Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Crocheted basket

Didn't I said, that my sewing break is over and I want to do lots of sewing this month? Instead I did everything else: Lots of sports that has been really good for my back - organizing the new routine with the kids for the new school year - after the heat vanished the garden asked for attention too - I repainted our entrance hall (very necessary as it had been already grey instead of white - only problem is that now I see other walls in my house that needs painting too) - And I had one week of house guests....
So no time to sew, but I can show you what I crocheted on one car trip during this summer:
A little oval basket that is hosting now all my crochet yarn that I am mainly using to do little crafting with kids and knot bracelets.

Let's see if I got more done in October :-)

A bientôt,
Jane

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Calendarpage for September

Even with the school restart September is one of my favourite months. I love how the light is changing to autumn sun, but still it is warm. The flowers are changing and with the first colored leaves nature is getting mysterious again.
Have a look on my calendar page for September and find the hidden secrets between the flowers!
Have a wonderful month too!

A bientôt,
Jane

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Fridge cover for bowls

After the covers for my cake moulds I showed in my last post. I wanted also covers for things I store in the fridge. Making efforts to reduce the plastic waste I don't like to use lots of wrapping film, but still you can't store everything in open bowls, as the content might take the taste of other things in the fridge. 
So I made a set of covers from oil cloth in different sizes for the bowls and cans I am using the most.

They are so easy to make. I cut out a circle that is about 5cm in diameter larger than the bowl I want to cover. I measure the elastic stretched around the bowl and sew it already in a loop. Then I sew it stretched on to the oil cloth circle from the inside keeping a 5mm distance to the edge.
I even found orange elastic that matches the oil cloth.
I remember my mom had covers like those when I had been a girl. They are washable and reusable and I don't know why they went out of fashion. 

A bientôt,
Jane

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Cover for baking pan

So many flies around and the last time I transported a cake to a cookout the wind blew several times the towel away that I put over the baking pan as a cover. So yesterday I made some cotton covers that hold onto the mould. 
I choose cotton fabric so I can even cover the cake when it is still warm without the humidity condensing at the cover.
Yummy crumble - And the flies and bees can't have it any more!

The first one for the big baking pan has a tunnel from bias-tape on the inside edge where I put the elastic in.
This is working fine, but I thought it might be a little stiff for a smaller diameter, so for the smaller pan I just folded the edge in and sewed the elastic onto the inside while stretching it. This works also, but isn't looking as neat. I should look for some color matching elastic.
To have a set I made a third cover for my tarte-mould too!
This summer I really haven't done much sewing! With this little project I finish the break. 
See you soon with some more stuff...

A bientôt avec plus de chose cousu,
Jane

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Calendar page for August

See the page I made for the month of August in my 2016 calendar. One of my favorites!

A bientôt,
Jane

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Squirt pictures

Over pinterest I found this very cool technic for kids to make squirt pictures. I tried it out with my boys and the friend of younger son and it had been lots of fun!
Its food color diluted in water and the children are using old injections to shoot the color onto the paper. It took a while until they found the right distance to the paper and the right quantity of color for each shot. 
I think the results are amazing. This are three pictures younger son wants to hang up in his room. 
There are others where the color drifted a lot and on those we added some drawings with a black pencil by following the outline of certain colors. Looking a little bit like maps now. I cut out a few parts and glued them on carton for having kind of a frame. Unfortunately the carton don't want to lay entirely flat for a picture. In reality they are not as bended and the frame lines are straight.


Unfortunately the red food color is becoming rose on paper. All in all the colors are much more intense when seeing them against the light. I could imagine them pretty as window hangers too.
 This are the same pictures you see framed above
From some of the test pictures that are not so impressive I cut out the best parts and glued them on post cards.
This kind of kids art I can only recomend to everybody! It is fun (also for adults), the results are very cool and you can do a lot of things with those pictures. 

A bientôt,
Jane

Sunday, 14 August 2016

Lions shorts

Hello again! Back from vacation, but still in summer-chilling-mode as the school only starts beginning of September. Hope you are also enjoying a bright summer.
Just before leaving on vacations, I made a pair of shorts for a little boy that has been wearing those fish-pants I showed in this post for about a year! Even in winter! If someone values so much my gifts he is entitled to another one. So here is the pair of lion-shorts I made for him:

I hope those will be used equally often as the fish pants!

A bientôt,
Jane