Just do it

5 Jul

It took me a long time to convince myself that I was ready for more challenging projects and in the end I decided that I shouldn’t procrastinate any longer and… Just do it!

So, with the help of this book by Yoshiko Tsukiori, and with my faithful sewing-machine (a legacy of my mother), I made my very first clothing item…

This top here! I even dared to make a little change as the back should have been closed with some drawstrings, but I preferred to sew it and add a button at the neckline….

The top is actually the one on the cover of the book. 

I think mum would have been proud of me… But also she would have found plenty of defects!😉

New shape

27 Jun
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This is the new shape of a former bracelet.

A friend asked me to turn  her broken bracelet, which incidentally I purchased for her as birthday present about ten years ago, into a necklace.
I think it was a beautiful bracelet, but I am not sure  about it as a necklace….
This is the result…
I am not completely satisfied with it, but  there weren’t too many beads and I had to do with what I had.😉

New agenda, again

20 Jun

As the cover of my 2016 agenda was beginning to crumble, I decided  to make a new one a little bit more sturdy… Again washi tape is invoved…

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Swap!

10 Jun

Some time ago my extremely kind and talented friend Giorgia made me this beautiful Totoro, which is a kind of Totem to me. 😄
So, I straightaway wanted to reciprocate her kindness but it took me quite a while to decide how to. In the end I decided for a purse with a handstitched portrait of her lovely four-legged nephew mr Mambo Puppy.
Swaps make me happy! 💗

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The Scratcher

3 Jun

Last Friday my TV set decided it has been used enough (barely 3 Years!!!) and broke down.😦
Of course the warranty had expired so, what to do with the old cardboard packaging (that you are obliged to keep in order to eventually return the damaged TV)?
Well, I saw a tutorial for a cat scratch pad on Nifty and I gave it a try….

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My brother’s kitty, Pimpi, seems to enjoy it, despite she hasn’t already found out exactly how to use it!😀

New life for an Old Ottoman

29 May

Some time ago a friend asked me if I could make  a cover for an old  ottoman  that she has in her child room. I studied  the project and after a while agreed. She bought the fabric and some weeks later….

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It’s not perfect but at least I tried to match the print on the front.
Btw,  the “customer”  is satisfied and so am I.🙂

A farewell gift

22 Mar

My post today is about a little gift I made for a friend who is leaving for a while.

My friend and Taiko teacher Tomoko is going back to Japan for 1 year, so I wanted to thank her for her kindness, patience and for all the time that she spent on teaching me.

I also selfishly made this so that when she looks at it she might remind of me too, and, by the way, little pouches are always useful! :-D

Thank you for all the happy hours Tomoko-sensei. Come back soon!

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Pouch and handmade envelope decorated with washi-tape

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Inside the pouch…. made by me. =^.^=

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Embroidery detail

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the other side….

Sparkling bracelet

1 Feb

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I have been thinking for a while to make something like this bracelet and the chance came when I found the right size of chain at my local market last Friday.

So I made 9 strings using a silver coloured chain adding in between randomly few cultured freshwater pearls from an old damaged necklace of my Grandmother, amethyst beads and tinted jade beads and few matte white glass beads of different sizes.

I really like the result and I think I might add some other strings to make it even richer.

I am also thinking about how to develop it into a larger project……. We will see.

Winter hat

19 Jan
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Knitted hat for a Winter day

Today I am very happy to introduce you to my new Winter hat. Why am I so happy? Because it is my first real knitting project ever.

I have always found crochet easier than knitting so I never really gave it a try. My mother was very good at both actually, but I was able only to learn a bit of crochet from her.

So, with a little help from a friend who shew me the basic stitches I came up with this hat. I didn’t follow any particular pattern. Actually I followed my instinct, and I think it came out quite nice, and right in time with the first below zero temperatures of this otherwise mild Winter….

 

May Totoro be with you

18 Jan

Today I am posting two other attempts at “nail enameling” 😁.
I made these two  Ghibli themed pendants for two beautiful and very special fans of Totoro: my friend Michela’s daugthers Viola & Ester.

So now they can take the Spirit of the Forest always with them….

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