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Sunday, 30 November 2014

A chimney for Christmas

As a kid, I was lucky enough to grow up in a house that had a chimney. A big big chimney. It was wonderful in winter and of course, even more magic around Christmas time. This was in the north of France. Here, in Australia we do not have a chimney in our house.  Christmas here means summer. Hot summer... But after all those years, I m still not quite used to a summer Christmas... My children are dreaming of a cold white Christmas too although they' ve never experienced it...
So,  I thought this year, we'll make a Christmas chimney!

With lights,
and real cardboard logs...

All we used was a cardboard box, white paint, washi tape, a hot glue gun, some batterie powered led lights and some trimmings...

There is no special skills required and possibilities are endless.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

A little tour chez Mademoiselle...

Chez Mademoiselle Mia that is...

Mia has swap room with her big sister recently, so it was a good excuse for me to spend some time in my garage and whip up something fun, colourful, sweet and a bit quirky...

A fun bedspread made with all my bits of fabrics and an old embroidered tablecloth. As usual, I only measure as I go, which makes the patchwork process a lot more enjoyable. I hate measuring every block in advance! I start with the centre and build around, cutting as I need, et voilĂ !

Whenever I step in her room now, it kind of lifts my mood. It's not just the bedspread of course. I love all of her little 8 years old knick-knacks.

 (Yes, like all newborn babies, Mia was soooo beautiful!)

and her little-and big-friends.

A big deer,

and a little mouse. This one collects teeth. Because in France, it is not a fairy, but a mouse that is in charge. Put your little tooth in her pocket, and the next morning, find a coin instead. Too cute!
(La Petite Souris a dent de lait. Moulin Roty)

On the wall, big Maman mouse is watching over everyone... I painted this while I was pregnant with Mia. I knew nothing would be black and white for this little girl.

Up in the air, Azul the Chinese dragon is warding off any bad dreams, while back on the bed, Mr Rabbit-snugly snuggle- is always happy to share cuddles.

Thank you Mia for letting us have a little peek in your world.

Saturday, 16 November 2013

DIY Gift Tags

I have been wanting to do this for a while now and today's rainy weather has been the perfect occasion: DIY gift tags.It's quick and fun to do. I have a big collection of Little Golden Books that I have pick up in op shops and garage sales. The illustrations are gorgeous. They are not always in good condition which makes them perfect for craft projects. (I find it difficult to cut books that are in good shape.

I simply cut two rectangle shapes for each tag; one with the chosen illustration, one in a recycled brown paper bag. I zigzag stitched the two layers, sandwiching in the middle an office tag. If you have a punch hole, you probably don't need to do this. I had these tags sitting in my drawers so I decided to use them. It gives a "luggage" tag effect which I like.

They could make a fun garland too...or be hung in the tree...

Monday, 11 November 2013

A little TLC for the bathroom.

The main bathroom in our house has been for a long time a place of no interest.  It has pink tiles, the wrong kind of pink, yellowish tiles on the floor, dull white walls. A cheap vanity with a marble top...
With a budget of nort, but inspired by my friend Geraldine's desire to update her own bathroom and a wild pinning session on Pinterest, I went and gather a few of my favourite Bali items and decided to dedicate them to the bathroom.

Like my little fun mirror with beads and tassels. Very gypsy. Love it.

And my set of aluminum tins.

I have a hard time finding shower curtains attractive. So i bought a simple clear plastic one ($6 from Bunnings, rings included) and retrieved from my stash of fabrics a sunny happy cotton and a green flower power vintage bed sheet. I sew the two together. And voila!

A nice, vibrant shower curtain.

I love recycled plastic rugs. This one, picked up at Ikea for $12 was just the right size and colour. Plastic rugs are awesome in the bathroom.

I love a bit of live green in bathrooms, so...

I added these two little guys. The jute hanging pot holders are from Apple Bee.

I retrieved  unwanted wooden shelves from the attic and added a few more of my Balinese treasures.

And I have finally made the switch and now only use Pesthemal towels or Turkish towels. Absolutely brilliant and beautiful! Fast drying, ultra soft and absorbent. And if they are good in the bathroom, they are perfect at the beach too; they remain sand free even when wet!

I did a quick paint job on an old cabinet found on the side of the road and now we have a first aid cabinet too!

It may not be the bathroom of my dreams but you know what, I quite like my bathroom now. Yes, it still has pink tiles and a cheap vanity with a marble top but I don't see them as much now. It goes to show that even without a big budget you can turn ordinary into ... nice ordinary!

Gift bag

In preparation of the gifts giving season, Mia and I have been working on a little quick easy project, recycling paper brown bags I keep when I shop. ( I love shops that use paper bags!).

We opted for a bird but of course A reindeer would make it more Christmassy. 
We used Gel Pastels from Djeco. They are terrific. A great gift for any little -or big- artist.

A litte bit of decoupage and a little bit of collage and lots of colours. Very simple.

Thursday, 31 October 2013

HALLOWEEN Mexican way.

Another Halloween...another costume dilemma... After the Owl, and the Blue Witch... what to do, what to do??
Thank you once again Pinterest for your endless source of inspiration. I always had this fascination for the Dia de los Muertos. Skeletons and skulls mingle into a carnival of colours, and the abundance of flowers and banners is just magical. It is intriguing, a little creepy, inspiring and beautiful. But somehow I've never thought of putting it together with Halloween, probably because the two are culturally very different. Still. As far as the costumes go, it just works so well.
So I got busy pulling out of my special reserve the most vibrant fabric I could find. I had just enough of that bright pink and red Indian silk to make a dress for Mia, together with some black tulle and a bunch of colourful pompoms.

It worked better than expected. Especially I had never done this kind of makeup before and I wasn't sure if I was going to pull it off. By no means perfect, but perfect enough for Halloween!

Louis warmed up to the idea and asked for a Mexican makeover too.
Brrrr... Creepy!!
And the two together: Awesome!

Even Lucile was keen on having a share of the fun.

But she wasn't daring enough for the pompoms head piece. Mia loved it though and wore it so well too.

Another Halloween Happy Day ! Yay!

until next year...

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Minecraft cake and Finn the human marshmallows delight...


We love Minecraft and we love Adventure Time. Since both involve being sitting in front of a screen I thought we could put a bit of action -real action- into it.
So, this is what happened:

A Minecraft block cake and...

a Finn the Human Marshmallow delight!

The kids wanted to concentrate on the decorating, not the baking, so they've used cake mixes.

The little Minecraft guy is made out of fondant.

And it was the perfect activity. Nothing too complicated, just challenging enough for them to feel they were making something special.

It was yummy too!