Made by hands, expressed from the heart.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Summer dresses.

I had 2 different pieces of fabric a got from Jo-Ann Fabrics a while ago, when I had discount coupons. So I decided to be adventurous and try something simple, without too many parts to cut or pieces to fit. Meaning less chance to mess up the dress.
I saw this lady wearing a nice dress the other day, and I decided that would be the one I should be making.

I opened my 1 yard of fabric.
Cut the part that would be the band in the chest area. About 10 inches.
I turned the band part around, so it would show the "right" side up (or prettier side), while the other side of the fabric show the "wrong" side up. Then the two parts are sewn together again.
Next I sewed a elastic on right underneath the seam of the two fabrics, on the bigger piece of fabric. I found a good tutorial here on how to sew elastic, on
Them finally closing the sides, and finishing the edges.
To wear it, turn the band down to make the ruffle.
I had a belt I got from Old Navy on sale. It came out pretty handy.
If my explanation was hard to understand, there is a good step by step tutorial here on SharonSews.
It was fairly quick to make this dress, besides the fact my machine kept breaking every five minutes.
Then I decided to make a second one. This time shorter.
The pattern was pretty easy, and the same for front and back.
You just have to make a casing on the top part, so you can pass the string, then close the sides and seam the edges. On this website you can see more detailed description: SewLikeMyMom. Note: they describe children's dresses, but I took the same steps. It was pretty much stress free, inexpensive and fast to make.
I had leftover fabric and made this top, using the same steps as the dress, but shorter.
Two days, two new dresses and a top for the Summer.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Kawaii Bento.

I have always been a fan of making decorations on my food, like the Japanese style bento.
And I am so lucky that in the past month, I have been reconnecting with an old friend from Brazil, who now lives in Japan. My friend Rumi saw some of the pictures of my food, and helped me pick some ingredients at the Asian market. But yesterday I was so surprised to see a package in the mail she sent me.
Then for lunch, I had some ingredients in hand, and could make a couple of cute plates.
There is even a bag of seaweed pre cut in Pokemon shape.

And some rice seasoning with Anpanman faces.
I will be making more of these for the next days.

I love you Rumi!!

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Cardboard Kombi.

Our house guest Pepito came back, and this time his mom got him a pet stroller to help him in longer journeys.
I have been planning to make this style car I know as Kombi, and this carrier seemed to fit well for this project.
I cut the cardboard box roughly to make the sides, the front and a roof

And painted with acrylic paint with the kids.
After dried, I glued the parts with hot glue.
I placed on top of the stroller, and we walked around town.
Pepito was tired from his walk, so I think he enjoyed the ride.
My dog is also happy with the car.
The kids also had a good time, and they will play with the box until they break it.
Until we have another box, and another idea.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Who knew rock painting is so much fun.

My friend Diane found a big rock during the remodeling of her driveway and she asked if I would paint it. I had never thought about painting a rock, and was very surprised to see that people really use rocks to decorate their garden (I guess I had never noticed).
But since I had a bunch of paint, I decided to try. So today she presented me the big rock.
She mentioned she likes sunflowers. So I found a pretty image of a sunflower, and worked around from there.
While I was painting, the kids stopped playing and wanted to join me. Diane had some disposable plates, so the kids did their art.
After a couple of hours, the rock was done.
My friend Sandy stayed by my side the whole time. She helped me take the pictures, or at least to model by the rock.
I really had a great time painting this rock, and I want to do more. I will be around looking for rocks now.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bonbons

It is always nice to bring something if you are invited to a friend's house. And today I happened to have the ingredients for a dessert from a book we just got called The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook.
The kids get excited to try the recipes, because they use passages from the book and they give recipes from the food they mention.
This recipe is called 1-2-3 Chocolate Peanut Butter Bonbons for Kids.
You just mix 1 1/2 cup of confectioners'sugar, 1 1/2 cup of peanut butter, 1 tsp of vanilla extract and 1 cup of Rice crisp cereal.
Use a electric mixer for the first three ingredients until it becomes a dough, then combine the rice crisp. After that we made little balls.
Last melt 10 oz of chocolate to dip the balls. I was surprised that the kids did all this process, without major messes or upsets.
After about 10 minutes in the refrigerator, it was ready.
To make a better presentation, I had only a few baking cups that looked like flowers. I figured I also could used some squares of tissue paper to fold like these cups. The squares can be placed on top of a small round surface. I happened to have a Yakult bottle..
If you fold the sides carefully, it will shape like a flower.
And the bonbon will look nice inside.
I had a pretty cookie tin I was saving, I knew I would need one day.
They taste great and now they look very nice.
I can't wait to try other recipes from this book.