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San Antonio, Texas
I am Erica Gonzales, a 24 year old college student attending UTSA, that loves to express myself through writing. Im using this blog as my diary, my escape, and my little paradise. My dream is to become a kinder teacher, just like my mother. I currently have an associate in Arts EC-6th and am a year away from my BA. I'm not afraid of my goals, my dreams, and battling my own deamons. I am thankful for my wonderful family and the friends who believe in me and encourage me to keep sewing.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

I linked up With Sew Chatty's Made With Love Monday

Featuring my new Fabric Coaster Sets!

Fabric Coasters Sets of 4 AND Yoyo Magnets

Mod Podge Tile Coasters
I am excited to introduce you to my new little project that I've been working on for the past few days.  FABRIC COASTER SETS OF 4!  I used a tutorial that I found on pinterest.com.  Here is the site, http://www.hostessblog.com/2010/07/diy-tutorial-mod-podge-tile-coasters/

I have the tutorial posted in my Tutorial board.  If you are looking to join pinterest.com, you must be invited to join.  I have 5 free invites if you are interested, let me know and I can send you one :)  This tutorial introduced me to my new favorite crafty material. Mod Podge!  It's an awesome adhesive that dries clear.
Materials Needed:
Mod Podge
paint brush or sponge
Plain Tiles 
1 inch hole puncher
Polyurethane Clear Gloss Spry

All I did was with a sponge, place a coat of mod podge on the tile.
Place fabric onto the wet tile

Using a 1 inch hole puncher, cut 4 circles out of black felt
Glue each circle on the bottom side of the tile with E-600

Spray each tile with 2 coats of Polyurethane Clear Gloss Spray

 Here are pics of my new lil beauties.......

***You must wait 6 months before you can put anything HOT on your coasters for the Mod Podge to fully cure***
Still working on a few more sets but heres what I've completed so far.

Since I have the whole summer off, I've tried to spend as much time as I can on my crafty tutorials I've been wanting to try.  
Here are the yoyo magnets that I've been working on as well....
Sorry the pictures are a little dark.  I just added two stronger wattage bulbs in my room but still seems to be a tad dark :/
Well there you have it, my new lil creations!  I'm hoping to start on a few fabric summer wreaths and a queen size quilt with the fabric that I listed prior.  I'm also working on baby wash cloths, blankets, and bibs.  Stay tuned....  
<3, E 

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Look What I Just Ordered!

Complete Pretty Please Jennifer Paganelli 

Thinking about making cosmetic bags with these beauties! 


                    Organic Cotton French Terry 

I'm using this to make burp cloths, bibs, and wash cloths.  I cant wait to be done with this semester, by the way, my last day is tomorrow, cant wait!  As soon as I get them done, I'll post pics:)

Stay Tuned :)



Monday, April 18, 2011

Made With Love Monday #23

"I linked up my craftiness to @sewchatty's Made with Love http://sewchatty.blogspot.com Check it out and link up your craftiness too!"
<3, E

Cute Fabric Tissue Holders

For those of you who know my at all, you know that I am practically allergic to EVERYTHING! This includes all grasses, trees, pollens, dogs, cats, and dust mites.  So, how perfect are these adorable fabric tissue holders?  They are the perfect size for your purse, back pack, or even your pocket!  I used a tutorial from Sew Mama Sew http://www.sewmamasew.com/blog2/december2010/JCasaSMSProjectDec.  I love the step by step pictures that she has added in the tutorial.  It really helped make it easier to understand.

Here are my new creations.......

Hope you get to check out her blog @ http://sewmamasew.com/index.php.  She has many great tutorials, try one out yourself :)

<3 E

Monday, March 28, 2011

Made With Love Monday at Sew Chatty

                                       Just joined Made With Love Monday at Sew Chatty :)

Sunday, March 27, 2011

First Zippered Pouch

Zippered Pouch

Okay, so I'm starting to get the hang of making a basic zippered pouch.  I had a little trouble sewing the zipper for the first time.  I added lace and a heart button to embellish.
Here she is, more to come soon:)

<3 E

First Pair of Pillow Cases

First Pair of Pillow Cases

Yayyy! This was super easy to do! I love this fabric! It was on sale, and super soft.  I'm so glad that I turned it into pretty pillow cases to add to my bed. 
Here they are........

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My First Quilt

My 1st Quilt :)

So.... after months working on my very first quilt, I am pleased to inform you that I have finally finished it! I have to admit that this was a little tough my first time.  Very time consuming, but relaxing for me.  I had this fabric stashed for years and I'm happy that I was finally able to find something beautiful to make with it.  So, here she is, my FIRST quilt!

<3 E

Sew Chatty Tutorial for Ruffle Headband

Sew Chatty Tutorial 
Ruffle Headband 

I am so excited to show you my new headbands!  I used Sew Chatty's tutorial to learn how to make these adorable headbands.  I love all her products.  She is so talented and comes up with great ideas.  You can follow her blog at http://sewchatty.blogspot.com/.  I have to admit that I am a headband FREAK! So, these new additions to my collection are perfect.  I purchased my fabric from The Fabric Shop, which has an Etsy shop.  Take a look at their beautiful fabric, http://www.etsy.com/shop/fabricshoppe?ref=pr_shop_more.  It took me about an hour to make each headband.  I made myself a little set up, using my new foldable sewing table that I got on sale for $70 at Joanns Fabrics.  Im happy to finally put it to use.   
Here are some pics of my new headbands :)

Hope you get to check out Sew Chatty's Blog.  Maybe even try her tutorial yourself :)
<3 E

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Sew Chatty: A Handmade Feature and a GIVEAWAY!

Sew Chatty: A Handmade Feature and a GIVEAWAY!: "I love when I get to introduce you to some of my favorite crafty bloggy friends! Kyla from Funky Polka Dot Giraffe and I met on Twitter one ..."

Love this free giveaway!
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