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have you seen my new header!!? Isn’t it nice looking! I went and lucked out on the best graphic designer 🙂 ok, to tell the truth, she asked me if I was interested to have my own personal custom made business signature…  I went and I looked up her design page and really like what a saw there, so as you can guess I said yes! And ever glad I did!   Ah! this is much much,  a whole world of much better than Vista Print! I loved working with Audrey 🙂 Everything went so smoothly. I got to know her a bit and I think we have lots in common, fell in love with her blog and just wish I’ll meet her sometimes soon for real…

my new business signature

So, this is my new business signature  🙂 the curly bits are for my bouclenoire part from my curly hair, and the dotty bits and the needle is for sewing and hand embroidering and Audrey used the way I’m writing in her font. I fell in love with that signature when I first saw it! So me!

my new facebook banner!

She made me a new timeline picture for my fan page and provided the signature and bunting part with transparent background to use as watermark on my pictures and to help me make whatever header I wanted (so I made my WordPress header myself  using pic monkey 🙂

Rachel bag, eco-friendly purse

Thanks Audrey for asking me out of my comfort zone!! I’m so happy I did!

Avez-vous vu ma nouvelle bannière WordPress !? Elle est magnifique n’est-ce pas! Ça fait parti du beau travail qu’Adrey d’Envol design m’a concocté! J’ai donc maintenant une nouvelle signature pour Cul de Sac, une nouvelle bannière pour ma page Facebook, et bientôt de nouvelles cartes d’affaires!  J’ai tellement hâte de les recevoir 🙂 J’aime comment elle a crée ma signature, elle s’est inspirée de mes cheveux et de mon autre nom, bouclenoire, pour les petites spirales, les pointillés et l’aiguille sont pour la broderie et la couture et elle s’est inspirée de mon écriture pour créer les lettres (font). La couleur rouge est ma couleur préférée 😉 Et ça le tout me va comme un gant! J’ai même ma signature en format transparent pour ajouter sur mes photos. Dire que je suis super satisfaite du résultat n’est pas assez fort…! Merci belle Audrey pour ton superbe travail!


all about mittens

Two of my kiddos had winter scouts camp last week end… and we realized, while making luggage, that we were low on mittens stock.

Entire pairs got lost, some were single.

Enter mommy and her sewing machine 🙂

I went a bit crazy and cut up 12 pairs of mittens, I needed new stuff for the shop so I just went for it (they still need to be sewn up lol)

eco friendly recycled sweaters mittens

Made Camille a pair, which she didn’t brought after all since we found more mittens stashed away (read: lying at the back of her wardrobe) she decides to keep them for more dressy occasions (like going to school…)

eco friendly recycled sweaters mittens

My son was pretty happy with his (in his fave colors of course!) which surprised me since he’s more the gloves type. I’m glad they are getting worn 😉

And I knitted a pair for myself too! love fingerless mitts, and loved knitting them 🙂

one cable mitts fingerless

I had made a shawl in 2010 that never was worn since it was way too small.

frogged 200 yards of heaven
(sorry for the really bad picture, that was taken in my previous life, without my Nikon!)

Yarn was soft and so cushy (wool, cashmere and cotton blend reclaimed by a nice lady!) so unravelled it and got to play with this yarn again…

one cable mitts fingerless

pattern is one cable mitts.  project page here

one cable mitts fingerless

And I made great progress on my shawl!!!  2 rows to go and I’ll start last chart… YAY! love it with beads 🙂

ethereal shawl with beads progress


Les 2 grands avaient leur camp scout en fin de semaine passée et en faisant les bagages nous nous sommes rendus compte qu’il y avait plusieurs paires de mitaines qui manquaient à l’appel… J’en ai donc taillé 12 pairs! 10 iront dans ma boutique aussitôt qu’elles seront cousues.  Camille a finalement décidé qu’elle garderait les siennes pour des occasions plus spéciales (genre aller à l’école..!) et mon garçon était très content des siennes ce qui m’a surprise un peu vu qu’il préfère habituellement les gants. J’en ai aussi tricoté pour mon moi 🙂  J’avais fait un châle en 2010 que je n’ai jamais porté vu qu’il était beaucoup trop petit,  je l’ai donc défait et me suis refait de belles mitaines pas de doigts! Mon châle avance bien aussi, j’en suis presqu’aux derniers miles!

Finally finished!

I haven’t been knitting a lot lately since sewing is taking lots of my time! But I managed to finish 2 projects yesterday 🙂

Wine and beads shawl

First, my scrumptious, gorgeous and beautiful Wine and beads shawl! Like the first one I did, I beaded it and I love the way and feel of it!

Wine and beads shawl

This one is mine, and all mine lol!

Wine and beads shawl

Yarn is Knitpicks Shimmer in the sherry colorway (and it’s a bit more dark than what the pictures show) Pattern is Gail aka nightsongs by  Mawelucky/Jane Araujo Designs, 4,5mm circular needles.

Wine and beads shawl

I did 7 repeats before doing the border chart (so 7 big holes in the middle) and was left with about 100 yards of lace yarn.

Still amazed on how blocking shawls make them turn from ducks into swans 🙂

Second, some fingerless mitts I had started about 2 years ago that had only one thumb left to knit… I know, talk about loosing interest into something!

Fetching fingerless mitts from reclaimed yarn!

Yarn is reclaimed from a sweater (wool with just a bit of cotton), and pattern is the popular Fetching by Cheryl Niamath.

Fetching fingerless mitts from reclaimed yarn!

Just say I’m glad they are done!

Today is the cast on day for a cool Knit Along (KAL) with Luvinthemommyhood group on Ravelry!! you just need to start a project that reminds you of Downton Abbey! How cool is that??! And Shannon over at luvingthemommyhood (love her blog!)  will be giving nice prizes along with that! She even put up a pinterest board to get you inspire! You need to register for this KAL.

I was suppose to do another Gail shawl for my dear friend Kim but I asked her if I could change pattern since I wasn’t going to do another one just yet 😉 she gave me a bunch to choose from and I settled for the Ethereal shawl! isn’t it beautiful?! I’ll use some knitpicks shadow (with…. beads! of course!) for it.

Love casting on!!

J’ai terminé 2 projets de tricot hier! youpi! Premièrement le châle que j’avais commencé  cet été! Il est superbe! J’aime beaucoup l’effet avec les perles 🙂 et deuxièmement, des mitaines sans doigts qui étaient en attente d’un pouce depuis 2 ans…

Cardi to cardi refashion!

Believe it or not, but I found the perfect gem at the thrift store the other day!

just look it:

cardi to cardi refashion

Isn’t it just great looking!!?

My heart may have skipped a beat when i first saw it lol! Fushia! Black 80’s design! good quality and soft fabric…

In true 80′ style you have:

cardi to cardi refashion

Here’s the fit just out of the hanger, don’t mind the t-shirt I was wearing underneath.

cardi to cardi refashion

And here is what I did to it…


cardi to cardi refashion

I removed all the linings and shoulder pads (I don’t know why, but I get a kick out of removing shoulder pads from garments…)

cardi to cardi refashion

Put a nicely fitting cardi on top, all aligned with the cardi to be refashion

cardi to cardi refashion

Cut all around, leaving about 1/4″ for seam allowance.

cardi to cardi refashion

Pinned everything into place so nothing would move on my way to the sewing machine. Sewed the side seams.

cardi to cardi refashion

And then sewed some more because it was kind of bunchy at the waist.

My now good fitting cardi:

cardi to cardi refashion

Isn’t it cool???! Just love it!

J’ai joué un petit tour à une veste des années 80 que j’ai trouvée au centre bénévole… Le tissu est de bonne qualité, la couleur juste mon goût et qui n’aime pas les designs de ces super années-là?!

She strikes again!

Yep! my friend Kim made  a fairy of herself, again! That wonderful lady sent me a surprise in the mail, lucky me!

a surprise in the mail!

In was heavy with all the thoughtfulness and kindness that went with it….

a surprise in the mail!

Inside I found a chocolate bar (hate half of it already and this stuff IS good!), cotton scraps (with owls!), 9 girl’s dresses patterns (my, Camille must have spent like 20 minutes looking at them and trying to decide which she liked the most lol! she was soooo happy!) and HEXAGONS! Yay, I just couldn’t wait to start on them 😉 Man, this stuff is so fun, even if your brains are too tired to do anything! you’ll see them later 😉 and some cute hand warmers lol!

I mean, when I wrote to her to say thanks and to tell how I loved everything, I thanked  her for the hand warmers and that I popped them in the microwave and they were wonderful and how could she known I wanted to make some… and she wrote back that she thought for a couple of minutes what I was talking about… ends up that she made me pattern weights! bwahahaha! but they are too light for that and  just the perfect size for hand warmers 😉 I’m sure the kids will love that in a couple of days! (we are finally getting some snow over here!)

Thank you lots Kim and I love you too!

Chanceuse encore une fois! Mon amie Kim m’a fait une belle surprise en m’envoyant par la poste un super colis! Elle m’a gâtée avec une barre de chocolat, des hexagones (yay! c’est tellement le fun à faire! je vous montrerai une autre fois) des bouts de coton (avec des chouettes!) et 9 patrons de robe pour filles… Camille a dû passer 20 minutes à décider lesquels elle aimait 😉 et des petits réchauffe-main pour l’hiver (à mettre dans les mitaines) Mais paraît-il que c’était supposé être des poids à tissu lol!  mais on va s’en servir tout l’hiver pour garder nos mains au chaud dans la neige!

Give me some glitter

I was in a glitter crave…. I mean, everything I am doing each week is house stuff, kids stuff and studying my a$$ off… There is such a amount of chemistry labs and reports one can handle before doing the crazy dance… and I even dream almost every night that I’m doing chemistry reports and prelabs, wish I was kidding! I haven’t touch my sewing machine for the last 5 weeks (weaning is hard here people!) and the only thing I did with a needle and thread was hand sewing scouts badges and knee patches.

glitter needs

So enter this nice looking shirt that I love to wear. But if you could peek at my winter shirts drawer, you’d be amazed by the monochromatic grey, black and white stripes shirts  that are in there.

And I really wanted glitter somewhere. You know as a healer… Like the chicken noodle thing soup.

glitter needs

I spent an hour hand sewing sequins on this shirt. And that was about all my brains could handle anyway 😉

Sequins are kind of glitter  don’t you think??

Made me feel better….

48 hours photo challenge

I’ve been participating this weekend for the CEGEP 48 hours photo challenge! I signed up thinking it would make me take time to do something creative for a change 😉 and it did!

I was a bit stressed out though. My first time doing something like this and I’ve not been picture taking with a good camera for a long time (my friend gave me her old Nikon last spring.)  But this was fun! I won’t talk about the part I was feeling depressed with the themes they sent us and believing i won’t be able to finish it okay?!

Yesterday was a rainy day and today is very cloudy with a bit of rain still, so I had to be quick and it was a good thing I new for some of the themes what I wanted! All pictures have been taken at less than 3 km from my house. Good thing I’m living next to a wood!

so here you go and please feel free to comment on them… I think it’s nice to know how other people react to your pictures 🙂 (and you also have the right to not like them!)

First theme on the list: calm…

theme: calm

second: contrast

theme: contrast

third: flame

theme: flame

fourth: bubble

theme: bubble

fifth; powerfulness

theme: powerfulness

sixth: 48 hours

theme: 48 hours

seventh: indifference

theme: indifference
eighth: magic

theme: magic

ninth : dream

theme: dream

tenth: passion

theme: passion


Sooo, what do you guys think? i kind of hope i’ll make it into the top 15… but if not, it was fun to do so no  big deal! It provides me with an opportunity to work on my skill, so I’m still a winner 😉