Wednesday, February 13, 2013

SAL progress and other stuff

Hello again! I'm a bit sad because my machine has been acting up. I even bought a repair manual to see if I can solve the problem (or give the technician some heads up when I can afford to call him). Mom had to lend me hers.

On the meantime I've been busy with the SAL. It's quite lovely but it's been such a long time I didn't cross stitch that I had a few mistakes, some I was able to correct, other not. Still, I like how it's coming along.

My color scheme. I added a darker pink afterwards.

Had to secure the fabric, I hate when it looses threads  at the edges.

And here's what I've accomplished:

The Rhodes heart gave me a lot of work, I forgot how to make it.

I don't know  if the Spiderweb roses should have that much thread in them but I do love how they look.

This little angel, a complimentary design I released past December, went away and I didn't showed it all finish with the ribbon and the cord around it. German's angel post has a cool 310 visits so far. I wonder if someone else has stitched him.

This is a commission from Nora, a small make up case for her and a place mat for her daughter. Came up with the idea of adding two small pockets, though I think will be only decorative, because anything place there won't be secured.

And to end the post, this crazy quilt block, from 2011, was finished as a needle book for my sewing class. Needless to say it has been praised a lot!

Now off to bed, else I won't be able to wake up tomorrow... 

Thanks for visiting me ;) Hope you have a sweet Valentine's Day.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

New SAL and a lot more

Hi there! I've been missing my crafts, my blog, my embroidery... Let me tell you about the schedule I have these days: 

Mondays through Fridays:

  • 5:00 am: Wake up, doing everything we do before going out (brush teeth, shower, coffee, and other stuff).
  • 5:45 am: go to school, that means walking for about 30 minutes to get to the bus that will take me to work. 
  • 6:45 am: if I'm lucky, I'll be at school, having breakfast before doing all my work.
  • 7:00 am to 12 noon: work, work, work with my special needs kids, their parents, teachers and any other stuff our dear government makes up (like going to a Carnaval parade).
  • 12:00 noon: lunch.
  • 12:40 pm: going to the sewing classes, sometimes I walk part of the way because of the traffic. Other times I have to get supplies before going to class.
  • 2:00 pm - 6:30 pm: sewing class, these days we're cutting and sewing the patterns we made, for now I've made a dress, the blouse it's almost done, the skirt is half way through and I'm about to cut the pajamas.
  • 7:00 pm: home, dinner, sit about 15 minutes (no more or nobody will get me up), doing next day's food, preparing the things I need to carry to work and class. While cooking, I'm reading emails.
  • 8:00 pm: sewing the things for sale, these days I've worked on hot-cold therapy pads, place mats, bags and pencil cases.
  • 9:30 pm: (if I'm lucky, because some times it's later) much needed relaxing shower.
  • 10:00 pm: bed! I read a little, say my prayers and at 10:30 lights are out.
I'm trying to leave at least Sundays to relax. Past few months I went out a lot on weekends, but I need to stop for a while. Saturdays are all about cleaning, washing, cooking and sewing. I need Sundays to make the things I find relaxing. Going through blogs I found Haydeè's, she's hosting a SAL for the cutest, girliest sewing kit. I found it past the deadline for the sign up, but she was so darling that she let me join. I'm gathering the materials and I'm hoping to have the first part done by tomorrow, since we're having a small holiday I'll be able to craft (we're not working Monday nor Tuesday, it's Carnaval here).  Good because I was missing my cross stitch so much!

I made a little something to send on the mail to some friends, as a blogoversay treat. But guess what, I was told that "we're not sending packages to the USA because of some problems", they didn't said what the problems are, I think it's outrageous, and scary, we're suppose to be living in Democracy, but there's nothing I can do about it, except waiting to have a lot of money to send them by a private courier, which is more expensive but I  don't care, I want to send my treats! Well, they'll be gone one at a time a few months from now :S

I have a new blog, for my growing little business, it's in Spanish, because my clients are here in Venezuela, though I hope to go International some day ;P  One of my favorite products are the therapy pads, the cover is made from polar fleece.

To end the long post, these are crayons for my special needs kids, made those as a Valentine's treat.

This is how they color:

I have a new broadband connection with a less expensive, more efficient plan, so hopefully I'd be able to post more regularly and also to read your blogs!

Happy crafting!!!