Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Valentine's day decoration

Christmas was barely over before the shops took out their Valentine decorations for sale. I like to decorate with something small for these occasions and so I knitted a dress for a doll and then displayed it near two small bears i had bought the previous year. The dress was from a pattern i bought from the internet by jacknitss and it was very easy to do. I thought that the mock smocking on the front would be difficult to do but it was all very well described. I used remnants of knitting in lace for the headband and the boots.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Permanent Hair Straightening with Coconut Milk and Lemon Juice(video)

Permanent Hair Straightening with Coconut Milk and Lemon Juice(video)

This looks interesting. Can't do much harm with only natural ingredients. Leaving it on for two hours might be difficult though.

Loredana

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy new year 2016

Happy New Year 2016 to all those who read my blog posts. 2015 was a year of the usual ups and downs. Craftwise, I was not very productive and towards the end of the year, a pain in my neck and arms did not help. Anyhow, there are so many crafts that I want to do this year and I hope that I end up finishing some of them. Perhaps new year resolutions are often forgotten as soon as the first days are over. However I want so much to craft as much as i can and perhaps lose some weight. Happy New Year my friends. May good health be with you all year long.

Monday, December 21, 2015

St Joseph's here ��

Finally managed to stitch up St Joseph in time for Chrstmas...the only one missing now is baby Jesus �� he will probably arrive on Christmas Day at this rate. In between doing hems on trousers, cleaning, cooking and doing laundry, i try to fit in a tiny bit of sewing.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Another finish

Last night there was nothing on tv so for a change, i headed to my sewing room and finished hand stitching the bottom part of yet another nativity personage...this time it is Our Lady. Perhaps there is still hope after all of finishing them before Christmas day. The three kings were rich so must have had elaborate costumes so they will have to wait till next year. Sequins and rhinestones have to be attached to their costumes before stitching and then there is the stable to be made up.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Last minute decorations

December has always been a month of panic for me. Just a few days away from Christmas Day and I am so far behind in everything. Two years ago I had bought one of those Christmas panels where the decorations are printed but you have to cut them out, sew and stuff them. Amongst others I had bought the nativity and cut them out etc. This morning I finished the first two...the camel and the lambs. Some of the others have to be embellished so Christmas will probably be over by the time they are finished �� slowly does it. Crafts shouldn't be a hurried affair and things done neatly. The three wise men, Joseph, Mary and baby Jesus will have their own turn ��


Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Christmas tealight holder

It has been over two months since I last blogged about anything. Pity really. This blog is mostly about my crafts so that means that I have not done any. Which is true for various reasons including an inflammation of a nerve that connects the neck to my hands apparently. It was painful doing the most common of tasks let alone crafting. Very slowly after several weeks, the pain is subsiding and today I finished my small Christmas candle holder. Here is the photo. It was a freebie crochet pattern designed by a Daniela Herbertz.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Framing dilemma

During all my stitching years, i have had the dilemma of whether to frame stitching items with non reflective matt glass or clear glass. The place i used for framing, always said the should use matt glass. I did not like it much but always listened to the 'experts'. Recently i took some things to be framed and the problem was finally resolved. They left it up to me but said that nowadays, cross stitch had clear glass. So i took them the peacock lady that i had framed some years ago with matt glass and told them to replace it with clear glass. The result was brighter colours that were not effected but non reflective glass. It definitely looks better. Ok there are some shadows when you try to photograph it or look at it but i would rather have that than duller colours.ok so perhaps in the photo it does not look that different...but in reality there is a lot of difference.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Welcome September

What a hot summer it has been. Not regarding activities but more because of the heat that we had. It has left me listless and as far as crafts are concerned, i did some sewing, a little crochet but mostly knitting...for dolls! I have always loved doung that but this summer it was my main hobby. Right now I am also working on something similar for Christmas.This month will probably be one with lots of humidity and still quite hot. But that is what usually happens. Nowadays seasons are changing and in August we had a bad storm. Right now it is hot and humid and storms are forecast for this week.I hope temperatures go down a bit.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Beading freebie

Oh I do wish I could do something like this. Beading and making jewellery is something I haven't got around to learning yet.


Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Match craft

I wonder how many different crafts there are all over the world. Thing is, if people don't pass on their knowledge to the next generation, they will be lost. On the internet I came across these pictures of how to make a small house with matches. I know that here in Malta there is a person who makes much larger things out of matches...some used and some aren't. I thought that this was only done in Malta but then I came across a board on Pinterest...
https://www.pinterest.com/patsydickerson/match-stick-crafts/
and realised that it was done in other parts of the world.
There are also tutorials on youtube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fe8-MAwzRBs
At least the craft can go on.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Back to blogging

It has been so long since I did any blogging. Not that I didn't want to but somehow I did not get around to it. I did quite some knitting again and the feel of that soft wool and needles makes one want to knit more and more. I knitted ( or rather learnt to knit with double pointed needles) I also bought a set of bamboo needles. I had read about them but never tried. Some say they are very silent...The steel needles don't make that much noise surely to annoy anyone? But I did not have problems with them while knitting. So I will definitely use them again.
Oh and I started reading a new book. After reading "before i go to sleep" i watched the dvd but as always, the movie was a bit of a disappointment because they change things and perhaps the image in my mind is not the same as the one on the screen. Anyhow as I said I have now started a new book called "The Dressmaker" by Kate Alcott. It is about a maid of a famous fashion designer who travels with her employer on the maiden voyage of the "Titanic" and survives because she was in her employer's quarters. She wants to become a dress designer too. The tragedy of the Titanic fascinates me so this book is very interesting. I recommend it.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Friday, March 13, 2015

Before I go to sleep

I love to read and always have a book to carry around with me when I have to wait somewhere. Somehow reading an ebook is not the same thing as feeling the pages of a book. At the moment I am reading the book "Before I go to sleep" which has also been made into a movie. I want to finish reading the book first before watching the movie. Somehow the books are always better. I love these strange stories. It is about a woman who forgets everything that has happened to her whenever she goes to sleep. Must be a terrible thing to go through if it was real. Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth are  my two favourite actors and they both take part in this movie.  Here is the link to the movie trailer.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQdnOYpyBCo






Saturday, February 14, 2015

rabbit pie

In Malta rabbit has been eaten ever since I can remember. People used to breed
rabbits for their family to eat or else to sell them to others. Recently they have been kept as pets so some people tend to be shocked at the mere thought of eating a rabbit. They are such sweet and cuddly animals so I can understand this. I eat rabbit but I cannot say that it is my favourite type of meat and whenever the children had rabbits as pets, we never ate those! Anyhow, this is one recipe for cooking rabbit meat.

RABBIT PIE

Chop up one rabbit in small pieces and marinade in 150ml red wine for about an hour and a half. Fry 4 chopped onions until golden and afterwards add the rabbit pieces and mix. Add one bayleaf, 200g peas and 50g tomato concentrate. Allow to cook until the meat is tender. Remove the bone from the meat. Open up the pastry and line a dish. Add the rabbit meat and cover the dish with pastry. Cook in the oven until the pastry is golden brown and serve warm.