A Christmas teepee

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Yeehaw! I made a teepee! 😀

Well, I actually made it back in October, but now the big monster finally moved in. The reason why I hid it in the basement for two months is that I didn’t want it to experience the same cruel fate as his cardboard box house earlier this year. Even though I was really close to throwing it out a few times because it was battered so badly, I ended up keeping it until it literally fell apart. It was just so invaluable during those moments where I was cooking and just needed to know the monster was not climbing onto the dining table or living room shelves. And I also thought that the teepee would make for a great Christmas gift, especially to give us more inside playing options for the winter.

I got the fabric at Ikea. I wanted something stable and durable and was happy to find a selection of heavy quality fabrics there. While I don’t love most of their patterns, they also have a few nice solids, so I decided to combine white and dark grey. I chose a hexagonal shape, sewed wide white and grey fabric strips together as walls and cut windows in two of these walls and a long slot in another to be the door. For the dowels I added fabric tunnels along the sides and in order to add some color accents, I trimmed the edges with lime green bias tape.

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Because I wanted the teepee to be as cosy as possible, it also got a floor mat that can be tied to the posts to also give the teepee a little more stability. And the monster was lucky: his new home comes fully furnished with a bunch of pilows. 🙂

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So yesterday, we set up the teepee in our living room. The big monster didn’t try to climb through the windows as I expected… but through the gap between the wall and the floor mat and still almost managed to throw the whole thing over. Oh well…

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This morning we finally succeeded in reading the first book together in there, sitting on the pillows. I hope this will become the main (peaceful!) use of the teepee and it will live a long and healthy life!

And exceptionally a picture of the proud builder… 😉

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A little phone cozy

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My phone finally got a protective sleeve! I know that there are a ton out there to choose from, but stupid me always wanted to make one myself, so I never got one… Consequently, it is too late already for my poor phone in a way – after a previous fall (or rather several… 😜) the front glass is beautifully cracked in one corner. But now at least I won’t have an excuse for any further damage…

A tiny bride and groom

My cousin got married last Friday – and obviously, that special occasion called for another handmade card.

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I tried to match the bride’s style by giving her a bun and a pearl necklace, but as it turns out, I guessed wrong with the colors of the flowers. The actual bouquet was white and yellow. 😉

To be honest, I wished I had given the groom a little more personality, too. I find in contrast to the little lady he seems a little too “neutral” and could really be representing just anyone… Next time he’ll get a few more charming details, too!

Congratulations and all the best again, Laura and Dominik! 💛

Another house shelf

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Paul made these house shelves for my last birthday that we hung up above my sewing desk. He could not decide between two different designs at first though and simply made one of each. I hate to admit that one of them has been sitting in the basement until now, just because I could not decide on where to hang it… 😐

But now I finally found the perfect spot! I have been keeping a few diapers, wipes and spare outfits beside my bed for our nightly adventures with the little monster, because using our normal changing table in the kids room would mean disrupting the big monster’s sleep. So Paul mounted it to the wall beside my bed today and I filled it with all the mentioned goodies – plus some midnight snacks for mommy… 😉

And doesn’t the shelf look so nice with our co-sleeper?! Thanks again, Paul!

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And even more owls…

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I almost feel like I should set up a production line for sleeping bags… 😛

Not that I was actually planning on making any more of them for a while, but after a number of the little monster’s nightly diaper explosions I just wanted to have another spare one. So there we go… some more owls, bunnies and raccoons – and little hedgehogs and mushrooms for the lining.

But I promise, my next project will be something completely different!

Our balcony bed

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I’m so excited that the co-sleeper that we already used with the big monster is finally back in use!

As these balcony style co-sleepers don’t seem to be very common here, my wonderful husband Paul just built one for us. He made the dimensions to fit the little mattress that I had bought, then attached two brackets that hook onto our bed frame. I for my part made some fitted sheets and tadah, the little bed was complete! 🙂

I really enjoy being on one level with the little monster, especially for nighttime feedings. And I really like the oval holes that Paul added as handles. They also came in handy to attach the little bunting that I just added this time around to make the bed look a little more inviting. And of course the little monster also got his own little music bear! 🙂

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Now we just need to work on our sleeping rhythm. But last night he already made me the wonderful gift of sleeping straight through from 9 pm to 4 am! So let’s hope he repeats that tonight… Good night!

Toowhit toowhoo!

Last month a little girl named Lara was born in Kiel, Germany and when I asked her mom what they still needed, she chose a sleeping bag. I still had some of the owl fabric that I used for the new cover of my small ironing board and I thought it was just perfect for a little girl’s sleeping bag. And I find it looks quite nice with the navy lining and zipper that I also found among my supply treasures. So yeah, more owls and sleeping bags… 😉

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As it happens, it was also Lara’s older sister Mila’s third birthday two weeks ago, so I thought she might like a sleeping bag too for her baby doll. Just hoping she doesn’t have one yet – and also likes white flannel bunnies… 😉 I definitely had a lot of fun with my very first doll project ever and I particularly like the dark burgundy shade and how the bias tape around the arm and neck holes matches the bunny’s floral dress.

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And after a record time of three weeks, the parcel was finally delivered today… 😛

Congratulations again to the whole family! 💛

Horns!

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The big monster also got a new warm toque last week, I just didn’t get a chance to upload the pictures earlier…

A few weeks ago, I had found some orange micro fleece that perfectly matches the lining of Yannick’s winter jacket and since I didn’t make it to dress him up for Halloween this year, I decided to make him a monster toque at least. His dad and grandma were a bit concerned about the horns at first, but after they saw its friendly smile they now like it, too. And so does Yannick, I think… 😉

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A small warm toque

We have had our first snow here in Ottawa two days ago… It has still been mild and fortunately, the rain washed it all away quickly, but it was enough to make me decide to knit a little winter toque while waiting for the new family member.

In order to figure out a design, I looked at my yarn stash and the toques that I made last year… and almost immediately decided to make one to match Daddy’s grey and green snowflake toque. So here it is – I just finished it! 🙂

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I could only fit a small part of the snowflake pattern into the newborn dimensions, but I think it still looks really nice. And of course, I had to scale Daddy’s massive pompom down quite a bit!

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So little monster, we’re ready, please don’t make us wait too much longer! 😉

UPDATE (5 Nov 2016):

The toque has been worn for the first time yesterday! And I think it did a great job keeping a pair of tiny little ears nice and warm. 🙂 It was not a real winter day yet, but the wind was quite cool, and at least I now know that it fits and that we are ready for the real frost!

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Un petit papillon


It’s been a little while since my last sewn card, so here I’m back with another one!

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After seeing a similar fabric butterfly on Pinterest the other day I had to immediately give it a try and after I found some coordinating fabric scraps, this became my spontaneous evening project. The original was actually a brooch by Abigail Brown (the picture linked to an Etsy shop that seems to not exist any longer…), but I decided to make a birthday card instead. I’m quite happy with how the butterfly turned out, but I think I need to practice some handwriting… 😉

Happy birthday, dear Doris! 💛

Autumn trifles

Paul and I are in charge of bringing dessert to today’s Thanksgiving supper, so we had a very sweet kitchen date yesterday. 😉

While he chose to make his signature pumpkin pie, I decided to try something new and make my first ever trifle. I used our small juice glasses because I find scooping portions on individual plates from a big bowl of trifle always seems to be a rather messy business.

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Et voilà: a layer of almond sponge cake, covered with some plum compote that I made a few weeks ago and topped with a scrumptious (and very healthy…) cream of mascarpone, whipped cream and yoghurt. Instead of chocolate chips as I first intended, I sprinkled the result with a bit of müsli crunch which I spiced up with cinnamon.

And here is Paul’s pie! All the spices that he used made the kitchen smell so yummy, almost Christmasy! 🙂

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Can’t wait for the big feast – maybe I should have skipped breakfast though! 😛

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Figs and pears

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I really hope that I am not boring anyone with another post on sweet pizza, but I just can’t help myself… 😛 After Paul brought a crate of fresh figs home on Saturday, that seemed to be the perfect occasion for another weekend pizza feast – plus, we had a friend over for lunch yesterday.

We already really enjoyed the pear pizza from last time, but I find this time it turned out even better. We added some Ricotta to the sour cream base and were a little more daring with the amount of blue cheese that we crumbled over everything. But I think the biggest difference were the figs themselves – simply such a treat! The only thing I may have missed a little bit would have been a glass of red wine but well… soon enough…

A little knotted toque

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On Friday it was the first cooler day here in Ottawa this year. Not really cold, but enough to protect the monster’s ears while at the playground. But when I put his beloved grey Hamburg toque on, I noticed that it has gotten quite a bit tighter since he last wore it in spring and bearly covered his ears…

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So I made him a slightly bigger one today while he was napping, copying the shape of the grey toque. And once again, I really apprechiated my new walking foot. It made it so nice and easy to sew the knit fabric, even to line up the stripes along the side seam. I really like the navy and yellow stripes and they go really well with almost all of his clothes. It is only a light jersey toque for fall though, once the really frosty days start, we’ll have to find or make a warmer one!

We tried to get a nice picture of the monster and his new toque at the playground today, but he was not cooperating. I tried again after we came home, but he wouldn’t keep it on for even 2 seconds… 😉

UPDATE (26 Sep 2016):

I was luckier today, so here we go! And he even kept it on the entire time! And even better: we got some compliments from another mom for “this adorable toque” – that totally made my day! 🙂

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Floral PJs

After all the kids projects that have kept me busy lately, I made something for myself once again. I am the proud owner of these very girly, floral PJ pants! 🙂

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Well, I think they’ll actually be more my running-around-at-home pants – but anyways, aren’t they pretty?! I was first thinking of using some bold pink as contrasting color for the waist band, drawstring and inside the pockets, but then I preferred the light aqua color. I’m actually wearing them right now, so comfy! 😉

Little night owls

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Last week a little Swedish boy named Dag was born… 💛

Not knowing the baby’s gender when I made this sleeping bag a few weeks ago, I chose what I think is a neutral fabric – aren’t those little owls the cutest? – and lined it with some soft white flannel. In order to prevent any irritation from the zipper, I also added a little fabric flap at the neck.

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I really like the concept of sleeping bags (especially when the little ones start rolling around) and still use them with our monster, too. Now I’m just curious to hear how Dag will sleep in there!

Congratulations again to the proud parents, Moa and Anders, to their beautiful son!! 💛