Sunday, December 4, 2011

Christmas presents, part one

Hello!!! I've been absent from cyber space for a while, taking care of the house, doing a few repairs and getting ready for Christmas has been time consuming. The walls are painted, the lamp is fixed, the craft room is tidy, the table is set and the tree is up. Now I'm having a good time crafting the Christmas presents, because it is nice to give a little something, but in this economy, well, let's say I've been thanking God for blessing me with crafty hands lol

My friends kept asking for caps for their kids, so I decided to make them some for Christmas, have two down and three more to go. They are ready in about an hour and a half, with the embellishment. Used DMC's Senso, like how it looks, the thread is soft and shiny, perfect for  little girls.

To the grown ups I went for practical stuff. With pabilo cotton made a few of Lucy's birdie decorations and hanged them to the handle of a cotton bag. Then folded it, used the birdie cord to hold it and voilà! A tuck away grocery bag! Needless to say that I felt so clever lol

I made some necklaces but I'm not sure I'll give them away. A friend ordered a set of 24 wire wrapped napkin rings, then I thought it would be such a pretty present for some of my friends,  as me they love to entertain, so I might make that instead. With a crocheted accent, they'll look pretty for sure ;)

Well, now I have to go, it's school night, only 16 days for Christmas break. But before I go, will show you the new additions to my family, my baby brother's twins! Yep, my first nephews or nieces (will know for sure in January 12th, but I dream with twin girls days before they told me they were expecting, so let's see if I'm right lol)

Happy crafting!!!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Birthday present to self

Hey there!!! I'm happy, today at the PO found a small parcel waiting for me, actually it got there past week, on October 3rd, the day before my birthday. That is funny because I ordered it past month to be the birthday present from me to myself and it got here right on time lol. 

Got it  at J-list, a nice place in Japan to buy bento gear, among other stuff. You know how I love to play with my food, here are my new toys:

The cutest set of lunch picks:

A set of mini re-usable silicon bento cups:

A tulip wiener shaper:

A set of hard boiled egg shapers:

If someone knows how to use it, I'll be obliged if you let me know. It has the explanations in perfect Japanese, which I don't speak... There are a few pictures on the back and for what I understand, the steps are: boil, insert, close, put the mold in water (should it be cold or hot???)

A set of rice molds:

And a silicon heart cooking mold:

I couldn't wait to try them. And what would be best than heart shaped pancakes, pink that is... 

My pink batter was made using a small boiled beet to color it. 

The mold is outstanding, it doesn't bleed the batter, doesn't stick, is easy to clean and it didn't melt on the pan (lol seriously, I was anxious about it), the hearts are so cute!!!

I also made mini grape Jello with the molds, but we'll have to wait until tomorrow to see how they work, I'm planning to turn the mini things inside out to see if they keep the nice animal faces.

Bon appetit!!! 

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Patriotic snowman

This is Dawn's PIF. She loves snowman and also has a patriotic tree, thought this was a perfect design for her. I had it among so many charts that's been given to me from stitcher friends around the globe.

Mulberry designs.
Flurries Forever!
An adaptation of original artwork by Jane Johnson.

The backing fabric is a Christmas one.

She also got a Peace card, a small needle threader and a chocolate (not pictured).

Hope you're all fine. I'm here in a blackout that started five hours ago and will take at least two more hours to be repaired, according to radio reports. God bless netbooks and their batteries lol

Happy crafting!!!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Pixie is having a giveaway

Hello fellow crafters!!! My blog was visited by Pixie. She invited me to join (and spread the word) of her giveaway. I went to peek and have to tell you, the papers and kits are wonderful, I was drooling at those projects.

Go and check it out. If you, like me, are into scrapbooking, it's a nice place to visit :o)

Monday, August 29, 2011

Long Overdue PIF

Hi fellow crafters! Hope those of you who where in the path of Hurricane Irene are safe and sound.

Thanks to all my followers, the count has climbed up to 70!!!

This is a small post to show the long overdue PIF to Nita, once it has finally reached destination. She loves yellow and butterflies. I used the butterflies on the fabric print to create a small chart. Then turned it into a pinkeep, I was inspired by many beautiful ones I saw here and there on your blogs.


Made a Peace card with the latest arrival from my *now closed* favorite stamps store. On top of it is a needle threader.

Here's a close up of the needle threader. Nita's is the one with the butterfly if my memory is correct, the other one went to Dawn. But you can't still peek on her PIF because it hasn't arrived yet.

It was a year and a half instead of a year, but guess she liked it anyway :) There was a bit of fabric and some chocolate in the package but I forgot to take a picture ;P

Happy crafting and stay safe!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Back to school set.

Hi there! I was commissioned to make a personalized set for a second grader by her granny, my friend Sara. Her teacher wants the students to have personalized all their belongings, specially their place mats, big pencil cases (to hold the colored pencils) and a small pencil cases (for the pencil, eraser, pencil sharpener and small ruler).

She already had the big pencil case, her granny wanted me to embroider her name on it, but I told her that would ruin the plastic like material, so I made a small tag instead to attach it to the zipper.

Then the place mat, for when they have breakfast they have to use it to keep their places tidy.

And finally the small pencil case has a pretty beaded cord attached.

All of them are coordinated with the same backing fabric with butterflies and flowers in it, and the plain blue fabric is linen. All in blue, her favorite color.

The other commissioned pencil cases are not ready yet, been slow because of the summer cleaning.

On the reading front I finished eoght of the nine books by Laura Ingalls Wilder, still have to read farmer boy, left it to read at the end because it's not about her own life. And I'm listening to Memoir's of a Geisha while embroidering and cleaning. I't very interesting, though I already know the story.

Hope the weather is being nice to you all, we've had a few storms but nothing I can really complaint about, seeing how it is around the globe.

Happy crafting!!!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Coffee or tea anyone???

Hi! I've been busy with the pencil cases and some other small stuff I've been doing for friends kids back to school, such as personalized place mats, name tags for their back packs and pencil cases. But now I realize I moved in April and yet you haven't seen my new place.

Here it is:

Path way to the house, I live on the lower floor, that's the living room window:

The stair goes down to a backyard (not mine to use):

The gorgeous entrance door (I'm in love with it):

Here's the living room, friendship crazy quilt lies on the sofa:

The dinning room:

My Virgen de Guadalupe:

The small kitchen:

Beside the fridge is the service area:

The gorgeous view, there's a big squirrel living among those trees (beside all the birds lol):

There are bars in all the windows and the door, here in Venezuela we must have them. This place is nice and safe but there have been break in on some of the neighboring houses ever once on a while, so better safe than sorry even if they spoil the pretty views.

The hall between the bedroom and bathroom doors has a small "Saints display":

My bedroom:

View from it:

The craft room, which I wish could be turned to "Studio", but I'm into saving now, so it will have to stay like this for a long while:

The nice view:

And the small bathroom:

Now that I gave you the tour, what shall you drink, coffee or tea?