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Sewing and fabric

I promised you some sewing news but did not got around to post the pictures before I left for

my " Girls only " trip.

May was the month of ISA
and she sent us some lovely fabric from Erin Mc Morris ( Wildwood ) to make her blocks.

I`m not through my pictures from my trip to share with you yet.
But one of the places I visited was

Of course I could not resist to make some purchases ;)
( I was well-behaved though but you can certainly imagine that it was very tempting to not be so........)

The lovely fabric with the gifts is from Barbara Jones of Quilt Soup ( The Holidays line) for Henry Glass. I already regret that I did not take the matching fabric with the Ornaments....

Phew! Lucky me,

they also sell online
ship international!!

Now I`m ready for a good night sleep as I`m still battling with the Jet lag.

Sweet dreams to all of you
( or have a nice day...)


Aaand the winnnneeeeer is....

her blog is "A few scraps" and she is from Portland, Oregon!


to you and your package with the " C rafters Companion" will be on the way as soon as I have your address....


as I am c-o-m-p-l-e-t-e-l-y
overwhelmed with the amount of comments

I decided to give both packages away and draw a 2. winner

And this is for

"Eclectic Pegasus" from Douglasville, GA

Congratulations to you too and I hope you will enjoy the "Meet me at Mikes"!

This were fun days with a loot of hours in front of the computer discovering new blogs and being very much inspired

THANK YOU ALL FOR PARTICIPATING and your lovely comments

( My to-do-list is overwhelming me now too :0 )

More sewing news to be shown soon on this blog....

Have a great time


P.S.: Now worries about the shipping costs....Monday I will be on my way to the USA (yes,yes,yes! ) and therefore,
will be able to post those goodies from over there!!


So there is a lot of fun ahead,
7 days , 4 girls... hmm... ladies sorry , and 1 big city...
no kids, no husbands...;)

To be continued...!!!


Busy times

...thats what we had here the last weeks, but now I`m back with another Give away.

Like last year the sewmamasew blog is hosting the

May Giveaway day

again. So don`t miss that fun and have a look at all those blogs participating and who knows, you may be a lucky winner!

Now for my part
I want you to choose between the two following book / fabric sets:


Just leave me a comment saying witch one
of the two packages you would like to receive and your in!
I will draw the winner at random.
The giveaway is open until the 20. May and I do send internationally.

So GOOD LUCK and have fun!



Trash to treasure tuesday

Did I mention that I love thrift stores and flea markets?

I do

and I have my "bunch" of thrift stores that I visit regularly

A while ago I was lucky and found these two lovelies

And this weekend I finally had the time to sand them down and give them a new look

Now this is Lynn`s new treasure box

And this is mine:

I liked the chest from the moment I discovered it but
when I opened the drawers and saw the compartments
I knew It would be perfect to store my ribbons, bindings and laces!

And I absolutely LOVE those handles!

It is relaxing to know that now I have an other mess free zone in my sewing studio.

Have a nice day


Doll making and a heavenly cake & sew & tell Fridays

After I had made the bunnies

I was hooked...

I started drawing some doll bodies and rummaged in my scraps.

She was the first try:

Lynn choosed the hair color and named her Annabelle.

And of course she needed friends.
It is true, no one should be without friends.

And Léo likes dolls too...

So voilà: Meet Ben and Sara!

I had the idea of stitching the faces and hair but the children wanted to draw it themselves and now they even have the jewelery tattooed on!
They also made quite exact drawings of other anatomical details, now hidden by the cloth I finished shortly before leaving for a walk around a nearby village.

A perfectly blue sky

Simple pleasures

The village
with a cozy Tea Room where we indulged ourself with a piece of St. Honoré.

You can`t buy this cake everywhere but I know the places and never resist...
and you have to work hard after this to loose the calories again too!

Yes, it is hard to survey the children when they are playing.

(Picture this: Me, sitting on a bench soaking in the sunlight)

Did I mention that I LOVE spring?

And since today,
we are prepared for summer guests too.

I hope you have a lovely day with some nice things to enjoy.



Absolutely amazingly Beautiful

Thats all I can say!

And happy Easter to all of you!

I wanted to reduce the amount of chocolate in the kid`s Easter baskets so i created these two Bunnies to add instead.


How to make a 4 year old happy

Most of the sewing I do for the children it is done for Lynn because it is easy to make a quick skirt or little bag etc. to make a girl happy!

But poor boy really wanted something for himself to be sewn too and he sure new what he needed!


of course

So I spent 2 cups of coffee searching the internet to find a logo to print out- with no luck but I found this instruction to draw it myself.

And then I started the making and I would like to share it here with you as my first


What you will need:

-Sewing machine and thread
-Measuring tape
-Black felt
-Steam-a-Seam or equal
-Felt pen
-Computer,Internet ;)
-Button or Velcro
-A piece of fabric
Min. about 100cm with and at least 70cm long for a small 4 year old.

( you will have to adjust this measurements depending on the size of your super hero....So you need
-a model too)

Start with
hemming the sides of the fabric.
Me as a bit lazy, just zigzagged all the way round..

Then copy your artwork on to the Steam-a Seam paper which then, iron on a piece of black felt.
D0n`t do it like me ; iron a corner of the paper on to your ironing board unless you want to change your board cover anyway..;)!

After this, cut out the Batman sign and iron it on to the fabric in the upper half of the fabric piece.

Then you have to gather the top end of the fabric. The smaller your heroes neck is, the more you have to gather until you have the desired width.

It should look something like this now...

Using the rest of the felt cut a piece of 5 cm in width to make the binding for the collar.
The length will, again, depend on the size of your model + 10-15 cm for the closure strip.

Now fold the strip in half lenghthwise press well and "sandwich" the gathering with it leaving the surplus overhang on one side. Pin well in place and sew it on.

For the closure I used self adhesive Velcro dots.

At the end, for security reasons during the flights I attached some handles made out of thin felt strips sewed on to the sides of the cape!

Now we have a happy little youngster who is ready for new adventures and for take off !!

Don`t forget to warn your pets and neighbour and perhaps store away your beloved vases and chinaware but then have fun with your boy!!


My precious

It`s good to have some precious quick and easy recipes on hand for those mornings when all your plans end up in chaos and at 11h45 you are thinking about what the.... you could whip up for lunch now!


..take a piece of Gorgonzola cheese, put it in a sauce pan and ad 2-3 tablespoons of white wine.

On low heat leave the cheese melting to become a perfect creamy sauce.


you cook your pasta until al dente,


pour the sauce over the pasta and serve


Of course, with some black pepper sparkled over it.

And as we all know we need some green stuff too. ..

(or in this case its orange...)

Here we go:

( kmhm, kmh this should be done before the whole pasta and sauce cooking...)

great some carrots,
add corn kernels
and a hand full of chopped nuts.

For the sauce:

Mix the juice of one orange with cream or vegetable oil ( NO olive oil in this case)

Add a pinch of salt AND sugar.

Mix well.


For the dessert,
indulge yourself with some precious fabric you found in your mail box.

This is AVA ROSE by TANYA WHELAN for Free Spirit. I ordered for my Quilting Bee month.


P.S.: Yes I do love my mail box at the moment ;)


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