Thursday, July 30, 2009

Amigurumi Doll is Finished!!!

Here is Sarita! Isn't she cute?


Next time I need to lower the features of the face. I keep placing the eyes too high. My braids came out a little longer than suggested. It's all good, right?



Mia has a great hair tutorial. I have too admit that I did not follow the tutorial step by step. I need a lot more practice. But I did my best!


Here is a close up of the face.
Hmmm, what's next? I should probably catch up with all my FOs. I probably have like 100 of them, seriously. I don't know about you, but I always have a bunch of projects on the needles. I get really anxious. It's like if all my ideas are going to disappear so I have to start them right away. The funny thing is that, most of the time, I just put them aside and don't get back to them until years later, if I ever do.

I've also made some amigurumis that I find so ugly that I won't even give them away to charity :) I only give stuff away if I really like them. There is this particular doll that I made a couple of years ago that I don't know what her problem is but I don't like it. Well, I think is her face. I always had a hard time making those faces. Now that I'm doing better with embroidering, I might try to fix her. My husband thinks the problem is the hair. I was really proud of the hair. I made it short and curly. A new technique I was learning back then. I think it might be the yarn I used. I'm going to find her and take a picture to post here. Perhaps you guys can give me some ideas.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Progress on Amigurumi Doll

Here is the update on Sarita.

The body is finished.

I made three heads. I still can't decide which one to use. I hope you can help me decide.

Here is Sarita with the head #1. If you look at the picture the pattern, you notice that the head is twice the width of the body. In the pattern, it looks great! But when I see my tiny doll with that huge head it just doesn't look right to me.

So, I made head #2. Not as big as the other one, but still big. This one is my husbands favorite.

Finally, I made head #3 which seems to be more proportioned to her body. I know that one of the things that make amigurumis unique and cute is their disproportioned head and body. But I think I like my dolls to be a little bit more realistic.

What's do you think? Should I keep head #1, #2 or #3? Picture the head with the braided hair. It might help you with the decision :)

Anyway, I have to go and pick my mom at the airport. TTYL


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Monday, July 27, 2009

Summer Fun


One of Gaby's favorite things to do during the summer is to watch Speedy going crazy with the sprinklers. It's a lot of fun to watch him. He goes nuts from one sprinkler to the next. Here is a little video clip:


And here are some pictures of Gaby and Speedy playing:


I love to see them having so much fun!!!


I love this particular picture.



Speedy is flying...

Let's see, what else is new? Well, Gaby started Camp Invention today. He was so excited this morning when we dropped him off and he's been talking about it since he came back this afternoon. He had an awesome day. He can't wait to go back tomorrow!!!

After dropping Gaby at his camp this morning, DH and I went to a power yoga class. That class was so good! All I needed after a whole week without working out. After yoga, DH went back to work and I went to Zumba with Jatrine. I love that class! And, like if that was not enough, I went to another zumba class this afternoon with Koh. I missed half of that class though. I thought the class was at 6:00 pm but it was actually at 5:30pm. The minute I walked in, Koh called me to go to the front. She always does that with the new instructors. When I did the training with her a couple of weeks ago, I told her I was not going to go to the class for a while because I didn't want to be put on the spot. She probably thought that was the reason why I didn't go last week, lol. Oh, she just couldn't wait for me to go back and tell the whole class that I was a new instructor :). You should've seen the grin on her face. I love her!!!
BTW, I just found out that there's a zumbathon on September 19th at the Ballantyne Corporate park. Whohoo! I can't wait! It's free to everyone.

Later on, I'll post some on my Sarita Mexican doll. DH is waiting for us to have dinner. Gotta go...



Sunday, July 26, 2009

Amigurumi Mexican Doll and Emoticon

Since we had our friend over for the week, I did not have too much time for knitting/crochet or the gym. So, yesterday I decided to take the day of from cooking and cleaning. It was my day to relax.

I have a collection of amigurumi patterns that I've been meaning to make. I think I spend more time collecting patterns than actually making the dolls. I just keep finding patterns of all these cute little things and I need to have them. Anyway, yesterday I decided to stay away from the computer and start working on some of the patterns. This was my first choice.

I already made the head. I love her face! I usually don't do too well with the embroidering but I think Sarita is looking lovely! I made the wig for her hair but it turned out too small. Well, the thing is that I'm not using the right yarn. I'm using whatever I have on my stash. I'm almost done with the body as well. The body came out too small for the head (Pictures will come later). I'm planning to make a smaller head for the body and I'm going to use this face for a different doll. I have all these plan with her...curly hair? straight hair? red hair? green hair? pants? skirts? zumba girl? So many options....

Changing the subject, Anna from Mochimochi has been working in a series of tiny knitted things. She makes the cutest tiny little things. I was inspired by her to try making tiny crochet objects. I'm not sure these tiny little things are for me. Here is my first try: Mr. Happy Emoticon. This guy looks ugly and weird, LOL. I realy need to try and do better than this. My idea is to make different emoticons (happy, sad, grumpy...).


Ok. That's it for now. Back to work :)

Neta Amir's Blog

I was just browsing online and I stumbled into Neta Amir's blog. She makes the most amazing and colorful dolls. Stop by her blog and check out the crochet lady on a chair. It's a fantastic piece art. If you get a chance, check out her flickr. She has over 1,ooo pictures of her dolls.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Giveaway at Spud and Chloe!!!

I just wanted to let you all know that Spud and Chloe is hosting giveaway. Go there for a chance to win! Contest is open until Wednesday, July 29th.

Spending time with our friend Paul

Gaby and Paul in top of our front yard tree.

This week our friend Paul visit us from NY. It was such a pleasure to have him with us. The last time Gaby and I saw him was about 6 years ago when we were living in Plantation, FL-- John gets to see him more often because he goes to NY all the time for work.

Gaby was so excited! I've never seen him talking so much. He usually takes a while to open up to people. This time was different. He established rapport with Paul immediately. They played soccer and rode the bikes; they built a spaceship with legos; they talked about Star Wars, books, inventions, etc; and they walked a lot and climbed the tree in our front yard.

We went to the Greenway for a walk and saw these cute deers. It took me by surprise. I've only seen deers around here during the winter time.


The picture below was taken at Imaginon.


Paul went back to NY today and I can tell that Gaby is already missing him. Come back soon, Paul!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Remembering Spring :)

One of our favorite things to do during Spring time is to go strawberry picking at the Hall's Family Farm. For us, it was sort of like a ritual. Almost every day after school we would go to the farm to get strawberries, slushies and blackberry cider.

There's nothing like a nice bowl of fresh strawberries!


Gaby would go around the whole farm picking up the best strawberries he could find.

After that, we would sit down and enjoy our slushies.


Almost as tall as me.


Here is Gaby showing everything we got at the farm. They had the best blackberry cider. Gaby would drink blackberry cider every night with dinner and pretend that he was drinking wine :)


Gaby picked the best lettuce he found. It was delicious!!!

Monday, July 20, 2009

My anatomically correct amigurumi doll

This is one of the projects that I've been working on. Well, I started working on this doll a little while back but for some reason she ended up hidden in my stash.

I wanted her to be anatomically correct. I'm really happy with it so far. These pictures don't really do any justice. I'll try to put better pictures as I record the progress of this anatomically correct doll.




I think the belly buttom came out a little bit too high.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Ribbit is finished!

I just finished, Ribbit. He is a Susan B. Anderson's design. It turned out so adorable! You can get it for free at Spud and Chloe.


It's such a beautiful day!

Playing hide and seek.


I think he was singing here :)


Climbing the tree. I have to love this picture!











Monday, July 13, 2009

Zumba Workshop


It's been a few days since the last time I posted. I've been really busy. On Saturday, I spent all day at a Zumba workshop. I can say now that I am a Zumba Instructor! Yeah! It was a hectic day. I arrived at the gym at around 8:00 am. and didn't leave until about 6:00pm. I was exhausted! But, what a great time I had with all those zumba enthusiasts! It was an incredible experience! The picture above was taken after the first hour of the workshop.

Today, our very good friends were moving back to India. We had them over for dinner yesterday. It was really sad to say goodbye. Our sons have been best friends since Kindergarten and we all had a great friendship since we met at school 3 years ago. I can't believe they are already on their way to India. I really wish them all the best and I hope they can readapt quickly. We are definitely planning a trip to India.

Well, I think is time for me to catch up with my knitting projects. I really want to try to get my Etsy shop up this weekend.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

My Creativity Is Back!!!

For the past month or so, I've been kind of lazy about everything in general. I didn't go to any of my Zumba classes and, for some reason, I was not motivated to knit or do anything crafty. Maybe it was because we took a trip to DC. It's always kind of hard to get back on track after a vacation. Well, guess what? Yesterday, I decided to get myself to the gym. I'm so glad I did! I went to Jatrin's zumba class in the morning and I went to Koh's class in the evening. It seems that's all I needed to get my creativity back. Last night, all thses bunch of ideas for baby hats and amigurumis were bursting out of my head. I made a pink pixie hat (all is missing is the pom pom). I'm also working on a pink beanie hat. All I need now is to take a weekend to work on the tons of projects that have been on the needles for the longest time. Also, I want to start making simple amigurumis so I can post the free patterns on my blog. And, of course, I'm still working on creating this blog. I'm sure you can tell that I'm not a very "Tech-y" person, LOL.

BTW, we finally got our new bike rack. It's the Thule 963 Spare Me Tire Bike Rack. We also got some cycling pants; the really, really, really cheap ones. Those things are quite expensive.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

The Color of My Rainbow

Your rainbow is strongly shaded green.


What is says about you: You are an intelligent person. You feel strong ties to nature and your mood changes with its cycles. Those around you admire your fresh outlook and vitality.

Find the colors of your rainbow at spacefem.com.

Bike Riding

Yesterday, we went to the Greenway to ride our bikes. We rode about 12 miles again. It was a real adventure. When we were on our way to the trail, our bike rack crashed in the middle the road. Good thing there was not too much traffic and we didn’t cause any accidents. I ended up driving the car to the Greenway while my husband rode his bike and pulled mine all the way to the trail. The best part was when we were ready to head back and we were trying to fit the 3 bikes inside our CRV. That was a challenge! And getting them off was another. Still, we did it!!! That was a lot of fun! Now, we are in the search for a new bike rack. Those things can be quite expensive!