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Buying from an Etsy seller who is also a Blogland friend, of course…

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Thank you so much Julia, I absolutely love all the wonderful things you sent. It was even worth the complete melt down my little ones experienced when they learned that this package was actually not for them…

I may be persuaded to frame some of the postcards for their room though…

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If you haven’t done so by now, visit lineanongrata – she’s so good.

 

I also wanted to show my latest Japanese fabric, from alittlegoodness:

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When am I ever going to get the courage to cut into these lovelies, I honestly can’t tell…

And more rain clouds!

 New rain clouds... by you.

I’m very happy to tell you that my little rain clouds will now also be available at Craftsbury Kids! Many pretty things there, and my page can be found right here.

You can still find them in my shop too…

Have a great weekend!

summer fun by you.

 

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Kids are kept busy by their grandparents.

Fabrics is piling up to the ceiling.

I have a new sewing machine on my desk (Bernina 153 QE, purchased on eBay).

Isn’t it time to make things?

Yes… I’m making rain clouds again….

I know the calendar says it’s summer, but we still get quite a lot of rain here. And I dug into my thrifted fabrics for all the yellowish fabrics, because yellow goes well with summer.

So – to the shop they’ll go, hopefully during this weekend.

I hope you all have a great weekend!

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… And we couldn’t be happier about it.

It seems that the sun is here more often these days, and we’re doing our best to enjoy it!

So what have we been up to the last weeks?

The boys picked up this book from the library, and we had fun with some of the ‘experiments’, like inflating balloons with baking soda and vinegar, and painting with salt:

 

We have been busy learning new skills…

 

And re-learning old and forgotten ones…

The only thing I remember from my knitting lessons in elementary school, is that I knitted something very vibrant blue. I had no memory what so ever of learning to crochet, until in our latest visit to Israel I found some hooks and yarn, at which point I had a vision of a flimsy, poorly shaped crocheted table cloth. ahhm.

I was very surprised then to learn that while my conscious brain had deleted every memory that had to do with hooks, needles and yarn, something survived. And that while my first attempts to follow written directions failed miserably, If I just let my fingers do their own thing, they did remember – and there they were – stitches miraculously forming on my needles.

Not entirely brain dead then – very good.

I’ve since found some better books, and I’m very slowly practicing what to me seems more like an exercise in relaxation then a new craft. But I do mean that in a good way.

My latest toy:

A vintage singer sewing machine (model 329) found in a thrift store, all metal, nice and clean, with a little note saying “tested- working”.

I couldn’t stop myself. It is indeed working, and even has a manual, extra bobbins and a bunch of feet to match. I never had so many feet to play with before!!! neither did the kids – so everybody is very happy with my new-old machine.

What did you say? using my sewing machines to actually make something?? No – no time for that right now, and some lack of energy too. But in about month from now, my parents will be here, and I’m getting ready for much more sewing time…

BTW – I came across several Japanese craft books dedicated to knitting lately, and since my skills are nowhere near deciphering knitting instructions in Japanese, and my goals for the next couple of years only go as far as knitting some simple scarves, those books went straight to my Etsy shop, where you can still find 3 of them.

Have a great week everyone!

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The fabric I used is a Harris Tweed cloth (which I later learned was hand woven in Lewis, Scotland).

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It was purchased in a garage sale last winter, in my normal state of mind: buy first, think-how-to-use later….

So it was waiting patiently at the bottom of my fabric shelf until I ran into it again when moving my sewing room upstairs. And there, with all the mess of fabric scattered on the basement floor, waiting to be refolded and replaced on new shelves, a match was made: heavy, warm, tweed, with bright applique flowers.

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I like this combination. I made two versions so far, one of them you can still find here.

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What could be better then buying Japanese craft books, you ask?  Borrowing them from your public library of course! I found a bunch of books in the Vancouver library, and enjoyed them a lot, without my wallet complaining.

So here’s the first one:

Simple stitch life, ISBN 4579111036

It has very nice and clean embroidery designs, done on bags, scarves, tea towels, etc.

Blouse:

Necklace:

Bag:

Book cover:

Mini album:

If you’d like to borrow this book, here’s the link from the Vancouver public library’s web site.

BTW – I have a few other Japanese craft books for sale in my shop!

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In my shop… Rain clouds

The rain is back today, and i thought I’d share some thoughts behind the making of these…

Beside the obvious inspiration that comes from looking out of the window, how the clouds were made was also inspired by Amy Karol’s book, Bend-the-rules sewing. One of my favorite pages is not about techniques or projects (which are gorgeous, by the way), but about the different “creative personality types”. I think i easily fit in the “perfectionist” category, and while i do like that in my sewing, I also wanted to try something a little different, something more relaxed, or as Amy puts it – more FUN. The clouds, with their curvy shapes and raw edges were the perfect exercise in crafting something that is inherently less then perfect. The materials used were almost exclusively thrifted, the only exception being the white linen fabric. The gray wool was an old wool blanket, the accent prints were from vintage sheets, pillow cases and other old fabric finds. Did i mention fun already?

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