dimanche 26 novembre 2017


Back to Theme-tas-Stitch update,

Each month, Kerry organizes this event (usually on the 21th, I'm late...)


with a special theme, this month it's :

No X November - 
Blackwork, Hardanger, pulled thread or speciality stitches the choice is yours or maybe it's time to tackle the backstitch on some of those almost finished projects.

Perfect to get out of the basket the no X stitching "Quand Noël s'en mêle" a kit from Un chat dans l'aiguille.

I chose the Santa chart to bring during my holidays break

J'ai choisi de commencer le Père Noël ou Saint Nicolas à l'occasion de mes quelques vacances.

chain stitch,  stem stitch, long stitch, buttonhole stitch
point de chainette, point de tige, point lancé, point de feston en croissant.

Then back home, it was times to play with ribbons for the future Xmas cards
Il est temps de réfléchir quels modèles de cartes fabriquées maison me tentent pour cette année, celles réalisées avec des rubans de récup seront très sympas et simples à confectionner.

Always useful to save ribbons
from chocolate or perfume boxes.

L'occasion de sortir la boîte de rubans
récupérés sur les coffrets de chocolat, parfums
et autres croquets et rubans de satin.

and to play with wool
for a Santa beard
for an ornie I bought in
a shop in Chinon
nice stop on the way back home.

une jolie barbe brillante pour
un père Noël à suspendre

petit arrêt "mercerie" à Chinon
chez "Idées à coudre"

you can see I still have Halloween tableclothe!

Deck the Halls December -
Christmas is almost upon us so pull out those Christmas themed projects or stitch a new ornament for the tree. 

I'm already stitching for Christmas,
a new ornament will be welcome.

mercredi 15 novembre 2017


Gifted Gorgeousness Sal is about stitchings made with gifts you received or gifts you are planning to offer,

It's Jo's baby, here you can find the link for updating


Here is the pic of the wool cap I'm knitting for my granddaughter,
I'd like to show you the baby girl wearing it but it's not so easy to catch the picture of a 16 1/2 months old little elf even for her mother.
Maybe next month!

I'm finishing the fox puzzle (half way for sewing velcro).
Mon puzzle renard de chez Zazobouzi est presque terminé je couds les attaches velcro.

I'm in holidays, bathing, resting, reading, stitching no scrapbooking but in the pool I'm thinking of my next step in my "Grandson Book of Words".

Barbotage, repos, lecture, broderie, ça sent les vacances, les idées, elles continuent à fourmiller pour les futurs mots du "Livre des mots de Ti mot hé". En attendant, un petit récapitulatif s'impose.

A little summary of  Words  In  Progress.

Words are chosen for their possibility to develop a funny way to show them and sometimes for an "orthography"  approach  (etymology,  plural, spelling)  very subjective choice.

The finished pages :

Lettres,  letter,  letter box,                        thé, tea                           

Peinture, pinceau, tableau                           Painting, brush,

Araignée,   spider,                           Avion,  plane

                                                          Moulin,   Hélice,    Windmill,                        

 in Progress :
Fil (stitching granny)

Aida stitching,     fabric samples to add,

next one : 

Scie  (saw),  hache (hatchet)     tronc d'arbre, tree trunk,

drapeaux  (flags),     jus   (juice),   sac   (bag)

I will insert some writing test pages,

dimanche 12 novembre 2017


C'est un peu triste que je vois s'achever l'ALPHABET CLUB auquel j'ai participé depuis août 2015 avec beaucoup de plaisir. Passionnée de lettres, de mots, c'était le parfait thème pour des articles.

I'm a little sad today because it's the end (my end) of the ALPHABET CLUB, I took part since  August 2015  with a great pleasure. I love letters, words, so it was perfect for me.

Usually, I post on the first Saturday of the month but next month in December, Christmas month very busy one, so I close my dictionary today with the Z.


As on preview posts, I have imagined a scenario for those mensual posts
as the creators of this new event offer us a quite total liberty to how develop them.

My own way will go into worlds of stitching, words, drawings, designs, garden, cooking, music and travels.

Evocation of  a word begining with the letter linked to DIY activities
and personal researches on what you could find in my garden, in my kitchen, on my record player (the vinyl one), in my travel souvenirs.

Z comme zip

Z comme le point zig zag

Z  dans la ville,  in the city
     comme le point zéro des routes de France au pied de Notre-Dame

Z comme  Zazobouzi

A designer I discovered in January, I bought a fox puzzle I'm sewing for my granddaughter

maybe the next one to make.

Z  comme  zodiaque,  Astronomy is a hobby I share with DH,
     constellations, planets, eclipse,

     Z + stars =  the Zodiac SAL
     Jo organizes now (after the Alphabet Club)
     on the first Saturday of the month)


Z comme  zoom,   I love photography,

14 - 42 mm      40 - 150  mm    the last one is my tea mug!

in the kitchen, dans la cuisine,
z comme  zan

zan  (réglisse - licorice)
Zan was an old French sugar/licorice fabric in 1856
(founded in an old paper mill from 1770 in Uzes)

The name is supposed to come from a child asking his mother (lisping)

"Z (j) ' en veux maman, donne moi z en"  (Want it, mum, give some to me)

After beeing bought by Haribo in 1987, the fabric is now the "musée du bonbon" we visited with girls during holidays nearby.

Writing this post made me remember that my parents used to name childs with affection "Bout de Zan" (piece of Zan) that was surely a sweet name in the 60's.

 A lot of lovely vintage poster with Zan

The museum Haribo
with of course a huge shop
you can't miss

But what's more useful than Zan for spiders...

or a starting line of speed cars...

dans le jardin,   no Zinnia in my garden, this has to change.

sur ma platine vinyl

Z comme  Zorro,
   DH is still watching those episodes with his 8 years old eyes, can't miss one

Z comme Zébulon

Still have the vinyl...
Zébulon  (with the red face on a spring)

I was certainly 5 or 6  when this cartoon was on TV,  Margotte, Pollux, Azalée and friends.
I remember that we made the snail character Ambroise with wool and a small hat made with the cap of a bottle of cheap wine.

Zébulon always said  "Tournicoti Tournicoton" as a magic phrase to jump into the fairy world.

Z dans mes souvenirs de voyage

Zugspitze (Deutschland)

Zell am see  (Osterreich)

Zat's all Folks!  My Alphabet Club is finished.
Let's close this virtual book on 27 posts/letters so pleasant to write for me.
Thanks to Chiara and Jo who were the mothers of this great event.

De A à Z, nous avons parcouru ensemble "The Alphabet Club", refermons cet amusant dictionnaire.
Merci à Chiara et Jo qui étaient à l'initiative de cet évènement mensuel.

Bientôt quelques congés, donc repos et broderie pour les prochains jours et peut-être de nouveaux articles...
Soon some holidays, I  need to rest and stitch and maybe some new posts...

dimanche 5 novembre 2017


Hi, here is the new Zodiac Sal from Jo, succeeding to the Alphabet Club, on the first Saturday of each month.

We have many ways to post, maybe about Zodiac design, something related to Air for example, or  to family members native of the sign.

.23 octobre - 21 novembre  -   Scorpion
(kisses to my uncle, my godson and my SiL)

Internet pic

Music will help me to post this month,

Blowing with the wind of change....   by Scorpions

I still work on the "words book" for my grandson
and after "plane"

I thought that those scorpions could lead us
to wind,  windmill and propeller

Librement inspiré d'un collage papier/fil de fer kraft
d'Isabelle Guiot Hullot, auteur de divers ouvrages
"Poésie de papier", ce pilote d'aéronef

je les ai réalisé avec des cartes récupérées et de la

Now I'll to build them and make things turn right
with paper fasteners, we call Parisian clips.
cause the first idea was to make a kind of pop up/funny illustrations pages for words.

L'idée, au départ, était de concevoir des pages
"mot" avec des illustrations, bricolages, animés et ludiques.

Now, I hope you'll love my "skatehorn"...

Les scorpions sont le nom de l'équipe de hockey de Mulhouse,
  Scorpions is the name of the hockey team from Mulhouse,

from hockey to skating,   just a slide

The silver thread for the writing wasn't good, so I try some green letters (on DH advices) and green + a silvery strand (on Jo's advices), here we are...

first : silver......                                          silver -  green  -  green + silver
quelques essais comparatifs

I have seen this stitching dozens of times, you know what, never saw the mistake :

N  ö  el ????

maintenant le tréma a retrouvé sa bonne place,

Christmas is...   skating on ice with you.

Double axel,   writing is done, back to snowflakes, hair, backstitch, scarfs...

internet pics