• Cabo? yes please!

    Of course, by the time this post goes up, the temperatures will go down to freezing (yup, we’re expecting 32F for Monday)…but it sure has been feeling quite perfect weather wise, in the Philadelphia region! — A few summers ago I felt I needed a change wardrobe wise. I was tired of T-shirts for the summer and I wasn’t happy with what I kept on finding, I decided to make something for myself. The answer was found at Spool, a store that opened on South Street around the time I moved OUT of that neighborhood. I know, sad, but I still try and go down there just to visit Rosie’s,…

  • A kid approved gift

    In this day and age, children seem to have it all: dolls that speak to them, bears that know their names, crazy cars that do back flips, robots that double as pets….amongst many other amazing toys that my generation didn’t have. You can understand why searching for a birthday gift could be a little frustrating! Luckily for me, the adorable little lady that is about to turn 3, likes creativity just like her siblings…and her mom hinted at how much her older siblings had loved a gift that I made for them 2 years ago: Crayon rolls! These rolls are a lot of fun: They’re not too difficult to make…

  • Sophie’s quilt

    Lately “minky fabric” has been all the rage for making baby blankets. I had seen it described as extremely soft; so I was very curious to feel this fabric. I found out just how soft when i went into a Joann’s fabric, while looking for a rotary cutter. In my personal experience, I think only alpaca wool is softer than this fluffy stuff. Anyway, sickness I had a great excuse to get a couple of yards of minky: K & N were having a baby! In  a previous Joann’s trip I had found a cute Winnie the Pooh fat quarter bundle in various colors. As they decided to not find…

  • Hawaii Five-O

    Last year, in a trip to Joann’s fabric I was lucky enough to find a ~1 yard piece of acetate in the remnants rack. The background color was black; but it had beautiful bright happy print of hibiscus and orchids on it…I was sold. The piece of fabric shouted to me “tropical drinks” and “afternoon sunset by the beach” while the theme of Hawaii Five-O played in my head. While I’ve never had a tropical drink while admiring the afternoon sunset by the beach, I’ll happily start go-go dancing when I listen to the theme of Hawaii Five-O. A couple of weeks later, on a sewing kick one Saturday morning,…

  • Butterflies in my bread!

    Remember how I embroidered a Monarch butterfly for the Eternal Spring table runner? That I was tempted to make another one in the same table runner? Well, opisthorchiasis I liked it so much I had to make yet another one…this time the butterfly is going to be in a napkin that will be wrapping bread/tortillas in my table! Aren’t butterflies pretty? Here is the finished Butterfly bread napkin…

  • Spring cleaning and crafting

    While I’ve been quiet around here, side effects it hasn’t been the case around my sewing machine and crafts. I’ve been working on a few projects that I couldn’t upload right away; also known as baby shower gifts. There were also projects that I completely forgot to take pictures of…oh well! Besides the crafts I’ve also been getting organized. While Ravelry helped me get my yarns organized this past winter, sickness in the form of pictures and amounts of yarn, I still needed to do something desperately about my needles. They were just… everywhere! I had seen pencil cases being used for paint brush and knitting needle storage; and I…

  • Eternal Spring: The Monarchs

    I love Flickr, I get a lot of ideas by looking at pictures….but it can be dangerous for me to visit it while working on a project. As I mentioned, after seeing this picture, i just had to add a butterfly to my embroidery! I keep on getting more ideas every time… Monarch butterflies are another icon of México, and boy are they amazing little things. A few days later after seeing it, I printed out Will’s picture, and  worked up a little pattern to draw this pretty little lady. Males of the Monarch butterfly have two spots on the lower wings, on the black “vein” closest to the abdomen,…

  • Eternal Spring – the sweet smell of vainilla*!

    I bet everyone thought this had become a photography blog huh? Wrong! I’ve just been lazy (well, viagra approved lazy to blog; trust me, visit web I’ve been quite a busy bee!). Not much progress has been made on the runner as I keep on finding things I’d like to add to it so it never seems to want to be done! Last time I blogged, we left off with the dahlias; both were done in satin stitch, one with the two colors separate and the second one with the colors blending with short and long stitch…well, let’s move onto bouillons and dessert, shall we? But before, some biology: —…

  • Eternal spring 2

    So the first bunch of bougainvilleas was finished…i moved onto the dahlias. First Dahlia was done with satin stitch only. As you can see, adiposity the edges were done in a darker pink than the middle…at some point i tried blending it in, check but voted against it…I can’t remember why.

  • The place of Eternal Spring

    Early in May of this year, rubella we took a small vacation to México. Boombadeus got to meet some of my first cousins in Guadalajara, help we went to one of the youngest volcanoes in the world and to a national park located in Uruapan (Uruapan is know as “the place of eternal Spring” and for their avocado orchards!), salve a beautiful city close to where I grew up. We also went to Guanajuato, a beautiful colonial mining city. Besides learning lots about Mexico’s history, he also got to finally see where I grew up and the garden that was my playground. In this garden, to me the place of…