Thursday, 13 March 2014

unexpected business

I do not like letting so much time without a post on my blog, but since December, I have been busy, very busy. It happened that I build play kitchens for my Etsy shop #2, that people asked for more, that I have add some canvas teepees, and again people ask for more. Play tents are something that I love, my kids have the perfect age for this, and was excited by the idea of a toy that I can sew and add some patchwork on it. I did not expected that success, I am now happy and exhausted. My priorities now are: to find a better way to manage my time, to sleep enough and to keep being to my kids the best mom I can. I also want to continue developing my block pattern collection (I am currently working on a teddy bear, a robot and few others).
But I will not complain and the timing is just perfect. Baby #2 is now 14 month old, time for me to work more and allow my husband to spend more time with the kids.
I hope to come back soon with my new blocks :-)

Friday, 7 February 2014

Felt Donuts

Almost 6 months ago, my oldest son turned 3. I wrote this post and kept it as draft, waiting for Lesley Chaisson to list her pattern. She did not and I think it does not matter, so I publish my post now:-)
So, my son who had 3 years old last summer loves playing kitchen and cooking delicious meal for all the family. I had a leftover of felt in brown and pink and I thought some donuts would be perfect for "mon petit patissier".  The pattern has been designed by Lesley Chaisson, for Quilts & More mag. winter 2010. Her shop is here with some other adorable pincushion patterns (hamburger, scoop ice-cream...). An if you like those donuts, just ask her, maybe she will make her pattern available again. The donuts were published as pincushions pattern but it is also perfect as pretend toy. It's a fun, easy and yummy project. And rewarding as the result is so cute!

1- Cook the dough.   2- Make the icing.   3- Sprinkle sugar decoration.  4- Eat !

Thursday, 2 January 2014

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Lovely Xmas crafts

 I wanted to share with you some simple and beautiful crafts found here and there for Christmas. I will update and add some next week.  Enjoy!

Lovely evergreens, instructions on Martha Stewart's blog
Cute Animals ornaments here.

Love gingham... Instructions here!

Lovely chains to print and cut here.

Fun 3D cards here!

Friday, 15 November 2013

Camping Set Winners!

I am very busy those days as I have a huge success with my play kitchens. I am a kind of Santa's elfe and it is such a pleasure to work thinking about the joy of the little ones who will find their kitchen near the christmas tree and will play with it! But I will come back soon with new blocks, as I have been boosted by your kind words during the blog tour. I have decided to add 4 more winners for the camping set. So here are the 5 lucky ducks!

Monday, 11 November 2013

Quiltmaker's 100 blocks Volume 8 and giveaway!

I am in Quiltmaker's 100 blocks Volume 8!!! I am so happy to participate to the blog tour and to introduce my special block designed for this great magazine.

Here is Master Liu, a cute Panda named from a wonderful Chinese man I knew when I lived in Switzerland. I did so much for me... now I live in Canada and I miss him. He practices Kung Fu, so when time was to find a name for my little Panda, I just thought about Master Liu :-)

For this block I have been inspired by my son's love for animals, I wanted a cute animal block that could make lovely baby/toddler projects.

For a sparkler version, I like to change the frame as shown below, using triangles.

Now it is time for a giveaway! If you want to win my camping pattern set, just let a comment below (do not forget to let me a way to contact you!). For a second chance to win, follow my blog and let me know!
A winner will be randomly picked at the end of the blog tour (15 of Nov. midnight pacific time).

And do not forget to tour the designer's blogs to discovers their work and to participate to great giveaways!

Friday, 25 October 2013

DIY Play kitchen part 2

Do you remember my play kitchen post from october 2012? It was my first play kitchen made for my son from an old night stand. I have recently found a pair of old night stands really great to make some play kitchens. I wanted to make one for my goddaughter's christmas and I thought I could make the other one for sale. Here is the result.

This one is featured in my "cuckooclocks shop". For the fabric, I have been inspired by Amy from Nana Company (one of my favorite blog) and I have chosen a Tanya Whelan print. My goddaughter's kitchen is not finished yet, I want to add a small oven and I will put a red fabric from the Lecien's Azalea flower sugar line. I recommend Marie-Madeline studio shop, they have a lovely selection of fabrics.
The great thing with this kind of night stand is that the feet are easily removable (screws), so I can make a package small enough for a reasonable shipping price. And I love the retro style of the small "columns".  The original brown night stand was quite ugly, but it makes a perfectly cute kitchen, isn't it?

My son plays every single day with his kitchen. He has tested and approved this one too! He told me that he wants to keep the yellow one and to own a blue one like this too! Maybe I should look for a bigger house...