donderdag 1 februari 2018

pushing through

Nice words aren't enough so to put my words into action I decided to take sewing classes. Yes, I have already had two classes and finished, or almost finished, my first project. Unfortunately for me I decided to use a flimsy jersey and oh boy, it wasn't easy I can tell you. I have learned though that when working with jersey, spray starch is your best friend and so are pins, lots of pins. Because jersey has a tendency to move all over the place and puckers are very easily created. I have never in my life sewn and re-sewn seams so many times in one garment. But remembering my very own words I pushed through. And as my husband reminded me, it is o.k. because I am still learning after all and it is my first time working with jersey so I can be forgiven for not doing it perfectly the first time around. I don't think I did to bad not having sewn a garment in over 12 years if not more.
A long long time ago I was a student at a fashion college but I never REALLY learned to sew. I was a design student and we did get sewing classes because as designers we needed to know how a garment is constructed but I never really learned in depth.
In the following years I did make some basic clothes for myself and when my children where born I made some clothes for them but it was all pretty basic.
So now I am learning more in depth and hopefully in the not so far future I will be a lot more comfortable sewing my own clothes. It saves a lot of money if you are willing to put in the work and you will have some nice clothes to show for it. Well that is what I hope anyway.

I also finished my little black bag and I am really happy with it.

I will explain all about it in a new post.
Until then and HAVE FUN in the meantime.

donderdag 4 januari 2018

A new year

Happy new year to everyone!  I hope you all had a lovely december month.
And now it is 2018 and we all get a fresh start. I am always careful with new years resolutions. Some years I don't have any, some years I do. Like now.
As I turned 50 last summer I have now decided I am to old to put myself down. I know, it is sad but like many women I do tend to do that. Funny enough men are much more positive about themselves and what they have done. Just watch Jamie Oliver a few times and you see what I mean : ) Love him by the way!
I have a nasty habit of pointing out all the not so perfect in my work to other people. Why? So they don't see it first I guess. But I do believe that you teach people how they should treat you and if I talk in a negative way about my work then why should they think about it in a positive way. Think about it. If Jamie Oliver would do that I don't think he would be as succesful as he is now. So I will be kinder to myself from now on, promiss.
Secondly, I will ask more of myself. I know that it sound like a contradiction. Being kinder to myself and at the same time ask more of myself but it isn't and I will tell you why.
Through out my life I have had a nasty habit of taking the easy route because I was always afraid that I wasn't able to do the more difficult things. We all have that sometimes. Thinking; Oh I would love to be able to do that, but it seems difficult. I am sure I can't. At times that is o.k. until you make a habit of it. Then you are under estimating yourself.
So that is stopping right now. I will try more because it is o.k. to not get it right the first time around or the second or the third. We need to make mistakes to learn. It is not o.k. to not even try. Not because you do not want to but because you are to scared to.
Well that was the heavy stuff out of the way. Now I will show you what I did yesterday.

I made myself a fabric box and yes, I really like how it turned out! I have watched a lot of Debbie Shore you tube videos. She has a ton of nice project and it have really inspired me to try some of them. And the nice thing is that you can make them your own.
I hope that this will be a good year for all of us! See you next time and remember: have fun!

dinsdag 12 december 2017

Finally finished

It has been a while I know. First there was that flu virus. I didn't do much then and it took me two weeks to get better and another to get up to speed again. I did manage to finish the jeans blanket for my son right before I really got sick so that was good.
But now I am busy again dying fabric, journaling from time to time and knitting even! I also finally finished a blanket that has been ten years in the making!

It is made of old jeans, a woolen jacket and other leftover fabrics. I added a lot of embroidery too. I am glad that it is finally done and ready to use. Way better than it laying around in a krate or drawer.

Yesterday I played with my new shiva paint sticks and spray paints.

I had lot of fun with that and I really like the result.

A few weeks ago my husband brought home six bags of textile. My mother in law has moved into a nursing home and now her house has to be cleared out. As my mother in law isn't using the textiles anymore I asked if I could have them. But what do you do with a whole bunch of old sheets? Well I decided to dye them so I can quilt with it later. And as I need to dye a whole lot I decided that this is an excellant chance to write down how much dye I use and what the result is so I can perhaps repeat it at a later date rather then just winging it and see what comes of it. Don't get me wrong, that is nice too from time to time but sometimes you want a certain colour and at those time it is nice to be able to look it up.

So that experiment is still going and I will post about it later.
There was also a bag full of yarns of wool and blends and so I decided to do some knitting in the evenings. Nothing fancy though!

You can see that I am keeping myself busy. I see you next time and don't forget to have fun.

maandag 6 november 2017


Hello everyone! It is a beautiful day and the sun is shining bright and I don't know about all of you but a beautiful day does wonders for my mood. I have been cleaning and clearing out and I haven't even hated it LOL.
So here is what I have been up to.

This weekend I gave myself the challenge to make blocks out of all kinds of very small leftover pieces. I had a whole shoebox full of those and I didn't want to throw it in the bin because I think it is wasteful and well I can't throw textile out that I know I can still use. The box had mainly green and blue pieces. Because I wanted to keep the blocks mainly one colour scheme I chose the green pieces to work with first.

I started by piecing two small pieces together and then looked in my shoebox to see what fitted that now new sewn piece. It is really a puzzle. I also didn't want to cut into the pieces more then I really neede to. The task was to use the pieces and have as little waste as possible. (Of course I did need to straighten things up as I went)

I have now made three blocks. You can see the first two in the picture. I have no idea what I am going to do with it but I am sure that time will tell. I still have some green fabric left so I am not done yet and I still have the blue ones to use. Imagine if I have thrown that shoebox out! It is a lot of fabric even if it all cut into small pieces!

I have also finished the jeans blanket. Well almost, because I still need to add the binding. I must say that I have had a bit of trouble with the blanket because it was pretty hard to straighten the whole thing. It must be because I used some stretchy fabric and of course there are no real straight edges that I could use as a guide.  But I did manage to get it sort of straight and that is good enough for me. 
I decided on zigzag stitches to fuse the top to my fleece back. It still took me a few afternoons to get it done but hey it is done and it is (almost) ready to be used.

Well that is what I have been up to. I hope you all have a lovely day and thanks for stopping by!

woensdag 18 oktober 2017

Some painting

We have had some lovely weather this weekend and so I was outside a lot.
But somehow I did have some time left to experiment with some painting and sew my jeans blanket top.

Has a small child I loved to finger paint. As a fifty year old I now rediscover the joy of playing with paint. I really enjoy it and I plan to do more of it. I am watching a lot of youtube films about painting and painters mostly about abstract painting because it offers a lot of freedom to just do what you want to do. I have already learned a lot techniques and I am slowly getting more courage to just try and see where it ends. For now it is just practice on recycled pieces of paper.

As for the jeans blanket I am now thinking about how to finish it. I will get there. And then I need to straighten the edges, not my favorite part :(

See you next time. Have fun!!

dinsdag 10 oktober 2017

Tablet case

Onlangs heb ik een tablet aangeschaft. Geen overbodige luxe want een tijdje geleden is onze computer kapot gegaan. Aangezien de rest van het gezin een eigen laptop heeft mist niemand de computer behalve ik dus. Zonder computer ben je tegenwoordig heel onthand en ik kan ook niet alles op mijn telefoon regelen. Met de tablet heb ik een toetsenbord gekocht en een hoesje om alles veilig in op te bergen. Een heel keurig hoesje maar wel een beetje saai. Ik besloot een eigen en veel minder saaie hoes te maken om mijn tablet in op te bergen. En nu zit de tablet dus nog steeds veilig opgeborgen in de saaie hoes maar daaroverheen zit een heel coole (zeg je dat nog tegenwoordig?) hoes.

Ik weet niet of anderen dat ook hebben maar alles ging heel voorspoedig tot ik bijna klaar was. Het was verdorie of de duvel ermee speelde want plotseling ging alles mis. De draadspanning was opeens niet goed, aan de achterkant kreeg ik een kluwe draad, de naald ging kapot enzovoort. Maar goed, uiteindeljk is het gelukt en ik ben best tevreden met het resultaat.
Ik heb voor deze hoes een collage gemaakt van zogenaamde ugly's. Nou ja, zo noem ik ze liefdevol. Stofjes die ik bedrukt heb, probeersels maar ook stoffen die ik gebruikt heb om stempels en kwasten op schoon te maken. En weet je wat, dat zijn uiteindelijk vaak de leukste stoffen zeker als je ze combineert met elkaar. Het ziet er heel artistiek uit!
Nou tot de volgende keer maar weer. Het is hoog tijd om mij te gaan bezighouden met wat huishoudelijke taken. Time flies when you're having fun!

donderdag 5 oktober 2017

Een leeg nest

Arme kinderen.
Vorig jaar toen mijn zoon uit huis ging heb ik al mijn dozen met stof , wol en andere "troep" op zijn kamer geparkeerd. Vlak daarna heeft mijn man een grote snijtafel voor mij in elkaar gezet. Toen leek zijn kamer opeens wel erg vol.
Deze zomer is mijn dochter vertrokken en toen bedacht ik dat haar kamer wel erg leeg leek. Het leek mij een goed idee om de dozen wat te verdelen over de kamers zodat beide kamers er wat gezelliger uitzagen. Wel zo leuk als de kinderen thuis zijn. Zo gezegd zo gedaan en ja dat zag er inderdaad veel beter uit. 
Toen bedacht ik dat het wel zo handig is om de verf en tekenspullen apart te houden dus uiteindelijk heb ik nu dus een textiel kamer en een verfkamer.

En zo ga je van een klein tafeltje in de woonkamer naar heel veel ruimte op de bovenverdieping. De bovenste foto is de textiel afdeling en de foto daaronder de knutsel kamer.

Nog een paar foto's van mijn recente experimenten. Probeersels voor mijn art journal.

De laatste tijd heb ik mij veel verdiept in mixed media. Ik heb veel gehad aan de youtube filmpjes van onder andere Maremismallart, Jane Davies en Carolyn Dube.
Maremismallart vanwege haar inspirerende en motiverende manier van doen. Ze geeft je echt het idee dat je het ook kan. Jane Davies vanwege haar experimentele manier van werken en  Carolyn Dube omdat ze je eraan herrinnert dat het allemaal niet zo ernstig is en je aanspoort om gewoon te proberen en tja te spelen. We're not solving world issues here we're just playing zegt ze dan ook vaak en dat is natuurlijk ook zo.

Al met al heb ik er maar druk mee en dus heb ik gelukkig geen last van een leeg nest syndroom. Opvoeden doen we nog een beetje maar dan op afstand.
Nou, beste mensen. De wind raast om het huis en droog is het ook al niet. Gelukkig ben ik vanochtend al met de honden naar het bos geweest dus die hoeven straks alleen nog even in de tuin voor ze te eten krijgen. Ze hebben vooralsnog geen haast geloof ik.

Tot de volgende keer en have fun and play!