.
Of course, I keep you posted!!!

September 12, 2012

A new sweater....

"What are you doing, Mummy ? You are knitting a sweater for me....?"
That's the question Louise and Charlotte keep on asking me when they see me knitting.
And, until now, the answer has always been "Yes, it is a sweater for you, my dear".
Here is the latest sweater:

100% from Citronille:
- pattern "tunique à encolure smockée"
- wool - colour verbena

September 01, 2012

Flower power!!

While I was tidying up some cupboards last week, I found another cushion to cover.
I had enough now for my couch.... What shall I do with it then?
Why not bringing more comfort and cheerfulness to the office?
At last, the opportunity to use of the many fabrics I brought back from Ikea earlier this summer - Fredrika.

It took a little bit of time to figure out how to cut the pattern..... The outcome needs to be harmonious and aesthetic...
I am very happy with my brand new cushion and I look forward to take it to the office on Monday.

August 31, 2012

My favorites of the week

Vacation is over.... Suzon Grisou is back.
Let's celebrate with my 2 favorites of the week:

#1 - The Purl Bee
A very nice shop in New York which, on a blog, offers hundreds of creative ideas (knitting, sewing and crochet). The tutorials that you can find there are very well explained and you want to make almost everything they put in there!!!

#2 - The Beeetise shop in the old Guérande (West Coast of France - South of Britanny) where you can find vintage accessories and have a vintage dress tailormade. The designer is so sweet. If you are coming to France/Britanny on holiday, you should definitely visit this shop...