Category Archives: Fleur

Something I’m not really happy with

It has been a while since the last time I made Fleur a new dog bed, but it was very much needed. She has this hobby to kind of dig into her pillow, which is not too good for the fabric. It usually doesn’t take too long before a cover is transformed into a rug that looks as if it is made of rags.


This time I tried something completely different from what I usually make for her. Especially because I wanted to try new techniques. To make a border like this was the challenge this time. It is like a tube filled with fiberfill and to get the corners right was harder than I thought it might be. I’m not happy with it at all.


For now it will do, but I’m already planning to make something new. Fleur doesn’t mind; she’s happy with it.


Groetjes, Dorien

And again, a new pillow for Fleur


Look at these sleepy eyes! The lady had trouble to lift her head for a picture, she really likes her new pillow.

Last week I got these samples at the market, and with one of them I wanted to make a new pillow for Fleur, as she had already damaged the one I made her only 4 months ago.

So I cut squares of 15cm (6 inch) from all the colours and sewed them into nine-patches.


I could have sewn these, but that was too boring for me. I cut each of them into 4 squares,


and started moving them around to obtain a new ‘top’ for the pillow.

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Of course it became something else in the end, but it is just so much fun to move these blocks around, and see how different they look. (Pattern is called: disappearing nine-patch)


This is the result. This time I didn’t use a zipper for closure, but just simple buttons from an old coat.


So, Fleur happy with her new pillow, and I’m happy because it only cost me 2 Euro for the samples. I’m sure that if I had tried, I even could have found them for nothing, but I liked these, and this way they are worth their money, aren’t they?


Groetjes, Dorien

A Rainbow for Fleur

Hi there! I hope you are enjoying a great weekend?

This week I took out my box with scraps. I’ve mentioned before how Fleur likes to move around with her pillow, and you probably can imagine what this means for the cover. All the scratching with her nails ruins the fabric, so I really needed to make a new one.

I started by sewing scraps together on the short sides, and changing the colours very slowly.

Then, starting in the middle, I sewed these strips counter clockwise, going on and  on like a spiral.

Going on in rainbow colours:

As you can see it is not as neat and straight as it probably would have been when only using one kind of fabric. But with quilting this was pretty much solved.

So after adding a back and sides, Fleur has a new pillow cover:


Groetjes, Dorien

Moving around, and round and round and round

Hello, how are you?? Of course some of you leave comments on my posts, and some of you have your own blog, where I can read about you, and what you’re doing, but still, I find it sometimes hard to imagine who you are. And what you are looking for on my blog.

Today I want to show you a few pictures of Fleur, who really likes to move around in the living room.

Every morning we put her pillow at the spot where we would like it to be, next to my chair and the radiator. And sometimes she actually lies there:


But never for long; before I know it she is on the move; first to the middle of the room:


Then a few meters more:


And by the time everyone is back home and we walk a lot between living room and kitchen, you can probably guess where she is going? Right, in the middle of the doorway!


This usually lasts until one of us is tired of stepping over her, and puts the pillow (with Fleur on it) a little bit aside, in front of the bookshelves.


The most funny part of this is the way she moves the pillow. I would expect she pushed it forward with her nose. Not Fleur; she pulls it backwards, like she was digging. When she pulls the pillow, she swings her back up, to make room for the pillow.

The last week I’ve made a few more circles;

25 Colour combinations, all more or less with a light center and a dark outside. And because I like doing it, and there was really no reason for me to go out, I made a few more.



Now there are 250 circles; I don’t know if it will be enough for a nice blanket, but I will just start now with making these circles into squares.

Groetjes, Dorien

Scrappy Strips

A couple of years ago, I got a box filled with little pieces of fabrics from my neighbor. She used to be a colour therapist, but quit her job and had all these fabrics in every colour you can imagine. The pieces were all 10×5 cm, in very different kinds of fabric: velvet, cotton, satin, wool, tweed, you name it!
Most of the fabrics were sorted, but on top of the box was a pile in all colours.

This pile I used to make a top, by sewing 3 strips together, and then these blocks.

This top has been lying on the shelves for a long time, because I didn’t really know what to do with it. Until today.


I quilted the top quite tight, because it will be used quite intense.


I added a back:


And after sewing front and back together with a binding and a zipper I had:


A new pillow for Fleur!


Groetjes, Dorien

Flowers For Fleur

Time flies when having fun. This is something my husband says almost every day. And it is so very true. This makes every day too short, because there are so many fun things to do. Last week I’ve been making skirt guards, and the last one  of three is now finished. (except for weaving in the ends that is). And after all that crochet I really wanted to sew again. Just a little small project. So this is what I grabbed to work with.


But, before I show you what I made, I really need to show you what I got this week. I’m in a four-season-swap at Ravelry  and this week I received my Summer-package. And it is so beautiful.


A knitted grocery bag. The pattern was also in the package. A skein of very soft, luxurious yarn in gorgeous colours. Candy, as well for me as for the boys. Butterfly picks, and funny pencils covered with the letter D. And the rectangular cheese-like item? That is a bar of soap, smelling great. Am I spoiled or am I spoiled?
(actually, this is the swap I made the hexagon bag for)

Now back to my little bit of sewing.


I cut a strip of fabric and sewed the ribbon on, folded it double.


Attached a D-ring and a buckle. And made the size adjustable.


And there you have it: a new collar for Fleur. And because her name means ‘Flower’, it had to have flowers.
A few weeks ago I tried already to make a collar, but I just wasn’t able to figure out how to do it; how to make it adjustable, strong and nice at the same time. Last night it dawned on me, and of course I immediately had to try it. In total I spend about 25 minutes on this, so that’s pretty quick.

For everyone who asked: my black eye is almost healed. Thank you for your concern and best wishes!

Groetjes, Dorien


PS I really tried to make a picture of Fleur with her new collar, but she is not in the mood today for modelling. Maybe next time!

A Mistake

We made a mistake! In our living room there is a beautiful blue couch. It’s great to sit on, and that is what we did. At first, Fleur wasn’t allowed to get on it, but as you maybe can imagine, her great eyes asked for it, over and over again. So at one point we gave in. Now, the couch isn’t ours anymore.

Because of her long white hair, we put a blanket on the couch to prevent it from getting too dirty. Great idea…….we thought. Fleur has a completely different idea of what to do with the blanket. Just to lie on it is boring.


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She really does all the draping herself, and loves to hide under the blanket.


Groetjes, Dorien