martedì 16 settembre 2014

Happy nostalgia

I'm looking back to my holidays today and I'm into a happy+nostalgic mood.
Yes, it's possible. 
Human feelings are so complex that happiness and nostalgia can walk together.

I'm looking to all the photos I took during our holiday at mum's home in the north and I feel so grateful for those happy days together with my friends and family! 
My batteries plenty recharged. I did all the things I love best (not only drawing and embroidery, of course!) and reconnected with the real me.

We explored the country by bycicle several times and enjoyed nature and ancient monuments.

We stayed in the garden, a lot. 
Picked up vegetables and fruit and cooked them. Discovered new (to me) species my brother is growning (did you know purple basil?). Fed the turtles everyday.

I've read a couple of novels and learned something new about nature thanks to my brother's books about trees and plants. I love to have good books near the bed!

We made some works for mum with dad's tools and found them very beautiful in the backlight.

And at the end of our days there two special ones got married :)

You can say we did nothing special this summer.
Yes, we haven't explored the world and hadn't great adventures to tell you.
But we enjoyed all that little things that speak special words to our hearts. This is important to me :)

Other photos on flickr!

mercoledì 10 settembre 2014

Little snowman: cross stitch part II

It's probably toooo early for snowmen and Christmas ornaments, I know.
It's still summer here in Italy.
But I followed a cross stitch pattern to make a little snowman recently (part of it in the corner of this photo) and making a Christmas tree ornament looked a great idea!

So... this is the new item in the shop: a little soft ornament made of fabric and thread with an embroidered snowman on one side.

I added a red bead for the nose. Isn't it similar to reindeer Rudolf?
Two silver metallic buttons and a black cord to hang it:

Cotton fabric on the back in sand and white and polyfill fibers inside:

Do you like it?
I do.
But the most important thing is that making this kind of little objects makes me happy. Crafting brings me an important amount of happiness day after day.
My heart sings while working to my things.
Can you understand me?

lunedì 8 settembre 2014

Cross stitch

When I was at mum's home for the holidays I've done a lot of things that made me happy: reading, picking up fruits and vegetables in the garden, cooking, riding my bike in the country, enjoying animals' company (and people, too!) and crafting a bit.
I've recently uploaded some photos of my holidays in my Flickr album.

One day I found a scrap of a particular fabric used in Italy for cross stitch; it is called "tela ida" in italian, I don't know its english name.
Mum wasn't interested in using it, so I decided to test cross stitch. I had a pattern to try, a pattern with a fox, my favourite animal!

Making the fox was quite funny, so I decided to go on embroidering other animals (I saved the patterns in this Pinterest board... lot of foxes, cats and butterflies, if you are interested).

And now that I'm at home... what to do with these stitched creatures?

I was particularly in love with that red deer and I cut the fabric to make a pincushion:

On the back there is a strong fabric with a red heart:

It has a christmassy and country look and I'm so happy about how it came out that I decided to sell it in my Etsy shop together with the other embroidered pincushions I made in the past.

I liked this little project and I'm going to find other uses for my embroideries, but I had to admit that cross stitch is not the best for me.
It is quite boring I(to me), because I hate to count all those squares to realize the images! I like best pattern-free embroidery, a thing I always do.

venerdì 22 agosto 2014


Holidays at mum's home are going on.
A thing I'm doing these days is drawing+painting.
I decided to bring with me in my suitcase the moleskine journal where I make my experiments with watercolors, because mum has a very big amount of watercolor pencils to test.
I started with a whole page dedicated to mushrooms.
I like mushrooms. They tell me something about the woods, about nature in autumn, about my lands of origin (the very wet Po Valley in Italy) and about my dad, an expert mushroooms' picker.
This is the finished page sorrounded by all my tools:

Look closer:
My intentions were to be realistic, so I copied my mushrooms from some books we have here.
I tried to include different kinds and species, with different colors and shapes, for more variety.
Quite satisfied by the finished page. I'm very happy to notice that my skilness with watercolor pencils are growing page after page.
Now I want to find another subject to challenge myself with. Any suggestions?

martedì 19 agosto 2014

Summer essentials: a white t-shirt (+ lace)

Hi! I'm on holiday at mum's home with S.
I'm taking a lot of photos of our life here, but before sharing them with you I want to write a post about my last work at the sewing machine (finished around 2 weeks ago).
It's a white t-shirt, something every girl needs for summer:


I couldn't take very good photos of it on me, so I decided for this collage of the most interesting details of the t-shirt.
It is made of a very fresh cotton jersey, has raglan sleeves (my favourite!), borders around the neckline and at the end of the sleeves and lace underlining the shoulders line.
Oh, you probably don't know how much I love lace!
This one is recycled: I've saved it from an old shirt I had to throw in the trash last summer.
The pattern for this shirt is the same I've used last year for other two t-shirts, with some adjustements.
Now it's time to go to bed.
With a good book to read, because, hey, I'm on holiday and I can indulge in what I love to do :)
Good night!

martedì 12 agosto 2014

Baby cats are cute

Macchia's baby is growing.
And it's a super cute cat. It behaves like a 2 years old child: it likes to explore, jump, touch, taste things with its mouth, play with mum.
I'm spending a lot of time watching what it's doing these days.
I felt in love this summer... with a little cute cat :)

lunedì 11 agosto 2014

Taking photos on the beach + new items in the shop

The beach isn't only a good place to make art, but the special light we have there in the late afternoon, when the sun is almost gone, can be perfect to take photos.
In my last trip to the beach (looking to Mount Etna on the left and Ionian Sea on the right) I photographed the last thing I made for my shop: a tiny coin purse.

I like to take photos of my items outdoor. 
I get better images than indoor, because the light is more clear and "clean" and spreads gently all around the object. 
Of course I'm writing about the light you have in the shade or when the sky is cloudy; you will have very ugly photos (in my opinion) if you take photos under the burning sun.
I like so much the light and the sharpness I get in my outdoor photos that I started to bring my handmade items in the country, in the garden and even to the beach hoping to capture a good image of them.
And sometimes I'm very pleased by the result, expecially when I find a beautiful and rustic background like in this photo and in this one.

About taking photos of my new coin purse... I'm not 100% satisfied. 
Although the light was just perfect (clouds!), the color of the sand and the stones was too much similar to to beige cotton of the purse. 

So I went on using the sky and the sea as background: they give an interesting contrast, but these kind of photos aren't the best choice to be published on Etsy and be included into treasuries (although some buyers use beach photos: this is lovely).

But, since I have no time to take photos again, I uploaded them the same in my item's page.

It's a little coin purse I made sewing together by hands two of the granny squares I crocheted last summer (of course I've been inspired by my mp3 readers' case, always with me in my bag).
I added a beige lining (cotton fabric) and a zipper.

I've also added a new embroidered moleskine cover in the shop some days ago:

Photos taken indoor this time.
This cover is one of my favourite pieces in the shop now. I've experimented with monocromatic embroidery for the first time and I love it!

Flowers are a very common subject of my drawing and my embroidery and, as usual, I realized these without a pre-traced pattern on the fabric. The embroidery is improvized at the moment. This is my favourite way to embroider: I simply "draw" with needles and threads.

I'm selling this cover with its journal inside:

So these are the news about my shop. But I'm going to leave my home to spend the holidays at mum's home, so I think I have to set the shop in vacation mode for a while.