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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.

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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.

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

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

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The first layer was a peachy pink cotton fabric.

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

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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!

**Update**

New photos added with natural light.

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What’s Going On Tonight?

28 Sep

A glimpse of my world tonight.

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I haven’t done this since I was a kid.

Happy hand stitching!

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 39 – Kemah, Texas

14 Feb

Happy Day of Love!

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I did something simple for his lunch today.  Just a little “Hi, I love You”!

I also included a little note and my favorite pasta, butternut squash with a garlic, sage, and butter sauce.

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Now I am waiting for him to get home from work for our dinner date at Joe’s Crab Shack.

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I am still not feeling 100%, but better than last week and I am showing off my I have lost 10 pounds smile.  =)

I love you!

Simple Holiday Cheer

13 Dec

Happy 200th Post!

I didn’t go crazy with decorations this holiday like I did with Halloween.  Since Luis and I will be headed back home to Miami for Christmas, we kept it simple.

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The tree outside our window is back to the way it was when we first moved in, naked!  Very wintery looking.

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I love the blue glow the lights give off at night.

I also like seeing the kids playing on the playground below look up and stare at our lights.  I wish more people decorated their windows, but I do see a few Christmas trees in the windows across from us.

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Our in door plant that we bought from Ikea some time ago is playing the role of Christmas tree this year.

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As usual, Christmas came early for Luis and I.  We have never been good at actually waiting for Christmas Day to open gifts =)

This week Luis has finals, and then we are headed to the mountains in North Carolina to kick back and relax before heading to Miami the following week.  I am super excited and can’t wait to hug everyone!

Happy Thanksgiving from Georgia

25 Nov

Luis and I spent this Thanksgiving in Sandy Springs, Georgia (just 30 mins from midtown Atlanta) with my father’s side of the family.  This was my first Thanksgiving with them, and I believe my first “real” time meeting my aunt Kim and uncle Dave.

I hardly made anything. I just watched, took pictures and experienced new family traditions and listened to new stories.

What new traditions you may ask?  Soup night the night before Thanksgiving.  We had three soups.  My aunt Kim made gumbo, my uncle Eddy made chili, and I made my pumpkin and sweet potato chowder.  The soups were delicious, and I probably had three bowls of my uncle’s chili just because it reminded me of home.  Danny’s chili back home just makes you feel safe, warm, and cozy, and Eddy’s chili gave me that same feeling.

A few of the other items I made was a batch of cinnamon spiced applesauce and sweet cranberry butter.  I later found out my grandmother always makes applesauce for Thanksgiving too.  So, that’s where I get that from.

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On Thanksgiving Day is when all the cooking, baking, and roasting begins.

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Three generations cooking in the kitchen.

This family is very organized.  Everyone was assigned jobs and even the dishes were laid out and labeled with what item would be served in it.   I had two pretty serving dishes with my name on it since the only item I was asked to make were the green beans so, I made two different kinds.  One was made with raspberry glaze and almonds while the other was made with a Dijon sauce, bacon, pearl onions, rosemary, and thyme.    I wondered if my green beans would be kid friendly, but Adan ate three helpings of the green beans with Dijon sauce so, I guess they were.

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Grandpa and Luis watched football in the house while the other boys were outside making the duck, goose, and turkey.  Thankfully, they didn’t miss any of the games since they had a T.V. outside =)

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Around noon snacks are brought out to the sunroom.

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Back inside, I caught Grandma making my dad’s favorite dessert; a chocolate pudding pie.

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Then a photo shoot with Adan.

Warning! Lot’s of photos coming up.  I thought a post with photo overload was needed since I haven’t been posting as much as I use to.  Plus, it was too hard to pick the ones I liked the most.

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Just in case you are wondering, I took 120 photos of Adan during our little session.

Half time means a break to walk to the river.

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Isn’t he a cutie?

Then it was time to play with the kids outside and make some sidewalk art masterpieces.

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Then, back into the kitchen.

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Ducks!

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THEN!! It was gobble gobble time!

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After dinner, Sofia made us whipped cream for our desserts.

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Before Luis and I headed home, aunt Kim gave me some beautiful hot plate holders/place mats that were made by my grandmother’s sister, Ruth and a ceramic trivet.  You know how much I adore family items, especially when they have been made by hand.  In love, love, love.

I hope everyone enjoyed their turkey day as much as I did.

The end!