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Let’s talk about Queens and Fairies, Monsters and Astronauts, shoes and swords, fashion, style and trends.

The clothes we choose to wear are a representation of who we are. It can make us feel empowered and in charge of our own life. That is why we all choose our clothes very carefully for a special occasion, a first date, a job interview but also a party and especially a wedding, both our own wedding as someone elses. Because our personalities evolve over the years, our style and fashion sense evolves with it. Even a change in job or a different haircut can suddenly evoke a change of personal style. What we consider as fashionable is something very personal, yet people tend to follow trends and buy and dress very similar. Off course trends are fun, it gives us a different view on fashion and clothing every year, it gives us the opportunity to change our personal style and it is a great excuse to go shopping once in a while. There is just one small problem. Not so much the trends in itself, but more the shops where we choose to buy our new cool stuff. Big shops seem the place to be. The cheap clothes they offer seem to be the stuff to wear. And we all end up with the same items in our wardrobe. Yet, we desire to be unique, to stand out from the crowd and to be see.

We want to feel like a Queen on our night out, we want to be the Belle of the ball. We want our daughters to feel like Princesses and have that special Fairy magic. We encourage our children to be unique, to find their dreams, get in that space rocket and reach for the stars. And everyone dreams of finding that knight in shining armour. And sometimes clothes need to just say that. Sometimes clothes need to be fit for Queens and Astronauts or for little Fairies and cute monsters. Sometimes all you need to add is shoes and the occasional sword.

To be continued…

 

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Goodbye… for now

My sewing year is officially over. Just put my machine away and finished my last Christmas gifts. I could have finished them sooner, were it not that in the beginning of the week I felt the urge to sew some really nice tops to wear during the festivities.

I had a couple of vintage scarfs that I was just dying to use! I’ve had them for a long time already, and I specifically bought them to make shirts, but I never found the perfect pattern. I finally found it here. And because I loved how the first one came out, I immediately made 2 more 😀. I just love them! I will make some more, maybe a different pattern, but I still have some scarfs left, and I will be looking for more!

 

These are truly unique items, I love the vintage feel it has thanks to the print, it has an amazing fit and it feels very soft against my skin. I immediately wore one yesterday to go out for some pre-Christmas drinks. No sign of wearing – fear with these ones!

And so today I had to finish my gifts, actually got very nervous this morning because of the time crunch, but they are done. Finally… I hope my family will like them 😞. With handsewn gifts, there is always a bit more anxiety then with bought gifts I found. But I still shoose to do it, because I trully believe I am giving more then just the gift. I give time,love and attention. And I trully hope my family feels it this way.

A couple of hours ago, I packed up my supplies and my machine, tucked them away untill next year. And I hope my dear Brother will give me even more joy, pride and gorgeous garments in 2016. And that is what I wish you all. The joy of sewing, creating and designing. The proud feeling you get when you finish something, when you wear it or when you give it to someone. And above all I wish to you that you turn every piece of fabric into something gorgeous! Besides that I hope you find happiness, health and love.

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Merry Christmas everyone and may you have an amazing new year! 🎅🎄🎁

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Goodbye… for now

Happy birthday mom!

What a weekend I had! Just amazing!

It was my 3othe birthday this saterday (still trying to come to terms with the big 3 0 but whatever…) Because our recent move to the UK, my friends and family weren’t able to celebrate it with me, or so I thought! Fridaynight around 10pm, the doorbell rang and my parents were standing at the door! I was in a complete shock! Thank god they surprised me like that when I was still in my 20s, because I have no idea how my old heart would have coped otherwise 😆. It was just an amazing surprise! They stayed the whole weekend, brought a birthday meal with them, we talked the whole weekend, ate too much, drank too much and just had a blast. It was just so wonderfull to spend some extra time with them. This surprise was just the cherry on top of the cake, it just made me feel so loved by the people around me. I really felt special in a way… So thank you mom and dad for making my birthday unforgettable, and of course a thank you to my husband for being in on this conspiracy and congratulations for keeping it a secret all these months, I know it wasn’t easy for you 😄.

Well, today is my mom’s birthday (I will not disclose her age, I don’t want a reprimand later 😉), and because they were here this weekend, I was able to give my mom her birthday gift! I made this beautiful little handbag using this free pattern.

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What is special about this bag, is that it is made from fabrics I found in my late grandmother’s sewing cabinet, her mother. She has been gone now for a long time, and I always hear my mom saying how much she misses her sometimes. How much she misses having her here to experience life with her, and just be able to phone her to ask for advice or just hear her voice again. And the older she gets, the more she misses her sometimes. She was very ill before she passed, so my mom alsways felt that her passing was a relief from my granny’s pain, but the more time goes by, the more the loss is felt in her life. And that is why I specifically used fabrics from my grandmother.  The inner pocket is made from a very old silk scarf, the rest are remnants from the sewing closet. In a way, this bag is a gift from my grandma and myself to my mother. I hope she loves it as much as I do. And I hope it will keep her mother’s memory alive.

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Happy birthday mom, I love you and I miss you….

 

Pattern: Buttercup bag – Made by Rae

Happy birthday mom!

The busy life

Well, I am shocked at how long it has been since I’ve written a blog! So, I made myself a cup of coffee and on with it!

There are lots of reasons why it took me so long to write another blog, I went on a holiday for a week. Which ment 3 weeks no sewing, week 1 doing laundry and ironing and packing, week 2 was the actual holiday and week 3 was laundry and ironing and unpacking. By the end of the 3the week, I just went crazy. I’ve actually missed sewing so much, that I was even happy to cut some patterns, normally a part which I hate.

The second reason why it took me so long, is the fact that I am making lots of Christmas gifts which I can not show you yet, because you never know who is reading along 🙈🙉🙊. But let me tell you this, I can not wait till I can post them and show off a bit 🎄🎀🎁🎉!

The last reason why I haven’t been able to write another post lately, is just a lack of time. A lack of time to sew and a lack of time to write. I just doesn’t seem te be as quick as some of my fellow hobby-seamstresses. It amazes me every time to read post after post about the speed in which some seamstresses sew. “Made this shirt in an hour.” “Made myself another dress tonight.” “While my child was doing a nap, I made these shirts/pj’s/bags…”

I really don’t see how you are able to do this! Not just the sewing bit, making a sweater in an hour is amasing, I wish I could sew that fast! But also the amount of time spent on sewing. I am a stay-at-home mum, but even I don’t have enough time to spend hours each day sewing. When I was still working full time, I actually took a day off work from time to time, just to be able to sew again. It just boggles my mind to see my fellow hobbyist sewing such beautiful things in such short amounts of time whilst also having a full time job, being a mum and doing all of the household shores. I honestly get intimidated by it.

A couple of weeks ago I made a post about my sewing disaster, it got an amasing amount of views. Do people prefer reading about failures instead of successes? And if so, why? Is it because we are bombarded with posts about quick sews, posts with the most mindblowing beautiful creations and all these gorgeous successes that seem unreachable to a lot of us? Is it because we all fail in sewing sometimes, but reading and viewing success-posts make us feel like we are the only ones who screw up from time to time? Let me assure you, I screw up, a lot. I doubt myself with every single thing I make, and I am never completely satisfied. I am not able to sew something real quick, not if I want it to look decent. And I never have enough time to make everything I want, to the standard I want it to be. And I am certainly not able to make or even recreate all of these gorgeous things out there. And I am not embarrassed to tell you about it. And yes, the seam ripper is my best friend.

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So all seamstresses unite! Not only talk about your successes, but also the failures, it will make the garments that do turn out great even more impressive. Show us not only what you can do, but also what you can’t do, it will make us, your followers, feel better and like you even more. We are all hobbyist, we all love sewing, but sometimes seeing all these amasing creations is a bit discouraging and makes us feel like we are the only ones not capable of doing it.

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And to all that are able to sew a jumper in an hour, or a pj during nap time, please tell me your secret! Either to learn to sew so quick or to make my son have a nap long enough to do more than just getting my machine out.

 

PS: Since I started writing this post I had 2 cups of coffee, started my oldest son up with some arts and crafts,  delt with a tantrum (2 actually), got my youngest out of bed, made them both a snack and had a “Why?”-marathon with my oldest son. Took me a couple of hours 😊

 

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The busy life

#prayforparis

I know this is a sewing blog, but I feel I need to say this…

I was in Brussels, Belgium when I recieved the news of the attack in Paris. The next day, I recieved the news that the attacks were planned in Brussels, not far from the place I was staying. The attacks hurted me, very much. I cried, I held my children way too often and way too tight, I screamed “Why?”and I whispered “I don’t get it…”.

In the aftermath of these attacks, I watched the reactions of people, people I don’t know and people I know and love. And more times than not, I  shook my head in disbelief. And now, it is time for me to respond.

Lots of people respond to the attacks in Paris by saying “Let’s kill them all!” or “Let’s close our borders, no one in! We have been too kind untill now!”. In the same breath, they say they want to make a better world, a world of peace, kindness and tolerance. Responding with violence and exclusion is the complete opposite of what you want to achieve. Peace means no killing, otherwise you are the terrorist. Kidness means being kind and friendly to all, not to the people you choose to be kind to. Tolerance means to tolerate everybody, every religion, every race, not just the people with the same vision as you.
A wise man once said, be the change you want to see in this world. Think about this, think about it long and hard before making a snap judgment about my post and responding in a non-tolerant way.
I choose peace, I choose kindness, I choose tolerance. I choose to teach my children to love, not to hate. Even in this world, a world that seems to have gone mad. I choose to teach my children to make their own decisions, without judgment and without religion. Even now everybody seems to have lost their mind.
I sincerely hope you will make the same decision…

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France has this national motto “Liberté, égalité, fraternité” meaning “liberty, equality and fraternity”. It couldn’t be more suitable now…

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What a disaster!

I have a mountain of scrap fabric, an actual mountain, all sorts of fabric, all different sizes. Some so small that I wonder why I kept it! Don’t ask me why, but I just can not throw them away! You just never know what they could be used for! Yesterday, I was going through my closet and I just had enough. I wanted to finally use them for something usefull. So I came up with this fabulous idea! Something small off course, because there were only small pieces of fabric in this mountain. I decided to make my own Christmas decorations! Seemed so special! All kinds of bright fabrics in my tree, in different shapes and sizes. How cool would that be!?!

First, getting ideas. The fun part. Pinterest, Google. I spend a couple of hours searching and browsing for ideas. And I found a lot! And a lot of beautiful things. I really got excited! I started writing them all down, with little drawings on the site. I even drew a couple of templates. A star, 2 kinds of Christmas trees, a stocking, 3 types of balls… I started taking pictures of my work in progress to put on this blog to display my beautiful work. Well, turns out, I will use these pictures to display my failure. I still can not believe that I waisted half a day on this!

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I started going through my scrapes. That alone took me over 2 hours! Especially sorting them was a challenge, I tried by size, by colour, by type of fabric… Finally I went with 2 piles, one with colours that were Christmasy, and one with all the rest. There were so much fabrics in my Christmas pile that I then tried sorting that pile. I didn’t get very far. There were just too many kinds of fabrics and too many ideas in my head! The only solution I had was just to try something. To actually cut and sew. I took a couple of fabrics, 3 templates, cut out a couple of them and started sewing. Finally.

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Again, I didn’t get far. After the first one I saw that this wasn’t gonna work. It didn’t look good and I reaslised that I just don’t have enough patience to do such a delicate, fiddly work. I tried all the others, just in case and threw them all away. No home-made Christmas decorations in this house I’m afraid! Not this year, nor any year to come.

What was I thinking getting into this?! I think my mum, whilst reading this, will shake her head in disbelief that I even thought I could pull this off. I don’t have the patience for this kind of work, nor do I like the precision that is necessary to do it! Well, at least now I know never to attempt anything like it again. Or maybe use felt next time…

All was not lost in the end. After sorting my scraps yet again, I had another fabulous scrap-project-idea. But you will have to wait till after Christmas to read about it 🎅🎄🎁 😉

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What about you? Have you ever attempted a project that turned out to be a huge failure in the end? Or attempted something that is just not you, like I did? And how much scraps do you have? And what do you do with it? Let me know! I have enough scraps left for a couple of more projects! Leave a reply and tell us all about it!

I actually hope some of you did make your own Christmas decorations. And if so, please showcase them with proud, not everyone can do it!

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What a disaster!