Sunday, February 12, 2017

~Cute Mani DIY~

Happy Sunday everyone!!!
Today I want to share with you a little DIY on how to be creative with your nails. Valentine's day is very close... just a couple of days away.. if you are like me who likes to have pretty nails {Mom's life doesn't allow me to have them pretty for very long....} and cannot afford to pay for a manicure, I have a little secret on how I make my own cute decorations. Yes, most of the time I simply paint my nails, but when I find the time to be more creative this is what I do:

  • at least 2 shades of colored NAIL POLISH
  • clear Nail Polish (for a shiny final look)
  • small SCISSORS

Cut a piece of washi tape
Fold it and cut half heart
Gently open the tape and you'll have a full heart



Place the tape on one of your painted and dried nails, paint a coat of a different color polish, blow on 
it and carefully remove it. The last thing to do is a final coat of clear polish. Et voila'!!!

I chose a heart because of Valentine's Day and because I love hearts... but you can cut out anything! A circle, a diamond, a star...depending on how good you are with scissors!! You can even do simple lines like I did for my daughter:


I hope you like this idea. Be creative!! That's all it matters and you'll have cute mani and save lots of money! :)))


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

~National Teach Embroidery Month~

Good Morning to all of you!!
yes, it's early morning here in California and with a little peace and quiet I finally decided to start writing this post. As you can see from the title, February is the "National Teach Embroidery Month"!!! Who knew? I would have had no idea if I wasn't following Sublime Stitching on instagram {if you are somewhat interested in embroidering, you should check out this website! It's full of tutorials, patterns...everything you need to know to start this beautiful art}. Jenny Hart is the artist behind all this. Check her amazing work HERE . I read her post about teaching embroidery and I knew right away that it was something I had to do... teaching my daughters how to embroider. I signed-up and I received some patterns in the mail. I gathered all we needed and I started teaching them. They loved it! Here is some pictures of their work:
The patterns they chose were easily transferred on fabric

Maddalena, 14 years old

Francesca, 10 years old

Their final work

Not bad for first time stitchers!! Right? All I know is that we will keep working, they are ready to start with their next project and I'm ready to start teaching them different stitches. I just want to thank Jenny Hart for the encouragement and ideas. 

Much love to you all.


Monday, February 6, 2017

~Hoop Love~

Ciao Everyone!
in this post I just want to say thank you to all the people that are supporting my little shop. You have no idea how happy my heart is when I see a "like", even just a "view"...and every time someone buys one of my creations I'm just amazed. The thought of something that I make is displayed in your house or used by you makes me incredibly happy!!!
I have recently sold a few of my embroidered hoops, especially during Christmas time. I am right now finishing up an order of one of my favorite hoops... "HOME SWEET HOME". I created it originally for my sister, when she finally found a beautiful home for her little family. I don't follow patterns, I've always like to draw, so I make my own designs and then stitch them. I feel like embroidering is like coloring with thread! I really love what I do.
Here's a few pictures of my favorite hoops, and their links:


Sunday, February 5, 2017

~Banana chocolate-chip muffins~

Hello everyone!!!
today is Sunday and that's when we usually have a little extra time to make something special for our kids, or just for ourselves.. ;) One of the things of everyday life I really enjoy is cooking. I recently found a delicious recipe that is perfect for an afternoon snack or even breakfast. I'm talking about Banana Chocolate-chip muffins! They are perfect especially when you have a couple of bananas getting darker and darker on your kitchen counter... how many times that happens in my house....... well, if that's the case, look for a couple extra ingredients and make these!! You won't be disappointed.

(ingredients for 12 medium muffins)

  • 3 ripe BANANAS, mashed
  • 3/4 cup SUGAR
  • 1 EGG
  • 1/3 cup BUTTER, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups self-rising FLOUR
  • 1 cup of CHOCOLATE-CHIPS
Mix sugar and egg to the mashed bananas. Add melted butter (you can use margarine if you prefer). Add the flour (if you don't have the self-rising kind, just use the regular flour + 1 tsp of baking powder) and mix well. Add chocolate-chips at last folding them in the batter.
Pour the batter into muffin molds and bake at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes. I check if they are cooked inserting a tooth-pick in one of the muffins, if it comes out clean it means they are ready!!

I hope you like them!! Enjoy them with a cup of coffee or tea! Let me know what you think.


Tuesday, January 31, 2017


Good morning!
it looks like it's going to be a beautiful day here in California. This is the first time I write a post with my phone... the problem is that our computer is amost completely broken. That's what happens when you leave it with a bunch of little kids! :) I know God will provide a new one, but for now I have to use what I have.
I want to share with you a new item from my etsy shop . I recently started to embroider on mini-hoops. They are the most adorable things!!! You don't need to know how to embroider to be able to use them...and I'll show you different examples. They are often used for necklaces, but I make key-chains out of them. I picked a few pictures, including my "Belle keychain", to show you  different ideas. The most important thing is to be creative and use your imagination! Go visit the original website to meet the creator of these mini-hoops: the sweet dandelyne will inspire you and show you all the tricks!

Monday, December 5, 2016

ShopSmall ~ Handmade Goodness

Here I am back at it!!!! Who would have thought? 
Well, it's true that I often disappear, but I'm always back. I still like to go back and look at my old posts, pictures and recipes, where a tiny slice of time stopped. 
Christmas time is already here, lights are everywhere, trees and ornaments are twinkling in the homes, people are already shopping for gifts... and this is exactly what I want to speak about. You all know that I own a little online shop of handmade goodies and I know many other shops that I would like to promote here. This Christmas it would be very nice if you could #ShopSmall . What does this mean? It's simply a way to encourage and appreciate people who use their hands to create beautiful things. I was inspired by Fundera, a small business loans marketplace, to show my support. You can read more about the importance about small businesses HERE .

But let me show you some of the cutest gifts you could make this Christmas!

You can follow all these amazing makers also on Instagram, which is what I do and get a lot of inspiration from them. Just click on their names and it will take you to their IG profiles:
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Well, I hope you can show some love during this Christmas Season and buy at leeeeeast one {or two} handmade presents from your list of gifts to give. You are going to make someone's day. 

Love as always. Enjoy the Season!


Saturday, May 2, 2015

Cinderella Hoop


Have you watched the new Cinderella movie? I simply loved it!! So much so that I was inspired to embroider a new hoop... which is available now in my SHOP. What do you think?

Hugs to all!