30.8.14

a new place

It's time to "close" the door of la casita and move to another place.
Thank you to the readers, hope you'll "follow" me here:

nodi

I'm also working on a website, it will take a bit of time to set up.

Thank you to those who have kindly linked, liked and left a word or two in this place.
The blog will stay for you to read if you like, but it won't be updated.
Please remember to always credit/link my images/work and that the content of this blog is copyright.

Thank you!

Alessandra


25.8.14

plan B

Was to spend few days with Xenia and her family near the New Forest while they were visiting England.
We came back with cherished memories. 


Little friends.
Big friends.



*photos by K



22.8.14

boredom

When I was a kid I was most bored at school.
These days I'm rarely bored.
However my 9years old daughter sometimes look at me and says: I'm bored.
It seems as if i have to entertain her most of the time when she's at home.
My mum used to say to me: you are bored!? there's a pile of dishes to be washed.
;)

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We are making a lot of paper beads.

(I had no idea what a serious business paper-beads are).




17.8.14

hex blanket

09.09.'13 - 16.08.'14 

A lot happened while randomly crochet this blanket. 

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A hundredandeightyfour hexagons.
Forty+ different colours of 4 ply wool and occasionally DK.
No two hexagons alike. 
Made with leftover wool and few odd skeins (purchased on impulse, knowing that one day I'd use them for something). 
Hoarded Collected in time (only the wool for the border was bought on purpose).
Crocheted with a 3.25mm hook.


I cannot describe the feeling of actually have finished this project!







14.8.14

the sea, the forest

Last week we packed our camping gear to go camping to the New Forest.
But once reached the site, the rain started, we put up the tent despite the rain pouring heavily.
Two hours after the tent was up and flooded (again). 
The rain kept pouring down and the winds were strong.
The remnants of hurricane Bertha were not about to give up easily.
But, we had a plan B and we spent few days with wonderful friends.

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the sea, Isle of Wight.
the forest, New Forest.




5.8.14

recently

I've been hand sewing, patch-working and stitching a lot.
 
I'm also working on a quilt made of fabric scraps, collected in time, inspired by japanese boro.
I will talk more about it, meanwhile you might like to see the process on my instagram or flickr

Have a nice day.










25.7.14

shibori and indigo

I've been waiting for a very long time to dye with natural indigo. Yesterday, the weather and the mood, seemed quite right.
After preparing the dye, I tied the linen fabric, A. did the same with a couple of tank tops, we dipped all and watched the magical process.
Now I just need to work those materials into something nice and useful.

More on my instagram 









21.7.14

tepee tutorial


Few years ago I put few bamboo sticks together to make a tepee for my daughter. I used old sheets and then I procrastinated to find the final solution... until last week! 
While making it ( with one of my favourite inexpensive fabric) I took few pictures of it so to make a tutorial for you.
It's very easy to make, if you don't have a sewing machine or aren't confident in sewing, just find a wider fabric (old bedlinen sheets are great) and simply garter the fabric at the top and tie it up around the poles.

This tepee was tested in the garden and indoors too, if you don't have a garden it doesn't really matter as it looks great in any home and it is easy to store away.


Material
You will need a sewing machine, scissors, pins, safety pin, iron, ironing board or table.

5 bamboo poles or other wood (180cm long, 1cm diameter).
8.5 metres of white cotton muslin (or gauze) 90cm wide
white thread
2 metres string, cotton ribbon or rope.

Total cost £20. Time, less than 3 hours.



Cut the fabric to make 5 panels 170cm long each.
Sew them together on the selvedges with a simple line stitch, then with a zig zag stitch to re-inforce it (by folding on one side then sewn with a wide zig zag stitch). 





Fold* the fabric roughly 1cm all along the top side, iron, then fold a second time (1cm) then leaving 5cm fabric aprox  fold one more time at the end.
Place the pins to secure the fabric then sew two lines leaving enough space for the safety pin and string to pass through.

*to make it as neat as possible I use the iron and press all along the fold.








Place a safety pin at the tip of your ribbon/string/rope and pass it over inside the folded upper side, garter, pull and leave roughly 20cm at each end of the string.



 
Bundle up the bamboo sticks, tie them up with rope, stand them up and spread the sticks in order to stand alone on the ground, making one opening wider ( the entrance). Push them down a bit securely in the ground.
If used inside you might want to use those anti-slippery round felts or rubber.
Place the fabric around the the top of the sticks and then tie it up securely on one or two of the sticks.

Decorate!









 







on saturday

it was supposed to rain all day, against the odds, I dragged my family to Petersham nurseries, it turned out to be a hot and sunny day. 
We sat at the tea house had a cold drink and ice-cream (too hot to eat anything), then browsed around.
I couldn't resist to bring back home this plant and this one too. 
We spent the rest of the day at the hill and then along the river where we saw herons, ate pizza at Jamie's Trattoria (!) then we went back home.  
And so the three of us were happy, I wanted to look at/for plants, A. wanted to play and roam free in the hill and D. wanted to eat pizza ;^)

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double post today, next, a tutorial to make a teepee.
 




17.7.14

one year older

it's just a day among others but it's a good excuse to treat yourself.

(Thank you for the birthdays wishes you have sent me).

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how old do you feel?