Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The last post of the year

I can now post about the needle holders (for knitting and crochet) that I made Andrea, since she received them yesterday. The pattern is McCalls 4728 and although I have made it before it seems I never blogged about it, and it seems to be out of print, which it's a shame since it is a really good pattern.

Ahora puedo mostrarles estos estuches que le hice a Andrea. Son perfectos para guardar las agujas de tejer y crochet. El patron, McCalls 4728 parece que lo discontinuaron pues no lo encontré en el website. Y aunque lo he usado muchas veces parece que nunca hablé de él en el blog.

I have made this pattern I think 4 or 5 times now, all for gifts, so I still have my own needles in a plastic bag :-)

Como les dije éste patrón lo he usado 4 o 5 veces siempre para regalar así que yo aún tengo mis agujas en una bolsa plástica. :-)

The fabrics I used were in my stash, as was the ribbon. They both look the same inside.

Las telas ya las tenía y me gustó mucho como combinaron. Los dos rollitos son iguales por dentro.

I also yesterday finished the  Burda dress I have been working on (I think Oct 2013 111). It took a little bit of work to make it look good. It is a style out of my comfort zone but I'm looking forward to sharing it with you so stay tuned!

Ayer terminé un vestido de Burda, creo de octubre, numero 111. Me costó el que me quedara como yo quería. Es un estilo distinto para mí así que quiero ensenarselos para que me digan que piensan.

See you all next year! All the best!

¡Nos vemos el año que viene! ¡Muchas cosas buenas para todos!


Thursday, December 19, 2013

A different kind of post - It Cosmetics

In my search for face products (moisturizers, foundation, concealers, etc) to smooth out the imperfections of my "lady of a certain age" skin, I came across the company It Cosmetics. You can read about the company here, I liked their philosophy plus the fact that they make products with anti-aging benefits. I figure that at least they would be moisturizing and in the winter my skin really benefits from extra moisture.

I ordered two products, a few weeks ago when they were having a really good sale, the foundation Your Skin but Better CC cream and the under eye concealer Bye Bye Under Eye Anti-aging Concealer.

The foundation/cc cream I applied after my regular moisturizer. It gives really good coverage for my broken capillaries and some dark spots and I thought that it did a good job of not emphasizing my pores. I really loved the concealer! Very creamy and very smooth to apply.

The pictures that follow were taken in the morning when the bags under my eyes are at their worst.


Now for full disclosure here are all the products on my face. I forgot to include the mascara.

I set the concealer with Bare Minerals  Multi Tasking Bisque in Summer Bisque and I also used it where I have broken capillaries. I have found that this product works really well in those areas. I gave my T zone a light dusting of Bare Minerals Mineral Veil, a sample from Sephora.

Both products held up very well throughout the day

I'm not expecting perfection but I'm pretty happy with these products and I plan to look into others from this line. I bought these products, I'm not sponsored in any way by the company :-) All the pictures were taken without filters and were not touched up after the fact.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

I just finished grading the last batch of exams for the semester so I expect to do some sewing for me. I have a dress cut and ready to start sewing but the holidays  and grading exams has kept me away.

Acabo de terminar de marcar el último grupo de exámenes del semestre así que espero poder coser para mí. Tengo un vestido cortado y listo para coser pero las fiestas y el marcar exámenes no me han permitido continuar.

I did want to share with you this photograph.

Quería compartir ésta foto con udstedes.

It was taken by the photographer at school, a professional photographer who volunteers her time and art to the theater dept. As you all know what the work we do with our hands means to us, you can imagine how special this picture is for me.

La tomó un fotógrafo profesional que dona su tiempo y arte al departamento de teatro de la escuela. Se pueden imaginar lo que la foto significa para mí, considerando lo mucho que nosotros apreciamos lo que podemos hacer con nuestras manos.

See you soon!

¡Nos vemos pronto!