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Handmade Towel Set for Kids

I don't like bath rugs, I find them a bit unhygienic.  Instead we use "floor towels", or whatever the name is. We wash them every time we do laundry, and they seem to last at least a couple of years, if not more (we rotate them).Because Nadia's bathroom is small, our standard-size ones don't fit, so ...

Kraft paper gift-wrapping and edible holiday gifts

There is no Season for Giving. I give whenever I feel like it, and I am very lucky to live in a country where only children expect gifts for Christmas.But when I do give, I like to give something I made myself. It's usually inexpensive edible holiday gifts, but they are still meaningful. So as ...

Urban gardening - What you need to start

A while ago I started writing about urban agriculture, or gardening if you wish.In this, the second installment in the series I am going to talk about some things you will need to consider before you embark yourself in this adventure of growing your own food.The first thing you will need is a sense of ...

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I could call it "urban gardening", but gardening means also growing flowers and other ornamental plants. No, this post is entirely about urban agriculture: growing food, and how it has obsessed me for the better part of 13 years.Of course, in the last 13 years I have been an apartment dweller, so it's not like ...

Work table / bed headboard

Ikea does it again.A while ago I decided that the table I was using as a work surface / headboard was too much hassle and set out to get something better. Eventually I came across Ikea's Norberg table, which immediately stroke me as the perfect solution to my dilemma. Now I have a working table, easy to open ...

Inexpensive Decoration for Your Walls - Decorate your home without breaking the bank.

My tastes in decoration may not be  very conventional. I prefer clean spaces, uncluttered. I dislike overdone furniture, tight spaces, excess knickknackery.I also love unique things, things that reflect our life and family. This doesn't necessarily mean expensive things, just things we have a connection to. Attractive home decor is not for the rich only, ...

A giant Spring greeting card

I've mentioned it before: it's always summer here. That doesn't matter, in paper, at least, it's spring already.Nadia's classroom door gets different decorations depending on the season or holiday of the moment. A child-parent team gets to pick their favorite time of the year and decorate the classroom door with that motif. Nadia and I ...

Cute lamps made from marmalade jars (how to)

Just as I mentioned in a previous post, I made some more lanterns from marmalade jars to show you the how-to process. They turned out beautifully!You can see the detailed step-by-step in this post. There are just a couple of differences between this and the previous ones. I originally made this with the intention of ...

Ballerina tote

What do you give the little ballerina who has it all? How about an overdose of girlie and cute in the form of a tote to carry her ballet slippers and other ballet accoutrement?I got some panels for quilts a couple of years back, along with some fabric with glittery slippers that wen't perfectly with it, ...

Re-covered hairband

Nadia found an old hair band in her toy trunk. It had seen better days, it was really dirty and beat up. Instead of putting it in the garbage, where it belonged, we decided to re-use the plastic part and re-cover it. My hair band-loving kid approves of the result.This is what we did:I striped the plastic ...

Knitting for little feet

I've always liked knitting and crocheting, which is amazing for someone with the patience of a two year old. The problem is that knitting is not exactly a Tropical-friendly craft, so I have moved on to other crafty things, even if once-in-a-while I dig up my needles and yarn.These slippers were made a couple of years ...

Sometimes I make things that I mean to share with you and then I just forget. Sometimes I even make pictures of them and one day I come across them and think, "hmm, did I write a post about this?".This was not the case with these cushions. The project further below, however, is pretty old.I found the blue fabric ...

Christmas felt ornament banner

Kids have no patience. The Search for the Perfect Twigs have been postponed due to all the rain that has fallen here as of lately, so Nadia has been bugging me about the ornaments we made last week. In lieu of a tree, and wile I get something I like, I just made a banner. I ...

Local craftiness

One of the few things I miss from living in a large city is the ease with which I could buy my craft supplies. If I wanted to find fabric, notions, paper and such, I lived a 5-minute drive from the largest craft and notions stores in the city. Of course driving was so cumbersome ...

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Ever since I left my parents' home I don't remember ever owning a Christmas tree. At most I would scatter a few ornaments here and there; most years I couldn't even bother to do that. Amazing how having kids changes everything.Nadia wants a tree, so I told her we would have some sort of tree. ...

More handmade jewelry

The greatest thing about blogging is that it is a two-way street. I love your comments and suggestions, and sometimes you show me things I would not have thought of on my own, at least not without considerable gray cell death.I asked if you had any ideas on combining crochet and beads to make jewelry ...

Green, leafy top

After I thought I was done with my jersey stash, I found some old jersey knits that I forgot I had. Yay! I'll get to sew some more of the tops I usually wear here. That's the kind of winter we have.This knit is pretty heavy, it's they type used for polos. It doesn't drape ...

I made these frames for our bedroom months ago, and they had sat empty for the longest time. I really can't figure what to do with them. The muse has deserted me.Since I am going for a palette that includes green in our bedroom, I found some pretty scrapbooking paper in my stash and framed it. Not ...

Pay no attention to the mess behind the door

I think our home is reasonably organized. Sure, in an ideal world I'd have a butler called Adrian Monk, but all things considered we are neat people. We don't have any spots that we'd keep hidden from the public out of shame.At least not since Sunday.We have a storage area hidden under the stairs. It's ...

Crochet brooch

Few accessories are so versatile as brooches. You can pin them on a blouse for a more formal look, you can dress up a bag with them, pin them on a hair band, or a wrist band. I am sure there are more uses to brooches than I can think of.This is a super-easy to ...

Tropical splendor

When I started blogging a few months back I got an email from somebody who also lives in PuntaCana. She's a jewelry designer, her name is Iliana Prado, and her work left me breathless.I am not much of jewelry person, not in the traditional sense. I don't like diamonds, nor most precious metals. I have ...

One of the main reasons why we bought a four-poster bed is because we love the look of beds with canopies, not the overdone, Victorian type, but the tropical, breezy type. We found a mosquito net canopy on eBay years ago that gave us exactly the look we were looking for. Unfortunately, because we had ...

Paper ornaments

I have to confess to having been a Grinch most of my life. It's not that I hated Christmas, it was the consumerism, ridiculous decorations and never-ending carols. Especially the carols, they still drive me nuts.But as Nadia grows older, I've learned to appreciate the spirit of togetherness and family that inspire people at this ...

Crocheted cord for jewelry

I have several jars full of beads. These are all beads coming from estate sales, and sold by the lot. Few of them are remarkable, or valuable at all, but they come in handy some times.Sometimes I make simple jewelry with them, but it's mostly Nadia who uses them. These are a few of the ...

Pink and flowers?

A few weeks back I showed you a top I sewed with some old gray jersey knit I had for a long time. As it turns out I liked it so much that I wanted to make another similar top.Since I have used almost all my jersey knit, I grabbed the last piece of it: ...

Finishing handmade gifts

When you make a handmade gift, you want that person to remember that it was made with love, and that you would rather have spent the time making something special than just buy them a Snuggie online.The simplest way to add a "tag" to your handmade items is to just write your name on it. ...

Bedroom dilemmas

Ok, let's go in our bedroom.  I think this is the most pictures I have ever posted of it, mostly because we have done nothing of import in it since we moved in. Isn't it always like that? Mom and dad' bedroom usually is the armpit of the home, and the last place to get ...

Hair tamers

Last week I crocheted a new bun-cover for Nadia's ballet class. Her old one was was pretty beat up. As with many things I make for Nadia, I have to also make one for Laura, her best friend (or as I call her, Nadia's  twin sister born into another family).Laura has shorter hair, the bun ...

LaLa! shoes

I haven't posted about somebody else's work in a while, it's just something I do when I come across something that genuinely excites me.When I found Daria's work I was... "mesmerized" must be the word. I had to share it with youDaria is a former Industrial Designer (as am I), who decided to quit her ...

Gadget bag (with instructions)

A couple of weeks ago was Ilana's birthday. Since she had recently bought a Kindle I decided to make a bag for her to carry it. But with the surgery and the trips to Santo Domingo looming over me, in the end I wasn't so happy with the result. So when Ilana lent me her ...

I've written about the "hairy situation" at the Ks before: Nadia has a lot of hair, it is thick and unruly, and very long on top of that. There is no convincing her to let us cut it, after years of keeping her hair tightly cropped.We used to spend a pretty penny on hair accessories when ...

Have you noticed how women's bags are always full to the brim with stuff. Or is it only mine?The worst part is when you have to get something out of your bag and something indiscreet suddenly pops up to our utter embarrassment. Or is it only me, again?After yet another episode of Open Handbag, Something Embarrassing ...

Kindle pouch

It was Ilana's birthday last week. So what to give to the woman who has it all.Ok, so she really doesn't have it all, but she is a champion of frugal lifestyle, and I assume she'd appreciate that I didn't give her the Maserati I had in mind. Books and travel are her thing, and ...