Right after Thanksgiving we began putting up some of the Christmas decorations around the house…
Of course it’s an exciting time for the kids (usually they will start pulling EVERYTHING out of the boxes ALL at the same time…) We have a smaller tree for them, which they get to decorate themselves with all the ornaments they have been collecting and making at school every year since they were in kindergarten.
There’s still more decorations to go up and our big tree is next. Hope you’re not stressing out dealing with store’s crowds, traffic and the thousand things to do at this time of the year, which makes me feel that x-mas is coming more and more surprisingly quickly every year.
Thank you soooo much to all the lovely comments I received from all of you about my little houses. I really appreciate each one of them. This gives me the encouragement to keep making more!
They are now available on Etsy! Thank you for visiting my shop!
I’m very excited to introduce you to what I have been working on for a long time… This idea began when my kids were much younger and was looking for a night light for their bedrooms. I couldn’t find anything I really liked, and the stuff available out there seemed even a bit scary in the dark (which totally contradicted the purpose of a night light). I thought it would be nice to have something with a rather peaceful and pleasant appearance for a children’s bedroom.
I designed these night lights in the shape of little houses and made them myself completely from scratch out of lightweight very smooth wood. Then painted them and added some details out of clay.
I really love how serene the room becomes when my little houses are lit up. They provide a nice soothing feeling in the dark which really helps the little ones fall asleep at night.
Each one comes with a clip light and delivered in their own hand-sewn bag.
I made different kinds… from just plane houses in a nice variety of colors, to more elaborate ones… and even cute tiny models of different shops and themes.
I cannot tell you how much I thoroughly enjoy creating these night lights… they are, for sure, entirely made with lots of love.
Very soon they will be available on Etsy.
I hope you really like them too!
Halloween went as quickly as it came. This year there were lots of kids trick-or-treating and having fun even though it was on a school night! We had a good time and luckily had a wonderful weather and no rain as was forecasted.
Hope you had a good and safe Halloween as well!
Saturday we visited a pumpkin patch in a nearby town. We got there a bit late, but we we were still able to find very beautiful pumpkins in all of shapes and sizes.
This is the second year we’ve done this… so maybe we’ve got ourselves a little tradition started!!
This week we will be carving them… I can’t believe Halloween is next Thursday!
Today we stuffed these cute little ghosts with crumpled up newspaper and used twist ties to shape their heads.
Then we ran some fishing wire through their heads and made a garland ready to be hung on the trees.
These “scary” ghosts are now decorating our front yard and ready for all the trick-or-treaters to come knocking on our door..
This was a fun thing to do on this gorgeous day we had today, with lots of running, playing and just enjoying being outside. Next week, there will be more Halloween decorations, costume sewing and school party preparations.
The last few days were those glorious kind of days; warm weather, bright and sunny, and wide open deep blue skies. Fall is here! My favorite season! The nights slowly become cooler, the days shorter, but still during the day it feels wonderful to be outside.
I sewed another short sleeve shirt for my daughter using cotton fabric, a combination of two different patterns and also some decorative ribbon around the front placket that I thought would give it a pretty finishing touch.
I really love the orange tiny flowers on the fabric print that seem to be the appropriate color to welcome the autumn season that I’m sure will still offer us many more warm lovely days.
I had been doing a lot of painting lately, and one of the projects I’ve had in mind was our playroom. Our kids are a little older now so it needed a bit of a makeover.
With a new color on the walls, re-arranging the existing furniture and re-decorating, I would say it got a more grown up appearance.
The playroom rules sign got a new spot but it’s still in there… My kids helped organize their books by color, and placed their small earth globe’s collection on display on top of the shelves.
I used a creamy white color to paint below the chair rail to give the room a more clean and spacious appearance and above it, we dressed up one of the walls with a self-adhesive wall decal. I really love the grey color and shape of the birch trees!
We still need to get a “normal height” table and chairs for the room. For now, my kids are still using the ones they had since they were little.
All in all, we are very happy with how our playroom turned out!
There’s something about the oncoming of autumn that makes me feel like quilting.
Not sure when I’ll be able to start cutting and sewing little squares and triangles again… all the same I visited my local fabric store… and sadly found out that they were going out of business.
The main reason for them closing down is because the biggest retailer of fabrics in the country will be opening their doors just down the street.
Great news, but also sad for our tiny quilting store that, even though didn’t have a big selection, had the most lovely prints you could find.
It makes me think of the movie “You’ve Got Mail” and how sad it was to see “The Shop Around The Corner” closing its doors…
Anyway, I bought a few yards of the remaining bolts. Really pretty ones. I’m not sure yet how it’s going to be, but I can’t wait to combined them with the fabrics I have and start sewing a new quilt.
It’s been a while since my last post. My kids are back at school and the house is quiet and back to the old routine.
I’d love to dedicate more time to my blog, but I’m still working on a project that I hope I will be able to share with you soon.
It’s a beautiful day today, and while taking a break from my work, I took some pics around the house to share with you and trying to make the most of the bright light that’s coming in.
Hope you’re having a lovely day too!
While shopping for school supplies I found a great deal on plain shirts at the store. They’re made out of good quality cotton, on a nice variety of colors and were less than $ 4 each!
I thought I could embellish them using small scraps of fabric (that I had from previous projects) and iron-on adhesive fusible. The motifs I used are simple shapes that I drew on the back of adhesive paper. Then cut, iron on and stitched all the way around the shape.
I love the beautiful colors! I think they make great shirts to wear at school! They are colorful, very comfortable and fresh! And all under $15 dollars… Not bad – eh?
It’s unbelievable to me how fast this summer past! I’m amazed that we are less than a week away from the beginning of the school year!
So, we started buying school supplies and trying to be in bed early so it won’t be so tough to be back into the daily school routine.
In the next few days we’re planning on getting the most of the last days of vacation at the pool, at the park with friends, and even in our backyard with the water sprinklers!
For a while I had been looking for a mirror or picture to hang on a small wall in our dining room. I looked everywhere and never found anything that really convinced me.
Until last week when I visited one of the many antique stores in our town. Hiding and unnoticed behind a beautiful collection of antique vases, I discovered this picture. It was not in pristine conditions but I instantly fell in love with it.
With two coats of paint for the frame and a little bit of love, I brought this beautiful picture back to life. I think it looks fantastic in our dinning room!
Between all the endless summer activities I had a couple of hours for myself to sit down in front of my sewing machine and make a new nightgown for my daughter.
It’s amazing how fast she has outgrown her old nightdress! This time I picked a pattern that I love, because it’s so simple and quick. Literally, it took me an hour to finish! I used a nice cotton print and added a small tiny trim around the neck line. The gown is fresh and super comfy and she loves it!
Today we dared the weather forecast and set off for the zoo. The big black clouds really scared the crowds away, so there was plenty of space for us to explore the park.
The Atlanta zoo is not really big but surprisingly has plenty to enjoy between the great exhibitions and the nice variety of animals to see and even pet.
We got there in the afternoon but we were able to see everything we wanted (for the most part) within a few hours.
We also got to ride along on a cute little train and see the park from many different sites.
Just when the zoo was about to close, the sky darkened but we luckily headed home just in time, before another big storm . All in all, we had a great time!