Monday, November 24, 2008

wow totally MIA!

I haven't been around here much eh? Some of you may have noticed that I am also an online activist so I was needed on a mission and fight for the innocent! Mission completed and succeeded :)

I did manage to make a pencil case for my daughter. I bought this plastic pencil case for her and it was not efficient at all. She needs to bring at least 6 crayons to school and all those crayons were breaking and the case was getting dirty and messy all the time because they were loose in the case.

I found a nice corduroy fabric at Joann's on sale, and it has my daughter's favorite animal (she is crazy about horses!). I lined the case with some thick costume fabric (don't ask me what kind it is i don't know lol, it was given to me) and applied dividers for her crayons. I also overclocked the seams, it looks a little raw right beside the zipper but it is not.

TA-DAH! All organized now! :)

I wonder what my teammates are up to lately... I gotta visit their blogs!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

It's in my blood! :)

I am jumping up and down today as I found this gorgeous pair of shoes on Etsy!

You may ask yourself why is this so special?

Because the material used to create this pair of shoes is a Mola! A Mola is a 100% handmade quilt made by the Kunas, natives of my country. PANAMA!

Their technique? They use a reverse appliqué utilizing several layers of fabric (from 2 to 7!) in different colors, and it takes them from one week to 7 months depends on the design. Isn't this out of this world?

Click on the picture to check out the details!

Friday, November 14, 2008

You can take a peek...

I was finally able to sew another item. I been working on a website so I had to put my crafting away for a while but I decided to find a little time and finish another Christmas apron for Etsy AND for a good cause. This time around, I will be donating 50% of the money toward the Nie Recovery... Please read their story.

Please stay tuned if you want to help out or even better, post the Nie button in your blog and let's help this family out. In the meantime... here are just a few pictures of the Apron. I promise to take a better picture of this as soon as I wake up. I am very exhausted... Good Nights...

Alright, alright... I'll play too lol

Copy, paste and play along!
1. Where is your cell phone? somewhere in the kitchen or dining area

2. Your significant other? sleeping

3. Your hair? dark brown and dirty

4. Your daughter? which one?

5. Your son? sleeping

6. Your favorite thing? probably the internet

7. Your dream last night? I don't think I had any

8. Your favorite drink? green smoothie heehee

9. Your goal? I just don't want to work for anybody else but for my own

10. The room you’re in? computer/craft room

11. Your church? I go to many... but mainly Catholic

12. Your fear? roaches, YUCK!

13. Where do you want to be in 6 years? In a house with a huge backyard

14. Where were you last night? working on a website

15. What you’re not? Patient

16. Muffins? with blueberries yum!

17. One of your wish list items? having my own fabric line... is this too much to ask? lol

18. Where you grew up? Panama

19. The last thing you did? Sew up another Xmas apron and watch a novela through Youtube lol

20. What are you wearing? PJ pants and tank top

21. Your TV? I don't watch TV

22. Your pets? Jade

23. Your computer? Mac

24. Your life? challenging

25. Your mood? sleepy

26. Missing someone? My family from Panama

27. Your car? Grand Caravan

28. Something you’re not wearing? earrings

29. Favorite store? Joann's for fabric - Whole Foods for food - can't pick one lol

30. Your summer? I was pregnant

31. Like(love) someone? my hubby

32. Your favorite color? This one is hard: Lime, Celery, Pink, Hot Pink

33. Last time you laughed? A few moments ago

34. Last time you cried? This morning

35. Who will repost this? who knows...

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

I got my Xmas Planning figured out!

It is definitely better to have things written down before you start making your needed projects. I've made a promised to myself to gift exclusively handmade/homemade items this year and so far, I have all my planning done! I wrote down a list of items (with pictures and links!!!) I want/need to make and have these projects going! There are sew many simple ideas, affordable and quick, I am sure they are all will be done in no time. The countdown starts TODAY! :)

...and what about wrapping? I found a few crafty ways to wrap our handmade/homemade Christmas presents!

Unwanted scrapbook paper (I have tons!!!), sewing drawstring bags to bag gifts, you can probably visit the dollar store and get dollar plastic crates and cover them with your favorite leftover fabrics!

You can also re-use those flower baskets that came with your last flower arrangement and make a gift basket for your best friend or boss - fill up with all your handmade items!

The ideas are endless!!!! if you have any more ideas that you will like to share please do so, I can't never have so many :)

Monday, November 10, 2008

Great Holiday Gift

Paper bags scrapbooking albums are always a hit during the Holiday Season! These are so quick and easy to make and the best of all, affordable! Since they don't really require a lot of materials to work with. This book was made for a Holiday gift and my friend loved every piece of it. I will be making probably two for this year's Christmas (I promise to share the pix when they are ready!)

Here is a small list of Bag Scrapbooks tutorials: (video)

Green Smoothie and guilt free cookies!

Like I promised my green smoothie recipe!!!! I am going to share two of my own favorite recipes, these are great for those who love sweets but can't afford to feel guilty heehee! One of the ingredients I always keep in my pantry is whole wheat flour. I make all kinds of things with it, replacing the yucky super refined bleached unhealthy flour. I make Corn Bread, Carrot Cake, Cinna-buns and so much more it's unreal... There is so many members from our family suffering from Diabetes that we have eliminated refined starches and white sugar out our lives it's been a couple of years now... btw, we use primarily organic brown sugar or evaporated sugar cane and honey to replace white sugar in bakery items or syrup in our pancakes, and WE LOVE IT! Honey has a low glycemic index.

I am going to start with the Green Smoothie:

Tropical Green Smoothie
I Cup of Almond milk (you could use rice milk or soy, find alternatives to cow's milk if you can!)
2 Bananas
2 handfulls of spinach
1/2 watermelon
Mix all ingredients in your blender:

when done, add a cup of ice and blend some more. If you want some protein in your smoothie you can add a spoon of Hemp Hearts! This stuff is like gold: They are full of essential fatty acids, protein, vitamins and amino acids. Trust me, it tastes like nothing!

And here it is... It tastes like heaven. It's so sweet you won't taste the Spinach at all if that is what you are worrying about I know you!!!!!! haha ...but you need some cookies now right?

It is a 'Kid Approved Recipe'

You are going to looooove these! They came out fluffy, chewy and d.e.l.i.c.i.o.u.s! :)
(C= Cup T= Teaspoon)

Honey-Oat Cookies
1 C whole wheat flour
1/4 T salt
1/4 T cinnamon
1/2 T baking powder
1/4 T baking soda
1/2 C melted light butter (I used Smart Balance made with flax oil)
1 egg
1/2 C honey
1 T brown sugar
3 T milk
1 1/2 C oats
1 T raw cacao (optional)

Mix all dry ingredients, mix well. Then mix in the honey, butter and milk together and place mixture into small portions over a cookie sheet. Bake in 325 degrees for 15 - 25 minutes.

Ta-dah! can't get healthier than that!
You can also add walnuts to the mix if you like... yum!

To make an Asian Green Smoothie, instead of the watermelon, add a Thai Young coconut (water and flesh) and voila! hmmmmmmmmmmm! Buen Provecho!

Lots of things done :)

I spent the weekend all my myself with the baby and I had a lot of things done! wow! (thinking that blogger REALLY needs to put some smiley faces in this editor) woohoo okay, there... better!

My hubby took the girls with him to spend the night at his sister's house where the grandmother is staying. She is ill so his sister needed him to watch for her. Anyways, I was able to finish another set of wipes this time they are girly themed. I am very happy with the little coordinating drawstring bag I made. Oh and can't you tell I changed my header? Well, I noticed my previous header was barely visible in some PC's, everything looks nice and sharp in my Mac but I know the majority of the people uses PC so I needed to make the appropriate change.

I started sewing all my Holidays Gifts and for sale items. I have a pretty decent list of the people I need to gift, specially the kids. I thought about crayon rolls, felt toys for sale and for gifting (made out of eco-spun felt only), Christmas theme aprons for sale, probably some fancy looking place mats with coordinating napkins for my friends and family... anyways, the list goes on. Last night I was able to finish a Christmas themed kind of a chic apron :) ...and it's REVERSIBLE!

And here are the other set of wipes w/ drawstring bag:

Soon I'll show pix of some other items I am working on: Two other Xmas aprons and a some baby items for my best friend that just had a beautiful baby boy! Happy Birthing Mari!

oh gosh I almost forgot!!!! I got a new addition:

It's from my husband's grandmother, since she no longer sew anymore this was given to her by her granddaughter (my husband's sister) but she never got to use it. Look at it, it's brand new! Still has the blue sticker thingy on! yay!!!! I need a serger ;)

Friday, November 7, 2008

A bit of progress. Little by little...

First I want to say: Hi Mary thanks for stopping by! How funny but I stumbled across your blog a few days ago and was drooling over your sewing space! heehee! Too much of a coincidence?!? I love all your machines :) My next purchase will be a serger!

Today was very hard... probably the most difficult day of Motherhood! The little Robertico wasn't feeling well and was clingy all day. I was literally in tears, I really want to get my work going so I can add it to my etsy store but can't seem to get it together. How WAHMs do it? It's darn hard and very exhausting! Between my youngest daughter, housework, sicky kiddie and trying to get some work going, I feel like I am running a marathon every day. My back is killing me and I feel so tired throughout the day. Oh well, gotta love my java cups and green smoothies (recipes will be shared later)! < /vent >

Believe it or not I was able to finish a set of wipes, nothing big but at least I can list them on etsy - I seriously need some income! I also made a coordinated clutch for mama pads or even an iPod :)

Wednesday night I was able to wash and iron a ton of fabric and they are ready to work with! woohoo! I can't wait to start creating and I am planning to come up with my own patterns so it should be fun.

Some of you know I just started building up my sewing room, sooooo look what I got? :D

IT'S PINK! Well, I fell in love with the lime green one but I had my youngest daughter decide for me and she chose the pink board of course!!! lol She is such a princess :) At least I know some of the money will go towards a good cause ;)

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Changing my set up

I still think I need a cutting table, in the meantime, I've re-arranged my craft/office room for the third time in a lapse of a month *rolling eyes*. Sometimes I wish I had more room, but oh well... I got my own space and that's all it matters :)

This is the view from my computer, I got the SM facing the only window:

And this is the view from my SM:

Sew Craft Blog!

Yay! I am in the second group of a community blog for crafters! I listed the group in the side bar so if you want to get crafty ideas you can go ahead and browse around... there is so much talent around here ;)

Whole Wheat Croutons... YUM!

These are some healthy croutons that I HAD to make last night! I made a yummy Turkey Soup but it needed a companion... Whole Wheat Croutons!

Preheat oven at 240 degrees, cut about 5 slices of whole wheat bread. In another bowl mix 1/4 of olive oil, sprinkle some dried herbs like basil and/or oregano and a tiny bit of iodized sea salt. I would skip the salt if I am using this for soup since I am sure the soup is already salted. Sprinkle mix to the cut bread just make sure you don't put too much, as long as the pieces are moist...

Bake for 10 minutes over a cookie sheet, toss around with spatula and bake for another 10 minutes! VOILA!