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!

 

KANA’s Standard for Kids: First Dress

A few weeks ago I spotted the new books coming out for this summer and right away I ordered them. One of them is KANA’S STANDARD FOR KIDS, it is such a gorgeous book with patterns for little girls, I can not wait to make most of the patterns in here, and yesterday I finished the first one.

Hace algunas semanas vi que ya estaban saliendo los nuevos libros de costura para el verano y sin vacilar los ordené. Uno de esos libros es de KANA’S STANDARD FOR KIDS, es un libro tan precioso con patrones divinos para niñas, es que estoy que no aguanto por hacer cada uno de los modelos, justo ayer terminé el primero.

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Fabric is perfect for this dress, happy print, light weight, 100% cotton and it has the colors that my daughter likes right now. I  got the material from Fabric.com and is by Rashida Coleman Hale”MOONLIT”. Pattern is B-4. The only thing I changed was the armholes, they were to wide-open and decided to close them a little higher up.

La tela es perfecta para este vestido, es alegre, no tiene mucho peso, cien por ciento algodón y tiene justo los colores que a mi hija le gustan. La tela la compre de la tienda en linea Fabric.com y es diseñada por Rashida Coleman Hale “MOONLIT”. El patrón es B-4. La única cosa que le modifiqué a este patrón fueron los agujeros de las mangas, estaban originalmente muy amplias y decidí cerrarlas un tantito más alto.

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Such a gorgeous fabric and dress!!!

Un vestido bellísimo!

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Now that I have shared this dress I can go and see if I can try out my new presser feet. I got a blind stitch and a roller hem. I’m looking for a couple of projects that involve this two techniques!

There you go, two post in one day…I hope not to get lost for too long from here.

Hang in there, I will come back with more.

Happy Week!

Ahora que he compartido este vestido con ustedes ya me puedo ir a jugar un rato con mis nuevos “pies” para mi máquina: uno para ruedo ciego y el otro para hacer dobladillos finos  y pequeños, ya estoy viendo en que puedo usar estas técnicas.

Allí está, dos publicaciones en un solo día…espero no perderme por tanto tiempo de este rinconcito.

No se me vayan, aguantenme que ya pronto regreso con más!

Feliz Semana!!!!

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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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

to enter:

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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.

 

 

A week of Camping part II

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We stop at Yosemite and went up to the falls and met El Capitan. You could see some guys climbing and trying to set up there tents up there. What a beautiful place but next time we will reserve with time…in January before the good spots fill in.

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Litte Basti was so excited to touch the snow, well, he doesn’t remember how much he hated his first winter and refused to put mittens or hat, and putting a snowsuit was always an ordeal…but when you see it like this, just passing by, it is always fun!

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Then we stop and explored Mono Lake.

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I have always seen Stalagmites in books, this time I saw them in person and touched them.

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Now we found a spot at Grover Hot Springs and we liked it too. Hard to pick the best spot, each had something we liked.  We started our fires in the mornings and at night with pine cones, aren’t they pretty when they turned red?

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Gaby was happy with her hammock, first thing that had to  be set up.

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Papa reading a story to the kids. This was at Fallen Leaf Campground. Our final stop and then home.

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Basti was happy with rocks, dirt, and his truck!

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Gaby and Clifford had fun as well. Telling stories all the time and being silly on the road.

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And Basti had a rock!!!

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It was fun! It was good for the kids to be out in the nature and to bond with the grandparents. I hope you enjoyed them as well.

Have a nice weekend!!