Thursday, December 29, 2011

Some Cute Clutches!

   I wanted to share with you these clutches that I made last week. They were made with cotton fabrics and poly-resin snaps.

Some Cute Clutches!

    I have to say that I'm super happy, these babies sold like we say here in Puerto Rico: "Como pan caliente con mantequilla" = Like hot bread with butter. I only have one left, the one with bears. I used a Japanese cotton-linen blend fabric for that one, it has the right weight for these clutches and I love it.

Some Cute Clutches!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Fabric Crush Monday #13

Vintage Fabric Fat Quarter - Gold and Yellow Daisies - Reclaimed Sheet | Available here

   I already bought the sofa that I told you about in the last post (pictures coming soon), it is brown so I started to buy things to go with the new decoration for the living room. Turns out that everything started coming together perfectly for a 70's inspired decor, I'll use brown, orange yellow and avocado green. I bought these vintage sheet fat quarters to make cushions for the sofa. I'm still not sure if I'll make a patchwork or if I'll just make plain regular cushions. What do you think?

   Remember to click through the links in the captions in case you are interested to buy from this seller. I must say that I recommend her so far, my order was shipped withing 5 hours of purchase. That doesn't happen everyday. I'll keep you updated with the condition of the fabrics when they arrive.

Vintage Fabric Fat Quarter - Gold and Yellow Daisies - Reclaimed Sheet | Available here

Friday, December 23, 2011

Home Improvement - Living Room Inspiration

   I'm very happy because I'm finally going to be able to make a few improvements to my house. I'm starting with the living room and today I'll go pick a sofa and a love seat. I'm leaning towards brown so I thought I'd search a little bit of inspiration to have an appealing aesthetic in mind when I choose my new furniture. Then I thought I'd share it with you in case you are in a similar situation and needing inspiration.

Via

   I'll be taking pictures of the progress and sharing it here too, but don't hold your breath, I still have no idea when I'm going to be finished.

Via

Wish me luck and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Special Request - Yay!

Special Request - Yay!

   It's been a while since I last received a special request. The girl who gave me my cat Magia has kept contact with me to know about her progress. Somehow we ended up talking about the things we make. She makes swimwear and paintings and I make accessories and bags. I showed her my Facebook profile and she fell in love with a couple of things including this tote and requested that I make it for her niece. It was kind of unexpected but I was really happy and she loved it. Have you had any special request lately? I'd love to see!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Fabric Crush Monday #12

Fabric Crush Monday #11 - Giveaway Winner
Campervan Toy | Available here

   Along with the Doctor Who's fabric I bought this print at Spoonflower. I fell in love with it due to my deep love for hippie vans. I love the fact that this fabric is kind of a pattern and tutorial by itself. With a fat quarter you can make a softie of a camper, go to the designer's blog for further information.

Via

   I can't wait to make it. :D

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Monkey Trouble

Monkey Trouble

   A couple of weeks ago one of my partner's coworkers started stalking me. It seems that she went to the store with her little sister who was here for vacations and picked the kit for a Reindeer Sock Monkey. They tried to make it together but felt overwhelmed with the instructions and forgot about it for a while. This girl's little sister went back to the states with her parents but kept her interest on the monkey and have been stalking her sister ever since. This is where I come into the story, she somehow learned that I know how to sew and she was pretty sure that I could tackle the task. She gave me her monkey kit and asked me for help.

Monkey Trouble

   I made it last night, it took me about 5 hours to finish it, some of the parts were already cut and were not the required size so I had to improvise, but I'm happy with the results and I really enjoyed making it. Trouble solved ;).

Thursday, December 15, 2011

I'm Back - Now With Cats

   I've been gone from the blog for 10 days, I have no idea if you noticed my absence but I'm still going to tell you why. I'd been taking care of my mom who had surgery. I stayed at her house without internet connection but I used her phone to read my emails. The bright side is that everything went as hoped and she is recovering favorably. Yay mom!


   In other news, remember when I told you that I wanted to adopt a cat. Well, they never called me back, it seems like they lost my application or something because even though I went to inquire a couple of times after I originally applied they have no idea what happened. So I took care of the situation and started to check out my local classified ads page. That's were I found my cats, yes plural.


   I want you all to meet Mia, to be honest I don't like that name at all but she recognizes it so I think I'll have to keep it. The ad said that she needed a forever home because her previous guardians couldn't keep her. They told me that they were going to turn her in to their local shelter but they said she probably wouldn't find a home and would be euthanized due to her age, she is 7 months old. So I went and picked her up on Monday, she was so lovely, cute and well behaved I couldn't believe it. When I brought her to my house she was very scared and hiding anywhere but she is warming up to her new house very fast. She probably is napping on my bed again and she spent all the night meowing non-stop (I guess it's a good thing that I'm a night person), she is so cute.


   Now greet Magia, I picked her name so I really like it, it's Spanish for magic. She was found in the classified ads too but her story is a little different. I was telling my partner last Wednesday that I'd love to have a black kittie with orange eyes. I woke up early the next day and felt like checking the ads again in my mom's phone just because I was too bored. There she was, the first on the list of cats to adopt which means she was the most recently listed. I called the number and she was still available, it was meant to be. She used to be a stray that a young couple fed and groomed. They told me that her mother (who gave birth in their porch) belonged to a neighbor that seems to hoard cats she doesn't even have a way to feed. So they told her that they were going to find a home for the newborn kittens and she agreed. Magia is no longer a newborn, she is around 5 months and she is probably too tiny for her age. I brought her home on Monday as well but she is still hidden and wouldn't let me get close. Let's hope she understands that this is her home very soon.

   They are in separate rooms since I have no idea if Magia has any kind of disease or fleas she could contagiate to Mia who is up to date with everything. I'm taking both my girls to the vet as soon as possible, I want them to be fine and happy. BTW, both these pictures were taken by the previous guardians of my kitties I really hope they trust me soon so I can take better pictures for you to enjoy.

Wish me luck!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Fabric Crush Monday #11 + Giveaway Winner

Fabric Crush Monday #11 - Giveaway Winner
(Small) Eleven Traveling Doctors and Blue Phone Boxes | Available here

   When I saw this fabric on Spoonflower I couldn't believe my eyes. Have you met Doctor Who? If you haven't, you should definitely go meet him. It's the most awesome series in the whole wide world, made in UK. If you have, I feel the need to share that my favorite doctor is Christopher Eccleston (Ninth Doctor), it's a shame that he was in the series for such a short time. David Tennant (Tenth Doctor) is my second favorite, he is the perfect doctor and he would have definitely be my favorite if I hadn't met Christopher before. Anyways, when I saw this fabric I had to get me some of it. I bought a yard of linen-cotton canvas and it's the perfect weight for bags, i just love it.

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Fabric Giveaway Winner

One fat quarter of each of the fabrics above = 3/4 yd.
 
   And the winner is...

    
Which means: Kyatarin


Hi Kyatarin, I hope you enjoy the fabric, I'll be shipping as soon as possible.

If you didn't win, don't be sad at all. I'll be making more fabric giveaways in the near future and you'll have another chance to get some cute fabric.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Ouna's Closet Vintage Boutique - Swapatorio

   2 weeks ago I went to a very cool event at the cutest vintage boutique ever, Ouna's Closet run by Angela. It is called "Swapatorio" and it is an awesome concept. Everybody brings their stuff they don't want anymore, clothes, accessories, etc... ; they're laid on tables where you can go "shopping" a couple of hours later. The remaining stuff is donated to churches and shelters. It is super cool and they will make it 2 more times in December; I look forward to them.

Ouna's Closet Vintage Boutique
Angela, the lovely girl behind Ouna's Closet.

   While you wait patiently for the "shopping" frenzy to start, you can browse around the boutique; you'll find the cutest treasures ever, I promise:

Ouna's Closet Vintage Boutique

Ouna's Closet Vintage Boutique

Ouna's Closet Vintage Boutique

Ouna's Closet Vintage Boutique

Ouna's Closet Vintage Boutique

Ouna's Closet Vintage Boutique

Ouna's Closet Vintage Boutique
Miss Lou, from eLousions.

Ouna's Closet Vintage Boutique

Ouna's Closet Vintage Boutique

   ...and I bought these for me, a pitcher and a bow. I couldn't help it, that pitcher has been calling me for a while. I saw it for the first time in a picture from their facebook profile. Oh! and they also have an Etsy shop if you can't wait to shop through their gorgeous findings. Have an awesome week!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Blooming Flower Pillow - Finished

Blooming Flower Pillow - Finished

   Yay! I finally finished my Blooming Flower Pillow. It took me way longer than I thought it would, mainly because I kept forgetting to buy poly-fill; forgetful me. I really love how it turned out, so colorful and cheery. As soon as I finished it I placed it on this antique chair in my craft room and I just love it.

Blooming Flower Pillow - Finished

   Don't you just love all those colorful layers of petals?

Blooming Flower Pillow - Finished

   I also crocheted the back of the  pillow, since I'm a purple lover I decided to use purple yarn and a last row of brown petals. I joined the 2 crocheted parts with a row of slip stitches like in the original tutorial. It turned out super rounded, almost like a ball, a super cute and lively ball nonetheless. I definitely recommend this tutorial, it's easy to follow and very rewarding. I look forward to see your creations.

Blooming Flower Pillow - Finished

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In other news...

   I'm trying to adopt a cat. It seems like in the Adoption Agency they are a little picky with who they give a cat in adoption and I'm waiting for the process to be finished. Wish me luck!

Via

Monday, November 28, 2011

Fabric Crush Monday #10 - Giveaway

Fabric Crush Monday #10 - Giveaway

   I fell in love with this fabric even before I started to sew, it was at Walmart more than a year ago. I was wandering in the craft aisle, daydreaming of sewing and all the things I'd make, then I saw the bolt of this fabric; time stood still. LOL I figured that if I was going to start sewing as soon as I bought a sewing machine I'd need fabric, so I bought 3 yards. A couple of weeks later I bought my sewing machine and some time after that, I made a couple of things with it.

Fabric Crush Monday #10 - Giveaway

   I made this purse with a recessed zipper, courtesy of a tutorial by Projects by Jane.

Fabric Crush Monday #10 - Giveaway

   I made this wallet and then I fused rhinestones on the outside.

Fabric Crush Monday #10 - Giveaway

   The inside was solid purple cotton and I learned to install probably one of my first zippers ever and my very first magnetic snap. Both of these items went to the same loving home, the client was super happy and in love with the fabric AND the rhinestones. LOL

Fabric Crush Monday #10 - Giveaway

   With this fabric I made these:

Fabric Crush Monday #10 - Giveaway

I really love that suede.

Fabric Crush Monday #10 - Giveaway

I learned to install heavy duty snaps and they've been my friends ever since.

Birthday Gift Zip Clutch - Large

This zipper clutch was a gift for my mother using a Keyka Lou's pattern. She loved it.

Fabric Crush Monday #10 - Giveaway

   I bought this fabric at my local fabric shop and I made a dress for my cute cloth doll named Lola.

Lola Dollie

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Giveaway!

Fabric Crush Monday #10 - Giveaway

   I'm very happy today because this post is a milestone for me. It's my 100th post and it's also the 10th Fabric Crush Monday so I thought I'd celebrate it with a giveaway. I'll send one fat quarter of each of the fabrics above to the lucky winner. This giveaway is open worldwide.

What do you have to do?

Follow this blog through Google Friend Connect and leave a comment letting me know what would you make with the fabric if you were the winner.

For extra entries: (remember to leave a separate comment for each)


You have until Sunday Dec 4 to comment, I will announce the winner next Monday Dec 5.

Good luck!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Post Black Friday - Cyber Monday Discount for My Readers

   Today was Black Friday, today, thousands of people got up extra early for an extra chance at getting those hard-to-find Christmas presents at a good price. I'm sure many of them got back home empty-handed so I decided I'd give all my readers a special discount on my Etsy shop, you can get 25% off every purchase using this code at your checkout: YADIRA25.

   I hope you had an awesome Thanksgiving Day with your loved ones. I spent it with my mother and grandmother in a very unusual dinner at Denny's because nobody felt like cooking; we had an awesome time. I hope you have an awesome weekend!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Fabric Crush Monday #9

Joel Dewberry - Aviary 2 Woodgrain in Bark | Available here

   My love story with this fabric has been long. I think I saw it for the first time on Keyka Lou's Blog and I knew I had to have some. When I finally found it I decided I had to get enough of it to last me a while, so I bought 3 yards.

My new woodlands fold over clutch
 
   As soon as it arrived in the mail I felt the need to make something for me, so I made me a wallet, with a leaf flap. I've already had it for 6 months and the love hasn't fade away.

The inside of my clutch

<3 It's still perfect and I love it.

The zipper pocket on the back

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Fabric Blooms

   I've always loved fabric flowers, there is something special about them that always gets my attention. That happened to me yesterday with the tutorial for this flowers, I saw it on Pinterest and had to make them right away.

   The tutorial and pattern were in a cool blog called eloleo which only inconvenience is that the author writes in Dutch. But hey! don't let that take you down, I used Google Translate and with the help of the pictures I understood pretty much everything and was able to make these 2 gorgeous flowers.

Fabric Blooms

   The one in the first picture was my favorite, mainly because of the fabric choice which is a lot more "me", but also because it was easier to make compared to the one with rounded petals. I also think it is a lot bolder and with that size (4.25 in) it could make for a statement accessory depending on the outfit. I have not decided what they will be yet, hair-clips or brooches?

Fabric Blooms

   I found this one really cute but it's more of a casual accessory, something a girl could wear to school and look very pretty. I think I will make a few more and give them to the ladies in my family as Christmas gifts. What do you think?

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In other news...

   I went to my grandma's yesterday and gave her the Vintage Brooches I bought for her. Let me tell you, she fell in love with them, she wouldn't stop staring at them for a long while. Then after a couple hours we found ourselves browsing through her brooch stash looking for a brooch I gave her long ago. Then we found this cute little treasure, I asked her for it and she was happy to give it to me. The bee in this brooch can move from one flower to another. Isn't that cute?

Cute Brooch
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