Miel et Cannelle

Romans 8:38. Nothing can take away this joy.

Month: March, 2011

Today’s the day!

My Etsy store is now officially open for business! Ah, feels good to get something accomplished. I don’t have a TON of items for sale just yet, but it’s a start. I just needed to get it out there. The link is on the right hand side of this page, or you can just click here

Happy shopping!


Busy little bee

Since my birthday is later this month and since I will be back in Chicago by then, my trip home so far has been a lot of birthday fun. My mom surprised me with this beauty:

Love it!

And, as an added bonus, my grandma gifted me a 3 hour private sewing lesson! It ended up being a HUGE help because as much as I love teaching myself new things and figuring them out myself, I realized after the instructor taught me how to operate the machine that there was little to no chance I would’ve figured that out alone.

For the past couple of days I’ve basically been sitting in my sew-happy isolation, trying to become an expert as quickly as possible. It’s really been fun and has definitely been a lesson in patience. For my first project, I made my mom a little purse for her birthday, which is nine days before mine.

Mom's purse--tan with light blue lining and a bow

I’ll admit, it didn’t come out quite as I had planned. Mom picked a chiffon fabric for the lining so it was too delicate to sew in the interfacing (thicker material that gives the purse some weight) and the cardboard into the bottom. So it’s just a different look than the pattern called for, but I think it’s pretty good for my first project.

After I finished that, I used that top sheet I had bought at  Salvation Army to make a little makeup bag. I really like how this came out, especially since it was my first time sewing in a zipper. It wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be.

Putting my thrift store buy to good use

Mom liked mine, so she asked me to make one for her too. So we headed over to Joann’s fabrics and she picked out a liner and an outside fabric. I picked out a few new fabrics too for my future makeup bag endeavors. You’ll just have to wait till those are done to see them though 🙂

Here’s Mom’s makeup bag:

Mom's pink makeup bag

I inverted the top a little so you could see the pink lining. The outside is white with a cute pink embroidered design. She wanted a thinner zipper so it didn’t come out quite as sturdy. I also made it a little bigger than I intended to so it’s almost the size of another purse! Oh well.

The sewing machine is all packed away to make the trip back to Chicago with me. I’m back to crocheting for right now. Tonight I decided to try a new headband pattern I came across a few weeks ago. I think it came out pretty cute, and wasn’t too time consuming.

Modeling the new headband--super comfy!

It ties in the back with a delicate little bow

So that’s what I’ve been up to the past few days. Busy busy busy. But, I like it. Can’t I just get my Bachelor’s of Crocheting and Sewing? Sigh.

Swap-meeting and Teacup Candle-ing

First and foremost, I am SO happy to have a break from school. I haven’t had any time to craft lately so my mom and I are taking this time to create as much as possible. So this morning we got up early and made our way over to the Westminster Swap Meet to find some long lost treasures. After wading through discarded beanie babies, old VHS tapes and what must have been a million mismatched earrings, we happily rushed home to begin creating. Aside from 5 antique teacups (2 of which came with the matching saucers), I am very excited to inform you that, for only $1.75, I also got…

My very own lavender plant!

I know, very exciting. Come May, I may just have some new lavender-themed crafts. Perfume? Tea? Sachets? Oh the possibilities are just endless. But I digress. What we did today was upcycle the antique teacups into some cute, anthropologie-esque candles.

Let me tell you, it was quite a process. The measuring cup is still coated in wax, sitting in the sink. My wrist hurts from scraping the wax off of it in between colors. But, I am happy with the results! I think they came out pretty cute.

The end result

These are two of the finished ones, with the blue candle still setting in the background. I think the brown is my favorite.

Another of my favorites

Still need to cut the wick on that one, but I love how it looks next to the bright lemons from the backyard!

Puppy watching intently

The little one liked to watch us make a mess of the kitchen. She finally stopped trying to rip the donut toy up and posed for a cute photo op.

Perfectly portable

These two candles are actually in those tiny single serving jam containers you can find in hotels and such places. My mom loves to save cute containers, which may explain my container obsession. But how cute are these?? We could only find one of the lids, but I think they look just fine without them. Perfect for a little spontaneous candlelight.

All of the candles together

So here’s all the candles together, nine in all. This took about 3-4 hours–most of which was spent waiting while the old candles melted so we could reuse the wax. Definitely a fun way to kick off my creations this week. I can’t wait to see what tomorrow has in store–stay tuned!