Saturday, August 25, 2012

Vintage Stitches.2

Once again, I have acquired some vintage stitches courtesy of my mother. The previous vintage stitches I acquired can be seen here. My grandmother, on my father's side, stitched these flour-sack towels and gave them to my mom in 1970-something. Now, the flour-sack towels belong to me and I get to share them with you.


This darling little alien looking creature is the main character on each towel and there is a towel for each day of the week.











This busy little alien just reminded me that I need to get busy on some unfinished works and projects so I can share them with you here.

Until next time!

xo,
K




Saturday, August 18, 2012

Mexican Embroidery

I can't say for sure how long it's been since I started embroidering, but one thing is for certain... Mexican embroidered blouses were why I decided to take up stitching in the first place. 







This red on red embroidery is my favorite. 


I took these photos at Picante, a lovely shop owned by my friend, Hazel. She has such an amazing collection of embroidered blouses, dresses, and Mexican silver earrings. I have a very small collection of Mexican silver that I acquired while working there while in Grad school, but there are always more pieces I lust after when I stop in for a visit. Her store is colorful and vibrant. Every time I'm there, I want to transform my house to reflect the colors in the shop. I definitely need more wall space for that.

Hope you enjoy these colors and stitches!

Until next time.

xo,
K

Monday, August 13, 2012

Brazilian Inspiration

I have always been interested in South America, Brazil specifically. I have been trying to learn how to speak Portuguese, and when I hear other people speaking it, I find it so beautiful. I had come across this music video for "Reciclar Você" by Família Gangsters a while ago and appreciate it for two reasons: 1) there is an effort in São Paolo to recycle and 2) individuals in the community have come out to paint the carts of the men who pick up the items to be recycled in order to raise more awareness in their city. Oh!... it's in Portuguese, too, but there are subtitles.


After knowing and watching the video by the Família Gangsters, I had come across this short documentary about the recyclable material collectors who often go ignored. In order to recognize their efforts and bring them closer to the community, the city came together to paint their carts, make any necessary repairs, and meet the men who help São Paolo and Rio de Janeiro avoid drowning in their garbage and rubbish. They are calling this movement, Pimp my carroça or Pimp my Cart. They offer medical check ups, new shoes, gloves, or glasses, if the men need them. It's a movement toward recognizing that recycling is important and thanking the men who handle the recycling for the city.

PIMP MY CARROÇA (english subtitles) from Parede Viva on Vimeo.

Until next time.

xo,
K


Thursday, August 9, 2012

Halloween Preparation.1

Yes, that's right, I'm preparing for Halloween. Now, I am not crazy, but Halloween has been calling me. Everywhere I go there is a little sign that Halloween is coming. I decided it was time to place an order for Halloween fabric and get my embroidery patterns transferred onto fabric to begin stitching them up.


I found this free adorable witch pattern here. Once I started stitching, I couldn't stop. 


I have a very large pile of Halloween fabric now, and I am thinking a patchwork border would look great around this witch. 


Looks like I just gave myself a bunch more sewing projects, but that's my favorite type of work!

Until next time!

xo,
K

Monday, August 6, 2012

Road Trip.2

I am still thinking about my road trip to northern Arizona, and still have so many images I would like to share. It started raining while we were at the Grand Canyon, and the thunder would echo through the canyon... it was a sound I can't even explain. I am still captivated by this amazing place. I took pictures as the clouds rolled in, then we had to make a mad dash for the car, because the rain really started to come down.












The day after our trip to the Grand Canyon, we had planned to go further north to Page, Arizona and visit Antelope Canyon. The rain made everyone a little too nervous, though, as it causes floods in the canyon, and no one wanted to get stuck inside Antelope Canyon if that happened. Instead, we drove to Sedona and took the extreme scenic route through Oak Creek Canyon.








As we made our descent into Oak Creek Canyon, we found a place to stop and walk called West Fork. It's a lovely trail with some ruins that were constructed in the 1870's. Everything was so lush and green.











































I wouldn't mind living in a little cabin in this place. It's so beautiful. I can't wait to return and spend more time there.

Until next time.

xo,
K