:: blue lips ::

We used to play with marbles a lot as kids.
Nowadays there are so many kind of toys that it almost hard to pick a present if you have children’s birthday party. Especially when you try to get something without batteries or buttons. But I found my own solution in making something by myself. My criteria are that toys should live long and are washable.
So I made another marble bag, because
a} Children like to get them
b} I like to make them ūüôā
Few years ago I made my very first one for a four year old boy. He still thinks it’s cool!
This purple one is for a girl. Think she will like it?
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When I was sewing the lips – that sounds awkward – I had to think of a song of Regina Spektor, blue lips.
Although of course the fish lips are not actual blue, more purple.

:: spring arrived! ::

Spring arrived today!

Remember? Fresh green leaves, blossom, the sound of singing birds and active lawn mowers. It seems so far away, but it’s all around the corner. Just be patient and see! I even don’t care that it is raining today because the better days are on their way, for sure. IMG_8131-001


To celebrate spring, I created a pincushion. No, joking now.

Actually I needed¬† a pincushion because all my pins and needles seem to get lost and I collected some really scrappy¬†scraps which I turned into this pincushion. I like to make small projects like these, because they actually are somewhat functional. That’s why I never ever throw away small pieces of fabric, ever!

Enjoy your very first spring weekend of the year!


:: creme de menthe ::


To be completely honest, it’s not my colour. At all.

But a dear friend of mine asked me to¬†sew her a knitting bag for her birthday, and you know, just because I like her so much I decided to dive in the ocean of ‘cr√®me de menthe’, because she looooves it. ¬†Few years ago I saw the lunch bag made by Ayumi, which now popped into my mind while thinking of what kind of bag to make. So that choice was not hard to make. The pattern really simple to follow, but I altered dimensions and¬†insisted on adding piping trim, which caused me quite some frustrations.

So it turned out okay. I like the colour combo and I like the measurements. I don’t like the rim, but I’m trying to comfort myself with the idea that a bag should look as if it is handmade and not a ‘made in China’.

Hope she thinks in the same way.

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Oh, and look at that small pocket inside.. I like that too!

The bunnies don’t come with the bag, but I crocheted them with My Boshi – a kapok cotton blend – that makes the toys washable and therefore very suitable for small children. The pattern you can find here. IMG_8042

:: the return of the cross stitch ::


So, my sister – one of the three – and her hubby got married last October.

They had a great day and they looked amazing! Because I was in Ethiopia at that time, I didn’t manage to find a personal gift, nor make one… shame on me!¬† So here I am, almost half a year later, trying my utmost best to cross stich a personal gift.¬† She likes blue, we both do. And I found an unlimited cross stitch source in Pinterest, and the best part is that most floral borders I found are for free.. hurray!

Now the finishing part. Still waiting for inspiration to finish the borders..

I just remembered cross stitching in primary school, lots of fun, long time ago. Have you tried cross stitch?