Month: February 2016

A squirrel parade

I have a new toque! Living in Canada you’d think I have plenty of them, but while I have tons of scarves I actually only have one toque and that one is pretty worn out and definitely ready for retirement.

Initially I wanted it to match these mittens and was already half way done, but for some reason the broken seed stitch turned out really wide, making the toque way too big for my head. So, change of plans, some unravelling and a few squirrels – and here it is! I was also considering a pompom like Paul’s, but then decided against it because I wanted the little white diamonds at the top to stay visible.

Good thing there’s enough winter left with plenty of opportunities to wear it! 😛

A week of ham

We did it! We finally finished the leftovers from the humongous ham that we had with my parents just before Christmas!

It was a LOT. I knew that when I took the container out of the freezer, but still… I underestimated it 😛

Anyways, on day 1 we started with a nice red cabbage (aren’t they so pretty when cut in half?!) and some lovely taters… then had it again on day 2… and again on day 3. After that, the cabbage was gone, but not the ham.


On day 4 we needed something different, ideally with a more subtle dose of ham. So I made a quiche with broccoli, said ham and a little chorizo. It turned out pretty good and we almost completely finished it. On the downside, we still had ham in the fridge.


Day 5 was a pasta day! Shells in a creamy ricotta sauce with mushrooms, onions, spinach, peas and… ham, of course! And lots of freshly ground Parmesan which makes it impossible to actually see any of the ingredients in the picture 😛


On day 6 we cheated and sneaked a fish day into our week’s menu.

And yesterday (day 7), making a big pot of lentil soup, we finally won the battle against the ham! Or almost… no more ham in the fridge, but at least one more soup supper to go… But with all the sausage that also fell into the soup, the ham is hardly noticeable anyways! 😀


Bears in trees

Last Friday, Paul took a day off. He and the monster had fun together all morning, so I felt like I was really the one on leave! 😉 I had some great hours in the guest room/crafts room, and I really enjoyed making something in one stretch once again. No attacks from the monster and no praying that the nap might be a long one!

So here is the result, a baby blanket for Theodor, my cousin Lana’s second little mister who was born today! So exciting! Congratulations and all the best to the whole family!! 💛


I chose a plain brown fabric for the back and modified the quilting pattern I previously used for our headboard cover trying to resemble woodgrain, which I thought was perfect with the forest theme. And I believe I’m getting a lot closer to making a REAL quilt one day! You know, one that requires putting together a ton of tiny little pieces. But let’s not get too excited here – one day…!


“Bears in trees”, this was actually the name of the fabric as it appeared on my receipt and I just fell for it. It is one of the treasures I got at JoAnn’s in Boston last fall. I can’t wait for my next chance to dive through their amazing selection! Which will probably be in July, as I already found out there is one in Sault Sainte Marie, literally just over the bridge to the US!

I also made a matching card, using the same brown fabric and kinda copying the acorn motive (It’s hard to see in the photo, I know, but there’re also a bunch of squirrels between all these bears and owls, and each of them is holding an acorn…). And who says you can’t sew a card?! 😉 I ironed some fusible interfacing to the back of the fabric scraps to prevent the pieces from fraying, then embroidered a little face and stitched the pieces onto the card.


Now I just need to pack the little parcel and send it on its way to Vienna! 🙂