Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Slipcovers and fall decor

Hi! Several weeks ago I finally finished the slipcovers for my "new" dinning room chairs.
Well, they were not really new, but had good bones. That's a very good reason to make slipcovers.

I used the directions from this book I got at Joann.
The fabric is also from Joann. It was my first time making slipcovers and I am all excited to make more. :)

Now, a little bit of Fall decor. My friend Jodie gave me this super cute spider.
She made it using the pattern from the 2011 Holiday Crafts magazine.
I was lucky to find this vase with our family initial at Home Goods. The flowers are from Tai Pan Trading. I was looking for sunflowers, but when I found these poppies I changed my mind.

As I said on a previews post, i don't do a lot of Halloween decor, but when I find stuff like this little witch, I can't resist. Sorry for the bad shot.
It was a bargain I found last year at Ross.

And here is my last Cross Stitch Sampler to share.
This is the Autumn Sampler from Janlynn. I got it on e-bay and I love it ! It is my favorite of the three I have. The colors are beautiful.  I posted about the other samples here and here .
Sorry for another bad picture. I just can't get a good one from my framed cross stitch pieces.
Thanks for stopping by and have a happy and safe Halloween.

Ana Paula.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

A Halloween Cross Stitch and a Fabric Pumpkin

Today I have a couple of new things to share. The first one is  this Halloween mini pillow . The cross stitch pattern is from San Man Originals.
It was hard to find a matching orange print. I had the aida at home and got the bat fabric at a quilt show last Saturday. It is from Moda fabrics. I think next time I will do black and white... it will be easier to match the colors. I used tiny felt triangles for the fangs because I could not find the right buttons. I think it came out ok.
I am not big on decorating for Halloween, just a little thing here and there. Last night Brenda and I put spider webs over the plants outside. Halloween is fun.
And here is my new fabric pumpkin. With a real stem!
I made it using this great tutorial from The Simple Wife . It was fast and easy.  I had one stem from last year and will use all the ones I can get my hands on this year to make more pumpkins. I loved this project!
Thanks for stopping by! I have a lot of cleaning to do now.
Ana Paula.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Two new finishes

I have two JBW designs finishes to share.
The first one is  Christmas Purse.
I wanted to finish it a little different. This is what I came up with.
I made a pillow using a gold dusted cotton.  With a dark red and gold fabric and the stitched piece, I made a "belt" tied with bows on both sides of the pillow.
I love the design and I think the finish looks very festive.

The second finish is  A Very Merry Christmas.
I finished it as a double flanged mini pillow. I saw some pictures of this kind of pillow finish online but could not find any tutorial. After a while I came up with my version. I am very happy with how it turned out.
I used two shades of green Christmas fabrics, and some gold buttons.

Maybe I will write a tutorial for this finish one of these days. :)
Thanks for stopping by.
Ana Paula.