December came astonishingly quickly and once again we are taking holiday decorations out of storage that seemed, not long ago, we had put away.
For many years I had been collecting gold colored ornaments in many shapes, sizes and texture… I really like monochromatic trees, and this year I am adding simpler more natural elements to decorate our house and tree to balance all the sparkle and glitter.
I think natural materials like pine cones, acorns, twigs, cinnamon sticks, seeds and even spices (I’ve seen several of these on Etsy) make the most beautiful ornaments to decorate with in the fall and winter (and smell wonderful!)
There’s also plenty of material at crafting supply stores for very little money to create your own ornaments with not too much of an effort!
I found birch wood already cut in slices (20 pieces per bag) in different sizes… I picked the smaller ones but bigger slices would also make beautiful over scale ornaments. I also picked some little screw eye hooks in gold for the tops of the wood pieces for the ribbon to be hung.
I finally got to use my burning tool! I had never try it before and I must say that with a little bit of practice, set at the right temperature, and working fairly quickly, it’s really fun to use.
Once I decided on the design, I used a pencil to draw the snowflakes and then burn them away.
I already had gold ribbon for my ornaments, but twine or thin jute will do just fine! They can also be used as tags or gift toppers, as place card holders or coasters to set on the holiday table and perhaps monogrammed with your guest’s initials using rubber stamps, acrylic paint, pencils, etc. Pretty!
Birch does peel a little but I didn’t mind that at all, I actually love the rustic look along with the other ornaments we already have.
I also made a super-simple-quick garland to decorate our kitchen wall… made out of laser cut stars (also sold in a little bag), using a gold wire and a hot glue gun.
Now, it’s time to think about presents and wrapping. I will be posting about that soon!
I feel very lucky to be able to work from home and have the freedom and flexibility to manage my own schedule… I love every minute of it! And on top of that, it feels so rewarding when I receive great feedback and many kind words!
Since the whole thing started I had been working non stop to be able to stay on top of the orders I had in my shop… that kept me incredibly busy and for that reason many other things had to be put on hold.
So I’ve decided to take a break for the next couple of months, slow down a bit, dedicate time to my family and plan for the holidays (which usually becomes pretty hectic).
The other reason for this break is that my studio will be getting a little make over. I will take my time to re organize it and make it even more functional for next year, when I’ll start working on my night lights again.
For next year I have new ideas! There will be new night lights and I promise you’ll love them!
I plan to be back working on them in January next year, but first I need to unplug my self and then “re-charge my batteries” for a fresh start…
Hopefully, during this break I’ll also be able to dedicate some time to my very-neglected blog and share some pics during the holiday season and more… so stick around for more new posts to come!
We are having crazy weather in Atlanta. Some days it seems that summer does not want to depart… I love the autumn season and I can’t wait for chili weather to finally arrive.
So as soon as the temperature drops a bit, I’ll light a fire, sit down in front of it with a good cup of coffee, and a cozy blanket, and in no time at all everybody is sure to gather in our family room.
On the other hand it will be a pleasant trick or treating night without having to carry extra jackets and sweaters. This year halloween is on friday so that’s another plus!
Good weather and no school next day is going to make for a late night with neighbors and friends!
Happy Fall everyone!
The leaves are changing, the sun is setting sooner, the wind is getting cooler… Fall is officially upon us and I couldn’t be happier!
I love being outside without feeling suffocated by humidity or sweat… Atlanta is finally cooling down and the weather is so much more enjoyable right now!
Being crazy busy didn’t stop me for welcoming my favorite season with some autumnal decorations… outside, the corn stalks, orange mums, and big beautiful pumpkins are already adorning our entrance door.
And for inside our home, here is a wreath I made out of faux yellow berries. They caught my eye as soon as I saw them! I love how yellow and bright they are (usually they sell them in darker colors and bigger in size).
Anyway… this is just a quick post to say hi! and hoping you’re all doing well in whatever season you’re welcoming now !
I’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!
It 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.
I picked three different colors and I really like the contrast of the soft pastel tones combined with the color of the roofs.
I 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!
After 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!
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!
I 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?
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!
Yay! 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.
I 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.
For 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!
Luckily, 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.
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!
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 :-)
I 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!
I 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!
“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.
Here 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!
I had been working hard to add more night lights into my shop! I designed new little houses in different styles and colors!
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
After tasting one, you will agree that alfajores are the best treats you have ever had!
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…
The 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.
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.
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!
At 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.
She 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!
It’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.
Once 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?
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!