Sunday, 25 May 2014

May’n events

OMG, mid-May already!  School year is almost done here in the States.  I always wondered why American bloggers were so worked up about end of school year.  What was all the fuss about?  And now I understand, we crammed so many things in a week.

It all started last Saturday at 9:30 with Juliette's ballet assistant duties.  Then at 1pm she had ballet rehearsal followed by Bach Festival Youth Choir Spring Concert.  We spent Saturday driving her around Orlando.

BFYC spring concert
Sunday was a bit better.  Juliette had to attend an event starting at 8:45 (P. did the drop off, I can't be asked to be up that early on a Sunday morning). Then he picked me up, we went to Eatonville where I wanted to take some pictures for my Photography class' assignment.

Assigment 2
Then back to Juliette, then to the restaurant for Mother's Day lunch (I now have 3 Mother’s days:  in March in the UK, mid May in the States and end of May in France).  And a final stop for more pictures taking then back home and rest…

Monday, I had a Batik workshop. Well, that was... frustrating, very frustrating at first : thinking backward, trying to anticipate colour combinations... So out of my comfort zone... but I was surprisingly pleased by the end result.

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Batik workshopI love my peacock feather

Wednesday - Photography class plus more ballet rehearsals.

Thursday - grade 8th celebration ceremony.  My 'little' girl got an award in Composition (sorry, I can never stop bragging about my kids). I've got no picture of the event; so what is the point of taking Photography classes? I wonder!

And it was Saturday again, I was booked for talk with Nicole Curtis from Rehab Addict.  This lady has so much energy and passion for what she does.  If you don't know her, you've got to watch her show, it is so inspirational.  After the talk, there was a visit of some old restored homes in Winter Park.  So so nice! I wish they were my home, and it made me think that I need to do something with what I’ve got.

Nicole Curtis' talk
The grand finale of our week was Juliette’s ballet recital with the OBS.  I was so impressed by my girl, of course, but also by the whole thing.  Everything was so professionally done and just beautiful, and graceful and talentful…

05- OBS recital

The ‘cerise sur le gateau’, or in other word the cherry on the cake is that Alice is here with us, very tired but there.  And I HAVE her for a full 5 weeks.

My beautiful girls – missing Victor though

Thursday, 22 May 2014

A few finishes

I don’t think I have shown any finished quilt since the beginning of the year.

So let start with with my Liberty’s cushions.  I’ve used some Liberty’s scraps bought years and years ago and cream linen.  At first I was not entirely convinced whether the difference of weight in the fabrics will work together: the Liberty’s being very thin and tight weave compare to the linen.  The pattern comes from Sew Mama Sew, tutorial from January.

Liberty cushions

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The front is hand quilted, with very simple lines across the background areas.  I machine-quilted the back of the cushion.  I  think they make a lovely pair.

The second project I wanted to share is a 2-year old UFO, started it in S’pore.  It was a mystery quilt brought to our group by Béatrice, one of our quilting buddies.  My initial intention was to create a very calm, flowery quilt.  I chose fabric from the same collection, very little contrast in hues and values.  It took me an awful long time to finish it… I was not exactly in love, I wanted a strong. border but couldn’t quite figure out what to do.

Beatrice mistery quilt

Then some time ago, I took a long-arm quilting lesson and decided to use this top as my first trial. I just did a simple, large swirl all over.  It took me less than 2 hours to finish it all.  I’m now pleased with the end result :-)  Nice quilt to take to a pick nick.

And lastly, my Owls quilt.  Again, it’s a 2-year old project.  I precisely remember when I started it: in Koh Samui, just before Alice’s GCSEs.  That was such a great holiday.  I used a collection of Japanese fabrics I’ve gather for some times.  It’s my first appliqué quilt, I don’t think I’ve done a great job at it.  But it turned out to be such a cute quilt.



NB. Can somebody explain why my pictures are not getting better since I’m taking Photography lessons?!…

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Playlist from my teen years


… soon it’s going to be my birthday, not a big one, but close enough to a big one…

… for almost 10 years, I have been wrestling on and off with mood swings, depression… sometimes I feel so sad…

… 2 out of my 3 kids have flew the nest, live abroad, hours away…

… or maybe it’s me living far away from my family, my roots…

… I can’t explain why time goes so fast…

All in all, I haven’t feeling very up recently.  And the other day, I was on a long 4-hour drive with Juliette.  Actually, she was at the back of the car listening to her music in her own bubble.  I had lost interest in listening to the news, so I plugged in my Play List from my teen years.

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Bernard Lavillier (anything and everything), Serge Gainsbourg (seen him in concert twice), Vanessa Paradis (she felt like a younger prettier sister when she was signing Joe Le Taxi), Niagara (I could probably add Les Rita Mitsouko) and of course Daniel Balavoine (so many titles to choose from: Quand on arrive en ville, L’Aziza, Mon fils ma bataille, Le Chanteur…)

For my non-French friends, it probably does not mean anything… Until my mid-twenties, I was a ‘country’ girl, did not speak English, did not listen to anything other than French music (not 100% exact, I once bought an album from America; A Horse with No Name – go and check the lyrics and you will understand that I had no clue).

Anyway, back to my story and my road trip, as the music was pumping, my mood went up… I remembered the girl I was, remembered that I took risks in order to get what I wanted, I think I was sort of cool, not popular, a bit revolutionary…  I realised that I might have changed, but this girl is still there… and rather than being sad, I should embrace the journey that took me where I am now… not being just a mum, but being me.

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Now, are you asking: when can we see some crafty stuff here again?!… Soon, very soon,,,

Saturday, 10 May 2014

Brooklyn Tweed love

Brooklyn Tweed latest booklet has been out for a couple of weeks now: Wool People 7

BT1    BT2    BT3

BT4    BT5    BT6
Pictures from Brooklyn Tweed

After the first viewing, I went straight to Ravelry to start working on my favorite list.  Soon I realised that I almost added all the patterns...  I wonder whether I should stop everything else and start one for me just now?  But which one?  I LOVE them so much...  the shapes, the colours…

In the mean time, I’ve unraveled Effortless, the pattern is great, but the Madelintosh yarn stretched a lot and the knit went from a cardigan size to more or less a coat one… I just start Dark and Stormy, with the same yarn.