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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: The Ongoing Poppet and Punkin-Along on: February 24, 2012 01:50:26 AM
here are the lastest news concerning Poupe Violette. After her floral surgery, she needed new clothes. I planned on making her a A-line skirt, who ended being too short, so I added some ruffle... But it was too long so I added a top and a ribbon. Now she has a brand new dress... she was happy anyway!! And so did DD, because I even thought about coordinating the fabric with Violette's color!

see how florally happy she is...

more pics on my blog, right here: http://www.crapouilleries.net/article-poppets-une-robe-pour-poupee-violette-99931284.html

2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Alto recorder cozy on: April 08, 2011 12:23:46 PM
now I wonder: to quilt or not to quilt? That is the question.... any suggestion?
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Alto recorder cozy on: April 06, 2011 02:29:44 PM
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 !!

C&C more than welcome, of course!

4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Be happy on: March 08, 2011 01:43:12 AM
I added a pic of my lil babric basket. and here is everything set in my bedroom:

It's just the perfect place for it!
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Be happy on: March 07, 2011 03:37:18 AM
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 Smiley

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!
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: embroiderie/quilt caddy on: February 16, 2011 11:45:28 AM
Do not fear! It's a zipper you can fully open (you then have 2 separate half zipper... ), so no probs! You just have to be careful to put both side the right way ( yeah, experience talking lol). then you sew one side of the zipper on one piece, the other one on the other piece. Then, the hardest part is to sew the two fabric pieces the right way so that you can actually close the zipper.... not clear? Well... you can also do like I did: try, unsew, tryagain, till you got it! I am not a zipper master, far from that, but I am stubborn. I wanted this zipper, I had to have it lol!!

In fact the hardes part was to sew this biais all around...by hand... Took me forever... especially with those rounded corner... what did I have in mind when I did those??? Just because I sewed some biais already didn't mean I was able to do a nice job on it... Well, I did my best... but it was a nightmare!
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: embroiderie/quilt caddy on: February 16, 2011 10:32:10 AM
I am sure you can find other caddies like that on the web... but yes, it is my own doing ( can't say pattern, I made it as it came). Mainly, I had an idea of what I wanted:

- a zipped pocket
- a pocket to put my sketches and other patterns...
- pockets for my threads
- a zipped caddy, so it doesn't open in my bag and holds everything inside
- a thick caddy, so I can also take my mini quilts

and the size was this one becaus my hoop is 8' and that the zipper I had was 24. If my hoop was bigger, I had 2 options: buy another one, or wait till I find a longer zipper. I also dig in my stash to find some fabric that will be fun to carry every week. And with the colors of the outer one came everything else Smiley. Some batting later, I had the caddy that fitted all my needs ( I know, I don't need much to be happy lol)

After that, I just played around, adding an embroidery because it seemed too plain and that i just fell in love with teh pattern. And between the colors of the fabric and the embroidery came the theme! So I added stitches around because... it was fun, and added leaves, just outlined or filled. Then I realised I needed somthing to hold my needles and I had this red felt in my cabinet... I made another leaf, I appliqued it and there we were! And I think I will add some other things as I will use it...

it really was fun to make, and fun to take.

Now I may make another one for a friend of mine... I may take pics this time, and make a tutorial... I don't know... It can be use as a lunch bag too maybe, or a treasure box.... or... hum.... makes me ponder lol
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / embroiderie/quilt caddy on: February 16, 2011 08:11:38 AM
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....)
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: recycled jeans bag on: January 03, 2011 09:19:40 AM
this pocket felt faaaaaaaaar too sad being plain... So did the handle...

2 days later, here they are, flowery pailey-ish... love it! And so did my pupils today, when they saw it hahahahaha

I am not done with it, still thinking about some embroideries here and there... I finally found the appropriate needle for my sock yarn and it became really easy... even through the sickness of jeans....
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / recycled jeans bag on: January 01, 2011 02:05:20 AM
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.

More details on my blog!

C&c welcome!
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