quarta-feira, 24 de dezembro de 2008

Merry (sunny!) Xmas!

Wishing you all the best Xmas ever! See you all in 2009! =)

sexta-feira, 19 de dezembro de 2008

New members of this family

Those are my new kokeshis!

They just arrived at my home from the south part of the country. Fabi Sehnem is the crafter, better saying, artist, who made'em.

Fabi lives at Joinville, capital city of Santa Catarina, one of the 3 states that complete the south area of Brazil. I was so amazed by her work, I just needed to get those little dolls! Believe me they are WAY much prettier here than at the pic!

At the bottom part, there´s a tiny hole, so you can use it as a thread reel and place it over your sewing machine. I do not have a sewing machine, but do like the idea of storing my ribbons on them.

Note that each one of them were made in a very distinticve way. There´s even a tan one, that I personaly asked her to make "Brazilian looking". That´s my fave.

I've a feeling that this little family's soon going to be receiving some new members! =)

segunda-feira, 15 de dezembro de 2008

Biblical Origins of Dogs and Cats

A newly discovered chapter in the Book of Genesis has provided the answer to “Where do pets come from?”

Adam and Eve said, “Lord, when we were in the garden, you walked with us every day. Now we do not see you any more. We are lonesome here, and it is difficult for us to remember how much you love us.”
And God said, “I will create a companion for you that will be with you and who will be a reflection of my love for you, so that you will love me even when you cannot see me. Regardless of how selfish or childish or unlovable you may be, this new companion will accept you as you are and will love you as I do, in spite of yourselves.”
And God created a new animal to be a companion for Adam and Eve.
And it was a good animal.
And God was pleased.
And the new animal was pleased to be with Adam and Eve and he wagged his tail.
And Adam said, “Lord, I have already named all the animals in the Kingdom and I cannot think of a name for this new animal.”
And God said, “I have created this new animal to be a reflection of my love for you, his name will be a reflection of my own name, and you will call him Dog.”
And Dog lived with Adam and Eve and was a companion to them and loved them.
And they were comforted.
And God was pleased.
And Dog was content and wagged his tail.
After a while, it came to pass that an angel came to the Lord and said, “Lord, Adam and Eve have become filled with pride. They strut and preen like peacocks and they believe they are worthy of adoration. Dog has indeed taught them that they are loved, but perhaps too well.”
And God said, “I will create for them a companion who will be with them and who will see them as they are. The companion will remind them of their limitations, so they will know that they are not always worthy of adoration.”
And God created Cat to be a companion to Adam and Eve.
And Cat would not obey them. And when Adam and Eve gazed into Cat's eyes, they were reminded that they were not the supreme beings.
And Adam and Eve learned humility.
And they were greatly improved.
And God was pleased.
And Dog was happy.
And Cat didn't give a shit one way or the other

quinta-feira, 23 de outubro de 2008

Isn't it lovely?! A song with my name!!!!!!

Yes! Finally I can teach my international friends how to say my name! =P
Honestly, I think it´s so nice to ear all the different ways my Dutch, Icelandic, American , British, Canadian, Spanish, Mexican, French, Singaporean (that´s a looong list!) friends say my name... I really enjoy that! But many of them are always curious on "how do I say your name?!" So here it´s!

This kinda song is very very popluar at the Northeast side of the country, and it's named "forró" or "xote". We dance it as couples. It´s romantic and fun at the same time.
Here the lyrics if you want to sing along:

Janaína (Estakazero)

Jana, Jana, Jana, Jana, Jana, Jana Jana Janaína
Estou com dengo, estou carente
Do teu beijo Janaína
E a saudade no meu peito como dói
Começa cedo essa vontade tão ardente
Seu corpo no meu corpo
Não suporto mais sonhar
Vem cá depressa, vem correndo
Não demora Janaína
Que o tempo não espera meu amor
Há muito que meu pensamento anda longe
Na cidade tão distante que o destino me levou (2x)

Jana, Jana, Jana, Jana, Jana, Jana, Jana Janaína (4x)

Vem cá depressa, vem correndo
Não demora Janaína
Que o tempo não espera meu amor
Há muito que meu pensamento anda longe
Na cidade tão distante que o destino me levou (2x)

Jana, Jana, Jana, Jana, Jana, Janaína (4x)

terça-feira, 14 de outubro de 2008

What would I be without my friends?

The answer for this question is so simple ... Nothing!
I have been surprised and spoiled for the past couple days.
By Sunday I got an email from darling Carol Ridyard answering the appeal I made in my previous posting. I am overjoyed with the lovely image she got me!!! She said the girl was actually wearing a black bikini but her son Justin doctored her! I am thrilled!!!! That guy is just a computers Jedi or something! Well... maybe that’s something really simple to do, but, for ME it’s something like performing a brain surgery! Only comparable to crocheting or knitting maybe! Lol. I thank you, Carol, from the bottom of my heart!
Now I need to figure out how to work with this image to make a new banner for my blog. This is going to be true fun.
Then yesterday another surprise... A large white envelope from Belgium arrived. Weird... I wasn’t expecting anything from Belgium... Couldn’t point the sender because the words weren’t very clear. Once I got it open the mystery was solved: sweet Chantal sent me those awesome calendars and magazine!
We were chatting at MSN the other day and she told me she used to be a big fan of
Margaret Sherry’s designs, but not anymore. I am a big big big fan of MS and, lucky me, I was at the right place and at the right time: she offered to mail me the issues she had and was giving away! Can you believe that?!!!! I shall start trying my luck with the lotto! I am smiling until now! Thank you Chantal, very very very much! You are an angel!
With the Cross Stitch Crazy I got a free kit. It´s a MS card and I am already stitching it. As husband was having fun with his PS II, I was stitching it. I have never stitched a kit before and thought it would be nice to have a sweet card ready for some nice friend, or maybe my mom or sis. Have been seeing so many girls talking about kits I decided to have a go. It´s a small piece, so, fast to finish, but I must to confess, I’m not liking it. The people who set the kits are not very generous with the flossies. I’m scared the green floss will run out before I finish my work. It’s stressful! Also, the cuts are sooooo short! I should have used my own skeins...
I use the loop method when I stitch, and it’s almost impossible with this short cuts of thread. I’m back to start and finish like I used to do when I was a beginner. Take a look on how it’s looking so far: That makes me wonder: are you a fan of kits? What is the thing you like the most in the kits? What you hate the most?
Well, I think that’s all for today ladies... Oh! Please, remember I still have one empty spot in my PIF list #2. Leave me a comment if you are interested.
See you soon!

terça-feira, 7 de outubro de 2008

Blog make over and a sign up

Woo hoo! I can’t believe I did it all by myself, but I did.! =)
Completely changed my blog layout! I am so in love with it! Specially because I am as smart as a chair when it turns about computers.
I think now many people may think I am a blond girl, but people! Just take a look at the little pic of me at my profile. It just happens that I could not find a brunette pinup with a green bikini!lol. (if you find any, please let me know!)
Anyway ... I thought I should do something to celebrate it and then I signed up for my 2nd PIF at Nela’s blog. I am so thrilled I'm going to receive some little piece of treasure from Nela’s hands!=D Everytime I visit her blog it’s and endless session of “ooohhh’s” and “aaahhh’s” and I admire her work for a long time now.
You know how it works, but just in case, here are the rules:the first three people that show in a comment on THIS post that they are interested in participating will get something hand-made by me, during the next 365 days. In return, you have make the same offer on your blog: Paying it forward.
I do not have any stitching to show today because all my stitchings are for gifts or swaps, and they must stay as a secret for a longer time. BUT I can tell you that I am currently working on:
- an autumn biscornu
- a very very girly mattress pincushion
- a Xmas ornament
Backing to my needles and flossies!

terça-feira, 30 de setembro de 2008

Secret stitches and a few giggles

Hi, girls!

Since my last posting I have only been stitching for exchanges, so none of the pieces can be shown at here. There´s a biscornu on the way and this little pretty girl just got her final stitches on. Can you tell who is the designer and what is the name of this design? I will give you a candy if you say it right! Lol. I can not show you more or the owner will know it´s for her.... It has her initials. =P
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As I have not much to show you I thought at least I could share a few laughings. I just hope this doesn't happen with us. Fingers crossed! =D
An elderly Floridian called 911 on her cell phone to report that her car has been broken into. She is hysterical as she explains her situation to the dispatcher: "They've stolen the stereo, the steering wheel, the brake pedal and even the accelerator! " she cried.The dispatcher said, "Stay calm. An officer is on the way."A few minutes later, the officer radios in. "Disregard." He says. "She got in the back-seat by mistake."
Three sisters, ages 92, 94 and 96, live in a house together. One night the 96-year-old draws a bath. She puts her foot in and pauses. She yells to the other sisters, "Was I getting in or out of the bath?"The 94-year-old yells back, "I don't know. I'll come up and see." She starts up the stairs and pauses "Was I going up the stairs or down?"The 92-year-old is sitting at the kitchen table having tea listening to her sisters She shakes her head and says, "I sure hope I never get that forgetful, knock on wood." She then yells, 'I'll come up and help both of you as soon as I see who's at the door."
Three retirees, each with a hearing loss, were playing golf one fine March day. One remarked to the other, "Windy, isn't it?""No," the second man replied, "It's Thursday."And the third man chimed in, "So am I. Let's quit playin' and have a beer."
A little old lady was running up and down the halls in a nursing home. As she walked, she would flip up the hem of her nightgown and say "Supersex." She walked up to an elderly man in a wheelchair. Flipping her gown at him, she said, "Supersex."He sat silently for a moment or two and finally answered, "I'll take the soup."
Two elderly ladies had been friends for many decades. Over the years, they had shared all kinds of activities and adventures. Lately, their activities had been limited to meeting a few times a week to play cards. One day, they were playing cards when one looked at the other and said, "Now don't get mad at me .. I know we've been friends for a long time, but I just can't think of your name! I've thought and thought, but I can't remember it. Please tell me what your name is."Her friend glared at her. For at least three minutes she just stared and glared at her. Finally she said, "How soon do you need to know?"
As a senior citizen was driving down the freeway, his car phone rang. Answering, he heard his wife's voice urgently warning him, "Herman, I just heard on the news that there's a car going the wrong way on Interstate 77. Please be careful !""Heck," said Herman, "It's not just one car. It's hundreds of them !"
Two elderly women were out driving in a large car - both could barely see over the dashboard. As they were cruising along, they came to an intersection. The stoplight was red, but they just went on through.The woman in the passenger seat thought to herself "I must be losing it. I could have sworn we just went through a red light."After a few more minutes, they came to another intersection and the light was red again. Again, they went right through. The woman in the passenger seat was almost sure that the light had been red but was really concerned that she was losing it. She was getting nervous.At the next intersection, sure enough, the light was red and they went on through. So, she turned to the other woman and said, "Mildred, did you know that we just ran through three red lights in a row? You could have killed us both !"Mildred turned to her and said, "Oh, crap, am I driving?"

quinta-feira, 18 de setembro de 2008

It arrived! =D

I am so very relieved! Today I hear from Carol S. that she finaly got the return gift I made her. A few months ago Carol sent me a absolutely lovely froggy fob, and then, it was my time to return her kindness. =) I made her this Xmas ornament. I used a Lizzie Kate design I like a lot and designed the shape of the ornie. I think next time I will add some red beads to the hanger so it will not look so simple.Carol isn't into too girly things, so it was a "hard" time to keep me from adding all the girly girl stuff I always like to add in my pieces. =P Making something for such a great stitcher and finisher took me a few nights of good sleep... But I am pleased with the final result and she says she likes the piece. =) I can't wait to see it hangging at her Xmas tree or at some door knob at her home. I am sure she has been a good girl all this year! =D

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Edited: I realise that I never posted a pic of the beautiful Fob I got from Carol S. Oh boy... Shame on me! =( She allowed me to use a "stolen" pic from her blog, because her pics are waaaaaay much better than mine! =P Take a look and tell me: isn't it the most adorable thing ever seen?! =)

I also just heard from Pascale B., at the Netherlands, that she got her gift today too! Oh my! =) Tell me about perfect timing! Lol.

Pascale likes the primitive style, so I thought this Isabelle Vautier design would please her. I stitched some sections of "Amitié Croisée" (RV120) on a tea towel. I think the couple looks quite Dutch to me. =) The pic is a bit weird: the piece is not "burnt" like showed here. Dunno what I have done wrong... =(

domingo, 14 de setembro de 2008

The other side and some little pleasant surprise

As Olga has requested me in my previous posting, here is the back side of the ornament I showed you. As you can see, I didn't close it, because I am still debating on which button I shall attach to the middle of it. I think I shall go for the simple 4 holes red button, as I like simple things... I am open to suggestions! =D

Also, I want to share with you all the sweetness I got from Dutch ppl. I once told Ina how much I love the wee tiny little tin she once surprised me with. As if it wasn't enough to surprise me like that, she sent me more tins! Take a look!

She said they were quite popular at her area and aren't they just sweet? I will use them to store my wee buttons. I just looove them all, Ina! Thank you so very much!

terça-feira, 9 de setembro de 2008

Hi, ppl!
Yesterday night Adilson and I went to the shopping mall and , after a really yummy dinner (the best part will always be not having to wash the dishes! Lol, but the Rice a La Piamontese, the Noisette Potatoes and the Grilled Chicken were really great!) we went to the cinema and watched to Wanted, with Angelina Jolie. Jeeez... Apart from the absolutely impossible things to do, like turning the bullet around one person when you shot something behind that person (who can do that?! You?) it was quite fun and we had a great time. I love action movies, so does Adilson, thank God!
And here is my last finishing...
I designed the pattern and I am quite happy with the way it came out. I saw the ornament tuto at The Ink Circles Company site and tried to make the same. I could nto figure it out just by looking at it and reading the instructions, so what I did was to cut a square of graph paper and fold it until I got the whole thing. It was kind of an origami session, but ...Lol.
I am not very good at finishig pieces so that's the main reason I am so pleased with myself. =)
Hope you guys are having a great day.

sexta-feira, 5 de setembro de 2008

Lucky? Me? You are so darn right!

I never thought I was, because I have never won any raffle or lotto or anything like that. Well, it's all changed now!
Sharon just ran a drawing at one of the groups we are both in and I won the prize!!!!! Can't you believe it? Here is the proof!

I am looking at the sweetest surprise ever! I just loooove LHN designs and this one is so cute! She sent it all: chart, flossies and beads. I am so overjoyed! Thank you, Sharon from the bottom of my heart! You are the best!

I was so surprised it reached me so fast! Jeeez... She posted it last Friday! Just one week from Florida to Brasil! I am right when I say Mail Service makes no sense at all...

Big thank you one more time, Sharon. You made my weekend a lot sweeter! =D

Well, girls, I still have an empty spot on my PIF list. So far Nia (Portugal) and Viv (UK) are the dear friends who are going to receive a gift from me some time in the next 365 days. Who among you are willing to be the 3rd girl on the list?
Hope you all have a sweet (hehehe) weekend!
See you!

quarta-feira, 3 de setembro de 2008

Oh, happy day...

Yes, pals, very happy indeed!
This morning I finally posted both Carol’s and Pascale’s return gifts, from Crazy Exchanges!!! I know I am late, but I was making 2 gifts at the same time, girls. =( Do hope you enjoy your parcels as much as I enjoyed making them! Happy dance moment! =P
My guess is that Pascale’s pack will hit her 1st than Carol's. For some reason packs to Europe tend to arrive sooner than packs to the US. Go figure...
Then , I received a lovely surprise from Pascale, again! She was in vacations with her family around Barcelona/Spain, and was so very kind she sent me this beautiful postcard. It’s from The Church of the Sagrada Família (Holly Family). It’s almost like I was there with she and her folks. Thank you so very much, Pascale, you are a doll!

segunda-feira, 1 de setembro de 2008

It's PIF time!

I just signed up for my very 1st PIF!!! Yaaay! =)

I did it at Gaby's blog and I am so very happy with this... She is a very talented stitcher and now she is designing too! Take a look at her freebies page.

Now it's my turn to make my official annoucement.. So here we go:

I will send a handmade gift to the first 3 people who leave a comment on my blog requesting to join this PIF exchange. I don't know what that gift will be yet and you may not receive it tomorrow or next week... LOL... but you will receive it within 365 days, that is my promise! The only thing you have to do in return is pay it forward by making the same promise on your blog (or - in your life - if you happen to be blog-less). So, lady fellows, go ahead and sign up. =D

quarta-feira, 27 de agosto de 2008

Boker Tov!

What? Don't you speak "Engbrew"? Neither do I! LOL.

This is my last finishing.I made this towel as a bday gift for a nice friend of mine's mom. They are both Israelis, and I wanted to make something very unique for her, so I asked Maya - my nice friend - for some lessons about her language. She taught me that "Boker Tov" means "Bom Dia".

What? Don't you know what "Bom Dia" means?! Well, that's easy! It's Portuguese, my language, for "Good Morning! =D I thought that would be a nice touch I think she is going to appreciate. Green and yellow are the Brazilian flag's colors, which are also a combo I do like a lot. It's already on the way to her hands, and as she doens't have a blog I am sure she will not see this posting. =P
It's a small "pervertion" of a Tralala! design I like a lot. I changed every color of the sections I picked for this piece, but I do think it's looking quite cheering and mind lifiting.

What do you think? Is she going to like my gift?

I am recently also working on 2 return gifts for a couple girls I love to bits: Pascale B. and Carol S. One of the gifts is already stitched, finished and packed. The other one is being finished.One is all made in red and white, and the other one has shades of green and red and cream. Both has lots of love on them, and I can't let you know anything else! =D
Bye for now!

sexta-feira, 15 de agosto de 2008

Let´s talk about tweeding...

So, tweeding is when you use one thread of two different colors in the same stitch. It's used to create various effects in stitching.
I recently was taking a closer look to a lovely Dimensions design, from the Golden Collection. It's a stunning piece I was planning to stitch for a very dear friend of mine. Its HUGE, but I think she deserves that. It'd take a long time to get done, but... oh well... it'd be a surprise, so there'd be no rush on that.
The thing is that the design asks for a LOT (really a LOOOOT) of tweeding. I personally I'm not a fond of tweeding AT ALL!!! It always looks funny when I stitch like that and I don't like it. I ask: do you tweed? Do you have any tip for a perfect tweeding? Is there any way you can substitute tweeding? Please, girl friends, talk to me! Any help is welcome!

I just included the pic of the piece. It's Equine Trio #35091 Isn't it breathtaking?!

quarta-feira, 13 de agosto de 2008

Ha! Dutch ppl keeps surprising me!

I am part of that adorable Dutch/Belgium/American/Icelandic/French/Brazilian (did I forget any country?) group. The CrazyExchanges.I am helping to run the Matchboxes Exch. and the goal is to decorate a matchbox (the larger ones) and fill it with all sort of wee tiny little things, so you please your partner with the goodies.Its not hard to run the swaps at the group as we are a small group and the ladies play really nice.

Anyhoo... I didn't signed up for this swap, as most of you know I am trying to stay away from the computer as much as possible (and THAT´s a tough task! Lol) and I already have a few projects and swaps going on at the mo.

A few weeks ago, Ina, from the Netherlands posted at the group board that she has " just mailed out two matchboxes, one legal and one illegal. " I kinda freaked out a little (just a little) bit, and started praying "Dear Lord, please don't tell me she is going to mail any kinda drugs or pedophile stuff! Please God!" :P Of course Ina is a very very naughty girl and didn't say a thing after that message.She just giggled and held her secret , and I could just imagine her tricky face, back at the Netherlands.Yesterday night I just solved the mistery: Ina sent me one matchbox too! :D

Oh dear, it wasn't really necessary! But I am NOT going to send it back to you!Lol. It was such a pleasant surprise! Take a look at the pics!She sent me all sort of tiny little things!I love it ALL!How did you know I LOVE ladybugs!? They are so sweet!The small green heart is a tiny notebook. It's absolutely adorable!The small glass with pink beads is a lovely touch and the little girls tin is a treasure itself! I would be over te moon with just that tiny tin!Its so small! I love it!And the buttons in it are just the best! Pure cuteness!Thank you Ina, so very much for the postcard too! Netherlands is surely one of the most beautiful countries I have ever seen! Hope you and all the Dutch girls here realise how lucky you are.Dankjewel, dankjewel, dankjewel !!!!!

sexta-feira, 8 de agosto de 2008

2 postcards and one great surprise

It´s been a long time since I last posted something at here. Well, due to some health issues, I am still slow on my stitching. =(
It didn´t stop some really nice friends to surprise me with their kindness tho.
A few days ago, Joke asked me "havent you got anything from me, lately?!" and I was very surprised. No I didnt... Till the day before yesterday.
I got a beautiful postcard from her! She went to spend her vacations at the Czech Rep. and took some time to be that gentle and send me this.It was funny because she posted it with with 2 stamps: one was Czech and the other was Dutch. =)

Then yesteday I was at Skype talking to her (jeeezz... I so love Skype! Its amazing! It was like she was the other side of the phone!!I learnt so much about her place! Groningen is way much more beautiful than I expected! And it was also quite a shock to realise I always said her name the wrong way! hahahahaha... I even learnt a bit of Dutch and, believe it or not!, Chinese!) and then there were somebody at the door. I went to check and tere was another postcard from Joke! =P
This time it was one from her hometown.The cannal is something beyond beautiful!I asked her "do you realise how lucky you are for living in such a beautiful place?!"

Whith this second pc from Joke, I also got a delightful surprise from my Thai friend, Lin.I met Lin at Flickr´s. She had told me she had sent me some "small" surprise a few days ago. I freaked out a bit "ok... have I forgot any swap I was in with you?!!!!"
"No, silly! Its just a little something I think you shall like" , she said. I wonder how would she define "little something" !!!! =D

Lin is a very talended quilter and we were partners on previous swaps at Flickr, so she pretty much knows my taste. I am always impressed with her skills on the sewing machine. At the top pic you can see one of the sides of the tote she sent me.
The lovely note she included says "Janaina,I got this package for you as a surprise or whatever...I found that you are December baby. Me too! So I decided to celebrate it in July.I hope you will enjoy this package". Yes!!!!! I totally LOVE it all! =P Here you can see the other side of the tote. We don't have snow at here (Joke was impressed with the winter standards temps at here. She said our winter is like her summer, and our summer is what they name "heat wave". LOL.) so I have never seen a snowman, "live", but it doesn't stop me from loving them. It has an inside small pocket too, and I am thinking where and when can I go to show off my new tote! Ppl will DYE here!

Lin knows I like anything "that comes in a tin", so she sent me something I have never ever seen at here. Its like a tuna tin, and I held it in my hands for a while when I got it, wondering "what is this?!". Super mega cute note pieces that come in the tin!=D
I was so excited! I had Joke on the phones and I think she should be thinking "that´s the worst nut case girl I have ever met!" =D
I am a very very lucky girl, aye?!
Hugs to all!
I just got nominated AGAIN! Wendy just gave me the Kreativ Award! Now I shall think on another 5 awesome blogs to nominate too... Tough task... There are so many! =)

domingo, 3 de agosto de 2008

Kreativ Blogger Award

I was nominated! =)

According to Joke I have good ideas and humour and so she decided I should get the award too.

I am so glad she thought on me! Thank you, J.!

Here are the rules for this award:

• The winner may put the logo on her blog.

• Put a link to the person you got the award from.

• Nominate 5 blogs.

• Put links to the blogs.

• Leave a message for your nominees.

My nominees are (in no particular order):

- Pascale: for her amazing sweetness, kindness and great craft.

- Frances: for her amazing purses and cheering chats at MSN.

-Leena: for her blog is an endless source of inspiration.

-Christine: for her (scaring) smocking needles

-Ruth: for her piles and piles of wip´s and ufo´s (its like a copy of my life!)

sábado, 28 de junho de 2008

It´s really fun! =)

I saw this on Simone´s, and thought I should make one too =D
The Concept:
a. Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr Search.
b. Using only the first page, pick an image.
c. Copy and paste each of the URLs for the images into fd's mosaic maker.
The Questions:
1. What is your first name? Janaina.
2. What is your favorite food? Chinese food.
3. What high school did you go to? Colégio Pedro II
4. What is your favorite color? I love all colors...Mmmm... I will go with blue.
5. Who is your celebrity crush? Pierce Brosnan.
6. Favorite drink? Coconut water.
7. Dream vacation? Europe.
8. Favorite dessert? Fruits lolly.
9. What you want to be when you grow up? Pain free.
10. What do you love most in life? Husband and kids.
11. One word to describe you: Curious.
12. Your flickr name: Tuttifruttigirl.

And then you get this! Want to give it a try too?

1.Janaina,2.Chinesefood,3.Colégio Pedro II,4.Blue,5.Pierce Brosnan,6.Coconut water,7.Europe,8.Fruits lolly,9.Pain free,10.Husband and kids,11.Curious,12.Tuttifruttigirl

sexta-feira, 20 de junho de 2008

Long post... Get ready! =)

Dear friends...
It has been a long time since the last time I posted at here.
The past 4 weeks have been really annoying, to say the least.I just found out that I have the carpal tunnel syndrome. Eeeeeeek!
No, there´s no pain, thank God!I just have this numbness on 2 of my left hand fingers.
The doctor said its because I stitch and type too much, so the hand nerve is stressed and swollen.Going to make a test at Salvador, which is 3 hrs by car from here. There´s nowhere at this tiny city where I can have it . Thank God husband is able to come with me.
I am under medication but its not working, so the doctor said that patients who doesnt respond very good to the medications, sometimes must go for surgery. Its small but still... Larger or smaller its still a surgery, right? And I am scared.
I have an American friend who had it in both arms, up to her shoulders. She couldn´t even sleep. She said when she woke up from surgery, she was feeling no numbness at all! It was like magic.Doc said that test will precise in which point of the nerve the problem is and define the need of the surgery or not.Fingers crossed for the best result.Knowing me, you guys shall realized that I could not stay really 100% off my needles. It´s just too much cruelty! So here and there I managed to stitch a few “x´s” here and there, and after 4 whole weeks (can you believe that?! If my hand was ok, I would have stitched it in no more than ¼ of this time!) I finished this towelHere the back side, as Ruth said its worst when I don’t show it, because she keep imagining what kinda nasty extremely neat back I did this time. Hahahahahaha Cant stop laughing, sweetie! Sorry! =D

The fact that I am not allowed to xxx or type is just driving me crazy. So, after chatting to a few friends, I decided that I need a new addiction: I am going to buy a sewing machine!Yaaay!
When I got married, I did got one, but the darn little thing and I didn’t had a really good relationship... It was a hate and love case. She had a terrible temper, quite moody and never did what I gently asked her to do. After 6 months I gave up and sold her. I decided its time for me to start developing a better relationship with sewing machines.They still seem to hate me to the death, but I am willing to change it.=)
I don´t plan to sew anything complex, just play a bit here and there. Little pouches, tote bags, draw string bags... I think it’s a great way to enhance my xxx pieces, plus it’s a very useful finishing. Ironically, I shall not xxx too much after getting my baby at home.
I have part of the money saved and it seems I am going to get my machine soon. I could get in and pay small amounts of money monthly, but I do prefer to have all of it in my pocket 1st.Here you can see the one I am planning on to get. It´s one of the simpler models, and yet it offers 15 different stitches, overlock including! I doubt I can have use for such a variety of stitches, but...

If you are into the sewing machines world and have ANY tips, hints or so to tell me, plz, do it. Everything will be much appreciated.Do you have any friend with an interesting blog? Plz, leave a coment pointing me the direction! =)
In the meanwhile of stitching the tea towel, I received a few postcards from Postcrossing project.I collect postcard since I was a kid. It was kinda legacy my dad left me.Because of him, I started penpalling by 12.

From Bern/Switzerland.

From Zaragoza/Spain.

From Vancouver/Canada.

And yesterday, from Teuva/Finland! =)

Its such a great feeling to receive a postcard with just a few lines on it.I can never hold a smaile when I get one!
I also get a few other surprises from the mail guy.
Right after 2 days I had the diagnostic and was told to rest my hand the most I could, I got two surprises. They almost got me at the same day.I got this lovely RAK from Christine, from Indiana/USA.

And this other surprise from Xiuyi, from Singapore.

They both made my week! I was impressed with their perfect timing! I was so sad because of my forced time off from my needles, and they were so gentle to send me something to spend my time with. I now have (can you tell?!) lots of new projects on my “to do” list! =D
Thank you all, girls!
A couple days ago, I just got this also lovely surprise... A “get well” card from Christine. Isn´t she just sweet?

Christine always include some confettis to her cards and letters. The 1st time I got it , I wasnt as "smart" and my lap was all covered with them! This time, I was very careful and didnt drop a thingy! Then I showed it to husband and he wasnt knowing about them...You can imagine the mess! Hahahaha =D

One last thing... I want to publicly thank you, Olga, for being such a nice and gentle person. I have learnt so much from you, since the very 1st day I met you.Thank you for your friendship.You are a blessing!
Hugs to all!

sexta-feira, 23 de maio de 2008

Two Fobs for Joan

So, finally!
Earlier this year, back to January I stitched and sent a FOB pack to Joan S. ,in a swap at the HoE.
The pack never got her... =( What is truely a pitty because it was a darling little pack. Honestly I want to cry just to think all the time spent on making the tiny little piece for her... Wasted. Lost somewhere. I hope the person who got it burn forever in hell with some terrible pain!
Anywho... I re-made her a FOB.She got it a few days ago. I am impressed it got her so fast this time. That person who will BURN FOREVER IN HELL WITH SOME TERRIBLE PAIN must had made it arrives ok this time (you are not forgiven neither forgotten b%$#@ !)
Now I can show both pieces. Here is the parcel I have made for her in 1st place.Chocolates, flossies, ribbon. All in blue, her fave color.Oh God I want to cry... all MIA! That´s not fair!!!!! =(

A closer look.You cant see but I added her initials at the side of it.I designed the button flower and heart flower too, and got the specialty stitches from The Gift of Stitching. Backstitch butterfly and seagull were taken from a very old book I dont recall the name.I wrote the word "kindness" because I think that should be the word driving our lives, all the time.
The back side.A message for her.Ok, now I am really pissed it never got her! >=(

And here the 2nd piece. The one that FINALLY got her. =) Backing fabric, stitching fabric (we name it linen here, but I think it shall be named as evenwave by you guys...Not sure.), flossies, handmade star buttons by a friend of mine. Click on the pic for a larger view.

One more time, so sorry on the delay Joan. Hope you enjoy your gifts!

quarta-feira, 21 de maio de 2008

A sweet postcard

Yesterday I got this beautiful postcard from Vicky, NM-USA. She was on vacations at San Diego and was just THAT kind to send me something to make me smile, as she knows I like them. Well... I am smiling till now!
Thank you V.! =D

terça-feira, 20 de maio de 2008

segunda-feira, 19 de maio de 2008

International RR

Woo hoo! Another finishing!=D
Remember the Stitch 4 Pleasure, Stitch 4 Charity project I told you guys in my last posting?
So, Jane is running this Around The World RR, where each box is going to be filled by a person in a different country. Here is my share.
She asked us to stitch something related to our country. This could be a landmark, local animal, natiobal costume, etc... As we are famous because of the Soccer, I picked this lovely Archie, The Bear and Spot design, by Margaret Sherry. The name of the design is "Goal".
At the right side of my share you see the group´s logo.It was designed by Lucie Heaton, specially for the project! Isn´t it just lovely?!=)
Now mailing tomorrow up to Canada!Hope it doesnt take too long to arrive.=D

sábado, 17 de maio de 2008

A prize and a finish

I just love when I have lots of things to tell you guys! So... lets start with the prize!

I am a volunteer stitcher for a few charity groups. Stitch For Pleasure, Stitch For Charity is one of them. It´s an UK based group, leaded by Aunty Jane.We count on some really cool ladies who stitch Aida bands for bibs and squares for confort quilts.It´s really an amazing project.Worths a few miutes of your attention.

So Jane recently created that game, where the 1st girl to stitch, picture and send her a square within the theme she suggests, wins a surprise gift.

Last month´s theme was "doll". Here is my square:

I was pleased I managed to have it finished in just a few hours... Well the design is really simple. It wasnt really hard to make.
For that I won this!!!!!!!

Isnt that just too much?! =D I think its for just a simple square... But... er... I am NOT going to send it back! Lol.

I just love that magazine! Love the small projects on it!Planning to stitch both Archie and the Paddington bear for the project Jane runs.
If you think you could stitch something too, feel free to join us. Any help is welcome! If you have some aida, floss or backing fabric you think you can donate, get in touch. Lots of british sick kids will love it! =)

Ok... now the finishing!
Here is the tea towel I made for Terrie, at CA.Its a bday gift and I am more than happy I am ahead on this! Her special date is by July, and I just need to get a few goodies to include on her pack.Her theme was birdies and bird houses, and her fave colors are blue, pink and green.I guess I managed quite well to have them .=)
It´s a part of a LHN design. Love Diane Williams´s style of designs.Took it from a sampler and completely changed the colors suggested by the designer.I do that a lot! =D
As Ruth said "the pics of your neat backs are sooo annoying!!!" , I will NOT post the pic of it this time... You will have to imagine how it looks. =D Hahahahaah...