terça-feira, 31 de janeiro de 2012

A brand new Silhouette Cameo coming my way :D ::: Uma novíssima Silhouette Cameo a caminho :D

I'm sooooo excited, today I'll be ordering my brand new Silhouette Cameo. It's supposed to start selling in Portugal in March, but for the kind of prices I've heard, it is wayy too expensive for me.
But, I am such a lucky girl that my best friend who lives in the UK happened to mention she is a member of a crafts site that actually sells Silhouette Cameo, for a very nice price and with international deliveries! :D How perfect is that??

So, not only am I getting the Silhouette Cameo, I've also included the vinyls which I'm dying to try and some other stuff I had no idea I needed, but apparently, I do! :)
This is the exact feeling I had when I bought my Janome, I had no idea if I was buying the right one, I was very anxious, very intimidated as I had never had a proper sewing machine before, but I was so eager to try it I felt like taking a vacation from work and life in general to experience it as much as I could.

Do any of you own a Silhouette? Any suggestions? Advices? I really have absolutely NO idea of what to do with it, I just hope it will be lots of fun finding out :)

Estou tãaaaoo entusiasmada, hoje é o dia que encomendo a minha nova Silhouette Cameo. É suposto chegar a Portugal em Março, mas os preços que ouvi são demasiado altos para mim.
Mas sou uma rapariga tão sortuda que a minha melhor amiga que vive no Reino Unido mencionou por acaso que até era membro de um site da especialidade que vende a Silhouette por um óptimo preço E que faz entregas internacionais! É perfeito! :D

Assim sendo, não só vou comprar a Silhouette mas também os vinis que estou super entusiasmada para experimentar e uma data de outros acessórios que não sabia que precisava, mas aparentemente preciso!
Sinto-me tal e qual como no dia em que encomendei a minha Janome, não sabia se estava a fazer a compra certa, sentia-me muito ansiosa e muito intimidada porque nunca tinha tido nenhuma máquina de costura como deve ser, mas tinha tanta vontade de a experimentar que queria meter férias do trabalho e da vida em geral para poder conhecê-la em condições.

Alguém aqui tem uma Sihouette? Alguma sugestão? Conselho? Não faço a mínima ideia do que fazer com ela, só espero que seja divertido descobrir. :)

sábado, 28 de janeiro de 2012

Stary, stary Quilt

Here is an update on my stary quilt. I'm getting closer and closer to the end of this very exciting project:)
What do you think?


Aqui vai uma actualização sobre o meu projecto actual. Estou a aproximar-me do final deste projecto tão excitante :) O que vos parece?

quinta-feira, 26 de janeiro de 2012

quarta-feira, 25 de janeiro de 2012

Gaining Space ::: A ganhar espaço

As I've mentioned yesterday, sewing has been gaining more and more room in my life and in my living room. What used to be a small corner on a big desk has now become something much more significant, now we are talking about the whole desk, plus a little help.
It's growing along with my dreams and it feels amazing :)

Como mencionei ontem, a costura tem vindo a ganhar mais e mais espaço na minha vida e na minha sala. O que começou como um pequeno canto numa secretária grande, agora é algo muito mais significante, e agora ocupa toda a secretária e mais uma pequena ajuda.
Está a crescer a par dos meus sonhos e é fantástico :)
Apparently, the scraps basket is now the kitten basket :)  Aparentemente o cesto dos pedaços de tecido agora é o cesto dos gatos :)

My new little corner, filled with goddies and supplies. O meu novo cantinho, cheio de coisas boas e material.

My favourite drawer. I love, love LOVE my threads :))   A minha gaveta favorita. Adoro, adoro ADORO as minhas linhas :))

segunda-feira, 23 de janeiro de 2012

Much Love Monday

wow, it's been sooo long since my last Much Love Monday!!

Today is a lovely day, I'm loving the sun, the brightness, the fact that I've spent yesterday creating more space for my sewing.
I'm loving this week already :)

I love my cats, of course (all three of them) and my wonderful wonderful friends. I'm truly blessed :)

I know it's not the most original picture, but I love it and just kept thinking about it :)

My first Giveaway of the year! ::: O meu primeiro Passatempo do Ano!


For me January is such a long month, but this year it's been so sunny and bright, it's left me in such a good mood I feel like celebrating that.

So I've decided to do my first giveaway of the year. Except this time it's happening on Facebook.

Though I've written the text in portuguese (sorry about that, most my Facebook followers are portuguese), everybody can join in! All you have to do is to like the SandyOwn page, of course, then leave a comment of your choice on this picture on my Wall:
Finnaly, you have to share this giveaway on your own page and you're ready to go! I'll randomly choose a comment on January 29th. It's as simple as that!


Janeiro costuma ser um mês enorme para mim, mas este ano, todo este sol e esta claridade estão a deixar-me muito bem disposta e com vontade de celebrar!

Por isso decidi fazer o meu primeiro passatempo do ano, só que desta vez será no Facebook. Só têm que junta-se à página SandyOwn e na foto acima deixarem um comentário à vossa escolha e partilharem o passatempo na vossa página.
Vou escolher aleatóriamente um comentário vencedor no dia 29 de Janeiro. Muito simples, não?

domingo, 22 de janeiro de 2012

Doggy Beds & Friends

After the beds I made for those dogs who needed it, I kind of got hooked on it! A have a dog friend who'd been receiving treatment for a tumour and I figured he needed all the comfort he could get so I bought some colorful Ikea fabric and made this bed, it's the biggest I've done, because he is a big doggy.

And look how happy him and his cute little sisters are :D This image is EXACTLY what I imagine when I'm making the beds. Makes my day!

quarta-feira, 18 de janeiro de 2012

Update on the stary quilt

Here's an update on my current project. I have now just about completed the top.

It's a bit whiter than I usually go for, but the only requirement for this quilt was to incorporate the wavy fabric, that matches the curtains.

Also, I seem to keep forgeting I still need to complete the eye of the stars, which will be a hexagon, you know how much I LOVE hexies! Originally I was thinking of making the hexies white, but now I'm not so sure.

What do you think? will the colour of the hexgons make much of a difference? Will it tone down the whiteness? hehehe.

terça-feira, 17 de janeiro de 2012

Sewing for a good cause

I've told you before how passionate I am about the animal welfare cause and  how hard it is to protect animals in a country where the law sees them as lifeless objects.

I do as much as I can, though not nearly enough as I wished. In the process I've met some really incredible and dedicated people. One of those people is trying to help an elderly couple that has taken on a huge amount of both cats and dogs that don't really live as well as they should and she is determined to change that.

For a while now I've been thinking of the best way to use my sewing machine to their benefit. As everything in my life, a solution showed itself in due time. First I noticed some Ikea fabric on sale, as I work in the fabric section and as I love fabric, I tend to notice these things. Secondly, I sometimes buy sinthetic quilt batting that has a really great price and that can be really warm. So I put the two together, and this is what I got, for an incredible price, about an euro each!!!

My cats clearly aprove, Nico has been sleeping on it for hours now. I hope their new owners will agree :)

quarta-feira, 11 de janeiro de 2012

20 little stars ready to be sewn together :)


Today was my day off so I put it to good use. I've finished all 20 stars. It was actually easier than I imagined it would be. Now for the hard part: to add the curtain fabric, as requested. Let's see if it works.
Again, sorry for the bad picture quality, it's already dark, but I couldn't wati to show you how they are looking :)

For the finished result, I promise you a sunny picture :)

(wops, forgot about the picture...:))

domingo, 8 de janeiro de 2012

New Year, new pattern...


I can't tell you how excited I am! It's been ages since I've tried new patterns, which is so typical of me: to discover something new I love to do and do it over and over again.

2011 was all about two patterns, so now it's time to introduce a new one. My amazing best friend Carla gave me Cath Kidston's Patch! book and I've been drooling over it for some time now (since Christmas, when I got it). There are some amazing projects, a lot of them on my to do list, but turns out I have an order for a beadspread for a family member, so I decided it was the perfect opportunity to try the Star Throw pattern.

Isn't it lovely? It's for a Summer house, no less, so I think it will look perfect :)
I've made some changes, as I've decided to mix other fabrics, as I usually do. Also, I've been asked to add a specific fabric that matches the bedroom curtains, so it is an added chalenge.

This is what I've got so far:

I can already predict it will be hard work, as all the stars are appliquéed, something I've never tried to do on such a large project, but I figure the end result will be amazing :)

Stay tuned ;)

terça-feira, 3 de janeiro de 2012

My special little place...

I should visit you much more often. I miss you.

Hello 2012!!

It's been a rocky start for this year, but I'm all better now and ready to kick start this year!
My head is filled with new projects and new ideas and I'm very eager to start :)

What is your new year promising you?