Monday, October 31, 2011

Fabric Crush Monday #6

Alexander Henry Sebastian Ghastly | Available here

   Happy Halloween to everyone! Next time, I will show you pictures of how I spent my Halloween in a really cool party, but today is Fabric Crush Monday. I wanted to show you something halloweenish that would look good all year long and I think this fabric covers that. To me, this is the perfect example of how a fabric could go all year long without looking out of place. Black cats on a grey background, for all the crafty cat ladies in blogland. <3

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

My New Camera - Polaroid Automatic Land Camera 215

   Remember when I told you about my 80's Polaroid? It is guilty of an instant camera craze that took place in my house. My partner and I became obsessed with Polaroid and instant photography. Then we found Michael Raso and learned about his Film Photography Project, his goal is to "put a Polaroid Pack camera in the hands of every film-curious shooter!". That convinced us that we should invest in a Polaroid Automatic Land Camera. Mainly because of how easy their film is to find and how affordable to buy, not to mention how AWESOME they look. Here it is, in all its glory the 215 model.

New Camera - Polaroid Automatic Land Camera 215

   This one has a plastic body and lens, which means that it's one of the lightest models compared to its metal body and glass lens siblings. This picture was taken on top of my cupboard and you can see my mushroom canisters in the background. I love this picture <3.

My New Camera - Polaroid Automatic Land Camera 215

   It came with its cover and was in excellent condition. The battery was upgraded so I can use a CR 123 battery (still available from many stores) and they sent me a DVD with any instructions and information I might need for my camera model or any other.

My New Camera - Polaroid Automatic Land Camera 215

   Since the film was so easy to find and comfortably priced we decided to get at least one film pack a few days after we bought the camera, and here is my second attempt at shooting a picture with it. The first attempt was a fail because of the lighting setting. I'm not showing it here because there's nothing to see, it was almost black. To take this picture I increased the light setting and it's much better than the other. I think you'll be seeing many more pictures from this camera here in the blog because we recently won an auction on eBay and got 5 more boxes of film. I'm SO happy! Not to mention I have another camera model on its way!!!!!! I'll tell you more about it as soon as it arrives.

What about you? Is there any new camera in your life? I'd love to see it.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Fabric Crush Monday #5

Hello Kitty and Friends on a Train | Available here

   You will think that I'm a little childish with this week's fabric selection, but I will proudly admit that my 8 y/o self is still alive in my heart. I LOVE everything from Sanrio and Hello Kitty and this week I've been browsing the net to find some of the items I used to have. I was so focused on that, that I almost forgot to write this post, sorry. In part I succeeded, I found a seller that for a reasonable price sells many things from the old characters and the best part is that she ships from Texas :D

   I can't wait for my new toys to get here, so I was thinking about sewing a little pouch for all my new items, what fabric would be better than this?

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Thrifty Finds - The 80's Sequin Tops [Guest Post @ eLousions]

   Today I have a guest post over at eLousions. If you want to know the story of how I got these sequin tops you can read it over there. I must say these are not my size but I plan on wearing them some day when I lose all the weight I need to. Wish me luck!


   Want to see more thrifty finds? Visit Coastal Charm.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Fabric Crush Monday #4

MoMo's Wonderland Tweedle Dee in Sugar for Moda | Available here

    Ok, I know this fabric has been around forever, but ever since I started to sew last year I've been in love with it. When I started to buy fabrics online I saw this fabric somewhere in blogland and started to search about it. Information about this fabric is as hard to find as the fabric itself. The only data I found for this post is that this collection was designed by MoMo, a Japan based designer and that it was printed by Moda around March 2009. It sold out so fast that Moda decided to reprint some of the designs around January 2010. When I started to sew in October 2010 it was already gone. The thing is, I fell in love with the Freebird collection by MoMo (I already bought yardage of some of the prints :D) so I remembered my love for Wonderland. I can say now that I made one of my fabric dreams come true since I bough a Yard of Tweedle Dee in Sugar and half a yard of Tweedle Dum in Jam. I love Tweedle Dee in Pistachio but that one is VERY RARE and EXPENSIVE. If you are interested in a fat quarter of the print above, there is a link in the caption of the picture that will take you there. For any of the other prints I suggest you search very intensively and carefully because it was a bit hard to find the ones I got.

Have you made any of your fabric dreams come true?

Friday, October 14, 2011

Franciscan Starburst Cup and Saucer Set = Belated Birthday Present

   I have to admit that I'm still giving baby steps with my vintage knowledge. The first time I ever saw the Franciscan Starburst design I loved it but I had no idea where it was from. It was on Betty Crafter's blog background, I thought it looked like something from the Jetsons, and I LOVE them, so I kept it in mind. I know I might sound hilarious but that's what I thought :D. I really had no idea what it was until I read this blog post by Betty Crafter. Everything was clearer, the design had a name and there were items with it that were manufactured in the early 1950's. How awesome is that?

Franciscan Starburst Cup and Saucer Set = Belated Birthday Present

   I started searching about it and found many items made with the design, it was love. I then started to tell all my friends and my partner about it and my wish came true. My partner bought this cup and saucer set for me before my birthday so I could have it as a birthday present but it didn't arrive until this week.

Franciscan Starburst Cup and Saucer Set = Belated Birthday Present

   It came sturdily packaged and it was PERFECT in every way. When I finally had it in my hands I thought it was too perfect for a mid-century item. It was glossy and there were no chips or cracks -at all-. It looked like an item I could have picked new from the store yesterday.

What about you, have you received something you really loved recently? I'd love to hear everything about it.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Fabric Crush Monday #3

Little Apples by Aneela Hooey - available for purchase here

   I've spent the whole week looking at Aneela Hooey's fabrics. A few weeks ago I fell madly in love with Little Apples Collection. I love the little kids playing in the Rounds and Rounds print and I think my favorite is the Outfits print with all those little cute clothes. These fabrics are very cute but at the same time so colorful, pretty and elegant that they could be used for anything you can think of, there's a print for every taste. And If this was not enough, Moda is about to release another collection by Aneela Hooey. A Walk in the Woods will be available for yardage in March and I LOVE what I see.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Flea Market Finds - Mushroom Canisters + Porcelain Cat Bonus

   Three years ago I moved from my hometown and I haven't explored much my new neighborhood. I definitely had no idea there was a flea market here in Carolina. It was my friend Miss Lou who told me and we had to go there right away.

Flea Market Finds

   There was a little bit of everything, resellers, crafters and people selling their things, like clothes, electronics, decorations etc.. Those are the ones that I look forward the most. You know, because someone's trash is someone else's treasure.

Flea Market Finds

   The first thing I found that captivated me was this Mushroom Canister set. I spotted it from a distance and almost flew to its seller's table so no one else would try and get it instead of me. I know the set comes with four canisters but I don't really have much space for display so I only got the tallest and the smallest canisters and paid $5. When I got home I regretted not buying the whole set and tried to stalk the seller the next weekend but I had no luck. I seriously need to take a picture of how cute they look on top of my craft room's cupboard.

Flea Market Finds

   My friend and I walked a while around the flea market and ate nutella flan, it was so YUMMY that I forgot to take a picture. Then spotted a lady selling many nice things, she had Miss Lou's yellow camera, many records, cassettes, clothes and porcelain. Among all the porcelain she had this super cute money box or piggy bank or whatever you call it :D. Miss Lou spotted it first but she had a little talk with the seller who was confused about the price and my friend didn't want to go further with the transaction.

Flea Market Finds

   Then I saw it, as I always do I turned it upside down to see if there was any information from the factory, distributor, date or anything. I saw its cute little label, I read Japan and I was sold, I got it for $1.

Have you had any awesome finds lately?

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Crustless Quiche Lorraine - Recipe

   I remember when I blogged about this quiche pan as a garage sale find. I said I wanted to share with you a delicious quiche recipe that I loved. The thing is, health issues are pushing me to loose a lot of weight and I just started to count my carbs. Yes, I'm on Atkins and so far I've lost 8 lbs. I'm on the right track and very happy because this is the first diet that ever worked for me. But enough with the diet talk, I just wanted to explain why my quiche Lorraine doesn't have a crust. In this recipe I used chives instead of the green onions the original recipe called for. Enjoy!

Crustless Quiche


Ingredients

   -8 slices of bacon, cut into small pieces, around 1/2 inch
   -1 tablespoon finely chopped chives
   -2 cups shredded Swiss Cheese, divided
   -6 Eggs, beaten
   -1 cup heavy whipping cream
   -1/2 teaspoon salt
   -1/4 teaspoon pepper
   -1/4 teaspoon paprika or ground red pepper
   -1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg


Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease quiche dish with butter.
2. Fry bacon and chives together until bacon is done.
3. Sprinkle cooked bacon and chives in the bottom of the greased quiche dish.
4. Top with 1 cup of the Swiss cheese.
5. In a bowl, stir together the beaten eggs, cream, salt, pepper, paprika, and 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg. Pour into the quiche dish; try not to dislodge the bacon.
6. Top with the remaining 1 cup of Swiss cheese. Sprinkle with nutmeg.
7. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 35 minutes or until set. Remove from oven and let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Original Source: http://homeschoolforms.com/cookbook/eggche/Quiche-Lorraine-bacon-no-crust.htm


Enjoy!

If you make it, please take a picture and share.  :D



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Monday, October 3, 2011

Fabric Crush Monday #2


   I fell in love with this polka dot print. Don't you think there is something special about cotton/linen blended fabrics?, I do. The softness and sturdiness of it just makes me want to be able to make a blouse, out of every one of the colorways shown in this picture. I obviously think that the seller did her work with this photograph. Don't you want to just grab the whole stack and take it home?, You can find it here: UniqueShiny.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Finally! My Etsy Shop is Open

   It's been a couple of months since I started to prepare the re-opening of my shop. Finally, I had enough items made and photographed to start again. I started listing the items a few days ago and I think there are enough to start telling everyone to go see. My shop's name used to be Too Cute Design but since I have this blog which I love, I decided to use a name that would be easily associated with it; Yadira's Adventures.

Upcycled VHS Flower Hair Clip or Brooch

   I'm showing a couple of the pictures I shot for the shop here so you can get a feel of what the shop is like. These flowers can be set as a brooch or hair clip depending on the client's taste. The materials used for my flowers are upcycled vhs, satin ribbon, novelty yarn and/or embroidery floss. I love to use buttons, beads, rhinestones and sequins to decorate its centers. But I must let you know these are not the only items that I make and that will be available in the shop.

Upcycled VHS Flower Hair Clip or Brooch

   I also wanted to let you know that I made a couple of small changes to my template to make place for my shop's links and widget. Now you can find a link to my shop and a more detailed "About Me" in the upper area of the blog, right below the banner. There is a picture of me in the About Me section in case you are wondering what I look like.

Handmade Flower Hair Clip or BroochUpcycled VHS Flower Hair Clip or Brooch
Upcycled VHS Flower Hair Clip or BroochUpcycled VHS Flower Hair Clip or Brooch

Have an awesome week!
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