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Melting pot!

I had a good new this week… A really good one, the kind that makes you go happy dance all over the house!

I won first place for the photo challenge!!!!!!!!! Can you believe that?? (you can see the pics here) Someone could object that we were only 8 to participate but I don’t care! I won a 75$ gift certificate for the fancy photo boutique in Montréal… Portrait lens, you’ll be mine soon!


Besides that, my stuff will be now carried by the nice gift boutique that opened 2 minutes from my place 😉 don’t mind the poor quality of the picture, I was in a hurry lol! They even sold a pair of mitts!

Someone asked me (Hi Jennifer!) to put an after picture of my cleaned sewing room 😉


How long it will stay that well organized remains to be seen though…

As you can see too, I had some fun with picmonkey and made a new Xmas banner for the blog… I was kind of tired of the one year old one.

And I thought you might be interested to see how I dispose of my “fabrics” when I’m done cutting…

how I cut my stuff...

Here, you have in ready to sew form about 8 necktie bags… so there isn’t lots of threw away materials…

I’m busy working on the party I’ll be having for the 2 girls birthdays.  They are hosting a tea party so this is gonna be fun! I’ll take nice pictures too 😉 so today is cupcake and black forest cake in the making… Black forest will be for my son’s promise with the scouts tomorrow 🙂 I think we can say we are busy lol!

Maybe I should have put a warning at the beginning of the post saying ” melting pot” post! But sometimes it’s how I feel anyway 😉

Ici, on a vraiment un post avec plein de choses différentes! Premièrement j’ai gagné la première place pour le concours de photos!!! YAY! ça me donne un beau certificat cadeau de 75$ chez Lozeau à Montréal! Ensuite, vous pourrez trouver mes produits à la boutique cadeau Aux P’tits Cados de St-Amable 😉 Les dames ont déjà vendu une paire de mitaines! Y’a une copine blogeuse qui m’a demandé de mettre une photo de ma salle de couture rangée… (je ne peux pas dire pour combien de temps elle sera aussi “propre”!) Puis je vous ai mis une photo pour vous montrer comment je répartis mes “tissus” quand je taille. La première pile est environ 8 sacs cravates prêts à être cousus, la deuxième, les déchets pour la poubelle, la troisième ce que je conserve pour d’autres projets et la pile devant est les zippers que je vais défaire pour les conserver.  Aujourd’hui, je travaille sur la fête d’amies de mes 2 cocottes, elles les recevront pour le thé 🙂



I had to stop school… but more on that later.

sewing room disaster...

Meanwhile, this is what my sewing looked like for the past weeks… I know. yes, I’m ashamed lol!

so today it’s cleaning for the most part and going to the library to look up some book about puberty… She just turned 10 last week, and I can see the hormones coming in… Like coming home crying because she missed me during the day. Like saying her breasts are sore. I just heard more grey hair sprouting…  I am sooo not ready to that, she’s still my little girl!

How do you tell…

if someone has been in your sewing room???!

they left a clue 🙂


I was sure it was Camille… turned out it was my son 😉

J’ai eu de la visite dans ma chambre de couture… et elle a laissé des traces 🙂 J’étais sûre que c’était Camille, mais non, c’est mon garçon!

Old spice…

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It has been awhile… I really wanted to try my hand at refinishing a furniture (didn’t have anything particular in mind.). But 2 things always got in the way:

First I don’t have lots of space for this big of a project.

Second, time… Just can’t have enough for all the projects I wanna do!

Butttt, I found something that wasn’t taking too much space and would not take too much time! An old spice cabinet!

Spice cabinet redo

I found this one at the thrift shop for a whooping one buck. It was screaming seventies and was just plain ugly. Why not try to rejuvenate  it? or should I say,  age it?!

Let’s go for a…

Spice cabinet redo
I almost used the same technique as in my plywood background tut .

Firstly, I sanded the thing slightly.

Then, put a coat of primer (I used some leftover from the girls room painting).

Painted 2 coat of matted white  paint (again from leftovers). Here it is after its 2 coats of paint.

Spice cabinet redo

Already better looking isn’t it?!

Sanded it with a 120 grit sand paper and used a steel wool to add more aging.

Spice cabinet redo
I really like it, and I think it’s looking so much better now! It will find a home in my sewing room and will be useful holding my bead jars…

Spice cabinet redo

unless Camille claims it…

Spice cabinet redo

(Has anyone noticed my “new” second plywood?? hehe)

If you wanna see a before/after picture…

Spice cabinet redo

I used some frames I sprayed paint white for Camille’s room as a prop in the photo booth we did for Julien’s birthday. They ended up all chipped after the day so I decided to distressed them too! (I think I’m addicted…)

distressed frames

I love the way the old gold paint is showing under 🙂

distressed frames


Pour ma belle amie! 

Un petit changement pour une vieille armoire à épices achetée 1$ au centre bénévole! À peu près la même technique que mon plywood… Sablage, primer, 2 couches de peinture, sablage léger avec du 120 et laine d’acier pour vieillir un peu plus! Les cadres sont ceux de Camille que nous avions utilisé pour les photos durant la fête de Julien. Vu qu’ils étaient un peu maganés, j’ai vieilli un peu ceux-là aussi! On voit donc la peinture originale qui était dorée 😉

Quick fix!

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Do you have something that bothers you a lot?! I do… and many things lol! But one that is driving me crazy is the need to always reach for my sewing machine pedal under the desk. It keeps going ways and around not being still for me to sew quietly! So if you have that problem here’s a quick fix for that!

Here’s my naughty pedal in all its dirty splendor

pedal fix!

And the much wanted fix. (no squid stuff on a roll from the dollar store)

pedal fix!

I thought of that quite sometimes ago but never got to buy the no squid roll at the dollar store. My mom sent a bag of stuff last week and Oh surprise, what did I found at the bottom??! the exact thing I needed AND the right size!

pedal fix!

So take your hot glue gun and get busy!

pedal fix!

Reality show

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Remember that post where I show pictures of my sewing room??! Lemme refresh your memory ‘kay?

here you go:

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Cute hey? Look at this room, all tidy up and crisp looking.

This, my friend, is ABSOLUTELY. PURE. FANTASY. nothing more…. An unattainable  dream.

I’m sorry to tell you that you have been FOOLED! Like in reality shows… People show only what they want you to see.

Want the real deal? Really??

AH, you asked for it so here it is.
How my sewing room really looks like....

How my sewing room really looks like....

How my sewing room really looks like....

How my sewing room really looks like....

How my sewing room really looks like....

Like me some little self derision…. So, no, you are not the only one with a messy craft room! Sometimes I feel like I’m the only one with a room like mine  when I see other people craft studio. Wish it was all clean and nice looking, but that means I need to spend time tidying up which also means less time to sew. I think you know which I choose. It’s a no brainer. 😉 So how is YOUR’s looking??

A room refashion!

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I told last time that I might be showing off my “new” sewing room!! Guess what I’ll be blabbing about today!? 😉

When we moved in this house, 6 years ago, I put my sewing machine downstairs as there were no places elsewhere and just didn’t do much sewing for 2 reasons: managing babies and kids and well, it was downstairs (read, not much light, not near the kids rooms…) so when the last baby was old enough we decided to put her with her older sister (in an 8′ by 8′ room you just have space for a bed…) so guess what? I now have my own 8′ by 8′ paradise!! 🙂

From a baby’s room to this…

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We finished about a bit more than a month ago and I just wish it could stay as organized as it is in the pictures… 😉 It’s a dream to work in it and I’m now on the main floor, can watch the kids while they are playing outside, make supper and still be sewing and  the room even as an actual door that I can close!

How about some descriptions? All the white furniture (beside the dresser you can glimpse at the bottom left corner of the picture above) came from IKEA. I even found the perfect size dresser to go under my sewing table flap! I love my folding table, I cut, make crafts and iron on it.  I had the little wood color dresser (also from IKEA) for awhile. I splurged a bit on the fabric for my curtain, but I wanted a colorful room so I had a good excuse… I even knitted the trim to go on the curtain as I wanted something that match without paying big bucks for it (it’s reclaimed yarn). 

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 Here’s my vintage singer I got second hand, it’s nicely running and makes everything I want but I had a hard time finding the right needles for sewing jersey. The lamp, I got at the thrift store for a buck and it’s red! my fave color! I bought the sewing table when I was 18 and bought it new in the box which if I was to do it again I would certainly not pay as much and get a second hand one.

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Here’s my vintage industrial overlock my mother was kind enough to give me. She had it for years and haven’t been using it for a long time so she came my way and started a new life! It took me more than 3 hours the first time I threaded her and still need to get to know her better… but don’t fear I will!

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That’s my cute little piggy bobin thread holder my uncle was kind enough to craft for me… it’s really way too cute! And I was thrilled when he showed it to me 🙂

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Also bought at IKEA… Man I love that store! It’s a good thing I don’t go there too often lol.

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A very useful magnetic bar…. bought… I think you know where 😉

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My vintage knitting needles and crochets, mostly from my grand-mother and stored in vintage thrift store pitchers and canister.

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My hubby installed this that goes all around the room (but from the window’s wall) so I could store all the little sewing necessities as buttons, elastics, ribbons etc… My buttons (all vintage too, mostly from my grand-mother’s) are store in apothecary style jars from the thrift store.

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All my finished items are stored in vintage suitcases (you can see my red one here!), just love the look of them! and they are sturdy!

Hope you enjoy the tour!