Meet Kilian/ Spring Potholders

Watermark_PotholdersThe past couple of weeks have been a whirlwind of excitement here! After making us wait a week longer than expected (which feels like half of eternity in pregnancy years), our little Kilian George finally decided to make his appearance in the world on March 10th… and all 9.6 lbs. of him have been smothered in hugs and kisses since.KillianKisses1The KidsLiamKilian
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Needless to say my sewing projects were put on the back burner for a couple of weeks. Towards the end of my pregnancy the carpal tunnel was so bad in my hands that I had trouble even trying to sew. Luckily, it subsided shortly after and it was glorious to be able to sit down at my sewing machine again.
I immediately had the urge to sew something spring-y, quick and useful. I came across this hotpad pattern by Purl Soho a while back and thought it would be a love match for the floral prints in this Wonderland collection. (You can buy the fabric bundle here.)Potholder Potholder1 Potholder2 I decided to add a grommet and string for the holder since I used fabric to bind with instead of twill tape. I used to find grommets so tricky, but I think I am finally getting the hang of them!Potholder4 Potholder5Such a lovely spring addition to my kitchen…
What spring-y project are you working on?

xoxo, Bridgette

Stuffed Christmas Village

ChristmasVillage_0005If you have been following me on Instagram, you may have already seen the beginnings of what I am calling a “child-friendly Christmas Village”. As a little girl, I loved Christmas villages. They are so quaint and cute, and I use to wish I could just shrink down and live in their world. I thought it would be fun to make a Christmas village that the children could play and imagine with, made just for little hands.
Of course, there is no better place to start (…at least in my mind) than the Christmas Village Bakery. Especially if it offers coffee, cakes and pies. Mmmm….ChristmasVillage_0007BakeryChristmasVillage_0001The next addition was the Village Toy Shoppe, complete with big windows for little window shoppers. Adding all the little details was definitely the most fun part of each building. Imagine all the different details you could do! Ahhh…
I used lots of starch and fusible Wonder Under to attach each piece of fabric before sewing them into place and then drew on and hand-stitched the details.ChristmasVillage_0006ChristmasVillage_0003ChristmasVillage_0004ChristmasVillage_0008.jpgThe little village has already started gathering occupants. These little Christmas mice were a gift from my mom when I was about 10. I have always loved them and now Madeleine loves them just as much. Aren’t they the cutest?ChristmasVillage_0002

xoxo, Bridgette

White Cotton and Lace

DSC_2026I’ve spent the day making a few last minute details and preparing for the children’s Easter /spring pictures, which hopefully will happen tomorrow.  Of course, you can never be quite sure with children or the weather though.
My final to-do was to put the finishing touches on Madeleine’s dress. The pattern is my own, and I added lace sleeves cut from a scarf I had brought back from India a few years ago. It’s the perfect dress for a lovely spring day.DSC_2024DSC_2031DSC_2043BThe sun is starting to rise earlier and earlier, the days are warming up, the flowers are blooming, the birds are singing and it’s finally starting to actually feel and smell like spring here.
Until next time…

xoxo, Bridgette