Thursday, August 19

This video is an eye opener on internet marketing!

A very interesting video class came my way today. Take the time to watch this, and return to whatever you're blogging about, watch and learn...

Diane Gilleland for 'I Heart Art':

Social Marketing for Handmade Businesses by Sister Diane from I Heart Art: Portland on Vimeo.

Sunday, August 15

Easy steps on making a doll : part 1

Finally, it's Sunday! Finally some time off to make a new digibudi's doll!
I had the cross stitched teapot (almost finished) to start with choosing the fabrics and ribbons and buttons.

my cross stitch patch to sew on the belly-center of the doll

I like to limit my choices in choosing matching fabric for my dolls because this way it's much easier to pick out the right ones out of my quite large stack of fabric. I've been collecting patches of many different kinds of textile, that it is sometimes difficult to have a total overview of what's in stock! :) Talking about a luxury problem..

Anyway, I came up with two main styles of fabric, it's woven Italian furniture fabric. I got a pile of those from a teacher who was retiring and didn't had use for them anymore. She gave it to me, and I'm ever so grateful for those boxes full of authentic woven Italian goodness.

So, here's the idea:

Some dotted fabric I'll use for arms and legs,
and some pretty vintage roses fabric in mustard
and green color schemes.

Now I needed some ribbons and buttons to match..
And of course some sweet pink fabric to use for the doll's head and hands.

Now, that's cute! After all, the doll's name will be 'Tea for Two'.

Now on to the cutting and putting some parts of the doll together.
I like to make some parts first and see if other parts will match and if I maybe can change some of the design.
I work organically, which means not necessarily sticking to the plan. Going with whatever fits at that moment in the progress of creation.

I've chosen some thread to match the colors of all the fabrics, and whatever is in one of my thread-treasure boxes.

I've chosen some very dark green and a color that's more green/blueish.

I sewed the patches for legs together to get some idea of how the size of the doll will be.

And then back to the layout of the doll. The body part, which will contain the cross-stitched teapot patch, and arms, head and ribbons to finish it all off in a pretty rosy kind of way.

I'm making the legs first because I don't have much fabric to work with, this way making it easier for me to know how big in size the doll will be. I measure and cut the doll parts with a ruler that's so easy to use. It's called Omnigrid and is used primarily in patchwork and quilting. It has diagonal and straight lines on it, and it's a blessing!

Ones I've got the size of the doll I make some alterations.
I cut the patches I need to fit the body part and use ribbons to jazz things up a bit and to hide some seams that I'll need to make for sewing the patches of fabric together.

That's it for now, but I'm gonna be back next time with arms and head parts of the doll, and then finally putting them all together, so that this doll will be a lovely one!

Bye for now, and remember : "A rose is a rose is a rose"

Tuesday, August 10

From rhubarb to buttons and back

As I said before, working in a class restaurant has it's ups and downs. It's very hard work but it pays. Not only in a very generous paycheck at the end of each month, but even more important, in a creative-and -totally-interesting-satisfaction-fulfillment-at-the-end-of-each-day way!
You learn while working in a kitchen.
You create while cooking complicated dishes.
You use your senses ; smell, taste, sight.. while preparing and adding all those wonderful ingredients together.

It's alchemy for the taste buds.

The art of cooking takes on many forms though. Whether you're cooking for business or for pleasure.
And that's where creativity comes in, it provides an abundance of inspiration and How-To's for a fulfilling creative cooking (or crafting) life at every stage. It's ever so interesting. And it smells divine!

Rhubarb arrived at our kitchen, we use it in a main dish.

Working with fresh produce, well.. there's nothing better.

Here are some plates I've been making together with my Chef, who's also my partner and very cute boyfriend (he has a new blog, it's here).
During weekends we have a little helper, Pieter.
The three of us are making jokes all the time, singing along with whatevers on the radio at that moment, couldn't care less, our kitchen is downstairs and the customers who are enjoying their Menu Belle Epoque or ordered A la Carte.. don't hear us anyway.. :)

Foie Gras with marinated figs, port sauce and  Kataifi nest.

Lobster with aspic of herbs and saffron ice cream

Quince sabayon, Poire liqueur, red fruit, topped with meringue

Meanwhile at the atelier..
I've been working on a series of new digibudi's dolls, for my soon to open Etsy shop. Which will be in September, next month! Yeah! It was due to open last September, but you know how life gives you all kinds of other opportunities, so I postponed it to this year. :) Which is perfect, because now I'm much more matured, saved much more money, and gained much more experience. So the time is right to do this now.
About the new digibudi dolls:

For now, I will only give you a very sneak preview.
Of some buttons. :) 
So stay tuned...

close up of a new digibudi doll
Bye now, I'm going to enjoy myself this evening and I'm looking forward to another day of cooking, sewing and talking about it! Take care ;)
And remember : "Sometimes you have to break some eggs to make a pie!"

And a kiss to anyone who has a sugar coated heart :)

Sunday, August 8

Some day job snapshots at Villa Maritza

So as promised, here are some pictures I took at my day job (and for the record, I do NOT work at Veritas anymore, that chapter of my life is now happily closed) at restaurant Villa Maritza.

 Here's a selection :)

Fresh baked Brioche buns, just out of the oven
Cod with asparagus
Eel with aspic of herbs and cress
Ham mousse with purple Shiso leaf
Delivery of Artichokes :)
Plaice with Samphire and white wine sauce, filled potato with Bearnaise and crab meat

There's much more, but for now this will do.. Going upstairs to my atelier to sew some dolls together now!
Catch you later..