Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Some Cross Stitch and Other Fun Stuff


The last couple of weeks were quite busy with end of the school year activities. Now Brenda is home and will be another kind of busy...it will be fun!
I was able to finish some ornaments.  Here they are.

The June ornament from Lizzie Kate's  Flip It Stamps series.  It was stitched on 14 count Aida oatmeal with DMC floss. I made several color changes.

Recently I got a couple of new patterns from Creative Poppy.  This little swimming girl is part of "Happy Childhood - Seaside" from Perrette Samouiloff. I love her designs and it's such a treat to be able to buy them online and print at home. The Aida is really light blue, not white as it looks.
 I made the ornament for Brenda to celebrate her swimming classes. Swimming is the only sport the doctor recommends for her, and she loves it!

These two ornaments I made a while ago and had not posted yet. The pattern is a freebie that I can't find the link now. I made the green and pink to give as a baby shower gift, but the blue and pink is mine. I just love it!
Now a little bit of sewing. We were invited to the wedding of a very sweet girl.

I made this casserole carrier  as her wedding gift.

Inside it, I put a Pyrex dish and a Gooseberry Patch cookbook. 

And here is the picture of a little tea party we had for Brenda's birthday. It was sweet and simple, but fun. She loved it.

She got the gifts she wanted, and I made a couple of new things for her room. An origami dress garland for the bookcase, and a little bolster pillow. I love those origami dresses, they are just so cute and so girly, I will be making more soon!
That's all for now. Lots to do around here.
Have a great week!

Ana Paula.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

A little Sewing


Last week I made something that was waiting for a long time.
I got a layer cake from Moda fabrics on e-bay to make a table runner but just never got to make it.
I love quilting. The problem is that I am not very good at it...but, I keep trying.  So, here is my Ruby table runner.

I love this line of fabric, an old one now, but beautiful. I played safe and just sewed the squares together. Simple, but fast and less challenging. Sometimes easy is the best.

I also made this pie carrier. Another simple sewing project.

It's just a padded square of fabric. You can get the idea with my picture, but if you need, you can find many tutorials online teaching how to make this.

To close the carrier, you just pass the middle of the fabric handle trough the two loops. Just great to take round or square casseroles to potlucks this summer. If you use a one way print fabric would be perfect. Mine is not, but I love this apples and pears fabric and used it anyways.

Last Friday Brenda went to a birthday tea party. I made this little apron as a gift to her friend. The birthday girl was one of those girls that have a lot of stuff. Hard to shop for...so, a cute apron was the solution. I hope she liked.
And now this week's sewing. It was kind of hard, a very difficult fabric to work with.

These are thirty long sleeve shirts that I had to sew a stripe of silver fabric on. Brenda's school is doing the Disney Beauty and the Beast play. These shirts are part of the costume for the silverware from the "Be our guest" song.  I volunteered to help with the costumes.
So, that's what I was doing lately. Lots more to come.
Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy your weekend!

Ana Paula.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

May Ornament

Just a little post to show my new finish.

This is Lizzie Kate's May Flip It Stamps. I made several color changes because I wanted something more Spring looking. I think it turned out cute.

I am very happy with my growing collection of Flip It Stamps ornaments. I had stitched just January and March before, but made the other three months recently.
Hopefully I will be able to finish the rest by the end of the year.

Last month was a busy one with several events to attend. Brenda's class had their "Walk Through the American Revolution". She was Patrick Henry, and I made her costume with a yarn wig and all. It was fun!

We also had the annual fundraising auction for the Girl's Camp  at my church. I made this cute cherry apron to donate. I love this fabric!

I also made my trifle. It sold for a hundred dollars! I can't believe that next year Brenda will be one of the girls going to camp...she will be twelve years old! I don't know where the time went.
Got to go now... I need to make a baby shower gift  and a costume for Brenda's school play.

Have a wonderful rest of the week, and a Happy Mother's Day!

Ana Paula.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Happy Easter!


I was able to finish two more ornaments.

First, this Lizzie Kate April Flip It Stamps. I changed the colors a little, and really like it!
It's stitched on 14 aida  oatmeal with DMC floss.

The next ornament  is this cute design from Prairie Schooler -  Just hatched. I love the little chicks walking back and forth. I finally stitched this one! I used DMC floss using colors I had on hand.

 I am glad I finished both  just in time for Easter.


They look cute with my Easter decor.

This year I got a new idea for a display.

I should spray paint this 3 tier thing white...I think it will look better.

I used moss, some English tin eggs I got on e-bay years ago, a little nest  and birds from Michael's.
The empty spots were filled with silk violets and ivy. Two of my favorite cross stitch ornaments give the fining touch. The top ornament was made by Carol. It's a small masterpiece.

I had a birthday in March, and here are a couple of the gifts I got. I was crazy about this book since I saw it at the library. I just had to have it! So many cute projects in one book. Many craft books these days have only a couple of projects that I want to make. This one is different...hard to decide what to make first.  I got the Willow Tree "abundance" figurine from a dear friend. I love it!

Now my three little flower girls live on a  shelf  above the computer. Aren't they cute?
Anyways, that's all for now, I need to make some preparations for tomorrow.

Thank you for stopping by, and have a wonderful Easter!

Ana Paula. 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

New Cross Stitch Finishes!


I have lots of sewing and other things to do, but lately I got the cross stitch bug.
Three finishes is a LOT for me. So, here they are!

Three spring finishes!  I love these designs.  I wanted to stitch something that could be on display all Spring long, not only during Easter. So, these are the ones I picked.

This cute gardening girl is a design by Perrette Samouiloff. You can find many of her designs here.
You buy the patterns to print from your computer. Very nice and  quite affordable.

These two ornaments are from JBW designs. I love her patterns! They are easy but so beautiful.
The French Country Lamb and French Country Rabbit were on my list for a while. I finally stitched them.

I had a hard time deciding how to finish the JBW designs ornaments. I left very little fabric around the rabbit, but I was able to finish it as a flat, like the lamb. It was my first time finishing with cord.
The little girl was easy. I wanted to finish her as a pillow with that fabric since the beginning.
I used 14 count aida for all three, because I have a lot of it, and also because my eyes are getting old :)

For now I am displaying them like this. I will probably change things around next week when I start decorating for Easter.
Thank you for stoping by, and have a great week!

Ana Paula.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Valentine's, a Cross Stitch Finish and a Crochet Blanket


Hope all had a nice Valentine's day.
I know I am a little late, but here are some Valentine's things. Better late than never, right?

The little mice we made for Brenda's class. We got the idea from here. Cute, but we had to make 37 of them. Brenda wanted to give them to her classmates and some teachers.

I don't have a lot of Valentine's decorations. here are a few of them.

The roses I got from my husband.

The bears I got at Hallmark years ago. They have a magnet inside their faces, so when they kiss they stick together. When kissing, their cheeks used to blush, but not anymore. So, I just sat the little guys on the little red chair. Kind of boring, I guess. Today Brenda did this with them.

So cute, specially with the little cross stitch pillow. I think this will be my new way to display them now :)

I made this heart last year. I think I never posted it.

I also made this felt heart. This year I had plans to make more things, but all I was able to make was this Lizzie Kate ornament.

I finished it flat and trimmed with pink rickrack. I changed the colors a little bit to make it more "valentiny".  For the back I used the pink and red fabric on this picture.

Let's see if I can finish the other months this year :)  I am working on other things now.
I started this crochet blanket to use my left over yarn... I am just over halfway and already had to buy more of most of the colors... not exactly how I had planed. Now I am stuck because I can't find one of the greens. I guess I will have to order online.

Crochet is fun, but it's not easy for me... but I will keep trying. I will post a picture when I finish it.

That's all for now, have a good weekend!

Ana Paula.