Just a quickie

This whole week I’ll be sewing, so no much time for anything else, but couldn’t resist to post the new set dress and vest, that I finished these days. It is just so sweet! I bought the fabrics from internet few months ago and they are flannel cottons. The vest’s lining is cream colored fleece.


Flannel dress

Flannel dress

Flannel vest

Flannel vest


Sweetest compliment I ever got!

Mom, when you grow up, you’ll be like Pippi Longstocking and you’ll have a white horsey!

How about that!

She turned 3 last week. Loves to embroider and draw.  Can’t keep myself of wondering what she’ll choose to become when she grows up,and am enjoying the most wonderful and magical moments with her now!

She inspires me in most things I do and gives me great ideas! Well, half of it all. The other half is inspired by her big brother, from whom I got a warning not to write or post about. He’s 10. That’s all I’m aloud to say now. He’s a dreamer and wants to invent things.


My Christmas doings

Just showing what I did for Christmas (my handmade gifts)  for my boy and my little girl. It was fun experimenting with machine embroidery and quilting. They love the pillow cases and I love how they turned out. Now two quilts are waiting to be sewn to complete the sets, but since I’ve planned (and bought) using Riley Blake’s Colorful Christmas line and I feel like Spring already, I wonder if these won’t be left for the next winter season…

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No camera :-(

It’s almost a month already, that I’m camera- less.  Thank goodness, the camera itself is ok, but the batteries are dead.

Apparently they are some kind that is not widely used and now I’m waiting for the local store to deliver a new set for me. I could’ve ordered them through internet and a bit regret I didn’t.  It takes too long already and I feel like I’m missing some part of myself. Can’t document anything properly. Tried to shoot some stills with the video camera, but she’s not comparable to the photo camera. The pictures are nor so crisp nor well colored as I’m used to. Well, I suppose there will be some more waiting.

Good thing is the city is all white and the trees are covered with snow like in a winter tale. It’s the perfect time to get a cup of hot cocoa, a good book or something small to crochet and watch the snow piling from the warm hug of the couch. Ah…

Love the winter when I don’t have to go outside.8038747603_0ae6aa4df4_o 8038747891_bf40607a91_o

New year approaching

This year is almost over and less than 10 days to the new one. It feels a bit overwhelming. My plans are growing and I have to keep reminding myself to keep them realistic :-)

By drawing the line for this year I’m deeply grateful for my awesome supporting family and the new friends I’ve found.  Wish I have found more time for blogging. May be this new coming year will bring me more peaceful time for creating. Blogging will follow. I don’t like new year’s resolutions – instead of bringing a wanted change they tend to raise the pressure and lower you self esteem if you fail, so I won’t have any of these, but will instead wish for myself to have even more new friends, keep my curiosity to the world and have lots of fun and love!

Wish you all a wonderful Christmas!

Cork and linen coasters tutorial

Here it is:

You’ll need a piece of cork ( mine is 2mm thick), fabric with the same size, carpenter’s white glue,
knife or shears, needle, embroidery floss and … iron.
Iron lightly the cork piece from both sides. Mine is cut from a roll, so I have to do this to flatten it.
Don’t use steam or it will buckle. Put generous amount of glue.
I use my fingers for spreading the glue. If you like use a brush. Sorry for the picture!
Iron the fabric you’ll be using and place it on top of the glue, wrong side facing down. Press it with fingers and make sure there are no trapped air bubbles under the fabric.  If the glue dries and there are bubbles, there is no way to remove them….
Iron again, while still wet. This speeds up the drying process and fixes the glue in both fabric and cork.
I don’t wait for the glue to completely dry, but it would be better to wait. Use a roller cutter or knife and square the sandwich.
I don’t like the square and am going to round the corners with shears.
It is easy to cut and doesn’t spoil the shears.
Here are my two coasters – brown and natural linen. It can be done with any fabric. I haven’t tried to wash them yet, but spot cleaning should work fine.
Now you can transfer an embroidery pattern and stitch it, or use silk ribbons to make a running stitch around the edge. The surface can be easily block printed or stamped….
As any other ambroidery, there are several ways to finish the stitching, but I chose to tie it.
I’m in a hurry today and didn’t have time to finish this properly(i.e. go all the way around…), but you got the idea.
These coasters are very light and nature friendly, so give them a try!
Be back soon with more and don’t forget the Christmas giveaway :-)

Ninja mittens

I wondered what kind of mittens could I make for a 10 year old, that is either playing with toys and watching cartoons, or talking about girls…. In this age i’ts so hard to predict what will they like. One day it’s a toy that has label “for children over age 3″ and the other day they’ll say “Oh, I’m old for this!” and give you a look, that will make you think you’ve missed some 15 years from yesterday!
Anyway, I risked it and made these woolen ninja mittens. I have worked on the pattern this summer and now is the perfect time to use it. I also got my BIG boy to like the ninjas. So I’m one happy mom today :-)



Not a table runner…

I know I said these will become a table runner, but at the end decided to go for coffee or tee coasters set of 4.
They are prettier in person =) I took the picture in the evening and the colors are bad, but hey, I’ve finished them after they were laying around for two months! I can live with these colors.  Will be back tomorrow with a surprise ;-)

She’s here!

She’s here – my new beauty! And works like a dream! I have so much to learn now, but am so excited about all the possibilities she’ll give me. Already digitized and made an applique, quite simple one, on the new slim toddler jeans. Will post pictures later.  Now I’m going to play  :-D

Crochet pattern

Ok, it took me some time to make the pattern, but here it is! Especially for Peggy W!
I’m not very familiar with the American terms for crocheting, since I learned from my Grandmother and then learned to read German style patterns, which look much like mine. Or the opposite – mine looks like German style crochet pattern :-)
Anyway, for those who love edgings, enjoy!