I got some Alexander Henry fabric couple of weeks ago. Clara (fairy #1) and I are in love with this fabric, I guess I'll have to make two summer blouses out of it.
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I wish I had more time to sew last week but taking care of these girls really takes most of my time. So far we're enjoying our Summer time, lazy time, playing time, a few lessons, and of course a few fights here and there. Last week my sewing was only two blocks for the Around the world quilting bee.
The little house is for Nann (aka Tunamarie) we are making 7.5 in by 7.5 in blocks for her. The Wagon wheel or dresden plate is for Lorena.
Since this is such a short post, I decided to add another installment of my list. Remember I said that I usually introspect while I'm sewing? The first part was "things I miss." This part is "the things I can't live without."
- Mi girls giggles.
- The smell of their little heads (do you smell your kids head? or am I the only one?)
- White Christmas-es.
- Jose by my side.
- Pizza party on Fridays.
- Children's books.
- Fairy tales.
- Swearing (not infront of the kids!! I try my best)
- Birthday cake.
- your blogs, my blog.
- Shel Silverstein poems.
- Love letter and love songs.
- Good night sleep.
- Craftiness and quilts.
- Pencil and paper.
- His divine presence in my life.
- Saying "I love you." I truly learned this one at adulthood.
- ...and of course chocolate.
What about you? Is there something you can live without?
Last week, when I went to get some fat quarter for my giveaway Icame across this beautiful fabric.
It was love at first sight. I was going to get half a yard but clever Clara (fairy #1) said it was smarter to get the whole yard since this kind of fabric is not easy to find. Such a good girl...who makes this fabric?? It only says timeless treasures in the selvage.
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Laurie from a yankee quilter.
Her comment: My fav teacher is my hubby! He's a new high school math teacher after years in accounting. And the good news is that he loves it! Lucky kids :)
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In this economy we just can't have it all anymore. We have to think ahead of time about how we're going to use our resources, get organized, plan ahead, and recycle. Check this out:
Recycled Pj's shorts made out of "old" shirts from Mr. Kitchen Fairies. He laughed at me when he saw what I was making. But tell me it's not a good idea... Polo shirts are expensive, and after a year or so of use they look old. On the other hand accidents happen; like a crayon that went into the dryer with some of his shirts, yikes!! Any way not everything was lost :)
I made four pairs of shorts. One is already being worn. The girls are wearing them with tank tops from Target: $3.50 each. a real good deal.
The pattern came from here
This books was my Mother's day gift. The pants are the "lounge pants" kids' size XL made into shorts. So far this is my first project from this book; each pair of shorts took me about an hour to make, so very easy.
On a different subject, don't forget my little giveaway. You can sign up until Wednesday, then I'll draw the winner by Thursday. The little basket is already filled up with goodies.
We're having a kind of a hard week. Ofelia was sick again and she is recuperating slowly, really slowly. She is sleeping so much that I was preoccupied enough to take her for a third visit to the doctor's office. "She is just tired from the cold," said the doctor... in the meantime my little girl is missing the last week of school and sleeping couple of naps a day...
Since I haven't being able to go out to buy a little something for the teachers, I decided I'll make something instead with whatever I have available. I used this tutorial and I made some baskets for our lovely teachers.
I love how they turned out, the colors are very summer-like. I made three of them, and I still need to make two more: one for another teacher and the last one is a little surprise I'm preparing for you. The ones for the teacher are going to be loaded with chocolate a teacher goodies. I want to prepare the other one with yummy fat quarters, and other crafty goodness; how about some chocolate?
Why wait longer?? let's turn this post into a giveaway. Leave me a comment about your favorite teacher, or most memorable school year to enter this giveaway. I'll use the random generator thingy and announce a winner next Thursday (June 18th). So everybody has a whole week to sign up. Deal??
This week the fairies will be done with school. Then, next week they'll start with their Summer lessons which include swimming, gymnastics, tap dance, and their usual violin lesson. All these means that I'll seat and wait while they take whatever lesson they take each day.
I've been looking at some granny blanket projects, and I love each of them. My plan is to make at least one of this Spring/Summer during those seating sessions.
Every time we come across one of these crochet treasures, Jose wonders were his grandma's granny blankets ended up. He still remembers his grandma making each of the squares at great speed, and he longs for such a family treasure to pass on to the girls.
Let's see, maybe I'll even make more than one...
P.S. I've been trying to attach the link with all the credits for the pictures on the mosaic and it's not working. The mosaic is on my photostream has are all the credits. I'll figure it out. Any suggestions?
I've been feeling so disappointed about the fabrics at my local Joann's that I'm kind of giving up on it. We have two Joann's here in town and neither one has fabrics worth buying. I'm thinking that it may be part of the economy problem here in the US, moreover here in Michigan where the automobile industry is collapsing.
So I started looking for fabrics on line and look what I found: some beautiful American Jane Patterns from Moda at the Fat Quarter world.
I feel like making a quilt with them that embraces the beauty of its old fashion illustrations.
I also got this same fabric in pink and couple of fabrics to match. Now those scissor are making me crave that scissors fabric of Moda by Mo Mo...and them I'll want something else like some gigham to go with it; it's like a chain reaction.
I spy with my little eye a cute baby girl...
There she is!! I spy with my little eye a funny little quilted monkey
I spy with my little eye pink,girly stars...
I made this quilt for a little baby girl. She was born on Monday, June 1st. The commotion of her mother's pregnancy shook us all to our core. And if you dare to ask me, for me a baby is a gift from the Lord. Sometimes they come when least expected, in so many different circumstances. Old mothers, young mothers, sick mothers, happy mothers, single mothers, even "mothers without a map." Who are we to judge??
The news of her safe arrival filled me with happiness. I made this quilt inspired by Amy. I say inspired because I'm a firm believer that "copying" is just way too difficult. So this is my version of it.
It measures 44 in. by 44 in. It has plenty of room for baby and her mommy to cuddle up. Maybe for some tummy time when she is ready. Then, when she is a bit older she can play her I spy game with the fairies, and find her name and her picture in it. I amuse myself thinking of all the possibilities in this life that just started.
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One of the many reasons I love blogging and reading blogs is that it helps me practice my writing in English. At home we speak "Spanish only" as a way to preserve our language and pass it along to the girls. Besides learning from your crafting and recreating my pupils with your eye catching creations, I also enjoy reading your words and finding out the influences of your side of the world. I love the way every one of you express, but the ones I enjoy the most are the British bloggers with their beautiful, elongated, and fully 'adjectivated' sentences, and their fancy words such as "haberdashery." This word has kept re-sounding in the back of my mind. I've found myself in need to look it up in the dictionary and I love the way it sounds and also what it means.
"Haberdashery"sends me back to my childhood memories when I used to save money to buy ribbons. 1m. of ribbon at the time for my long ponytail. It was a true delight to go to the "haberdashery" and although I only could buy one meter of ribbon at the time I still had the chance to go with my sight through the window and look at all the pretty little things that they offered: buttons, zippers, notions, etc. for me it was a dream to be able to have enough money to buy a whole list of things for a project and get my crafty project done. I was only nine or ten years old then and I was already in love with notions at the "merceria," that's what we call it in Spanish.
"The haberdashery shop" Originally uploaded by xtinalamb
"Haberdashery is one of those words that you listen yourself saying. It's a word to turn over in your mind when you have heard it, a good- sounding word like a practical, domestic version of cornucopia or gallimaufry, two more words of which I am inordinately fond." The Gentle Art of Domesticity by Jane Brocket. Of course I couldn't explain it better that in this quote...
I guess I enjoy the British girls' blogs so much because that's the way Spanish is also spoken: rich and wordy. I learned English when I was twenty two years old here in the US. And altough I love Americans, their idioms, and polite ways to talk carefully in order to not hurt people's feelings, I still feel that I'm not expressing myself in English the way I would like to. I guess it will happen with time and practice. In the meantime I'll keep reading your blogs and learning from all of you around crafters around the world. XOXO.