Happy Anniversary

Happy Anniversary

Hi there,

How are you, my lovely readers?

Today was a very good day to me 🙂

In the morning, wordpress sent me a message congratulating me for my one year blog anniversary, and I was like… woooh, one year… really.

And yes, it has been a year, I checked, and that took me in a journey to the past, this past year. I read all my posts again, and got to remember why I wrote them, and what I was feeling at the time.

The same way I remember what I felt like when I was “MIA”.

This was a hard year in my personal and professional life, and some how things are getting back on track and I feel happier than ever.

Sewing, and bloging about it, was definatly one of the happiest times of this year, and I feel like celebrating it. Hence this “mostly” words post.

But then I came home, open my mailbox and inside was…

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I almost fell to my back.

My little brother is living in Helsinki for over a month with the love of his life, and because in a few days it will be my birthday, they sent me the best present in the world.

Fabric ❤ ❤ ❤

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I mean, is there a better way to celebrate a birthday and a “blognniversary”???

Exactly, I knew you would understand me 🙂

So, first of all I want to thank my brother and my sister in law, for knowing me and what makes me happy – little brother I miss you to bits, so if you want me to feel better you can send me new fabric every month 😉 little sis I love you ❤

Second I want to thank some really special ladies that ride along my side in this blogging adventure, who are my muses, and inspire me to continue… Ana Sofia, Inês, Inês, Magda, Maria Luísa, Marta, Rita e Sara

And finally I also want to thank everyone who visits my little corner in the web.

 

Happy anniversary to my blog 🙂

Hugs and kisses

A long hiatus, and something different for my come back :-)

A long hiatus, and something different for my come back :-)

Hello there,

I’ve been away.
I guess you all know this, but sometimes life just gets in the way. And sometimes life is hard, and you feel like you are not in the place you thought you would be by now. And sometimes you push thru it and sometimes you break.
I broke, and now I’m starting to mend myself. And sewing is one of the many ways I mend.

My children actually do not need for me to sew them clothes, they have amazing aunts and uncles that buy them nice, trendy clothes in hip stores, and they have full wardrobes. I like to sew for them because it is my special gift, something unique made specially for them.

When I was broken I couldn’t find the strength to sew because there was no need for it, but in the last couple of weeks my daughter started to dream about her Mardi Gras outfit, and it felt like she needed me to pull together, so I did.

She had many dreams, but we finally settled with “Jasmine”

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This might be weird for some of you, but I actually enjoy sewing costumes. I don’t do that more then twice a year – Mardi Gras and birthdays – and that is fine, because I don’t think I would enjoy it that much if  I had to do it in a regular basis.

I mean it’s hard work and I put a lot of though in to it. Choosing the right pattern and fabric, making it weather appropriate – store bought costumes are a nightmare in that department – but still festive and sparkly, it is not an easy task, but I LOVE IT.

And so does she 🙂

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I guess you can tell that by the pictures, right – she is totally focused on her role play.

For this particular outfit I used the Flashback Skinny Tee from Made by Rae. I made it in to a body, added a slightly taller neckband and sewed a pointed sleeve with a ribbon loop for her middle finger – it has a very nice fit.

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The trousers are from a Japanese book, and turned out a bit short on the ankles, but she didn’t mind that at all, I guess she was blinded by all the sparkle.

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The vest is from this free pattern, it is reversible and the fabric has little silver roses that I think add a special feel to the whole ensemble.

The veil was sewn into a head-band that I covered with the fabric from the trousers. Some gold sparkle ballerinas and she was good to go.

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 She was so happy, and that made me… happy 🙂

With the boy it was a different story, he wanted to be Spiderman, and although this amazing handmade outfit is so inspirational, I just  didn’t found the stamina to embrace the endeavour. So we went store bought.

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He was happy too 🙂 🙂 🙂

Mardi Gras isn’t until next Tuesday, but today is the school celebration and all the kids go dressed in their costumes and get to play all day long. Nice.

Hugs and kisses, and I hope to see you soon.

My sewing “experience”

My sewing “experience”

Hello,

Welcome to my blog.

This post title might be a bit deceiving. It as nothing to do with being an experienced seamstress, because believe me, I’m not. It is about experimenting as I think that is the best way to describe my sewing endeavor.

So let me tell you a little story:

When I was young I remember seeing my mother sewing a couple of times, always cursing the sewing machine. She loved knitting  and tried to teach me, but with no luck.

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Vest knitted by my mother

I was born and raised in Lisbon but spent my school holydays in my parents craddle village, 300km away. My grandparents lived there. My grandmother (from my father’s side) was blind since I can remember, and although I never saw it, I’ve been told she was a handful seamstress. Her daugther (my aunt) inherited her talent, and my cousins were always in beautiful dresses handmade by their mom.

In my teens I was a bit of a fashionista, but never had any interest in making my own clothes (I still remembered how it stressed out my mom).

Then I grew up, I got married and I had a little girl. She rocked my world.

My DNA finally woke up and I started doing what my genes were programed to do, be a mother and sew, and sew, and sew…

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My latest project here

… and now blog.

Hugs and kisses.