Big Moves – Leaving Lausanne

I’ve alluded to big changes here and there the last few months. I can finally share the largest one with you. This one has been in the works since before Christmas, and having it settled last week had us drinking pink champagne on a school night.

Champagne on a school night

We’re moving. Farewelling Lausanne and Europe, for a few years at least, and heading to California.

DM has accepted a job he was offered in Silicon Valley, so we’re looking to live in the Oakland/ Berkeley area. It seems we might fit there (I’ve already found two stitch ‘n’ bitch groups!).

We’ve a few months in Europe yet, we move in June/July, so I’m cramming in many visits to Paris, Berlin and London before then.

I’m 50% insanely excited and 50% heartbroken. I adore Europe and living here for almost 6 years has resulted in fabulous friendships and Lausanne feeling a lot like home. Munchkin was born here and I can see the clinic she was born in from my lounge. Switzerland is central to so much and has resulted in us having so many exciting European adventures. Read more

Wool and the Gang – a knit party

Wool and the gang knit party

This past Friday, I held my first Wool and the Gang Knit Party.

It was great fun. Ten crafty ladies arrived for champagne, snacks and some fun chunky knitting action. They’d all pre-ordered their kits, so a few days beforehand this amazing box full of goodies arrived at my door.

Wool and the gang knit party

I had loads of fun putting all the packages together and getting my bake on in preparation.

Wool and the gang knit party

I whipped up my banana, sour cream and dulce de leche cake with sour cream frosting and made up a batch of caramelised red onion and goats cheese tarts. Then included a few extra nibbles, a few bottles of champagne and we were set!

Wool and the gang knit party

There was loads of conversation, laughter, knitting, learning and the creation of some gorgeous snoods.

The alcohol may have slowed down some of our better knitters and have steepened the learning curve for the beginners but the tutorials were available for reference afterwards. With the result my Facebook feed and phone have been filled with photos and updates the last few days. Almost all are finished!

Wool and the gang knit party

I got the kit in Sherpa Blue. It knit up in the twisted rib stitch.

Wool and the gang knit party

It turned out I had enough yarn to make myself a snood and to create a mini one for Munchkin.

Wool and the gang knit party

She was somewhat reluctant to try it on this morning; until I put mine on too and bribed her with milk. Then she didn’t want to take it off! We’ll have to go for a walk today to try them outdoors.

Wool and the gang knit party

I can’t wait to host another WATG party. I’ve decided to keep up knitting now I’m in the groove, by making their fantastic Cosmic Sweater for Spring. Here’s hoping mine turns out like the picture!

If you’d like to try out Wool and the Gang. You can click here and sign up for 10% off your first order.

And if you live in Lausanne, and want to join in a knit party, leave me a comment or get in touch. I’ll be hosting another one with their Spring/ Summer knit project in early May.

Heart Pop Up Card

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This year Munchkin and I collaborated to create a card for DM. Below is the result. Munchkin directed where she wanted me to draw hearts and with which crayon, then got to embellishing the rest of the card, leaving me to do the final assembly.

It’s a simple design but quite effective and really easy to put together.

Above is the slightly tweaked version you can download templates for. I’ve included both PDF and SVG files, so you can use a cutting machine (like the Silhouette if you have access to one).

 

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To create this project you’ll need 3 pieces of A4 card, an x-acto knife and some glue or double-sided tape.

If you’re collaborating with your Munchkin, I suggest letting them decorate the card stock first.

Print the PDF templates below onto the back of their artwork and cut it out; this way you won’t see the score and cut lines muddying up their artwork.

Or put their finished artwork through your cutting machine. This way your card won’t end up looking like something Frank Gehry created. Read more

Free Craftsy Downloads

I’m a recent convert to Craftsy. I’m working on some of their cake and cookie decorating classes and I’m also making up a PDF pattern! I’ll share the results with you as I finish them.

They’ve informed me that for four days, they’re offering a selection of their e-guides for free. They cover a broad range of topics. So have a look below and if you see something you like, download it. You can’t beat free!

Photography

Craftsy e-guide - Photography

eGuide: Understanding Exposure for Better Photos Now: Beginner Photography Tutorials

 

Cake Decorating

Craftsy e-guide - Buttercream

eGuide: Not-So-Basic Buttercream Decorating Ideas

 

Food & Cooking

Craftsy e-guide - Doughnuts

eGuide: Delicious Doughnut Recipes You Can Make at Home

 

Paper Crafts

Craftsy e-guide - Paper Crafts

eGuide: 6+ Stash-Busting Paper Craft Projects

 

Drawing

Craftsy e-guide - Photography

eGuide: Drawing the Human Face: A Primer

 

Painting

Craftsy e-guide - Watercolour

eGuide: Beginner’s Guide to the World of Watercolor

 

Gardening

Craftsy e-guide - Gardening

eGuide: Success With Container Gardening

 

Woodworking

Craftsy e-guide - Woodworking

eGuide: Woodturning Basics for Beginners

 

 

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Fabric Printing an Infinity Scarf

Fabric Printed Infinity Scarf

 

A friend of mine took a fabric painting class this week and put her wonderful results up on Instagram. It had me remembering how I used to customise my old cotton work shirts with fabric paints and then to wear them casually. It meant I got extra wear out a good quality shirt and I really enjoyed the customising process.

Then I stumbled across this tutorial and I love the result! Adding a little more water to create a watercolour effect is great.

 

Fabric Printed Infinity Scarf

 

I think I need to get my paints and Fabric Medium