T-shirts for Gaby…Spring is here!

Hello!! I’m back, its been long again, this post will be short but I’m hoping to come back with a longer one soon. I just want to share something with you today.  I just made a couple of t-shirts for Gaby to start getting ready for some warmer weather around here. It was a long cold winter, I had forgotten what it was like after spending mild very mild winters in California.

So here I am, hopefully I can keep it up and stop being so lazy on my blog.

Hope you are having a great weekend!!

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Nice T-shirt with some woven floral print cotton on the neckband.

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Gaby is into braids lately, because she’s a big fan of Lilly Singh and thinks she’s a very cool girl with beautiful long hair.

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I made her a second T-shirt, this in navy blue polka dots that she loves so much.

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She’s pairing this shirt with her favorite leggings from Fallowfield store in downtown Guelph. So soft and colors don’t fade away. The brand is NUI and its from New Zeland.

 

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I hope to be back around these woods soon, it is easier sometimes for me to share what I’m doing on my Instagram @pattymadeit or @chiquitosclothier accounts that I forget to come around here.

Happy April month!

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!

 

Just the four of us on Christmas!!!

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!

Things I made five weeks ago.

We just moved to California from Canada as you know, and it has been busy around here. But before packing everything I decided to sew a few things for me and the kids, it was until then that I could pack my sewing machine and fabrics and everything else. Here are some of the stuff I made and most of it has been well used this days here. I made beautiful stuff for myself but for some reason I never have the time or never look good enough for the camera, but tomorrow I will ask my husband to shoot some images quick!!

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I made this dress a few weeks ago and I was so happy with it, I thought it was to big and at the end after washing it for a couple of times looked better, it didn’t shrink but for some reason just fit better. The fabric is called Memoirs a Paris by Lecien, I bought it at Pink Chalk Fabrics and when I saw they had more in different colours went and bought everything they had! The pattern was super easy and it’s from this book. The lighting on this photos is not the best, it was a very grey day in Canada and this was the only chance I had to take photos of her wearing it.

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This one I made it as you can see out of Nani Iro double Gauze. The pattern turned out to be very big for my daughters size, I think it was meant to be big but she’s a bit petite and didn’t look good. So I had to undo the bias around the armholes and reduce it a bit from the sides. It still fits bit but nice big…I love this fabric and I have more Nani Iro in my stash but can not really dare to cut them.I bought the fabric from Miss Matatabi on etsy, I love all the fabrics she has, a very nice variaty of fine cottons. This pattern was from this book.

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We went back to Canada 8 days ago for a short holiday. This was up in Banff, Alberta. We stayed with some good friends of ours and had a very good time. I miss Canada a lot this days but I’m happy here too, it is nice to live right by the ocean!!!. I hope you enjoy this post sorry to be away to long, just give me a few days to get back to my old routine. Happy week, what’s left of it and happy weekend!!!!

CANADA DAY!

El primero de Julio aqui se celebra el Día de Canadá, nosotros por motivos de fuerza mayor, no pudimos asistir a ver los fuegos artificiales debido a que estos empiezan hasta las diez de la noche, ya a esa hora todos estamos en cama, si, yo sé era Canada Day, pero los chicos no perdonan días festivos y si no duermen temprano significa que será una mala y corta noche para nosotros también. A lo mejor el próximo año encontramos el valor de arriesgar un poco y unirnos al resto de Canadienses en el Riverside Park aqui en Guelph. Y como no fuimos a esa celebración que mejor manera de celebrar tal fecha que ir a regar nuestro huerto con los niños y ver cómo van creciendo las plantitas. Creo que ninguno de los cuatro estábamos con muchos ánimos pero igual fuimos y la pasamos bien, caminando por allí y tomando algunas fotos.

On July first Canada Day is celebrated here, and us for very important reasons, couldn’t go see the fireworks since they always start at ten at night. At that time we are all in bed, yes, I know it was Canada Day, but my kids don’t care if it’s a national holiday and if they don’t go to bed early it means for sure that it will be a very bad and short night for us. Maybe next year we can find some courage to risk a little bit of our schedules and join the rest of Canadiens at Riverside Park in Guelph. And since we didn’t go to this great celebration, what a better way to party than to go check on our vegetable garden and water it with the kids and see how they are growing. I think none of us four were in the mood to go, but still manage to have a good time, we walked and took some pictures.