Wednesday, October 18, 2017

New Items in the Shop!

Good news everyone! I've listed brand new beads and sequins in the shop and doubled my inventory for existing ones! Lots of pretty pastel colors!

As for life updates, I've been down with a flu lately which ,in fact, I'm still quite not recovered yet.. I'm waaay far behind on my blog posts and I can't help but feel super disorganized! I've had my parents over for 3 weeks and my mother-in-law for 1 week and I've been sooo busy trying to catch up for the lost time so I had no choice but to put my little business aside for awhile. I only see my parents twice a year... So having them with me was just too precious and I couldn't bare to not spend time with them. Last Monday I was down with high fevers, a stuffy nose, sinus pains and to make the situation more disastrous, my little one was down with fever and a cold as well... So here we are, both of us recovering together with the house in a mess, lots of laundry to wash and fold, a broken stove and a empty fridge... definitely not of my best weeks!

On my desk right now are 4 patterns that I've traced over the past weekend but I'm thinking to sew one of them and turn it into a giveaway somewhere this month. How exciting!
Christmas pattern is among these sheets and definitely planning to release them much earlier than planned. 

So till the next blog update!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Free Pattern of the Month - Kitty Bee Ornament

Hello everyone!

I know that I'm a bit random when choosing my free patterns...but I guess that's how inspiration comes to me. And when it comes, I'll just draw it down! I mean... Halloween is just around the corner, so let's just take it as a kitty dressing up like a little bee! So, are you ready for a new fun project?

Main felts for the Kitty Bee
Needle and Scissors
Embroidery threads matching felts
Universal Glue
15 cm long bakers twine
1 pair of 3 mm round black beads for the antennas 
1 pair of 2.5 mm round black beads for the eyes

Step 1.
Lay the 'wings' and the 'legs' and applique stitch them in place. Feel free to secure your cutouts with a little bit of glue prior of stitching. 

Step 2.
Take your 'bee body' and dab a bit of glue on the bottom edge then lay it in position.

Step 3.
Slip in the 'arms' and adjust.

Step 4.
Applique stitch the 'arms' and 'bee body'.

Step 5.
Apply a thin strip of glue around the 'face' and lay the 'bee head over the 'face'.

Step 6.
Lay it over onto the 'cookie' cutout and applique stitch it in place.

Step 7.
Applique stitch the 'bee strips'.

Step 8. 
Backstitch the little antennas.

Step 9.
Stitch on the round black beads.

Step 10.
Our little kitty is a calico cat, so let's stitch on the 'calico markings' using the applique stitch.
Applique stitch the little 'cheeks' as well.

Step 11.
Let's stitch on a tiny triangle for the kitty's nose.

Step 12.
Fill in the little triangle using the satin stitch.

Step 13.
And for the mouth, make a tiny fly stitch.

Step 14.
Fold your bakers twine cord in half then make a knot on the loose ends. Cut off the excess.

Step 15.
Place your bakers twine in the center of the other 'bee cookie' cutout and secure it with multiple knots.

Step 16.
Combine both 'bee cookie ' cutouts and blanket stitch them together leaving a small entry for the filling.

Step 17.
Lightly fill your ornament making sure all corners are evenly filled before closing.

And you're done!

Please click on the link below to download the pattern in its original size :)

Hope you enjoy this little tutorial! Let me know how yours turn out! So 'till next time again <3

Friday, September 22, 2017

Carol's Journal Week #8

I'm having so much fun with all the these color match washi tapes and hooray for my 8th week of kawaii journaling! It's seriously addicting guys... I think I might have tagged my mom along on this super fun hobby 'coz she's now asking me to buy her journal and a few stickers! Haha!

Also, let's take a moment here to realize that we're officially in Autumn! time flys!! Looking at beautiful Autumn season photos makes me miss Portugal so much... all the brown and orange colors and the smell of cinnamon and roasted chestnuts everywhere.. In Macau, we are far from all those memories as It's still plain Summer here! It's the worst season at the moment as we are facing never ending typhoon times and thunderstorms... and I can't wait for this terrible weather to be over as I'm sooo ready for Winter!

It's been very calm here at home... Lara has been going to school and I've been quietly working on my crafts...although slow as expected there is sure some progress! I'm currently editing and cropping photos to get ready for the tutorial so It may take a 2 -3 days or so before It's finally up at the shop. Thank you so much for your patience.. I promise it will be up, latest, by next week!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

A Spooky Behind The Scenes

It's the second week of school and I'm slowly catching up with my old routine. I'm happy to make little progress on my upcoming pattern in which you might already know what the theme is! That's right! One of my second favorite seasons and holiday is coming up right fast...Autumn and the Halloween! I'm targeting to have this pattern ready by next week..So I'll keep you guys posted!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Working With Felt - Blanket Stitching Through Ribbons

Hi everyone!

I know It's been awhile since my last 'Working With Felt' series! I'm slowly catching up with what I was suppose to post so bare with me! Now that school holidays are officially over tomorrow, Lara has been going to bed earlier thus I have more energy to linger through the night to work on my stuffs!

So today's topic will be learning how to attach ribbons on felt using the blanket stitch. A perfect little technique if you want to turn felt projects into hanging ornaments or if you have intentions of sliding a string through the ribbon hoop to create beautiful garlands, etc.

Step 1.
 First things first, I 'prep' my ribbon by applying a thin strip of glue onto the bottom hem then I fold in half.

Step 2.
Apply glue at the hem again.

Step 3.
Position your ribbon with the glued hem facing the felt. Then, place the other piece of felt on top, making sure corners or curves are aligned on both felts.

Step 3.
Insert the needle through the ribbon.

Step 4.
Pull needle leaving a small hoop.

Step 5.
Insert the needle from the back of the ribbon and over the felt hem. Also, make sure the needle (B) is aligned with the stitch (A).

Step 6.
Insert the needle underneath the little hoop and pull.

Step 7. 
And here you have it! Your first blanket stitch through felt! Now, to continue securing the ribbon, just repeat steps 3 -7 then continue your blanket stitch as usual after the ribbon.

Hope this helps!