Sunday, March 9, 2014

Freebie sunday

I am always on the lookout for any freebies that i come across on the internet to share with you. Here is one that I foind today. I hope to retutn to my stitching and other crafting when my husband's condition is better. As it is, i am definitely not in the mood. Meanwhile i can drool over freebie patterns and things that other people have stitched.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

My life right now :(

It is already February and craftwise is has been a disappointment already. Many things have happened to keep me away from my favourite hobby. This week it got even worse.  My husband slipped down some steps but the bruise just grew and grew and we went to the emergency to make sure that it was nothing serious.  Well as it turned out he was diagnosed with leukaemia and kept in hospital. My life is on hold now and I even gave up my cross stitch meetings because of hospital visits. Amazing what a difference a day makes. Loredana

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Handmade things

For us crafters, there comes a day when someone asks you to make them something and the dilemma is always "How much money should I charge her?". It happened to me a year ago and I felt guilty asking for the price I did but the next option was making it for free and the amount of work it entailed was too much for me.Well I recently came across this post on a facebook page and I wanted to share it with you.It made me feel better about things.

A lady wanted to purchase a beautiful hand crocheted dress and spotted a crafter who did absolutely amazing work, but she charged a good price too. 

The lady thought that her price was way too high so she approached the crocheter and in quite a brusk fashion stated "I want to buy a dress from you, but I think you charge too much." The crafter was a little taken aback but replied "Ok, how much do you think i should charge?" The lady replied “I think you should charge “X” much, because the yarn will cost this much, and ribbons this much, and buttons this much. I even factored in the price of scissors."

The final price the lady had calculated was a lot cheaper than the crafters original price, but she said "Ok, deal. You will get your dress in a week".

The customer is very pleased with herself and can’t resist telling all her friends what a fabulous deal she has negotiated and how smart she is, and that in a week she will have her gorgeous crocheted dress.

A week later her parcel arrives in a lovely packaged box. She opens it and inside is yarn, ribbons, buttons and even scissors.

Angrily she contacts the crafter asking “How could you do this to me? I asked you for a dress and you sent me a box of yarn, ribbon, buttons and scissors?!"

The crafter quietly replies "My dear, you got exactly what you paid for, if you think there is something missing, you need to pay for it.

"Moral of the story, when you buy handmade you are not just buying the materials you are buying the crafters, time, effort, love and dedication that goes into making your items.


Wednesday, January 15, 2014

update 1

another piece almost finished for yesterday's work in progress.Today's piece resembles an hourglass! Now  i have to start the day's housework routine.I will try to fit in some cross stitch in the afternoon.It rained constantly last night and probably will rain during the day so there is not much hope of drying clothes today.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

2014 has begun

This is my first post for 2014 and I hope it will be a good one for all and sundry.This is my first project for the year.Soon I will post a picture of it when its ready.Right now there is just a piece of dark blue knitted wool stitched up from one side.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

The bookworm confesses :)

What I have lacked in craft making,has been replaced by book reading.I finished Daniel Silva's THE CONFESSOR a couple of minutes ago.It was the first Daniel Silva book I have read but surely won't be the last.I love subjects about the vatican,the holocaust etc and this book had it all.Perhaps slowly I will craft again.

Monday, November 18, 2013

from the book fair too...

No e-book can ever replace the joy of reading a real book.At the fair I found War & Peace.Many years ago I had seen the tv series which I had really enjoyed but with the passing of time,I had forgotten the story.So when I saw this book for sale I just had to buy it.It is 2 and a half inches thick and very small print but it is definitely on my want to read list.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

The book fair

This week there was the Book Fair at the Mediterranean Conference Centre at Valletta and like past years,we went there after Saturday mass.Lots of books there and some had discounts.I found Joan Elliott's Wit & Wisdom.Needless to say,I just had to buy it.I was disappointed there were no other craft books for sale this time.Any other type of book was there.This book has some cute sayings in it and some Christmas stuff too.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Guy Fawkes night

In England they celebrate Guy Fawkes and bonfire night today. I didn't really know much about it until I came across this short film on Youtube.It is very well explained.



Have a nice day to all but especially to my British friends :)

Loredana

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Saturday morning

It's a cold and wet Saturday morning and there's shopping to do still.Lovely weather for doing cross stitch.For quite some weeks now I have not been motivated to do any crafts.Perhaps something like writer's block? I really must do something to get out of it.I will give it another try after dinner.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Elastic tutorial

Yep, yesterday it did rain and thunder but it was not too bad with no flooding reported so that was ok.Nice and sunny again today. This morning I came upon this elastic tutorial which was good to watch.




Thursday, October 31, 2013

st.judes?

weather forecasters said that we would get a little of what is left of the st.jude storm they had in europe.After a dry sunny october,we woke ip to these clouds on the horizon.We'll see how the day progresses.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

INFERNO!

Last night I finished reading Dan Brown's latest book called INFERNO and it was another amazing book like all his previous ones. Now I hope that the wait until one of his new books comes out, is not a long one.The writing is so detailed and vivid and this story takes us from Florence in Italy to Istanbul in Turkey.I got to learn a lot about Dante and his idea of what hell is like.

He has written 5 other bestsellers before this one but the one that introduced me to this great author was the Da Vinci Code which caused quite a stir in the Roman Catholic church.

There were 4 other best sellers and I am glad that I have read them all:)



If there is anyone reading my blog who has not read any of these books, I recommend them and you will be hooked like I was after his first book.Two books have already been made into films and they are the Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons.


Tuesday, October 8, 2013

I love my Bernina :)



So many attachments for this amazing sewing machine.I just love it.


Sunday, October 6, 2013

Christmas is on the way!

Here is a tutorial I found on the web on how to make a different christmas tree.Oh I love this time leading up to Christmas.The video is in Spanish I think but one can understand by seeing the pictures anyhow.I have never tried covering up these polystyrene shapes myself so far but soon we will be doing exactly that at the cross stitch group.We will be doing christmas tree balls.I love Christmas fabric but so few shops have them here :(




Wednesday, October 2, 2013

African violets

I love African Violets and their small velvety flowers. I have also tried propagating them like below and once or twice I had little leaves come out. But then the hot summer arrives and they start to rot and die until no plants whatsoever are left. I found these pictures on the internet and have the urge to buy another plant and try again. I know that one should water them from underneath so that the leaves do not ever get wet. There are a few other colours to choose from but somehow this dark violet colour is the one that appeals to me the most. If at first you don't succeed, then try and try again. Bye :)

DIY Grow Violet Flowers DIY Grow Violet Flowers

Monday, September 30, 2013

Good morning my friends!

It has been a number of weeks since I last blogged about anything. This week my son was sent to work in Scotland for an indefinite time and so it was a bit difficult for us all. Anyhow he is there now and he likes the place so far but I do miss him a lot.Thank God for Skype, Facebook and Gmail, I say :)
Craftwise I have not done much. I have one of two christmas crochet items which are lying around waiting to be starched so I should get around to doing those so I can post a picture of them and Christmas is fast approaching.
Today I found a picture on the internet of a bracelet made up of cord which I would like to try if I could find the fittings which the bracelet is closed with. Here is the picture:-

Looks easy enough eh.Well folks, have a nice day.



Tuesday, September 10, 2013