Monday, December 29, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
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Needless to say I started to knit with two circulars yesterday and I am loving it! the sock is going so much faster!
Check out Cat's wonderful videos for anything you want to learn, they are a true treasure and the best part is... they are free!!!
Thank you so much Cat, you rock!
Friday, December 19, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
Here is the finished product. It took more work that I expected to be honest. First you sand it, then you primer it, then sand it again, then paint it pink two coats, sand some parts that were still rough, and finally apply transfers and stickers and a coat of poly to protect the paint. I love it! and so does Rachel.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
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Wednesday, November 05, 2008
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Sunday, October 05, 2008
Aquí están mis 3 lindos hijos, Luz Mariel que cumple 19 años la próxima semana y que se acaba de teñir el pelo rubio, el único color que no había probado antes; Rachel de 8 años e Ian de 5 y medio meses. Esta es la primera foto que les tomo a los 3 juntos desde que Ian nació.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
My gorgeous baby turned 5 months last Friday. He is wearing clothes size 9-12 months and PJ's size 18 months! I am guessing he is about 17 pounds by now. Isn't he adorable? I need to get a new camera soon or all of his baby pictures are going to be blurry. This is one of the goals for this week. So much to do and so little time...
Mi precioso bebé cumplió 5 meses el viernes pasado. Esta usando ropita talla 9-12 meses y pijamas para 18 meses! Yo calculo que está pesando unas 17 libras. Verdad que está divino? Tengo que comprar una nueva cámara pronto o de lo contrario todas sus fotos de bebé van a ser borrosas... Odio esta cámara vieja! Así que esta semana sin falta me compro una...
Saturday, September 06, 2008
It has many patterns. The owner offers them for FREE!!! They are all wonderful, I want to make a pair of each. There is also a great pair of fingerless gloves, I want to make those too!
She will be publishing a book on socks soon. I already went to my Amazon page to put it in my "whish list".
Out of respect for her I did not post any of her pictures here, but go to the website and see for yourself what a wonderful designer she is and the best of all is that she is giving all her designs for free!
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
For ones, a political speech that was heartfelt, for ones a chance to identify with a political leader. For ones, someone who cares about children with special needs and family values... What is not to love about Sarah Palin ???
I must admit also that I had little hope to win this election, but now I am starting to actually believe McCain has a real chance!
Go Palin !!!! I will be praying for her and her family !!!
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Prefolds are so cheap (only $1.50 to $2 each) that there is not excuse to not use cloth diapers...
Hoy recibí mis pañales predoblados chinos pero no sabía como poner el SNAPPI que es una liguita que se usa en lugar de gasillas. Así que encontré este video en YOUTUBE que muestra como hacerlo. Es super fácil! Las mantillas predobladas son tan baratas que no hay excusa para no usar mantillas de tela y con el SNAPPI es un dos por tres y muy seguro!
Hola, hace dias que no pongo fotos del bebé, así que aquí les va. Ya tiene 4 meses y medio y sigue creciendo "como la mala hierva". Todavía no deja dormir a la pobre mamá ni de noche, ni de día.
Look what I got in the mail today. :-))) Knitting relief in a DVD case... Since I can't knit, because of the baby, at least I can watch knitting videos while I rock him to sleep... So far, I have watch, two episodes and my favorite is the second one they made on sweaters. I love the show, is very dynamic and they show different projects in one episode. They also have different segments by the sponsors of the show on different subjects. Very nice, I give it a 4 star so far.
On the diaper update, I am loving all of them but specially the hemp fitted diapers that I got. The velour diapers all wash really well and they don't get stained. Plus I like the fact that the Good Mamas have double booters which is critical at night. Still Ian soaks through the whole thing so I am going to wash the prefolds and try that, in that way I can add as many prefolds as needed. I have the feeling that he is going to end up looking like a ballon by the time I layer enough prefolds to keep him somewhat dry at night. LOL
Este fue un video que me llegó hoy sobre tejer, como no tengo tiempo de tejer por lo menos puedo ver estos videos mientras duermo al bebé... para quitarme un poco las ganas... Chao
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
1- The manufacture says in order to keep the diaper you most not use diaper rash cream. (So its the good of the diaper for the good of the baby's skin?)
2- The manufacture also says you should not wash these microfiber diapers at the same time than your cotton diapers, thus forcing me to wash my diapers separately (two loads instead of one -what a pain-).
3- No matter how snug I adjusted the elastics on the legs they kept leaking on me.
4- Since they are all in ones, they robe me from the joy of using my wool covers... and I found these diapers to be very hot for the summer plus I don't really think they breath at all. My baby's skin was very red and humid when he wore these, unlike fabric+cover systems.
So, good by BG's... I should have read all the comments in the cottonbabies website before buying you... Although people seem to love the 3.0 version, I just do not want to deal with AIO and I don't really like microfiber.
The BG's will be replaced with a variaty of regular fitteds that I will be testing out in the following weeks, some of which I already got on the mail:
1- Velour Organic Cotton GOODMAMAS
2- Velour Organic Cotton SUGAR PLUM.
3- Hemp and Organic Cotton SWEET PEAS
4- Mother Easy SANDY'S
5- Plain old chinese prefolds.
Stay tooned to hear which diaper is the winner...
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Mi mamá me mandó esta foto de ella y mi papá. Creo que yo nisiquiera había nacido cuando tomaron esta foto. Debe ser del año 1966 o 67. Verdad que eran los dos muy guapos ?
Sunday, August 10, 2008
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If you are like me and cannot wait to see the show, the DVDs of the first season can be purchased here for only $40. Now if you buy them before I do, please share... I am waiting to have a little bit of extra money to buy them but I don't know when am I going to be able to.
Now if my dear HUSBAND is reading this... This will be a good surprise present (hint-hint) to go along with the portable DVD player you gave me for mothers day and that only you use to watch your Ju-Jitsu videos... ahamm ahamm (clearing throat).
Hopefully a lot of us will call so we can get the show aired here!
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
My dad came to visit and we had an awesome time. I need to post a picture once I transfer them from my other computer.
Speaking of having no time, it is very frustrating not having time to knit, I have tried to start a new pair of socks but each day I can barely get the basic things done and the day goes by without been able to knit a single stitch. All I can do is get on line and surf for interesting knitting projects, salivate over them and realize that is going to take a long time until I can actually work on a big project...
Long ago, I used to subscribe to knitting magazines, not any more. After collecting over a 100 magazines, I don't buy any new issues unless I have looked at them carefully. My favorite ones are Vogue Knitting, Interweave Knits and knitters. I have already check the previews for both Interweave Knits and VK. Knitters does not have a preview of their fall issue available yet. I don't think I will be buying any of them, I can't believe how boring the designs are lately... The only thing I will consider knitting is this model by Robin Melanson in Vogue Knitting:
It is the green sweater at the right bottom of the page. Besides that, non of the other projects appeal me. Anyways, since I have so many projects lined up, I don't have to worry too much about it.
What is your favorite knitting magazine?
No hay mucho tiempo para escribir ultimamente por aquí. Con costo tengo tiempo para actividades frívolas como comer y dormir (comentario sarcástico), ya se me había olvidado cuanto trabajo es cuidar de un bebé, pero por supuesto cada día amo más a mi saco de ternura de 16 libras que ya hace muchos ruidos y se ríe conmigo a penas me ve...
Mi papá me vino a visitar y la pasamos super bien, lo malo es que después de que se fue me quedó como un vacío muy triste, y la necesidad de comer ensalada todos los días... ja ja
Hablando de no tener tiempo, es muy frustrante no tener tiempo para tejer. A penas me da tiempo de hacer lo básico y se me pasa el día sin poder tejer ni siquiera una puntada. Lo único que logro hacer para saciar mi sed de tejer es recorrer el internet viendo nuevos proyectos, aunque reconozco en mi interior que va a pasar mucho tiempo antes de que pueda embarcarme en un proyecto grande como un sueter.
Hace mucho yo acostumbraba subscribirme a revistas de tejer, pero después de amasar una colección de más de 100 revistas, solo las compro si me gustan mucho. Ya he estado revisando las del Otoño del 2008 y no me gusta nada. Me sorprende como entre tantos modelos, ninguno me apetece, y es que falta originalidad y los diseños me parecen aburridos y repetitivos. El único que salva la tanda es este sueter de Robin Melanson para Vogue Knitting. Es el sueter verde de la esquina inferior derecha. De ahi en fuera, no creo que me interese en ninguna revista, de todas maneras tengo muchos proyectos pendientes y no tengo tiempo para tejer.
Mis revistas de tejer favoritas son Vogue Knitting, Interweave Knits y Knitters. Cuáles son las tuyas?
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Like if getting obsessed over wool soakers wasn't enough, I discovered leg warmers for babies. This seems the latest fashion trend for babies. How cool is this? you don't even have to remove them when you change your baby. A pair of cotton leg warmers will keep the baby's legs from getting cold during the summer due to the air conditioning, a wool pair is a most have during fall afternoons or chilly mornings. These would protect the baby's knees when crawling. And if all these benefits weren't enough, they are super cute!!!
Babylegs are only around $12 but I wanted to see if I could make my own. I guess if I follow a regular sock pattern it could work?... I also found a website with instructions on how to make them from adult socks using a sewing machine... Now, if I only had a sewing machine...
Como si la obsesión por calzones de lana no fuera suficiente, hoy descubrí los calentadores para bebé. Son ideales porque si en la tarde se pone frío nada más se le ponen al bebé para que no se le enfrien las piernitas y si hay que cambiarlo no hay que quitarle los pañales. Es la última moda para bebés aquí en los Estados. Ahora en el verano unos de algodón serían perfectos para mantener las piernitas del bebé calientes y protegerlas del aire acondicionado, especialmente durante las noches. También protegen las rodillas del bebé al gatear. Cuestan solo $12 pero me puse a buscar a ver si encontraba un patron para tejerlas yo misma. No encontré ninguno pero aquí me encontré un link que explica como hacerlas cortando medias de adulto. Ahy si solo tuviera una maquina de coser...
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
I love it so much. I love it because Ian loves it. :-)
The baby fits in it very nice and snuggled and it has an inclination that helps with colics or when the baby is sick with a cold so he can breathe better. Thank God for technology! I give this glider a 5 star review. It works great and it is not as noisy as other swings or gliders.
Esta amaquita me encanta. Me encanta porque a Ian le encanta. Ahi se duermen, se mecen, etc. Me la regaló una señora que ni siquiera me conoce... fue una bendición! Le doy 5 estrellas porque es super cómoda para el bebé y no hace ruido además es inclinada lo que ayuda con cólicos y cuando el bebé está resfriado para que pueda respirar mejor. 100 puntos!
Monday, July 07, 2008
Watch a video of how is done in Youtube here:
I can't wait to make my own...
Friday, July 04, 2008
Ian just outgrew our set of 10 contour Kissaluvs. The maker says that the small size goes up to 20 pounds. No way Jose... At 15 pounds it looked like a thong on my baby! I decided to try some all in ones to replace these, so I went for the Bum Genius 2.0. I read a review from someone complaining about the one size 3.0 saying that it did not fit well on her small baby even though the baby was already 15 pounds, so I didn't want to spend so much money in the 3.0 just to be dissapointed. I decided to get 6 2.0 to try them out. Ian wanted to test them right away so he pooped on it as soon as I put it on. It seemed to hold the poop really well. This diapers are so cute, I am afraid I will turn into a diaper snob... Of course they are so pricey I might have to complement with some prefolds... as now I am officially broke. I still have my 8 Mother Easy which I like very much except that I discovered that they do stain in the outside when the poop is a lot. So, the protecting mesh works for the inside but does not protect the outside from getting stained. The other issue is I have to get Ian a size bigger of clothes when he wears the Mother Easy as they are very bulky and do not fit in his regular size clothes. (he is wearing 3-6 m). The Bum Genius 2.0 are great as they are not bulky but I read reviews saying the 3.0 version has the same bulkiness problem. Like I said before if you want a diaper that can fit a 2 year old, you can't expect it not to be bulky on a 2 month old. Right? It is a matter of sacrifices.
Here is the soaker that I am making. I am a bit disappointed with the results. Turns out that the side of the beginning of row ends up in the front, which is very inconvenient for the stripping I was doing. You can see the holes where the marker was and the start of row in the first 3 blue lines. This bothers me a lot. There is no way to hide this issue with the stripes and I did not even think about it when I decided on the colors. [mad face] Anyways, it is too late to look back so I think I'll just finish it.
En la primera foto se ve Ian con los pañales nuevos que le compré. Son supuestamente los mejores. Son igual que un pañal desechable y no requieren cubierta o calzón plástico. Están líndisimos y tengo miedo que ya ahora me acostumbre a lo caro, solo quiera usar de estos. Oh Oh... También aquí está la cubierta de lana que estoy tejiendo. Me da cólera de que la marca de inicio de fila quedó al puro frente del calzón y se nota! Qué chicha! Esto siempre pasa cuando uno teje rallas pero no pensé que me quedaría al frente! Sin embargo ya voy muy adelantada así que voy a terminarlo. No lo pienso deshacer.
Monday, June 30, 2008
From the website:
- Here are some features of Crazy Toes & Heels toe-up version...
The toe is nice and round... no "points".
- The toe-up sock pattern uses a technique to create immediate increases to get this look.
- No heel flap to knit...
- no gusset stitches to "pick up". You build a "gusset" then turn the heel. You are then to the ankle of your sock. Pattern includes a "slip-stitch" heel for durability, or a plain stockinet stitch heel.
- If working on two circular needles, you can try the sock on for fit at any time.
- Working two socks at the same time, you can wear them the instant they are done... no waiting to finish the second sock! (Or never finishing the second sock!)
- Detailed, and I MEAN detailed, instructions guide you through knitting your socks on two circular needles from toe-to-cuff, or cuff-to-toe!
Since I have not been sucessful in learning how to knit socks on circular, this seems like the right book for me... I can't wait to get it!
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
This time daddy wanted to be in the picture. Ian turns 2 months today. He is 13 pounds which means he had doubled his birth weight.
Down here a picture of him taking a bath... You can guess by his expression how much he hates baths... I keep telling him: "Don't worry bebe, some day you will love it. I promise!" But he does not seem to believe me.
You can see the Michellin tire legs already taking shape...
Hoy Ian cumple 2 meses, hoy papi quería posar con el en la foto. Tiene 13 libras, lo cual significa que ya duplicó su peso de naciemiento. En la otra foto está tomando su baño, como pueden ver en la foto odia los baños, yo siempre le digo: "No te preocupes bebé, algún día te encantarán los baños de tina, te lo prometo! Pero como que no se la traga... Pueden ver en la foto las llantas de Michellin ya formándose...
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
I had so much fun making this... It was instant gratification. The peg board was $3.99, 1 acrylic green paint was $1, the 3 animals came already made for 59 cents each and a set of brushes cost $3.00 for a total of $ 9.76 plus tax (purchased at my local Michael's). I used some Wood Glue that I already had to glue the animals to the peg board. It ties up with the animal theme of our bedding set. I made it to have a place to put the baby's hats which here in "Hot City", California, are a most during the summer.
Monday, June 16, 2008
They have their regular one size diaper for $11 which is a good price (same as a fitted kissaluv) but I got the Stay Dry One Size Diaper thinking it would hold more liquid but now I realize it has a mesh fabric in the inside which they claim keeps the baby feeling dry as it separates the skin from the damped fabric and also prevents stains. This are more expensive ($14 each). Now I don't know if Ian feels dry even when he is soaked, but the part about the stains is TRUE! and this is a big plus for me as it really saves time not having to sun the diapers. It was a hard decision to switch brands because I do love my fitted Kissaluvs but as Ian outgrew the size 0, I realized I couln't afford buying new diapers every time he gained a few pounds, so I decided I needed to look into one size diapers. Now, Mother-Easy also carries the Sandy fitted diaper that looks very cute and it comes in two sizes; Small and Large, since the sizing range is wider I might endulge myself with a couple of these and a couple of their AIO'S to try them out. They have a separate Sandy for newborns and a Sandy for toddlers.
Due to the bulk, I am going to need bigger covers as well. I will probably order them from them since their Air Flow covers are my favorites. That is the whole reason I purchased their diapers in the first place. I figured if I love their covers, their diapers most be great too. And they are, if you don't mind the bulk like I said. Now they make the covers with beautiful prints on ecological themes. No other cover is 100% leak proof, as far as the ones I have tried. These are just the best, and the good part is that it does allow the flow or air like its name says.
There is never going to be a perfect diaper, you have to sacrifice fitting for investment protection, and putting up with the bulk if you want to save money in the long run. So far, this are my two cents regarding Mother-Easy Stay Dry One size diapers, I can't wait to try their other diapers. I will keep you posted of my opinion as I get to use these more. Here is a picture of how they look on Ian at 7 weeks (12 pounds):
Este es Ian con los pañales nuevos que le compramos, son excelentes porque se ajustan a diferentes tamaños. Se prensan con broches entonces no requieren gazilla. También me encanta el hecho de que no se manchan debido a una tela especial que tienen por dentro.
Monday, June 09, 2008
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Friday, June 06, 2008
I am a little depress at my weight. Yesterday I had to go buy clothes 2 sizes bigger than my normal size. I didn't want to keep using maternity clothes. I know it takes time to go back to your normal weight, but I didn't think it would take so long. Since I gave birth I have only loose 3 pounds... At this rate, is going to take me all year to go back to my former weight. Luckily my husband like chubby girls, so I am OK as far that goes. :-)
Mi bebé se está poniendo muy pesado. Me cuesta andarlo alzado y apenas tiene 6 semanas. Ya pesa 11 libras.
Estoy un poco deprimida por mi peso ya que desde que tuve a mi bebé solo he perdido 3 libras, a este paso me va a tomar un año volver a mi peso normal. Gracias a Dios a mi marido le gustan las gorditas... así que por ese lado estoy bien. :-)
1- Use both a regular cover and wool pants at night.
2- Use prefolds as doublers inside a fitted diaper.
3- Switch to a size of clothes bigger to allow space for diapers and a more comfortable fit.
4- Buy "one size" fitted diapers at mother-easy.com to save money in the long term.
Sunday, June 01, 2008
Here are the socks I was talking about. I just finished the toe of the second sock. I am using some cheap merino wool from China that I got from Ebay a long time ago. It is harsh to the touch but when you wash it (it is machine washable), it gets really soft.
Friday, May 30, 2008
I had already finished the back for "Florence" but I am not sure I will finish it on time for I to wear it specially since I am knitting the smallest size.
The 4 seasons sweater is finished. I just have to work on the embroidery, block the pieces and put it together. So part of me just wants to do that.
Every year I plan on knitting something for each member of the family, and every year I fail. This year I really wanted to do it but with the baby it will be even harder as I have so little time to knit. However I am trying to set aside some time for myself when everybody is asleep around midnight for my blogging and knitting as this is something that really helps me to stay sane despite the lack of sleep... Any ways all that just to say I really want to start something new... but I won't because of my rule of 3 projects max at a time, actually is supposed to be only 2 one big project and 1 portable one. Right now I have 3, the 2 that I am showing and a pair of socks that is buried somewhere in my knitting tote. It was supposed to be a X-Mas present for my oldest daughter Luz but I think they are too small for her, and I want to make her a pair of socks from Cookie instead. So I might finish this socks and give them to my 8 year old Rachel.
What to do????