Monday, February 27, 2012

Fabric Crush Monday #21

Woodland Fairies by Natalie Lymer in Turquoise | Available here

   I LOVE fairies and woodland themed prints. This fabric meets both requirements. I really like the background color and I think this fabric would look awesome in a quilt. I know, I'm not normally one for quilts but I recognize that this fabric would make a really cute one.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

11 Things Meme


   I've been a little absent this week, it was due to some issues I had with my internet connection; they're already fixed. Now onto the post of the day.

   I was tagged last week by Suki from The Owl Club in the 11 things meme. I think it's very interesting because you get to know your favorite bloggers a little more. So here goes my contribution:

I'll tag: Angel, Bean, Diane, Jamie, Jenna, Marla Rae, Mewtop, Miss Lou, Rachele, Skooks and Zoe.

The Rules of the Game:
  1. You must post these rules.
  2. Each person must post 11 things about themselves on their blog.
  3. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post and create 11 new questions for the people you tag to answer.
  4. You have to choose 11 people to tag and link them on the post.
  5. No tag backs and you legitimately have to tag 11 people.

11 facts about me:

It's always super hard for me to come up with these.
  1. I follow 177 blogs only through GFC, I also follow a couple through Feedly; sometimes I can't keep up with everyone, sorry.
  2. I love to watch Brazilian soap operas.
  3. I sometimes watch Lazy Town :S and I catch myself singing their songs without noticing. Actually, I watch more TV for kids than any other kind.
  4. I have a tattoo of a hippie Volkswagen on the left side of my chest. I love tattoos and plan on getting a whole lot more. I also have my ears stretched to 2g.
  5. I LOVE Doctor Who.
  6. I hate artificial banana flavor but I love bananas and anything made with actual bananas.
  7. I usually need to take my shoes off to drive and sew and to press any kind of pedal.
  8. When I was 16 my first work was in a bakery. I worked there for a couple of years and I loved the experience so much that I still think about applying for a job in a bakery.
  9. I actually believe in fairies and other creatures... seriously.
  10. I'm a night owl. I prefer to sleep by day and work/live by night.
  11. I tend to remember entire dialogues of movies and I repeat them in the most appropriate circumstances. :D

11 Q's from Suki:

1. Do you have a favourite item of clothing for any reason?
 I love my black flats, they are super comfortable and go well with most of my clothes.

2. How do you get back to sleep if you wake up in the night?
I tire my eyes by playing any random game in my cellphone.

3. What do you most love about your body?
I love my eyes, they are very expressive. This sometimes is bad because they usually speak louder than my voice and people who know me well can tell how I feel way too easily. I also love my hair and the fact that I'm shapely even though I'm very chubby.

4. If could receive one present of a craft or art material/supply what would it be?
Right now I'm very much into leather (I only use remnants BTW) so any leather tool would be AWESOME!

5. When did you last lie outside, looking up at the night sky?
I think it must have been last year with my brother and best friend; there was a meteor shower.

6. When did you last swim in the sea/ocean?
This is going to sound unreal due to the fact that I live in a tiny island and the closest beach is 5 minutes away but I think it was for the Noche de San Juan (St. John's Eve) 3 or 4 years ago.

7. What's your morning wake-up essential?
Sadly... a pill. I need to take it every day 1 hour before eating anything, so I take my pill and then do anything else that needs to be done while I wait for that hour to pass.

8. Who were you in a former life?
Erm... I don't really know. I've always had a feeling that I was previously a girl living in a cottage in the forests of North UK, maybe Scotland and I lived a very quiet, simple and happy life.

9. What's your porn star name (name of first pet + name of first street where you lived - I'm Ameliaranne Sharon Minster by the way!)?
Brownie Alejandrino LOL.

10. What do you have a collection of?
Fabric / all kinds of craft supplies and Sanrio stuff.

11. What is your ultimate comfort food?
Arepas Venezolanas. I'll publish the recipe I use soon. They're SUPER easy to make and oh so yummy!

My 11 Q's for you:
  1. Do you have any favorite recipe? Which one?
  2. How many blogs do you follow? I want to know if I'm too weird.
  3. If you could be any character in a book or movie who would you be?
  4. What's your dream travel destination?
  5. Do you have pets? Do you talk to them?
  6. If you could have any job in the world, what would it be?
  7. Is there any food that you wouldn't eat no matter what?
  8. 3 items you would take with you if you were left alone in a deserted island. I know... classic.
  9. Have you ever pretended to be someone else?
  10. What's your dream item to find in a thrift store?
  11. Food: Mexican, Italian or Japanese

Monday, February 20, 2012

Fabric Crush Monday #20

Alexander Henry Ojo De Dios in Turquoise | Available here

   Don't you think that this print is gorgeous? To me it looks like Mexican handwoven fabric. It's from a collection called Folklorico. It's like an explosion of color. Click through the picture or the link below it to go straight to the listing! ;)

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Legend of the Tortoiseshell Cat

   When I blogged about my new kittens I mentioned a legend I read about tortoiseshell cats (or gatas carey in Spanish) that made me want to keep the tortoiseshell kitten from the litter. I saw a little bit of interest from the readers plus I think this legend is too awesome to only be available in Spanish so I decided to translate it for your enjoyment.

   These cat's are very special because they're almost always females. Due to the way their genes are arranged to produce their coat colors it's very unlikely that the product would be a male kitten. If you want further information on that you can read it here.


Leyenda de las Gatas Carey
Loosely translated from the Spanish version.

   Legend says that many centuries ago the Sun begged the Moon to cover him for a while so that he could have the chance to leave the heavens and wander freely around Earth. The Sun no longer wanted to be the center of the universe and wanted to be able to go unnoticed among all the living creatures.

   The Sun insisted so much that on a bright June morning the Moon slowly started moving towards him until she covered its light. The movement was slow, so that the creatures below wouldn't be surprised by the sudden darkness.

   As soon as the Sun could step down from its place, it headed towards Earth. To avoid calling attention to itself, the Sun took the body of the fastest and most discreet creature around; a black cat.

   The Moon quickly grew tired of covering for the Sun and, without warning, started to recede. The Sun noticed this and in its haste to return to its place left behind thousands of rays in its mortal host.

   To this day, the cats we call tortoiseshell are the descendants of that black cat that long ago hosted the sun during its visit to Earth. Today we can still see hints of the sun in the patches of red, yellow and orange that cover their coats. The split face on some of these cats is further evidence of their dual nature; half cat, half heavenly star.

   Some folks say that their solar origin grants these special cats magical properties, they are said to bring good luck and attract positive energy. Also, these cats are very loved and appreciated in Oriental countries; it's common knowledge that whoever possesses one should cherish and treasure her.

   The picture above shows a few tortoiseshell cats, I'll provide a little bit of information for each of them so you can get to know them and maybe even visit their cyber homes.

1) Bigger Picture: My 1 week old litter of kittens, one of them is a tortoiseshell. That picture was taken today.

2) Fafi, she is the lucky cat of the girl behind The Owl Club.

3) She doesn't have a name :( she is Magia's mom and a stray cat that a lovely young couple feed.

4) Sandy; one of Rachele's babies. Rachele is the girl behind The Nearsighted Owl and she is hosting a giveaway of one of my clutches, you sure don't want to miss that so click here to be part of it.

Have an awesome weekend!

Chocolate Macaroon Pie - Review

Chocolate Macaroon Pie - Recipe
Chocolate Macaroon Pie | Recipe here

   Yay, food! It's been a few months since I last shared a recipe or recipe review here but a couple of weeks ago I was scrolling through my reader and saw this spectacular pie. I decided I'd make it because it used very few ingredients and seemed easy to make. I was right!

   It was part of a pie party that Monica from Lick The Bowl Good hosted for her family and friends. My love for chocolate said that there was no way I could go wrong with this pie. I made it and at first I thought it was a bit too much (I know... no such thing as too much chocolate) so I topped it with a dollop of vanilla ice cream and it was heaven. I definitely recommend it.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Embroidered Portrait of My Cats

Embroidered Portrait of My Cats
This is the surprise from the last Sneak Peek post.

   I've been trying to take cute pictures of my two cats interacting, but they refuse to pose for me. The solution? I decided to embroider a portrait of my cats that shows them in a very typical scene. The tabby in the foreground is Mia. In the background, you see Magia getting ready to pounce and scare Mia.

   I embroidered most of the portrait and then thought of painting it somehow to get more color and make the details of their coats more noticeable. I thought of using acrylic paint, then fabric markers and then it hit me, why not use crayons? I researched a little bit about fabric crayons but didn't find anything conclusive so I decided to give it a try with regular crayons. I used Crayola and I love how it turned out. Would anyone like to see a tutorial of how I did this?

   I originally thought of making these custom for anyone interested and available for sale at my shop but it's been hard to find the supplies I need locally. I also wanted to get some feedback before I attempt to sell them, so... What do you think?

Monday, February 13, 2012

Fabric Crush Monday #19

Hedgehog Heaven in Gold by Michael Miller | Available here
   Today I wanted to feature a fabric that would fit the St. Valentine's theme but that wasn't too much. You know, because I'm not much of a fan of this holiday. Don't you just LOVE hedgehogs? I sure love them.

I shared this post on Someday Crafts. Click the link to find more awesome crafty blogs.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Mia's Pregnancy Journal 3 :: I'm a granny!

I'm a granny!

   I'm SO excited to announce that I'm now the proud granny of 4 cute little kittens. My cat Mia delivered her babies yesterday during the morning. When I woke up, there was only one baby with her and I was worried because her belly was big enough for 2 or 3 kittens. It seems like the baby had just been born and she was still in labor. Of course she had to go to the most uncomfortable place of the house for me to keep an eye on her instead of using the basket I prepared for her weeks ago. When I realized what was going on, I brought the basket into the room in which she decided to deliver the babies and she jumped right in. I even had to grab the newborn kitten and put it close to her so she could start nursing it as soon as possible.

   After that, everything was a piece of cake. Every time I popped over to see how she was doing, I'd see a new kitten. I seriously started to worry about finding homes for all of them, but I decided I'd keep one. Two others found a home as soon as I published the picture above on Facebook, so I only need to find a home for one... AND it was only hours after they were born. I'M SO HAPPY!!!

I'm a granny!
The calico is acting as pillow in this picture in case you can't tell. :D

   I'm in love with these babies, as you can see on the picture above they're all different. There's a black one, a gray tabby (just as its momma), a tortoiseshell and a calico. I read an awesome legend about tortoiseshell cats which made me fall in love with my tortie, so I think I'll keep it but I'm not sure yet. I want to see how their characters and attitudes develop. Wish me luck on this new adventure!

I shared this post on Chef in Training and Someday Crafts. Click the links to find more awesome crafty blogs.

Friday, February 10, 2012

A Sneak Peek

   I've been working on something very special to me, but I'm not ready to show full pictures yet. I'm SO excited!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

I received an award!

It seems like the lovely author behind Live.Love.Random by Erica liked my blog; she awarded it with the Liebster Blog Award. Yay!

About the Liebster Blog Award:

Liebster is German and means 'dearest' or 'beloved' but it can also mean 'favorite'. The idea of the Liebster award is to bring attention to blogs with less than 200 followers in the hopes that it will bring many new friends/followers. So, in the spirit of good fun I am passing this award on to other bloggers. Stop by and visit them!

The Rules are:
1. Show your thanks to the blogger who gave you the award by linking back to them.
2. Reveal your picks for the award and let them know.
3. Post the award on your blog.
4. Bask in the love from the most supportive people on the blogshare-other bloggers.
5. Finally and the best rule of all..........have fun and spread the love!

Here are my picks:

Monday, February 6, 2012

Fabric Crush Monday #18

Kawaii Animals in Green by Asia Queen | Available here

   Kawaii prints never get old to me. I've been in love with this fabric for quite a while but something happens every time I'm about to buy it and I end up postponing the purchase until I forget about it. Maybe I should just get it right now before I forget about it again. What do you think?

Friday, February 3, 2012

Cute Monster?

   I'm on a super hurry today but I really wanted to share this little monster I made last week. I was asked to make a cute and creepy monster and I came up with this in approximately 1 hour and a half. What do you think? Is it cute and creepy or just creepy? LOL

   Oh and if you are interested in making your own just let me know so I can make a proper tutorial and upload the templates. I definitely recommend it, it was crazy easy.
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