Friday, November 12, 2010

From California...

Hello stitching friends.... My DH and I decided to leave the snow and cold weather of Colorado and fly to California to enjoy the sun, the ocean and most of all, my husband's grandchildren. But I've got to tell you, two toddlers can drain you of energy in about one hour !! How can these little people have so much energy ALL DAY LONG ??!!! We love them, though, and honestly, we don't see them enough, so this weekend with them is a very special treat.

I also wanted to show you a couple of things that I've finished. I have lots of WIP and not enough finishes. I think my cross stitch is like my brain, scattered all over the place !!! LOL.

Below is a pin cushion, or maybe I should say just a cushion from Primitivebettys. It is big for a pin cushion, but I love it !! It is called Blue Tulips. The chart instructions ask for the fabric to be aged with a mixture of water, walnut crystals, clove, vanilla.... so it has a primitive look. I didn't stuff it completely in order to add to that primitive look :-). I don't think I did a very good job staining it, though. It is harder to do than it seems, and after trying, I believe it is all about the tool used to stain the fabric. I used a brush and I don't think that's the best way to do it, but I still haven't figured out what to use instead...maybe a sponge, a cloth or a different brush.... Any ideas?

Hola queridas amigas.... Mi marido y yo hemos decidido dejar atrás la nieve y el frío de Colorado y viajar a California a disfrutar del sol, el mar y sobre todo, de los nietos de mi marido. Pero tengo que deciros que dos niños de tres y dos años son agotadores !!! ¿Como es posible que dos cositas tan pequeñas tengan tanta energía durante TODO EL DIA !!! A pesar de todo los adoramos y, para ser sincera, no los vemos muy a menudo, así que este fin de semana con ellos es un placer.

También quería enseñaros unas cositas que he terminado. La verdad es que tengo muchos proyectos empezados y no termino nada !!

Abajo podeis ver un pincushion, o quizas debería decir un cushion de la diseñadora Primitivebettys. Es bastante grande pero me encanta !! Se llama Blue Tulips. La tela ha sido envejecida con una mezcla de agua, nuez molida, vainilla, clavo.... Tampoco lo he rellenado del todo para contribuir a ese look primitivo. El proceso de envejecido es mas complicado de lo que parece y creo que no lo he hecho muy bien. Yo utilice una brocha para aplicar la mezcla y creo que voy a tener que encontrar otra herramienta, quizas una esponja o un trapo. Si tenéis alguna idea decidmelo por favor. :-)





I have also finished one of the Little House Needlework ornaments. Now I only have 11 left to go !! I used the wool I bought a few weeks ago for the back and I really like the feeling of it. My idea is to finish them all by Christmas and put them all together in a nice basket as a table center or something like that. I just hope to have them all finished by Christmas and I figured that maybe if I wrote about it in my blog, I would feel the pressure to actually finish them. LOL !

También he terminado uno de los ornamentos de Little House Needlework. Ahora solamente me quedan 11 por terminar !! La parte de atras la termine con tela de lana y me gusta mucho como ha quedado. Mi idea es terminar los doce ornamentos y ponerlos todos juntos en una cesta como un centro de mesa. Espero poder terminarlos todos antes de Navidad.



Lastly, there is a project bag I made myself !! I went to my favorite fabric shop again (The Little Wool Shoppe), bought some fabric and decided to give it a try... I think it came out great considering it is the first time I've ever done one of these. Now I am all excited and I'm going to be making more of them for sure !! My friend Katrina let me borrow hers as a guide and I think I did a good job.

Finalmente os enseño una bolsita para mis proyectos de punto de cruz que he hecho yo misma. Considerando que nunca he hecho nada así, creo que me ha quedado bastante bien. Me encanta la tela que compre en mi tienda favorita The Little Wool Shoppe. Ahora estoy tan entusiasmada que voy a continuar haciendo mas.



And this is it for today. I'll try to get some stitching in this weekend, but that will be a challenge with two toddlers calling my name every minute :-) Yaya, yaya, yaya... that's what they call me, so very cute !! Enjoy your weekend and..... stitch in peace.

Y esto es todo por hoy. Voy a intentar hacer punto de cruz este fin de semana, pero con dos peques llamándome todo el día, no se como voy a encontrar tiempo :-) Yaya, yaya, yaya.... así es como me llaman... Son encantadores, la verdad. Espero que paséis un buen fin de semana. Un abrazo.

13 comments:

Margaret said...

You have some nice finishes! I think the Blue Tulips looks great as it is! Love the LHN ornie too. And wow, I'm so impressed that you made that project bag! I have a fear of sewing things like that. lol!

valerie said...

Great projects! I love your LHN and the project bag. Great job! I'm not brave enough to use my sewing machine for anything big. Have fun in CA! :)

María said...

Tienes toda la razón, tengo un niño de un año y no sé de donde saca tanta energia.
Me encanta tus trabajos y el tono que se le ha quedado al lino despues de teñirlo.
Un beso
maria

Karen said...

Very nice finishes! Hope you have a great weekend with family.

Joy said...

Your finishes are great. I use a little bit of everything in dyeing my things...it's all about experimenting and not being afraid! Gosh, I even use sand paper and fire...lol

Have a wonderful weekend!

Katrina said...

Everything is so pretty! Love the tulip pin cushion and the project bag is so cool :-). Hope you are having fun with your DH's grandkids.

maritza said...

Natalia, espero que disfrutes del calor de California!!! Todos tus trabajos esdtán hermosos, los tulipanes me encanta como te quedaron. La bolsa de proyectos te quedó estupenda. Un besote

Lois said...

Everything is just lovely! I love the bag you stitched, your LHN ornament looks great as does Blue Tulips. I have not plucked up courage to try to age any of my stitching yet! Have fun in California! You will come home needing to have a rest!!!

Estrella said...

Hola guapa, todo te ha quedado precioso ... no sabria destacar uno. Yo tambien ando detras de hacerme unas bolsas como las tuyas para todos mis trabajos, que ahora andan en carpetas... estan organizados pero no estan bonitos... en fin... un dia de estos... En cuanto al tintado de las telas, cuando yo lo hago siempre utilizo una esponja natural, de la de los bebes y con pequeños toquecitos, queda muy bien... y si la esponja no va muy impregnada no te equivocas, seguro. Besos.

Mayté-MagicXstitch said...

Bienvenida a California!! En qué área vas a estar?? Yo vivo en el condado de Orange.

Lamentablemente el clima está ya algo frío por está época del año, pero de cualquier manera mucho más agradable que en otros lados de la unión.

Que disfrutes tu estadía en CA.

Siobhan said...

Beautiful projects, Natalia! I love the ornament--I love the idea of all of them being in a bowl as a centerpiece. I messed up in my plans to do ornaments this year. I need to get back to it, especially with the holidays looming on the horizon. Your pinkeep is beautiful, and I love the bag! I hope you're having a good time in California.

ga447 said...

I am cross stitching a LHN project and really enjoying it. I love your blogs.

Carol said...

Hi Natalia! Thanks so much for your nice comments on my blog. I'm happy to have discovered your wonderful blog--you have some delightful finishes here! I especially like the Blue Tulips cushion--anything blue always appeals to me :)