Manos Mexicanas: Amandina!

When I started writing this blog, I was feeling a bit lonely in the crafts universe, at least in Mexico, blogging and crafting was not a trendy thing, and it was hard to find people that share the same interest. But lately I´ve been finding that now there are more people blogging about crafts and handmade things in Mexico, more people that share this passion, so this makes me very excited, to be able to share the same interest, and also because of this, now I have more options, like fairs and magazines here in Mexico. And also above all this, the fact is, at least in this part of Mexico where I live, crafts and handmade things were synonymous of bad quality, things made only from and for hippies,  so, when I see creations like this, that have all this passion and good quality its a placer to share it with the world.

Cuando empece este blog, me sentia un poco sola en el universo, en Mexico no habia mucho la cultura de los blogs y lo hecho a mano, pero ultimamente he descubierto que cada vez hay mas gente que comparte esta pasion y eso me emociona mucho, me emociona el poder hablar de las cosas que hago y poder compartir un mismo interes con mas gente en Mexico, y sobre todo que cada vez somos mas, y gracias a esto se pueden hacer cosas muy interesantes. Hay mas proyectos de difusion, cada vez se organizan mas ferias y sobre todo, que al menos en esta parte de Mexico donde vivo, lo hecho a mano era visto como de mala calidad, las artesanias solo las hacian los hippies por asi decirlo. Asi que cuando veo creaciones como esta, que tienen tanta pasion y calidad es un placer poder compartirlo con el mundo.

Amandina is a trendy concept in jewelry design, which fuses together craftsmanship and contemporary design and blends tradition with fashion, the result: unique pieces made with love that only the handwork of artisans can create. I love the work of this girls from Yucatan, their organic motifs, trees, leaves and animals are absolutely fabulous. More about Amandina here and at their Etsy Shop.

Me encanta el trabajo de estas chicas de Yucatan, Las siluetas organicas me parecen bellisimas, Arboles, hojas y animales son su inspiracion. Amandina, es un concepto innovador en diseño de joyería, su vision de la tecnica contemporanea se funde con la tradicion de la tecnica orfebre. Obteniendo como resultado una mezcla que conjuga tradición con moda, en piezas únicas e irrepetibles que sólo el trabajo manual de artesanos yucatecos puede crear. Mas de Amandina aqui o en Etsy.




Corazon en la mano

This are some key chains I made for Valentines. This was a fun project to make. All you need is some ribbons, beads and big hearts.

And while talking about valentines, I was trying to make a V. card for my friends, but wanted something different, and somehow I remember downloading a paper doll… but what happens when you are not well organized? you spend hours trying to find something you know you have, but you can remember the name. I need to organize my files in my computer, I keep telling me this.  Anyway, I finally found it, it’s a paper doll from the small object. I took the liberty of modifying it a little ( I add the heart) and I gave him a girlfriend. And so, I gave my friends a love story for valentines.

Like mexican lovers do, they spend the day at the park, talking, eating ice cream, they played in the swings.

but after a while they got hungry and went looking for a place to eat

after being satisfied, he took her to the beach.

it was getting dark, so he had one more surprise for her.. a little dancing!!

and so, happy and tired they went back to their home…. but that is another story ;-)

Chandeliere earrings

I was a bridesmaid, for my cousin’s wedding, after choosing the dress, and have it made for me (the color made it really hard to buy one already made) I had to decide what accessories to wear, I’m not very comfortable with necklaces, I don’t know why, I love them but never wear them. But I love chandelier earrings, I love how they look, they make me feel sexier, of course in a obvious and subtle way, plus I have a round face, so they help my face look slimmer.

So I made my own for the wedding.

At the end I didn’t used them, they were a bit too long for my dress. But I love them.


Some bags I’ve been working on.

S A F A R I


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A F R I C A
Shoulder bag, with hand painted detail



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G I R A S O L E S
Shoulder bag, with decorated key chain, braided straps and wooden rings.

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L A  C A T R I N A
Special request.


Chaos T Shirt, By compai

I run into this Recon T Shirt tutorial by Compai a while ago, and since my fisrt recostruction T shirt came out well I kind of loose the fear of sawing clothes. So here it is, this is my version of the Chaos T Shirt, I add some pleats to the sides and the top of what was left from the sleeves. I think I’m going to try it with a lighter cotton.

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Hace algun tiempo ya, me tope con este tutorial para hacer esta camiseta, no me habia decidio a hacerla pues me daba un poco de miedito; pero como mi primer reconstruccion de camiseta salio bien pues me decidi, y como que le perdi un poco el miedo a coser ropa. Y aqui tienen mi version de la Camiseta Caos, de Compai. Como utilice una camiseta de hombre, a la hora de cortarle las mangas pues me quedaron unos huecos muy grandes, asi que le añadi unos cuantos pliegues a los lados y en la parte de arriba de lo que serian las mangas. Seguire practicando pero la proxima vez creo que lo voy a intentar con una camiseta de algodon mas ligero.

this is what I get with some free time!

Denim & Lace clutch, with bag outside /  Bolsa de mano de mezclilla y encaje.

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Vinyl Tablecloth Shoulder bag / Bolsa hecha con mantel de plastico.

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Lino, double view / doble vista hecha en lino.

16 de Septiembre, Mexican Independence Day!!

As you know, indigenous peoples were the first to inhabit what is now known as Mexico. They created great civilizations such as the Olmec, the Teotihuacan, Maya, Toltec, and of course the most powerful of all, the Aztec Empire.

After Christopher Columbus “discovered” America, the Spaniards carried out expeditions to find gold and riches from these faraway lands.   In 1521, about 500 Spanish soldiers arrived in Mexico, headed by an ambitious man: Hernán Cortés.  At this time, the Aztecs had built a great empire that ruled over all Mesoamérica. So the Spaniards decided to direct their attacks towards them.

The indigenous nations that were under the Aztec rule were tired of the physical and economic hardships imposed upon them by this empire.  This circumstance made them think that by helping the Conquerors defeat the Aztecs, they would be better off.  So they decided to aid the Spaniards.

This is how the Conquest of what is now Mexico began.

On the 13th of August 1521, Cuauhtémoc, the last Aztec emperor was captured. The indigenous allies of the Spaniards raided Tenochtitlan, capital of the Aztec empire. They didn’t know it at the time, but they had been liberated from one oppressor and fallen in the hands of a much more powerful authoritarian.

This was the beginning of three centuries of Spanish rule. The new colony was named Nueva España, New Spain.

The years that followed were devastating. The conquerors brought with them diseases unknown to the natives. The epidemics that broke out as well as the merciless workload imposed upon the natives dramatically diminished the Indian population.   There were approximately 20 million Indians inhabiting this territory before the Conquest, and after just one century of Spanish rule there were only 1 million left!

Colonial society was highly stratified. Spaniards born in Spain, occupied the higher echelons, followed by Criollos, those born in Mexico from Spanish parents; Mestizos, the mix- blood offspring of Spaniards and Natives; Indios, Native Indians; Negros, African slaves. Each socio-ethnic group had different rights and duties. The privileged were the peninsular Spaniards.  Discontent steadily grew, especially amongst the Criollos, who were always treated as second-class subjects of the Spanish Crown.   It is no surprise then, that Criollos were the spark that ignited the Independence movement.

In  1808, Napoleon invaded Spain, and decided to impose his brother José Bonaparte, as king of Spain (1808-1810).  The Criollos found in this circumstance the opportunity to seek their independence form Spain. Influenced by the concepts of liberty, equality and democracy proposed by the French philosophers Rousseau, Montesquieu, Voltaire, and by the war of Independence of the United States, they decided to start a revolt.

In the early hours of September 16, 1810, father Hidalgo, accompanied by several conspirators –Ignacio Allende, Doña Josefa Ortiz de Domínguez-   rang the bell of his little church, calling everyone to fight for liberty.  This was the beginning of the Independence War, which lasted 10 years.

And this is the moment that every 16th of September is re-enacted in every plaza or zócalo of Mexico, and commemorated by Mexicans all over the world.

It is customary for our President to deliver the grito in Mexico City’s zócalo. It is in this plaza, atop Palacio Nacional, the National Palace -a beautiful colonial building where the President’s offices are located-, that the original bell rung by Hidalgo is placed. And this is the bell that is rung every 16th of September.

The ceremony reaches the high point when the crowd joins in proudly shouting out the names of the heroes of our Independence, to end with the exciting VIVA MÉXICO!

When the grito ceremony ends, the sky lights up with multicolored rockets that shower our hearts with the pride of knowing that we are a free and independent nation.

and to celebrate it I made something with a mexican touch. Do you remember the fabric I just bought.

I wasn’t quite sure if I could make this bag, I had the idea in my mind, put it in paper, but then, I didn.t know what to do, so I just started cutting, and sewing the stripes, and got so much into it I could not stop until I was done. I have to say, that I feel very proud to accomplish this. Perhaps you may say : but it looks really easy to make, well, not for me, I’m still figuring out the best way to make the linings for my bags, or like it’s being really hard to cut and make the fabric fit the other fabric once it’s sawn together. sometimes I have one side bigger than the other. Anyway, don’t you agree that it’s beautiful? and I found a great way to use this fabric with out it looking tacky. (not sure if it the right word to use)

Bolsa hecha con lino y Gambaya (Tela Mexicana)

15 + 15 = 30

I have been delaying this post, waiting to get better pictures, but I decided I post and then find better pictures. A month ago was my B-day, my 30th B-day to be exact, and I like to have fun Birthdays, especially in this one, you know the big 30, so since I didn’t have a Quinceañera party, (like sweet 16, but in Mexico is when you are 15) I thought well, why not do it now, have a double Quinceañera party, it all started as a joke, but me and my mom ended up being really serious about this.

I decided to make my own dress, cause I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on a dress that I will use only once, and let’s not forget that it was a joke Quinceañera party.

I look for tutorial on the web and found this tutorial, and also this great video to make a no sew tutu.


I cut the stripes longer than in the tutorials, and I Mix 2 colors, Red and Magenta.

Every Quinceañera needs to arrive in a car.. so this was mine. ja ja ja, we were laughing all the way down to the party.


And also the Quinceañera needs “Chambelanes” … mmmmm have no idea how to translate this to English. like bride maids. but male. This part was my mom’s idea, and here they are, my brother, and 3 friends.

and of course, the dance with the proud dad of the Quinceañera, ja ja ja ja.

And a tradition in my family, smashing the cake with your face, and in case you need help to hit harder, there’s always somebody wiling to help you, in this case, my brother!.

I had so much Fun!!!


Earrings I’m working at

As you can see some times I feel like sewing, sewing, sewing, other times crochet, crochet crochet but this is my jewelery period. I’ve been working in these earrings, I love the mix of conch and bead. And this “like chandelier” earrings are very light and have a lot of movement. This is the only pair finished, I have to make the second earing for each other pair. Is just that I start doing something and while I’m at it I feel like starting another one, or maybe I just thought of another color combination and I start the other one without finishing the first. I wish I could be an octopus ha ha ha.  
…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… Como veran, asi como los grandes artistas tambien tengo mis periodos. a veces solo coser, coser y coser, otras tejer, tejer y tejer, bueno este es mi periodo de hacer joyeria. He estado trabajando en estos aretes, me encanta la combinacion de concha y madera, y estos aretes tipo “chandelier” me gustan mucho por que son muy livianos y tienen mucho movimiento. Este es el unico par completo, aun tengo que hacer el segundo arete de cada par, pero es que me pasa mucho que empiezo a hacer algo, y mientras lo termino ya se me ocurrio como hacer otro y lo empiezo a hacer antes de terminar el primero. Si tuviera 8 brazos como los pulpos seria genial.

made for my mama

Mother’s day is coming, so last night I stayed up really late making all of my presents, for my mom, my aunts, and my grandma. When you work really hard you can say that you achieve something with the sweat on your forehead, well this, were made not with the sweat but with the blood of my fingers. Twisting the wire can be so hard on the fingers!!! I think next time I’ll get one of those plastic or metal finger covers. I don’t know what are they called in English. I think this things are for needle sewing.

But it was totally worth it, I LOVE IT!!! I’m very proud of this.
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El dia de las madres se acerca, como quize hacer mis regalos, me pase la noche haciendolos, unos para mi mama, mis tias (los angelitos para celular) y para mi abuela tambien. Se dice que cuando trabajas duro para obtener algo lo logras con el sudor de tu frente, bueno, estos no fueron hechos con el sudor de mi frente sino con la sangre de mis dedos, trabajar con alambre puede ser muy duro para los dedos. Creo que la proxima vez me comprare un dedal de metal para protegerme.

 Pero valio la pena, estoy muy contenta con el resultado, me siento muy orgullosa de estos collares!!!

This are for my mom / Estos son para mi mama

and this, a bit more conservative is for my grandma ….
y este un poco mas conservador es para mi abuela

my mom loves marine blue and red, so this are also for her…..
A mi mama le gusta mucho el azul marino y el rojo, asi que tambien le hices estos dos

 

Angels

Last night I made this angels phone charms I thought it would be a nice present for all of my aunts on this Mother’s day. Here in Mexico is on May 10th, I wonder if it’s the same all over the world. Back to the angels, they’re made out of murano hearts, plastic beads, swarovski and glass, embellished with sequins. anyway I brought them with me to the office to take some pics and post them after.. a friend from the office saw them and asked to buy them, she took all of them, cool, now I have to make more. :-)
…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… Anoche hice varios angelitos para colgar en el celular, pense que seria un buen regalo para dar este 10 de mayo a mis tias. Aqui en Mexico se festeja el 10 de mayo, me pregunto si en todo el mundo es el mismo dia. Hablando de los angeles otra vez, estan hechos con piedras de murano en forma de corazon, algunas piezas son de acrilico, swarovski y vidrio, y tienen unos detallitos con lentejuelas. me los traje a la oficina hoy para tomarles unas fotos y postearlos despues, pero una amiga de la oficina los vio y los quizo todos para ella. asi que ahora me tengo que poner a hacer mas para recuperar los regalos para las tias.


And this is a Dragonfly charm, is a bit long for a cellphone but it will work great on a purse or in a key chain…………..Este colguije de libelulas me encanto, es un poco largo para un celular pero funcionaria perfecto en un bolsa o en un llavero.

 

flowered clutch

Just a few days ago I tried modifying a pleated tote bag tutorial, to make a clutch like this… I have to say, i failed 3 times, first the bottom was to big for the top band. I tried and tried, until I finally got it kind of right, but when top stitching at the end I didn’t left enough space between the fabric and the snap closure to top stitch with the machine. so I made a third try, and this is the result i finally got it right, but I probably won´t be able to make it again, ha ha ha ha, I didn’t write down the process.

Hace algunos dias trate de modificar un tutorial de una bolsa plisada, para hacer un bolso de mano como este….. pero he dedecir que me costo mucho trabajo, tuve que hacerlo 3 veces, primero la parte de abajo era muy grande para la banda de arriba, creo que descosi la bolsa 3 veces hasta que medio quedo bien. despues en el segundo intento desde cero, ya habia quedado bien, pero cuando cosi la parte de arriba, me di cuenta que al ponerle el boton magnetico no habia dejado espacio suficiente para que la maquina pasara asi que otra vez a empezar de cero, y finalmente despues de muchos errores me quedo bien. Aunque probablemente no la pueda hacer bien otra vez pues tonta yo no apunte como hacerla.

But I will have to try it again, this is a battle I cannot loose!!!!
Pero lo intentare de nuevo, esta es una batalla que no puedo perder!!!

Swaps received / Intercambios recibidos

After a few weeks waiting for my swap packages to arrive, they finally did. I got so many beautiful things that I felt like showing them up.
Despues de algunas semanas de espera, por fin llegaron mis paquetes de unos intercambios en los que participe, y me enviarn tantas cosas tan bonitas que tuve que compartir con ustedes.


Beaded Earrings/ aretes con chaquirones


Felt Ring and bangle /
brazalete de fieltro.


Crochet rings for a necklace
l aros en crochet para collar


More crochet rings for a necklace, all this are made by Alexca

/mas aros en crochet para collar, todo esto hecho por
Alexca


Blue demon crocheted key chain, by
Glommy
llavero de blue demon en crochet, hecho por Glommy

Sequined Bangles / pulseras de lentejuelas

I love this ones, I made it a while ago, this are just different type of sequins and beads, and I love them because I love everything shiny, and because you can mix different colors, and have a bunch of the in your hand, but this are not fast to make./ estas me gustan mucho, las hice hace un tiempo pero me encantan por que me gusta todo lo que brilla, y ademas puedes mezclar colores y hacer tus propias combinaciones, aunque no son muy rapidas de hacer.