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.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Fairy Garden


Long time since my last post.  Time goes fast.
I am working on some things that hopefully I will share soon.
Today I will share the fairy garden we made last weekend.

We started with an old barbecue grill that we "rescued" from the alley behind our apartment. We had a fairy garden before, but it never worked out very well. I think this time, we got it!

A cute fairy house. I love it!

A ladybug tire swing for fairies, the cutest thing.

A welcome sign.

And a  birdhouse. We got all pieces at Joann's. We put the house over a base of little rocks, so it will get less moisture from the dirt. The rocks are from Ikea.

One of the problems we had before with fairy gardens, was  the plants growing too fast. This time, we chose succulents. I think with these kind of plants, we will be able to control and keep the garden easier. I still want to plant something behind the house, not sure what.

We are very happy with our little garden. Hopefully the donkey's tail and the green pearls will grow well and fall on the sides.

Now we are just waiting for a little fairy to move in :)

Have a wonderful day!

Ana Paula.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Things I Made Recently.


I got the worse cold in years, so things are a bit slow here.
But, I am starting to make some progress on my handmade Christmas gifts. I have so many things to do, the cold just messed up everything. But, here you go.

This is Brenda's Frozen blanket. It is one of the top items on her Christmas wish list.
Got the fleece at Joann, with coupons, of course. She is going to love it!
Now I need to work on the Frozen pajamas and the other gifts.

Earlier this month I started to stitch "The Pumpkin Cottage", but lost interest. Suddenly, I don't like the colors I picked, I don't now... it is now is a WIP. We will see...next Fall  I may like it again :)

Another blanket. This one I made for a friend's baby. Cute little dalmatian puppies fabric.

And here is Brenda as Anne of Green Gables at our Church's Halloween party with her Grandpa.
I made her costume, and the the hat with braids Grandpa got for her last year when he went to Prince Edward Island. Super cool, don't you think? She loved being Anne. We have the DVD series, and soon we are going to read the books.
Hopefully I will get better soon and life can be back to normal.
Anyways, just a little post to register the  stuff I made recently.

Have a good week!

Ana Paula.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Halloween Aprons


Hope everybody is having a good week.
This is a very short post.
I just want to share a couple of Halloween aprons I made other day.

First I made this one. A little witches apron. Very cute with details in black polka dot.

This is the other apron. I used a vintage style kids Halloween print and a different black polka dot fabric. I just love the way both aprons turned out!
I am trying to post more often now, since I am making an effort to work on my projects, and stop procrastinating! :)  Let's see what I will come up with next...

Thanks for stopping by !

Ana Paula.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Button Heart


Hope all are having a nice fall. Here still very hot, but it's getting better. Days ago I finished a new little project.

After I made my button monogram, I liked it so much that I started planning a new button picture. Took me a while to collect all the buttons, and figure the whole thing out.  I got most of the buttons at Joann's. The frame is an old one from the thrifty store that I spray painted white.

I planned the buttons placement for a while and started sewing them on. It was a fun and fast project, I finished it in a weekend.

Now it hangs over my bed. I love how it came out, with all those mother of pearl buttons . I am planing more button projects, probably a pumpkin of something like that.

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

Ana Paula.

Monday, October 6, 2014

A Black Cat and Some Christmas Blankets.


I finished a little cross stitch for Halloween.

This is "Black Cat Alphabet" by JBW designs from the 2012 Just Cross Stitch Halloween issue.
I finished it as a cube,  and decided not to put a bow on the top so it can fit in one of the cubbies of my shelf.

Brenda also made some Halloween crafts...these little spool guys are from " Make it Yourself"  Fall/Winter 2013. But the new 2014 "Holiday Crafts" also has them.

I am trying hard to use the craft supplies and fabrics that I have at home. Just too much stuff! I had some fleece (that is so bulky to store) and some Christmas fabrics.

So, I made three blankets lined with fleece.

For these two I used fabrics from the line "In from the Cold" by Moda Fabrics. The polka dot fabric  for the borders is from Joann's.

This one I made using a very old fabric from Daisy Kingdom. I have this fabric for ages and did not know what to do with it.  I normally will not tie quilts or blankets, but because it came out a little puffy,  I did the old tying thing.

I am glad I made something useful with some of my "stuff". Now, let's see if we can use them this winter...it's so hot now, that does not feel like Fall at all, here in Southern California.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great week!

Ana Paula.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Witch Cauldron


I got the stitching bug and just finished a little Halloween piece.

All started with an empty container of orange hot chocolate that I saved from last year.

So cute, but needed something more...

I stitched "Jinx" from Just Nan "Moon Riders" on 28 count evenweave using DMC.
I made it like a padded ornament, and glued it on the lid of the caldron, trimming  with a twisted cord.
I love Just Nan designs, especially the Halloween ones, but believe me, this is my first Just Nan finish ever!

I also glued a Halloween ribbon around the rim of the cauldron to cover the words "orange hot chocolate". To add a little charm, I made a bow for the side of the handle, using tulle and ribbon.

It was a fast, fun stitch! Now, I need to find more things to recycle.

I wish you a great weekend, and happy stitching!

Ana Paula.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Christmas Rules Finished !


Here in Southern California is sooo hot! Right now is 92 degrees.
School started for Brenda and things are getting back into the normal routine.
I tried hard to finish my Christmas Rules before school started, but it was not possible.  So, I finished it today!

I stitched it on 14 count aida with DMC. I made some changes on the colors and also changed the space between each design. I chose to stitch only the simple border that comes on the patterns to separate the designs, skipping the "box" that half of the charts had. I think it looks less crowded this way.

It was fun to stitch. I love all the little details.

I finished it as a wall hanging / bell pull. I have some hangers that I got years ago on e-bay.  Unfortunately I only had one part on the right size, but I love it!

To finish as a bell pull, I cut a pice of Christmas print fabric of the same size of the stitched piece.
After that, I ironed interfacing on the back of the stitched piece and on the back of  the Christmas  fabric.  The next step was to sew red Ric-rac on the stitched piece around three sides, leaving only the top one.

 Now, pin the two right sides together (the stitching and the Christmas print) e sew using the Ric-rac stitch as a guideline. Trim the seams, turn, iron, and fold the top inside about 1/2 inch. Now, fold the top to the back, about one inch, depending of the kind of hanger you are using, and stitch it by hand.

Now, just insert the hanger, and it is ready!

Since this is a long piece - mine is about 30x7 inches, I found this finishing style to be very affordable and easier to store, what for me are two very good reasons to do it.
If you find my instructions hard to understand, the Twisted Stitcher has a great tutorial on her finishing blog.

Have a great week, and Happy Stitching!

Ana Paula.