Monday, January 30, 2012

Fabric Crush Monday #17

Monaluna for Birch Fabrics Organic, Next Stop, Captured
Will be available in March at Fabricworm

  OMG! To be honest I had another fabric picked out for today, but right before I wrote this I went to Pinterest and found this super cool fabric pinned by Keyka Lou, it was instant love. I specially love the fact that this will be printed on organic cotton. Stay tuned! You'll find it at Fabricworm as soon as it comes out in March.

If I had this, I'd make clutches and purses.
The interesting question now is: "What would you do?".

I shared this post on Debbiedoo's, Homemaker on a Dime and Chef in Training. Click the links to find more awesome crafty blogs.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Mia's Pregnancy Journal - 2

Taken last week

   I just wanted to do a short update on Mia's pregnancy.

   She is now sleeping most of the time and eating less than last week. She is actually bigger and rounder this week but it's been hard to take more pictures as she is always sleeping in the darkest places of the house. The picture above was taken with my cell phone last week one day that she fell asleep on my bed and didn't move at all even when the flash went off many times. At this point this should be her 7th or 8th week, but there's no way to know for sure. I'll have to count the days back when she delivers her kittens to have an idea on when were they conceived.

Have a nice day/night/afternoon wherever you are.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Fabric Crush Monday #16 + Inspiration

Basic Natural Linen by White Linen Breeze | Available here

   Natural linen! Don't you love it? I sure do! I wanted to talk a little bit about it today because I'm feeling particularly inspired. I've been sewing for a little longer than 1 year now and I've never used natural linen for sewing before, mostly because it's super rare and expensive to find here. I only have 2 kinds of linen in my stash and I can't seem to get the appropriate inspiration from them: 1 is solid turquoise and the other is white handkerchief linen, they are lovely but don't give the aesthetic that I love. How can I love natural linen so much then? Well, have you ever visited an awesome blog that makes you want to stay with a cup of coffee and click through every picture and link available? I've seen a few but there are 2 of them that are particularly dear to me because no matter what these ladies make I simply love it and... they use A LOT of natural linen.

nanaCompany 2011
All the items above were mady by Amy from NanaCompany who is also the photographer.

   One of them is Amy from NanaCompany, she uses a lot of colorful patchwork, hand quilting, hexagons and linen in her creations. They turn out simply awesome. Don't you think?

rabbit bag crochet flower2
Zakka Inspired Rabbit Bag by Kat from Zakka Inspired | Click here for the tutorial

   The other lady that I wanted to tell you about is Kat from Zakka Inspired. She makes all kind of items inspired in Japanese books and Zakka aesthetic. She continues to inspire and awe me with every one of her creations. I really think you should go to these ladies' blogs and follow them, thank me when you see their awesome creations making their appearance in your reader.

Oh! and if you want to make awesome things like these ladies using natural linen you can buy your own using the link below the first picture.

Have a nice day and Happy Chinese New Year for those of you who are celebrating it. This is the year of the dragon and I was born in a dragon year so I hope that's a good sign.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Etsy Shop Review: The Teal Duck Too

Etsy Shop Review: The Teal Duck Too
Vintage bed sheet fabric from The Teal Duck Too

   I just wanted to do a short review here for this awesome shop. Remember when I told you about these fabrics? Well, they arrived SUPER fast (after all they were shipped within 5 hours of purchase), in GREAT condition and even tied with a little piece of lace. I love this seller and I'm already planning my next purchase. I really think you should go take a look at her awesome vintage goodies. I recommend her. <3

**I have not been paid/compensated to write this. I just wanted to share my own awesome experience for you to take note on an awesome seller.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Fabric Crush Monday #15

10 Liberty Fat Eighths Heavenly Rainbow Selection 101 | Available here

   This is a very thoughtful pick of Liberty of London's cutest prints. Don't you agree?

   I thought I'd share these from my recent finds to cheer up your wintery night. These prints say summery dress to me. What do they say to you?

Friday, January 13, 2012

Friday The 13th: Black Cat + Unexpected Suprise

   I had the idea for this post when I read through my reader early this afternoon and found a post by Zoe from A Giraffe in a Scarf talking a little bit about black cats. The end of the post was left open for you to tell your own stories about your own black cat. I thought it was appropriate to talk about my cats in my blog so I would not leave a whole essay as a comment. ;) Hi Zoe!

Hi! My name is Magia and I swear I'm not evil. >:)

   A couple of weeks ago I took my little Magia to the veterinary to see what was her health status. As soon as they finished the check-up they told me that we were going to treat her severe case of lices before anything else. So I did everything as directed by the vet and that included her first bath ever...

Look deep into my eyes... >:D

   Until that bath I thought I had a super cute and misunderstood little kitty. I couldn't even think of a logical reason why people in ancient times (and very recent ones too) would hurt such a cute little thing. But two things are making me think that my black cat is evil and I kind of agree with some medieval superstitions. Thing number one would be her reaction when the first drop of water touched her skin, OMG! she almost flew off my hands. Nothing like a normal cat. Thing number two would be the presence of a considerable amount of human blood on the floor at the end of the task.

   LOL! I'm kidding about everything of course (but the human blood!) and I'm falling deeply in love with my little Magia. <3 She makes the cutest sounds and she is the tiniest 6 m/o cat many people have seen. I can't wait until she understands that I will not ever hurt her and that those scary things she has been through are just for her well-being.

See? I look completely innocent. >:)

   Now onto more serious mom talk. I can't explain the feeling; it's like I just became a mommy to my feline babies about a month ago (wait, that's actually the amount of time I've had my babies) and I'm already going to be a granny.

Friday The 13th - :3 and Mia's Pregnancy
Taken last week. Do you think I'm getting fat?

   Oh! and before you think that I'm a bad momma for not spaying her before, let me tell you the whole story.

   She has been in my house for exactly a month today, when her previous guardians gave her to me, they said that she hadn't been spayed because she was still lactating her most recent litter. Since I got Magia and Mia the same day and Mia had been checked-up recently by a vet I decided to bring Magia (who was previously a stray) to the vet first. We all know that vets aren't cheap, so considering that my cats are indoors' I thought that Mia's spaying could wait a couple of weeks.

   About 2 weeks ago I started to see an increase in her appetite and a little bit of a hanging belly. I went crazy thinking about how could it be possible for my cat to be so pregnant in such a short amount of time. Considering that she hasn't been out of the house by any means, and there's no way for a tom to get into my house I figured that she was already pregnant when I brought her! So she has to be about 6 or 7 weeks into her pregnancy; she is huge and getting bigger every day.

   So after the initial shock, I thought it would be cute to make a pregnancy journal for those of you interested in following her progress until she gives birth to her little kittens. This would be entry number 1!

Friday The 13th - :3 and Mia's Pregnancy
Look how happy I am...

Momma loves you!

Please pray for Zoe's babies. They're too cute to be going through such a hard time.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Blog Makeover!

   I'm super excited and happy because I finally finished designing the new look for the blog. I'd been working on it for a few weeks and I really wanted to have it done for January 1st, but everything was too crazy here to make any progress. The first things to be ready were the little doodles from the header. They've been sitting in my computer for at least two weeks but last night I finally had enough concentration in my mind to finish it and make it public for my readers. In case you don't come here often or don't remember what it looked like you can see it here:

Changes I made:
  • I've been wanting to have scalloped borders for a while so I went for an eyelet lace look for my background.
  • I love colors so I obviously had to include all my favorites.
  • Instead of my Halloween Picture I'm using my cartoon portrait by Rachele from The Nearsighted Owl that I think goes perfect with the design.
  • I don't have any idea where the chair idea came from but I love how it turned out and of course I had to include my kitties (more about them soon).
  • I took off the vertical separator lines from the design and the little frame around the images.
  • I also made some changes in the columns.

What do you think?

Monday, January 9, 2012

Fabric Crush Monday #14

Scrap Grab Bag by Keyka Lou | Available here

   How pretty are Keyka Lou's pattern samples? I bet that in order to achieve such cuteness she goes through an extensive search of the prettiest fabrics available to combine with her awesome patterns. We all know she succeeds. So why don't give this scrap pack a chance? From the picture I think there are gorgeous and rare prints that can be yours for an awesome price. Go check it out!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Portrait by Rachele from The Nearsighted Owl

By Rachele

   When I found out about this portrait I stayed looking at it and smiled for a long time. I mean, it is super cute plus it was very unexpected and it seems to be inspired on the picture from my About Me. It was part of Rachele's latest giveaway, a very cute game that she came up with called Guess the Sponsor. To participate you had to leave a comment with your guess of who were the sponsors showcased in the portraits; beside the awesome portraits she provided a little bit of information about the sponsors and links to their respective blogs. I feel very lucky to have been part of this giveaway and one of The Nearsighted Owl's sponsors. What are you waiting for? Go see her awesome blog.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

My New Colorful Hair!

My New Colorful Hair!

   This last two weeks have been so crazy in my life that I hadn't even had the time or the mood to blog. One of the things that happened in this period of time is that I went to a hair salon and got my hair cut and dyed colors in some areas. I'm SO in love with my hair right now it's not even funny. There are colors to choose from, pink, purple, blue, green and the colors that are getting mixed up from washing and fading. I know that some people do this kind of things themselves but my hair is too black and I have to get it bleached professionally, so I finally decided to do it and here are the results.

My New Colorful Hair!

   What you see here is just a sample of the colors, there are some hues that are hard to capture in photos.
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