"Faites que le reve devore votre vie afin que la vie ne devore pas votre reve"
Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Monday, April 6, 2015

Alsatian apple pie

I know it is almost the end of apple season, and that spring is here,
but it still is cold outside, and I am not ready for hot weather desserts!
I learned how too bake this Alsatian apple pie was I was in middle school (30 years ago!),
it is fast and easy (especially with purchased pie crust!)
and goes perfectly with tea!

pie crust
2 large apples
1 egg, 3 tbsp sugar, 4 tbsp flour, 100 ml milk
Roll the crust in the pie dish,
cut the apples in thick slices, and cover the crust.
Mix the egg, sugar, flour and milk together,
and pour over the apples.

Bake at 375 for about 40 minutes. 

Enjoy cool.

Happy day!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

doll spring outfit

Or what to sew when you run out of time!
Today, Miss C. went to one of her girlfriend's Bday party,
so last night, after a long day at work, I asked her what and where we were buying presents.
She informed me that we did not have to go anywhere 
(awesome, relaxation time for me!)
she had talked to her friend, showed her my blog
and they had decided what AG doll outfit I was going to make for her.....
Wait....what? Now for tomorrow morning!?
I was flattered that a kid would choose a homemade present over store bought,
but it was late and I did not have much time or energy...
So here is what I came up with:

Cute right?
Nothing really new, there was no time to try a new pattern!

The plan was to make a simple skirt, the reversible skirt that I have made many times
it is easy and fast, and it looks good.
I added a little bunny since it is the season!
Then I made a little knit top, it is slightly different than the many t-shirts
I have sewn but very similar this one: pink shirt, Halloween topBreton tank top.
Pixie faire has a few free top patterns: T-shirt, tank top.
I used this pattern which I acquired for free on one of their free pattern Friday,
it has a lower neck line and 3/4 sleeves, but the shape is the same as the free pattern.

Once I had made these 2 elements,
I relaxed and went to bed, after all it was a outfit,
and it looked good together.

This morning, I realized what make a great outfit are accessories!
Now if you have sewn clothes or doll clothes, you know those take a lot of time,
which I was running out of, so I made of the fastest accessories I could think of: a beret!

Pink berets are very fashionable for dolls right now since Grace has one.
I have made a few (pink , black)  and there are very fast to sew.
I made it out of felt following this tutorial, which means no seams to finish.

I really liked where it was going but felt it was missing something,
another accessory was needed to really make it a cool present to receive.
So I sewed one more, but it was time consuming,
definitively not something I recommend when time runs out,
but I was up for the challenge: a backpack.

It is super cute, I have made one before (but did not blog about it!)
It has quite a few pieces, with interfacing and it is fully lined,
the pocket in the front adds a cool touch.
I used this pattern, not a free one like the others.

The colors of the print ties the blue and hot pink together,
and it also works with the reverse side of the skirt: white, pink and brown.
If I had more time, I would have made another top to go with that side,
but by then it was time to go and I barely had time to take a few pics!

Here are a few pics of the first backpack I made a few years go,
using the same pattern.

It was for back to school in September 2013!
Miss C has enjoyed it very much,
so I knew it was a great accessory.

She came back from the party, and her friend was pleased with the present!
Just another day in paradise.....

Happy sewing!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

e-reader cover

 I sewed this cute cover over the week end for my sister, she has a small e-reader (French size, not compatible with US cover). She gave me the dimension and I made a simple tight fitting cover, similar this one from this tutorial.

To make it my own way, I sewed the cover using a quilt-as-you-go technique. It is easy and fast.
Here is how I made the cover:

I started with a piece of cotton batting, larger than needed, and put down the 1st piece and quilted it. Then I added another piece, and with right sides together, I sewed the seam between them, through the batting. I ironed the new piece flat and quilted it. I continued this way until the entire batting was covered.

I trimmed it to size, and cut the lining the same size out of another print.
I added a little stamped applique, a little trade mark of mine.

I attached a hair elastic on the top, in the center of the back side, I love this closing technique and I have been using it successfully for many years, like on my little girl purses and other pouches.
Then I sewed the quilted fabric and the lining together along the top side.

I folded the combined fabric in half and sewed all around leaving an opening along the side of the lining (I do not like to leave the opening on the bottom).

I turned everything inside out and closed the opening on the lining.

I stuffed the lining inside and top stitched the edge.

Now all that is left is sewing a button on the top to close with the elastic, which I forgot to do before taking the pictures, but not before sending it to my sister!

Oh well!

Happy sewing!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Sewing configuration book

Every year for my Mom’s birthday, I have fun coming up with some sewing related present, and this year, I think it is another great one: a book.

Not any kind of book, not one of these boring book with words (!) but one full of little trinkets and mementos! I started out with a Tim Holtz configuration book and collected treasures to fill it all. Besides all the sewing related items I was able to find to decorate the box (scissors, initial, bobbins, thimble….) I was able to use copies of a true family heirloom: my grandmother pattern drafting school drawings. I have her notebooks from her classes, they probably date from before WWII.
I scanned a few pages and printed reduced versions to use in the book. 

so cute, right?!
I covered the box with scrapbooking paper, and I used some linen for the spine. To decorate the cover of the book,  I started with a mini version of my grandma’s page, and layered gently with some lace, linen spool, stamp, buttons and mini cardboard tiles spelling sewing studio in French.

I used various paper inside the individual boxes, I only covered the back and bottom
and used washi tape on the edges as suggested by Tim Holtz.
It finishes everything very nicely.
I dye cut a dress form out of cardboard, linen and wood veneer,
and layered them. I added a little French lace to the collar,
leaving the rest just simple.

I used one of my stamped sign on some felt, and glued a little bobbin.
The scissors are not real, they are just the right side for that little cubby!

For the inside page, I used another copy of my grandma drafting drawing,
attached to the page with washi tape.
A little lace and a tiny cupcake finish the page,
keeping simple.

Here are some of the other sewing related presents I made for my mom's bday
over the last few years:

Bon anniversaire Maman

Happy day!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

sewing room

Over the last few weeks, I have been putting some order in my sewing room.
After all the Christmas sewing and crafting, there was a major need for some TLC.

It has been a couple of years since I have shared my special place.
It has changed as I have moved the table from the middle of the room to just under the window.
While it only allows one person to work (versus 2 in the other configuration),
I was able to add a day bed, great place to relax, to do some hand work,
but mostly perfect to have company.
Miss C. enjoys coming in and reading there,
Malou joins me also if she gets some helps with the stairs
(she is scared but that's a story for another day!)

On the left side of the table, I just installed a peg board (from Michaels) 
where I store my scissors, rotary cutters and my main rulers.
Just above, there is an old pin board with various and precious things:
pictures, cards, design and small embroideries.
Next I have a bookcase full of fabric and books/magazines.
One shelf is used to store most of my fat quarters, my kona solids
 and my Liberty of London collection.
The one above is for larger quantity of prints and some Japanese linen prints.
Since I enjoy sewing, quilting, embroidery,
I have books for all of these hobbies in that bookcase.

The rest of my crafting books are on the bottom of these cub shelves.
I have had those for many years (at least 3 houses ago!)
In the many boxes, I have all of my sewing patterns, arranged in 4 categories:
adult, children, costume adult, costume children.
There are also boxes fro embroidery, serger supplies, stamping, and a few of scrap fabrics.
On the top, there are a lot of threads, various souvenirs and some dress forms.

The day bed takes most of the wall, with an heirloom quilt just above.
Underneath, I store a lot of fabric in under-bed storage containers!
It is perfect for larger yardage of fabric and/or bulky fabric like fleece and fake fur.

In the armoire, there are more supplies and a few machines:
Miss C.'s sewing machine, my serger and a little embroidery machine (4 x 4 field),
and a sizzix cutter (low tech but very good!)

On the right side of the table, in the small closet, I store some more paper and fabric,
and some pretty clothes I have made for Miss C. that she does not wear anymore,
some are just too cute to give away, like the panda jacket.
I hung some pantry door shelves on the door to store paints, ribbons,
and various supplies.

Now it is all looking pretty, time to go mess it up with a cool project.

Happy sewing!

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