After a loong, very long time thinking about it ( and I mean 20 years or so, no kidding!), I bought an alto recorder. Thing is, I became addicted to it, as expected, so I felt the need to take it everywhere... but I didn't have anything to do so... a lot of dreaming, a lot of thinking and a quick draft after, I decided it needed to be done today. So I grabbed my favorite fabric, and just ... let creativity express itself! I also decided to use colorful buttons, just beacause I loved them! Every panel closes with snaps, because it's fun, but I only had black ones... no problem! They will bring a nice contrast!
Here it is closed:
3 snaps with reddish pink buttons.
first step opening: just like a simple case:
but what are those light olive buttons for???
well..... tada! Here it is, fully opened but my recorder still attached:
a closer look of the recorder attachment system: 2 straps, 4 snaps and a stitch in the middle!
and here we are, ready to assemble the recorder and play in the wild !!
When I saw Jenny of elefantz new BOM, http://www.elefantz.com/2011/01/revealed-give-thanks-my-2011-bom.html, I fell in love with the idea.... but not with the Bible verses... as I am not a christian. So I decided to embroider it, but with a twist, to suit me better. 'Give thanks' became 'be happy'. I stiched the 2 first mini quilts too, as i really liked jenny's work, but added my own words. Then I was addicted to those positive thoughts little things and I decided to make my own, so I drew and stitched 2 other minis
here is what I came with till now: the background and 4 mini quilts!
A closer look at the minis:
' Because you are loved': I just changed the words, but the design spoke for itself. I am so lucky and happy to have my parents and my daughter. They make my life more beautiful and yes, that makes me really happy.
' To live in the wilds': i am so lucky and happy too to live in an area where you are in touch with the wild as soon as you step outside. And you can fell the wheel of seasons just by looking at the mountains through your windows. So yes, awakening with birds songs makes me happy. i just used Jenny design and added my words.
here are the two minis I created so far:
'To walk on your own path': to me, life is a path. I step forward on it, experiencing it. No structured religion, no pattern. Just a walk on my own path of life, with lessons at each corner, teachers in each being I encounter. And that makes me really happy to be able to walk on my own path, freely.
'to be wiser than yesterday': related to the first one. As i walk on my path, I learn. As I learn, I am wiser. So I am always wiser than the day before, as lessons are daily. Bad or good, it doesn't matter. And yes, it makes me happy to realise that.
You can find the patterns for those 2 blocks on my blog, just help yourself!
I will probably make more of those as inspiration comes. And make a fabric basket to put those that are not hanging. This wall hanger is on my wall in my bedroom, so I can start my day with positive thoughts... I am so so happy Jenny had this idea!!
C&C more than welcome!
EDIT: the fabric basket was done in an evening. I chose to add my lil owl on the front of it, in a 'postal stamp' way. Now i have to fill it with new mini quilts!
My daughter has to see her counsellor once a week. So during 1hour a week, I can just relax and ... embroider! or... quilt!
Thing is, her counsellor is 1hour drive away, plus tramway time, and I needed something to take all I need safely. Till last week, I had a magic solution: my ziploc bag. Useless to say that... well.... was... practical but not crafty at all...
I then wandered on the web, in search of the perfect idea... realising that I knew what I needed... so I took my pen and my craft notebook and started to look into my stash ( I can't afford any crafty supplies for a couple more months... I am SO happy I never throw anything I could use... 'just in case I need it someday').
After a lot of thinking, some embroidery and with the help of my so loved sewing machine ( cheap one, but it can sew through A LOT), here is what I came back with: my own personal caddy!
detail of the embroidery, a freebie found a long time ago which isn't a freebie anymore... (saved on my HD 'just in case I use it someday...'): I appliqued it then embroidered the border with a lot of 'fun' stitches, and added some leaves just because the fabric I used so reminded me of autumn.
and when you open it, you find that:
a zipped pocket on the bottom, to keep my cisors, needle box and other things I need safely, some pockets on the side for thread, and a pocket on the top to keep instructions, tutorial or what nots.
I added a leaf to keep my needles:
i only had a 24' zipper, so I ended with a 8' square. Perfect to hold my hoop. And as I only make mini quilts, it needed to be a bit thck to I could put my UFO along...
I am so happy with it, tried it this week and it's just perfect ( well... I may add some embroideries here and there....)
Here is my last project for 2010. I wanted a nex bag, and I was really inspired by Teesha Moore videos. I also was inspired by some really beautiful work done in this topic. I wanted it to be embroidered too.
I am not done yet with the embroidery, but it's getting there!
I used: - 2 pairs of jeans ( 1 for the bag, and another one for the pockets and strap, lighter but sturdy) - fabric brought by my mum from Senegal 20 years ago but never used. - sock yarn for all the embroidery... my fingers will remember that
I sewed by machine and by hand when the thickness was too much.
I still think about embroidering the handle and the side pocket, but my fingers are too sore for now.
I live in France, but my daughter's father is an american. I decided to celebrate both French and American holidays ( more reasons to party wooooot). Here, we don't celebrate Halloween. So we just do simple things: we embellish our home with pumpkins, ghost coloring designs on teh doors and such, put a little fabric witch on my seasonal furniture ( I change the setting at each season).
This year, I decided to make a wall hanging, as I am into this lately. I took a green table towel, and appliqued Happy Halloween, a lil pumpkin and a lil ghost. Then it felt a bit empty so i added spider webs and made cute tiny spiders with buttons. It took me an afternoon to complete. When she woke up this morning, LilOne (5yo) greated it with a huge Thank you Mom!! Now it's really Halloween!
I wanted something simple but showing the love we share for each other. I used our hands as patterns. She is 5 so bright and colorful fabrics seemed a good idea for it.
I machine appliqued the heart and the hands. Then I hand quilted everything. I quilted the hands in the ditch, then I used a hearts and flowers pattern filling. And I decided to hand quilt the hearts of the border. I made some bias with a bright fabric and I sewed it with my machine. And here it is!
She loved it! She picked the perfect place to put in on... here it is in its new home!
I put some more pics on my blog, where you can have a better sight on the hand quilting
My 5yo asked for more light in her bedroom. I just purchased LED lights.... and I finished my cereals in the morning. And we are into owls lately....So I took my cereals box, some colored cardstock, and I started to draw, while she told me exactly what she wanted. she was very specific about the ear shape, the wing shape, the eyes colors and the fact that it was supposed to squint (she actually does too...). I drew and cut. She glued and embellished.... I fixed the light inside. We made it together and we spent a real good time. This bedside light was made with a lot of love!
Here it is!!
I guess a little girl will have sweet dreams tonight!
I had to do something related to school for a school teacher, celebrating back to school.... I am a school teacher myself, so inspiration came easily hahaha.
Anyway, she is a tea drinker ( I am more a coffee addict), so i thought I could make a wallet with pockets to put her favorite tea inside... Then I had the idea of tiny little happiness.... and I thought that she is a girl so she would need chocolate... and pens.... and here is what I made for her: a teacher's back to school survival kit, to handle stress, find some confort.... and have fun!!
She also does cross stictch, so I thought that she could reuse the kit as a sewing kit, there is a place for thread, needles, charts and cisors.... I hope she will like it!!
here are some more pics with details:
the outside : just like my tiny little happiness covers, but a bit bigger!
on the left: tiny happy things note book pocket and tea bags pockets
on the right: chocolate pocket and pens place.
i can't make an article on my blog, as I didn't send it to her yet, and won't be able to do so before aug15th... But I couldn't wait to share!!
Edit: she looooooooved it!!!! And now people ask me to make one for them.... But back to school means a lot of work for me... so ... I put the tutorial on my blog, in french and in english. Just look on the right!!
I subscribed to a swap. I had to make something handmade, related to school. Because well...; it's a school teachers' craft swap... Yes, I have to confess I am one of them Lately, i was thrown through those times when I was victim of an abusive husband. As I went on with the divorce process, last week, he started harassing me, sending me threatening e mails and insulting me on msn and such. Not happy happy time. Don't worry about me and my kid, we live on the other side of Earth, he can't do anything bad to us anymore.
Anyway, I felt hurt and started to feel this ball in my guts again, while I thought it was long gone then... I had to react. And I did. I decided that from this wrong time will raise some good. And I started to write a little thing that made me happy each day. Oh they are very tiny happiness, but to me they mean that whatever happens, there is some beauty and happiness around those who care to see them.
And it helped me a lot. Then I thought about the swap. And I decided to make a cover for my tiny happy things journal and to make another one for the one I had to send something to. Hoping that she will find some confort and peace writing on the pages. I went on the web, found some good ideas, let them stay and started to make it. It's a mix between quilting and embroidery. But most of all, it's happy and cudly
They are slightly different. I didn't use the same stitches to embroider the cover, one has a pen holder while the other hasn't. I embroidered the words 'Les petits bonheurs' which can be translated by 'Tiny happy things'. oh, because yes, I have to confess something else, I'm french....
As a matter of fact, I started a new one, along with my 5yo daughter. Each evening, just before she goes to bed, we find a little happy thing and I write a sentence about it. Then she draws it. The one you can see was 2 days ago: today, we made a heart softy together. (She drew it, I made it and and she loves it!!)
here is a princess with bunny i embroidered for my 5yo daughter. She has a thing with bunnies, so she picked this one screaming: I want it i want it , I want it!!
So I decided to embroider it to put on her room walls. My daughter has to go through counselling once a week. It's my quiet peaceful lonely time. The kind of time you can emboider in peace, one stich at a time, while chatting with other parents. I took the princess, and I embroidered it each time we went there. and here it is now, in all its glory, while my daughter is done with counselling .
I used stem stiches, back stiches, french knot stiches and so on... A lot of fun, and a lot of happy thoughts shared while doing it.
and here is a close up on her face, for which I had a lot of fun, mixing stiches