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.

 

 

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!!!!

 

It’s Japanese Sewing Week!

Wow! I can’t believe it but I was able to finish a few pieces just in time for this week most special week, Japanese Sewing Week. Sara from Made by Sara is hosting this amazing sew along and I was able to sneak in right before the last spots were taken. I’m so excited to be part of such amazing sew along and to be posting along with these other incredible seamstress as well. You can read all about this sew along here. Also, there is a great giveaway, but I will talk about that at the end of this post. Oh! you can hashtag using #japanesewingweek and #JSWTuttle if you are using one of their books!

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It is so hard to choose one or two patterns from so many books. They are all fabulous and the most interesting thing about Japanese Pattern Books is that they are very graphic and they explained things so well…it seems like they have very good step by step instructions, but for me the drawings are just enough to get me through each project. I can identified a few sewing terms now, after a few years of using them you get so used to them and thanks to some good sources out there like this one, then you pretty much can sew almost anything from them.

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This is just half of my collection!!!

I want to share now my first project. I made it on Monday and I love it so much. I chose a nice flannel from Robert Kaufman that I got from Harts Fabrics in Santa Cruz. I could not think of the right pattern for this fabric, and I have been just flipping through patterns every once and a while trying to find the one. I decided to go with this one book that I adore. It is from A Sunny Spot  “Heart Warming Life Series” Pattern #17. So cute and easy to put on. My daughter loves it and perfect for the Fall or Winter. You can layer it with leggings or stockings, with long sleeve shirt or just a T-shirt. So cute.

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I took everybody for a walk and the lighting at that time is just perfect for photos. I hope you like them.

 

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It is such a beautiful dress (Jumper). Sebastián jumps into action when I say I have to take some photos. It was hard to keep him out of the rest of the photoshoot.

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It was a very nice walk. This is one of my favorite beaches near us here in Half Moon Bay.

Second outfit:

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My daughter was having Pijama Day today (Friday 20th) and I have been meaning to make a nice fancy pair of PJ’s for a long time. In my fabric stash I had a couple of meters left of this beautiful Knit fabric from Art Gallery  designed by Leah Duncan “Mojave Knit in Aloe” that I got from Hawthornethreads a while ago. Gaby loved it, she thought the fabric was nice and soft, soft enough to go to sleep in it. I love the print, and most of all, I love the fact that no little girl around here  has the  nicest PJ’s than my Chiquita!!!

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I took this photo today in the morning before she went to school.

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The top is this one, from this book

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Pants are from this one with the girl in purple on the front page.

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The third outfit:

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I could not avoid using this great book. I mix two patterns from the two books, Vol 5. 1 y Vol. 2 of Happy Homemade. I have a thing for ruffles on little girls dresses or tops, and I wanted to try this eyelet fabric that I got at Discount Fabrics in San Francisco a year ago.

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I have made a few pieces for me out of Japanese Sewing Books, but there’s never time to take photos or blog about it or…it is easier to make an excuse when I talk about sewing my own clothes.

Here are a couple of pieces I made in the last few months, some in the last few weeks.

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This voile blouse I made it from this book . Fabric was from Ana Maria Horner, I bought from The Greenwood Quiltery in Canada.

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First time I saw somebody making clothes out of these books was Karyn from The Workroom in Toronto. I felt in love with them and with her blog. She has a very unique way of finishing every piece and very creative too. She always has her own way of adapting or transforming a pattern. The fabric she picks, the changes she makes and how she photographs each.

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This is my favorite cardigan. This book is pretty cool, the patterns seem to be for teens or for “younger” girls than me. But I guess that concept of being “young” it is subjective…right? I gave it a try and loved it. This is  the only photo of wearing it.

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I promised to put a photo of this top. I made it a while ago and the first time I spot it was on Pinterest, somebody had made it and I decided to try it. Sorry about the yellowish image but I was running out of light in my studio so I ran outside to catch the last light of the day.

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This is the blouse. Mie from Sewing Like Mad just made another version of  it. Very nice double gauze in blue. That is the beauty of Japanese Pattern Books, you can change them, add, or take in and they always turn out nice.

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Talking about adding or taking in, I turned a dress pattern into a top. Karyn from The Workroom made the LONGER version and it is gorgeous, and I bumped into Grains Du Custo blog like 2 years ago and she had made a top out this pattern too and I thought it was a great idea, hers is very adorable it has lace on the yoke instead of a solid color like mine. So here is mine version. Cotton and Steel Rayon (grey and orange) with a voile yoke in mandarine orange from Free Spirits Fabrics.

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Thank you  Sara for letting me be part of a great event.

There is a giveaway for a chance to win a pack of 2 Japanese Sewing Books from Tuttle Publishing and a $40 fabric voucher from Urban Sew

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Big applause to each of the amazing participants.

It has been a great experience but most of all an honor. You can check each post of each participant here.

Thank you so much for visiting my blog.