Sunday, January 20, 2013

Photos of the Bleu Manoir 2013

Robinette wishes to take the dog out for a walk, but Emily wants to play with her paper dolls.
Emily says that it's nice and cozy in the parlour by the fire place.

Phoebe is sitting by the sewing machine wondering where all the fabric went.
Someone was busy cleaning house yesterday!

Zoe can't close the sock drawer. Suddenly there are too many socks!
How can that be? Penelope is playing with the Chatty Cathy dolls on the bed.

It's a nice cozy Sunday afternoon at the Bleu Manoir! 
All the Bleus are very happy to have a proper bedroom at last.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

An afternoon at the frozen pond!

Today we put on our new ice skates we got for Christmas.
The pond was frozen hard enough for us to practice skating!
It is very cold here. Everything is frozen solid.
Maman said this is unusual for Vancouver but she remembers weather like this when she was a girl.
Helena hadn't been ice skating before so I showed her what to do.

Helena never fell down once! She was really good at ice skating after the first half hour.
It was fun but we need warmer clothes.
We didn't stay out too long.

Ice skating is very good exercise! 

Helena practicing by herself. Maman made her outfit in January 2011.

Maman made this outfit last year and in 2010.
She hopes to make new skating clothes for all of us.
It was a very fun afternoon! 
Zoe had hot cocoa waiting for us and fresh chocolate chip cookies made by Ellowyne.
Do you know how to ice skate? We'd love to see your ice skating costumes.
Love from Yvette Marie xoxoxo

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Our friend, Jacqueline!

This is our friend, Jacqueline!
Her maman's name is Janet.
She lives far away in the USA.
Her Maman made her a new dress and blouse using the Robe a Bretelles pattern.
The jumper is made from a Pashmina scarf!
We don't know what that is, but it looks warm and soft.
We like her little book too!

Tante Janet gave Maman permission to post Jacqueline's picture here on our blog.
We like to be inspired with new clothes.
Tante Janet also made Jacqueline's little socks.
And her blouse is made from her Papa's used shirt.
We think this is a very good way to begin 2013!
(with new clothes and socks and a new book)
Love from Yvette Marie xoxoxo

Friday, January 4, 2013

Our very first sewing challenge for 2013!

As you all know, our Maman belongs to the BSC sewing club.
That stands for "Bleuette Sewing Club".
She has belonged for 3 1/2 years now.
For Jan and Feb the sewing challenge is to make something from the 
Mary Frances sewing book.
This is a book published in 1912 to teach young girls how to sew.
Even with help from adults Maman found this dress hard to make.
But here is Zoe modeling it.
She is Mary Marie, Mary Frances' little doll.

Here is a close up photo.
Maman bought the fabric last year.
Zoe just loves it.

This is the back of the dress.
Maman could not figure out how to make a placket so she just cut down the back and
hemmed under.

This is the pinafore.
Maman used a piece of fabric which already had embroidery on it.
Isn't it darling?

This is the back of the pinafore.
Maybe she will make one of these for me too!
Love from Yvette Marie xoxoxo

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Our happy Christmas 2012!

We had our Christmas tea on Christmas Eve but Maman took photos today in the good light.
We had such fun! We made a gingerbread house and cookies.

Here is Zoe with her play horse.
We all share of course.
She likes the horse the best.

Emily and Ellowyne sitting at the table filled with treats!

After we had our tea time, we opened the gifts.
Oh, guess what was inside?
4 pairs of ice skates for us to share!
We are all so excited!

Best of all was a onesie made by Tante Barbi K Goldenberg.
She is the dear Maman who went away a while ago.
We are so happy to have something made by her!
Maman bought it from

Our kind Christmas chef, who comes each year to the Bleu Manoir, baked cookies all day for us, plus a special Christmas feast which we ate after we came home from church at 7 pm.
It was a really fun Christmas time!

We wish each of our dear friends a very happy New Year filled with peace!
Love from Yvette Marie and all the rest. xoxoxo