Northern California Camping trip part 2

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This is the second part of our little road trip around the California Mountains, and I have to tell that I was very impressed with the landscaping and the amount of green around that area. I think I definitely prefer this part of California than the south, maybe because I’m so used to the weather in San Francisco and the Bay that I just feel like the intensity of the sun these days is strong and to much for me ( says it me, a 40 year old woman that doesn’t do sun tanning anymore and that is constantly taking care of the her skin so she doesn’t too old too soon).

So our second stop was at this campground called Panther Flats part of the Six Rivers National Forest Campground and very close by was the Jedediah State Park a stunning place, I recommend it to all if you haven’t been around this area.

Here are some of my favorite images. Enjoy.

Esta es la segunda parte de nuestro pequeño viaje por las montañas en el norte de California, y tengo que decirles que quedé muy impresionada con el paisaje y la cantidad de verde por esas areas. Definitivamente prefiero esta parte de California más que el Sur, quizá es porque ya me acostumbre al clima de San Francisco y la intensidad del Sol estos días a veces es demasiado ( lo dice una mujer de 40 que ya no quiere broncearse o que esta constantemente cuidando su piel para no hacerse muy vieja antes de tiempo).

La segunda parada fue en un campamento llamado Panther Flats  parte de Six Rivers National Forest Campground  y muy cerca de Jedediah State Park un lugar increíble, se los recomiendo para los que aun no han venido por esta area.

Aqui están las imágenes prometidas.

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At Panther Flats we found a creek just for us!

En Panther Flats encontramos este riachuelo solo para nosotros!

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Then we got to our campground and made dinner and prepared some Cubas Libres (Rum and Coke) with a Rum that a good friend of mine that lives in Panamá sent to us a few weeks ago. Thank you Jenny, you saved us for a couple of nights.

Luego llegamos a nuestro campamento a hacer cena y tomar unas Cubas Libres con un ron que mi gran amiga me envío desde Panamá. Gracias querida Jenny nos salvaste un par de noches.

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When we go camping kids have no choice but to make up games and play with whatever they find in the woods.

Cuando vamos de camping los niños por supuesto no tienen otra opción que jugar con lo que encuentran en el bosque o inventan juegos.

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Jedediah Redwoods State Park was very close to our campground. So many trees it was amazingly beautiful in there. I really want to go there again…soon!

Parque Estatal Jedediah Redwoods estaba bastante cerca de nuestro campamento. Habían tantos arboles allí, fue asombrosa la belleza. Quiero ir otra vez…pero pronto!

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This tree was one of the big ones, but not one of the biggest ones. There were giant trees in there you can’t believe they can grow that tall.

Este árbol fue uno de los grandes arboles pero no el más grande de todos. Allí habían arboles tan gigantes que uno no puede creer que puedan crecer tan altos.

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Our kids had so much fun, they are pros now at hiking and exploring! This was a great experience for the four of us and we are glad that we have check this one off our list, but will gladly put it back to do it again and again!

Nuestros niños se la pasaron muy bien, ya son profesionales en caminar y explorar! Esta fue una gran experiencia para los cuatro y estamos encantados de que ya le podemos poner un cheque en nuestra lista, pero con gusto lo ponemos de nuevo en la lista y hacerlo una y otra vez.

Tomorrow I will come back with more images and maybe some sewing projects I had just finished.

Thank you for visiting my tiny little corner here, see you soon!

Mañana regreso con mas imágenes y talvez con un proyectito más de costura que hice por allí. 

Gracias a todos por visitar esta pequeña esquina, nos vemos pronto!!!!

Northern California Camping trip Part 1

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Hello everybody, we are on Monday the beginning of the week and I’m happy because this strange phenomenon  here in Half Moon Bay we are having, with hot weather, blue sky and sunny at 8 in the morning. We haven’t seen rain yet and even though is alarming, I have to admit that on a day  like this I feel more like doing stuff around the house and out.

Today I want to share with you some of the photos of our little camping trip we did a couple of weeks ago. There were many hours of driving and almost 9 days of camping up north in the mountains and by the pacific coast too, it was worth it the driving and the days with no shower ( something I’m very much used to now) and mosquitoes that didn’t even get my ankles, but the kids were their favorite main dish, those dammed bugs, blood suckers and quite annoying little guys!

We started our trip in Napa but we didn’t camp there, it was too hot and to be honest it was not the place we had in mind, NOT that day! I mean, if it was about going there for wine it would be paradise, but not the ideal place to start our little summer adventure with little kids. We had lunch there and then we drove up north all the way to Trinity Lake part of the Shasta Trinity National Forest.

These are some of the images of our first camping spot.

Hola a todos, estamos en Lunes inicio de semana y feliz porque como fenómeno raro aquí en Half Moon Bay tenemos sol y cielo azul a buenas 8 de la mañana y con mucho calor. Todavía no hemos visto lluvia y a pesar que es preocupante, tengo que admitir que en un día así me dan muchas más ganas de hacer cosas en la casa o afuera. 

Hoy quiero compartir con ustedes algunas imágenes de nuestro viajecito de camping que hicimos hace un par de semanas. Fueron muchas horas de manejo y 9 días de acampar en las montañas y por la costa del Pafícico, pero valió la pena la manejada y los días sin bañarse ( a lo cual ya estoy muy acostumbrada) y los mosquitos que no me picaron pero ni los tobillos, los niños si fueron platillo preferido para esos chupa sangre, condenados y fastidiosos!

Empezamos nuestro viaje en Napa pero no acampamos allí, estaba tan caliente y la verdad no era el lugar que teníamos en mente, no ese día!. Digo, si se trata de vinos claro que es el paraíso, pero no era el lugar ideal para iniciar nuestra aventura de verano con niños chiquitos. Almorzamos en Napa y de allí manejamos hasta Trinity Lake parte de Shasta Trinity National Forest. 

Estas son algunas de las imágenes de nuestra primera parada. 

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We were happy that our camping spot was right by the lake…or not? The lake use to come all the way where I was standing and up to the edge where the trees are.

Estábamos tan felices de que nuestro espacio para acampar estaba justo por el lago…o quizá no? El lago solía llenarse hasta donde yo estoy parada y se llenaba hasta el borde de donde están los arboles.

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Either way, we managed to find some water and cool ourselves for at least an hour. Little Sebastián is such a brave boy but when it comes to jumping in the water not so much.

Igual logramos encontrar agua y pudimos refrescarnos por una hora. El pequeño Sebastián is un niño muy valiente para muchas otras cosas, pero cuando se trata de mojarse o meterse al agua no mucho!DSC_0059

I think my husband won’t like it that I’m posting this “sexy” photo of him, but he is away this week, hopefully he doesn’t find out.

Creo que a mi esposo no le gustará que yo este publicando esta foto tan “sexy” de él, pero estará fuera toda la semana y espero que no se entere.

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Kids had so much fun this day, and every time we travel anywhere they seem to bond more as brother and sister. This is the reason why we do it every year once or twice, to be closer to each other and forget about phones, TV, and all technology possible…except my camera!

Los niños disfrutaron tanto este día, y cada vez que viajamos a cualquier lugar nos damos cuenta que ellos se acercan más como hermano y hermana. Esta es la razón por la cual lo hacemos una o dos veces al año, para estar mas junto al otro y olvidarnos de teléfonos, televisión, y cualquier otro tipo de tecnología posible…excepto mi cámara!

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These were the first of many more images. Tomorrow I will post more about our second camping spot.

Thank you for stopping by again. Theres no sewing going on today, but as soon as I get my mojo I will be back here with some more fabrics and needles .

Estas fueron las primeras imágenes de muchas. Mañana publicaré más sobre nuestra segunda parada.

Gracias por pasar nuevamente por aquí. Hoy no ha habido costuras, pero en cuanto agarre un impulso vuelvo con telas y agujas por aquí.

Nani Iro for Mama and daughter!

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Yes, summer is here and it feels hot and dry, no rain in California makes me wonder how long is the draught going to last. And some people haven’t yet realize that this is an alarming situation and its affecting all of us, not only here in California but everywhere in the globe.

A plumber came one of these days to fix a toilette in the house and told me how much water fancy neighborhoods use to water their endless gardens. He said to me that there was a family that was watering their garden everyday and their monthly bill would be $7,000 dollars !!!

I have decided to take only 3 to 4 showers a week, and kids too, and they have to be quick. One day I will have to shower only once a week maybe,but for now 3 is good, not too clean not too stinky.

But lets do some sewing talking, I have completely been neglecting this blog and I have been feeling lazy honestly, Instagram is so easy and quick but not much space to post a lot of images at once and write about them in a extended form.

Today (Sunday, July 5th) we took some photos because Gaby and me wanted to wear similar outfits, and blogging about it is a nice way to show you how we wore our Nani Iro clothes. Little Sebastián poses just for the fun of it, and because he loves photos more than Gaby. As you can see on the images my hair was wet…Sunday was my third shower of the week!!!

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I had a small piece of fabric left over with this print. I made a top for me a while ago and then thought I could make something else for myself again(selfish me), but a mother’s love is bigger and better than that, and right after our camping trip two weeks ago, I cut this one without much thinking.

It is an amazing fabric, you won’t go wrong using Nani Iro fabrics. It’s always a dream, I wouldn’t mind to make all my clothes out of double gauze like this one. Gorgeous prints and great colors! I got this one from my favorite shop on Etsy MissMatatabi(Frances). You should go and check out her store, very nice fabrics, she’s so nice and my fabrics always come very quick. If you are not into sewing, you will be after you get your hands on this beauties.

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Another little cute detail on this top is that I made a special button for it, covered it with more  NANI IRO!!!!

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Are you constantly daydreaming about her fabrics or any other pretty fabric?

I daydream every day, for breakfast, lunch, dinner and when I go to sleep too, and if I have trouble putting myself to sleep I just think about fabrics….I really do, and all the things I can make the next day. Only you guys can understand that feeling, nobody else!!!

Congrats to the United States on celebrating their Independence Day yesterday, we went for a walk down to the beach and it was madness, but nice,  everybody was waiting for fireworks at night and BBQs were going everywhere, I felt hungry!!!

So, I hope everybody is having a laid back Sunday with friends and family.

Happy Sewing ;)

Poppies, Big Poppie Flower dress for G

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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!

Just the four of us on Christmas!!!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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Basti and Papa

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Enjoying the sun that was not that warm that day.

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

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Before the mass.

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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!

Gabriela will turn 7 soon!

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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:

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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

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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!!

Rain+cold= sewing time!

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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!

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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.

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

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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”.

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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.

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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!