Versatile Blogger Award!

30 Jan

Today my little blog has been nominated for the “Versatile Blogger Award” by the lovely Hali, from Softwearhacks.

This is my first nomination ever and I’m very excited and, of course, honoured.

As I’m not familiar with this kind of things, I’m also very gratful that Hali took her time to write the rules… :-D

versatile-bloggerThe Rules:

1. Link the person who nominated you.

2. List 7 facts about yourself.

3. Nominate 15 other blogs!

My 7 Facts:

1. I am European, of Italian nationality

2. my passion for crafts dates back to my childhood when I was used to handsew clothes for my Barbie doll. I couldn’t afford to buy many so I made them myself.

3. as a child I wanted to become an astronomer, and later a journalist. I haven’t fullfilled my dream of becoming an astronomer but I’m still gazing at the stars, and as for the journalist… I have been published few articles but it never became my profession… but I’m a blogger though! :-)

4. I’m “versatile” also in sports: I play tennis and I do yoga, and I used to play rugby and judo in my younger days.

5. when I see something that I like, I look at it carefully trying to find out if I can reproduce it. :-)

6. I love Japan and I’m trying to learn Japanese in my free time.

7. I might be Italian but I don’t drink coffee.. I take tea, my dear!

(sorry only) 10 amazing blogs (in no particular order):

1. The Green Dragonfly

2. Very Berry Handmade

3. Vijolcenne Creations

4. Found This, Painted That

5. Love, Lucie

6 .The Destashification Project

7. Kleine Kleiningkeiten

8. Paola e la crafteria

9. Sakè puppets

10. No time to sew

Christmas placemats

23 Jan

This is the last post about my handmade Christmas gifts: four placemats for my friend Cristina and her family.

I wanted to give her the placemats before Christmas so that they could use them on Christmas morning for breakfast, but as usual we failed to meet before the date and they have been handed over only a couple of days ago! But better late than never! ;-)

As I forgot to take pictures of them (I was in a desperate hurry to finish them before Xmas… :-0 ), Cristina herself sent me some. The fabric is from Ikea and I used some tartan bias for an extra Christmassy look. Each of them has similar but different motif.

Christmas placemat

Christmas placemat

xmas placemat 2

Folded placemat

xmas placemat 1

unfolded placemat

Bracelet for two

22 Jan

I made this bracelet for my friend Paola’s daughter, Marta, for Christmas, but by magic it ended up un Paola’s wrist!

I used Corean jade cubic beads and double elastic thread. To cover the knots I used some pink wire.

Corean jade and steel flowers

Corean jade and steel flowers

jade and flower bracelet 2

Cubic Corean jade bracelet

Pencil case for Dad

21 Jan

My father doesn’t want any Christmas present anymore. I don’t know why but probably he thinks that he already has all that he needs and he doesn’t want that we spend money for him… So, in recent years I began to make his presents myself. This year, since he likes to draw and write, and he’s always looking for places where to store his pencils and pens, I made this pencil case for him. It is very simple but useful.

I’m not sure if the fabric is suitable enough for a man, but it is the best I came up with. BTW, I really like to use colourful zips in contrast.

pencil holder

Pencil case, the other side

pencil holder 2

Pencil case, the inside. :-)

Io sono Charlie

8 Jan
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Double gift

1 Jan

My friend Paola last year deserved more than one gift for being very kind and supportive. So, for Christmas I made her also this eye mask hoping that it will help her to relax.

eyemask

Pink eye-mask, the outside

Eye mask

Eye mask, the fluffy side

Christmas Clutch

31 Dec

My fourth Christmas gift is this clutch I made for my friend Simona. It wasn’t an easy task and it took me quite a while to finish it.

For the first time I used a magnetic snap but that was easier than I expected. I also added this big fuchsia button for an extra accent.

Clutch

Clutch

Detail, inside

Detail, inside

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