Tuesday, April 30, 2013


There is a drawer in my studio that I call the "ripening drawer". Many of my finished embroideries have spent time in there, some less, some more, some have been there for years, waiting patiently to ripen and be assembled, finished into boxes or pillows or whatever the case may be.

These two dimensional daisy embroideries have waited for more than their fair share of time, too, packed together in that same drawer. Oh, not because I am a procrastinator when it comes to assembling my embroideries, no, no, they just needed some time to ripen... LOL

Anyway, their time finally came and now they are finished into a wooden box topper and a pillow. I painted the box and was planning to antique and ornate it a little bit, but gave up on that idea and kept it simple and delicate. Now I need to add something else to the ripening drawer because I have more of these wooden boxes and I am sure that both crazy quilting and stumpwork would look great on them. But that's a story for another day...

Happy creating, Everyone!

Monday, April 29, 2013


It all started at the very beginning of my pendant making madness, when I made a monogram pendant for my very special friend, Lee Albrecht. At the time I created patterns for the whole alphabet, but then moved on to other designs and forgot all about the letters.

Then an acquaintance of  Lee's saw her pendant and ordered a similar one, so another L pendant was created.

While working on it, I thought I might as well make some more and wondering which letter I should start with, I remembered that my father asked me the other day if I have ever made a pendant for myself. Well, I haven't... Correction: now I have :)

And after my A was done, it seemed only natural to embroider an M as a Mother's Day present for my Mother whose initials are MM-M.

I really, really hope that she will like it enough to wear it, too.

Have a wonderful week, Everyone!

Sunday, April 28, 2013


Just roses, more roses than words...

Roses on pendants,

on tiny ones

and bigger ones...

Roses on a ring

and roses on a ring pillow...

Happy Sunday, dear Friends!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

A New Pendant

“Feeling at peace, however fragilely, made it easy to slip into the visionary end of the dark-sight. The rose shadows said that they loved the sun, but that they also loved the dark, where their roots grew through the lightless mystery of the earth. The roses said: You do not have to choose.  
(Robin McKinley, Sunshine)

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Crazy Stuff

A phone pouch and two eyeglass cases are my latest crazy quilted creations.

The fun thing about crazy quilting (well, ONE of the fun things) is that even though I always have a plan when I get started with a certain piece, the finished result is always a surprise.

Usually a nice one :)

Wishing you all a beautiful day,

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Mirror Mirror On The Wall

... I mean in the pocket. Or purse, if you prefer.

Although, to be perfectly honest, I wouldn't put this one neither in my pocket nor in my purse.

 I would much rather have it on my dresser if I were to keep it, but I am not. So, wrapped in silk paper, into a pretty box it goes...

Still, I am not tying the ribbons on the box just yet as I like it so much, I want to be able to look at it again before it flies away :)


Thursday, April 11, 2013

Eyeglass Case

Spring is back, hurray!, and they say that this time it's here to stay until summer takes over.

Enjoying the sunshine, with the windows of my studio wide open, I finished Marta's eyeglass case today. 

I loved working with purples for a change, after all the blue of the previous pouch set and before the next eyeglass case, which will also be blue.

Wishing you all a wonderful day,

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Blue Set Finished

Although the sun was not as generous today as it was yesterday, and the coming and going of clouds and rain brought on the usual headache, I am happy to report that the eyeglass case that completes the set of three blues is finished.

To celebrate (and also because another eyeglass case I am working on needed some blocking before I could sew it up) I treated myself to stitching on a pocket mirror.

I have had these mirrors for a few months now, but never got the chance or the mood to finish one.

And today was the day we were ready for each other.

Although it cannot be seen in the photos, the silk dupioni is actually very light pink. I have a strong feeling that I'll be making more of these...

Thank you for visiting!

Wishing you all the best,

Monday, April 8, 2013

Blue Set

I am not sure how the sun felt about seeing my face today, but I sure was happy to see the sun shine again. Even my needles worked faster, so I managed to finish two pouches of the blu set.

The change purse:

And the phone pouch:

The eyeglass case is all embellished, too, just needs to be sewn up. But that's tomorrow's story...

Wishing you all a beautiful week,

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Brazil Patchwork Show

I am happy to announce that, thanks to the kind assistance of my dear friend Lee Albrecht, some of my silk ribbon embroidery pendants, along with many other gorgeous finished embroideries and embroidery kits with Lee's beautiful designs, will be available for purchase at the 7th Brazil Patchwork Show, at Shoping Frei Caneca in São Paulo, April 08 - 11.

Wish I could attend, too :) Maybe sometime in the future...

Until then, let's wish Lee and her embroidery school great success and a wonderful time at the fair!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Stitching Together

"I want to stitch, too" she said, "SOMETHING, not just lines".
"How about a flower?" I asked.
"A tulip, a tulip!!!"and she jumped up and down around me as I cut her some cotton fabric and drew a tulip on it for her. "I want a frame, too, like yours! And I want the tulip to be purple." So we put her fabric into a hoop, picked just the right colors of cotton perle no.8 and then she sat on my lap to learn how to backstitch...

And then she moved to her own chair to work by herself and we sat and stitched together in silence, until...

"Mom, stop taking pictures, you have lots of stitching to do!" 

And she was right, too. My current work in progress: a blue set of three, phone pouch, eyeglass case and change purse.

Happy weekend, Everyone!

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