I bought some nice jersey and am going to sew a copy of an old skirt from it.
Baby trousers – a first attempt at sewing in jersey
It has been almost five years since I last used my sewing machine. I am now on maternity leave again and with my baby turning 9 Montestore old, I have dusted offentlige the sewing machine and begun creating again.
I made the pattern myself, but based it off som bought trousers that I know fotted my boy well.
Spinach pie with a salad and avocado dressing
Recipe: Cauliflower gratin
I had a huge head of Cauliflower, so I wanted to make a gratin and decided to try this one:
It is in Danish, but I can give you a rough idea of what to do. (I don’t eat meat, so I left out the smoked ham and used a bit more Cauliflower instead).
500 g Cauliflower
Water for cooking the cauliflower
90 g flour
300 ml milk
10 g butter
4 egg yolks
1 tsp salt
4 egg whites
Butter and bread crumbs for the tray
Set the oven to 175 degrees Celsius.
Grease a tray with butter and line it with bread crumbs.
Divide the Cauliflower into pieces and cook in lightly salted water for 4 min.
Melt butter with milk in casserole and stir in flour while boiling.
Set aside to cool a bit.
Stir in egg yolkes one at a time.
Add salt and pepper.
Whip the egg whites stiff.
Add half of the whipped egg whites to the filling together with the drained Cauliflower and stir.
Fold in the rest of the whipped egg whites.
Spread filling evenly in the tray/form and place in oven to cook for approximately 1 hour.
Some photos 🙂
Recipe: Egg and bell pepper lunch
Found this recipe on BigOven: http://www.bigoven.com/recipe/egg-and-pepper-samich/190101
and wanted to try it, but since I’m Danish I used rye bread (Danish rugbrød) instead.
Here is my version of it… I buttered the bread and topped the egg and bell pepper with cress.
Recipe: Purple salad
So, life has been busy…
… and I haven’t blogged anything for a veeeery long time. My excuse is that life has kept me busy and that I haven’t had much time to do anything creative and interesting enough to blog about. But now Christmas is creeping up on us by slowly showing its “face” at the stores, even though it’s only early October, and his makes be think of all the Christmas related creative stuff I can do, because Christmas is the best season for being creative – you can bake, sew and do paper crafts which are all things I love to do.
To get me even more inspired I have been looking a bit around Pinterest and Oh My! the inspiration is enough to make my head explode with ideas.
But since Christmas is still a 2 months away I will start being creative with my favourite season The Fall. I just love the way everything around you changes colour and you can feel the weather changing from day to day.
I will begin by seing if I can find some of my old fall inspired decorations and then se I can make some new ones too. 🙂
Sewing: The mouse is finished!
It is actually quite a while ago that I finished sewing it, but I haven’t found the time to blog about it. I take that many photos of the process of sewing the mouse, but I’ll show you the few I did take.
Last time I blogged about making a stuffed toy, I had cut out the fabric. The next step was to sew all the pieces together and I made a quick plan in my head of the process – I decided by starting with the head and working my way down; so first of all I needed to sew on some eyes.
Here’s the mouse half finished…
I made the bottom heavy by filling it with plastic pellets and stuffed the rest of the mouse with light fluff.
And voila! A finished mouse…
The tricky parts of sewing this was to remember to fill the paws and ears with stuffing before sewing them on and then also attaching the ears turning the right way around (for some reason this was difficult for me and had to do it over twice!).
We haven’t named him yet, so far is just known as ‘musen’ (the mouse).
Sewing: The beginnings of a stuffed toy
It seams like I’ve taking a detour from my learning-how-to-sew by book and went head over heels to making-it-up-as-I-go-along. Hmm… I wonder if this will end well.
So this time I wanted to try to make a stuffed toy for my lovely and adorable baby girl. I have always had lots and lots of stuffed toys and just some years ago my husband gave me a stuffed toy that I love and probably will not let my daughter play with: the rat from the Pixar movie ‘Ratatouille’. So I thought ‘how difficult can it be to sew a look-a-like rat?’
I used some paper napkins to drape and sketch a pattern based on my beloved rat.
After cutting the pieces out I pinned them to the rat to make sure they fitted reasonably well.
I then figured out which way the pattern pieces should go on my choice of fabric and used a highlighter to sketch a rough seam allowance around the pieces.
And I’m almost ready to start sewing!
I haven’t bought the filling yet, and I also need to find some matching threads. I think the biggest challenge is to figure out a sequence of actually sewing everything together.
I see this as a learning experience and am not expecting a great result. I am sure my daughter will find a use for the stuffed toy no matter how it ends up looking.
I hope to post more on my progress on the rat soon.Just need to find the time to get buy the material and do some sewing in between playing with the cutest girl who wants to run around even though she can’t quite walk yet
Sewing: Recycling my white shirt into cute toddler size shirt
After the success of recycling one of my shirts into a shirt for my cute baby girl, I wanted to repeat the experience using the same type of shirt that I had in white.
I used this white long sleeved t-shirt
I used the same pattern that I had made for the red recycled shirt, and it all went well until I ran out of thread…
I didn’t want to stop sewing while waiting for finding the time to go buy some more thread, so I decided to start adding the collar. I wanted to try a different approach than I used last time, so I used white thread and kind of sewed the collar bind piece of fabric first before attaching it.
Then I sewed it to the inside of the shirt.
And then I basted it to the right side of the shirt.
In stead of using a straight top-stitch I decided to use a decorative stitch to secure the collar edge. I quite liked the end result, but I think there must be an easier way to attach an edge to a neckline.
Anyhow … here is the finished shirt!
I added quite a few nice details to the shirt; here are some close-ups:
I am really happy with the result. The only problem is that I have had to remove the decorative buttons because my cute baby girl likes to use her new teeth on everything and managed to bite one of the buttons off the shirt after having worn it for just half an hour! And safety goes before fashion, so the buttons had to be removed.
Stay tuned for my next sewing adventure…. a stuffed toy!