sexta-feira, 30 de março de 2012

New Facebook Giveaway :: Novo passatempo no Facebook


I decided to do a Spring/Birthday Celebration/Just because I like it Facebook giveaway.
The prize is this cute lady bug and the rules are: Go to the SandyOwn Facebook page and leave a comment on the lady bug's picture. Then share the giveaway on your wall and ask your friends to go and like your comment.

On April 8th, the winner will be the comment with the most likes. Simple, no?

Porque, apesar da chuva, já estamos na Primavera, porque fiz anos e me apetece celebrar com todos os meus amigos e porque, francamente, estou a ficar um bocadinho viciada nesta coisa dos passatempos, aqui vai o passatempo desta semana!
O/A vencedor/a recebe esta feminina joaninha.

Tudo o que têm que fazer é visitar a página SandyOwn no Facebook deixar um qualquer comentário NESTA FOTO e depois divulgar no vosso mural e pedir aos amigos que cliquem like no vosso comentário. O conteúdo do comentário não é importante, apenas o número de likes.
O passatempo termina dia 8 de Abril, à meia-noite. Uma semanita apenas para disputar esta simpárica joaninha primaveril :)

Vamos a isto?

quinta-feira, 29 de março de 2012

My brand new labels :: as minhas novíssimas etiquetas

A great "present" I got today were my brand new labels. I found an amazing Etsy artist that combined all I was looking for: being european to spare me the hassles of having to deal with bureaucratic delays; had to be creative and help me sort what I wanted and what would work the best; be nice enough to deal with all my inquiries and crazy ideas; and have first class products that would really add something new and beautiful to my work.

The name of the shop is lillalotta and you should definitely stop by :)

Um óptimo "presente" que recebi hoje foram as minhas novas etiquetas. Encontrei uma artista incrível no Etsy que combina tudo o que eu procurava: ser europeia para me poupar aos atrasos e burocracias; ser criativa e ajudar-me a perceber o que quero e o que funciona melhor; ser simpática o suficiente para me aturar a mim e a todas as minhas questões e ideias mirabolantes; e ter produtos de alta qualidade que adicionam qualquer coisas de nova e bela ao meu trabalho.

O nome da loja é lillalotta e aconselho a fazerem-lhe uma visita :)

Don't you think this will look amazing on my work? Just what it needed :)

Não acham que vai ficar incrível nos meus trabalhos? era mesmo o que eu precisava!

My Birthday :: O meu dia de Aniversário


Today was a great day! Not at all what I had predicted, as usual. but fun and relaxing and just great! I'm ready for a new year :)
I also wanted to share my beautiful birthday cake with you, made by a very talented friend! It features what I love and treasure most in my life. A Much Love Monday cake I would say hehehe. It features my 3 cats and my sewing :)


Hoje foi um óptimo dia! Não foi de todo como tinha previsto, como de costume, mas foi divertido e relaxante e basicamente óptimo! Esotu pronta para um novo ano :)
Também queria partilhar o meu maravilhoso bolo de aniversário convosco, feito por uma amiga muito talentosa! Tem tudo o que adoro e valorizo na minha vida. Um bolo Much Love Monday hehehe. Tem os meus 3 gatos e os meus projectos de costura :)

Very yammi cake! Amazing company! Great times :D

segunda-feira, 26 de março de 2012

Much Love Monday

I'm about one hour away from being too late for Much Love Monday, but there is still time!!

And this is actually an important Much Love Monday, the last Much Love Monday as a 30-year-old girl. By Wednesday I'll be 31 and it's been a pretty great year, an important year. And I love that.

I've spent the first few decades of my life wanting to grow up, to get to wherever I wanted to get quickly and then I got there and, firstly, it was nothing like I imagined it to be and secondly, turns now nothing I thought I wanted made me happy.
So I guess, in that aspect, I was a really late bloomer and it took me 30 years to finally take the time to figure out, not only who I am but also what I want and the results have been amazing. So I'm loving that as well!!

Deep stuff today! Heheheh.

So tell me, what are you loving today??

sexta-feira, 23 de março de 2012

My vinyl has arrived... yayy!! ::: O meu vinil chegou... yayyy!


As you know, since receiving my Silhouette Cameo I've been dabbling in vinyl, but since what I purchased with the machine were A4 sheets, 3 each color, I quickly ran out of presentable colors.
So I decided to shop around for vinyl and found a great supplier that sells it in 5m rolls and delivers right to your doorstep :)
I bought 4 rolls: white, black, silver and gold. All in mate which is great, since the previous ones were glossy and I hated it! Also, I've never tried silver and gold but I think they have a lot of potential.


Como sabem, desde que recebi a minha Silhouette Cameo tenho andado em experiências com vinil, mas comocomprei um pacote de folhas A4, 3 de cada cor, rapidamente esgotei as cores minimamente decentes.
Por isso, decidi procurar vinil e encontrei um fornecedor óptimo que o vende em rolos de 5 m e entrega à porta. :)
Comprei 4 rolos: branco, preto, prateado e dourado. Tudo em mate, o que é óptimo, já que os anteriores eram brilhantes e detesto! Nunca experimentei prateado e dourado mas acho que têm imenso potencial.

As it happens, I had one project waiting for the black vinyl. Last week I did a giveaway on my Facebook page where people had to leave a phrase or a quote and the one with the most likes would win it in vinyl. A cute but hugeeeee quote won, regarding animal rights. I love it, so it was truly a pleasure.

Curiosamente, tinha um projecto à espera do vinil preto. Na semana passada fiz um passatempo na minha página do Facebook, em que as pessoas tinham que deixar uma frase ou citação e a que tivesse mais likes recebia-a em vinil. Uma frase gira mas enorme ganhou, com o tema dos direitos dos animais, o que eu adoro, foi realmente um prazer fazê-la.

So, first step, load the mat with the vinyl and press cut. This is what the machine delivers:

Portanto, primeiro passo, carregar o tapete com o vinil e carregar Cortar. Isto é o que a máquina me devolve:

 After removing the greater vinyl excess, this is what I'm left with:

Depois de remover a maioria do excesso de vinil, isto é o que fica:
 This is the tricky part for me, removing the small bits of vinyl stuck on the letters, it takes me sooo long! If you have a better way do to that doesn't imply one bit at a time by hand, I beg you, please let me know!!

Esta é a parte mais difícil para mim, retirar os pedaços pequenos presos às letras, demora imenso! Se souberem de uma forma melhor de fazer isto sem ter que ser um de cada vez à mão, por favor digam-me!!
After that, all I need to do is to add the transfer tape, so that all there is left to do is to remove the white paper behind the letter, place the letters on the surface one wishes to decorate, press and rub to make sure the letters are well stuck and gently remove the transfer tape. And voilá!

Depois disso, tudo o que preciso de fazer é colar o papel de transferência, para que tudo fique pronto. Depois basta remover o papel branco por tras das letras, colocar as letras no sítio que se deseja decorar, pressionar e esfregar bem para que as letras fiqueim bem agarradas e retirar com cuidado o papel de transferência. E voilá! 
But that part I'll leave to the giveaway winner :)

Mas essa parte deixo para a vencedora do passatempo :)

segunda-feira, 19 de março de 2012

Much Love Monday


Time for a brand new Much Love Monday.
Today is being a bit of an odd day. For starters I got up really early, which is really unusual for me. I thought I had to take my car to be repaired as yesterday it decided that the stop lights should be on all the time and it's not the first time it's happened either. I don't know what is it with me and cars, they always seem to have electrical problems. Anyway, apparently the car got all better on its own!

Also, today is Father's Day in Portugal, so it is a special day! A very special Must Love Monday!

I'm loving a lot of things today. The anticipation of vacations, as the 2nd term is ending next Friday and I'll be getting two whole weeks off!
I'm loving that I've ended all my big projects and that allows me to create again. When I am in a middle of a big project I may think of what I'll do next, but my mind is filled with that project. But once it ends, my mind is my own again and the sky is the limit!
I haven't had that kind of mind freedom in a while and it feels great! In time for Spring too! :D
What's not to love??

So tell me, what are you loving today?

segunda-feira, 12 de março de 2012

Much Love Monday

It's Monday. And much love monday again! Time sure does fly when you're having fun!
Today I'm loving this really hot weather, although I worry we'll pay for this lack of rain and cold eventually. It's like May or even June weather here in Lisbon, all you feel like doing is being out on the street. Spring allergies be damned! :)

I'm loving my current projects, so different, so quirky, so exciting!
Also, of course, loving my friends and family. Actually I guess I could sum it all up to family: the one that you are born into and the one you pick up during your journey. Cats included of course!

So tell me, what are YOU loving today?

Coming my way ::: A caminho de minha casa

Each year I like to buy some fabrics to feature most of my work during the year (yes I know, you're probably tired of seeing the same Amy Butler and Jeanean Morrisson's fabrics over and over again. Don't worry, most of it is either over or just about).
It worked out so great last year, I felt much more freedom, being able to try new things without worrying about having enough fabric for it. Also, I was able to sell them on Etsy, except when I started to see it going, I decided not to share, it was a really weird phenomenon, turns out I'm really possessive about my fabric!

Anywaaayyyy, I've decided to give it another try. This year I had to be a bit more cautious, so this is what I ordered:

Cada ano eu gosto de comprar tecidos para fazerem parte da maioria dos meus trabalhos ao longo do ano (sim, eu sei, provavelmente já estão cansados dos mesmos tecidos da Amy Butler e da Jeanean Morrisson vezes sem conta. Não se preocupe, a maioria ou já acabou ou está a acabar).
Correu tão bem no ano passado, senti muito mais liberdade para tentar coisas novas sem me preocupar se tinha tecido suficiente. Também vendi algum no Etsy, mas à medida que o vi a ir, decidi não partilhar, foi um fenómeno muito estranho, aparentemente sou muito possessiva com o meu tecido!

De qualquer das formas, decidi tentar novamente. Este ano tive que ter mais cautela, este foi o tecido encomendado:

These first 3 fabrics are from Valeri Wells Karavan collection and I have to say, I wish I had the entire collection. It's warm and cosy, delicate and fierce, I truly wish I had it in every color!

So by now, I bet you're wondering. What?? No Amy Butler?? Really? Yes, I though the same, I just had to have my Amy fix. I have to say, most of her Lark Heirloom was a bit to aggressive for what I usually do, but this one I fell in love with:

Os primeiros 3 tecidos são da Valeri Wells na colecção Karavan e devo dizer, gostava de ter a colecção inteira. são quentes e acolhedores, delicados e fortes, gostava mesmo de os ter em todas as cores!

Nesta fase vocês perguntam-se. Então?? Nada da Amy Butler?? A sério? Eu sei, pensei o mesmo, tinha que ter a minha dose de Amy. Devo dizer,a maioria da colecção dela Lark Heriloom é um pouco agressiva para o que uso normalmente, mas apaixonei-me por este:

Most of the fabrics are blue, I know. What can I say? I was in a blue mood! 
Can't wait to get them :D

A maioria dos tecidos são azuis, eu sei. Que posso dizer? estava num dia azul! 
Mal posso esperar por os receber :D

terça-feira, 6 de março de 2012

New quilt top...and Julieta ::: Novo topo de quilt...e a Julieta

Sleeping on a quilt for a cat is like giving it their seal of aproval. If they don't want to go there, I've done something wrong. This one is clearly aproved! :)

Dormir num quilt para um gato é como dar a sua aprovação. Se não querem ir lá para cima, fiz algo de errado. Este está claramente aprovado! :)

segunda-feira, 5 de março de 2012

Much Love Monday


It's Monday, so that means it's time to stop and think about what you are loving today.

So what am I loving today? I'm loving my life! It may be less than stable and full of question marks, but truth is I like it that way. Because question marks also mean endless possibilities and I'll take that over knowing exactly what your next 10 years will be like any day. Yes it's scary, but it is also exciting. Yes, by 30 I should probably be living differently, but I've learned to not only accept, but also embrace where my life leads me, it's usually somewhere really cool and I'm determined to enjoy the journey until I get there!.

Love my work and the people who love it and make me want to go even further into it. Love my family and love my pets. And I guess that's pretty much it!

So now, tell me, what are YOU loving today? :)

sábado, 3 de março de 2012

Finished project: Stary Quilt :: Projecto terminado: Quilt Estrelado

Done! Finally! :) Started it in January, some on and off action. Here it is, will be delivered today. I hope they like it :)
The stars are all appliqued and the hexies are hand sewn, of course! The Ikea fabric separating the squares was a requirement to match the curtains. I was a bit afraid of how it would look, but I think it worked out great!
Now, to iron it and get it going :)

Feito! Finalmente! :) Comecei em Janeiro, com algumas paragens pelo meio. Aqui está, será entregue hoje. Espero que eles gostem :)
As estrelas são aplicadas e os hexagonos foram cosidos à mão,claro! O tecido Ikea que separa os quadrados foi um requerimento, visto que dá com as cortinas. Estava com receio do resultado, mas acho que ficou lindamente!
Agora falta passar e meter-me a caminho :)

Finished project: Baby Girl Spring Quilt ::: Projecto terminado : Quilt de Primavera para menina

About 40"x40". Girly, fluffy, cheerful

Cerca de 1mX1m. Feminina, fofinha, alegre.