Sunday, June 29, 2008

My weekend

Spent the weekend mostly playing...

With food, experimenting to create some
Bentō , been into this since I saw a book of Oriental food in my dad's cooking book collection, I was about 7 years old and I learned it was fun to play with food! I often treat myself decorating the things I eat.

Friday dinner:



Sunday lunch:

Dessert:

Also played with clay and started the making of the cotillones, some keepsakes I give the children or the end of the school year, they are filled with goodies, and then they can use it to keep their stuff.

Side:


Top:

Bugs, hearts and flowers drying:


Also with my stash, organizing it, and the messy beads... I had help for that chore, but still a few to organize.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Stashy day!

I came home from work, well actually it was the supermarket, with all the work and stuff I've been doing lately my fridge was empty, so it needed immediate actions lol On my door step was waiting two notices from the PO to pick up something they said were a "print" (such as a magazine) and a small package.

Of course, as you can imagine, there was no way I would wait until Monday afternoon, more because I thought one of them might be my presents from the EMS exchanges... Tired and under the rain I went (after a delicious lunch, cooked by me) to the PO. Well, there was no print, but an envelope from Bits and Bob with my beloved Anchor multicolor floss and the charms for Lizzie Kate's Friendship grows and Friends for all seasons.
The small package was TA-DAH!!!!! The lost package from knitcetra. They added a cute baby cap as a way to express their apologies for the delay. I got a Dimensions "A home for all seasons" quilt kit, Janlynn 19ct baby blanket, Janlynn Shoes Eyeglass case and Christmas Friends Welcome. I requested it to be gift wrap and was charged with 3.89$ but no gift wrapping at all.
I made the order December 30, 2.007 because the blanket was for my mom (birthday April 7th and mother's day, on May, so was going to give it to her somewhere in the middle), and the case was for Kathe's birthday (March 20) and I wanted to stitch it, now she'll get it as a kit, since she wants to learn to cross stitch the way I do, well, that will be useful. I wanted to give it to her with a set of acrylic colorful crochet hooks, which got here on time. Anyway she's moving in tomorrow so I'll be giving it also as a welcome present lol

My mom brought me some magazines past time when she came to visit, and already chose the design she wants for the quilt, but I'm going to need smaller motifs to stitch onto the squares,
will have to look through my magazines to see if I can find cherry tree flowers, bamboo and other Japanese motifs... I told her it was OK but she'll might have to wait until Christmas to be done lol.


Thursday, June 26, 2008

A new box

I like a lot finishing the pieces as box and cans... This is how Nora's birthday present looks on the top of a box covered with dark pink fabric. The pattern came from Lizzie Kate's flip it stamp "June", just that I wrote "Nora" instead. Used Weeks dye work, Janlynn and DMC color variations, of course added the tiny Jesse James buttons, and instead of one of the bees, placed a bee button. Nora was jumping up and down she was delighted! lol




And also I've been crocheting the small sachets for Simon's First Holy Communion. This is how they look so far; still need the ribbon (white with opalescent borders).



Have to post a picture of them all stuffed with the Rosaries and displayed inside the organza sachets (a sachet inside a sachet lol). I have done 9, but one of them is too thin, so I have to make a replacement. That means 12 more to go... Better get to work, I'll have to deliver them tomorrow.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Congratulations to the winners!

The contest is now closed. Congratulations to the winners! As I said before will be giving away two extra smaller prizes.

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:

36 24 37 

Timestamp: 2008-06-25 11:00:06 UTC


So:

36 Sue (also post comment 37, so I'll get another number)

24 Sarah


Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:

16

Timestamp: 2008-06-25 11:07:43 UTC



16 Katrien


Please Sue, Sarah and Katrien email me with your addresses (see my profile).

Thanks to all for participating, this was a lot of fun, so I'll be running another contest soon.

Friday, June 20, 2008

My 50th post!

I was going to write about the mentoring and I noticed this is my first milestone. Just for that I'll be running a tiny contest to celebrate. I'll give away an envelope with a magazine, a little piece of Venezuelan aida, a little piece of finishing fabric, some beads, Brazilian thread and some charms. Just add your needle stroke and I'll be picking the winner randomly next Wednesday 25th. Good luck to all.

Well, now to my mentoring. I wanted to take some pictures to show up but some of the kids refused because they want it to have their name on it first, but for now Kimberly and Yuseiry are the best apprentices, they became "helpers" lol
This is one of them:

And her job is very neat!

Also there is a little frustration among some of them who want to do a perfect job right away... Like Kennys who always complaint because his work is not perfect and no one else in the whole wide world stitches as messy as he does lol And the one who wants me to tell her where the needle should go up and down in EVERY stitch, Daybelis, and she's bringing it to class in the mornings because she's so determined to learn... This is her job, got so concentrated on it that didn't noticed when the thread was ending and she stitched a part of it with four strands!


And the one who got mad at her mom because she wash her piece on the washer and it got all ruined, and on top of that hid her needle and thread! Mayerli was so furious, she will have to start all over again from the beginning lol

It is very fulfilling to see them stitching, wanting to finish their pieces, and even wanting to learn some new techniques, Steven noticed right away that my biscornu (the one designed by Banu) has a different kind of stitch and he told me: - You will teach us this too, right? It's so cool!

Cool is how I feel teaching them something, as Joan would say, "normal" to spend their time...

NOTE: To enter the contest just click on "friend's needle strokes" below the post and add your comment, every one posting a comment is automatically into the contest. And thanks to the responses, I think I might give away more than one prize!!!

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Angel box


Love angel was stitched on 28 ct antique white evenweave, had to adjust one of the sleeves to make it fit into the boxtop. The box was covered with mint green linen, and added a few ribbon details. And it will go to.... Sasha!!!

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Received

There was a long time since I last got something on the mail, past week there were three surprises.

From the EMS board I got this:


Towel from Rolande (chouette), came all the way from France!



Two beautiful Humbugs, light and dark, from Terri (froggy),
you can't tell by the picture but the beige one was done on sparkly aida.
BTW thanks for the picture Terri!!!


From Amazon:
Beginner's guide to drawn thread,
I've linked it to the Amazon's page,
where you can search inside the book (cool Amazon's feature).
It's the most beautiful technique I've seen so far,
can't hardly wait to stitch one of the designs.
I'll have to go shopping for a proper fabric.

Kiddie cross stitch


Thursday my kiddie cross stitch classes started, I was feeling awful, but they were so excited about it that I didn't have the heart to suspend it!

I never thought they would be so interested. So far I have seven students, Kimberly, Yuseiry, Mayerli, Daibelis, Steven, Kennys and Danny, two of them got it right away and became helpers. I forgot the camera, but next week will be taking pictures.

We did backstitch to part of the fabric, they're doing a small place mat, and to make it colorful we're using Sandy O's variegated threads (thanks again pard!). They love the effect, and it makes me so happy to see how they're behaving, and how many times they told me how much they wanted to learn!

Well, it was suppose to be Thursdays from 1:30 to 2:30 PM, but they all showed up early, and then decided that we should meet everyday LOL I told them twice a week then, and they convinced me for two hours, how could I say no? Now we'll meet Thursdays and Fridays from 1 to 3 PM.

Since I'm mentoring them, the supplies are on me, told them the needle was borrowed so they have to take care of it, next class I will tell them they earned it lol But think I'll have to get more fabric, they're working fast and already have plans for the next project!




Graphics courtesy of Cute Colors

What I've been up to...

I've been very busy lately, of course, school year is coming to it's end and that means tons of paperwork. But that hasn't distract me from my stitching.

So far I've finished the stitching of Nora's birthday present (it will be a box). I used the Lizzie Kate June flip it stamp, but changed the month for Nora's name (if you're wondering, she's mom to my God daughter Nathaly) .


Stitched the E of the SMO square SAL.



Did a pincushion to grant a wish at SMO, picture will be released when she gets it, but let me tell you it's the cutest thing!

Now back to stitching, so far I have to finish a bunny for a card workshop, LQ's square, my angels, Summer (four seasons SAL) and some secret project I'm working on. And yet have to decide the colors I'd be using on Joan's stitching tools SAL. Glad there's no school on Monday!!!

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Kitchen towel

I'm happy my partner at the EMS exchange got the towel I stitched for her. Used a Jeremiah Junction design featured in Cross Country Stitching Magazine. Here's some pictures of it:


Added a tiny button between the words:

And the masterpiece had to be signed lol:

Monday, June 2, 2008

My sparkly diamond

Block "d" from SMO SAL is a diamond. I would never have guessed!!!

I did it with gold thread + ocre yellow for the ring and opalescent white + white for the diamond. It looks very neat, but I think you can't say from the picture. Anyway here it is:

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Spring is finished!!!



This is the spring square for the wXSw four seasons SAL. I have an ability to miscount, so it has a few err... I mean, creative personalizations. Well think it is my claim for fame lol. It'll be a bag as soon as I have some time off. For now I'm really happy with the way it looks. Tomorrow will take a picture in the daylight, the colors seem bit different in this light.

Ah! And Friday I got a notification from the PO, says it's certified, but not a small package, wonder what it is. My guess is it is something from the EMS exchanges or one of the Cross Country Stitching Magazines from my subscription.