Monday, January 31, 2011

My Other Pastime: Cross stitching

I actually learned to cross stitch way before I learned to sew! My first real cross stitch project was a Home Sweet Home pattern which I submitted for a T.H.E. project when I was about 9 years old.

I will show you today some of my cross stitched creations which are hung in my home here in Mallorca.

This is an angel with a baby on her arms, she's about 3 feet long and I created her when I was pregnant with my first-born. It took me about 6 months to finish her only because I was too tired and was almost always sleeping during the first trimester of my pregnancy! We used to hang this frame beside our babies' cribs but now, it adorns one of the walls of the master bedroom.

This was made by me while I was still 9 months pregnant with my first-born. My husband personally picked the pattern as this was originally thought to be hung in our princess' room. It took me about 2 weeks to finish this piece and I finished it just in time, a few days before I finally had my princess in my arms!

This last piece was picked and made by me when my princess was already about 3 to 4 months old. It took me about 1 month to finish it as I was busy learning the ropes of motherhood. I meant to make two of this and place each on each side of an alcove but I never got to making the second piece ^^) 

I also made 4 mini framed cross stitched dog portraits for my mother-in-law's apartment. I also made one pink ballerina but left it in my parent's house and one minnie mouse for sister-in-law's daughter. I don't have photos of them, though...

I still hope that one day, I'd be able to do cross stitching again... Maybe, when time allows. I find it so relaxing. 

Well, have a nice week ahead of you everyone!
And I hope you liked this craft I have shared with you ^^)


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Sunday, January 30, 2011

We Love Handmade No. 3

How's your sunday, everyone? I really hope you are having a blast! I had been window shopping these past few hours since we cannot go out (we are still a bit out sorts) and I am really having a blast looking at my sponsors' fabulous items, I just can't help but share it with you!

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Now, on to our third We Love Handmade weekly post! (can't believe we are already in our third sunday! ^^) In no particular order, let us share with you our weekly handmade gift guide!

I really don't know why I think of weddings when I think of the month of hearts... But for the first part of our we love handmade post we'll share with you fab wedding gifts and such!

For that lovely wedding

Any bride could look spectacular and impress with these Majestic Swan long bead embroidered earrings by Helmitarha

These pair of White Keshi and Champage Pearl earrings by StoneLinkDesigns is so soft and delicate, just right for the bride which looks for that pure and natural look!

These vintage Flower Garden Beaded Clip-on Earrings by vintagegreenlimited would give just the right vintage touch and charm to a beautiful bride or prom celebrant!

This White bubbly Glass Sterling Silver Bracelet by lilishop would be a simple yet romantic accesory for the bride-to-be.

These Pearl Cluster and sterling chain earrings by fuschiabloomstudio are just as delicate as any bride or bridesmaid!

This Soshanna Sweet Rose Hair Clip by Folk is a sweet and delicate accesory for any bride!

Any bride (or any woman, for that matter ^^) would surely be delighted if given this Fertility Tracking Bracelet by petitehermine

How romantic is this The Art of Flirting Felt and Zipper Necklace by londicreations? Hopelessly romantic, I'd say! 

A bride could surely impress with this Elegant Silk Ruffle Choker by ParaNoire. Surely one of a kind!

How lovely is this Cream silk Wedding Pillow by SaharasHeart? So elegant and stylish!

For Her

I just love the elegant simplicity of these Magic clouds earrings by DemyblackDesign! A piece that could surely impress!

This Long Coral and Smokey quartz gold necklace by FlirtyGems would give you that chic and sassy look!

This vintage Tourist Brooch by KolibriKado is so sweet and would surely brighten up any outfit!

This fab Alice and Blue Caterpillar Brooch by lovelytrifles would give a vintage touch to your outfit!

This Leather Metal Floral Cuff Bracelet by Funinthesmallthings would be a great accesory for your informal and casual get-up!

You could surely impress and turn heads with this Dahlia Ring in Maroon by Mugebekar!

This Lace and Deep Blue Filigree Flower Necklace by momocha has just the right vintage and vibrant colourful look!

This love heart chunky hand-knitted cream  scarf by HandmadeWithLove1986 is just the right Valentine's gift especially for this cold season!

This lovely vintage Brown and Teal Rosette headband by skurin is a fab hair accesory which could surely turn heads!

This twilight inspired meadow bracelet by alililly would be a very romantic valentine's gift!

How fab is this ring in a jar by madaboutpink? You get to wear your ring and you get to re-use, repurpose and recycle the jar!

Image of PICK your LETTERS on GOLD FILLED disc and STERLING SILVER disc with PEARL
This personalized Gold filled disc and sterling silver necklace with pearl by would be a perfect gift for that special woman in your life!

This hand-stamped silver multiples mother necklace ny pinkdaisy12 would surely bring a smile to that special woman's heart!

For Him

A Unisex leather bracelet by Discola would really be a nice valentine's gift for that special man in your life!

I am my beloved and my beloved is mine handstamped pendant by Simag would really be a great any day gift for that special man!

Reusable Coffee Cozy by alongfortheride would be a great green and stylish gift for that coffee fiend! 


Impress your gift receiver with this Gift Tags by TatterBeans

This Red Roses Greeting Card by SunnyLeeStudio is the perfect way to express yourself in any special day!

For the little ones

This Boy Silhouette round frame by psyboom will surely be a lovely and elegant nursery decoration. 

This car seat tent by avisiontoremember would surely keep your baby safe and germ free!

Penelope and the elusive prince mini original paintings by ChoochMagooz would surely brighten up your little one's room!

Eco-friendly Tea Set by Pixiekids Toys, LLC would surely be a success gift with the little ones!

For your Home

This exercise with Ms. Couch Potato Memo Holder by BonAndchi will surely  brighten up your desk or your bookshelf! 

Impressive Flying Flamingos original painting or limited print by Watercolorsbywayne would surely impress your house visitors!

Chandelier Throw Pillow SewStylishBowtique would surely beautify and give a cozy touch to any room in your abode!

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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Weekend Craft Time with my Daughter

What do you do when both girls are bored and a glue gun is in sight?

Well... lots of hair accesories for the little girl of course!

Fabric yoyos made from scrap fabric

We repurposed some scraps (from old and unused clothes) and made fabric yoyos out of them and we turned them into these!

created lots of hair clips out of them!

We also had fun with felt...

Made some headbands with some felt and buttons

And we also made use of the ready made appliques and ribbons I had in my stash...

Made lots of headbands from appliques, bows out of ribbons and fabric yoyos with the help of my princess ^^)

Made lots of hairclips and some brooches and pigtails holder, too!

My little princess wass so happy with her so many hair accesories! She really likes to pick them out herself and coordinate with her outfit!

I hope you had a crafty saturday, everyone!


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