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

Monday, April 14, 2014

cherry blossom inspired doll outfits

I was inspired to sew 2 new spring doll outfits.
One for Camille, our little doll from France
and another for Saige.
I know there is not so much cherry blossom in the NM,
but now she lives in DC and here it is a big deal!

I tried to take pictures of the girls with the blossom, but the trees are too tall!

Saige is wearing a top based on this pattern from Liberty Jane Pattern,
it was a freebie pattern a couple of weeks ago.
It would make a cute dress but it is perfect as a top,
and it goes so well with the white shorts that I sewed last year.

For Camille, I made a nice T-shirt, using this pattern from Liberty Jane Pattern,
it is a mini-version of the many t-shirts I sewed for the girls.
It fits really well, and looks good.
I made up a little skirt from a rectangle, some elastic and some pompom trim,
she looks perfect for a hot spring day.

The cherry blossom has finally reached our neighborhood,
it is so pleasant to walk down there,
under the falling flowers.

Happy sewing!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Cherry Blossom

Spring is in full bloom,
and yesterday we went to check it out,
like everybody else!
It was so crowded, full of tourists and locals alike....

We did get our fill of Cherry Blossom,
it is coming to our neighborhood,
we are just a few days behind.
It makes me want to sew summer things...

Happy day!

Saturday, April 12, 2014


just a little post for me to add my signature at the end of post

I am following this tutorial if you are interested in doing the same thing.

And while I am at it, I am also trying to add icons for pinterest, email
and all of that sort of things, following this other tutorial!

Happy day!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

chocolate fondant

Over the week end, we were invited to a party,
and since I am known for my love of baking,
everyone always expect me to bring some desserts...
and I would hate to disappoint anybody!

I found this recipe in a French book :
and it is super easy.
I used the baking mold that came with the book,
but any small mold would work fine.

They are  called "fondants au chocolat" as they melt in your mouth!

  4 oz of chocolate, baking bar (bittersweet, or semisweet)
7 1/2 Tbsp of butter (100g)
3 eggs
1/2 cup of sugar (100g)
1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp of flour (45g)

melt the butter and chocolate together,
mix eggs and sugar, then add the flour,
and finally the butter/chocolate mixture.
let it cool down
bake for 10-12 min at 350.

Enjoy warm or cold.
They are so little, it is hard to enjoy only one...

Happy Day!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

quilt top: finished!

With this week end last snow fall,
I was able to complete my son's quilt top:

It looks so good in the snow,
but spring is finally here,
apparently we are 1 week away from the Cherry Blossom peak...
it is hard to see to believe as there is nothing here, a few miles away from downtown!

But back to the quilt, it is huge, about 95 X 95,
and I am not sure how to quilt it,
I would like to keep it simple as I only have a regular machine...

It has come a long way from these simple blocks :

Any quilting suggestions?

Happy sewing!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

cute doll garland

My niece K (formerly known as Baby K) is turning 3.
I always sew something for her birthday and this year is no exception:
I made her a doll garland for her birthday.

For her 1st birthday I made her a soft doll fabric book,
for her 2nd birthday I made a baby doll diaper bag with all the necessities.

As she is now a "big girl", it was fun to sew something doll related but different.

I followed this tutorial from Charla Anne,
and I was also inspired by this doll garland by Girls inspired.

I chose to use 5 different skin colors felt for my dolls.
They also wear 5 different dresses, but the fabrics all come the same collection
and have the same pinks. They have the same eyes and lip colors, I skipped the cheeks.
I added lace, buttons, ric-rac, apron and applique to embellish the dresses.
I think it turned out really cute,
I hope K enjoys them as much as I did.

Miss C. was with me when I was making them and was inspired to make one for one of her girlfriends.
She did her own embroidery for the face,
I only stitched the hands, feet and head as the pieces are really small.
She sewed the rest on her own machine
(yes she received her first real sewing machine for Christmas)

It turned out really cute and her friend was very pleased!

Happy sewing!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

croque-monsieur: some serious comfort food

After a couple days of warmer weather,
we are back in the snow and the cold.
Everybody at home is ready for some TLC,
and some comfort food.
To me, it means Croque-monsieur,
a French take on grilled cheese.

Don't you feel better just looking at it?

The only things that needs to be prepared is the bechamel sauce.
I make mine with 1.5 Tbsp of butter, 3 Tbsp of flour, 1 cup of milk and some salt.
It takes a few minutes to cook in a saucepan, but it is the required sauce.

Then I just layered Swiss cheese and ham inside 2 slices of sauced bread,
I grilled them in a panini press, we do not have the traditional French press.

Of course, if you are a vegetarian like me,
it is totally OK to skip the ham!
To make it more grown-up, healthier and less decadent,
I serve it with a salad and may (or not) only one half!

It makes me feel ready for another snow day!

Happy day!

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