Early Birthday Celebration

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Almost 6!!! We had a potluck/birthday/picnic day with Sebastian’s closest friends from school at a local Splash Pad Park. His actual birthday is August 1st, but usually everyone is on summer holidays by then. So on August 1st it will be just a family gathering and maybe a trip to the zoo.

Here are some of his best pictures from that day and a couple I found from when he was smaller. Time has gone so fast, but I’m glad my kids are healthy and  happy, that’s the most important…and that I get some sewing done.

 

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Made him a special organic cotton button up shirt using  Cloud9 Fabrics.

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A mural in one street of Ataco, a town near the city of San Salvador,  shows kids hitting a Piñata

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We had some piñata frenzy moments, no injuries, only those feelings of wanting to get most of the candy. It all worked out…I think. I love this photo with all the shades of hair and skin.

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Every kid had a chance to hit the “Burro” “Chupacabra” “Llama” or whatever ancestral animal was that.

I grew up going to to birthday parties where a Piñata could not be missing in such event. The food menu was pretty simply: Chicken sandwiches bites and horchata ( a drink made out of rice, sesame seeds, nuts, cinnamon and milk) and of course a cake either homemade or store bought.

This is how Horchata looks. There are ones just made out of rice which is the most known and very easy to make. But the authentic Salvadoran one has all those ingredients on the right side photo, some seeds are hard to find outside the country.

Credit image: horchata and Seeds and nuts

Birthday parties have evolved in so many aspects, but the part I enjoy the most is getting to know the parents and the kids, sharing stories of our own or just having the usual conversation about what we now know best I think, Parenting!

I want to thank everyone for coming to the Fiesta and making Sebastián so happy that day. He really loves each of his friends, and I think this has been the best year for him, taking that we moved back from the States to Canada, for him was a big transition but manage to survive!

Looking forward to more memories and most of all good health!!!

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Gaby Celebrating her fourth birthday in El Salvador.

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Palm trees dress in Rayon.

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I made this dress for Gaby way before there were signs of warm weather, but I could not wait to make it and try the fabric as well. It is a light weight fabric, Rayon in a very summery print with palm trees and ocean waves, and sailboats…I hope she still fits in it by the time we make our trip to El Salvador this year in December. Pattern is from Kana’s Standard II and next time I will make it a little bit longer maybe just right at her knees…she was not confortable wearing it without leggings underneath, too short she said!!! So looks like I need to find or make capri leggings to pair them with the dress.

 

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Dabbing is part of our photo sessions now…anything for a photo I think.

 

I think I have a few projects already finished but I haven’t had the time to blog about. Maybe tomorrow I can post a couple more.

Thanks for stopping by…now I have some more sewing to do.

 

 

First signs of summer. Some sewing projects.

This year has been a year of changes in our lives, lots of obstacles, goals to accomplish, moves and transitions  and honestly is all my sewing that has kept me sane and motivated to keep going and hope for amazing things to come in the future.

But I want to thank a very special person in my life, an amazing human being, he’s a very unconditional friend, partner, son, brother, and my husband. We make a great team together and my love for him is endless, the love he gives me is inspiring and I hope more people around us would give themselves a chance to see him like I do. My kids are lucky to have a great father like him, I couldn’t have asked for more in this life. Thank you Philip.

I’m very grateful for what we have now, not for what we don’t have or wish to have. I have never taken things for granted, and life has taught me that since I was very young. But in these fast pace of life we are all having sometimes, you tend to forget your religion if you have one, your mantras, your spirit, your confidence, life puts you to the test constantly.

I thought that at my 40’s I would have had my life figure out, or that I was a very humble and tolerant person among other things…turns out I was not!! So, with my sewing space at home, that has been giving me all this time lots of courage, lots of “thinking time” and peace of mind without losing perspective of our main problems that need to be fix.

Thank you guys (sewing community: IG, FB, Blog) for inspiring me everyday, for the support that you guys give me without knowing your doing it. You crafty, artistic, creative women/men are amazing and I love each of you and the work you do.

I don’t want this to turn into a whiny little post. But just wanted to say that and put it out there, don’t know why.

Now, I want to share something I made yesterday and a few days back for Gaby my daughter.

Summer is here in Canada, and in most places around the globe. I always look forward to this season, until it gets unbearably hot and then I wish for cold winter days…?

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I made these cute overalls for Gaby. Pattern is from a japanese pattern book called Kana’s Standard for Kids, C-4 , instead of pants turned them into shorts.  Made a small mistake with the straps but I was able to fix them and you can’t see it. I think I cut them too short so I had to add 8cm to lengthen them. It all worked out. She has been asking them for a long time, and I couldn’t find the right material for this project. Then I went and look in my stash and found this gorgeous denim in such a soft drape. I need to find something like this again for some shorts or skirts for me or the kids. I bought this fabric last year on our last camping trip in California, in a cute fabric store up in Eureka named Eureka Fabrics!

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Happy Sewing and Happy Wednesday!

 

 

 

Algonquin Camping Trip-2016

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It has been a while now since I’ve posted something on my blog. It has been a busy summer for us. We are not living in California anymore and came back home, to Canada! It has been a bit stressing for the four of us but hopefully things will come back to a more steady routine.

We have always done camping since we met with my husband, and I never thought I would enjoy it as much as I have all these years. Yesterday we got back from Algonquin Park here in Ontario. Gorgeous place, I have been here twice before but never portaging like we did this week. Four portages and five lakes!!!! I thought that the kids would not be able to handle the walking and carrying their stuff and sitting very still in the canoe…but they did!

Here are some of our best images of this awesome trip, can’t wait for next summer!!!

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 Getting some gas and then we are set to go. Algonquin here we come!!!!

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Taking a break before we do the first lake.

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We had to wait, it started to rain and we couldn’t go…

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Then we found our chance to do it, Magnetawan Lake was our first one.

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Our first camping spot. So we did five lakes but the first day we did only 3 and camped one night at Ralph Bice Lake, too big to do it when the weather was not so nice. Next day we were heading towards Queer Lake but had to do Little Trout Lake before.

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I was on charge of that fat red bag…amazing how you can get used to the  load after a couple of stops. That canoe has quite a mileage, has been everywhere and it has been in my husband’s family since he was 3ish? We got some nice compliments from various people on this trip.

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That’s Phil trying to find a nice spot to bring in the canoe.

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Kids loved it so much, we still can not believe it. There were no complaints or requests to go back home. They went in the water, they ate their food, they didn’t mind the “toilet” in the woods, they were great!

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Kids peeling the hard boiled eggs we brought for lunches or dinners.

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Having rocks for a snack!  (they were actually chocolates that looked like rocks, got them at the bulk store)

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I got caught eating my pasta and eggs!!!

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It was a beautiful experience and now I’m looking forward to our next summer and next location. Also, we are very happy to be back to Canada now, you don’t appreciate something until you don’t have it, we had so much here. I really want my kids to grow in a nice environment, with a good sense of community and of course with some culture to pass on to other generations.

Happy Week!

 

Bear shirt and a special Bow tie

Hello!! I want to share some photos of the shirt I made yesterday for my son Sebastián and his special request: A bow tie!

I’m in love with this fabric ” Bear Hug in White Metallic”  from Sarah Watts from her collection Black and White 2 . I only got one meter specifically for his shirt, but now I’m wondering if I should get some more for “future projects” or “future hoardings”. He’s having a celebration this Friday at school “Día del niño” or Childrens Day. It is a celebration that started after the first World War and the UN stablished November 20th as the official day. Universal Children’s Day is not simply a day to celebrate children for who they are, but to bring awareness to children around the globe that have succumbed to violence in forms of abuse, exploitation and discrimination.

Every country celebrates this day on different dates in the calendar. In  El Salvador ( where I’m from) is on October 1st, in Mexico is April 30th, in Canada is November 20th in Germany September 20th, Colombia last Saturday of April, etc. So I think we are going with Mexico this time.

Shirt was quick and easy, I used a very old pattern that I found at my  moms house a few years ago, it is a vintage one.  I added  like 3 cm to the hem and sleeves length as well.

The bow ties I got the pattern from Grainline Studio, this woman (Jen is such a genius when it comes to creating patterns, basic pieces but you can do so many things with them. She has the tutorial and free pattern for this bow tie on her blog, it is meant for adults so I made it smaller so it would fit Basti. They are so quick to make and easy, now he’s asking for a necktie, and I’m searching for a good pattern for that, actually neckties scare me a little, they seem more complex with the folding and stitching…anyways, here are the photos of my little guy.

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He was so excited and happy while I was taking these photos, and then he lost his motivation…

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And I said: Actually I like it like that too (sad) and he cheered up again!

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He says the blue bow is for Ernie (Sesame Street character, and old old stuffy that used to be my husband’s when he was 3 or 4)

Which bowtie  you like the most, I like both and love this shirt so much.

Thank you for visiting, have a wonderful week!!!!