DSC_0343

Poppies, Big Poppie Flower dress for G

Crafts, Fashion, Japanese Books, Kids Clothing, Photography, Sewing

It’s been too long since I wrote something here. I can’t believe sometimes I can’t make it to the computer and sit for 45 minutes and write something. I try to set up a schedule and come here at least every 10 or 15 days, but either I’m lazy or I’m a unorganized person with my time.

Anyways, enough complaining and justifying myself.

I made a dress for Gaby yesterday in the morning. First I thought of donating it to an auction here in Half Moon Bay next month, but the dress looks so pretty on her, so we are keeping it.

DSC_0265  DSC_0280

I love this print, the fabric I got it from HawthorneThreads Fabrics one my favorite places. I think this one is from Laura Gunn. My original plan and idea was to cut a dress that would involve a circle skirt, but that implies to use more fabric, and since this one comes in a 45″ width I find it harder to set a circle skirt on a narrow fabric. I don’t know, maybe it is possible. I will try it I think, because it does make a difference.

Now back to the photos

DSC_0285DSC_0320DSC_0277

Lighting was not my best friend yesterday, and Gaby was not really in the mood of posing, she still recovering from the Flu, but I mainly think it was more that posing for her mama’s constant sewing projects gets her moody. But we managed and were able to get good shots.

Oh, and the pattern I used (#15) for this dress is from this Japanese Pattern Book, I got it from my friend Megumi’s etsy shop.

FullSizeRender

DSC_0332DSC_0336

Even as a Cat. A friend of her from school and good friends of us too, got this cool mask for Gaby’s 7th birthday. She (the mom) got it on her way to London at New Orleans where they spent Christmas last year. Isn’t amazing!!! We used it yesterday as a photo prop, and since Gaby loves loves loves Cats this was another way to make the 10 minutes of photo shooting more dynamic.

Processed with Moldiv

IMG_1804

I have been trying to make some cute stuff for the Auction and I will donate this two baby girl dresses with doble gauze and linen bloomers. I love them, I wasn’t sewing like this when Gaby had this age, I wish I’ve had.

So I will make more stuff, I’m thinking two dress for bigger girls maybe 5 years and 7 and a pair of shorts and a button up shirt for a boy around 3 years old. I will post that once I’m done.

Happy Tuesday and keep on sewing!

DSC_0134

Just the four of us on Christmas!!!

Family, Kids Clothing, Photography, Sewing

This year we are not traveling anywhere and we decided to spend it quietly with our kids, easy day at home. We went to the city (SF) around 10:30am to have lunch in Little Italy, and from there we were going to go to church at USF, they have a beautiful church and there was a kids choir singing that afternoon. How convenient it turned out for us, mass at 4pm!!! It is always at 6, or 7pm and by then this kids are loosing it or tired, or falling asleep already. But 4 was wonderful. So we went and they managed to stay put for at least 45 minutes…it was enough for them and it was fair for the rest of people who wanted to enjoyed the whole event. So I’m happy it was something nice at the end and nobody got “hurt”.

Well, two days before I remember Gaby didn’t have something special for Christmas to wear, since I was busy planning her birthday and family visits in between, I didn’t have much time to sew, but managed to finish a dress one day before.

Her brother ended up wearing something store bought not as exciting or special like her outfit but he looked “guapo” (handsome). Our little walk before mass was at Presidio a lookout that we have stopped by before. It was windy and cold that day, so photos were taken quick and not so good!

DSC_0118

Not the best photo of me, but this is me these days, I feel tired…I always do, might be age. What can I do but to age gracefully! hahaha!

DSC_0135 DSC_0136

This dress is so pretty. It is a light purple (lilac I would say) and is 100% cotton. Bought it a long time ago at the fabric store I had near by in Canada. I still have more of it and other colors!

DSC_0139 DSC_0146 DSC_0151 DSC_0163

This boy looked so cute even though his clothes were not handmade by mama. For now I can only make pants sometimes for him, shorts, shirts and t-shirts. But find it more fun to sew for girls honestly, I won’t give up on him though.

DSC_0166 DSC_0180

Basti and Papa

DSC_0181 DSC_0241

Enjoying the sun that was not that warm that day.

DSC_0247

Our kids love to walk around the university campus, and love eating there too…me too!

DSC_0256

Before the mass.

DSC_0260

I hope you all enjoyed Christmas day with family and friends. Lets hope for a better year, for less craziness around the world, less violence, more peace, more love, more humanism from us towards others less fortunate.

Happy Holidays to all!

DSC_0070

Gabriela will turn 7 soon!

Family, Fashion, Inspiration, Kids Clothing, Photography, Sewing

Our Gaby will be 7 in less than 3 days!!! I can’t believe how fast it all happened. One day I was breast feeding this girl, changing pampers to a newborn, the first fever, the first tooth, solids, potty training…now she’s adding and subtracting, she’s reading the comics on the Sunday morning paper. All this is happening too fast, I wish she could stay seven forever!

Her birthday is on December 30th but most of her friends are gone on the holidays or are busy having family over and friends. So for the first time we celebrated her birthday with more than 4 friends. We had at least 10 kids in the house and it felt like 30 to me, but it was nice to hear all the voices and screams, and running around, we were very happy that she was enjoying the celebration.

Of course, I had to make a special dress for her that day so I got inspired from a photo a saw at Pinterest one day and went from there.

This is the image where I got the idea:

3a929e9ee6aa5a5354dec55b5849e92f

I think it is a such a cute idea, but I didnt have a nice solid like this pink or a cool print like the triangle section on this coat.

DSC_0046

The birthday girl was a bit worried her friends were not there yet. This was taken 2 hours before!! So the waiting was long long long!

DSC_0077DSC_0070DSC_0021DSC_0019DSC_0079

I love this fabric. I pre washed it just in case it would shrink a lot, but it didn’t much. I just got the last 3 meters from a store in Ventura called Superbuzzy, but this pink one from Nani Iro, I got it from Missmatatabi one of my 4 favorite fabric stores. You can see the dress I made has a cut on the sides almost similar to the narrow triangle shape that the Pinterest dress has. Now I’m thinking of trying it out with a solid and print.

DSC_0010

She was so excited when she saw the bouncy house in the back of our house. They all jumped for at least two hours, and the screaming made the boys run away!

DSC_0089

We had to move the fiesta into the garage since it was a bit cold and chances of rain. We played some Loteria (Bingo) in spanish! Some got very excited at the end.

DSC_0029

Little Sebastián was overwhelmed with all the kids in his house. But he loved it too.

DSC_0001

It was a nice day. Thanks to the parents that day that made it possible and brought their kids to our place, they made Gaby’s birthday extra special.

Thank you for visiting my blog. Happy days!!

DSC_0358

Rain+cold= sewing time!

Fashion, Inspiration, Kids Clothing, Photography, Sewing

The rain has made it finally to California. Well, is not quite like rainy season in Latin America, but seems like Californians are in deep need of water even if it is only for two or three days. This has given me an excuse to stay home and sew a little bit. At the same time I’m trying to get my store going with more items in it, but every day I get new ideas that quickly new and better ones take over those at the beginning.

But here I am and hopefully you will like these images.

Gaby, my daughter is off the whole week due to Thanksgiving, we are having friends over, even though we already celebrated Thanksgiving in October (the Canadian way). Our friends are vegetarians, so I might need to dig deep into my vegetarian-latino recipes that are already popular amongst our friends.

I wanted to wish all of you who visit my blog everyday a Happy Thanksgiving, if you celebrate it of course. You might be driving tomorrow off to see parents, friends, or they all might come to you. I hope your holidays are full of love and gratitude. Be safe!

DSC_0358 DSC_0356 DSC_0372

This is a beautiful fabric I found at Hawthorne Fabrics, one of my favorite stores here in the States and online. I decided to put black bias tape on pockets and neckline to highlight the dress a little. I didn’t have much black fabric but lately I’ve invested some money in buying remnants of japanese fabrics from Miss Matatabi Fabric shop on Etsy. There was a tiny double gauze piece of black fabric and used it! How do you use left over fabrics? Do you throw them away or do you treasure them and store them, thinking that the perfect project will come along and then you will use them? I save every bit, even more if it is a nice fancy fabric that is out of print.

DSC_0383DSC_0387

Gaby is so happy with the scarf I managed to make, she went to school today like this, looking so pretty!

IMG_0635

I call this dress, The Monet dress, it looks like a painting and the colors are so bright and its almost like an oil painting. I got the fabric from Fabric.com . I wasn’t sure what to make out of this fabric, I was scared that the print would be too bold. Everybody loves it, everybody ask me “where did you buy it” to what I proudly answer once again: ” I made it”.

DSC_0418DSC_0425DSC_0403

Now the next image is of a dress I have made for Gaby several times before. This time I decided to try something different. I’m always worry about ruining a fabric, and this time I got to play with two different fibers, a  Knit fabric and quilting cotton.

DSC_0471IMG_0782DSC_0458DSC_0445

The lighting in my sewing room is so bad sometimes. But the green is pretty much like this image and the feel of this fabric is just amazing, and it has a quilted pattern which makes it a very special fabric. I love this fabric so much I have decided to buy more of it from Miss Matatabi, she has a great  variety of fabrics, all of them japanese and high quality.

Thanks a lot for coming to my little corner, I get so excited to see that people all around the world come and see what I make. You definitely make my day every day! Besos to all Happy Holidays!

DSC_0327

Pumpkin picking and some Halloween Themed sewing!

Family, Fashion, Inspiration, Japanese Books, Kids, Kids Clothing, Nature, Photography, Sewing, Travel

Pumpkin festival here in Half Moon Bay today, not a good idea to head out and be stuck in traffic, one of the reasons I did my grocery shopping yesterday and went pumpkin hunting yesterday as well.

Talking about Pumpkins, Halloween and sewing I decided to mix all of them together and make something very special for my kids to wear not only on Halloween but any day of the year.

I follow Miss Matatabi’s blog and I’m a happy customer at her etsy fabric store too. So Inspired by a very talented seamstress Youandmie I decide to try to make something funky too out this japanese fabric from Yoshiko Jenzeni printed by YUWA. Love every piece of it, and the weight of the fabric is just perfect for clothing and soft specially when you have kids that are too sensitive or picky about fibers touching their skin.

So yesterday after Gaby got out of school got both, shirt and dress ready and headed to a nice Pumpkin Patch near by. I think we were the last ones to come to the field because there was nobody else, so photos turned out perfect with no strangers pocking their heads or hands in my photo shoot.

Here they are, they look amazing and people are asking where did I buy the dress? or the shirt? And I say: I made it !!! And I say it always with a lot of pride! What a nice feeling!

DSC_0201DSC_0303DSC_0229DSC_0209DSC_0213

Is this cute or what? I love love love this fabric and how both pieces turned out. I’m in love with my kids too and my amazing husband as well, all the things I do and have been able to do these years have been possible thanks to him and his unconditional love and support!

Basti goes everywhere with his wooden tractor that Papa brought him from Colombia two days ago! But you should see the drama he makes when the wagon comes off from the tractor!!! Boy!!!! I’m counting the days until this terrible…3? are over!!!

DSC_0220

DSC_0221DSC_0223

DSC_0252DSC_0267

DSC_0320

DSC_0324DSC_0248

This was an amazing photo shoot. The lighting was almost perfect and my little models as well they rocked it once again!!!

DSC_0322DSC_0327DSC_0326

The pattern for the dress was from an amazing book from Kecil Pohon. She released two books for kids clothing only, Gaby is about to outgrown the second book and I need to figure out how to make this dress bigger!

DSC_0284

Thank you for stopping by. Have a wonderful weekend and if you are in a colder weather country or state enjoy the last bit of fall weather/rain maybe, and for lucky me, I still have summer around here in California!

Besos to all!

link party

I just joined to this amazing party! You can try it out too!

DSC_0081

Pomponio Beach

Family, Nature, Photography

A few days ago, little Gaby woke up sick and she stayed home and no school that day. I ended up staying home with two kids, one healthy and full of energy and one a bit weak but willing to do something.

We all went for a nice power walk a few minutes away from home. We found a nice trail, with birds chirping and you could see the highway from there and sometimes hear the cars going by, but it wasn’t that bad. So we tried to concentrate on our walk and being there together and relax.

Kids loved it, both were so happy and we ended up from that trail all the way to the other side of the highway and walked by the beach on the way back to our car. We even saw lots of seals, it was a good way to start the day!

Take a look!

DSC_0022DSC_0018DSC_0026DSC_0027DSC_0048DSC_0060

A very nice morning and I just love when we can spend some quality time like this the four of us.

DSC_0070DSC_0068DSC_0075

And then we made it to the beach. This one is called Pomponio Beach right on Highway 1, and its like 15 minutes maybe from our place.

DSC_0081DSC_0085

And you can spot some seals there too. Oh my,  California is one of the most beautiful states in this country, okay, Maine is another of my favorites, and Vermont too…this are my top 3 favorite states!! Three good reasons to be proud of being an American (I’m not, but I would be proud too).

DSC_0087

DSC_0100DSC_0106

Gorgeous day! Lets see what the week brings tomorrow! All the best to you all who take the time to visit my blog.

Muchos abrazos!

DSC_0919

San Luis Obispo

Family, Kids, Kids Clothing, Nature, Photography, Sewing, Travelling with kids, Trips, Woman's Clothing

We were in San Luis Obispo for our 9th year wedding anniversary, our wedding was on September 10th but this time we celebrated it until the weekend. It is a nice area and out of all the little towns we passed by or stop at, San Luis was the nicest, cutest, and with more of a feeling of a city. They have the Cal Poly University and I think that,  makes a big difference to any city or town, there a lot of young people (probably students living there) and a good amount of tourists (like us). We walked around a bit and had some lunch and then headed up the hill to visit the church and one of the 22 missions if I’m not mistaken.

When I think of wedding anniversaries, I think of wine, hotels, nice food, relax, and fall in love again, but when you have kids the celebration concept changes completely. We went to little kids museum there in SLO, we had PIZZA for lunch!!, we got some ice cream and found a park! I enjoyed it a lot, and the kids did too. A friend told me to leave them with a babysitter or a friend or a relative, I said: no, I don’t leave my kids ever with babysitters and nobody will take care of your kids better than you, relatives…well there aren’t many available ones near by. I’m a martyr maybe, or too attached to my kids, but me and my husband enjoy traveling around with our kids. We all have fun together, they will leave the house one day, and why not enjoy them now that they still like to hang out with you, travel, or sometimes kiss you!!

So here are some photos of our trip. Enjoy!

DSC_0850DSC_0859

We went into the church and Gaby started to pray for something.

This day I wore a nice top I made for myself out this nice fabric I bought from Missmatatabi. It was a self drafted pattern and maybe next time I will add 3cms. to the hem, I felt it was too short for me, good thing it didn’t shrink at all. The pants are linen, confortable ones but got them a while ago at United Colors of Benetton.  Oh, Gaby is wearing something new too, a dress I made and put it on my etsy store as well.

DSC_0857

Somebody got to happy at church, this is a good sign!!! No one was looking so we didn’t get kicked out…luckly.

DSC_0872DSC_0873

It was one of the nicest churches I have visited in quite some time. It fell so nice to be siting on the benches they had around the gardens.

DSC_0875DSC_0876DSC_0878

Then we took a break and went back to our hotel. Next day we wen to the Farmer’s Market and head back home…but we made a stop at…DSC_0919

Hearst Castle!!!

DSC_0931

A huge property and some parts had that European castle feeling, but then some parts were not too pretty, it reminded me of the buildings at Alcatraz.

DSC_0964

Check this pool out!!! This was our favorite spot in the whole place! There were mermaid’s statues, some chairs to sit around the pool and the tiles were so pretty, I only need a couple of meters from there to make my bathrooms look nice!

DSC_0968

Mister Smile really gets my heart when he looks at the camera like this!

DSC_0936DSC_0947DSC_0962DSC_0983DSC_0977

It was such a nice weekend and we were so happy to celebrate such an important day in our lives now with our two “chiquitos”!! It was very hot too, and we all avoided the sun as much as we could.

I’m glad to share our happy weekend photos with you, how do you celebrate special days like this in your life?

Happy Sunday!