Time flies, I haven't post for a while, my last writing was in September.
It doesn't mean that I was being idle, I have been in Holland and Turkey
and I cross stitched some towels and a few little gift bags or sachets for the wardrobe.
Also I did a back work project and some other cross stitch projects
The pictures of all my creations I will show in the following posts.
But I have to warn you, there can be some delay.
In 2015 there will be some big changes in my life.
First I am gonna be a grandmother for the first time, how wonderful is that! and
in February we are saying goodbye to Rio de Janeiro and say hello to
I made this towel for my portuguese teacher Andréa for teachers day.
My friend Mariette got in June a breast cancer scare. She went through a very difficult time, but she had a lot of support of her family, friends and her faith in God.
At this moment she is happy and healthy and to celebrate this, I cross stitched these flowers and butterfly for her.
I fell in love with this sweet Gorjuss design and when I was in Holland I bought the required colours of DMC stranded cotton for it. Back in Rio I stacked all that stuff away in my study, art room.
One day I was waiting for the elevator together with the granddaughter of our neighbours. She is such a lovely girl and tries to speak english and I try my best with portuguese. For any one else it must be sounding hilarious, but we had so much fun.
So I decided to make Gorjuss for Beatrice the girl with the nicest smile of whole Brasil.
Beatrice loved it very much , I got a lots of kisses from her and from her mom.
This time no cross stitch project, but something completely different.
First I sketched the design with pencil onto the fabric and then decided that the stitch work would be blue. ( one of my favorite colours)
Thanks to my stitch bible I made and discovered some nice and new stitches. I also used beads and sequins and small ribbons.
I use it as a table runner in the kitchen , but actually it is a cushion cover.
Let me introduce my brasilan friend Marineia Reis.
She is an amazing woman, she runs a children shelter without funding from the government or any charity organisation. She get donations from church, help from the neighbours, or for example -a couple of weeks ago some students of a hospitality business school came and these youngster made a lovely buffet and entertained the children.
Marineira is so good with children, they are such a happy crowd. She has a big and great heart.
Today there are 13 children but two weeks ago the number was 23. Some are adopted (one couple adopted 4 sisters and 1 brother) or other children go back to family - aunts, grandparents.
But some kids stay it is difficult to find a home for them.
The children are brought by the council, or just dumped in front of the shelter,
there are crack children, street children, very poor families, or parents have too many kids.
Every time I visit the shelter the first 5 minutes I get showered by kisses, hugs, if I was a tree, they would climb in me. I always enjoy my time with Marineia and the kids.
I bring donations, toys, clothes sometimes money from friends of the expat community.
Because I love and admire Marineia, I cross stitched this bouquet of anemones for her.
In the line of Brazilians embroidery I made a kitchen towel. You can find these towels almost at every market, and mainly with an old fashion floral pattern. I made this modern colourful one for my daughter Myrthe. It was a pleasure to stitch, because it was easy and didn't took a long time.
My niece Alison became mother of twin boys, so it was a good opportunity for me to cross stitch these lovely dears. I love the colours and the hippy style, a bit different than the usual baby stuff.
When I was in Holland I visit them and cuddle and kissed etc. these sweeties.
They stayed a while in the hospital, but the boys are at home now with mum and dad.