zondag 31 augustus 2014

Getting into the rythm of things

Coming back from a holiday, the kids still being free from school and crazy busy at work I'm finding it hard to get back to some rythm or routine. That's not always a bad thing for some time, but now I feel like having one again. The kids will have their first day at school and I am trying to clear my mind for a first (probably frantic) week by sewing up some farmer's wife blocks.

I love this project. I have created some routine in it by alway leaving it in a way I can pick up a small task when I want to sit down to it. No big jobs that will take hours, just a little something in a spare half hour. I usully print and cut up the papers for a block in one session. Leaving the picking and cutting up of some fabric for the next time I sit down at my desk. And than I sew up a block, maybe two, when I'm on a roll (or they are simple) maybe three in one session. Than start over at step one. Not to much looking back or ahead. Just approaching one block at a time in a frame of three. (not the grand total of 111, because that's to big to think about). I'm using scraps in all colors, so I don't think about color combo's or big color planning.

And I am approaching the halfway point! Four new blocks to show today:

FWQ # 49 Honeycomb

FWQ # 53 Jackknife

FWQ # 54 Kitchen Woodbox

FWQ # 45 Grape Basket

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zaterdag 23 augustus 2014

goody - bags

I have made some drawstring bags for the hollidays! Some for the boys, for their drawing materials. One for me, to keep my sunglasses, ereader and phone sand free on the beach. And one as a gift.
It's basically this tutorial I once made (though in ducth).

 See you soon!

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woensdag 20 augustus 2014

Je viens te chanter la ballade- La Ballade des gens heureux

I've spent some lovely time in France, enjoying sun, family, beach, food, drink and books. What else do yo need. When in France we tune our car radio to "nostalgie". We love the combination of older classics and french chansons. It is a part of our holiday vibe. And this is the song we tuned in to this year. Freely translated it means: I will sing you a song, a song of happy people. When I learned french in high school, our teacher spent the last ten minutes of our Friday lesson teaching us a french song. Which is pretty genius if you think about it. We enjoyed it, learned new words and to pronounce things in a real french tongue. This was one of the songs. So it made me feel nostalgically happy, this feeling clung to me during most of the holiday. If you want to get a feel for the mood, you can listen to it here.

We enjoyed some lovely little and big cities like Narbonne, Beziers, Montpellier and Uzès. Just some pictures to transfer the mood and then I am off sewing, because now I'm back I can't wait to get my hands on some fabric. I've brought some too: store bought, but also some second hand cottons from "vide greniers" (empty your attic/flea markets) and Bric a Bracs (second hand stores).
a second hand store
the beautiful streets of Montpelier
The Atlantic beach near Bordeaux
The picturesque city of Uzès
My second hand findings
My new findings
Beautiful cloudy french blue skies
See you soon! 

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