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

Saturday, April 22, 2017

rock climbing bag, perfect for teens

As I mentioned on the first post of this year ORC
Brick Master is a fan of rock climbing,
he goes after school about once a week
and really enjoys it, especially with his friends.
This year for Christmas and his birthday (just a few days apart)
he received his own set of shoes and harness.


So of course I had to make him a bag to carry it all!
I followed the same tutorial that I used previously to make some art journal bags.
It is just much larger and with corners to accommodate the width of the shoes.
The fabric I used is a set of prints I won 5 years ago,
which I saved for a special project for Brick Master,
unfortunately I never did anything with it,
and now it is too old for the robots!
(do not hoard fabric, use the good stuff right away!)


So I kept the robots for the lining instead of making them a feature.
The coordinating prints were really good, so it was easy to work with all of them.


I added on the bag a loop to attach a little carabiner,
making it easy to attach to his backpack,
as he goes just after school.

For the strings I used shoes laces, it is the perfect color,
sturdy and cheap!


I could not help myself and use a robot as a tag on the front,
layering it with another print.
It is a claw/hand robot as Brick Master is usually the one designing something like that
for his robotic club....
may be it is not too late for that fabric after all!



Happy sewing!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

teen boy bedroom {the ORC edition} week three

This is week 3 of the ORC: my son's bedroom makeover,
and the half way point and we have progress!

It was a busy weekend, we installed the "brick wall",
actually just paneling, but it was a bigger job than I expected.


We had to work in the room, which is not too small
but has a queen size bed, so it really limits the space.

And do not get me started on the flying dust that came from having 
to cut the panels in the room...
they were there, we were not taking them back downstair to cut them!

( I still need to reinstall all of his Star Wars pictures...)

We also decided against gluing the panels to the wall,
just in case we get tired of it.
So we screwed the panels to the studs, it is not as seamless as glue,
but if/when we decide to remove it,
it should be easy and the drywall will not be totally ruined.

I still need some 1/4 round for the sides for a more finished look.

Brick Master likes it and it brings a lot of characters to his room.
This wall (and the computer) is the first thing you see when you enter the room.

(in case you are wondering, it is a root beer bottle among the many glasses of milk!)

With the walls painted white and the brick accent wall,
his room is on its way to have that industrial loft feel we were hoping for.
Next we need to tackle some shelves!

here is our inspiration board:


Saturday, April 15, 2017

a very sweet bunny breakfast

I set up another cute Easter table.
This time it more like a breakfast or snack time event.


Do you let your children eat candies with cookies for breakfast?
May be not, but it all looks so pretty together!


And I am not even responsible for all that sweetness!
My MIL baked the delicious cookies and brought all the candies and chocolates,
so of course we had to eat them.
Everybody thoroughly enjoyed the event.
There are a few leftover, but not many.....

Happy Easter!


Thursday, April 13, 2017

teen boy bedroom {the ORC edition} week two

Here we are, week two of the One Room Challenge.

Here is the plan for my 16 year room update:

-repaint the wall from "old" yellow to white,
-put up some "bricks" on the main wall,
-add some shelves above the dresser,
-update the window covering,
-update bedding,
-decorate the room.


1) brick paneling from Homedepot.
2) shelves tutorial from the DIY playbook
3) dresser from RHTeen (not happening, but beautiful!)
4) light from IKEA
5) bedding inspiration from RHTeen.


So far, I managed to repaint the walls
and purchased the brick panelling....
which was a fun experiment (not!)
We have tight stairs and bring these 4 x 8 feet panels
up was not a cake walk.
We are letting them acclimate to the room.
It will be a busy weekend!


Here are two of my favorite teen boy room updates:

 from  Remodelando la casa

and 

Monday, April 10, 2017

a so sweet bunny cake

I think I made my most successful carrot cake, ever!
It is the usual recipe, but this one has bunnies on it,
isn't it so cute?


Okay, so I am not a cake decorator and it is not perfect,
but it is still really cute!

A while ago, I was daydreaming and going through catalogues

super, duper cute,
but it is $70+ shipping and it is full of nuts!

So I set out to make my own version, for a lot less, bigger and nut free.
I always use the same recipe, the one that came with the pans, from Wilton.

Ingredients:
4 eggs
1 cup of oil
2 cup of sugar
2 cup of flour
2 tsp of baking soda
2 tsp of cinnamon
1 lb of freshly shredded carrot

Mix eggs, add oil while mixing, add the rest of the dry ingredients with strong stirring,
and finally add the carrots, gently.
Split evenly into 2 pans (also make great cupcakes!)
bake at 350 for 35 min.



I had to trim around the cakes a little as the cake stand I wanted to use is slightly smaller
than the cake pans.
I made the cream cheese icing:
3 cup of powdered sugar
3 packages of cream cheese (I use the 1/3 less fat version)
1/2 tsp vanilla.

I cut each cake in half to make it a 4 layer cake, always very decadent!
I also covered the cake in the same icing....


which was probably not the best idea!
and it is supposed to go on top of buttercream....

Well I went ahead, and a first it was ok,


but then, it started to wrinkle more and more!
I was so disappointed, but I continued with the decorations.
At least I knew it was tasty.

I set up the table with so cute bunny plates (from PB)


and set up the cake on the table.
To my surprise, it was a lot smoother,
not perfect, but I was no longer upset about it!



And the best part, it was really good!



There will be cake for breakfast for a few days!

Happy day!


Thursday, April 6, 2017

teen boy bedroom: the ORC edition

After some reflections, I decided to go ahead
and participate to the One Room Challenge .

Last spring, I worked on the back patio, creating an inviting outdoor dining area 
for my first ORC.




In the fall, I totally upgraded a corner of the kitchen into a functional and cute baking area
for my second ORC.





And this spring for my third ORC, I want to transform my son's bedroom.
His room is probably the only room that has not been updated since we moved here.
It might seem a little late in the game as Brick Master (my son's nickname) is already 16
and a sophmore in HS, only 2 1/2 years away from college.
But I feel like it is actually the perfect time,
he is no longer a little kid and appreciate things more,
well not to the point of wanting extra pillows on his bed!

So we are keeping things simple and taking into consideration his tastes:
his room, not mine!

Which means: Star Wars, air planes, karate, legos (lots!), rock climbing,
computer and robotics.

He already has some good base: a nice large black bed
and a sturdy desk,


but ugly yellow walls!

The starting point inspiration is this room we saw in IKEA,
it totally inspired my teenager,
think urban loft....but in the suburban DC area!


Well that sounds doable....

Next week, the real inspiration board.
We still are working on all the details,
he is a tough customer!



And just like last year, we went to the robotic competition
for the Greater DC area this last week end.
The team did great and won the Outreach award,
but did not place as well as last year,
so no international competition this summer,
unlike last year when we went to Florida (in July!).
There is always hope for next year...







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