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Today as promised some pics of my small Quaker alphabet wall hanging:

Isn’t it cute? It goes together pretty well with the colour of the wood panelling in our living room.

2009?

Yes, 2009, that was when I finished the embroidery – and yes, it has been lying in a cupboard THAT long!

The black backing fabric was my husband’s shirt in a former life.

Please don’t blame me for the awful lot of hairs on the black fabric, it must have been this two-headed monster that was spilling hairs like crazy:

Oh no, wait, it’s just my 2 cats intimately snoring!  phew…

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Although I like the summer season, I’m always happy when autumn is in the air again. We live near the woods and I just love the the sight of yellow and brown trees, the scent of fallen leaves. This weekend a friend came visiting and we went out to go look for mushrooms.

Soon we saw this little fellow:

A few hours and three different kinds of mushroom later, we went home and gave them a total make-over:

They were delicious!

That morning I already made a pumpkin cake following a wonderful recipe; I think it was the best cake I ever made (which is not that difficult as I do not make cakes that often, but still). How can it go wrong with pumpkin, chocolate and pecans in one cake, iced with lemon butter cream?

I’ll first show what my kitchen looked liked after I made the butter cream, that unfortunately included one explosion of powdered sugar:

But it was all worth it:

So far with all the cooking. I did some crafty things too!
Already three years ago now, I made a small cross stitch Quaker alphabet:
(the free pattern can be found here)

Over the past days, I made a narrow patchwork border for it to make a small wall hanging. But there is still one side left to be finished with binding, so the FO pics will have to wait for next post.

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Not my favorite

The past week I’ve been sewing. It is not really my favorite craft and I’m always having arguments with my sewing machine. There were however two things I really wanted to make. The first thing was this:
What it is? A guinea pig tunnel! Flowers on the outside, soft fleece on the inside. At both ends I sewed in strips of plastic, so that it will stand open. Ronja likes it a lot (please excuse her red capsicum-cheeks):

The second thing I wanted to make was a new case for my oboe. I play baroque oboe but the case that came with my rental instrument was not really protectant (very thin), and had an ugly, violently green colour. So I dashed up some blue and beige flanel from my stash, complemented with extra-volume quilt batting and two wooden buttons. The buttons are very rough and unpolished, which I really like.
I was again struggling with my sewing machine and ended up making it completely by hand. Some work but much more relaxing! I’m really a novice when it comes to sewing so the case is quite basic, but it functions and I’m pleased with it.

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Oh, how do I enjoy Christmas time! The cosiness, decorating the house, going to Christmas markets and the night mass… I really love this season. I do feel a bit embarrased to say, though, that this year I started looking forward to it as early as september… that’s not normal is it? Well, at the moment I feel justified to work on some Christmas decoration, after all it’s December tomorrow.

The things I’d like to show today are some small ornaments. They are made from felt, embroidery thread, filling, ribbon, and some decorative buttons and bells. Not much to say about it for the rest, here come the pictures.


 

 

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