Monday, July 27, 2009

My first flatfold

Well, not that I did it, but is mine because Angela stitched it just for me on the first round of LK exchange blog.

It's awesome, I used to go through your blogs and drool over those beautiful flatfolds you do, thinking I have to try it one of these days... Then Angela, sent me one, perfectly stitched, gorgeously finished. No words to describe how beautiful and elegant it is. Have it on my dining room beside the tea jar, don't ask me why, but it's a perfect match, maybe because it's on the rattan shelf, also the tea bags go with the color scheme... It seems to belong there.

Now, have a look at the backing fabric, love that shade of green, the tiny roses are perfect for the design.

She added wooden beads to the cord, it's a detail I like very much, seems so original to me.

And here is the card, great choice considering it matches the garden and my personality lol Seriously, you know I adore Mary Englebreit's designs.

Thank you Angela, I'm very happy with it! Now just hope my partner gets hers soon...

Friday, July 24, 2009

A wedding

Hi all. I've been pretty busy, my University students are finishing their semester and it's their last. So it's been all about their projects and paper work for graduation. Plus, at school, we've been on a series of courses, most of them all day. It means my stitching time it's been reduced to very little. At home, had worked on the LK, which will fly away next Monday. Hope my partner likes it, but can't give out any details, it's top secret stuff. Picture at the top is my beloved "extraterrestrial" bromelia, she decided to bloom after 3 years; it has nothing to do with the post, but I just had to show it to the world.

Also my sis Kathe is getting married, tomorrow is the civil wedding, the church one will be in December. So I've been trying to help her out with all that has to be done. We've been shopping for fabrics and the centerpieces, also went to search for the rings, so Rafa (the groom) would know which ones she liked... Of course past weekend was her last one as a single woman, so Mireya and I put up a surprise for her. It was Mireya's idea to take her to a fancy restaurant in El Hatillo, where she lived the best of her single days. But the crazy sister wanted to eat a baked potato at Wendy's near where we were shopping, gave me a hard time hiding the surprise rotfl. Here she is, unaware of the surprise:

The notebook she is holding is the wedding log, has everything written down, which is a great idea because she shouldn't trust my memory. Then I was able to convince her to go to El Hatillo, because I missed it so much lol And here we are eating desssert:

Too bad I didn't shot a picture of the fondue when it got all flamy, it would be the proof that her bachelorette party was a hot one lol

Then we walked through El Hatillo, it's a town with many colorful stores, mostly with handcrafts stores and typical stuff. Here are two pictures from the single days:

At Hansi, the largest handcrafts store, we played around, tried some hats for the wedding lol

The bride:

Bride and bride's maid:

That is in case she can convince us to be part of the bride's maids:

Me under the sea:

To end the day with a golden bow, we went to a new chocolate artisan's shop. There we got lavender, pistacchio, hot pepper, Bailey's, Earl Grey, passion fruit and some other chocolates. Delicious!

This is a crafts blog, have to show a little of what's being going on the crochet front. At school recess and on the bus, subway and cars been crocheting, a slow progress on my happy times poncho, and also been working on a bag from a free pattern on Ravelry, Inga kindly provided. My version is a rainbowy bag, think it'll be small, abot 24 cm tall, but that's good for me. Here's the first square:

The yarn for the squares:

And the yarn to tie the squares:

That's all for today. I'm keeping my count down to August 1st, really need the rest :o) Think then will be my next post.

Happy stitching! Thanks for reading my ramble thoughts lol

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Some missions accomplished

Apparently my plan for the day was a bit optimistic lol Here's how I did:
  1. Not answering the phone. I did to a 5 yo girl who was playing with her phone, so I had to tell her that was not right, she didn't know who will answer, also mommy and daddy will have to pay a lot of money on the bill... Then I was the one calling a friend to know how's her recovery since she had the surgery, just talked for about half an hour...
  2. Fill the sewing machine bobbins with different colors. Done.
  3. Doing Sara's lunch bag and placemat. Done.
  4. Finishing my LK exchange piece. Almost done.
  5. Doing square 11 for my Colorful Lapghan. Not accomplished.
  6. Finish the hand made bobbins for my cross stitch floss. Almost done.
  7. If I still have time left: finishing Paola Sofia's baby blanket or whatever it will be... Not accomplished.
Well, I did something else: laundry (4 times), cleaned the floor after breaking my ort jar (sniff!!!) and also started one of my July discloths, for the monthly K/CAL.

Wish you all a happy blessed week!

A relaxing, happy Sunday!

Happy Sunday! Today I'll be crafting all day long. I learned something craft wise that would like to share with the newbies:
  1. Always get your bobbin to the store when you're planning to get more, they're not standard.
  2. If you're learning a new technique, let's say knitting in the round, start with a real project and buy materials from the list.
You'll see why:

A couple of weeks ago, got five bobbins for my sewing machine, because it came with only two, so I had to wait until one of them had no thread in it to charge it with a different color lol Well, mine are plastic, transparent, I saw plastic, transparent bobbins on a store and got them! Well, they're the same diameter but slightly smaller on the edges, like curvy towards the inside, they can't be filled on my filler... So yesterday went to the store with the original, they didn't had it in plastic but they're equal in all sides!!! Hope it works! Guess the smaller ones will be useful to store ribbons or crochet thread left overs, I'll see.

I think should also make me an organizer for both threads and bobbins, there's this plan to expand the collection.Anyway, also got a few different colors of thread because all I got was black, navy blue and white... See what I'm talking about on the picture:

Wanted to learn to knit with circular needle, so at the same store yesterday, ask for them, the plan was to get a few in different sizes... They were way too expensive so I chose one, this were my words: "give me a big one so the knitting will go faster" ROTFL I don't think it could be more absurd!

The girl gave me a size 7, I was happy with it, until I got home. Just to practice casted on a few stitches and didn't know how to go along... Googled it and there were some tutorials, fantastic! Except that then I realized my needle was 27 inches long (80 cm), I could do a skirt with it! All I wanted to do was socks, legwarmers and a couple of fingerless gloves!!! lol Distraction, well guess will have to find a nice bag patttern, that's big enough for a bag, isn't it?

So this is my plan for the day:
  1. Not answering the phone.
  2. Fill the sewing machine bobbins with different colors.
  3. Doing Sara's lunch bag and placemat.
  4. Finishing my LK exchange piece.
  5. Doing square 11 for my Colorful Lapghan.
  6. Finish the hand made bobbins for my cross stitch floss.
  7. If I still have time left: finishing Paola Sofia's baby blanket or whaterver it will be...
Talking about the lapghan, Ravelry has been awesome help with it, I'm in a monthly square CAL group, from there I've got patterns for squares 8 to 10. They're on the slide show, but guess you can see them better here:

Wish you a happy and relaxing Sunday too!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

All about me

Found this on Kayla's blog. Thought it was fun, so decided to go along with her. If anybody else wants to do it, let me know, so I can know all about you too.

Things you've already done: bold
Things you want to do: italicize
Things you haven't done and don't want to - leave in plain font

1. started your own blog
2. slept under the stars
3. played in a band

4. visited Hawaii
5. watched a meteor shower
6. given more to charity than you could afford
7. been to disneyland/world (Disneyworld in Florida, my inner child wants to be back lol)
8. climbed a mountain
9. held a praying mantis
10. sang a solo
11.bungee jumped
12. visited Paris

13. watched a lightning storm at sea (Spectacular!!!)
14. taught yourself an art from scratch
15. adopted a child (I almost did once)
16. had food poisoning
17. walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. grown your own vegetables
19. seen the Mona Lisa in France

20. slept on an overnight train
21. had a pillow fight
22. hitch hiked (not a good idea, but there was transportation strike and I was stuck in another city)
23. taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. built a snow fort
25. held a lamb - and bottle fed it
26. gone skinny dipping
27. run a marathon (and came among the lasts)
28. ridden a gondola in Venice

29. seen a total eclipse (and also partial)
30. watched a sunrise or sunset (tons)

31. hit a home run
32. been on a cruise (promised my granny Carmen, before she died, I will)
33. seen Niagara falls in person
34.visited the birthplace of my ancestors
35. seen an Amish community
36. taught yourself a new language
37. had enough money to be truly satisfied

38. seen the leaning tower of Pisa in person
39. gone rock climbing
40. seen Michael Angelo's David in real life

41. sung karaoke
42. seen old faithful geyser erupt
43. bought a stranger a meal in a restaurant (more than once, also gave a pizza to a homeless in the street and my friends got mad at me)
44. visited Africa
45. walked on a beach by moonlight
46. been transported in an ambulance (accompanying a girl from school)
47. had your portrait painted (my mom made her teacher do it, I wasn't happy with the idea)
48. gone deep sea fishing (nope, but I've swim deep sea)
49. seen the Sixten chapel in person
50. been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris

51. gone scuba diving or snorkelling (snorkle, oxigen tanks make me nervous)
52. kissed in the rain
53. played in the mud
54. gone to a drive-in theatre
55. been in a movie (I've been on three theater plays and two had been recorded)
56. visited the great wall of china
57. started a business
58. taken a martial arts class
59. visited Russia
60. served at a soup kitchen
61. sold girl guide cookies
62. gone whale watching (without any success)
63. gotten flowers for no reason
64. donated blood
65. gone sky-diving
66. visited a nazi concentration camp
67. bounced a cheque
68. flown in a helicopter
69. saved a favorite childhood toy – Still have the doll I got for Christmas when I was three, she's an institution in my family lol
70. visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. eaten caviar
72. pieced a quilt –
73. stood in times square
74. toured the everglades (I've done it in Venezuela, in a similar place at Margarita)
75. been fired from a job
76. seen the changing of the guard in London
77. broken a bone
78. been on a speeding motorcycle (and drove a water one!!! Veeery fast!!!)
79. seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. published a book (educational for kids)
81. visited the Vatican
82. bought a brand new car
83. walked in Jerusalem
84. had your picture in the newspaper (also on a magazine and on local TV news, BTW yesterday I was on newspaper again, but it's the ugliest picture ever! lol)
85. read the entire bible
86.visited the White House
87. killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. had chickenpox
89. saved someone’s life (two children, on different occasions, from being hit by a car)
90. sat on a jury
91. met someone famous
92. joined a bookclub
93. lost a loved one
94. had a baby (I lost one :( )

95. seen the Alamo in person
96. swum in the great salt lake.
97. been involved in a law suit
98. owned a cell phone
99. been stung by a bee (twice, and I'm alergic!)

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

My witch's hair

My mom says every woman in my family has a witch's hair on her head. We are very intuitive and have a sense to predict things to happen.

Yesterday I was on chat with Sue, and asked her if she got the card I sent for her birthday, she said "not a glimpse of it" lol Just after I logged of the mailman honk in front of her house... Yep, with my package!!!

I played a little mischief, because I told her it was just a card, but I also made a small present. She loves to crochet, and does it perfectly as you can see on her blog. Her amigurumi fever it's catchy, I got it from her. So decided to make a hook carrier for her. And it was on the non sewing machine era, so it was all hand sewn. I liked it a lot, a friend told me to keep it lol My friends want me to keep everyting, or better keep it themselves lol

Well, here it is:


The pocket is useful for the yarn, the pattern is from Krochet Krystal Charity Daisy Square.


Inside, with hooks attached:

Velcro, was attached hand sewn:

And to make it funkier, the velcro has a flower that also makes it easier to handle (open and close):

It was fun to do, happy belate birthday Sue!!!

Monday, July 6, 2009

Lunch bag and ...

I'm a bit tired, well to be honest a lot! School year is ending, plus my big students are about to get graduate, so there's a lot on my plate right now. But that isn't be an impediment to show you two weekend achievements:

... a pair of socks that ended up as slippers. I will do a pair of socks some day, but I couldn't resist how cute the looked and decided to leave them like this:

Really like the reverse stitch edging.

Lunch bag for Raisa. Remember the first item on my machine was her placemat?

Happy week!!!

Friday, July 3, 2009

It's good to be the last.

As I said on the previous post, we made a scissor's case swap at bbinteractive and my partner was Pirjo. I was the last to get mine, on the meantime, was delighted looking at all the participants work, anxiously waiting for Pirjo to get mine and waiting to see what she chose for me. She's also a teacher, like me, so I was looking forward to meet her some day in an exchange hoping we get to know each other better.

Honestly, I believe if we lived nearby and talked everyday she couldn't have chosen a more accurate desing and color, from afar she chose Elizabeth's design, one of my top five designers and stitched in in blue, my very best color! The lining is adorable and whimsical. And I got ecstatic at the details, two beautiful charms, one for each part of the set. On top there was a letter, yep, I am so glad people are still holding to the art of writing.

Enough chat, I know you want to see the beautiful set she made for me.

This is the front:

It reminded me of something a little girl from the first grade, in my school said: "we're lucky because in Venezuela it's always spring... I know it because the leaves on the trees and plants are always green, and there are always flowers everywhere".

The back:

I fell in love with the charms, the big one is on the case, I feel identified with the saying on it!

The smaller one is so cute! It's on the fob, it makes me feel special!

Thanks Pirjo! You made a wonderful work!!! Also thanks for the lovely goodies!

They will look wonderful on my tree!!!