Thursday, February 26, 2009

Lily Fairy Dolly & lovely mail from Brazil

This is one of the most adorable doll patterns I've tested! It's a Lily Marlene Doll from Smooch Design. After I finished hand sewing the dolly, I planted a little kiss on her tiny doll cheeks and named her my Lily Fairy Dolly. Hope she grants me sparkly fairy wishes!

If you want to make your own, check out the tutorial here.

Guess what arrived today? A special Christmas giveaway prize that I won from Thalita's first Christmas giveaway last December! I'm so glad it finally arrived. This lovely print almost got lost in transit. Imagine Thalita's surprise and horror when it actually arrived...on her door! Silly mail glitch got fixed and now this lovely Christmas prize will be framed and displayed by me all year long! Muito obrigada Thalita! Thank you very much Thalita! Check out Thalita's self-titled blog about life, love, crafts and illustrations!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Are you a Jackie or a Marilyn?

I don't have anything crafty to show or share today so I'm sharing a fun quiz from Hello Quizzy! You can take the quiz on the bottom of this blog post.

Your result for Are You a Jackie or a Marilyn? Or Someone Else? Mad Men-era Female Icon Quiz...

You Are an Audrey!

You are an Audrey -- "I am at peace"

Audreys are receptive, good-natured, and supportive. They seek union with others and the world around them.

How to Get Along with Me

  • * If you want me to do something, how you ask is important. I especially don't like expectations or pressure

  • * I like to listen and to be of service, but don't take advantage of this

  • * Listen until I finish speaking, even though I meander a bit

  • * Give me time to finish things and make decisions. It's OK to nudge me gently and nonjudgmentally

  • * Ask me questions to help me get clear

  • * Tell me when you like how I look. I'm not averse to flattery

  • * Hug me, show physical affection. It opens me up to my feelings

  • * I like a good discussion but not a confrontation

  • * Let me know you like what I've done or said

  • * Laugh with me and share in my enjoyment of life

What I Like About Being an Audrey

  • * being nonjudgmental and accepting

  • * caring for and being concerned about others

  • * being able to relax and have a good time

  • * knowing that most people enjoy my company; I'm easy to be around

  • * my ability to see many different sides of an issue and to be a good mediator and facilitator

  • * my heightened awareness of sensations, aesthetics, and the here and now

  • * being able to go with the flow and feel one with the universe

What's Hard About Being an Audrey

  • * being judged and misunderstood for being placid and/or indecisive

  • * being critical of myself for lacking initiative and discipline

  • * being too sensitive to criticism; taking every raised eyebrow and twitch of the mouth personally

  • * being confused about what I really want

  • * caring too much about what others will think of me

  • * not being listened to or taken seriously

Audreys as Children Often

  • * feel ignored and that their wants, opinions, and feelings are unimportant

  • * tune out a lot, especially when others argue

  • * are "good" children: deny anger or keep it to themselves

Audreys as Parents

  • * are supportive, kind, and warm

  • * are sometimes overly permissive or nondirective

Take Are You a Jackie or a Marilyn? Or Someone Else? Mad Men-era Female Icon Quiz
at HelloQuizzy

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Happy needle and some blog awards

My sewing kit, a recycled Cadbury chocolate metal tin box always looks like a mess with bits and pieces of embroidery floss all clumped up like dog fur! Quite a frustrating sight to behold since I have to untangle a rainbow of thread before I get to start stitching anything. Anyway, I found this lovely organizing idea from this neat brazilian craft blog. There is a cute spool template that one can fashion into a felt spool. I made some from plain cardboard. Now my unruly embroidery flosses look quite a bit organised.

I also received some cute blog awards lately! Thank you to Penny of Sewtakeahike and Suzie of Littlebusybee for the Kreative Blogger Award.

The lovely Clare of Clare's Craftroom also gave me a Lemomade Award! Thank you Clare!

I would love to share these two awards to the following inspiring, crafty ladies:

1. Cindy of Lucy's Tales from Home
2. Sonia of Cozy Homemaking
3. Suzanne of Create Fun & Mess
4. Chelsea Ann of Itty Bitty Birdy
5. Jojoebi of A Bit of This and a Bit of That
6. Thalita Dol
7. The lovely madeimoselle from Petit Details
8. Corry of Dutch Blue

Have a great week and thanks for reading!

Pure calm

Be content with what you have;
Rejoice in the way things are,
When you realise there is nothing lacking,
the whole world belongs to you.

-Lao Tzu

Friday, February 20, 2009

Some kind of wonderful (thinking)

It's time for bunny crafts! After all, Easter is creeping up the corner and I love seeing bunnies all around! This is Ella, a an 8" snow bunny created from Q.D. Patooties Tippy the Snow Bunny template. I'm also working on some bunny WIPs from Nancy Bohlen's Forever Friends dollmaking book!

For the weekend, check out this lovely post from Hanna for some soul refreshing inspiration! Have a sweet weekend, everyone!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Betsy McCall's paper doll galore

Image from Betsy McCall Paper Dolls

Get you paper doll fix and nostalgia from Betsy McCall's uber paper doll site [via Whip Up].

I'm loving my Liddle Kiddles paper doll!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Gardening the soul and lovely bookmarks

I made some lovely heart bookmarks from Larissa's wonderful love you bookmark tutorial. They turned out so easy and sweet! Now I have some bookmarks hugging a page or two from the book Gardening the Soul: Soothing Seasonal Thoughts for Jaded Modern Souls by Sister Stan.

Here are some of my favourite thoughts from the book:

9 February

The earth speaks in magic, but only to those who can hear their hearts. It's voice is in the stark shape of a leafless twig against the winter sky, the touch of a water-worn stone, the colour of the sunset, the smell of the rain on earth, the sound of the night wind. The earth's whispers are everywhere, but only those who have dreamt with the earth can hear them.

My soul can find no staircase to heaven unless it be through earth's loveliness.


18 July

The greatest gift we can bestow is thanksgiving. When we give thanks, we give something greater than the gifts we have received, whatever it is. In giving gifts, we often give what we can spare, but in giving thanks we give ourselves.

The receiver of a gift depends on the giver, but the circle is incomplete until the giver becomes the receiver-the receiver of thanks.

Gratitude is the awareness that life, in all its manifestations, is a gift for which we want to give thanks.

-Henri Nouwen

24 September

Our obsession with possessions is incredible. We collect things only to cast them aside. Things we may never need again we hold on to. Our wants can go way beyond our needs, and may become greed.

The more we give in to our wants, the more out of control our life becomes. It gets filled with clutter and chaos, confusion and crisis. Living simply, attending only to our needs, we can feel liberated and empowered. Simplicity frees us from false values and releases us from possessions so that we may free ourselves of the past and live more fully in the present.

A persistent simplification will create an inner and outer well being that places harmony in one's life.

-Peace Pilgrim

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day!

We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.

-Johann Wolfgang Van Goethe

Friday, February 13, 2009

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Mail love and embroidered treasures

Look what I received in the mail today! It's a lovely Monique Dalton Boys Toys Kit that I won from Janelle and Kylie of Threads of Friendship! They recently had a Celebration Giveaway and I was so lucky to win these awesome patterns. Visit Janelle and Kylie's super cozy blog and enjoy their lovely handmade quilts and sewing creations. Please drop by and say hi!

The pattern kits and a lovely handwritten card were prettily wrapped in a beautiful mint blue and chocolate heart fabric. Thank you Janelle and Kylie! I will post the projects as soon as I complete them.

I've also been reading a sweet sewing/embroidery book this week. It's called Embroidered Treasures for Children by Claire Garland. There are a lot of inspiring photos and darling projects in it including a vintage embroidered doll, a pocket mermaid and a dreamy fairies pillowcase and unicorn quilt. I hope to post a few projects from this book soon.

Have a great middle of the week everybody!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

A whirl of lucky, random fun

February is here! How fast time flies when you're having (crafty) fun! Don't forget to download Wild Olive's make-do-create wallpaper calendars especially designed for crafty folks. Get Mollie's February wallpaper here.

A little sneak peek into some of the handmade lovelies I've been making for a dear friend. Shh, don't tell...

The very sweet Suzie of Littlebusybee gave me this award last week. Thank you so much Suzie! Please visit Suzie's beautiful blog. You will be amazed at her sublime sewing, patching and quilting projects. There's more of her beautiful quilts on her flickr album.

I would like to pass on this award to everybody on my blog list. Thank you all for your inspiration and I love you all!

Discover artists, crafters and artisans of the highest caliber on Lisa Swifka's amazing, truly mindblowing blog giveaway event dubbed One Wold-One Heart Event. There are 850 participants on this year's event and tons of beautiful prizes to be won. Everybody (active bloggers, non-active bloggers, no blog readers) is welcome to join in the giveaway!

Image from Nini Makes

Also, check out Joanie's (of Nini Makes) beautiful Valentine gift stitchery. She is also a participant of Kathy's Great International Stash Busting Giveaway on February 4th (that's tomorrow). If you want to win cute, fun and free fabrics and notions check out that event tomorrow. It's a one day event only!

Have a beautiful love month everyone!