Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Socks for St-Nicholas

Hey there! 
I didn't planned to neglect this blog for 2 month! There had been lots of other things taking my attention, stopping me from being creative. Some still do, but I hope I will manage soon to do everything. Maybe in 2018 I become super-woman! ;-)

Today it's St Nicolas day. Normally not a day that we are celebrating, but yesterday youngest-son put his boot out telling me, he wanted to see if it "works". First-son did equally. So mom had to do something. Both don't believe in Santa, so I guess they know who is filling the boots, too. I took out the first advent calendar that I made when the boys had been little. At that time to avoid the risk of an over-excited child opens more than one package per day, I made stockings for everybody and filled them new every day. That's how it has been looking at that time:
Horrible photo!
I made one sock per family member, but mine had been rarely filled with anything. As my husband has other access to chocolate he didn't emptied his every day neither. The boys did! 
I stitched our names in the socks, but you can't read them. The dwarf on the sled is from first-son, the dwarf climbing the rope is little-son (funny, alpine climbing is now his sport :-)), my husband is the Santa-dwarf and mine is decorating the tree (I always wanted to stitch some more details on it, but never finished). 
Yesterday evening I filled those socks with sweets and nuts and dried fruits and hung them up very early today in front of our entrance. 
It has been 5 years now that we didn't used this socks and little son didn't remembered them at all! This is the advent calendar we are using now. I showed it in 2014.

Hope you all had a very nice start in the Christmas-season!

A bientôt,
Jane 

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Bull's-eye-bag

Sunday I took the time (that I should have used for more important things) and made a completely (un)necessary bag!
A bit of brain jogging to find out how to put in the window without making the complete lining from plastik.
To compensate that you can't hide any secrets inside :-) I added a cover that can be closed by pulling the two stings tight.
I think it's a funny bag, but to be honest: I don't really have use for it!

A bientôt,
Jane 

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Autumn leave printing

I tried a printing technique with leaves that I found on pinterest. You are using fresh leaves and painting them from the back with felt pens in different colors. This is so much less messy than printing with water colors! Still you get colored fingertips so when putting the leave with the color side down on a paper, it is best to cover the leave with a scrap paper so when pressing the leave onto the paper, you are not leaving traces with your dirty fingers.
The results are stunning and I loved doing the printing! 
I did some post cards (there are some autumn birthdays ahead),...
... a page marker,
... a note block for shopping lists that is already with a friend of mine,
... and I decorated a notebook.
I also did this printing technique with the kids in my crafting classes. They did really nice works too. I like to show them crafting that they can do also alone at home, not needing lots of special equipment.

A bientôt,
Jane 

Monday, 18 September 2017

Matching bag and pouch

What is Jane sewing when she gets an adorable new wax-cloth?
Exactly: A little bag!
This time accompanied by a little pouch. I doubled the pouch and made nearly a knot in my brain, by thinking of how I could turn it :-) It didn't worked how I wanted, but I am anyway satisfied with the pouch.

A bientôt,
Jane 

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Upcycling a children armchair

One very little crafting project I made during summer-renovation-time was to jazz up an old children armchair from the Swedish furniture store. We bought it for our youngest, but he never really used it, as our cat occupied it for years. Now she prefers the sofa and little son is too tall to be comfortable in it, so we decided to hand it down to our little niece. The cushion was smudgy, but with lots of soap I got it back to its original beige color. Except some black spots. To cover them I drew flowers over them with fabric paint. 
Looks nice, doesn't it?

At least it is usable again! And my sister in law can add flowers to it, whenever her daughter is causing the next spot :-)

A bientôt,
Jane 

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Fox bonnet

Yesterday a friend passed by with a pattern, fabric and some pre-cut pieces and together we made for the birthday of her animal-loving son a fox bonnet. Then we forced my son to wear it for test and we took this photo. It happened that the t-shirt of my son fits perfectly the bonnet :-)

A bientôt,
Jane

Monday, 28 August 2017

Floor Patchwork

This has been a long summer break that I took! But I have been so busy! 
You ask with what?
Patchwork! Mainly patchwork!
And I guess now you want to see photos of nice blankets or wall hangings or at least tops that are awaiting quilting! Sorry, it hasn't been that kind of patchwork. My husband and me did floor patchworking! Not creative, not colorful, but dusty and heavy and it seemed to never end!


We renovated our basement floor this summer and installed a floor heating system! It took much more time than estimated, mainly because of delivery delays for nearly all materials. But after 6 weeks we finaly have our new floor and we love it! Also we repainted the walls and everything feels new and fresh. Of course we are still in the process of finishing all the little corners that rests always after you finish the main work and putting back all furnitures and stuff takes also a while. But the end is in sight.
So hopefully I soon will be able to blog about some creative things!

SU soon!

A bientôt,
Jane