Friday, February 12, 2021

Sweet Valentine mug rug

Valentine's day is just around the corner,
and I managed to finish this little mug rug

I think it turned out pretty cute!
6 prints for 6 hearts, ranging from peach to pink to red,
with a interesting white and grey background.

The pattern I used is from Lori of Bee in my Bonnet
the same one I used for my niece E baby quilt:

see that little chick and the little heart?
yep that little block, repeated 6 times!

I used a lovely red print with Eiffel tower stamps for the back
and the binding, I like to use pretty fabric for the backing!

Since it looks like it will be snowing again this weekend,
it will be perfect accessory to enjoy a warm cup of tea
and some cookies, of course!

Happy valentine's day!

Friday, February 5, 2021

a simple teenager bathroom makeover, part two

In the summer 2019, I started  making over Miss C.'s bathroom,
with a new mirror, new lighting and new towel hangers.

I even repainted the vanity from brown to black,
much nicer with the black mirror.

We could have stopped there as she was quite pleased
with the outcome, but after removing the medicine cabinet,
she was a little short in storage,
so I built her some:

I built this cool ladder following this tutorial from Ana White (of course!)
and painted it black like the vanity.
It was not a complicated built, but it took me forever!

So now there is space to store extra TP,
Kleenex and more cactus!

Speaking of cactus, I found the perfect print:

Of course, I could have taken this makeover further 
by embracing the new trend of painting tiles,
but I thought it was good just as is.
Sometimes it is nice to keep things ....simple!

Happy Day!

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

blog anniversary

Eleven years!
I have been writing this little blog of mine for 11 years
and I still enjoy it!

While it has not grown much in all of these years,
I have; I tried and learned so many things.
There are still many things to try and learn
and get better at it,
but there is time, even during pandemic,
even as an essential worker.

Right now, I have mostly have time for small projects,
like this work in process that I hope to finish in time for Valentine's day:

Heart, candy, Eiffel tower, what's not to love?!

Happy day!

Friday, January 29, 2021

a lovely pouch with ruffle

Since it has been cold and snowy lately,
I have been interested in playing
with summery feel fabrics,
like this blue fabric from Provence,
I made this lovely ruffled pouch for a friend.

I added some products from L'Occitane to complement the Provence experience,
I am a big fan, so it will be a fun addition for my GF.

I followed this tutorial from Angel Melie,
quite easy. The addition of the ruffle did not complicate the sewing.
It just added a couple steps.

I choose another turquoise print for the lining,
a script with pink and green butterflies,
perfect for dreaming of warmer weather,

or even better travel!

Happy sewing!

Friday, January 22, 2021

Honey spice bread

This winter is really stretching
and I am truly longing for some childhood taste,
so I made some honey spice bread.

It is slightly different from the one I used to eat,
but it is delicious, with lost of honey and spices.

I followed this recipe from Chic, Chic, Chocolat.
It is in French, so here are the ingredients:
180 g of honey
100 g of butter
150 ml of orange juice
250 g of AP flour
100 g of sugar
1 tsp of baking soda
1-2 tsp of total spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, clover...
(I avoid measuring cup, too inaccurate for me!)

Grease/spray a baking loaf pan.

Heat up honey, orange juice and butter to melt it.
Mix flour, sugar, baking soda and spices.
Once the liquid has cooled down,
add it the solid. Mix.

bake at 350 for ~35 min.

Enjoy cool or even better the next day,
but it is hard. Waiting is my least favorite activity!

It is perfect with tea or coffee,
breakfast or snack!

Happy day!

Friday, January 15, 2021

cozying up the master bedroom: winter décor

It has been such a cold and dreary January so far,
 I felt the need to cozy up our bedroom.

I used some of our Christmas décor in the bedroom,
 and made 4 mini quilts out of 2 panels of print from Zen Chic (chill collection):

I just cut the 4 prints (many left), layered on batting and leftover fabric
for the back, and bound them in gold and black.

I just removed the triptych I made last year with 
Van Goh's Almond Blossom

and removed a lot of blue accents,
at least temporary,
like the lampshade and the vase,
but got a new blue and white comforter:

I added more cream and white, with white and linen pillow cases
and a velvet snow flak pillow.
It feels very cozy and relaxing.

Of course the best part is Bosco still goes with the décor!
He seems quite pleased with the new duvet cover:

Happy day!

Sweet Valentine mug rug

Valentine's day is just around the corner, and I managed to finish this little mug rug I was working on during this blog anniversary ! I...