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1  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / 30 French books pocket size? on: September 19, 2011 12:39:21 PM
Hi,

I recently cleaned up our bookshelf and decided to remove the French books, since we do not live in France anymore, and my kids will not use those books for Dutch school.

I have 30 of them, they are 18 cm height and 11cm width. Some of them have black and white illustrations, they are no fancy books, except the fact that they all are classics of French literature. They were mine when I was in high school in Paris, most of the covers are damaged, due to the pocket format, they were always in my pocket!

But in France there is a saying that : "You do not throw a book in the trash".
And I kind of agree with that, so I was wondering if anyone can tell me "what the heck can I do with this"!?
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / From hubby's hoodie to cute skirt for me! on: September 18, 2011 08:26:27 AM
Hi, I finally manage to sew something for myself!
 Here is the hoodie:



here is the how to :

First you have to cut the skirt's panels.
Like this:



Then cut out two bands out of one of the sleeves, you need them to be a half of your waist size and add about 5 mm to the length for both bands, for ease. If your waist is 66 cm, then you need two bands of 33,5 cm. The height of the waist band for me was 4,5 cm, do not forget to leave 1 cm seam allowance all around.



Now you have all two pieces for the skirt.
Now, back to the skirt's panel, first you need to unsew a small part on one seam to insert the zip, secure the seam with your sewing machine.
Serge the top edge.
To make the gathering you need to sew a straight line on the panels at 1 cm from the top edge, secure that straight line with a back point but do not do it at the end, leave a good amount of thread a the end.
Now just pull the under thread (the one that cam out of the can on your sewing machine).
See it's starts to gather, do it till it matches the length of the waistband
Now the waistband; sew the two bands together and iron the seam flat, then apply some fusible to the wrong side of the waistband, to give it some strength and serge the band.
Fold it in the length and iron it.
Sew waistband and skirt together following the gathering line on the skirt.
Pull out the gathering threads.
Insert zip.
Iron the whole thing, and you are done!

the final result as a skirt:



more pictures : http://chicnjoy.blogspot.com/2011/09/from-hubbys-houded-sweat-shirt-to-cute.html

c&c welcome!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / From grand-ma's skirt to back to school dress. on: September 13, 2011 02:10:27 AM
I made this dress out of a linen skirt from my mother in law and a blue silk scarf, for my 4 years old daughter for her first day at school.





c&c welcome!

more pictures ans details on my blog http://chicnjoy.blogspot.com/2011/09/from-grand-mas-skirt-to-back-to-school.html
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Black silhouettes, I did it again! on: September 12, 2011 05:38:02 AM


Those two were an order, the finishing touch wasn't done a the time I took the pictures, once done they were gone so quick I didn't have time to take a better picture. I'm so proud to know that they are hanging on a wall inside a pretty French house just near Versailles!
Find out more about the subject go to my blog : http://chicnjoy.blogspot.com/2011/09/tutorial-wall-art-save-money-live.html
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Wall art, no money spent! "Save money, Live better" on: June 28, 2011 09:38:26 AM
Hi, girls,

Well I did it again, this time it was for our living room, hope you like them!
It's the 2nd part of my personal challenge, the 6 pieces are done!




Quick how to and more pictures  on my blog:
http://chicnjoy.blogspot.com/2011/06/tutorial-wall-art-save-money-live.html
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Bed canopy, Princess like! on: June 16, 2011 08:06:29 AM
Hi, I made this a while ago for my 4 years old daughter, she loves it!



close up



More pics and tutorial on my blog
http://chicnjoy.blogspot.com/2011/06/tutorial-for-princess-canopycurtain-bed.html
7  EUROPE / NETHERLANDS / Albert Cuyp market pictures and findings! on: June 14, 2011 11:56:17 AM
Hi, I wanted to share with you some pictures and findings I made at the Albert Cuyp market in Amsterdam this week.
It might not deserves a topic but I can't find the right place for that, so please forgive me.
Enjoy!





More pics on my blog: http://chicnjoy.blogspot.com/
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Wall art sign Bon Appétit! craquelé effect on: June 09, 2011 02:45:12 PM



Hi,
I made this sign with the idea of "no money spent", using what I already had.
It's now hanging in our dinning area.
I took the challenge to make all the wall art I need in my home by myself
So it is the first of six I have done so far.
See more details about it on my blog, I made a tutorial for it and the craquelé effect.
http://chicnjoy.blogspot.com/
9  EUROPE / NETHERLANDS / baking soda in Nederlands on: March 07, 2011 06:20:53 AM
Hi,
I'm French living in Almere, and would like to know if anyone can tell me where I can find baking soda (trade or shop), I found driehoek soda but I think it's for cleaning purpose, not sure.
I want to make my own deodorant from a crafster recipe posted today!
Thx in advance.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Tutorial tutu on: December 17, 2010 07:56:19 AM


Sorry it took me time cause my scanner was kind of sneaky with me!
So,

You will need:

1 m of white tulle

1 m of pink tulle

1,25 m of pink biais

1,50 m of white ribbon that is a least o.5 mm width less than your biais

1,50 m of pink ribbon 1 cm width

Rubber band (you don't need a big width for this, mine was a 5mm width) that fits your child waist

Matching threads


Let's start it!

First you have to print the patterns for the "leaves"

Printable pattern on my blog : http://chicnjoy.blogspot.com/2010/12/tutorial-for-tutu.html



I used de longest one with the white tulle and the shortest one for the pink tulle

Once you have your patterns cut out,

fold your tulle as much as you can till you have just enough fabric to cut out the leaves pattern out of your tulle.

It' s a very forgiving project so don't be afraid !

So now you have a certain amount of leaves.

Now place your white leaves tulle on the wrong side of your 1 meter biais  (you have to cut out 25 cm for the flower)

Leave 1 cm allowance and start disposing and pin your white leaves side by side on the wrong side bottom of your biais till the end, don't forget to leave 1 cm allowance here too, and sew them.

Time for the pink leaves (the small ones),

Do the same as you did with the white ones and sew them on top of the longs ones.

Waist band:
Sew your 1 cm width pink ribbon on top of the white one (you jave already cut out 50 cm out of your white ribbon for the rubber band), leaving equal amount of white ribbon on each side of the pink ribbon (this purely finishing touch)

Sew your white ribbon and pink on the wrong side of your biais (wrong side of the ribbon on the wrong side of your biais), covering the top of your leaves that are sewn on your biais, sew the top and the bottom and leave both ends open.

Cut your 50 cm of white ribbon in two parts (2 piece of 25 cm each)

Sew your two piece of white ribbon on both ends of your rubber band (you have prealbly cut to fit your child waist).

Then using a safety pin put your rubber band and ribbon inside the waist band.

Use the exces of white and pink ribbon on the waist band to attach the tutu making a nice bow, the ribbon attach to the rubber band is for fitting your child, make a nice bow here to.

Et voilà ! You're done


I hope this is clear enought, well that's my first tuto! If you need more or have any questions please don't hesitate.

Soon a little tuto for biais flower.

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