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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The Jean Bag Project day 2: Let the cutting begin

Hi guys,

As you know, one day in mommy crafting time is actually like three days of regular crafting time, or at least it is for me.  It's more about worrying about safety than anything else.

I cut the pants on Friday, but it wasn't until Sunday that I actually had a little more time to work on the project and actually make some progress.  I got my machine and settled on my mother's laundry room which was out of the way of everyone but still close enough to hear if my children called, which they did quite a few times by the way.  My mom asked why did a chose a place so "secluded", and I was like: "Because I can close the door and go do other things (like looking after my kids) without fear of the other kids coming here and getting hurt with the pins and stuff".  There are always children running around my mother's house on Sundays, and this Sunday in particular there were more kids than usual.  There my own three, two from my sister Paula and two and half from my cousin Ale (I say "half" because he's about six months old).  

As I mentioned before, I am taking steps from different tutorials to work on this bag.

The first one is from Izzy MEIMsaab which you can watch here.  I'm not posting the entire video, because the only part that interested me was how she cut the jeans.  At least for now.  From here I got how to cut the legs and sew shut the openings from the crutch area.  

Now since the back is larger than the front the side seams will not match the bottom seam for when you are boxing the bottom of the bag.  There is no seam in the real side of the bag which makes this step rather difficult.  I kept thinking about this, and my solution was to mark the real side with a pen so and with a pin I match the bottom seam to the line I drew and then measure to have my boxed side. I should have taken a picture of this, but I got a bit carried away and by the time I thought about it, we were already heading back home.

Anyway, here's the main body of the bag:



I also cut the inside pocket and sew the zipper.  Yay me!  My first ever zipper, and it wasn't so bad.  Granted it would've been easier had I been able to put the zipper foot, but I couldn't.  I think it was because the foot was for the other machine my grandma had which did not come to me.  But I was still able to sew it using the regular foot.  I also have to add that I also used a universal needle and not any special type of needle used for sewing Jeans.  I figured I'd give it a try because my jeans were not to heavy and if the needle broke, then I would make the effort to go get me some specialty needles.

Anyhow, I made the pocket using instructions from Debbie Shore.  You can watch the whole video here.  She was doing an outside pocket, but I figured I could use the same instructions to make an inside pocket. 

Here's what I ended up with:


I also cut and sew the handle using instructions from this blog post from Bloom.  Since I wanted an adjustable handle, I cut two pieces of jeans and two from the lining fabric that when put together using the "Faux pipe" method would fit into a 1" buckle.  The thing is that is taking me forever to actually turn the piece right side, but I'm getting there.

There's no quitting in sewing clug... hahahahaha

Anyway,  I also cut two pieces for the lining and the pieces to join the zipper and close the bag.  I know there is a name for it, but I can't think about it now.



Let me know if you've done a project like this, or what is your favorite material to recycle.

Cheers!

Ginormous Craft Stash Giveaway over at CLP

Hey guys,

I'm just about to post the progress of the Jean Bag Project; but before I do so, I just wanted to drop a line because Amber is hosting a huge giveaway of crafting supplies.  She and other craft bloggers have united to bring us this amazing giveaway:



You can over  here to enter and read all about it as well as to follow links to the other blogs and see what they're offering.

Good luck!


Friday, May 30, 2014

The Jean Bag Project - Day 1 The Scavenger Hunt

So I was browsing Pinterest the other day, and came across this upcycled jean bag which really caught my eye:



It looks so cute and I wondered if I could ever pull it off given that I don't have that much experience with the sewing machine.  I don't think I yet qualify as a beginner even.

Anyway, I remembered that I have these jeans that I don't wear anymore because they have a hole in the backside that makes me feel like my butt is about to fall off:



I inserted an orange sock inside so the hole was easy to see.


Other than the hole, I think they are perfect for this project.  So I made up my mind and decided that this will be my next project.  My actual first "big" project.  Although nowadays with three kids at home whatever project I come up with is now considered "big".

Anyway, I knew I wanted something a bit different than what I was seeing in the picture.  Similar, but different.  I wanted it to have an adjustable strap so that I can wear it on one shoulder like a regular bag or over the shoulder like a messenger bag.  I also wanted a zippered closure since I figured it would be harder for pickpockets on the metro to take things out of it when I ride home. 

The link on Pinterest leads to some sort of tutorial, but it doesn't really explain the process in detail.  It just says, "well I cut up here and sew there" and that's that.  So I went looking for more explanation on how to do it properly or at least to get some inspiration on how to do it my own way.  After a lot of research and a couple of videos that I know won't work for me, I think I have come up with the perfect combination of tutorials to achieve what I want.

Before I share the videos that will help me with this project, I needed to know that I have all the supplies I need at home, so last night was scavenger's night at the Herring's.  Money is tight so I had to figure out a way to purchase the least amount of materials.  I have my Jeans and my sewing machine.  I had some leftover fabric that I used to line one of my crocheted bags in the past which would be perfect.  I just needed the zippers (because I want a zippered inner pocket as well) and the buckles for the strap.

After a lot of rummaging around the house and the never failing allergy to dust; not to mentioned my Grandmother who left a lot of sewing supplies (including the machine); here's what I found:

I found this pink purse that I never use anymore.  It was actually at the bottom of the closet along with the baby carrier, just waiting to be found and recycled.  It had a lot of zippers and it was perfect.  The pink zippers combine really well with the fabric I have.  It took me forever, but I was finally able to salvage all six zippers and a couple of mini belt buckles that were holding the strap of the purse.  From the baby carrier I managed to take out the buckles that will help me with the adjustable strap.



My biggest concern was actually finding a zipper large enough to fit the top of the jeans, and I hit the jackpot because not only is it larger, but it has two zipper pulls which I found extremely cute



Thanks to my grandma I don't think I need anything else.  I will start tonight by cutting up the jeans and the fabric.  I'll come bearing pictures of the progress in the next couple of days.

Cheers!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

How to Make Bread from Scratch- NO BREADMAKER NEEDED

Okay, como en mi casa nunca hay pan.  O mas bien, con el devorador de Daniel cerca si uno quiere pan tiene que ser el primero en agarrar en la noche cuando lo llegan a dejar porque de plano en la mañana ya no hay.

Desde hace algún tiempo he estado buscando alguna receta no muy dificil para hacer pan en casa ya que asi podemos tener mas pan sin tener que gastar tanto.  Tambien pensé que sería mejor buscar algún video o algún paso a paso que tenga fotos de como se tiene que ver la masa.  Mientras más fotos mejor.

Me tomó algún tiempo, y me pareció algo gracioso, que después de ver como mil recetas en todas partes, al final me terminé decidiendo por el video de Crafty Gemini.  Lo gracioso es, que estoy suscrita a su canal de Youtube desde hace algún tiempo y nunca lo habia visto.  Creo que el hecho de que en mi mente sus tutoriales siempre eran de quilting creo que no lo habia pensado antes.



Hoy en la noche voy a intentarlo.  A ver que tal sale.  Vamos a ver que tal sale.  Habia pensado hacer un paso a paso en español si la cosa salia bien, pero ahora que lo pienso, tampoco sería mala idea hacerlo aunque la cosa no salga bien... jajajajaja

 

Friday, February 14, 2014

To my husband on this Valentine's day


Is there a time when you feel whole?

Is there a time when you’re finally complete?

Is there a place to find the missing piece?

I know it’s out there, somewhere

 

I look at myself and know

Something is not quite right

It’s not apparent

It’s not obvious

It’s not superficial

But something is missing

 

There is a hole in me

That no one can see

There is a hole in me

That only I can feel

 

For a long time I thought

I was never meant to be whole

For a long time I felt

An emptiness inside

For a long time I thought

I would drown by myself

In the void within my heart

That had frozen me inside out

 

Nobody could ever know

The real me behind the mask

I created to hide

The pain I felt inside

 

And one day you came along

Lighting the night like a flame

To help me warm

By cold, cold hands

To help me thaw and mend

My frozen broken heart

With your kind wise words

With your eyes full of love

 

I couldn’t see it for awhile

And for this I have to apologize

I was accustomed to pain

And love felt so strange

 

I was so scared

To allow anyone inside

I didn’t want you to see

What I had hidden

I didn’t what you to know

That I wasn’t whole

That I was falling into pieces

And only the ice within me

Held it all together

 

I tried to push you away

As hard as I could

But no matter what I said

No matter what I did

You were always there for me

Holding my hand and loving me

 

Until one day I finally felt

The ice had melted

A long time ago

The thing that I was missing

That would make me whole

Had come into my life

And I didn’t notice at all

 

What I once thought

I would never reach

Was finally within my grasp

 

I need only to stretch my hand

Turn around

Look up

Look down

And it would be there

All around me

Embracing me

Keeping me warm

 

And I felt the void shrinking

Being filled

Replaced

By what I thought was impossible

 

Not only did you taught me

What it’s like to be loved

What it’s like to love you

You taught me to love myself

And let you love me the way you do

 

Now I feel unstoppable

With you by my side

And me by yours

And together we walk

Through this patched road called life

Helping each other along the way

 

If you fall

I’d help you get back up

And if I fall I know

You will catch me

Before I hit the ground

And keep me in your arms

Until I’m well enough

To stand on my own

I when you hold me so

I never want to let you go

 

Isn’t it transparent?

Isn’t it obvious?

It’s now floating in the surface

Even if no one else can see it

Even if no one else can feel it

You are that what I was missing

You are that which completes me

Your are my one

My prince charming

My savior

My knight

 

I love you my darling

And I forever will

Until the day comes

When we are no longer on Earth

But dancing among Angels

And then,

I will love you after that, as well

Friday, November 29, 2013

I wish I was better, but I'm not... :S

Sometimes I wish that one day I'll wake up and I'll be this great wife and mother and that I have this happy family with kids that love and respect me, but then I wake up and nothing is like that.

I know I should be paying more attention to my kids and that I should be able to provide them with a loving environment, with some structure and who knows what else I am not doing right.

But then again, what else is new.  I'm an awful mother and an awful wife.  It may seem like I don't care, but truth is I have no idea what I'm supposed to do.

Sometimes I feel like the only thing I'm good at is disappointing everyone and feeling sorry for myself.  I wish I could say that I am dealing with it, but I'm not.  I have no idea how to deal with it.  Who should I talk to about things like this?  Who is out there that can give me some advice?

I know I shouldn't complain, but most of the times I feel like I'm alone.  Honestly I have no one to talk to and I think I lost myself years ago.

I'm always moody and feel like killing myself every other day.  What's the point?  Sometimes I feel like it wouldn't be much of a loss.  It's not like I'm doing a great job being a mom or being a wife or being a daughter or a sister.

I think that the only thing that's keeping me from doing anything too drastic nowadays is that for the first time they actually need something from me, at least for now.  Once my husband gets a better job and my paycheck is no longer as needed as it is now, there will actually be no use for me in this world.

I know.  I'm being a bit extremist, but this is how I feel.  I wish I could flick a switch turn it off, but I can't.

Most of the time I wonder how good it is for my children to have me around or if they would actually be better off without me.  Like I'm leaving more scars on them by actually being here than if I'm not.  I have no idea how to raise them, what to say, what not to say, what to do, what not to do.  I know that no parent knows for sure all of this and that somehow every parent in the world is actually winging it, but I feel like I'm the worst at it.

I think that they would probably be better of being raised by my parents or just my husband since apparently I'm not even here anyway.  I feel invisible.  I have no voice, no saying in anything and a part of me likes it because it gives me a way out and I don't have to deal with anything.

It is so frustrating to try to impose some sort of discipline when they don't hear you at all.  Nobody listens to a word I say, so why waste energy and saliva trying to get someone to listen to what I say.  No point at all.

Well, I think that's enough for tonight.. not that anyone would actually read this, but it makes me feel a bit better just to get it out of my system.


Friday, August 23, 2013

Harry Potter and Me

I just finished reading “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” for the umpteenth time.  I couldn’t tell you the exact number of times I’ve the series as it would be rather difficult.  One thing I can say though is that I was already all grown up when I read the first book.
I’m one of those late fans who saw the first couple of movies before I actually read any of the books.  In my defense, when the first movie was released, Harry Potter was unheard of where I come from.  A friend of mine had read some of the books before the movie was released, but we were all at college at the time.
I will not go about saying that Harry Potter changed my life dramatically or that the book series helped save my life or something like that.  No, what the series of books and movies did, was give me something to distract me from day to day life specially on those boring days where I had nothing to do, it filled my hours with extraordinary adventures, laughs and tears.  It gave me something to bond with my sister.  It gaves us inside jokes that not many people understand.
At the time when I first read the first book it made me think of a lot of things.  I think that what I like best about these books is that they are really timeless and that’s why they made great movies, which is also why I think they appeal to both kids and adults alike. The troubles they face as people, (leaving  out the magic) is very relatable.  How you were bullied at school and how you come about making friendships that will last a lifetime.
 What would you do when facing a great evil?  Would you hide?  Would you stand up and fight?  Or would  you do the unthinkable and join the other side?  Every time I’ve read each of the books, I’ve learned something about myself.  Granted these are not self help books or filled with tips to help you get through the day to day, but as I’ve grown, I’ve seem to understand a bit more about the characters and their actions and how that reflects upon how I act in real life and my relationship with my kids and my parents.
We are living in an age where taking a stroll down the block is unthinkable.  Walking by yourself after dark is considered a great stupidity on your part as you are setting yourself up to bad things happening to you.  Evil lurks in every corner and we don’t have magic wands to produce a patronus to protect ourselves from  a real life dementor that wants to eat our souls.
  We lare living in an age where we are not sure who to trust and it’s sad to think that our children don’t have the same liberties we had.  But it’s been coming for a while.  I hear stories from when my mom and dad were young and I can’t believe they got to do all the stuff they could do back then.  Things I wasn’t allowed to do and things that my kids won’t ever even consider doing.
Granted, the violence may have been more explosive when I was young with the internal conflict and all that stuff.  But even if a peace treaty was signed between the government and the paramilitar forces, it doesn’t really mean anything when you have people being gunned down for a cell phone.  Bus drivers begin killed because they don’t have the money to pay off the extorsionists.  It’s incredible that even the gangsters are expecting a Christmas bonus at the end of the year.
Anyway, I think I’m getting a bit off track here, but the point is that given the current situation, the Harry Potter books actually give me a bit of hope.  They give me a couple of hours of peace of mind.  They inspire me to do other things and they awake my creativity as nothing else has.
I know it sounds silly, and it probably is.  The Harry Potter books help me look at the troubles of life with a different perspective.  To know that your loved ones never really leave you and they are within you to help you face your greatest fears.  To know that everything happens for a reason.  That even though you may not understand what is going on, everything will unfold and make sense in the end.  You have to be prepared to accept what was meant to be and fight for what you believe to be right and true.  And never forget that love is the ultimate weapon against evil.
 

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The running girl

As you can probably tell by some of my previous posts, I tend to be a very negative person and there are few things that actually bring me joy.

I am trying to change the way I view myself, which is nothing new as every other month I promise myself not to care what other people say and be happy with who I am.  There's no need to tell you that I've never been able to keep that promise and I almost always end up wanting to hide under my bed till the world ends.

Since it's not likely that I would ever be able to do that, I've decided to take baby steps and start taking care of myself and try not to feel guilty in the process.  Some of you may know how difficult it is for a mom to take time for herself without feeling like you're being selfish

Within this changing world you would be crazy not to do some minor changes yourself as well.  Instead of making promises which I know I won't keep, or that are easily broken, I've been taking each day as it comes.  There is obviously some planning ahead in regards of going places and stuff, but in general I've decided not to stress about the things I cannot control and do my best on the things I do control.

For instance, I cannot control traffic, but I can control how early I leave the house so I won't be late for work.  I cannot control (no matter how much I want to) what comes out of my kid's mouth, but I can control how I react to it.

So I started running again.  I even register to run the City's 21K race in August.  Don't ask me what made me do it, because I don't know it myself.  I think it was merely a desire to know if I'm capable of such a thing.  I stopped going to the running group because I always felt discouraged that I couldn't run as far or as fast as most of the other runners and it was awful.

This time around I went in with a different mindset.  I stop caring if the same guy passed me a hundred times.  It was not about how far or how fast that guy could run, it's about how can I improve to be able to finish the race without wanting to die in the middle of it.  I started creating my own goals.  "This week I'll run for 30 minutes straight without stopping"  "This week I'll run 5K" "Last week I ran 5K, this week I'll run 7" and so on.

And it worked!!! I may not be ready for the 21K yet, but I'm getting there.  And as I said my goal is just to finish it and still be in one piece.  I'm not trying to finish the 21K in hour, but maybe that could be next year's goal.  There are plenty of races still left this year, we'll see.

In the meantime, I'm proud to say that yesterday I ran my fastest 10K ever... which technically it's not that accurate as it's the first time I've ever run 10K, but still.  According to my Nike+ app (which I love BTW) I ran 10.17 km in 59:46 mins, with an average pace of 5'53" per km.  

The greatest part was that I didn't feel as tired as I thought I was going to feel.  I mean, there were times on previous runs, when I felt like I was dying and I wasn't going as fast as did yesterday.  So yay me!

Once I get internet back on my phone and I can sync my runs, I'll show you some screenshots of my achievements in the past month.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

The Pintester Movement


So it took me forever to finally decide which pin I would do for the Pintester Movement; and I mean forever.

I wanted something that didn't require any special skills and or special ingredients or supplies.  As usual, I'm completely broke and couldn't afford to buy anything at all so it had to be something I could do with whatever I already had at home which wasn't as much.

I didn't want to cook anything because that meant having one (or all) of the kids on top of me trying to it themselves and I always freak out a bit whenever the kids are in the kitchen while anything is turned on, hot and may be within reach.  You know, safety first.

I wanted something that was challenging but also doable and did not require more than one afternoon.  All crafts were out of the question because that is another thing I like doing while the kids are up since I'm a bit of a control freak when it comes to my crafting and hate answering a gazillion questions that don't let me concentrate on the task at hand and I always end up super frustrated that the thing I'm doing doesn't match what I have in my head in the least.

So it came down to nails or hair.  This is because I'm a klutz when it comes to doing either and whenever I do my nails my left hand ends up beautiful while my right hand looks like crap.  ALWAYS!  No matter how careful I am, I always end up with at least two nails ruined on my right hand because apparently I can't leave my hands still long enough for the polish to dry completely before I have to do something else like preparing a baby bottle, or having to find something at the bottom of my purse.

So in the end I settle for this:


I have short hair and I'm short so it was definitely meant for me, right?  So here's me before I started trying to remember how to braid:


Look at me! All excited!!! It's not every day that I post my face anywhere hahahaha....

So the first thing was to do some curls with the curling iron which I haven't used in ages!!!


Do you see any curls?  Because I looked and looked and looked for them but none decided to appear.  I think I wasn't doing it right, but frankly curling irons frighten me a bit.  I didn't want to end up with a chunk of burned hair in my hand like that chick from that video...

Anyway, I decided to proceed and with the help of my lovely assistant:

I went on, but no such luck:




Nope, does not look anything like the picture at all:



Any suggestions??

Thursday, April 11, 2013

BBYRAL Introduction

So, the first video in the series is up!!!  Though, technically it is the second video, but I don't think the announcement counts.

This is so exciting!!!


I'm still hesitant about all this, so I want to thank everyone who has reached out to me to give me a kind word and congratulate me for doing this.  Thank you for your encouragement.  It's nice to see that this is not a complete waste of time.

As you may have noticed, I'm still struggling with my negative mind-sets, but I'm working on it.  We will talk more about this on the next chapter.  So be on the look out for the next video, remember to suscribe to my YouTube channel or signup here so you won't miss it.

Cheers and God bless you all,

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