2014-12-20

Glimpse of our last week #24

This is where I show you bits and parts of our week behind the scenes.


not much going on this week. We had G.'s school Christmas party, where she fell terrible shy when Santa called her to give her a gift. A doll. she enjoyed the balloons, food and music though. It's funny how over all the teacher's, she wanted the one from last year's only. Little S. slept most of the time while there but he enjoyed it a little too, by the end of it. My parents were here for the arty too, and once at home, my mom started knitting a dress for G.'s baby doll and she wanted to knit too, we had a blast with her. They both recieved gifts from an online friend, she absolutely loved her new words game, and they also got a surprise from another online friend (but pictures are missing). I have been inventoring the fabrics I bought this year (I broke badly my commitment of not buying any fabrics!). I have also inventoring my threads to see what colours do I need. To finish of, we have our own little Santa!!!

2014-12-16

Preparing Christmas III: advent calendar


After last year's calendar - which we loved and was fun - I wanted to make a new one that would last longer and probably use it for a few years. I had the idea in mind for a while, and I have actually been collecting matchboxes for years. First, I had to figure out how to arrange the 24 boxes in order to get a Christmas tree shape, that was the hardest part.


Once I was happy with it, I started wrapping boxes in a gold paper. Three for the top, then two rows of 2, three rows of 3 and then two rows of 4. I was ready to glue each block on top of the other. I realised the white from the boxes was stained and just old, so with a blue shinny deco tape I covered them. Easy peasy! And how would I pull them out? A solution was needed and I covered that with ribbon. I make holes in each box, I've put a knotted piece of ribbon through it and secure in place with tape on the inside.


To finish I painted the numbers with a red ink but it faded a bit and they look rather pink... blhaaaac. It is even harder to see in the photos. And there, a new advent calendar for the family. Instead of  the activities/actions to make together this year, I was a bit lazy and just put sweets in each box/day. =/

2014-12-15

Preparing Christmas II: Santa Wraping Box


At G.'s kindergarden, we were asked to have her picking one of her toys for a gift exchange with the other kids. It had to be hers (we couldn't buy a new one) and it had to be wrapped by us. And we could use our creativity to do so. She picked a huge Garfield shaped back pack that she never wore in her life, but it was too big to fit a shoe cardbox, so I had to use a slightly bigger one from a plastic swimming pool. I had the idea in my mind of using a Santa hat, somehow, to make it. I then did a quick search on google and the idea was finished and turned into something real. Using different paper colours, I cut the shapes, add the glue and she glued it to the box (with some help of course). When we were finished we had a cute Santa as the wrapping to her gift. I was really proud of it. And I loved making it with her!

Oh, and if you don't get it why it is the second post of preparing Christmas, you can see the first thing I made HERE

2014-12-13

Glimpse of our last week #23

This is where I show you bits and parts of our week behind the scenes.


We're on the countdown to Christmas and it is going faster than I hoped for. Why is it that there's always so much to do around this time of the year? And I just keep adding things to the list! It was a good week. Again. Me and the kids met some online friends for the first time, we spent a short but nice time together as our girls played together. I made a Christmas wreath for the first time. I had both the kids doing inhalations - they so love it!!! I was given more clothes for refashion and had to re-organize my refashion closet. I made the first Christmas gifts (it was about time). Finished another pattern test (can I say my favourite thing  from the latest months?!!!). I recieved a copy of Constança's book from my bloggy friend Patrícia. Santa was homework from G. and last but not least, I was on a secret friend gift exchange and I got my present... way too cool I can tell you! Best Christmas gift ever (after my sewing machine *hehe*). 

2014-12-11

Mãos à Obra

Note: I usually don't write any posts in portuguese here, but I will open an exception today because I will be talking about a book, and so far, it has only been published in portuguese. Scroll down for the english how to... to my craft. 


Eu, juntamente com outras amigas bloggers, decidimos fazer uma surpresa à autora do livro Mãos à Obra, a Constança Cabral. Sim, a Concha, do blogue Saídos da Concha. O livro saiu no passado mês de Outubro e para já, foi apenas editado em português. Assim que hoje, algumas de nós vamos falar-vos de projetos do livro que nos inspiraram. A minha cópia, foi uma prenda de uma querida amiga e no mesmo instante em que o recebi, andei a ver atentamente, projeto atrás de projeto. A apresentação está muito bonita, as fotografias ao nível daquilo que a autora/blogger nos tem habituado ao longo do seu percurso no blog. Todo ele é inspiração, desde receitas, bricolage, jardinagem, costura... tem um pouco de tudo para quem gosta de fazer as coisas à sua medida, ao seu gosto. Para quem gosta de dar um toque especial à casa ou preparar uma prenda especial para alguém, a partir das suas próprias mãos.  


O livro encontra-se organizado pelas quatro estações do ano, com crafts para cada uma delas. Quando tive que escolher a minha, fui direitinha à parte do Outono, mas a verdade é que esta estação está a ficar para trás e daqui a nada estamos no Inverno. Espreitei então com mais atenção os projetos de Inverno. Inspirei-me na Coroa de Natal. 


A minha porém, não é natural como a da Constança (pelo menos não a 100%). A verdade é que andava com vontade de fazer uma coroa para a nossa porta há muito tempo. Todos os anos vou adicionando uma coisa (ou muitas) à lista de coisas que quero fazer para esta altura do ano, que para mim, ganhou novo significado a partir do dia que fui mãe. A coroa, fazia parte da lista há um par de anos, no mínimo. E foi pensando nisso, que, quando desmontei a nossa árvore de natal pequenina do ano passado, joguei os pés fora e guardei o resto. Levei o ano todo a pensar que tinha de fazer a coroa, para não deixar passar quando Dezembro chegasse. Só há uns dias é que realmente meti mãos à obra, e inspirada pela coroa do livro, fiz finalmente, uma para a nossa casa. 

Querem saber como fiz a minha? Aqui vai... Comecei por cortar os ramos mais compridos da árvore com a ajuda de um alicate. Como já têm arame incluído, foi bastante fácil juntas vários ramos, formando uma coroa. Para isso, bastou-me ir enrolando uns nos outros. Poderia ter feito mais, mas os arames eram duros de roer e eu não tive paciência para mais. 


Depois, fui espreitar a minha caixa das fitas e tinha uma fita dourada que salvei há tempos de outra coisa qualquer - talvez alguma prenda que tenha recebido, e fiquei super feliz, por me aperceber que era suficiente, aliás, perfeita para a minha coroa. Fui enrolando À volta da coroa, procurando que ficasse uniforme. Dei um nó. Procurei mais um pouco e encontrei a fita vermelha, que tinha comprado para um outro projeto qualquer. Fiz um laço duplo e juntei-a à coroa, atando-a com uma fina linha (de coser) vermelha. Por fim, lembrei-me que tinha um saco cheio de pequenas pinhas que a minha rica filha apanhou o ano passado em casa da tia. Guardei-as porque, achei-as perfeitas para projetos de Natal. Como tinha comprado há pouco tinta dourada em spay, usei-a para as pinhas. Deixei secar durante a noite, mas penso que um par de horas é suficiente. 


Para finalizar a coroa, só tive que atar as pinhas à mesma. Mais uma vez, com a ajuda da linha vermelha, adicionei uma pinha de cada vez, cada uma delas,  a uma altura diferente. O marido sugeriu colar as pinhas na coroa, várias, mas assim pareceu-me mais clean, mais bonito e leve. 


E foi assim que, passados alguns anos, temos coroa na nossa porta, para receber quem nos vier visitar. A melhor parte foi ter ido buscar a miúda à escola e ver o seu entusiasmo e alegria quando viu a coroa "mamã, o pai natal passou aqui?". 


Se gostaram do nosso post, de certeza que também irão gostar dos posts que as minhas amigas têm preparados para vocês. Não se esqueçam de visitar os seus blogues, têm os links abaixo. A Sara, do blog Made by Sara, está a oferecer uma cópia do livro, por isso, se quiserem arriscar a vossa sorte corram até lá. 


[o livro encontra-se à venda em livrarias e hipermercados de Portugal, e online aqui]


Me and some friends (visit their links above!) are surprising Constança today, with a few projects inspired by her first book. It is all about crafts and home making. I was inspired by a wreath. It's been years since I wanted to make one myself, and this was just the perfect timing. However I didn't quite copy the book's, I just followed my own ideas. I saved an old faux Christmas tree from last year to make this. I think photos above are clear to understand how I made it, but here is goes. I cut the bigger branches from the tree, rolled them into each others and created the wreath. Then I just embellished it with things I already had at home. Golden ribbon all arounf, red ribbon for a dobble bow, and then I just spray painted a few pinecones, and attached them to the wreath with red sewing thread. Voila, it was done and ready to hang in our door. My daughter was so impressed with it. 


[the book is written in Portuguese but if you'd like to buy it and have it shipped internationally, you can do sohere]

2014-12-07

Glimpse of our last week #22

This is where I show you bits and parts of our week behind the scenes.


Phew another week gone by. We're so close to the end of the year. The princess has a hear infeccion so she skipped school for a couple of days this past week. It shortened my sewing time and I was so tired when I put the kids to bed that I just couldn't stand up and would fall asleep too. I managed to finish a few things though... some aren't pictured here, like a pattern test. A friend had a baby boy (two weeks ago) and we visited themr (I usually visit babies when they are a little older, but she -mom- had ordered me a breastfeeding pillow and a sling so I visited them sooner than usual). S. had an appointment, and the next day he had his first soup. We've up our Christmas tree up on the first as tradition tells us to, G. and I did so, while S. sat at daddy's lap and dad would take photos of us. Us girls made our special cake, she was just so happy. I had her little hands helping me as I prepared some cards to be sent. And I made us a new advent calendar... I didn't post anything the last week... and I just realised that now. 

2014-12-06

November Wrap Up

November was mostly a month of pattern blog tours around here. It started with Serger Peppers Everyday Tank top, which I made for myself. After testing the Rowan Tee I was also, so happy to be on Titchy Threads pattern tour with an Autumn version of the shirt for G. I was also in the pattern tour for the Uptown/Downtown dress and made G. her Christmas dress - and I can't help mentioning again how much I love it! The last pattern tour I joined was Sofilantjes' Omni Tempore shirt, with two of these: one for G. and Oh look! another one for me, within the same month!!! Between pattern tours I shared the new wallet I made for my nephew. And, last but not least, I was also in the new Sewing Series hosted by While She Was Sleeping & Nearest the Pin, Constant: Change, with two family inspired cushions. If you missed any of these and would like to check it out, just click on the images below and it will take you there. 

  

    
 

There were also some glimpses of our weeks between all the posts above mentioned. I missed one of the weeks, but there weren't really many photos to share. Again click on image if you want to check it! Thanks for being around.

  

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