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Making a Quilt?

First of all let me just tell you, is not easy lol   I had a great time visiting stores and learning about the different ways you can make a quilt.   I’m not a professional sewer I’m a stay at home mom that likes hand made crafts.   I wanted to make quilts for my children so they will have a memory from childhood made by mom 🙂  579934_4081566576140_943923416_n

The best part is the gathering of your fabrics.  There is soooo many different designs and color pallets out there it’s sometimes overwhelming lol    I wanted to buy all of them but reality is I was on a budget so I played smart and I started to visit some fabric stores and see what was on their clearance rack and that helped me a lot!

Then the second step was to choose a color pallet.  I was at a store once and a lady told me that for a beginner the best way to quilt was by using a center piece.  She called it a panel.  She explained to me that all I had to do is find one that I liked and then I can buy the fabrics to match the colors on the design.   After that she introduced me to the quilting squares and OMG… I has addicted to them lol   The packs come precut and in matching color patterns, sooo  great!    So I did… I found a cute doll panel, and I started to bring it with me everywhere I went to see if I could find some matching squares.486217_4114177871402_1354019532_n

When you are on a budget it is best to do your research and do not be scare to ask a bunch of questions about the project, believe it or not the more you share your idea the more advice you will get.   I was very fortunate to find all the ladies that shared with me their tips and experiences.

Now I was getting excited.   Every time I came from the store I will lay down the panel and I will play with the different color squares and in the end I had a design for my quilt, Yay!   It is a long process but in the end it will be worth it!    I follow all the advise I got, I ironed all the pieces, I sewed my squares in sets of 2s.  and I added a frame around the panel to make it stand out from the other fabrics around it.  Once I was done with my top part then I purchased the stuffing and a full piece for the back of the quilt and sewed all 3 pieces together.

1896787_10200697450597283_368741989_nThen I choose a green fabric to do the edge of the quilt and It was done!!!!

I was so proud of my quilt and it was very simple but it was all mine and to see my daughter’s reaction when I gave it to her was the best part.    I guess what matters is that I didn’t get discouraged about not knowing what to do or how to get started, this project was fun and even though it took me some time to finish it, now I can say I’ve done it!

In our Little Craft Box group we have so many talented ladies willing to help to guide others to achieve their goals and to finish their projects including me.   If you ever need help with starting the planning of your quilt just send me a message and no matter where you are I will there to help you out 😉

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Mahjong Game Sensation!

Have you came across a group of friends talking about Mahjong?   It seems like it is the latest and must favorite among ladies these days.   I hear about it while knitting at a meetup with my Crafty Divas, so I decided I wanted to see what this fun game was all about and I’m glad I did because we are having a blast playing it!

Chinese Mahjong!

According to Wikipedia  the game is played
with a set of 144 tiles based on Chinese characters and symbols,  each player begins by receiving 13 tiles.  EAST takes 14.

You can play with 4 players, You start by throwing the dice to choose who is going
to be EAST.  Then you mix the tiles faced down and each player starts building a
double wall of 18 tiles.  (if you include jokers then you add those to the wall count)  If you only have 3 players that is ok, there is a variation of the set up for 3 players

East gets to choose a game type (there is like 59 diferent to choose from) then throws the dice and whatever Mahjong set upnumber it gets he/her will count from right to left on his/her wall, then hi/her will lift the last 2 tiles and that will create a stack of 4 tiles in the beginning of that wall, which becomes the Flower Wall.  This side is for special plays only.  Players will use tiles from the opposite wall to play during the game.



1.- If you get a flower in your tiles then you will show your Flower Tile by facing it up for everyone to see and you will choose a new one from the Flower Wall to replace it.

2.- If you get to play “4 of a kind” called “KONG” you will choose 1 tile from the Flower Wall to replace the fourth tile.  A player should always have 13 tiles to be able to play, last tile win, completes the hand 14 tiles.

mahjong seatingEast will start serving players their tiles in sets of 2 (double stacked).  East serves him/her self first, then the others.  East gets 14 tiles and the other players get 13 each.  Then EAST player will start the game by asking if anyone has any flower tiles, then he/her will discard 1 tile from his/her hand so that mahjong rackwill leave him/her with 13 tiles like everyone else.  He/Her will place the tile in the center of the table,  depending of the type of game, the other players can pickup that tile or chose a new one from the wall.  Some players like to put their tiles in Racks.  This works for the small american version of the tiles.

The Tiles come with 3 sets of characters and 2 sets of honors and the Jokers.

Mahjong tiles names

CRACKS or CHARACTERS,           DOTS or CIRCLES                             BAMBOO  or BAMS                               The Honors are:   WINDS: North, South,East, West                 DRAGONS: Red, White, Green. Special Tiles: Flowers and Jokers.


Mahjong-handsTHE PLAYS:

3 of a Kind is a “PONG”  4 of a Kind is “KONG”   3 CORRELATIVE Tiles is “CHOW”

Don’t worry next time i play I will make sure to make a tutorial on how to set up and how to play 🙂

This is my Mahjong set!   It’s from Hong Kong!

hongkong Mahjong SetHong Kong sets usually are very heavy. The tiles are very large. This set comes with poker chips, 3 dice, a cubical wind indicator in holder, no Western indices on the tiles, and some players don’t like to play with my set cause it doesn’t have any numbers so you will have to memorize each Tile.  Playing with this set is an experience!   (Also, note how the set is packaged, with tiles laid out flat in 4 trays. Each tray is 4 rows of 9 tiles each. 4×9=36, x4=144. It’s not hard to count the tiles when you lay them all out in even rows like this. Driving the point home: it’s important to know how many tiles are in a set when buying one.

This is the “American Mahjong” played with “Score Cards”  rules are a bit different.



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We are playing MahJong @Starbucks today

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Ruffle Scarf is the Perfect Gift!

Ruffle Scrafs by Zulema Nall

I’m sure you all know about the Ruffle Scarfs, but do you know how easy it is to make one?  

Well…  by the time you finish reading this post you will know how to knit your very own ruffle scarf  :)

Ruffle Scarfs are not only the perfect knit project  it is also the perfect gift!



1 ball of  Starbella or Sashay yarn 1459669_10200306718669229_1333700904_n

1 Set of needles size 6,7 8 or 9

1 Tapestry needle

Yep, this is all you will need 🙂


Got Scarf? 😉

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I’m sure you might be thinking… “why did she mentioned 2 different options of yarn?”  It’s because both of this yarn brands offer a variety of styles and colors, and the results are very similar.




knitting a ruffle scarfTo get started you won’t be doing the traditional Cast On.   This yarn has already a
design and you will be using the holes on their patter to get started.  I know it sounds like a crazy idea and by me telling you this it might confuse you more, so I made a little video explaining the difference between both brands and styles and I also teach you how to get started 🙂   1896774_10200732609756240_1677285910_nFor a better understanding please feel free to watch the video below or just click on this link.

Happy knitting!

Click on the video to see how is done!

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Sugar Skull Photoshoot

I was invited to be part of a great event in Houston Texas, the Sugar Skull Photoshoot.  It was an amazing experience from the moment I arrived at Hilton Americas 10457766_790325754336213_1759771308157846742_nHotel to get my make up done by Kim Maracchini.  She is such a wonderful Makeup Artist.  She has done so many amazing fashion shows…  I was very excited when I got booked with her for this makeup session.   Kim has a school/spa in Collage Station in Texas.  She is a very hard working mother and wife!


For more photos about her work please visit this link, you will be amazed!


Makeup by Kim Maracchini & Company


10689950_778599572175498_2984087825625988823_nWorking on this photo session was a lot of fun.  I got to meet with several photographers from Houston and near by cities.

These photos were taken at the University of Houston in Downtown.  This photo was taken by no other then Richard Priest.

10696442_778981992137256_7542421953228093307_nThe more you work the more you understand the art of modeling.  Everyone has this idea of Modeling being an easy job but in reality you spend hours and hours prepping, then comes the make up, wardrobe, location and set up, the selection of models and finally the photo session begins.   Sometimes weather is in our favor and sometimes you just have to deal with it.   In this particular shoot it was 100 degrees out and we had to just act like we were in this tropical weather having a great time.  Every time they rotate models it will give you some time to rest and get in the shade fix your makeup and hair and you will do it all over again.

I have to admit, you have to really like this job to enjoy it.   And having to work with a group of wonderful individuals is a blessing.   It makes the job easier.


As woman we have so many fears, we are always worried about how we look and we often forget that we are beautiful just the way you are.   There is an opportunity for each one of us in this profession….

Yes!  I know sometimes we come across some photographers that have their preferences but Hey, you do your thing and you will shine!

We are all different shape, size, race, culture but in the end we are all women, mothers, daughters, sisters, wifes, business women and we are strong individuals!

When I got to location I didn’t know what was going to happen I wasn’t sure they will pick me but I did the job as hard as anyone else there and as you can see on this photographs the hard work paid off.

For more pics visit me on FB

Zulema Nall Sugar Skull Photoshoot

Special thanks to Richard Priest, John Hege, Edwin Kiddo Soriano for the wonderful photographs!

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Easy & On a Budget Halloween Makeup

This craft idea was a life saver, I been so busy and I totally forgot to go out and get a Halloween costume for my teen son.  He is not into super hero or movie themes lol  but I noticed he was watching The Walking Dead so I though he is older and more mature now so, Zombies was perfect!zoomnie3

I started googling about makeup ideas because I knew he was not looking into wearing a full costume but he will love to have some make up done.

I came across some photos and several videos on how to do Zombie looks, this idea was the one that I though it will fit my budget and time limit the best.

My son was not sure if he will like it, after all… mom was doing it and she is no makeup professional hahahahaha.     So this is when I decided to try it on my own face and the look on his face was priceless lol

If you are interested in learning how to do an easy and cheap zombie makeup for this upcoming Halloween, I created my own tutorial video 🙂

12191185_10203732741957670_1450374230006358981_oI liked the bloody zombie idea but my son was looking for a more of the undead look so i used black and white eye shadows to paint around the wounds and here is the results.

All his friends were asking about his make up they all though it was very cool and the best part of all so did my son 🙂  We moms can do anything and this craft was kind with my wallet 🙂


All you have to do is get the materials listed below and watch the tutorial 🙂



Sugar Skull “Day Of The Dead” Makeup

For all of you Divas out there I have the perfect makeup tutorial…  Sugar Skull Glitter Makeup!   This is a fun and fancy style.  Great for a Party.  I searched in the Internet and I 12036546_10203725637300058_2068743541900664186_nfound so many different tutorials but I has looking for something more me lol  I needed more bling.  So I went to the local craft store and I started looking into the glitters for the perfect color and then I went to the floral department and I looked to see if they had any glitter feathers to match and what do you know they had the perfect match.

Beauty Note: For this Sugar Skull Makeup you will need to use a  Face Primer to protect your skin.


1 bottle of Glitter (on your favorite color)

1 or 2 Glitter feathers (matching color)

1 Set of Glitter Eye Lashes

1 Tube of White Body paint

1 Tube of Black Body paint

1 Glue Stick

1 Facial brush    1 Black liquid Eye Liner   1 pack of Rhinestones  Tweezers & Takie GlueLittle Craft Box Logo

1.-  Apply the facial primer all over your face
2.- Apply the White Body Paint all over your face and neck
3.- Apply the Black Body Paint around your eyes, nose tip, lips and neck area.
4.- Apply the Glitter Over the black part on your eyes and lips
5.- Apply with Glue the Rhinestones above eye brows with a design you like
6.- Use the Eye Liquid Liner to draw the lines and design on each side of your mouth and chick bones
7.- If you want you can draw the little leafs on your forehead
8.- Embellish your eyes with some Glitter Eyelashes and your hair with Glitter feathers or accessories.

For details on how to apply this make up click on the video or link below 🙂



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