Thursday, 17 March 2016

Origami flowers and bunnies

Since Christmas I jut feel compelled to fold paper. Problem is, I end up with quite a collection of useless paper stuff.

First here is a ball of flowers. The good thing is that it takes time to make, so it's good for my folding itch. I finally bought a glue gun for the ocasion.

And... here are bunnies !  And just like real bunnies, they tend to multiply.... So you have bunnies in special papers, bunnies with eyes, and white bunnies made out of school paper (note for our American friends, French school paper is white, with special lines).

I'm glad I managed to make each white bunny different, as if they had their own personality somehow...

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Indoor garden

This year I feel like going green in the flat. First we brought back DBF's ficus that went to my grandma's when we moved. Fresh air turned it into a little tree. I wanted it back because they say plants deplute the atmosphere. You will see the ficus and how big it is in a future post about Easter decoration.

But recently I wanted to grow things I can eat. With spring approaching and ecology being in fashion, they sell kits for cress, tomatoes, strawberries. The latest two are quite slow growing, but I have sprouts. Cress is easy to grow, and so good to eat !

I saw some projects on Pinterest and decided to put those aromatic pots on the kitchen walls. Here you see mint (haven't used it for anything yet) and chives (I tend to put it in everything). I also have parsley and coriander, but they are at the end of their lives...

Monday, 14 March 2016

A little bit of stitching

I didn't craft much since the beginning of the year, but it's mostly the "January effect". Nice little depression every year. But I managed to get into the Easter/Spring/Stitching mood and made these mini projects.

First a little Flower fairy. It was an old freebie from a UK stitching magazine. Stitched in one thread on 16 count aida, with a few fractionals. The backstitch is quite intricate and gives the whole dimension to the picture.

Then I made a little chicken for Easter, I still need to turn it into a cushion.

Finally an Elisabeth Design for a pin cushion. The pattern calls for a 40 count evenweave (or linen), but I used 28 count by mistake. Well, I thought the fabric colour (cloudy brown) was perfect for it. So it's just a little bigger than expected, and the leaves look a bit sprse, but never mind.

Now and then when I feel like stitching, I'm doing yet another freebie from an old magazine, a hedgehog with flowers from DMC. 16 colours and tweaking, freebie kits weren't for the newbie faint hearted in those times !

Sunday, 13 March 2016

Valentine cookies

It's a bit late, but I wanted to share the cookies I made for Valentine's day. I made them pink with food colouring, added some chocolate, but the specific thing is the letters embossed in the cookies. I got a "print your cookies" kit for Christmas. It's just like stamping, and it makes very personal cookies....

Saturday, 12 March 2016

A Christmas Catch Up

I can't believe it's mid March already. Once again, I'm wondering if blogging is still worth it, what with all the new places on the web and the new technologies, such as Instagram, Facebook and other social thingies. But as always, I use my blog as an archiving journal. What did I make when, and what mood was I in....

So here is a bit of a Christmas summary. In the end the stitching craze was quite short lived. I didn't make anything after the Christmas mice. I went into origami instead. Here are two of the best exemples :

And of course Christmas is the time of cookie making. This year I made a lot, and spread the yummy joy around. I made the Hello Kitty ones for a friends birthday, and DBF was the star at work for bringing colourful treats.

Weirdly enough, I got loads of cookie making gifts for Christmas this year, do you think it's a message in disguise? Anyway, it's Easter soon, time to make some different kinds of cookies...