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I did it!

I finally overcame my fear of sewing garments, and made myself a new top.

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I used the tunic pattern from the 5/2008 Ottobre design magazine (which was patiently waiting for me since February).

It wasn’t very easy, as this is my first try at sewing anything more complicated than T-shirt pyjama pants, and the instruction are not very detailed. Yet I managed to pull it off, and although it’s very far from perfect, I like it, a lot.

I miscalculated my size, and had to take it in on the side and back seems, and also skipped the zipper, it was large enough to wear without one. I love the front, but the back turned out huge and very tent-like, so I added two darts. The most important part though, is that it was a good learning experience, and left me wanting to sew more stuff.

How do you like my new model? Frida (I can’t just call her my vintage dress form, can I) was one of those too-cheap-to-pass Craig’s list finds, and I was happy to give her a new home.

The fabric, by the way, was a 1.99 piece from Value Village. I usually avoid them, can’t stand their high prices, but one trip to the “regular” fabric store made me realize I can’t afford to shop for normally priced fabric very often…

And on a different subject, am I the last person in blogland to join twitter? it’s fun, and it makes spend even more time in front of your PC. You can follow me here.

Enjoy your weekend everyone, and Happy Mothers day!

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Writing about food doesn’t come naturally to me.

I don’t consider the kitchen to be my stronghold, and that’s putting it very mildly…

But these are so worth the exception:

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When I lived in Oslo, more years ago than I’d care to admit, every Saturday morning we would walk down a couple of blocks to the neighbourhoods bakery/coffee place, arm ourselves with a few fresh loaves for the week, and then sit down to have coffee with scones and the best home-style strawberry jam I have ever tasted.

Try as I might, I never found equally good scones, with the same crumbled texture, and that just-so sweet taste again. After many tries of so called scones at other bakeries, I gave up.

But yesterday I picked a copy of Molly’s book from the library, and there was this recipe for Scottish scones. A quick search on her blog, and I got a photo that looked very much like the scones I craved for, and a recipe that sounded easy enough for even the kitchen challenged me to try out.

My little ones cooperated by waking up at 7 today, instead of the horrible 5:30 which my youngest thinks is a good time to start the day lately. So I was in good spirits, and ready for kitchen experiments. I ended up making the blog version, and used raisins.

For some reason mine didn’t rise very well, but they were still so good, and so easy to make that I’ll be trying many more variations in the near future. And they taste very much like the scones I remembered, so finally my craving was satisfied.

Yum…

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Have a great weekend everyone!

Everyone else seem to be making these, and they always turn out so pretty, I just had to make my one for me…

Fabric Birthday Bunting by you.

I don’t have pinking sheers, so I zigzagged close to the edges instead. I used vintage pillowcases in yellow and blue for the prints, natural linen for the solids, and vintage polyester knit for the letters applique.

Fabric Birthday Bunting by you.

I was dreaming about hanging it outside, where it would be visible from both sides, but I don’t think the weather is going to cooperate with my grand birthday picnic plan.

So I’ll just have to hang it inside, and flip it every 30 minutes or so.

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Yes. perfect plan!

5

No, not the number of months since my last post here – that would be 4…

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It’s my boy, my oldest, and he turned 5 today.

Which is somewhat scary, because even with my poor memory, I have quite a few memories from that age.

No more “… Oh, it’s fine, he’s just a kid and he won’t remember any of it …”.

From now on, everything I do can and (no doubt) will be used against me one day.

Oh well – let’s go get some toys than, and a photo with the birthday crown mama made you. I want a good seniors home, you hear me?!

Cheers everyone!

When it rains…

It floods.

Our basement that is.

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I guess that’s the downside of living in a neighbourhood surrounded by so many trees. Apparently tree roots clogged the rain drainage system somewhere, and so we woke up one morning to find our own private lake, right in our own basement.

I guess I should have seen this one coming though, with all the cloud making going around here! :D

It’s all better now, and hopefully we’ll be getting nicer carpets downstairs now, the previous one was worn out anyway…

Anyway – New clouds are in the store now, and I hope to list a few more next week too.

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Have a great weekend everyone – we will be busy celebrating a very important third birthday. He was eagerly awaiting this day since summer, and he was promised that with the snow, his birthday shall arrive as well. And what do you know – it started snowing this morning!

Cheers!

Fall

Time passes so quickly, and I have been away from this space for much longer then I expected. 

There have been many changes to our schedule, with the little ones now attending preschool and part time daycare.  It was a welcomed change, but it took a lot of adjustments, especially on my side. We have settled in our new routines now, and I’m beginning to feel the urge to go back to my sewing machine again. Soon, I hope.

Fall trail by you.

Meanwhile, I kept myself busy by exploring my new Nikon D90.

I don’t remember exactly how this nonsense about buying a new camera began, but it ended with a swift trip to the mall to get one… 

Fall fun... by you.

We were lucky enough to get a few dry days last week, and enjoyed ourselves in the sea of fallen leaves. The boys were having a blast, and I got to test my new toy!

Fall fun... by you.

Enjoy the season everyone…

Fall fun... by you.

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!

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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.