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19 décembre 2012 3 19 /12 /décembre /2012 20:26

Dear readers,

 

Chers lecteurs,

 

I confess I stole someone idea last weekend.

 

J'avoue avoir volé une idée ce week-end.

 

About a year ago I suscribed to a blog called Keeping It Simple.

 

Il y a environ un an, je me suis abonnée au blog Keeping It Simple, et j'adore lire les articles bourrés d'idées le matin en buvant mon thé.

 

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I love finding its posts in my mailbox and reading them over my morning cupsss of tea... Last week, there was a post about a cute neighbour's gift.

 

La semaine dernière, cette idée de petit cadeau m'avait séduite.

 

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When I had a gift to make last Saturday, that post came back to my mind.

 

Elle m'est revenue en mémoire quand j'ai eu besoin d'une idée originale.

 

Of course I had none of the usual toys most of you bloggers have. I don't have any vinyl of any colour...

 

But a former French president said that "In France, we don't have petroleum, but we have ideas!".

 

Evidemment, je ne possède pas les accessoires du style vinyl autocollant... Alors, j'ai mis un peu de peinture sur des étiquettes scolaires autocollantes!

 

So I took asic white school stickers and painted them with black and orange paint, leftovers from Halloween, then cut them. Here's what I did.

 

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The picture was snapped at night in my ugly kitchen, seconds before getting in the car to deliver the present. As usual I had forgotten to take pictures before... So I apologize for the lack of light, setting, etc...

 

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Thanks for visiting! And Merry Christmas to you all!

 

Magali, from The Little White House xxx

 

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12 décembre 2012 3 12 /12 /décembre /2012 19:35

Dear readers,

 

Chers lecteurs,

 

Thanks a lot for your comments who usually make my breakfast! I read them sipping my morning tea before going to work and it keeps me happy for the rest of the day!

 

I believed something was missing to my first mantel.

 

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If you're thinking more "bling", you might be right... But that's not what I was looking for this year.

 

Dans mon esprit, un manteau de cheminée de Noël ne serait pas complet sans ses "stockings", les grandes chaussettes à remplir de petits cadeaux.

 

No, I thought no Christmas mantel would be complete without stockings.

 

I couldn't find anything in French stores that was remotely close to what I had in mind. I only found very "Christmasy" ones. What's wrong with that? Nothing, really, except I didn't want a reindeer or a big chubby Santa on my stockings.

 

J'en ai cherché dans les boutiques, mais je n'ai trouvé que des choses très colorées avec des rennes en peluches dessus ou des gros pères-Noël joufflus... Bof!

 

So the idea of making one popped in my brain.

 

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Except, you might remember that I can't sew... Still, I decided I should challenge myself.

 

Je me suis dit qu'il était temps de se lancer un défi perso pour moi qui ne sais pas coudre!

 

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I'm sorry, I took the picture when it was already night, when I finished the stocking actually. I have evening school meetings for the next two days... and I couldn't wait to brag!!!

 

I found different tutorial on the Internet and added my very down-to-earth touch.

 

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The white-dot-blue fabric is removable, just in case I want a different colour or atmosphere next year!

 

Le revers bleu à pois est amovible, comme ça si l'an prochain j'ai une envie de rouge ou de noir, ce sera facile de changer!

 

I can't resist to show you my paperwhites that are blooming and where next to me on the dining-room table while I was sewing.

 

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Les narcisses paper-white ont déjà fleuri et m'ont accompagnée sur la table de la salle à manger pendant que j'essayais de coudre droit!

 

Also, I could use your advice. The old sewing-machine is my Mom's. She's so kind that she lent it to me. But it's very heavy and with my hernia it kills me to lift it to the table and then to put it back under the stairs where it's hidden. So I was thinking of buying a new one. Any mistake I shouldn't make while choosing it?

 

La machine que m'a prêtée ma Maman (merci!) est super, mais elle est définitivement bloquée sur un seul point et est vraiment lourde. C'est vraiment douloureux avec ma hernie de la déplacer. J'envisage d'en acheter une autre un de ces jours. Auriez-vous des conseils à me donner?

 

Magali, from the Little White House xxx

 

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2 décembre 2012 7 02 /12 /décembre /2012 19:55

Dear readers,

 

Chers lecteurs,

 

I should obviously have spent the day dusting the house... Well, I didn't!

 

De toute évidence, j'aurai dû passer la journée à dépoussiérer la maison... Mais, non!

 

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Milo, checking if there's any food in that shopping bag!

 

Today was the first Sunday of Advent and I decided no matter how the house looked like, I needed to create this year's Christmas wreath.

 

C'était le premier dimanche de l'Avent; le jour idéal pour créer la couronne de Noël de l'année.

 

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I wanted something very different from the previous years.

 

Je voulais quelque chose de très différent des autres années.

 

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Something soft.

 

Quelque chose de doux.

 

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Something inspired by the life at The Little White House, where a cute little Robin comes and lives in the garden every winter.

 

Quelque chose qui soit directement inspiré de la vie de la Petite Maison où un charmant rouge-gorge s'installe au jardin chaque hiver.

 

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So, what do you think?

 

Alors, qu'en pensez-vous?

 

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Wishing you all the most joyful time getting ready for Christmas!

 

Magali, from The Little White House xxx

 

 

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15 octobre 2012 1 15 /10 /octobre /2012 20:22

Dear readers,

 

Chers lecteurs,

 

Without further ado, I'd like to introduce you to this year's Hallowe'en wreath!

 

 

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Voici la couronne d'Hallowe'en de cette année, entièrement maison, depuis les 200 noeuds en tulle, jusqu'à ma toute première rose en feutre... Ben, oui, je suis un peu fière.

 

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Due to a recent event that took place in the neighbourhood (and I tried to blog about it, but, it's just too hard), I didn't want this year's Hallowe'en  decor to have anything to do with death. On the other hand, I know that children are expecting my house to be decorated.

 

So I surfed on blogs, I surfed my mind and here's what I came up with. Something that is very me, but with a Hallowe'en colour scheme. Very me, for three reason: a tulle wreath is perfect for a dancer, the cat (obvious!) and a rose because I love flowers!

 

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I made the felt rose myself thanks to a great tutorial I found here. You know the tutorial is great when you can see that my rose looks like a rose, even if I'm really bad at sewing!

 

Je pense que je ne vais pas pouvoir faire le décor habituel dans la véranda, car il y a là un nouveau locataire, qui ne donnerait sa place pour rien au monde...

 

The usual decor in the veranda is not up and probably won't be as we have a new tenant here...

 

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I bought him a black pillow, so that he would fit in the decor... But he finds it a bit too small (this is a HUGE cat, like twice as big as mine!)

 

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See how his head doesn't rest on the pillow? I guess I'll buy a new one...

 

Je lui ai acheté un coussin noir pour qu'il se fonde dans le décor du moment, mais j'ai visé un peu petit; du coup, soit sa tête, soit ses fesses ne reposent pas sur le coussin... Je suis bonne pour racheter un coussin... Mais il est vraiment énorme, ce chat!!!

 

 

Magali, from The Little White House xxx

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7 octobre 2012 7 07 /10 /octobre /2012 16:02

Dear readers,

 

Chers lecteurs,

 

In case you're wondering, Shadow (my now world's famous cat) is feeling better.

 

Chat n°1 va mieux, merci à tous ceux qui s'en sont inquiétés... Le vétérinaire prétend qu'il y a un encart spécial dans le journal local sur la santé de mon chat... Enfin, quand il se moque de moi, c'est que le cas est moins grave que lundi dernier, où là, il ne plaisantait pas!

 

So the mood is lighter, and I thought I could share with you a little tray project I had this year.

 

Du coup, l'atmosphère est pus légère et je pensais que je pouvais partager avec vous un petit projet plateau.

 

The first one was a gift for my friend who loves blue and everything nautical.

 

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Le premier était un cadeau pour une amie qui aime le bleu et la mer.

 

I bought a basic wood tray, but they only were sold three by three in the store I went to.

 

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Mais dans le magasin, les plateaux en bois ne se vendaient que par trois. Du coup, j'ai pensé que puisque ma Maman cherchait un plateau, je pouvais lui en faire un, ambiance Versailles.

 

So I ended up doing one for my mom, who works on Louis XIV all day long, all week long, all year long... SO I thought a "fleur de lis" would be perfect.

 

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I'm sorry I don't seem to have taken any other picture of this one... It's a plain one on my "outside painting table"!

 

The last one I used to try my hand at something new.

 

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J'ai utilisé le dernier pour me faire la main sur une nouvelle technique. Ce n'est pas encore parfaitement au point... Mais c'est un bon chemin...

 

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Do you have a favorite?

 

Magali, from the Little White House xxx

 

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6 octobre 2012 6 06 /10 /octobre /2012 20:19

Dear readers,

 

Chers lecteurs,

 

Did you ever have to bring a present to someone you barely knew? I find it very difficult.

 

Avez-vous déjà dû apporter un cadeau à quelqu'un que vous connaissiez peu? Ce n'est pas ce qu'il y a de plus facile.

 

As a substitute, I get to meet lots of colleagues every year, but usually I only come and go, it never gets beyond "how are you?" and "don't you think this class is really awful?"

 

Then last year a colleague invited me to a dinner with some other colleagues. I  was very surprised, but I thought it was really nice of her.

 

L'an dernier, une collègue m'a invité à dîner. Je ne savais encore pas grand chose d'elle. Certes, un bouquet de fleurs aurait fait l'affaire, mais je trouve que cela ne transmettait pas le "merci" que je voulais qu'elle reçoive.

 

And then, panic attack. What was I going to bring her? I didn't know her that well. Of course, I coud have brought flowers, as is customary in France. But it didn't really felt like me, nor did it convey the "thank you" I wanted to say.

 

So I gathered what I knew about her so far: she was a biology teacher and she loved turquoise.

 

Du coup, j'ai réfléchi: je savais qu'elle était prof de SVT et qu'elle aimait le turquoise. Un peu mince? Et non! ça m'a donné une idée.

 

So here's the idea I had:

 

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Then I added a little color:

 

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After hesitating for a very long time on the paint colour, I picked that one because it was called "Bébé Baleine" (Baby Whale) and I remembered she loved the sea.

 

So if ever you have a gift to do to a biology teacher, this is a fun way to give flowers!

 

Si jamais vous avez un cadeau à faire à un prof de science, ce petit "triflor" a été très facile à faire.

 

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Since then, that colleague has become a close friend and is even my "attic-sale" buddy every Sunday morning...

 

 

Magali, from the Little White House xxx

 

 

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