Friday Randomly Sharing

Friday, 4 September 2015

Happy Friday everyone! It is Friday, can you believe it! When I resumed blogging, I knew I really wanted to have a corner where I would share what has caught my eye recently - but where you could also share what was interest to you - so please make full use of the comment box! 

- Let's start by Hungry for Change - a documentary which looks at diet, weight loss and what food industries don't want you to know about deceptive strategies designed to keep you coming back for more. This documentary changed my life, honestly. I have not drank a single soda since, and made so many changes to my diet, and that of the kids. It is totally worth your time.

- Blocking mittens is made easy with this tutorial by Melody.

- Have you seen Libby's latest beanie hat design: Koru? I love it - that lace and cable panel is gorgeous - and it is the perfect project to destash as well! (And there is currently a 15% discount). 

- Talking about latest designs, I am a bit taken by the Sidney jacket by Tessuti Fabrics - it looks like my sort of pattern - instant gratification guaranteed. I love how their patterns are written as there are so many pictures, and that really speaks to my photographic mind. I need to find an ethical fabric option - maybe a second-hand remnant or something - any idea?  

- Moral Fibres has got a great tip about twitter and tagging people. I had no idea... and made the mistake she mentions every time, and limited my audience in the process. So totally worth checking out if your blogging strategy includes twitter. 

- I have just come across a new ethical brand - des petits hauts. I could probably buy the whole collection, but I know that I really need blouse Habi  in my life.  

- Eggplant QD not a new veg but an epic knit - OMG, just check it out on Ravelry, it is unbelievable (and there are beads)!!

- Yesterday I was invited to an event at Fabrications in Hackney. If you are in the area and looking for some ethical/second-hand craft materials it is totally worth checking out. 

Here is my random list, what is yours? 

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

It is September and I was in school for such a long time that it still feels like it is the start of my new year – and my kids are not even going to school yet! Forget about 1 January, 1 September is where the real deal is when it comes to start afresh. So it is no coincidence that I decided to resume blogging today

We have been busy at MiH - enjoying the holidays, spending with family in France, spending time as a family at Camp Bestival. Our usual routine is starting again this week - although in the back of my mind I know that in two months’ time I am about to change all that and go back to work. But let's not even go there.

I also needed some time away from the blog to decide what I was going to do in this space. I have been finding that many bloggers I have been following have been blogging less and less – favouring Instagram to share their projects – and I am just very slow at finishing projects, so I have never felt I had enough content to post on the blog. This is in partly due to the babies, but also because my craft process is just slow.

For a while I was asking myself whether it was even worth resuming the blog. And then at the end of July I decided that it was worth the effort, but that it had to be more in line with me. I wanted this blog to move forward and reflect the new ways I am exploring to get to the lifestyle I really aspire too. And it would be interesting to share some aspects with you - a lot of crafting, respectful and ethical craft brands but also ethical fashion and better food.

I will put new recipe books to the test. Did you know that on average people use only 3 recipes of their recipe books? When I read this I was quite scared, and then I just had to admit that it was the truth –the dust on my cooking books is a testament of this. So it was time to try more recipes from a book and give an honest review that hopefully will be helpful. And as a lot of my IG friends know, I started with Deliciously Ella.

I have also lined up some guest bloggers to help me out. This month Rebecca will be sharing with us how to dye with avocado skins – the vegan way, so cool. I will also be talking to Pauline from Pauline Alice about living from your passion – very inspiring stuff.

The content of the blog is not radically changing – so please do not unfollow me yet! Made in Home is back – and I hope you will enjoy the new content. 

Directions :: Embroidery ::

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Le challenge has come round again, and here is my entry for the theme 'direction', and my new Iphone cover. I have been wanting a new one for a while - a more summery one - and usually I try to use le challenge to just get things done. 

Let's face it, this is not the hardest embroidery pattern, but it feels good to finish something - no matter how simple it was. It is so satisfying, especially when you end up seeing your make every day in your bag. 

I found the Iphone cover on Ebay (make sure you take the right one for your phone). The pattern I used was inspired by the Purl Soho one (but they don't use the same cover), and the thread is naturally dyed by the Outside Dyers - who are based in the UK. 

I wanted to share on the side another change of direction - I am more and more inspired by the Paleo diet - although with mixed success in terms of recipe (especially for cakes). I hope I will be able to share more on this on the blog. I know some of you are also looking at healthier ways of eating, so I will be keen to share experience (especially with the kids). 

You can find all the other le challenge entries here.  

The Southern Shawl - GIVEAWAY {Knitting}

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

This is Libby's latest design - the Southern Shawl. I did not post anything about it (it was all very secretive), except for my choice of yarn I think. It is actually quite hard not to post anything about a current WIP, I did not realise how much instagram is part of my craft process. 

The shawl is worked as an asymmetrical triangle and the body is alternating rows of stockinette and reverse stockinette so it looks almost identical on both sides. I absolutely love the texture of it - how you can achieve a stripey look without changing yarn. The pastel colour works great with this sort of pattern.

The yarn is a lonely skein from my stash that I have had for ages (whoohoo to get rid of lonely skeins!) - it works beautifully with this pattern. I am not really sure what project I had in mind when I first bought the skein, but it is definitely what it was meant to be. And now my Grandma will be able to enjoy it, as I knitted it for her!

Pattern: Southern Shawl by Truly Myrtle designs (available here)
Yarn: one skein of Alpaca Silk Cashmere Sock Yarn in dusky rose 
hand dyed by WharfedaleWoolworks (from my stash)
Needles: 3.75mm
Modifications: None

Did I mention a giveaway, so I did ..You have 3 chances to enter this giveaway:

1. The giveaway is open only to my followers  - old and new. 
Let me know how you follow my blog in the comment box.
2.Follow me on twitter, and tweet about the giveaway - and mention @noaslibellule 
(and let me know you did in the comment box)
3. Follow me on Instagram (natmadeinhome) and post the picture of the shawl (or regram my post) 
and come back to leave me a third comment

The giveaway ends Wednesday 1 July at 5pm (UK time). Please, please, please leave me a way to contact you if you are a no-reply blogger. Good luck!

Libby also has a discount code on this pattern (available until tomorrow) if you wanted to buy it!

Upcycling for my boys - Part 3 :: Sewing ::

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Handmade in action aka the post featuring the chubby legs and the elusive toddler

More on the bloomer here
More on the trousers here

Upcycling for my boys - Part 2 :: Sewing ::

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

A bit later than expected, here is the second part of my Le Challenge project - and my first pair of trousers, ever. If you have read the first post here, you know that the fabric I used is upcylced from my own trousers. After the bloomer for Little Baby MiH (I should really have done these items the other way round), I had a bit of fabric left but I was not sure I had enough. Hence the funky pockets (Leah Duncan fabric used here). 

I was lucky my trousers had really massive hems which gave me extra fabric for the belt. I did not make the back pockets, because it was wasted fabric (and time) - and to be honest I am not sure Baby MiH cares that much about them. 

I used pattern 619 of Burdastyle for kids (the issue currently available). I think this issue is a pretty good investment, even for boys. There are some seriously cute patterns for girls in it too. I bought it for this raincoat pattern - hopefully it may not be too much of a challenge... 

I really wanted an easy pattern for trousers that I could use again and again so that I could whip one up during the weekend, so that Baby MiH did not have to wear too many trousers with holes. I think there are still a couple of alterations to make to this pattern - but it is quite a good base. I am just wondering which trousers of mine (or Mr MiH) I could use next! 

Did you see the new theme for Le Challenge - DIRECTION. Will you be joining us next month? 

Upcycling for my boys - Part 1 :: SEWING ::

Sunday, 14 June 2015

This project is only part of my entry to this month's Le Challenge. I am still working on the second part - and also the final pictures involving the boys. So you will have to come back tomorrow and the day after to see the whole project. This means, yes, 3 posts in 3 days, I know, amazing considering the minimal activity of late of my blog ...

This month's Le Challenge theme was single... As per usual with loose themes, I did not know how to interpret it until a week before the deadline. You cannot see the whole project, but the idea was to make two items of clothing from one single pair of my trousers. Also it totally fits with my journey towards a more sustainable lifestyle. 

I made first a bloomer for Little Baby MiH, perfect for the summer of course - and very cute with his chubby legs (pictures involving said chubby legs to come in a couple of days). 

I bought my trousers in a charity shop - they were brand new and my size - so potentially they could have been for me. But the style did not fit me. I really liked the stripey fabric but also the feel of it for the summer. So it was time to search the internet and my magazines for some inspiration. 

I found this free pattern (in French) for the bloomer. Mr MiH mentioned that it was quite tricky to print - just in case you want to use it. I did not follow the pattern instructions as it is self-explanatory. I had to cut out 4 pieces because I used upcycled fabric, but the pattern uses only 2 pieces - which makes it the easiest pattern ever. 

I added a ribbon at the top, as I did not have enough elastic handy - using up that stash of mine. Little Baby MiH is not yet on the move so it is ok for the time being, but I think an elasticated waist would be better when he starts crawling. 

Tomorrow I will show you the second part of the project - trousers for Baby MiH (my first pair of trousers) - so stay tune! 

And check out all the Le Challenge entries over here.