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.: Happy Spring Days :.

I love these Happy Spring Days :), the sun, the weather and the long days, perfect to try new crafts or work without having to turn on every light I have in the studio.

I've been working as always, I forgot to write an Easter Post, so Happy Easter! to all of you, I hope your dinner was a yummy as mine, we ate potato salad with ham, it was so good that they didn't let me take a picture, everyone was super hungry.

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Spring inspires everyone, I've been admiring wonderful photos on flickr, other thing to get all exited about are the new fabric collections from my favorite designers :) can't wait to see them at stores even if it means that I have to drop a pile of cash $_$

You may notice the green cute above, I carved it with an eraser, I don't want to waste my carving blocks so I've been practicing, I carved a nice heart for detail, carving is very addictive, I haven't done it in the last 3 days and I am dying to make another stamp.

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I like this photo very much except for the light that wasn't very clear and white as always, This is what I feel doing every time i go to the post office, drop a card and a crocheted circle with a pin to a special friend just to say hello and wish her a nice day :), I've been playing with crocheted laces and circles, I with show them as soon as I take some pictures .
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I just had to share this wonderful - Shinzi Katoh - Postcard with you, My friend LiLi always sends me the cutest postcards, Thanks a Bunch another one for my collection, One day I hope to frame them, they make excellent pieces of zakka art.

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I love this bunny, don't you? this is another sweet surprise I recently got in the mail, a kawaii bunny that came to say hello from Taiwan, Thanks Joyce! he brought me the sweetest Hello kitty candy in apple,peach,orange and other yummy fruits.

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And finally let me show you these cute birdies that Maartje sent me, the flu all the way from the Netherlands along with a cute Russian doll fabric and other crafty goodies, I have more photos of her prepackage in my flickr if you are curious :)
Thanks Maartje!

Well I need to work now, I hope to update soon, Is hard to keep up with my journal duties when there's so much to do.

I hope you have a nice day
Smile!

- My First Carving -

Hi!

The day is sunny and warm over here, it's a good thing because It's been quite cold and I was starting to fell a little sick, but the Spring sun brings a smile to my face and makes me feel better.

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Like I mentioned in my precious email I had lots of things to show you, one of those things are my first handmade stamps!!! Yes I was brave enough to give it a try, thanks to my dear Friend LiLi that inspired me to try it after seeing her cute creations. And I came up with these a envelope mail stamp a spring leaf and a WIP mushie that I am going to show you later.

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Not bad for my first try right? I am very satisfied with these and I have many more on the works right now, I also need to get the proper tools, carving blocks and ink pads because I carved these on erasers I had on my desk, is a really cool feeling and I want to try and make some with real carving rubber.

Passing to other goodies, I will continue to post all the swap parcels I've received over the past month :), I've been reading many emails asking for the photos and finally here are some of them, I hope you like them as much as I did.

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These are the wonderful fabrics I got form my private swap with Jen ^_^, she's great and she sent me the cutest card :), Thanks Jen I really enjoyed our swap, can't wait to swap again!

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ohh and How I wish this little Sewing Machine was real :), it would look great real size don't you think? I finally have this cute machine after a year of searching and asking for it everywhere, I made a Private swap with Shi form Brazil, they had it over there and she was kind enough to send me one along with the cutest HK candies and goodies.

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Like for example this little Hello Kitty :) she's a cutie and that apple is so practical, I wish I had more for the craft studio to organize little things while working. Thanks for everything Shi ~ THANKS A BUNCH!
I added more pictures of the goodies she sent at my Flickr :)

Well It's late and I better get back to work, I hope you all have a wonderful day!

Pineapple Hello Kitty Says Bye Bye!

Happy St. Patrick's ^_^

Happy St. Patric's Day!

I can't believe it's been a month since my last post, time goes fast and I thought I had to make some time to post because then it gets super hard to catch up again :), I also felt kinda guilty of not posting all the wonderful swaps I've been receiving in the past weeks :), so If you sent me something, don't worry I will post it soon.

The reason for my absence is simple, I had to concentrate on what I've been doing, It's very hard for me to focus on one thing lately, my attention span is getting worse and worse in the lat years, so in order to try and finish what I've started I had to keep myself away from my emails,Journal and Flick, I must admit that is hard and I really miss you, but I had to to what I had to do and It's been working :)

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Well like a mentioned earlier, Ive been getting the coolest parcels! sadly US customs tend to take a peek on my International swaps and they always mess my pretty wrapped parcels :(

They don't take the time to close it again, most of the time the boxes are in pieces with the goodies falling out and It's hard to say if It's missing something X_X

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In other swap news, I got these wonderful goodies in the Fat Quarter Fabric Swap for the month of February, this is the best parcel I've got form that group, lots of wonderful extras!

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And look at the wonderful fabrics :), my partner Karen did a wonderful job choosing them and putting together this wonderful parcel!


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Take a peek inside the kawaii organizer, is so cute, she sent me a purple pen and everything :), her sewing skills are wonderful and the fabric is so sweet and soft, you can check more of her goodies at her Etsy Store Here

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This is a peek of what I sent to my March FQ Swap Partner :), she's just starting quilting,so I hope she finds them useful, I added some of my red-white twine I wrapped over a wooden spool, these twines are a must on a sewing parcel.


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I also sent her some nice teas, that strawberry mango is so yummy and aromatic, I am a coffee person but I've been sampling lots of teas lately :)my favorites are the fruity sweet ones a very nice alternative from coffee.

Well I still have lots to tell you but to make it all short I'm going to say that I've been drawing,designing,reading,cutting,carving,writing over the past month and It's all about Paper and Coffee, well a - Paper Cafe - to be exact :), but I will tell you more and Show you something later.

In the meantime, Have Fun! don't' drink to much and
Have a Nice Day!

If you are expecting an email from me, don't worry I will reply soon! :)

See Ya!

- Urban Toys - from Berlin

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Happy Thursday :)

I feel just like miss Hello Kitty over here, with a big strawberry head because I ate a big bowl of nice strawberries yesterday, I felt really sick all week, my head hurt and I was getting a really nasty flu, I was craving lots of Vitamin C , I think strawberries and oranges will do the trick.

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I love these Hello Kitty pocky boxes, I've been collecting them, how I wish I could understand this comic, it looks funny.
Anyway tomorrow is Paper Toy Friday and I don't have my toy ready, I've been wanting to post all week because I miss you guys :).

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I got this rad pack a few months ago, filled with urban Toys, stickers and buttons from A Super Rad Designer but you may recognize him by Stick-a-Thing, he's an awesome Urban designer from Berlin, He makes the cutest pirate mushrooms among other goodies, check out his Flickr and you will see what I'm taking about.

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I love Urban Art - Design as much as I adore Zakka and Kawaii goodies, there's something about all these characters that inspires me, lol must be because these have attitude :)


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Well I work on some pending parcels now, I hope I can get the chance to post the toy I want tomorrow,because I am going to do some errands, I need to pick up lots of mail, can't wait to see witch swap packages I already received.

And look a -StickyPhallus- has taken over my Crafty Crate lol, I need those scissors to work on my toy, somebody help me!

Have a crafty day!

.: Mushrooms and More Mushrooms :.

Rain rain go away! I want to take some pictures today! lol
It's still kinda cold here, my fingers are ice cold and hard as bricks.

I stayed up late again, this time organizing my font archives , I had lots of duplicates and those were giving me trouble, I haven't finished, I need to install some new ones and delete lots of useless zip files, a very tedious job, but hopefully I will be able to breathe under the sea of folders.

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I am sleepy like this guy over here :), I finished the little guys I showed you in my last post , some here for the - Lucky Parcel Swap - and the others for the mini stationery sets I've made.

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Here are the Lucky Parcels, It was a mushroom theme and I got really exited, I wish I had more time to decorate the bags, but I was behind with stuff, I wanted to print a mushroom pattern I made the other day, bu I had no time for that and I pasted some Q-lia Mushies , they turned out fine, but I still want to make the other ones :)

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Here are the goodies contained in each little brown bag, mushie fabric,bias tape,buttons,rick rack,pipe cleaners,embroidery floss,ribbon,pins,thread among other goodies. I personally would love to receive one of these , imagine an anonymous parcel with all these goodies :), I'm dreaming now lol

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Finally!!
I finally made my - Gingham Mushroom - Mini Stationery Set I had lots of fun putting these sets together, some were for the - 5 things Mushroom Swap- and the other ones to send to friends, I think I will have to make more to send as little Valentine Gifts, because they ended up looking cute.

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Just look at these guys :), I made the envelopes myself form kraft paper, It took me some time, but they are the perfect size for the paper sheet :), Scarlett loved the stickers, She requested a full sheet, The mushroom illustration was inspired by the mushroom plushies I made a while ago with Scarlett, we are drawing more versions, can't wait to male those.

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And finally, look at my sleepy - Spool Mushroom - I have a bunch of these waiting to be coated and finished :), I will post them later, this was just a prototype and I am making me an army ♥

I off to eat something and then back to work work work, exiting things are coming and I better be prepared :)

Have a nice day! ♥

Swaps, Gifts and Posts

Wow it's cold over here, or maybe it's just me :), I woke up really early (4:30 am) to take Willy to the airport, he's going to the KDE conference at google , I'm still kind of sleepy and grateful that I'm gong to pick him up at 8 pm in a few days :).

ohh and I received my January Fat Quarter Swap the other day!! just look at these fabrics --->

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I really liked this one, I had a generous partner, she also sent me lots of extras chocolate and tea :) I have more photos at My Flickr

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Clarice surprised me with these wonderful stickers :) and some super cool double sided tape, I use it to make a paper toy yesterday and it rocks, I will need to find more of that tape later because something tells me that I'm going to run out of it soon.

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I just love the aesthetic of the Zakka designer Shinzi Katoh I only have a this cup and the postcard Lili sent me, his fabric design is really something, so wonderful, I hope to keep collecting more of these wonderful items.

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I had to post this wonderful Christmas gift, my friend Lili really knows me and pamper me all the time, she sent me a Decolello air freshener from Decole, the postcard and some cute plushies she made.
Scarlett took the plushies to her room :) her favorite if the bunny but she loves pigs also, Thank You My Friend.

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I feel that I need to post more about my projects, I know that most of the time I post photos of swaps and parcels but that's because they really deserve a nice photo and a thank you :) maybe I need to write more often, so I can have space to show you the crafts I've made.

I've been experimenting with crochet again, I found a really nice brown cotton yarn and a smooth bamboo crochet hook :) let's see what happens.

Well I'm off to eat something, I need my coffee today

See ya tomorrow!

.: First Post of the Year :.

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This little dolly says Hello!

She's been keeping me company these days, cleaning,taking photos and arranging everything, I had a very fun Holiday Rest but as a result the house, computer and craft room is still a mess, I have to store the Christmas goodies for next year and take our the Valentine stuff for the upcoming month.
You may ask yourself were did I found such lovely company? well I received her in a very special envelope from Kat :) I adore her and I had to keep her, thanks Kat, I also loved your pretty HK card!

I've also received many other great gifts ^_^ from you guys, I had to take lots of photos and I'm still not done with everything want to see more?

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Diana sent me a square of this pretty Jap. Fabric along with an ornament she made and other fabric :), Thanks a bunch this fabric is adorable!

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My friend Saki sent me lots of goodies for me and Scarlett, but the Wee Micro Plush Ninja is one of my favorites, he's so darn cute, I will have to keep him in his black bag , because I don't want him to get dirty. Thanks SAKI :)

If you are curious about all the goodies I got, check all the pics at My Flickr


And Yes I started Swapping :), These two are from the first batch of swaps of this year :), I have two other swaps in the works, how exiting!

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Lots of Frogs and Cherry's are going to Mia form Portugal, I've collecting froggy-cherry items and fabrics for her,fabrics and stationery, I hope she loves them.

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This gracious apple is for the - January FQ Swap - I hope my partner is happy with her Fat Quarters and Trims :)

Well this was my first post of the year, I know is took me a couple of weeks but that's because I wanted to be extra special lol

Take Care and Have a great day!

- 2007 Holiday Ornament Swap -

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Hello!

How are you? over here is busy busy busy , I've earned myself a nice rest and I plan to lay in the couch as soon as I mail my pending letters tomorrow.

You may noticed my little gingerbread men above! that's because I made some of them to send to the Second Annual Holiday Ornament Swap hosted by the lovely Freshly Blended Blog, I packed them in nice brown paper bags I embellish with the papers I showed you the other day

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Just look at them :), they were playing around my mail, so cute!, You can see more ornaments on the 2007 Holiday Ornament Swap flickr group

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We also made a bunch of these crocheted ornaments, love the noise of the bell and they look wonderful on the tree :), These are not for the - 2007 Holiday Ornament Swap- I sent some to my friends along with their Christmas card.

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As you can see here, they are very helpful :), they helped me pack and check names,addresses and correct labels.

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I made 26 bags!! I only needed 9 but I got exited with the gorgeous paper and I had to make more to wrap my holiday care packages and gifts.

I printed some stickers with the logo of the swap to decorate the outside of the parcel , I love making these I plan to do a bunch of these bags for spring with a new collection of papers.

If you want to see more photos of these goodies, I uploaded more at My Flickr

Well I have to go now, today is my brother's Birthday and he wants to catch some movies, something tells me I will be eating a lot of junk good today ^_^ Yay!

Enjoy your day!!

:: Almost Done ::

I'm feeling sleepy today, must be because I've been running like crazy trying to get everything ready for Christmas, I made some final purchases online yesterday and had to paid extra for shipping $_$, so they can be on time, fingers crossed !

Posting Yesterday was impossible, my internet was acting weird until this morning so uploading images was a pain.
But enough of that, :) I wanted to show you what I did over the weekend.

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I played with these lovely papers :), cutting,wrapping,folding and even sewing them to pack the ornaments I sent,these beauties are form the Martha Stewart Crafts line, Aren't they cute?

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I prepared this Birthday-Christmas present for a very CRAFTY girl :) I didn't had the chance to send her something for her Birthday so I wanted to make it double this time, no, I'm not telling who because it's a surprise! I hope she gets it soon.

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And these two cute FQ's are flying all the way to CANADA, along with a Christmas Card, another crafty surprise for a nice patient girl.


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I did a lot of packing and these Holiday Deco-Tapes helped me to decorate envelopes and parcels, Love the Bells and the Holiday Greetings ^_^

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How much did I pack? well see for yourself, I ship them out last Friday and clumsy me forgot to add some small letters and parcels I had in my outbox drawer X_X, so I need to make another trip to the post office.

I am almost done with all my Holiday errands, I only need to worry about Christmas Dinner and sending the last batch of snail mail :) Can't wait to stay home and relax a bit.

Well I hope you have a calm nice day and I'll show you the ornaments I sent on those brown paper bags on my next post

Take Care!

Quick - Swap Post ^_^ -

I need to get something to eat, I've been up early and I need something warm to calm my stomach, a tea or coffee, I've been munching these chocolate mint cookies I have over my desk but they don't make the trick lol, So this is a quick post and then I'm off to eat something.

These are some of the goodies I will send to Mette on Friday, I hope she enjoys them as much as I loved the Danish Delight she send me :).
I wanted to ship my pending parcels today but something came out and I haven't finished packing yet, so I hope I can get things done by Friday :)

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I can't describe the goodies, because I want to surprise her, but I think this is a nice teaser.

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Here is a detail of the fabrics I sent, she loves Zakka inspired fabrics and trims and I'm, sure she will love this stash.

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The other day I was looking at my previous posts and I noticed that I haven't posted any - Kawaii Goodness- in a while, so here's a photo of some - Cram Cream - Deco-Tapes, LiLi send them to me a few months ago , they're so cute, I specially love the one with the kawaii giraffe.

If you want to see more Deco-Tape visit my Deco-Tape group at Flickr we have lots of members and huge Deco-Tape Collections

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And Finally, these -Cram Cream- Animal Clips, another gift form LiLi they are so precious and cute that I can't bare to use them, so I display them.
I leave you with this happy photo,these cute animals wish you a very nice day!

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