Sunday, December 25, 2011

Happy Holidays

I know I haven't been an active blogger for too long. But I do want to wish everyone a VERY, HAPPY HOLIDAYS.

This is the Christmas card I created. I sewed a pocket since most of our friends and family are overseas. This way I could include a few photos to update everyone.



Hope everyone is well and has a wonderful rest of the year!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Friday, September 16, 2011

Yes, it's true ...


I am going to Spark!

I can't believe it! I have been wanting to go since last year, when -it seemed as if- the whole creative community was blogging about Spark 2. It looked so fun and beautiful and inspiring.

However, I have 2 young kids AND I have never left them (except for one weekend when Jasmine was 10 months old and Alex was not yet in our lives). That and it seemed a little self- indulgent to be travelling all the way to Utah for a creative weekend just for fun, just for me. So I put it away on my long wish list of things to do one day.

But then ... I asked and I received. Hubby is graciously taking a couple of days off to take care of the munchkins and letting me have uninterrupted fun all the way in Utah. *eeek* I'm so excited! Thank you hubby!




Of course, I haven't told the kids yet ... now, how to do this?

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Cards

These days I seem to only have time to make cards. I have a made a few, but this particular one I love. It went to congratulate a lovely couple who got married last weekend.



These days I love mixing geometric designs with floral designs. It looks fresh and contemporary.

I also have a new love for orange. It's strange considering I have always disliked orange and brown since I was a kid. Oh yes, I love brown, too, now. Particularly when mixed with pink or baby blue. What's up with that? My taste in food has also changed drastically since I was kid. I must be getting older! :)

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Orange juice, anyone?

Okay, I'm going to be the first one to admit, the kitchen is not really my domain. I have never been interested in cooking (although I LOVE collecting recipes ... for that one day I'm going to cook a feast for my hubby ... not sure when). And I have no cooking talent.

On rare occasions when I want to do something special for my kids or with my kids, I bake. Cupcakes and the sort. Nothing too exciting.

But now and then I find a recipe so easy (you don't even have to turn on the stove or oven) and yummy, I can't say 'no'. Making orange juice is one of those treasures ;-)

I found this idea on my friend's Facebook page. The instructions were simple: Squeeze many different kinds of oranges into a container. I happened to have a grapefruit, a couple of Sunkist oranges and tons of clementines. So, oila:


It made exactly 1 1/3 glasses of refreshing juice. I would have taken a photo of it, but it went into my son's and hubby's tummies faster than I could pick up my camera!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Collage and card

What have I done this week?  Well, mostly cleaning and organizing my home. And there's still more to do. No wonder my Mom was happy with her 2 bedroom apartment. Whenever I told her that I would love to live in a big 2 story house, my Mom would say: Oh honey, and who will clean all that?

I never understood, until hubby and I got our first house.

I can't imagine living in a 2 bedroom apartment now! But there it is, I get what I asked for! That's for sure :-)

I do try to do something creative and fulfilling every day. No matter how small the project. I've been painting a little. No photos of that yet, cause my progress is well, very little. It seems, I do more daydreaming than picking up the brush .. haha.

I've also created a little card and collage. My Sister-in-law is moving to her brand new home this week.



I probably ought to make the habit to let you know what materials I used. Let's see: paper by 7Gypsies, K-ology and SEI. Die cuts made using the Cricut (except for the house, I cut myself). And last, but not least, the quote is from Studio 112.

The weekend is here! I hope you have a wonderful one!!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Lovely weekend

I hope you had a lovely weekend and you are refreshed for a great week ahead.
My weekend was wonderfully relaxing. My kids even let me sleep in :) We hung out mostly at home and at a local park. On Sunday Jasmine just couldn't leave her new dress in the closet anymore and wore it out.


I thought I'd share this photo with you, because in the previous photos it didn't quite show the back.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The neck dress.

Have you seen this book: Little Girls, Big Style: Sew a Boutique Wardrobe from 4 Easy Patterns, by Mary Abreu?


I purchased it several months ago, but never got around to sewing anything. I think it was nerves. I haven't really sewed anything more complicated than a pillow cover for years ... actually a couple of decades ... it's been a while since I graduated from highschool. *eek*

Last time I sewed a clothing piece was in home ec. I sewed a uniform shirt. I know, very exciting ...

Anyhow, this book is for girls 2-6 years old. So I felt the pressure to make at least one thing out of the book, before Jasmine turns 7. I let Jasmine pick out what she wanted and it was no surprise that she want the halter dress. She calls it the neck dress. She LOVES neck dresses!


It took me quite many nights to sew this one. Sewing clothes isn't really my thing, I guess. But I've always wanted to sew dresses for my daughter. So here it is.

I sewed a size 6. Size 6 store bought dresses usually fit Jasmine just right. But this one turned out one size too big around the waist. That coupled with the fact that I lengthened one of the tiers from 5.5" to 12", makes it prefect to wear next summer :-)


Back to the book. My daughter and I love it. The photos are beautiful and the directions are clear. This particular dress pattern is also very forgiving. I wasn't too precise while cutting all the rectangles for the tiers. Somehow it ended up slightly wavy, but it all came together well anyway.

Jasmine has a list of things that she wants me to sew. I think next up will be a skirt though. Something that is faster to whip up :-)

Oh and last, but not least, Jasmine styled herself: the hair, the necklace ... enjoy!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Family painting / mixed media update

Remember our family painting?
I know, you'd think it'd be finished by now and gracing our living room, ey? I thought so, too!

I thought, summer! Plenty of time to work on it.
Turned out summer was busy. And if there was a spare moment, my daughter wanted to read (she was in a race to collect all the rewards from the library's summer reading program!) and my son rather played "fight" (boys! I had to hide his swords & lightsaber several times, just to give me a break).

We finally worked on it a little last week.
We painted and stamped a few details on the flowers. Then we added a touch of glitter and stenciled into the background. My kids weren't too crazy about the stenciling. So I did alot of it. I really enjoyed working on it, without the constant "I want to do that, too!" (haha)


Some of the flowers became big and messy after adding more paint. So I cut out scrapbooking paper to define the flowers.


We also added 2 ladybugs.


So what do you think?
Starting to look interesting?


I think we'll work on it one last time, maybe adding details using sharpies. And then we'll call it finished.
My kids are ready to move on to a new project. They want to create a painting for my bedroom (which is also in desperate need for something interesting! :)

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Another bracelet

Here's a flower bracelet I whipped up yesterday.


I really love crocheting flowers and bracelets. They are quick to make and look so sweet.

Actually I also crocheted four tiny flowers in a row to make a bracelet for Jasmine. The flowers were like the one above, but I used a really skinny wool. They curled in, too. So they looked more like a string of pompoms or lace. It's cute. Unfortunately, Jasmine has managed to lose it last Friday. I'm hoping she misplaced it somewhere at home. But so far, no sign of it. 

Oh well, I have to get back to my sewing project.  Will share it when it's done :)

Monday, July 25, 2011

Pink bracelets

I love to crochet and knit. My problem is that I don't have the patience to make big pieces that take forever or that might show the fact that I can't crochet/knit in straight lines ;)

So the other day, when I got an itch to make something, I pondered over what I could make that could give me "instant" gratification. And so it came to me ... bracelets.

I love Nikki Epstein's "Crocheting on the edge". I picked a ruffly design and away I went.


Above my little girl is sporting hers.
And below it's me wearing one.


I love instant gratification!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Monterey road trip

How was your 4th of July?
We hadn't planned a thing for the long weekend. In between our trip to San Diego and our upcoming trip to NYC, I thought we needed a breather. But on Friday, my hubby decided to do a last minute fun trip. We pricelined a hotel in Monterey and 3 hours later we were on our way.

Most of our time was spend in the swimming pool.



We added a bit of beach fun ...



playground excitement (my kids love the huge Dennis the Menace playground!) ...


tree climbing adventure ...


and a side trip to Big Sur 


and Cambria.



{Elephant seals molting on the beach.}


{Zebras at Hearst Castle. This is at least the fourth time
that I pass by Hearst Castle and yet it's the first time
that I see these zebras.}


{The "secret fairy garden" behind a garden shop in Cambria,
which is a must visit for us every time we visit.}

I am totally exhausted!
But look at these munchkins. It was totally worth it :)


I hope you had a great weekend, too!

Thursday, June 30, 2011

*love* photo books

I LOVE photo books. Making them. Ordering them. Looking through them.
I think my 6 year old does, too. Occasionally she can be found on the sofa, going through all the photo books that I have put on the table next to it.

Recently, I found Paper Coterie. What is unique about them is that they offer prompts for their photo books. And what I really LOVE from their site are their swatchbooks. They are smaller photo books - 5.5"x3.25". Their paper backgrounds are gorgeous and some also include beautiful icons.

Today marks my grandmother's first anniversary since her death. In honor of this occasion, I ordered a few swatchbooks for me and my family.


The fronts of the pages show photos of her funeral ...



and the back of the pages show photos of when she was younger and with her family.


I am very happy with how the swatchbooks turned out. I love the quality of the paper. And the printing quality is good too. It's crisp, but slightly grainy if you really look at it. It doesn't bother me though.

I packed my little gifts up, here are a few ...


I hope my Oma is happy in heaven. And I hope my family enjoys their little keepsakes.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Stitching

For our road trip to San Diego, I planned to art journal a bit. I packed up my journal and little artbox - filled with copic pens, sharpies, gel pens, pencils, pigment ink pens, a washi tape roll, rub ons and a few other goodies. I was excited and was hoping that hubby would drive most of the daylight hours, before I would took a turn driving.

Then just before I headed for the door, I grabbed my stitching. Something I started a few months ago, when I was inspired by a few works by Pam Garrison and Aneela Hoey. I stopped because I got distracted with ecourses, painting and art-journalling. 

And guess what, I did a bit of the stitching and just couldn't stop. I didn't even get to art journal one bit. Hubby was so kind and drove all the way to South California and back to let me stitch in peace. It was awesome. I finished my little piece that I wanted to do ...


and even started a new one ...


If you are wondering what in the world I am going to do with them, you are posing a very good question. I have no idea. Initially I was going to frame them for Christmas presents. I suppose I could still do that. While working on them this time around though, I thought they would look gorgeous as book covers for art journals or mini scrapbooks. I don't know, we'll see. 

My work in the first one is also not the best, my knots went all crooked ... so I'm not sure I could gift them just like that.

Ah well, this is always my problem. I get so inspired by technique, but then I'm not sure what to do with it all :)

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Roadtrip

I am back from a wonderful roadtrip.
Hubby had to attend a conference in San Diego, so we decided to tag along and see the sights. On our way there, we stopped in Hollywood. Why? Well, because my 6 year old loves reading the Fancy Nancy series and in one of the books, Mrs Devine - Fancy Nancy's neighbor - has a scrapbook full of letters and autographs by Hollywood movie stars. Jasmine has been talking about Hollywood ever since. I think she was expecting a place full of movie stars .. good thing, we got things cleared up just before the trip :)  And she enjoyed a short stop at the Chinese Theater.


"Mommy, my hands fit in these prints. Who is Shirley Temple?"


Found "Mary Poppin's" little spot ...


and "Dorothy's" prints.

Then we made a 2 days stop at Legoland.


Lucky Alex! On those exact 2 days Legoland hosted a Star Wars weekend. Alex LOVES Star Wars. He hasn't seen any of the movies or read any of the books, except for the simple reader books - which really doesn't tell you much. But he is a great fan!




Then we made it to San Diego. I have always loved San Diego. This time we stayed right by Seaport Village. It was great for walking around and exploring.




I wanted to walk up to "the Sailor and the Nurse", but it got vetoed by 2 little munchkins. I had to use my zoom lens to see it. Go figure!


My hubby recommended going to the Midway museum, but I was skeptical that it was worth taking a 4 and a 6 year old to an aircraft carrier museum. My 4-year old is into superheroes and has little interest in "vehicles". The closest he got is when he was 2 and pointed at every fire engine and ambulance. He is way past it now though. And my 6 year old is such a typical girly girl - her life evolves around princesses, fairies, ballet and gymnastics.

We walked to the Midway anyway. I thought we would just pass by it, take a few photos and maybe talk about the helicopters and airplanes that we could see.



The moment we got there, my kids asked if they could go in. So we got tickets and ... 




... we stayed for 4 hours! Time flew, I couldn't believe it.
Who knew that it was so fun to push button and pull levers, which are not even connected to anything anymore?!

Next month we'll be flying to NYC for a week. I can't wait!