Archive for the ‘crafts’ Category

DIY Valentine: Heart In My Hands

January 29, 2013

I am sharing another tutorial for Valentine’s Day at Mother Crafter.

Add sparkles to your gloves. Easy and fun!

Don’t miss it!

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New Year’s Eve Earrings {Quick and Easy Tutorial at Mother Crafter}

December 31, 2011

One more tutorial to say goodbye to 2011. These easy to make earrings will brighten any outfit. Check the quick tutorial at Mother Crafter.

Happy 2012! I look forward to continue sharing with you a lot more awesomeness through the New Year. Thanks for reading my blog 🙂

Mother Crafter, handcrafted happiness – My new blog!

June 4, 2011

I know I’ve been absent and not posting here much. You might be wondering where I’ve been all this time! I am ok. We are ok. I just was busy developing my new blog, Mother Crafter!

I created Mother Crafter to share tutorials, stimulus, fun giveaways, freebies, and information about living a design-conscious life on a low budget. And to keep me sane while staying at home. Ha!

Mother Crafter is about making stuff with our hands that makes us happy. It is about reusing and salvaging things as much as we can to make good for the planet. Mother Crafter believes you can boost happiness trough creativity.

Please go and check it out. I hope you will find creative ways to enhance your lifestyle and feel inspired by it. Enjoy!

Holiday Gift Guide – Knit 1, purl 2…

December 19, 2010

Winter. Rain. Snow. Cold. Time to knit!

Here are some picks for knit lovers:

Peace Love Knitting T-Shirt ~ Cafe Press $32

Soldered Yarn Pendant ~ laceramiste $29

Needle Bangle Bracelet ~ sassafrascreations $9

Interweave Knits Magazine Subscription ~ $25

Handspun Art Yarn~ barbesaintjohn $23

Knitting Is Sexy Necklace ~ kitschandkaboodle $16.95

Son of Stich and Bitch ~ Debbie Stoller $10.85

Knitting needles Organizer Holder ~ knitterbag $39.99

 

Holiday Gift Guide ~ Singing in the rain…

December 7, 2010

Continuing with my gift guide, this post was inspired after the big rain yesterday. I love the rain! Not too fun when you are driving across the bridge, but definitely when you can enjoy it at home drinking hot cocoa or taking a nice bath.

So here it is, part II of the guide: RAIN!

Raindrops on Railways Umbrella ModCloth, $29.99

Hiding From the Rain Art Print ~ pipodoll, $18

Fresh, All Natural Hot Chocolate Sampler Lake Champlain Chocolates, $26.50

Rain Parade by Phylones ~ Aldea, $32

Blue and Green Vinyl Dog Raincoat tuggiemacqueen, $22

12 Days of Christmas Festive Baths and Merry Showers ~ Lush, 74.95

Go Fish Rain Boots ~ Plueys, $60

Happy Weather Keychain Set ~ HappyCosmos, $15

And now, if you excuse me, I am going to drink my hot cocoa while in the bath 🙂

 

I did it!

February 8, 2009

Uff! January 2009 is already gone. After the frenzy of the holidays, the happiness of watching inauguration day and the beautiful weather in SF, I am ready to blog again.

I don’t have too many resolutions for this year, I don’t usually do. But this year I want to document all the stuff I am creating. I am going to make a visual book of my crafts, sewings, designs, knitting, and so on. It’s going to be call I DID IT!, (as suggested by the Craftstylish notebook).

 

I did a lot since the year started, though. I started my new surface design class, and returned to dancing Afro-Haitian, Tango and Bellydance. I also started a new Yoga class… and I’ve been crafting too.!

 

My friend Andrea works for “Lesser Evil”, an all natural popcorn company in NYC (link). I helped her make bags out of their packaging so she can give them to customers and corporations in trade shows. They turned out to take a lot more time than we expected, but they turned out pretty cool. She was super happy, and me too! J She gave me a bottle of nice wine and a big box of COAL popcorn (chocolate covered) that is so good that I already ate half of it.

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I also did a wall piece for my design class with the different fabrics that we dyed in class. The assignment was to make a piece inspired by nature and the environment, so I did a yin yang piece with a background that shows the colors of the sky to the ground and the lava underneath.

front wall piece

back wall piece

I also finally finished what I began two years ago in 2007 over the holidays. It never felt so cold in sf that I would be able to use it, that is why it was on the closet waiting to be assembled, but December was pretty cold. Everybody liked it, and nobody noticed that there are more bubbles on the right sleeve than on the left (mistakes happen people). I took the pattern from knitty.com

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I also sewed my first two commissioned skirts. Gibson Pearl came with me to buy some fabric for the winter student showcase, and she fell in love with some, so she bought it and I made her two skirts from it. The teal fabric wasn’t too cooperative, I have to admit.


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I bought lots of fabrics when we were in LA for the holidays that I can’t wait to try on aprons. And my good friend Aya brought GORGEOUS prints from Japan too, so I want to make some placemates and napkins for the house. I don’t think I can make aprons to sell with these because they are very special for me, so I want them not to leave me 😉

Bob the Super Cat

July 23, 2008

Two weeks ago we finally brought our adopted kitty home. He is two months old, and lots of fun. 

I was a little worried at first, thinking how Juancho, who is THE PET in the house, will react to the new addition. It is a different situation than when we moved in with Michael three years ago, since Punkin was 18 years old and she didn’t care about her new roommate. We still miss her.

At first we couldn’t have them in the same room. Bob was totally freaked out at that big furry thing running around the house, a.k.a. a dog. And Juancho was too curious about his new friend to leave him alone. But after two days, they are almost best friends. I am so proud of my boy, he is the best dog ever – so smart and loving and well behaved. He is a sweetie. 

They are pretty good together, although both of them like to eat each other’s food and water. They can be nose to nose and butt to butt, and Juancho has resigned to share his water bowl with his little brother.  

 

 

Bob is simple. He doesn’t care about fancy toys, luckily for us. He loves groceries bags; he will play inside them and come running out. His favorite toy is a string with a fake mouse attached at the end. Michael walks around the house with the string coming out of his pocket, and Bob will follow him everywhere.

We are not sure why, but sometimes he thinks he is a monkey or a bird. He will climb on our backs and sit on our shoulder while we are at the computer or at the tv, and hang out there. Pretty funny.

 

He shares the Scrabble obsession with me.

 

 

He is also a squeaker. Sometimes he has this guttural sound coming out of his little mouth that we don’t know what on earth it is. And he is a morning guy, which doesn’t go well with me. He squeaks all morning from the moment he wakes up.  

 

I knitted a bed for him with yarn scraps that I had on my bag of leftovers. I followed a pattern from the Stitch ‘n Bitch first book. I am pretty bad following directions so I kind of went in my own direction. I also sewed a piece of fabric on the bottom to protect it a little more, this wasn’t in the pattern either. It turned out pretty funky, but I really like it. Juancho tried too, but it was too small for him.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Needle Felting

July 13, 2008

The last time we cut Juancho’s hair, instead of putting it on the compost bin as usual, I kept it thinking I would find another good use for it. Imagine my excitement when my friend Cour called me to tell me that she took a needle felting class and wanted to show me the amazing sheep she did! And then she said she would show me how to do it. Perfect!

So we hung out one afternoon at her house with Erin and Sarah and made things, something shaped like, well, something. I did a model of Juancho out of his hair, and Cour did the same with Rudy, her doggy. She also made a squirrel to accompany him, as it turned out that Rudy is pretty obsessed with squirrels.

These are some of our creations. (click to enlarge)

I checked the web for more instruction and inspiration. I found a LOT of resources, but these are my favorites. 

Kits and felting supplies at Living Felt (click to go to the site)

 Felting Archives of Craftzine blog:

NifNaks Awesome creations. My color dreads are from here.

Portland, Oregon-based artist and felt freak LeBrie Rich’s

 I hope you enjoy the links and get inspiration for your own creations!

Chicago Part 1

June 17, 2008

We went to Chicago last weekend. As most of you know, Chicago is where Michael and I reconnected after meeting in Barcelona in 1999, and where we got married. And where I lived for almost 6 years. So it is a pretty special city for me.

 

It was really humid and hot, and they even had tornado alerts! Crazy! But luckily nothing happened in the city, although some cities were flooded up north. It was a busy weekend in the windy city, as usual in the summer. The blues fest, the rib fest, the 57 street art fair, Neocon… phew! A lot!

 

We stayed at the house of Michael’s aunt and uncle in Hyde Park, in the south part of the city. Michael’s mom, who lives in Louisville  was there too, in part to visit with us and in part to go to the 57th street art fair. Melissa and Bruce’s house is beautiful. You can walk room to room and find all these spectacular art in the walls, shelves and windows. They have quite a collection of crafts from around the world that makes the house feel like a museum. A constant stimulus to the eyes and mind. They inherited some of the crafts as well, and they will tell you all the family history that lives around the piece of art.

They are great cooks too. We had Israeli Couscous and Bulgur pilaf. Yummy!

 

Here are some pics of the art around the house. From quilts to headpieces, to a collection of eggs to beautiful Mexican art. Enjoy… is a free entrance to a museum ; )

 

 

 

Michael’s mom, Mitzi, is a talented knitter. She has developed an addiction to socks at the moment, but she brought me a hand-knit purse that I can’t wait to use.

 

 

She also gave me bellydance bells I will wear for sure on the performance tomorrow. OMG! Tomorrow! I better go and finish my costume dress now ; )

 

 


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