casita nuevaI’m so happy to show you one of the latest night lights I just designed and finished! I had so much fun building it and it’s probably one of my favorites!

 

casita nueva4It took more little windows, more shingles, more time and thinking and it is a little bit bigger in size than all the other night lights.

 

casita nueva2I picked three different colors and I really like the contrast of the soft pastel tones combined with the color of the roofs.

 

casita nueva nocheI hope you like it too!

If you do, it’s now available at my shop and you can check it out here!

Hope you are all doing well!

summer sewing6After more than two months without updating my blog, I am back posting about some sewing projects I did during this summer.

It’s unbelievable to me how soon this summer came and now in ten days my kids will be back in school. Summer vacations will be over and we are soooo not ready for that!

 

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Not being a pro at sewing, I’m always looking for patterns that I can finish my projects easily and preferably fast!

I found a good one for girl’s shorts (New Look 6296) which is very simple and quick. After I finished sewing the first pair of shorts I started digging into my fabric stash and with less than one yard per pair I completed a few more!

The pattern calls for a zipper (I hate sewing zippers) so instead I used wide elastic which works really well!

 

 

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The few skirts I sewed are from this pattern that I used awhile ago (posted here). This time I modified it a little bit and instead made it with less layers and elastic waistband.

 

summer sewing1I totally fell in love with this pink floral print as soon as I saw it at the fabric store…  I think the very soft pink ribbon around the top layer of the skirt looks really pretty, doesn’t it?

 

 

summer sewing3 With some of the scraps left over from the other garments I used as details on blue denim, I followed this dress pattern to make a shirt out of a lovely bird fabric.

So, that’s it… Now it’s time to put my sewing machine away and go get school supplies for the year. We still have a few days of late sleeping mornings, pool, late dinners and movie nights…

How are you doing? Is this summer flying so crazily fast as well for you?

I’m sure that my friends in the southern hemisphere are so looking forward to the arrival of spring. In any case, wherever you are… I hope all is well!

 

 

Untitled-1Yay! It’s done! For a long time I wanted to make a colorful flower quilt and here it is!… and I can finally post some pictures to share with you.

 

 

spring quilt2I started it a few months ago  and I finally had a chance to sit down for a few hours and work on it this weekend.  It felt great to be able to finish binding and hand quilting the last flowers that were left to do.

 

spring quilt3For this quilt I wanted to use a different background color. I always used solid white but instead this time I chose an oatmeal linen type fabric and I love it!

 

spring quilt5Happy spring everyone!

 

 

studio1Luckily, I have been very, very busy lately trying to catch up with orders at my Etsy shop. But also a pretty hectic week balancing the time between the house, kids, school, and all of the daily routine….

Inevitable, my OCD tendencies kicked in and I had to organize and clean up all the stuff that had been accumulating in the past weeks.

 

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So this weekend, I designated a place for everything and moved some furniture around to make the most of the space.

My precious fabrics are now stored inside the closet along with thread, quilting tools, ribbons, sewing notions, etc.

I liked having my fabrics in sight, but I think what I really needed the most was to make my studio a bit more organized. Now it’s a real pleasure and very efficient!

Have a wonderful week!

 

 

Hut-AnimationIt feels like summer here in Atlanta… the days are bright and beautiful and it is starting to really warm up! Soon it will be “Hotlanta” all over again!

So, in anticipation of the heat I just finished making these beach hut night lights. So far, the beach hut seems to be one of the most popular items in my shop.

Sorry to all of you in the north who may still be battling the cold.. Maybe a beach hut will help conjure up a little sunshine in your life… at least at night :-)

 

 

easter3I am still overwhelmed by all your lovely comments I received after the Better Homes and Gardens publication!

I do appreciate each one of them and it truly means a lot to me. Just knowing that you like what I do and that you actually took the time for letting me know by commenting here on my blog or on my Etsy shop makes me very happy!

Happy Easter everyone and thanks again for all your support!

 

 

182 BH0514 I Did It PaneroI am so happy to share with you some very exciting news! I had been contacted by Better Homes and Gardens to be featured for the “I did it” story of their May 2014 issue!

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“Material used with permission from Better Homes and Gardens magazine. 2014 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved”

 

It was unbelievable! I cannot tell you how happy and surprised I was to know that one of my favorite magazines of all time was interested in featuring me and my night lights!

These little “Casita” night lights started because I wanted a night light for my kids and couldn’t find anything that they really liked.  So I decided to make them myself. In fact, all of the little night lights in my shop are completely hand made from scratch.  

 

photo shoot preview2Here is one of the pics from “behind the scenes” of the photo shoot.

Now I’m so grateful to be given the opportunity to share my work with Better Homes and Garden readers.  Hopefully this little business will continue to grow – I just love designing and creating them!

 

 

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I had been working hard to add more night lights into my shop! I designed new little houses in different styles and colors!

 

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Now you can get a night light personalized with a name or any cute message you want like “Sweet Dreams”!

To see more of these additions you can head to my shop on Etsy!

Hope you like them!

On my next post I’ll be sharing with you some exciting news about my “Casita” Night Lights!

 

 

 

alfajores6 There are few things that remind me of home… one of those is a good “alfajor de Maizena” (which is the brand name for corn starch).

Alfajores are made with two soft and crumbly cookies sandwiched around a luscious dollop of dulce de leche and shredded coconut.

 

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To make these you will need:

1)   2 1/2 cups cornstarch (Maizena Brand)

2)   1 2/3 cups flour

3)   3/4 cup sugar

4)  1 cup butter (room temperature)

5)  3 egg yolks

6)  1 -2 teaspoon lemon zest

7)   1 tablespoon vanilla extract

8)   1/2 teaspoon baking soda

9)   2 teaspoons baking powder

 

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Beat the butter until creamy. Add the sugar gradually, beating until the mixture is light and fluffy. Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla and lemon rind. Sift together the cornstarch, flour, baking powder and salt. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture, beating until thoroughly combined.

Bake in a 350 degrees oven for 15 minutes. Immediately remove from the baking sheets and let cool.

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When cool, spread some dulce de leche on the bottom half of the cookies and make a sandwich. Squeeze the sandwiches and roll the sides in the grated coconut.

 alfajores5After tasting one, you will agree that alfajores are the best treats you have ever had!

 

 

painted beads5

 This is a simple project and very easy to make! All it takes are a few easy-to-find supplies and a bit of patience…

 

painted beadsThe wooden beads are sold in any craft store and you can find them in different sizes. I used a string for the necklace but you can also make it using a thin chain, if you have one lying around.

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I wrapped the masking tape around half of each bead and applied two coats of paint. The tape also makes it easier to both hold onto it while painting and also to let the beads stand to dry.

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Once all the beads are completely dry, peel the painters tape slowly and then string them with the same colored part facing inward towards each other…

This was a fun project to make on the weekend… It has endless possibilities and you can use any color you want…  Oh, and perfect for Spring!

 

 

welcome spring1At last, spring is officially here! After a few grey rainy days, today the sun is shinning bright and welcoming the arrival of the new season! And with the end of winter, my daughter’s birthday came as well.

 

welcome spring3She is 9 years old now (… sigh… can’t believe it…) she still likes playing with dolls and other toys, but I can see that now she spends more time crafting and really loves it…

One of her favorite presents came all the way from Canada. Her godparents are, and always have been awesome and very kind, never forgetting our little one’s special day… the same for all the rest of the family!

  welcome spring4It’s a colored sand art by numbers craft kit, that comes with pre-printed images of exotic birds. The colored sand sticks perfectly onto the adhesive board making the bird designs even more pretty… and it was so enjoyable that she sat for hours by herself and was thrilled when it was done.

 

 welcome spring2Once finished they looked so beautiful! We decided to frame them and hang them up along with the other bird prints we have in our guests bedroom wall.

Aren’t they beautiful? And isn’t it a lovely way to add color especially made by two little hands?

 

welcome spring5 Happy Spring to all of you!… and happy Autumn to everybody in the Southern Hemisphere:  to my blog friends in Australia and to my dear ones in Argentina!

 

 

 

cloud playroom7Recently our playroom got a good makeover: a new coat of paint, molding, wall decal and more “grown up” furniture. On one part of the room we decided to install shelves along the wall,  but because of the high ceilings it looked kind of empty on the top.

 

clouds playroom2To make this clouds I used some leftover of  1/4″ sheet of wood. After drawing its shape,  I cut them very carefully using a scroll-saw; the same machine I use to make my night lights.  Then I applied two coats of white paint in an eggshell finish.

 

 clouds playroom3Before painting the clouds and in between coats, I used a fine grit sanding sponge to get a better finish and also to smooth out the edges all around them.

 

 cloouds playroom4After drilling two small holes on the top part of each cloud, I hung them up by installing hooks on the ceiling and secured with anchors.

I think that they look pretty nice, giving a fun and whimsical touch to the playroom.

At first I thought about just leaving them in the natural wood tone, but I couldn’t help it. I love white and think they tie the moldings and furniture in the room together much better.

 

 

Barn1Here is another addition to my “Casita” night lights! I made a barn, complete with a couple of cute farm animals and some green bushes around it to give it more color…

 

 

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For all of my night lights I have been choosing soft pastel colors, and when I thought about making a barn I was a bit dubious about painting it red, but this is its characteristic color and I truly love it!

Hope you like it too! It’s available right now at my Etsy shop!

 

 

 

flower quilt2We are having an unusual cold winter this year and it seems to me that it’s going to be a long one too.

I am so longing for spring and sunny warm days, that I decided (between juggling quite a few tasks and activities) to gather some “springy” colorful fabrics and begin quilting again.

 

flower quilt1I am always more inclined to choose same color fabrics and patterns; this time I decided to try something completely different and see how it turns out.

So far, I love it!

I’ll share more pics with you as soon as I finish… (hopefully very soon)!

 

 

 

giveaway Thank you so much to all of you for participating in my giveaway

I am happy to announce that Mina is the lucky winner of the necklace!  Congratulations!

I really enjoy organizing giveaways and so I will be in the hunt for more special things to share with you very soon!

Thanks again!

 

 

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