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

Saturday, February 6, 2016

a couple more heart pillows

Miss C. asked me if I could make a few more...
well, of course I said yes!

But this time, I made them easier, without pipping.
I followed the same tutorial from Fleece Fun
without any changes this time,
it was much faster, and sewing with fleece is so easy.

For the medium size pillow, I used some faux fur, remnant from Miss C.'s Cinderella cape
(about 7 years ago....I am good at keeping/moving fabric) for the top
and ivory fleece for the sides and bottom.
For the large size heart, I just used turquoise fleece.
So simple, yet all three together,
it feels so cozy and sweet.

The Love pillow from 3 years ago is still a big favorite,

and it looks great with all these hearts!

With the room being mostly white (white wall and white furniture),
all the aqua/turquoise colors add a lot of warmth,
and of course a few gold accents make the room sparkle.

No tween can say no to that combination!

Happy sewing!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

cheese pancakes

Yesterday we celebrated la Chandeleur (candlemas here), also known as Crepe day.
I usually make a lot of crepe, using our family recipe.
But lately work has been very busy, especially after missing some days because of the snowzilla,
so I cheated a little and made cheese pancakes instead.

it is actually very tasty, a little like galette, both are made from buckwheat.
I started with the pancake mix, but changed the ingredient needed:
2/3 cup mix
1 egg
t tsp olive oil
3/4 cup milk
salt, pepper, herbes de Provence
and of course cheese.
I like to use Swiss with a little bit of blue cheese.
I shredded the Swiss, and crumbled some blue in the finish dough,
then I cooked them on the pan like regular pancakes.

The shapes are a lot more organic than traditional pancakes....
Enjoy them warm with some hard cider,
perfect for a quick dinner!

It would be also perfect for Mardi Gras, next Tuesday!

Happy day!

Monday, February 1, 2016

heart pillow

It is heart season, yeah!
Which means it is time to sew some valentine's day decoration,
like heart pillow, for Miss C. of course.

And not just any heart pillow, but one with kangaroos, and pipping, and turquoise/sea/pool color!
(purple is so a few years ago! too bad Miss C. sewed her first quilt in that color...)

in the small size.
Because I used quilting cotton, I ironed some fusible interfacing to the top heart,
but not the band or the back heart.
I made my own pipping with a matching solid kona cotton.
It added a lot more time to this project, but I enjoy how polish it looks.
The kangaroo print is the same I used to make Miss C.'s manicure set.

Not that it needed to match, but it is the perfect print for her room.

We recently painted it white, very shocking to me,
but Miss C. was very rational in her choice:
she changes easily her mind about accent colors,
so everything looks good with white!
So mature, abd here we are, with a white room,
with turquoise/pool and gold accent.

I think it was actually a really good idea, even if I fought it,
after all it is her room.
The turquoise blanket and the gold pillow are from Target,
the fake fur rug is from IKEA , the laundry basket is from HomeGoods,
and the chair is from PBTeen.
This corner has been a favorite place to read and play on her tablet.
Of course it would not be complete without a Paris calendar
and a kangaroo crossing sign!

Happy sewing!

Saturday, January 30, 2016

puppy quilt: finished!

During the snowzilla, I made 6 puppy blocks
After spending a couple days at home sewing,
we had to go back to work and reality...
But I was able to steal some time here and there
and set my puppy blocks into a simple quilt:

My first quilt of the year and we are still in January!

I love how it turned out,
it is fun and modern, and very kid friendly!
The puppy print was my inspiration, just the right level of cuteness.

I set the blocks so that the puppy heads are floating,
with a same color sashing,
simple but perfect for the boldness of the heads.

It is fun to look at them and think of dogs we know that look like them,
it turns out we can name most dogs,
the top black dog could totally be Malou!
The backing is a matching print to the front puppy head, but this time with full body.
Since the quilt was a little too wide, I added a band of motorcycle print,
don't you know it totally makes sense?

I will be sending this quilt to my nephew for his second birthday
For his first Christmas, I made him a puppy book,
so I am keeping the theme!

Happy sewing!

Sew Fresh Quilts

Fresh Poppy Design

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

3 more puppy blocks

With the snow is still hanging on,
I had more time to sew.
So here are my other 3 dog blocks:

Just like the 3 other dogs from yesterday,
I used the "dog gone cute" patterns.
They are free, fairly easy and so cute!

For a few of them, I turned the nose upside down to give them
a more long face versus square face,
think hound instead of boxer.

I used 4 different brown for the head (mostly scraps from other projects),
but the same black for the eyes and nose, and the same white on white fabric
to keep them consistent.
Our street was plowed this morning, but we still have a 3-4 feet tall
and 8-10 feet deep wall to take down before any car can move,
this is going to take a while!
Happy sewing!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

cute puppy blocks while snowed in

We survived the blizzard and the 2 feet of snow,
now we need to dig ourselves out,
and that might take a while!

While it was snowing,
we had the luxury of staying safely at home by the fire,
and I had the time to do some quilting.

I sewed some cute puppy blocks

using these "dog gone cute" blocks from Sew Fresh Quilts.

There are 8 different puppy faces to choose from.
I went with the large size, about 18 x 12 inches.
I made 3 so far and am planning on making 3 more....

They are not paper pieced but regular patchwork.

And they are fun to make,
unlike this outside...

it will require a lot of work...

Happy sewing!

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