natural colors & textures

No, I still haven't dyed again, but I'm clearly on my way to use all the natural goodness I've already dyed in the past !

It took me some time to adjust to our new home, new habits, new everything. Many months ago I simply got out of the creative loop (or rather, I had fallen down the no-creativity void !), and it was hard to find any kind of inspiration or motivation back.

I've digged in my "archived" fabrics & fibers that I have dyed since 2009 (!!!) and I've already started using them for creating. So, yes, that's a pretty big deal for me, even though it doesn't mean any "new" dye from me just yet.

I have selected some fabrics & fibers all dyed with the same plant : Osyris alba. All were dyed back in 2013. (oy ! already four years ago !) The grey was obtained with a little iron. I love this warm warm pink. Such a comforting (fleshy, too, I think) color ! Enjoy the natural colors & textures !

above : from top to bottom : wool, linen, silk, vintage embroidered cotton

Thank you so much for your visit ! I hope to see you again ! Try to leave your paw if you have time, thank you !

ox

Sonia

instant sea urchin mini collection

A week ago, on a cold but sunny day, I've been to the seaside for a power walk with hubby. The beach was full of seashells, but with lots of some we usually don't see very often (let alone in one piece !). We stumbled upon a little handful of sea urchins, which I always find broken in several pieces. Now cleaned, here they are :

Aren't they lovely ? I love observing them up close, they're so incredible ! See all the details, the cracks, the bumps, the hole ... Mesmerizing !

I hope you've had a good month of January, despite all the crazy sh*t happening in the US.

Thanks a lot for stopping by & keep on visiting my blog !

xo

Sonia

SLOW IS GOOD, a new mug rug

At long last I have something to show you (as well as something to tell you, but we'll see that later). I have just finished a new series of 5 "SLOW IS GOOD" mug rugs (or mini placemats, as you prefer), and I'm very happy to show them to you !

It is made of striped beige linen & powdery pink Japanese fabric (Asanoha traditional pattern - symbolizes growth & good health-) on one side, and of dark blue Japanese fabric on the other.

Foliage, snail & teapot details were created with stamps I hand carved myself. Textile ink was heatset. It was stabilized before being over-handstitched. "SLOW IS GOOD" was hand embroidered. Just a gentle reminder ...

I hope you like it ! You can find it HERE ! I made it with all my heart, after a long long period of creative void. I can't tell you how happy I am to be able to show you all an actual thing I've made. I feel like being creatively born again, geez !!

The other thing I needed to tell you is that I was obliged to create a new Instagram account because my old one (I think I created it in 2011) was apparently hacked then deleted, all without me knowing and without my opinion. It was a pretty unnice shock (to say the least) this morning when I first noticed, but I've decided that it wasn't the end of the world & that I needed to get over it ! Creating a new account felt like a new beginning in itself, like some sort of challenge !

Therefore, please follow Cozy Memories on Instagram with this new name : @cozymemories_shop (or click here) I had recently created a page here on the blog where you can see the photos I post there, without you having to join IG (in case it's not your thing !), and you can visit here (or in the menu on top, "IG" link)

Thank you all for your patience. And for your visit !

xo

Sonia

cold week & shop facelift

It's been a pretty cold week in France (and elsewhere), even in southern France. Nothing extraordinary, just unusual. But I truly enjoyed it, because it was windy (very much), it was sunny everyday ! And in the morning, the sky was like that : (yes, that's our roof)

Pretty nice, ugh ? It was also the best moment for giving the online shop a good cleaning & rearranging. Much needed. I can feel some bits of insipiration & motivation coming back, so let's hope it means I will have something new to show you in a decent delay.

In the meantime, the SALE section of the shop got refilled with a handful of (high quality, one of a kind) items, so you can shop right now doing real bargains !

And since I'm not sure I will ever dye new SCARVES again, if you've always wanted to get one from the shop, now is the time ! Pink, grey, purple, salmon ... there are such lovely natural colors to choose from !

Thank you for your visit, I wish you all a delightful day !

ox

Sonia

ham, cheese & olive cake

This past Sunday I baked a ham, cheese & olive cake, that we ate on Sunday evening & on Monday evening. I shared a photo on IG and I was asked for the recipe, so here it is for you as well !

HAM, CHEESE & OLIVE CAKE

◉ INGREDIENTS

1,5 dl (= a generous 1/2 cup) white wine (dry preferably)
1,5 dl (= a generous 1/2 cup) oil
4 eggs
100 g (1 cup) shredded cheese (I used Emmental)
150 - 200 g (2 cups) ham (cut into small pieces)
100 g (1 cup) either green or black olives or a mix of both (cut into pieces)
250 g (2 cups) flour
1 little bag of baking powder
a dash of salt
a generous dash of chia seeds

◎ INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat the oven at 190°C / 375°F
In a large bowl, mix the white wine & oil.
Add the eggs, one after the other, mix in.
Add the shredded cheese, mix in, the flour & baking powder, mix in.
Add the salt, the ham pieces, chia seeds & lastly the olives pieces. Mix in well.
Pour into a buttered & floured cake tin (long & narrow), sprinkle with some more chia seeds & put in the oven for 45mn at 190°C / 375°F. Check if the cake is well baked with the blade of a knife.

❤︎ EXTRA NOTES

You can eat it cooled down or cold. It's great for picnics & for taking for lunch in your bento box. It can be frozen once cut into slices. Goes very well with a salad or a bowl of soup !
The wine leaves a delicious flavour without being strong. My sons love it ! You can switch the ham with sausages cut into pieces ... you can be pretty imaginative with this cake.

I hope you will try it, and if you do, please let me know !

ox

Sonia

transitioning into 2O17

Hello ! It was about time I showed up here, but actually I've been a little less present online on this first past week, first week of 2017. I guess I needed to take it slowly to make the transition with the nw year.

But here I am, and for once, I have something new to show. I have decided to change my logo for something visually more simple, something not fancy, not polished or perfect, something a little rough and to the point. You obviously can already see it on top of this page, but here are the logos I've carved into two stamps of different sizes (for making labels & for the packaging). I hope you like it as much as I do.

It's not 100% like the digital version (since they are fonts) but I like the imperfect look of it, it suits my ethics.

I hope that 2O17 has been treating you well so far, that you are healthy & creative. Do you have special plans for this year ? Specific projects you can talk about ?

Here's to the new year !! Cheers !

ox

Sonia

Advent calendar 2106 - day 22, 23 and 24

Sorry for the delay in making the recap of the final days of our Advent Calendar activities ! You know, life happens, specially during the holidays !

So .... on Day 22, the activity was making a trivet and a keyring for each of their grandmas, with wooden beads. Easy peasy, and it was part of a package with many other goodies !

On Day 23, the activity was folding the napkins for Christmas day, in the shape of a Christmas tree. We followed this super easy tutorial found on Pinterest here. I borrowed green napkins from my mother-in-law, but they weren't cotton & didn't folded as neatly as I wanted. Yet, it was nice to do & it presented well in the plates !

And on the last day, on Day 24, the activity was baking a Victoria Sponge (or sandwich) ! It was pretty much straight forward, I wonder why I always thought it was more complicated ! We will be doing it again soon I think ! We didn't use buttercream for the filling, but I think we'll do in the future. You can find a recipe here.

I probably won't be much around here until the new year. I hope you've had a nice time visiting my blog in 2O16. I was honored by each of your comments, I appreciate them deeply.

Be well & merry & safe & happy, and see you in 2O17 !

Advent calendar 2016 - day 17, 18, 19, 20 & 21

Busy time, sorry for the delay in posting these advent calendar related posts !

On Day 17, the activity was baking apple burritos ! Yum !

On Day 18, the activity was watching Sherlock Holmes "The Blue Carbuncle" episode (which we watch every Christmas, as well as some classic Christmas cartoons that we also have on DVD. Last year I added videos, but simply click this link to find them again.

On Day 19, the activity was not really one ... it was a surprise short trip to Narbonne, a town nearby (1 hour car drive), which we visited in the afternoon. The boys were happy about this surprise trip !

The day after, on Day 20, the activity was visiting the Oppidum d'Ensérune. (an archeological site) You can read more about it here & here. I posted photos of Narbonne & of the Oppidum on Instagram but didn't have my big camera.

On Day 21, the activity was drinking hot cocoa with homemade whipped cream. Truth is the cream refused to thicken, which made me mad, but it was still good anyway, apparently ! LOL

Only a good couple of days left until the end of the calendar, it went fast, so so fast !

ox

Sonia

Advent calendar 2016 - day 12, 13, 14, 15 & 16

Oops, this week litterally slipped away ! Here's a recap of these last five days !

Day 12 (Monday), school day : a chocolate covered gingerbread man !

Day 13 (Tuesday), aslo a school day : a chocolate lollipop ...

Day 14 (Wednesday, off school, but we went to the hairdresser's & were away from home half of the day) : Make-a-Flake on the computer : you can virtually cut paper snowflakes ! It's suepr fun, no matter the age (very young or really old LOL), and is a perfect activity on a rainy/snowy/sick day. You can find the link { here }.

Day 15 (Thursday), also a school day : a mini chocolate bar (hey, who said we were addcited ?! I heard you !!!! LOL)

Day 16 (today, Friday), again a school day, but school holiday just started tonight ! So it was "making bagel pizzas" for diner ! Obviously we didn't make the bagels themselves. Simply toasted, then a little tomatoe sauce (with basil), little dices of mozzarella, dried herbs, and shredded Swiss cheese. Then in the over for 10mn.

Here are some more photos for you ...

First, Pitou in his double decker basket, by the Christmas tree.

Then a little corner on our table. The folded book tree was made during a past Advent Calendar (last year or the year before), the crochet covered stone was made by Margie, and the little brass fawn was gifted by my friend Nanou.

Wishing you a lovely weekend ahead ! Thanks for your visit !

ox

Sonia

Advent calendar 2016 - day 9, 10 and 11

Activity on day 9 of our Advent Calendar was making a little winter scene with coarse salt & store bought little characters, and adding twigs from a plant in the garden to make little tree. We chose stems of lavender, which funnily look like palm trees (that we have in our garden too).

Activity on day 10 was "Snowball Toss". I used a white fabric I had in my stash, and corn that was beyond its "best use before" date ... and I made four white bean bags, supposedly looking like snowballs. My eldest didn't even touch them, maybe because my youngest couldn't stop playing with them (with me) ! He's 12 but still loves these kinds of games. We threw the bean bags at each other in a play/fight kind of way, he loved it ! (and so did I !) It was like an actual snowball fight LOL

Activity on day 11 (today) was baking pop tarts. Not the industrial crappy kind. The homebaked from scratch, with organic ingredients exclusively. We used strawberry jam, but we can't wait to use different kinds of fillings ! It was our first time baking them, and even though it kind of takes much time for making them (preparing the dough beforehand), we'll be making more !

They were truly delicious & there are many left for breakfast tomorrow, yay !!

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you are doing fine & having a lovely December.

xo

Sonia