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Hand Stitched Tree Pillow

3 Oct

I haven’t cross stitched or hand stitched since I was younger so, when I saw Purl Soho selling a 4 Season Embroidery Kit it sparked my  interest.

I love the look of wood,wood grains, natural bark, or natural wood and thought this craft project would make a neat pillow.



This craft project wasn’t something that could be completed overnight.  I took me about a week to finish.  I really enjoy taking the time to hand stitch something. It’s relaxing to me, like a good book, and it was something I did for an hour or two each night while watching my sickening obsession of realty T.V.




I used three stitching techniques; a back stitch, chain stitch, and a french knot.


Picking the fabric was the hardest part.  I wanted something soft, feminine, and romantic.


The first layer was a peachy pink cotton fabric.


The second layer of the pillow I picked was a white lace that allowed the peachy pink fabric’s color to gently peak through.


The final product, not the best picture since it is night time and couldn’t wait to share my first pillow I have ever made with you all.  I will post a better picture another day since this light makes some of my french knot blossoms look a little green instead of white.

Besides posting a bad picture of the final product, I am really excited about my first pillow and already starting my second one!


New photos added with natural light.

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Hello Atlanta

13 May

  After Luis and I settled into our new place we were quick to jump back into the Georgia life.  We had a three hour walk to and around Piedmont Park.  We ate at a few of our favorite and delicious restaurants like The Vortex, OK Cafe, Atlanta’s new food truck park, and we tired a new burrito shop that opened while we were away called, Bell Street Burritos.

One of the things I missed the most while in Texas was hiking.  Hiking in the mountains, next to streams or rivers is the best kind of hiking to me.  I added more hikes to my 2012 list and I haven’t done much of it.  Time to change that.  We decided to go for a 3 mile hike at Sweetwater Creek State Park.  There are two trails to choose from, one right along the river and the other high above the river on flat ground.  We picked the rocky path along side the river.

It was supposed to be a cloudy day, but it turned out to be pretty sunny.

About a half mile into the hike we came across the ruins of the New Manchester Manufacturing Company, a textile mill burned during the Civil War.  We went on a 15 minute guided tour to learn about the textile mill.  Luis loves all things history.

We were told these holes are from bullets and other weapons from a prior owner who used the building for target practice.

Our park guide also told us the mill was closed down this past February because John Travolta and Robert De Niro were filming a movie called; Killing Season, due out sometime in 2013.

I love finding knobby trees!

We also found a few little critters.

A silk worm.

And a very calm Fence Lizard.

We are planning another 3 hour walk around Piedmont Park tomorrow.   While we are there, we are hoping to pick up free tickets to Piedmont Park’s Shakespeare in the Park: The Tempest, an outdoor play for Sunday night.

Day 64 – Kemah, Texas – Sewing Project # 2

12 Mar

I was able to sick to my goal and complete my first little girl dress.

I am pretty happy with it.

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I played around with one of the embroidery settings on my sewing machine to add an extra dash of cute and playful to the dress.  I think it looks like a vine with leaves.

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Of course, I had to add something heart shaped to the dress. It wouldn’t be me if I didn’t.  I hand sewed metal heart buttons which look like they have a design of vines and leaves just like the stitching I added to the trim.

I am excited to start the second dress as the fabric is bright, colorful, and completely perfect for spring.  I will hopefully be able to tackle it soon while I still feel comfortable with my sewing machine.

My other accomplishment this weekend was homemade guava pastelitos.  I miss cuban food, and these were able to curve my craving.  These are quick and simple.   Defrost puff pastry, and cut into triangles.  Add guava paste (I use the brand Goya) to the center.  Fold into triangle.  Brush egg wash to the tops, and sprinkle with sugar.  Bake at 360 for about 18-25 mins, until golden brown.  Some like to bake at 400, but I prefer a lower temp setting so that every layer is baked  completely and it doesn’t brown/color too quickly.

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Next time I think I will make some with cream cheese and guava, or maybe just the cheese.  Either way, it will be delicious.

Day 55 – Kemah, Texas – Sewing Projects

8 Mar

Last weekend I pulled out my sewing machine for a small project.

I have never used a sewing machine, been behind a sewing machine, or touched a sewing machine.

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I stuffed the top heart with cotton for a raised heart look, and for extra cushion to push my pins into.

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To get the feel of the power from the sewing machine, and to learn how to stitch the trim, I made a heart shaped pin cushion.   I made three pin cushions to be exact.  The picture above is from the best looking one.  I am slowly learning.

I also played around with all the different stitch designs with an extra square piece of fabric, which took up most of my time.  So many different design possibilities.

My next project is a girl’s dress!  I am still staring at the pieces wondering when I will get the motivation to complete it.  I now understand other bloggers who write about their new craft of sewing, and how they have a love hate relationship with it.

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Maybe by this weekend I will be able to finish it…

Or maybe I will have to wait till we go back to Atlanta and enroll in sewing classes at Georgia Tech for the summer.

Day 26 – Kemah, Texas – Dessert Reveal

3 Feb

I made buttermilk blueberry cupcakes with maple brown butter icing, known as cupcake #19 from a website my friend, Angry Muffin forwarded to me.  The website is called Ming Makes Cupcakes.

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They were delicious.

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A snap of my breakfast this morning.  Leftover from the dinner I made last night.

Now we are off to Austin with the other co-ops.  I hope you are having a wonderful Friday!

Day 5 in Kemah, Texas

11 Jan

My grandmother gave Luis and I a bottle of Champagne during Christmas to toast to the New Year, which we didn’t.  Instead, we held on to it for a night of celebration when we felt comfortable enough in Texas to toast to new opportunities.

We finally took a moment to have that toast.

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Along with our mini celebration, I made Luis a little sweet surprise.

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I am not a big fan of apple pie, but Luis loves it, and I knew it would make him happy.  The best part is that these are mini so he won’t have to worry about having too much.

I’ve been obsessed with Pinterest lately, which is where I found this idea.

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To go with the mini pies, I made steak stuffed with horseradish butter, mashed potatoes, and asparagus that was baked with lemon and oil.

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One of my goals for 2012 was to bake more, and to become better at it.

 Luis loved the mini pies so, I guess I am starting off the year right.  I also think Luis is loving this whole housewife thing.