World Cup and Sewing

Every four years I get so excited about the only sport I really like and follow: SOCCER! The world cup is something special, it is an event that manages to put other activities on hold and even a whole family can sit down and watch a whole game together without getting bored. But my favorite sport now clashes with my favorite hobby, Sewing! I haven’t been able to what at least 3 or 4 good games because I have been trying to finish some sewing projects I had in mind since December.

In two weeks me and the kids will join my husband, who’s already in El Salvador (Central America) doing his master’s research. We have been skyping every day and he says it is hot and humid, and went to our favorite beach spot El Zonte and El Zunzal beach.

Sewing or Soccer? Hard to pick, today I watched Chile-Netherlands and I stopped watching when they were on the last 5 minutes! I wanted Chile to win they have been playing so good, but the Dutch have played pretty good. Brazil has always since little been my favorite team and still are, but I haven’t seen the magic yet for what they are famous for, they are lacking big names or maybe they are too used to being called the best team in the world. Argentina too, my favorite and haven’t seem them played yet, once I get into my sewing room I want to leave that space with something done.

Anyways, enough chit chat, here it is. I have so many other stuff to make like make up pouches for my friends and family, and little Sebastian needs a couple of shirts too. Lots to do and so little time!!!

 

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The top I drafted my self and made it out of Lizzy House’s fabulous fabric and her collection Cat Nap. The shorts are out of Robert Kaufman Rustica Chambray in Indigo  both fabrics  I purchased from Hawthorne Fabrics. The shorts are from this new Japanese book purchased from my friend Megumi. This is an awesome book that I could not resist to buy. Little Sebastian likes to jump in our photo shoot all the time, Gaby likes it because it makes all this photo modeling less painful.

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This cute white top it’s very breezy and easy to wear. I got the fabric at Discount Fabrics and the pattern is from this other new release as well, from this book Megumi’s online store on Etsy.

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I was dying to work with this fabric for a while, I kept making plans for it but I was never sure what to make. Then I decided and made this cute top for Gaby that I have made so many times before. It is from this book. I love Lizzy House’s fabrics, the prints and colors and hopefully she comes out with a new collection soon.

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A few minutes ago we were digging for some potatoes and carrots and this is what we got. Leek potato soup for dinner with roasted carrots with thyme sounds like a plan to me.

I still have other things to show you, but I’m running out of time, little ones are tired and there’s a nap required soon ahead.

I just heard Brazil has scored 2 goals!!!!! I need to go see that. Enjoy this week and soccer and happy sewing to some of you!!!

Half Moon Bay Tide pools

I have so many good photos from this past 2 weeks while the grandparents visited that I can help not to post things ones too.

We go often to this place near our home, but you have to check online to see when the tide is low. So we took them here right after dropping Gaby off at school, it is the only time that tide is ver very low.

You can see the sea lions on the rocks, the seagulls flying around and if you are lucky you can see starfish on the rocks, lots of sea urchins, clams, crabs and more interesting sea life.

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Can you see the crab hiding under the rock?

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Basti had everybody on their knees…a game he came out with.

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Thomas and Astrid, the sun hasn’t come out here yet! It is sunny everywhere else but here. Thank you for visiting once again. See you soon.

A week of Camping part II

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We stop at Yosemite and went up to the falls and met El Capitan. You could see some guys climbing and trying to set up there tents up there. What a beautiful place but next time we will reserve with time…in January before the good spots fill in.

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Litte Basti was so excited to touch the snow, well, he doesn’t remember how much he hated his first winter and refused to put mittens or hat, and putting a snowsuit was always an ordeal…but when you see it like this, just passing by, it is always fun!

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Then we stop and explored Mono Lake.

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I have always seen Stalagmites in books, this time I saw them in person and touched them.

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Now we found a spot at Grover Hot Springs and we liked it too. Hard to pick the best spot, each had something we liked.  We started our fires in the mornings and at night with pine cones, aren’t they pretty when they turned red?

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Gaby was happy with her hammock, first thing that had to  be set up.

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Papa reading a story to the kids. This was at Fallen Leaf Campground. Our final stop and then home.

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Basti was happy with rocks, dirt, and his truck!

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Gaby and Clifford had fun as well. Telling stories all the time and being silly on the road.

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And Basti had a rock!!!

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It was fun! It was good for the kids to be out in the nature and to bond with the grandparents. I hope you enjoyed them as well.

Have a nice weekend!!

A week of Camping part 1

We had an amazing time last week camping with the Grandparents that came to visit from Canada. We went up and down mountains, rivers, lakes, ocean, creeks, hot springs, forest and meadows. It was very nice for us and more for the kids who hadn’t seen the “abuelos” for a long time.

So I haven’t mastered the skills of camping yet, not the Canadian way or European way, but the way we did it this time ended up working well with the kids. We started at Merced River which was the kids favorite spot because of the river and because we could jump in the water anytime we wanted to. We tried a couple spots more, like Grover Hot Springs campground and Fallen Leaf Lake near Lake Tahoe. We liked them all, each had its own unique beauty (landscape) and we were lucky there were not much people camping, so it was quiete…except for our laughter! We might go back to Merced River and now we know which spot is the best. If you decide to try it too, get spot 26.

Here are some of the photos for us to remember such a good time. Thanks to Thomas and Astrid for visiting and and helping us around, thanks to Astrid for folding loads and loads of clothes and ironing them as well.

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Merced River. Kids loved it!!

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This was the beginning of the week at our favorite camping spot. You can see some had lots of fun!!!

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And I was having some tension problems with both sewing machines, one was fixed, the other one gave me a headache so I put it away. I cut this one yesterday and was dying to try this pattern. I will blog about it on the weekend, it just needs buttons and voila!!!!

I will come back tomorrow hopefully and give you the second part of our Camping road trip!

Cheers!!!!!

FRIDA KHALO

I have been meaning to make something out this fabric, but first I didn’t have it in my stash and had to hunt for some, found it at Pink Chalk Fabrics, the last meter and a half! then I couldn’t cut it because I didn’t have a clue what to make of it. Then last week I pictured it while I was trying to fall asleep…does it happens to you often, this is how I manage to fall asleep…I imagine fabrics, colors, patterns, and where to wear them!!

So I made this cute top from this book. Most of you are familiar with this book, it became so popular and quite a hit among all of us Seamstress.

The skirt is the same style as the fuchsia that I posted before this post. The one with the embroidered edge.

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I’m making my post short because my kids are outside playing with their grandparents, this gives me a chance to update my blog. If I make them too long is very likely I won’t finish them and then I forget to write again.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a good one!!!

 

Fuchsia skirt for summer!

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At last, I was brave enough to cut this fabric. I bought this nice fuchsia-embroidered fabric at Discount Fabrics in SF a few days ago, and I’m always worry to ruin my fabrics specially when I’m testing patterns, like in this case. This is just a long rectangle and some elastic on the waist. It turned out so nice, I love it and Gaby loves it to. The top is out of a swiss dot fabric in black from the same store. The pattern is from this newly released book, I love this woman she creates the most beautiful patterns for girls, maybe she does for boys, but I have always made for Gaby only.

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Skirt in progress!

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I love how both things look. Summer come soon!!!

Happy long weekend!!!!

Easter and Earth day !

We had lots of fun just the four of us celebrating Easter a few days ago and Earth day as well. This was the first time for little Sebastián having an Easter Egg Hunt, was not perfect but we manage. I think it took us 15 minutes to find all the eggs with both kids with a melt down in between, but quickly recovered and found out what was all this craziness about.

Growing up, we never had such thing as Easter Egg Hunt and Easter bunny, in Latin America if you are a Catholic you not only get to have yummy food for those days but some do “ayuno” or Fasting. My grandma did for sure, and you were not supposed to eat red meat, nor chicken, preferably beans, rice, tortillas, water, and if you had a bit more money in your budget for the week Fish! You see, to me this was more authentic, more real, even though now I’m not a religious person but more spiritual, as a kid I had lots of fun. Another fun thing during this days to see or to make with others in your community was that so famous Alfombras (carpets) . This type of art was made out of wood shavings that people would put color in to make the drawings on the streets. A lot of traffic during this days because some roads would be closed because the Alfombras were being set up. I have lots of respect for people making this and being so committed to their religions and beliefs, no matter if they are catholics or christians, mormons, or muslims…I think that when you Do religion in the right way, it can be something special.

I grabbed this images from google images, so you can see how they look.

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I think this one is in Guatemala. They make a big celebration during Holy Week. It is so pretty to go to Antigua Guatemala but gets busy so you need to make reservations in hotels with lots of advance.

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This two are in El Salvador, and growing up I would see my neighbors working hard and if you were lucky having a little snack and lots of water because this is the hottest time of the year!

Food is very important like I mentioned at the beginning. No meat preferably, but you can have sea food. We have lots of amazing fruits in Central America and they become the highlight of this popular event. We make Mangoes, but we peel the mangoes and we use raw sugar cane and cinnamon sticks and throw the fruit when it is boiling, we let them boil until it turns sticky and syrupy. We do this with plantains but not green ones, the yellow ones, we also make pumpkin “miel”  and cut them in little chunks, we have other fruits called Jocotes ( it is like a cherry size fruit with a big hard seed, flavor is almost like passion fruit), a fish soup, some corn patties filled with cheese or beans, and so many other things I could go on, and on, but I’m starting to salivate and I wish I could be there now.

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This image is mine. I made the very special Fish Easter soup on Sunday. My Grandma passed the recipe to my mom and now I have it! Inside each corn flour pattie or Torta in spanish there’s a piece of dry salty fish, this time I opted for fresh shrimps that I precooked before putting them in the flour mix. They were delicious!!!! The next two images are not mine like the first three images about Alfombras, but I put a link to them so you can check them out.

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This are Jocotes

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And this are the mangoes

So, Easter is different for me, but for a few years I had to switch to the Bunny and chocolates and I still make jokes about to my husband about what does a Bunny has to do with religion? I had to look it up to see the origins of this holiday, and it turns out it started in Germany. Okay I thought, only a true German can pull this off well, I’m sure they still do and do it more authentic than North America. But still, I think it is cute and since I am not a real catholic, I feel more like believing in one universal God, a God who doesn’t discriminates color, race, gender, borders and all of this stupid things humans have created to avoid mixing up like a big Piña Colada!!.

I consider the Easter Egg Hunt so convenient now that I have kids and are not raising them under any religion, because I want them to decide one day what they want to do or believe in, I can give them principles and values and moral and love, but religion I can not impose, and I hope nobody translates this to my mom because she won’t like it, but she knows that’s how I am now, and she still loves me!!!

Anyways, I try to avoid talking about God and this type of topics here in my sewing blog, it is so tricky to agree to one point of view, and mine it is far from being right, but it works for me and my small family and feels right to me. I am not trying to offend  anybody . I just wish everybody would love each other and be happy.

Here are some photos of our tiny easter day around the house in 15 min. We spent Earth day in the City (SF) and ended up at my husband’s university (USF) and it was pretty that day.

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A walk up to the little forest by our house. This was at 8 in the morning on Easter Sunday. We found a cat and made…roasted cat!!!!

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We bought some lady bugs too to release them into our garden!

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LOOKING!!!!

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USF Campus / Earth Day

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This is it…I hope you enjoyed it and didn’t get offended, it is only my personal opinion about some things in life.

I need to sew instead of talking about controversial subjects.

Happy weekend!!!!