Friday, June 20, 2014

Handmade Gifts and a New Cross Stitch.


Hope you are enjoying the nice weather!
Here in California is nice and today is the last day of school.
This month started sad with the passing of my husbands  grandmother. She was 93 years old. We are having a memorial for her next weekend.

With the end of the school year, Brenda wanted some gifts for her teachers, so I decided to do something different.
I wanted to make some embroidery framed on hoops, so I got the Book Club Stitchettes pattern set from Wee Wonderfuls.  Here how the little gifts turned out!

Miss Brenda loves them, hope the teachers like it too. I think now I need to make some for Brenda's room ... the designs are so cute!

Brenda just had her 10th birthday, and I made this reading pillow as a gift for her.
The pattern is from  Sew Liberated. 

We love this toadstool fabric! She will use this pillow  a lot this summer.
I also made this little owl bag set in crochet, as an early birthday gift. She wears it so proudly! I think it really turned out cute, besides my poor crochet skills.

I enjoy doing some gardening, even with a tiny space. It's good for the soul! Here are some of our flowers.


And finally, here is my new cross stitch i just started.  Chistmas Rules from Lizzie Kate. I love this pattern and wanted it badly, but it is an expensive one. Months ago, I was able to get a very good deal for the set of patterns on e-bay. I was going to try to stitch it on linen, but because I needed a big piece, I used some aida I already had. As you can see, I always need a magnifier to stitch now.

Hopefully, I will be able to finish it for Christmas.

I was able to get also the Halloween Rules set. I will make it next year.
Have a great weekend, and a wonderful Summer!

Ana Paula.

Friday, May 16, 2014

A Sewing Machine Cover, Mat, Pincushion, and Thread Catcher

Here in Southern California is super hot...over a 100 degrees. We are trying to stay cool.
I hope everybody had a wonderful Mother's  Day. Mine certainly was.
I am  working  on my huge list of to do projects. Now I can check these ones out!!!
For a long time I wanted to make a sewing machine cover and accessories. I finally did!

I got the main fabric at Joann's. It's called "Sew Vintage". I love the pretty red and blue dresses.

I added  a  sweet redwork mannequin.

And used some red ric-rac and red polka-dot fabric . Everything is prettier with red polka-dot.

I made the mat with pockets and all trimmed in red.

The last item for the set is a  weighted pincushion with  a detachable thread catcher. There is a small bag of uncooked rice inside the pincushion, so it will stay put.

Detail of the top of the pincushion.

It was a lot of work to make the set, but I love it! The seams were thick, because I used cotton batting on everything. So...I broke some needles :)
I made a couple more things lately.

A new skirt and matching headband for Brenda.

And a cupcake apron for the Girl's camp auction tomorrow at church.

On Mother's day Brenda wore her new apron to help Daddy make breakfast.
I made this one for Easter. She picked the fabric, and asked for ruffles. It came out so cute!
Anyways, I am keeping myself busy here.
I wish you a great weekend, and thank you for stopping by!

Ana Paula.

Monday, April 28, 2014

A Little English Cottage.

Hello! Hope you are all enjoying Spring!
We had a lovely Easter, but I was so busy that I forgot to take pictures.
But I took these ones of the resurrection garden we made this year.

This weekend I made a project that was on the planning for a long time.

A little English Cottage. Many years ago in Brazil, I had a magazine with the directions to make a tea cozy shaped like one of these charming little houses. I always wanted to make one, so I finally made a small version of it. I looked of lots of pictures of embroidery cottages, and this is what I came up with.
Now that I put the Easter decorations away, my cubby shelf is so empty. It's not easy to always  keep all the twenty 5x5 slots filled with seasonal items. I am always looking for cute little things that fit. The Cottage was made to fit. Perfect!

This was my second try. I really wanted hollyhocks by the door, but it did not worked out...I was not able to make them small enough. So, I decided for the climbing roses. Most of  the flowers are french knots, only the daisies are daisy stitch. I used wool felt for the roof, windows and door. For the back of the cottage I used a green print fabric.

I sew a little triangle on the two bottom corners, so it could stand. Sorry about the blurry picture.

The chimney is just a folded ribbon. The cottage measures 5x4 without the chimney.

I did the embroidery mostly at night watching TV. I think it was a good practice, since I am planning some bigger embroidery projects for the near future, and it was a long time since I had done any of this kind of embroidery.

I am very pleased with the result, it feels good when you make something that you wanted for so long, and it turns out just the way you imagined.

Have a good week, and may all your stitching dreams come true :) !

Ana Paula.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Spring and a Small Finish.


This is just my second post this year! I need do a little  better with my blog.
I have being busy.  We made some changes here at home, moving things around, and it took time.
We also had some unplanned happenings.   Brenda developed a crack on her tibia...  with this, more restrictions for her. She has to take it very easy.
Her leg is so fragile, the poor thing hardly do anything, and these things still happen. It is heartbreaking to see her going through all this. We did all we could to avoid a surgery.
After many prayers, things are improving.
The crack is healing, and she is getting a new brace. Now she uses it even for sleeping, until her doctor tells otherwise.

Even with all these tribulations, she is a happy child, so loving and good, and we do all we can to cheer her up. She got new books, that always keep her busy, and of course, the movie Frozen.
During this time she read Heidi and Pollyanna, among many others. Just lovely books for girls.
Now, a little stitching and some other spring things.
We are decorating for Spring and I made a little cross stitch picture.

The design is by Veronique Enginger, on 28 count linen.
I think she is adorable. I found this little green frame at Michael's that was just the right size.

Now she is one of the items in my cubby shelf.

I just love Spring and Easter decorating! I made this simple bunny silhouette other day.

Very simple, you just paint the bunny on burlap using a stencil, frame it, and glue a pompom for the tail.

And, speaking of bunnies, here is my new Peter Rabbit shadowbox.
I found it at Salvation Army for just over a dollar! Peter is my favorite bunny ever.

Other day I got this bag at the bookstore.  I know it's for kids, but I could not resist. I love it!
That's all for now. I have a pile of laundry waiting for me and I need to work a little on my garden.
It's sunny and we have a cold wind here in Southern California. We also had an earthquake last Friday, a 5.1
So, we are reorganizing our emergency stuff...scary!
Have a good day, and a Happy Spring!

Ana Paula.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Pinwheel Table Runner

Hello, and Happy New Year!

I while ago I made a new table runner.

I used some red polka dot fabric I got in Brazil.

It was made to fit the new Ikea shelf behind the couch.
The piecing is not perfect, but I love how the table runner turned out.

And I made a felt garland for Brenda's room, inspired by this one from Nana Company.
Brenda had the visions of sugarplums dancing in her head :)
She had a great Christmas, and  even a special tree in her room.

This sweet lady gave Brenda several Barbie Hallmark ornaments, enough for her to have her own Barbie tree.

Our girl loves Christmas, and we try our best to make it meaningful and memorable for her.

Thanks for stopping by!

Ana Paula.