Thursday, May 28, 2009

New shoes

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So that's how it goes when you go shopping with big girls. I was lamenting that my feet hurt, but I didn't have any other shoes, so there was nothing I could do about it. They told me to buy new shoes. They were right. I'm quite pleased with them.

And since I was focusing on the subject of shoes (I don't very often), I was seeing shoes and the stories they were telling me all over the house.

Problably kicked of while doing dishes. There always shoes lying around where they don't belong.

One of the girls loves ballet. And I get to sew on the elastics on her shoes. ButI don't mind, really.

Youngest. Her old shoes on the right, new on the left. Growing up so fast.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

A bag

Now that I have my own room, there is even more sewing than before. So I made a bag (what else?)

I really like this pattern. The more bags I make, the more I find out how I like them best. I need a long strap, to wear it messenger style, or else I loose it.
I made the front pocket elastic, to prevent my phone from falling out. The front pocket has a few small pockets inside.

The inside has one big pocket.

And it closes with a button.

Friday, May 22, 2009

A room of my own

I often said I didn't need a sewing room, but I have to admit that I've been a little bit envious of people who did have their own little rooms. I never wanted it to be big and perfect, but a bit of space where I could leave out my stuff... But I ever thought it possible in our tiny home, so Ididn't give it too much thought.

Until my husband decided to ask my father to help him build that final room downstairs (in the former garage) so that our youngest could move in there and I could have a room of my own. I love it so much! I've been organizing and rearranging things for a week now and it's still not really done, nor will it ever be fit t feature in a magazine, but I still want to show it to you all today.

Right behind the door is my writing nook. And the closet with my vintage dresses (that still don't fit, but at least now I can see them)

Then, left to the window is my sewing table. I looked all over town for a small table and this one fits perfectly.

At the other wall is my grandmothers little kitchencupboard (holding notions), my sewing box and my baskets of yarn. Inspiration boards on the wall. I love those.

Lots of space for my fabrics.

My buttons all spread out and easy to find.

It's tiny and messy but I'm so in love with it!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Pyjama pants

Of course I had to try that new serger asap. And I did have those flanel sheets I planned to make pyjama pants from for the girls.
So there. Four pants took me an hour and a half.  I think I love my serger!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Monday, May 18, 2009


I thought getting a room of my own (more on that later) was my birthday present and I was so happy with that. But there was more.

Yes, that's right.

T. got me a serger!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Clouds on the wall

My youngest girl wanted clouds on the walls of her new room. Well, why not? I'm not a real talent with paint, but I figured I could always go over it if it didn't work out. But it did. At leas, I like it. And she does too.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Playpen quilt

A long time ago, before I knew how much effort it takes to make a quilt, my sister-in-law offered to make me one for the playpen. I like the idea and of course I accepted.
She didn't really know how much effort it was either, so I finally got the quilt that was meant for the twins when our youngest was born 18 months later. She didn't need that large playpen and the quilt went with it to my parent's house. And there it found it's way into a bin full of blankets. Until I remembered that it was a real quilt and asked if my mother could find it for me.
And look. There it is. Wow, that was a difficult pattern! I never realized that back then.
Also my sil used fabrics from both her stash and mine and it is so fun to see those again.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Friday, May 8, 2009

In the mail

Today the mail brought me a surprise.

Thank you so much, Franca!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Adding to the stash

I visited a thrift shop again. And of course I didn't leave empty handed.

:: a large duvet cover, but I think I'll make bags of it

:: yarn. you can't really see it in the picture, but the grey has a bit of color in it. I like that.

:: table cloth. I didn't see the holes until I brought it home, so I'll cut it up and make something with it.

:: a small duvet cover and matching pillow cases. To make a quilt?

My hands are itching to start working with these, but I'll have to wait till the washing machine is done with them...

Monday, May 4, 2009

Looking for a quite space.

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 Right now our home is not the peaceful place I need to write. So today I took my laptop and drove to the harbour where our boat is. That worked out great. I wrote a whole chapter and took care of some other stuff, without being disturbed or distracted. I'll do that again soon!

Friday, May 1, 2009

Bbq experimenting

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We had our first bb1 this year. And since we'll have a few vegetarian guests joining us soon, I tried some new things. Roasted zucchini actuall tastes quite good, though I may need to add some spices.