Saturday, June 28, 2008

I Did It! I Completed Some Projects.


I didn't get to work on my embroidery as I planned but I did make this little Frida bag. I am the type that likes to wear my bag across my body and sometimes they are hard to find so I have been making my own messenger style bags. I had left over denim from a wrap around skirt I previously made for myself. I printed a picture of Frida Kahlo on inkjet transfer paper and then glued sequins around the edge and on the leaves I used glitter fabric to give it a little shimmer.
I used this mexican fabric for the inside lining. I need to iron out the wrinkles but overall I am really happy on how it turned out. I could probably embellish it more but I don't want to over do it either.
Then my second project was this other bag. I used a pattern that I bought a long time ago for $1 and I had some printed linen fabric. I want to make a black one and make a red corsage brooch out of fabric to attach to the front. That will be my next purse project.
I also dyed cotton twine with fabric dyes for paper tags and I love the colors. Jacob helped me and did a pretty good job. Now I have to find some spool to whine these before they get all tangled. So overall it was a pretty productive weekend with my many projects being completed. I am off now to finish cleaning out that shed that I have been putting off and I didn't have the yard sale either.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Not such a Hot Muchacha

I got the new Sublime Stitching book yesterday and wanted to start one of the projects. The book is not really a book, it's just iron on patterns and they are mostly a lot of the patterns she has out there anyways, well I loved the Salsa Dancer image and wanted to make a satchet bag out of her outline. I didn't iron the pattern on to the muslim but instead traced it, sort of. I could not find my fabric tracing paper so I had to lightly pencil it in freehand. So that in itself took awhile. Anyways, I wanted to finish this last night and sewed her all up and completely forgot I had to fray the edges and I cut too close to the edge and the whole thing was a bust. All that work for nothing.
I keep repeating in my head that I need the practice but it's not working. I don't even know how long it took but I was up until midnight and I think I started after 9 pm.
I can't make it into a bag anymore because all the lavender bits will come out. I guess I can make another one and next time I will remember to fray the edges and not cut so close.
I know, I know it is good practice.


I probably will work on some more tonight when I take the boys to A Movie at the Park. It's pretty cool. They inflate a huge screen and play dvd's on it and I believe tonight's movie is Bee Movie. We sit on the grass and take dinner and goodies. It's all fun plus it's free and the nice thing too is that it's a pretty warm day so the evening will be perfect.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

The House on Mango Street

I have been cleaning house because this Saturday I will having a yard sale and I came across this cute book so I am re-reading it again. I just adore this story and I thought I would share it.
The name of the book is The House on Mango Street written by Sandra Cisneros. The chapters are super short but it's about a Latino girl name Esperanza and her life growing in a poor area of Chicago but it's written so well that you don't feel sorry for her but laugh at how she describes her upbringing. Her story is written through her eyes and I laugh so much because it reminds me a little of myself. Not in the way how she grew up but how I saw things but I think all of us as children see it one way but when you grow up it's a totally different story.
I remember at 7 having a baby sitter and she had a teenager daughter named Ellie and she was a true die hard Duran Duran fan. She had posters everywhere, even on the ceiling and her favorite was John Taylor the guitar player of the group. Anyways, I used to hang around her room and she probably thought I was annoying kid but I wanted to be like her she must of been super nice to put up with me. I would sit in her room as she would listen to her tapes and she would talk anything and everything about them. She had tons of buttons on her shirt so I wanted to do the same thing and she did give me posters and buttons of Simon, he was my crush. It is so funny to think of it now but I still go crazy over Duran Duran, and is such a coincidence as I am watching a live concert on VH1 Classics right now. My sister and cousins still remind me of my obsession with them which still makes them laugh, but every time I think of my all time fave group I remember Ellie and how she opened the doors for my love of New Wave.
The REFLEX my #1 favorite song!!!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Little David


Today David had his bi-yearly assessment on his overall development. He has been receiving therapy since the age of 9 months for his many sensory needs(Sensory Integration Dysfunction) with mild OCD. He is extremely sensitive to touch and has a hard time adjusting to changes. He is a very disciplinary baby and if anything changes throughout the day it affects his moods. He has improved in many ways but he still has a long way to go. They are recommending a behaviorist(I am not sure if that is the correct spelling) for his many tantrums and they want to bring in a speech therapist. He only has 10 words in his vocabulary and he should be at 50. I think much of his speech has to do with his behavior. He is a really good baby but when he gets into those moods, he really is scary especially since he has a strong personality to go with it. Overall he has met many of the goals that were placed 6 months ago and is even beyond many of the motor skills that are required of him at his age. I think he is at 36-48 months which is very impressive.

Their was a time when I would lay him on a blanket on the grass and he would not crawl away because he couldn't handle touching grass and now I can take his shoes off and he can walk on the grass barefoot as long I can distract him and then after awhile he is running around without wanting his shoes back on. He still has a hard time with his hands being dirty and I have to carry a little towel at all times, most of the times he just cleans himself on my pants.

The OT did say this will be with him for the rest of his life but with help he can adjust and learn how to be comfortable in his surroundings.

Sometimes it can be a bit overwhelming because I don't understand what he is going through but then I see the changes in him and it just fills my heart with happiness in seeing his improvements and watching him enjoy the world from the outside as he is not the type to join in but would rather see it from the sidelines. He is such a joy but is entering the world of the "Terrible Twos". Poor Me.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

IT'S SCORCHING HOT


It is well over 108 degrees and we are all miserable, for the past 2 days we haven't been able to go outside because it feels like an oven. Even with the A/C on we are still sweating. Hopefully it will be -10 degrees cooler tomorrow. Since its so hot we have to sleep with the windows open and our stupid neighbors as usual have their nightly party and by 2 am I had to call the cops on them. They broke the party and as soon as they left they came back to the house. I should of called again but I was so tired I didn't want to get out of bed, I think I finally went to sleep at 4 am. When I called the Police Dept they had told me that they have been cited this week already so I guess I am not the only one that is sick of them. I am not the type that likes to call the police on my neighbors, go ahead and have a party especially since it's nice and warm but end it a descent hour and stop drinking in the front yard with stupid people running around our little cul-de-sac. I think their were about 60+ people with cars blocking drive-ways. We also have our neighbors next door that are plain drunks and are always in the backyard on Friday and Saturday laughing and screaming. At least they go inside around midnight. You might think we live in a real trashy area but it wasn't like this at all, not too long ago we were the safest city in the nation. It has all gone downhill in a short time due to much development of upper/middle class homes and commercial buildings and this city is such a beautiful place to live with beautiful hills surrounding our city, we are our own valley plus the beach is maybe 25-30 minutes away, it's still is in some ways a real nice place to live but people like our trashy renting neighbors destroy places like this.

Friday, June 20, 2008

5 Quotes on Arts & Crafts

I worked on these last week for a bride who is getting married next month. I am dedicating my weekly quotes to crafting and the love we put into it.
  • "Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep."
    ~ Scott Adams
  • "Everything you can imagine is real." ~ Pablo Picasso
  • "Crafts have rules, you must push yourself to meet each precise standard to do well. Art has no rules, it has heart, freedom of expression and joy. Do art." ~ Kate
  • "Creative work is play. It is free speculation using materials of one's chosen form."
    ~Stephen Nachmanovitch
  • "Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risk, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun." ~ Mary Lou Cook


Thursday, June 19, 2008

Strawberry Delight + Show & Tell

I had to share a picture of these chocolate dipped strawberries I made yesterday. God were they good. They weren't perfect like the ones my cousin made this weekend, she even went as far as adding an "08" in white chocolate to each hand dipped strawberry. I wish I had taken a picture of them, anyways she is an unbelievable cook and baker. I had to take a picture of this cute mat I found on Etsy. Dine & Doodle makes the mat with some kind of chalkboard material and the other side is laminated fabric and you can just roll and take with you when you eat out. I bought one for David because he is so hard to keep entertain at a restaurant so I hope this works a bit. I also bought the little crayon holders she makes and she even included the crayons, chalk and instructions. Too cool.
I am on an embroidery itch and started making little sachet bags made out of muslin fabric with a little chihuahua on the top, I will post a picture when I am done. Well I found another embroidery book from Aimee Ray and I love the projects and simple beginner techniques. Their are a few projects that I want to try like the kitchen towels.
She even signed it, which is pretty cool because I have never owned a book that has been signed by the author. I get excited on the smallest things.
This is like so cool but I dont think I could ever finish or even start something like this. It just looks too complicated.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Monkey Mascot

Since Jacob has been out of school I have been finding ways to keep him busy. I limit his amount of TV and videogame time so he bugs the heck (my son is reading as I am writing and I cannot say any bad words even if it's my blog) out of me when he is not allowed to do what he wants. So we went to the library yesterday and today we went to see Indiana Jones finally. It was so-so but at least we killed some time. I can't wait until he starts Summer Camp next week. Thank God.
Anyways, Jake has been wanting to sew with me and I found The Cute Book at borders. It is sooo cute and the patterns are super easy for little kids especially a boy like Jake. He thought it was so cool as long as I don't mention it to his friends. He is not a very artsy or a very coordinated kid and does not finish anything he starts but he did finish the little monkey mascot. I am convincing him to do some more but it's not working because he said he already knows how to sew and he doesn't need any more practice. I did start the little chick but haven't finished her body yet.
Jacob's little monkey mascot.
He just needs a little stuffing and he will be complete.

Monday, June 16, 2008

New Editing Software

I just love these vintage figurines ever since I found them at the flea market awhile ago.
This weekend I took the boys to my cousin's house for her little boy's graduation party from Kinder. Anyways she wanted to give all her guests a picture and asked me to download and print the pictures while the party was going on. Well she never told me she didn't have a photo editing software so I searched and found this site with this great editing download for FREE!! I have been wanting to learn actions for awhile but Photoscape has a few filters that are easy and perfect for beginners without spending money. I played around with it and love it better than the Microsoft Picture It I have been using for years now. It is so much fun because I have been wanting to create antique photos and now I can. I do wish I owned a Mac because they have this great program called Aperture that I just loved. My B-I-L had a demo of it and created amazing pictures with it. Well I haven't given up on the idea of learning photoshop actions and I am determined as I was able to download actions and play around with some pix's. I do have the basic concept of the software but their is so much that I need to learn.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Last Day of School

Today is the last day of school, the day I have been dreading. I signed Jacob up for summer school so at least he will have fun 3 times a week, I just have to figure what I will do with him the other 2 days. Anyways, this week flew by, I had a large wholesale order that I am still working on plus a few guestbooks to do too. I really want to get back to sewing but still don't have the strength to hold a scissor yet. I can work on my jewelry slowly and would love to list more necklaces but my arm tire so quickly. I know I have to take it easy but I get so desperate when I am not making something with them. The treehouse is coming along slowly, hopefully I can finish it this Sunday so I can post the finished house with the cool little lights I found. I also went clothes shopping, What a difference going out then shopping online. I dont know which one is better but I just love shopping either way. I just ordered Jacob's clothes at Old Navy and I rather do it online because I hate to go to the store and not find his size.
And on the topic of sewing I want to start embroidering again and found this little booklet here, I love the designs but My God are they complicated. I don't think I quiet have the patience to follow through on any of these. Maybe the small pincushion which is too darling. The girl who mailed this to me really put so much care into her presentation. I can't through away the envelope.
I had to take a picture of the stamps, they are beautiful and the nice thing is they are clean so the image can be appreciated.
I love these pincushion. Maybe this will be my next project after the silhouette project I have been meaning to start.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Quotes on Baking




Well I attempted to make cupcakes for Jacob's class. This was the first time I ever made cupcakes. I am not much of the cook or baker but Jacob was so happy taking these to school and didn't even care if they looked presentable or not, the cake batter was a lemon flavor while the whipped topping was raspberry, the combination was so tasty. All the toppers are from this cute shop. I just love all her items. So in honor of my baking fiasco, here are my weekly quotes:






  • ""The torch of love is lit in the kitchen." ~ Author: unknown


  • “[Breadbaking is] one of those almost hypnotic businesses, like a dance from some ancient ceremony. It leaves you filled with one of the world's sweetest smells...there is no chiropractic treatment, no Yoga exercise, no hour of meditation in a music-throbbing chapel. that will leave you emptier of bad thoughts than this homely ceremony of making bread.” ~ M. F. K. Fisher, The Art of Eating


  • The smell of good bread baking, like the sound of lightly flowing water, is indescribable in its evocation of innocence and delight.”M. F. K. Fisher


  • "Lovin' from the oven" ~ Author: Unknown


  • "You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands: you shall be happy, and it shall be well with you." ~ Psalms 128:2

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Reality Check Again

Look what a treasure I found on ebay and for only $5.00 and the shipping was reasonable too. I just had to share this cute pull toy. Yesterday Jacob had a play at school and then afterwards they had their 4th grade picnic at the park. I took Davey with us and he had such a good time watching all the older kids playing and eating. Well, as I was standing in the auditorium I had to hold back tears not because I was watching my son on stage but because I remembered being his age and singing in the same auditorium. I went to the same elementary that Jacob is now attending and I just can't believe how long ago that was and now I am there watching my child perform, well actually he was just part of the choir. Anyways I just felt so old being there and then I was called Mrs. by the little kids that it just hit me how fast time REALLY goes by. Too Scary. Then on top of that I went to the picnic because Jake begged me to attend the picnic and he didn't even eat with us. All he did was play with his friends, while I watched all the mother's with their girls having a good time. Oh, How I wish had a couple of girls. At least I have David to keep me company for now.
On a good note I wanted to share this little card with the cutest little button earrings that I received from one of my favorite customers. She is so sweet and sent these to me as a Thank you. Her little business is really blooming as her earrings have been picked up by some boutiques.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

A Burden

I finally started listing some of my jewelry and I got this nice convo from a wonderful lady saying she had posted these earrings on her blog. She has a really nice blog with tons of Etsy finds. I get so excited when someone notices my little creations. It really makes my day. I also love reading the little comments on the check-out or feedback about how nice everything was. I always doubt myself and my art, thinking it's not good enough when everyone else tells me otherwise. I don't believe them and I think they are just saying it to be nice. I grew up this way being so insecure about myself and everything I make and do, I just don't understand why I do this to myself. I have read many books on living a possitive life, self-improvement and whatever other books they have to help oneself but they have never helped and it's not because I don't open up my mind, I stop myself becuase I don't want any attention. I am the type that will rather hide in a corner than being heard, dont want anybody to notice me and wont speak out even if it's killing me on the inside. I let everyone else walk over me and always say "It's Ok" . I am not the type that wants to be in front of the line but would rather come in 3rd or 4th. I remember for a spelling bee the school was having, their was only me and this other kid and I knew the word and mispelled it just because I didn't want to go to the competition with other schools. See I have never been competitive knowing It's in me but it's my insecurites always stop me.
So even now when I sell on Etsy I get so nervous when I mail out my stuff to a customer because in the back of my mind I already assume they are going to hate it. Rejection doesn't challenge me but makes me hide more in the corner. I have to Thank my family so much for always pushing and helping me telling me it's fine. Take it easy. My husband has been my biggest help always supporting me in every which way he can and he is my biggest critic but I have learned not to take anything personally anymore.
Here I go, I was just going to show some of my new pieces and ended up going a different route but it feels so good to let out something that is a burden. I am not the type that reveals too much about myself even to friends or family but I guess every once in awhile you have to let go of something that really eats at you.
Anyways here is a necklace I wanted to share and some clips that I really made too.In Full Bloom - Vintage Necklace
Japanese Fan - Barrete Clips
Doily Bracelet

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Kung Fu Panda

Too Funny!!!! I thought this was one of the funniest animated movies I have ever seen, It was so hilarious and even the baby sat through the whole movie without making a move. It was really cute and reminds me of my Jacob. He started karate since the age of 5 and he is so clumsy and un-organized when he does his moves and is always thinking of food too. He is my little chunkster. I told him I am going to start calling him Po. I can't wait to buy this movie on DVD.
Hopefully next weekend I can get to see this movie, it has been out for a few weeks now.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Memory Keeper's Daughter - Book and Movie


I read this book last summer and it took me about 2 months to finish it because it was hard to get through the beginning chapters, I kind of skipped a lot of paragraphs because their is so much little detail that it got kind of boring. Towards the middle and through the end it actually got interesting and it was so sad. I REALLY dislike Nora.
It is about a women who gives birth to twins and one of the babies turns out to have Down Syndrome. The father, who is also a DR. lies to the wife and tells her the other baby is dead and has the nurse take the baby away. He has to live with the lie the rest of his life without ever telling her and it breaks his marriage and life apart that towards the end it basically killed him.
Well, last night I was looking for something to watch on TV and noticed the Title of the Book on Lifetime. I didn't know they made it into a Lifetime movie. One of my favorite actress Emily Watson played the nurse. I really liked her character and she portrayed her so well. As usual I disliked Nora in the movie too. The actress really played her well. Dr. Henry was played by Dermot Mulrooney, He was alright too. Oh, did I cry but with running tears coming down. I felt like an idiot because I am not the type that cries too much through movies, I normally just get a knot in my throat.
Anyways I really loved the movie and the book is very good too.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

How Time Flies By

Well it's been a pretty slow beginning of the week, I actually thought it was Thursday. I have been mostly working on items to restock my little shop. I am trying to make necklaces but time doesn't permit me from finishing them. I think that's why I have so many earrings listed because I can make a dozen in the same time that it would take me to make one necklace. I had a request for necklaces so I am trying my best but as usual made more earrings. I am even lacking hair accessories. I have no idea how my time is spent, well , YES I do. Damn, the Internet. It's so addicting.
Hopefully I can have everything ready to list this weekend. I am also thinking of a free shipping weekend. I haven't done one in awhile. We will see.
It's been pretty slow on Mi Bazaar too except for the wholesale order I got on Monday. She is one of my favorite customers and she is all the way in Belgium. Talking about International, I had to take pictures of my little Vintage Kokeshi Doll. I love her eyebrows and look at her loop earrings. LOVE them. I got her from this little shop.
Since it's almost the end of the school year I bought this little plate from Elm Studios for Jake's teacher. She has been his teacher for the last 2 years and I think he has a little crush on her but won't admit it. I still remember being in the 4th grade too and being in love with my teacher, Mr. Galves. See, I can even remember his name too. In fact all my friends had a crush on him too. I wonder now if he was really that good looking or was it just us being stupid. Jacob's teacher is very young and attractive and is a really nice person. All he does is talk about her and even hates to miss class. I have asked him a few times but he just says that she is her teacher and nothing more. He is already stressing about having a new teacher next year and if he and his best friend will be in the same class. The stress of a child. Oh how I wish to be little again..

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

5 Quotes on Dogs

I love to Scrapbook and always have trouble with my journaling so I am always on the lookout for great quotes to add to my pages, that is why I have a journal full of quotes.
So today I am dedicating my 5 quotes to dogs. Dodger at 6 weeks old.
Chico at 2 months old.
  • "A dog wags its tail with its heart." ~ Martin Buxbaum
  • " I think we are drawn to dogs because they are the uninhibited creatures we might be if we weren't certain we knew better." ~ George Bird Evans, Troubles With Bird Dogs
  • "Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole." ~ Roger Caras
  • "Every puppy should have a boy." ~ Erma Bombeck
  • "The most affectionate creature in the world is a wet dog" ~ Ambrose Bierce


Monday, June 2, 2008

Work In Progress

This is my current project:My boys treehouse.
It was finally a beautiful weekend to get started on the project that has been long overdue. This treehouse was built almost 2 years ago by my dad but I never made an effort to paint it and decided it was time to finish it before they got older. It has been more work than I thought but I am almost done, the little touches are the most consuming. Jacob started helping me but decided it was too hot and went inside so practically I have been doing all the work which is common with him. I love painting, it's been so long since I have done any painting and it's so relaxing to be outside with my thoughts too. I am going to make it into a beach shack and I have so many plans in my head regarding the decoration. I bought some cool little items on ebay and once it's all complete I will post my, actually the boys treehouse.
Here is a little glimpse as to the color we chose.
It reminds of Shrek

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Guess

Where I went on Friday?
I went to Krustyland!!!:

Well, actually it was Universal Studios. The last time I went was when Jacob was 2 yrs old and he has been bugging me to take them so I had him ditch school, I know, bad mother. I just wanted avoid the crowds. The weather was perfect too. I regretted not looking for discount coupons because I had no idea how expensive amusement parks are, It's been awhile since I went to one. I wanted to leave once I saw the price but I knew I couldnt do that, at least the tickets have unlimited visits throughtout the year. We will see if I use them.

Jacob was so excited to go on the Simpson's Ride. I kind of was too but I know I am getting old because my back was killing me after I got off. David got to meet Spongebob which he was so excited to see. I thought he was going to be scared of the characters but just got serious when they came close to him. He really loved the Shrek 4-D movie. He really had a good time and behaved so well.

The only thing that gets me is that I paid so much money and the park to closes at 6pm. That frikkin sucked, too pay so much for just 7 hours. At least close by 8pm. We didn't get to go on too many rides because the day flew by but it was nice to get home early.


The most important part that I need to remind myself is not the amount I spent but that the boys had fun. Hmm......
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