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

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!

Friday, January 2, 2015

Bonne annee 2015

Happy New Year 2015!

No grand plan yet for this coming year,
just going with the flow for now.

Here is the last of my silk-Liberty of London butterflies,
this is one is more like a moth,
I called it a night butterfly,
perfect for the evening, as the silk is silver.

Happy sewing!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

a year in review

This year was not the most productive year,
there was less crafting and sewing than usual.
The kids are getting too old to sew clothes for them,
Miss C. plays less with her dolls,
I was quite sick for a good part of the summer, and
I went from part time to full time in the last 4 months,
to project leader this month!
I do not want it to sound like a list of excuses,
just a view of what is going on outside of this little blog.

Now here is the top post of the year,
like last year and the year before: the Brownie vest for doll!

Here are the dolls clothes for this year:
Brownie vest, undergarments, vet, shorts, dress form.

And let's not forget my favorite: the advent calendar!
Santa hatoutfit1, apron, Disney, Nutcracker, spa.

Of course I cannot finish without some house project
and some little sewing...
backyard halloween decorshedcocoa barChristmas quiltsewing kit.

Farewell 2014!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

fabric book for baby

This is another Christmas present that I made this year,
this time is for my nephew who is 9 month old.
I made a more complicated book for his sister when she was older,
this one is quite simple with almost no moving parts.

but putting some of my own spins on the picture.
First thing first: there is always a need for dogs in any book!

Then of course, Dinosaur and Elephant have to join the fun,
they are simple applique shapes, the elephant has a few more details,
both have nice textures, the eyes are sewn, nothing to pull!

I cheated for the hungry little caterpillar,
as I had a print, I did a lot of quilting to add texture,
once washed it should be even cutter.

I sewed a little pocket and put in a little puppy, there are never too many dogs in a book!
It should be safe enough for a little one, but if not, it is easy to remove it 
and keep it for some later time.
The truck is also just a simple applique, with different texture from the use of various fabric,
felt for the wheels, chenille for the dirt.

The back of the book has a simple little dog house,
just the right size for the little puppy in the pocket.

I was able to give it directly to my nephew,
he seemed happy about it,
but he is the very happy type!
More importantly his parents enjoyed it....

Happy sewing!

Monday, December 29, 2014

forest finger pupppets

Now that I am done blogging about American girl doll advent calendar,
I can share some more of the Christmas presents I worked on during December.

This super cute present was for my niece Toddler K.
She is almost 4, and I thought she was ready for some finger puppets.

These little guys come in the tree trunk,
isn't it the best idea?
I followed the pattern from "present perfect" by Betz White,
I met Betz at a quilt meeting, and was so impressed by all the projects from her book,
she brought them and we were able to look at them,
so of course I bought her book!

The tree cover is hold by 3 leaves, and the opener is a little worm 
with eyes,(not visible on the picture), just perfect.
The 5 puppets fit inside, making it easy to carry.

My niece will be able to play with a fox, a skunk, a raccoon,
a bunny and an owl.

Most of the puppet's parts are glued together, easy to make,
a few details are hand stitched like the eyes and the belly.

I was able to give them directly to toddler K
and she seemed very pleased with the puppet.

Happy sewing!

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