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Thursday, 23 November 2017

A sweatshirt for my niece

Another birthday in the family: yep! We have them each month from September through June so be ready to see more posts about that probably.
This one was actually back in October when my niece turned 15. 15!! I can't believe how big she is: seems like it was yesterday that I was holding her in my arms *sigh*
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I practiced quite a bit in order to make this one right (I will show that in a separate post) and it took me a little while to find a fabric I thought she would like. Unfortunately for me, all the winter fabrics are not completely out so all you can find are the fabrics the shops are making special offers on so they can clear out the old stock to put the new one. The choice in sweatshirt fabric is limited during this period.
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I chose a girly, flowery fabric for her as the main body part, and a basic black one for the sleeves to have a nice contrast.
As I had practised a little bit before, it did not take a lot of time for me to make this one but there is still room for improvement for sure!
details collar
I will be making more of these I think, although I would like to try to make some with a different shape for the sleeves.

Sunday, 19 November 2017

A little boy's birthday

Yesterday we celebrated my nephew's birthday: he turned 5 earlier this week. Another occasion for the whole family to get together for an afternoon. I love these moments so much, seriously guys, my family is insane and we have such laughs all together.
Anywho, I was asked to make something for him that he'd like to have: a plate for his bedroom door. His sister had one from her nanny a few years ago and apparently he wanted one for his door too.
My nephew is a huge (and I mean HUGE) fan of Flash McQueen. Now, I can try to make a lot of things, but there are things I still can't do even with all the best will in the world: Flash McQueen is one of them :-(

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I had never made a car before and I was all excited about making this car but I realised it was too difficult for me. Sometimes, you have to be humble and admit when you just can't. And I simply couldn't!
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Come on, you have to give me credit for at least making a red car 😃.

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But at the end of the day he was happy and it's all that matters, right?

And as usual, his mum (my sister) made another awesome cake for the occasion:

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I'm not a huge fan of chocolaty cakes and stuff but it was nice.

Go check her Instagram! Warning: you'll feel super hungry afterwards!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend guys!


Thursday, 21 September 2017

2 little cats for a happy little girl

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It was my niece's birthday over the weekend: she turned 9! Time flies, I cannot believe she is that big already (I will say that again for the next three months for my other niece's and nephews' have been warned!).
She came to me two weeks ago and aske me if she could have a picture holder with a cat as a present. I admit I laughed a lot as I am really bad at modelling/sculpting and I had never made a cat before. So I looked for excuses: "if you are a good girl and don't get punished next week, I'll make it for you" I said. She got punished the following day (haha) but was good for the rest of that week lol
So there I was, trying to make a cat. But then I thought one cat on its own would be boring and sad. I got crazy and decided to make two!!

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Of course, you can't have cats without wool lying around for them to play! 

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I put the cats and their toys on a piece of wood that I've painted and carved my niece's name on it (note for later, carve and paint afterwards! the smell is better)
I am very happy with how the carving turned out considering it is the first time I write and carve on wood. So just for you, here is a close up for a better look :-)

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Still need to work on this whole sculpting thing though: as you can see from the first picture and the one below, the cats look like they've had a bit too much catnip lol
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My niece was happy though! She also had a wonderful cake made by her mum, my sister. I suggest you to go and take a look at her Instagram to see it and check out the others she makes too. I'm warning'll be hungry after that!

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Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Some cuff bracelets

This week I have made some new bracelets.
I wanted to play with some colours I do not normally put together and litteraly had no specific plan in mind when I started working on them: I let my imagination go wild. Well...not too wild but still!

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For this first bracelet, I played with circles of different colours on a background which looks like scrap polymer clay.

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For the second bracelet, I used the canes I've made for my sister's birthday present a couple of months ago. Those canes inspired me for the background colours as well. Simple but it works :-)

They can both be found in my shop on A Little Market (just click on the icon on the right sidebar)

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Thursday, 4 May 2017

A table!

I don't know about you, but one thing I really like is spending some quality time with my family.
We all have busy lives but we try, whenever we can, to spend time all together and this usually involves food: Christmas, NYE, birthdays, barbecues....every occasion is a good excuse to sit around a table and have fun.
The last gathering in date was two weeks ago for our mum's birthday. We spent a few hours eating some delicious Caribbean food and laughing to tears.
We also usually cook/bring something each so that the work is not on one person on that day. I was in charge of the salad that time...for 18 people! Some lettuce, cucumbers, radishes and I was good to go.
The only thing was, it wasn't that successful compared to all the other food on the table and I ended up with this massive bowl salad in the end. I figured it would prevent me from having to prepare food for my lunch during the week :-)
On the Monday morning when I packed my lunch I stood there contemplating my good old lunch bag thinking "You've had your time, my dear. As much as I like you, I think it's time for you to retire!".
I knew the kind I wanted but still had problems on how to do it. Luckily, I found an excellent tutorial recommended on several blogs I looked at, and tadaaaaa!
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 I used some old fabric leftovers I had in my workshop (I can't even remember where they are from!).

Bag cover
I love having this cover on the top: it protects the food and other things I could put in there (usually a book).

Cord casing
It is my second time at making a bag with a cord like that and it came out pretty good!

Cord end cap detail
I absolutely love this bag! I will have to make another one but with different fabric; the kind you can wash if something spills inside the back.
If you want to make one of your own, you can find Pink Peguin's tutorial here.

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