Monday, April 25, 2016

Christmas House


Today I took a break from the sewing and finished a cross stitch project that took me a while to make: A Christmas house!

The patterns are by Perrette Samouiloff.
It was fun to stitch, and not very hard, really. The hard part was to choose the designs, and to count the stitches to make sure they would fit. I had to find some small designs to fill the empty spots. I think that was the most difficult part.  But I love how it looks!

The attic is full of secrets. They are hiding the presents. I added more presents and the teddy in a box to balance things a bit.

Now, the middle part of the house.
This little boy holding the hearts is adorable!  I stitched some ornaments to fill the spaces.

The little girls. They are so cute! The one holding the teddy bear is my favorite.  Here I added the cat, the presents, and the ornaments.

The living room. I just had to add some more presents to fill the spaces and join the two designs together. That's the fun thing with Perrette's patterns. There are several small designs in one pattern. You stitch all or as many as you want.

I had this frame for a long time. It's from a kit by Bucilla. I decided not to stitch the kit, and stitch these little kids instead.  I painted the frame red, and made several changes to make things more colorful. The original colors were a bit too dark for my taste.

I glued a piece of red felt on the back to make a nice finish.  A mini wreath on the top of the house  finishes the look.
Brenda helped me picking the colors and designs for this project, and she loves the finished piece!  Now, let's put it way until Christmas!

Thanks for stopping by my blog! Have a great week!

Ana Paula.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

A Library Bag and a Door Stopper.


I am working hard on finishing several sewing projects. Lots more to go!
Here are the two I just finished this week.
First, a denim library bag.

I have a storage container full of denim, mostly Brenda's. We donate a lot of her clothes when she outgrows them, but I still save many. I normally make bermudas of the jeans that get too short on her. So, I had lots of half legs of jeans.
Anyways, I wanted to make a new library bag, the old one was so ugly!  I made a pretty one for Brenda last Christmas, so ours was looking even worse.
We are big library people. We go every week for books and movies. Now that Brenda got the Harry Potter bug, she gets anything Harry related.
I saw a nice recycled denim bag on Pinterest. This is my version of it. There was no pattern, I just made up my own.

I had to cut one of my old jeans. No way it was going to fit me anymore.
I used cotton batting and a blue and white floral fabric for lining. I came out very sturdy, and we were able to use it on the same day I made it. Cool!
There will be more bags soon...I need to use all that denim.
My other project is this door stopper.

It was also made to substitute an old one. I used corduroy and a piece of this patchwork looking fabric. It made it faster, the pattern has a 9 patch block instead. This door stopper has a zipper on the bottom, so you can wash it. I really like this style, I think I will always make this one. If you want make it too, here is the tutorial from Lark Crafts.

Here  is the back. I need a little more dried peas to make it fuller.
That's it for today!  Back to the sewing machine.
Have a great day, and thanks for stopping by!

Ana Paula.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Patchwork Christmas Stockings


I know... funny posting Christmas stockings in April.
I wanted to make them last year, but I got busy, and never made them.
Now, here they are!

I love the Scandinavian look. The matching stockings had to be red and white.
There are several online tutorials on how to make stockings like these. Here is one I like.
The quilt as you go style is the best. Very fast and easy. It's a no brainier.
The pattern for the stocking shape I got from one of my Holiday crafts magazines. I find it very hard to draw the pattern myself. I love this shape, not the old booty one!

The hard part for me was to attach the cuff. It was very bulky, It took me a while pinning and ripping seams. But I love the way they look! My family finally has matching stockings!
I made a stocking for Brenda when she was little, but never made for me and my husband. We had some old plaid ones for a while, borrowed from my MIL. I returned them so I could have a real reason to make our own. I did it now.

I like how they are similar but different. I collected red and white fabrics for a while to be able to make some projects, including these stockings. Not easy, Joann's has a small selection. A couple of years ago they had some new ones, and I got some. Besides Joann's, I only have one more fabric store near by. Sometimes I get lucky there. Sometimes on e-bay.

This is the fabric I picked for the back of the stockings, a cute peppermint candy print.

Now I just need to get some wooden letters to personalize them. I like this idea.
I am very pleased with our new stockings! It's so nice when a project comes out the way you imagined it!

Have a great week and thanks for stopping by my blog!

Ana Paula.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Lavender Girl

Hello! Just a little post to share something I made this week.

This is Lavender Girl from Snowflower Diaries.
I made some changes, specially using DMC in lighter colors.

I also used light lavender beads. It's now displayed  in my cubby shelf.

I am still working on filling the shelf for spring.

So, I need to stitch some more ornaments... so hard to choose the patterns.

Thanks for stopping by!

Ana Paula.

Monday, March 28, 2016



Hope everybody had a great Easter with family and friends.
I am a little late, but better late than never...

I finished this little Lizzie Kate ornament just before Easter. I always wanted to stitch this design and finally got it done!

It looks cute with my Easter decor.

Decorating for Easter is so much fun! I love to look at all the pretty spring things at the stores. So many temptations, but I am controlling myself very well. When you live in a small place, you have to, or the clutter takes over.

And here is the chocolate/coconut cake roll I made for Easter. Delicious and very rich!
Got to go many things to do.
Have a blessed week!

Ana Paula.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Saint Patrick's Ornament, French Cross Stitch, and a Shadowbox.


Just stopping by to share a little ornament I finished last week.

This is a design from Lizzie Kate. It was fast and fun to stitch.

I hardly have any Saint Patrick's decor. Every year I try to get a little something, but nothing at the stores tickles my fancy.  I need to make a couple more ornaments, or maybe a little Irish clothespin doll.

For now, that will have to do. Got a succulent inside, and some split peas.

I have a couple more things to share.
First, this lovely French pattern. I got it around Christmas.

So pretty! You can get at The French Needle online store.

I can't wait to make something using these patterns! I am just crazy about French designs.

And this is a shadowbox I got at Home Goods a while ago.
I picked some cute thing I had to display in it.
The bobbin lace butterfly is from Brazil, as the little doily. My Mom made the doily many years ago.
The origami dress was made by me, I love it!
The Flower Fairies postcard I got for Brenda's 5th birthday party. Just so sweet!

Thanks for visiting!

Ana Paula.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Cross Stitch and Embroidery.


So many things to do... and fells like I can't acomplish anything...
But I have a couple of cute things to share today.
A while ago I finished this little cross stitch ornament.

The pattern is from Happy Childhood Collection - Christmas Time by Perrette Samouiloff. You can get it here.
It's a pattern with several little designs, all very cute. I am working on something else using some more of Perrette's sweet little kids.
This was a very easy and fast ornament to stitch, and I love it! I chose to finish it as a simple little pillow, using a blue fabric.

My next finish is an embroidery  picture I made for Brenda.

You can get the pattern on Etsy. I added the words.
I love this design. So sweet and feminine. The frame was an old plastic one from the Thrifty Store.
Some spray paint, and it was like new.
Brenda is turning twelve this year, and we are getting some new things for her room. She still very much a little girl, but almost as tall as me.

Thank you for stopping by, and have a great weekend!

Ana Paula.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Book Bag


My last post was ages ago! Got too busy with the holidays, and some health issues.
Anyways, I decided to post a little something today.

This is the book bag I made for Brenda.
She loves to go to the library, and it was time for her to have her own bag. It has a pocket to put her library card. She just loves it!

Here is the detail of the embroidery. The pattern is from the WeeWonderfulls Book Club Stitchettes.
It's such a sweet set of nine designs, you buy the pdf and print at home.
I wanted to stitch this girl for Brenda so badly!  A perfect design for a book bag, don't you think?
I had a piece of turquoise corduroy laying around that was just the right amount for the job. So, what can be better? A gift made only using things that I already had.
Brenda wears it very proudly, she gets lots of compliments from the library ladies.
So, kind of crazy posting about  a Christmas present in February, but better late than never.

Have a wonderful rest of the week!

Ana Paula.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Halloween Rules


I finished Halloween Rules a couple of weeks ago. Life has been so busy, only now I had the time to post it.

It was stitched on 14 count aida  tea dyed by me. The fabric is a bit darker than it looks on the picture. I stitched it with DMC and made lots of color changes.

I also made changes on the space between the designs. I think it looks less busy this way.

I chose to finish it similar to Christmas Rules that I finished last year.

I used black ric-rac to trim and  a metal hanger. For the back, I used the black and orange polka dot fabric pictured.

The light inside my apartment is not good, I always have to take pictures outside.
I love this hanger I found on Etsy. It gives it the perfect finishing touch.
To be able to finish this, I am late on my other stitching. And now it's time to start making gifts and other things to prepare for Christmas. I will see how it goes.

Have a Happy and safe Halloween!

Ana Paula.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Back to School


School started yesterday.  Life is back on it's old routine.
It's very hot right now in Southern California. Because of the drought, we only are allowed watering the plants twice a week. My little garden is not doing very well, but is surviving.
Hope you are enjoying your end of Summer. Here we still have some hot weather ahead.
I have some things to share since my last post. It was way back in June!
First, my Flip-it Stamps  cross stitch ornaments.

Here are July and August. I made some color changes on both. I am just so excited to finish my little collection. I am late this month, still need to start the September ornament!

I finally made a patriotic table runner for my sideboard. It's a simple one, made with fabric I had at home. I am trying to use the fabric from my stash, instead of buying more.

This is Mason, I don't remember if I posted him before, but he is too cute to not share. He is a Boyd's Bears cookie jar, but I never put cookies inside him.

This little flag pillow I made with scraps and tiny star buttons.

Another Cross Stitch finish.  This is "A Very Merry Summer" from JBW designs. It was on my to do list for a long time.

Three new clothespin dolls for my  collection! I just love to find the right accessories for each one. This time, I had everything in my craft "stuff".

I had great plans for baking with Brenda this Summer. But, most days were just too hot to bake.
We managed to bake a little, including a peach pie. Brenda made an small one all for herself.

Don't you love the many beautiful knit pumpkins on Pinterest? Some are made from old sweaters. Since I had no old orange sweater, I found some orange yarn and knitted one. It was very easy!

And here is my latest project. A pie carrier for my gingerbread loving friend.  I had this fabric in my stash. She loved it!
That's all for now. Hope you stay cool wherever you live.
Have a great day!

Ana Paula.