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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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!

 

 

 

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!

A visit from El Salvador

Hello, I have been busy last month with the visit of my nephews from El Salvador and my brother. There was no sewing at all and now I think I’m running late for handmade Christmas presents, but everything is posible!

I want to share with you some photos I took during their stay, they are too many so I will share just a few.

Hola, he estado tan ocupada este último mes con la visita de mis sobrinos y hermano que vinieron de El Salvador. No tuve ni chance de hacer costuras y creo que estoy algo retrasada con los regalillos navideños hechos a mano, pero todo se puede y será posible!

Quería compartir algunas fotos que tomé durante la estadía de ellos aquí, y como son muchas compartiré solo unas cuantas.

Grover Hot Springs ( This time in winter)

 

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It was an amazing experience for the kids, to be in the pool in the middle of winter. One was cold and the other one was hot (naturally hot). It looks like its dirty but it was so nice and clean. My nephews were saying: Patty!!!! this is too hot, we can’t do it!!! they spend almost two hours in it, like tadpoles !

Fue una experiencia increíble para los niños, el estar en una piscina justo en invierno y en un espacio abierto. Una piscina estaba fría y la otra caliente ( pero naturalmente caliente). Pareciera que esta algo sucia, pero el era el agua más limpia y clara. Mis sobrinos me decían: Patty!!! esta agua está muy caliente, no creo que nos podamos meter mucho!! Luego pasaron casi dos horas metidos allí como renacuajos!

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First time in the snow. The youngest one said he would jump in the lake that was near by and he would do it for 45 dollars! As soon as he was out he took it back…he said he had forgotten his shorts…yeah right!

Primera vez en la nieve. El sobrino menos dijo que él se metía al lago que estaba allí cerca por 45 dólares! Al no mas salir del carro se retractó y dijo que lo que pasa es que se le habían olvidado los shorts…si como no!!!!

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We went to Emerald Bay or more like we took photos from the road, but it is such a beautiful spot, you can not go there without taking some pics. We went to Tahoe, we did Yosemite and El Capitan and Merced, second time now since we moved here to California two years and half ago. We did a few spots a the city like Golden Gate Park, Fisherman’s Warf and walked lots in the city one day from ChinaTown up until the ports.  It was a great visit and nice trip.

Fuimos a la Isla Esmeralda, bueno más bien tomamos fotos desde la calle que pasa arriba, pero la verdad que es una parada que hay que hacer y tomarse una fotito del recuerdo. Fuimos a Tahoe, Yosemite y El Capitán y el área de Merced, por segunda vez desde que vinimos a California hace dos años y medio. Visitamos algunos lugares en la ciudad como el Puente del Golden Gate, Fisherman’s Wharf y caminamos bastante un día por el barrio chino hasta llegar al puerto.  Fue un gran visita y lindo viaje.

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Merry Christmas to you all. Thank you for visiting my blog during this year. It has been a good year and I have a few goals for 2016 lets see if I can accomplish them.

I really wish that the world becomes a less tumultuous place to live next year, and that each of us work on building a better place for our little ones and families and friends.

Send you all my love and hugs in this holidays!!!

See you in 2  0  1  6!!!

Feliz Navidad a todos! Gracias por haber visitado mi blog durante este año. Ha sido un año bueno y yo tengo algunas metas por cumplir en el 2016 a ver si lo logro.

Deseo que el año que viene el mundo se vuelva un lugar menos tumultuoso para vivir, y que cada uno de nosotros trabajemos en construir un mejor lugar para nuestros chiquitines, familias y amigos.

Les mando todo el amor y muchos abrazos para estas fiestas!

Nos vemos en el 2   0   1   6!!!! 

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Patty