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Nov 30, 2011
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...fell into our lap today. We were at a local park this morning and the town's gardening service was trimming the bamboo stand there. They had neatly stripped and stacked many of the bamboo stalks. I asked the men if we could take a few and they told me to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2011 at Mommy makes stuff (en France)
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A slightly belated post... We live in an apartment and people in our building don't seem to put up much holiday decorations, not even at Christmas. Certainly not for Valentine's Day. But the offspring were at loose ends on Sunday, so I raided my stash of kids' craft supplies and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2011 at Mommy makes stuff (en France)
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Do you know the yogurt cake recipe? All French children do! It's often the first cake they learn to make and it's blissfully simple. Take one container of plain, unsweetened yogurt. Empty into a large mixing bowl. Clean and dry the container. Use the container to measure out: three scoops... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2011 at Mommy makes stuff (en France)
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So, after reading this blog post and this one, I decided to try making my own bias tape. I didn't have a tape maker, but I was able to improvise and it actually turned out halfway decent. I used some cute fabric with cars, trucks, airplanes, buses, etc. that I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2011 at Mommy makes stuff (en France)
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Feeling giddy from the success of my bags and ruffles, I thought "What the heck, let's whip something up with the fleece I bought in Montmartre, how hard can it be?" and "Pattern schmattern, who needs one?" Fool that I am, I thought I would have a go at patternless... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2011 at Mommy makes stuff (en France)
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And for the first time, I am excited about it. Usually, I think it is a silly holiday, pushed by those selling greeting cards, flowers, jewellery, etc. My husband and I have never gone out for V-day, we usually just cook each other a nice meal at home, and we... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2011 at Mommy makes stuff (en France)
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After our exciting visit to the Marché St. Pierre, I couldn't wait to get sewing. My daughter had picked out a gorgeous oilcloth fabric for me to use for a swimsuit bag and I set straight to work. I wanted to make her a drawstring bag that could be worn... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2011 at Mommy makes stuff (en France)
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Yesterday was Wednesday and French children don't have school on Wednesdays. Thankfully, this mommy doesn't work on Wednesdays either. Instead we have a family day, filled with language class and music lessons, play dates and lots of fun at home (art projects, baking, sewing, games and so forth). But yesterday... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2011 at Mommy makes stuff (en France)
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After my son's "swim pocket", I felt like I needed to try a bit harder and make something a bit prettier. A dear friend has a birthday coming up and so I made this for her. I was inspired by this post on the Guardian website's excellent sewing and crafting... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2011 at Mommy makes stuff (en France)
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I have to confess: I am afraid of patterns. They just look awfully complicated and scary. The idea of cutting into a lot of new fabric with just some paper and faith to guide me makes me very, very nervous. I figure this sewing thing will keep me learning for... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2011 at Mommy makes stuff (en France)
Well, after the excitement of the duvet cover, I plunged right in and made a princess dress for my daughter. When I say "made", what I really mean is "tarted up" or, more politely, "repurposed". I bought a very jazzy red toile and silver sequined dress, size 10 years, at... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2011 at Mommy makes stuff (en France)
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I was fortunate to have my mother visiting over the holidays and she helped me make my first project: a cover for my daughter's duvet. I have a stash of very old sheets, from the trousseau of my husband's grandmother. Really! They are lovely linen, soft and cool, all with... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2011 at Mommy makes stuff (en France)
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I am mommy to two bicultural, bilingual children and married to a French man. We live in Paris, which sounds very oh-la-la until you remember that life with small children offers pretty much the same challenges here as, say, Paris, Texas, or Toulouse, Kentucky, or Marseilles, Illinois. (All real places!... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2011 at Mommy makes stuff (en France)
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