DIY Costumes

And it’s Carnival time again! Not worth discuss how quickly the time passes by… Although, anyway … It’s almost March and I feel I’ve done nothing but getting used to work again!

This is the 5th consecutive year that I sew Carnival costumes for the girls, and fortunately, it’s getting increasingly easy. Lets take a walk in the past lane.

2010 – It was the first major challenge, along with my sister. miking equal costumes for me and Mafalda and a for her and my nephew. Conveniently I have no photos of myself dressed in it, but this is how Mafalda was dress that year.

2011 – It was the year of the great disillusionment. I sew another costume for me and Mafalda, a Indian Costume but the weather was terrible that day, with a thunder storm and lots of heavy rain! We didn’t leave the house and the weather was so ugly that I think neither of us got to wear the costume. So no picture of Mafalda wearing this dress that year. But Teresa wore this dress a few days ago and I got the picture. And the costume includes boots and all!

2012 – It was the first year in which Mafalda asked for a specific costume: Tinkerbell. The dress was very improvised and as a silly look, although I think it is ok. I even made the wings out of of tulle and was the first time I sewed a knit fabric in my sewing machine. No hard time!

2013 – was the year of temporary insanity. Conducted by fever “I will sew for my two daughters” I decided to make carnival costumes for both. Mafalda was living her Rapunzel year (this was the year I baked her a 1 meter hight cake like the Rapunzel tower!) And it was impossible to find a fabric with a similar color to the Tangled Ranpunzel dress. So it went lilac. The big yellow braid was easy to make but return home in pieces because went by the head of all the infants in her school.

For Teresa I wanted to make something more traditional, more inspired in my childhood and traditional tales. In my time we had fairies and princesses, police and Indians and witches costumes! Not so much of this Disney characters thing! And so I made a Red Riding Hood Costume even made an apron! The cape was a great achievement: velvet on the outside and satin inside!

2014 – Foreseeing the difficulty of making dresses for both in such short time I decided that Teresa would wear one of the older dresses and she chose the clown. Mafalda decided she wanted to dress like Teresa so I ended up having to make a clown dress. But a minute made version! I sew the dress just yesterday afternoon for her to wear this morning! No pattern. All from my head, fabric in the sewing machine and all with scraps of fabric from the original 2010 dresses! It worked because it’s a Clown costume!

Common to all years is the stress of ending the dresses on time for them to weare in school and the promise that next year is going to be different. Next year I’ll start making the costumes in January, shortly after the beginning of the year, so I can have time to make everything, in no stress! Maybe next year!

Weel! It’s all worth it!

Meias Marias 2nd Birthday


I’ve been writting on this blog for the past 2 years and I feel it’s time for you to know me better. Today I want to sahre with you 22 random things about me, that do not define me as a person but are a part of who I am.

1. My zodiac sign is Capricorn and my ascendant is Libra. This makes me a person that…in some days is almost bipolar!

2. I love sweets and I have an obsession with gelly gums.

3. I love to sleep, though my girls rarely leave me!

4. Since I can remember I have always wanted to be a mother… of 5 kids.

5. At the age of 6 I wanted to be an astronaut and soon after a veterinary.

6. I like big dogs, the bigger the better.

7. I really like cats but my mind is eclipsed after a while and I just want to bore them!

8. I love to read and I read very quickly. I like to read so much that in the stress of my days I’m happy just to read a bedtime story to the girls.

9. There are two people in my life to whom I do not need to say anything.

10. I am a very direct and frontal person and I hate small talk because of this some people find me arrogant.

11. It hurts me… that some people are no longer part of my life… but our paths diverge and that’s just the way it is.

12. I believe in Karma , I believe that positive thoughts create positive events, and I believe that everything we do will return to us, good and bad.

13. I like horror movies and whenever I’m in hotels I’m always waiting to see Jack Nicholson running is the hallways just like in The Shining.

14. I’m not a fan of driving because it forces me to have my mind focused on the road and in what is around me… and my mind is always elsewhere. Besides I like to see the views and

cannot that while driving.

15. The worst book I have ever read is “The magic Cowry” and was the only time I felt that my time had been irretrievably lost.

16. I’m more productive in the morning. I’m always sleepy in the afternoon.

17. I believe that vote, more than a right is a duty, and I’ve never failed an election.

18. The hardest thing to get used to in motherhood was having company in the bathroom!

19. My favorite food is lasagna . I’m like Garfield, I could eat lasagna all meals (and lie down to sleep on the couch after that) and I would be a very happy person.

20. Much of the bad decisions I made in life led me to find what is best and most precious things I have now, so I think I do not regret them.

21. I’m the youngest of 3 brothers and this gave me a huge ability to argument! And this has been very useful!

22. The worst thing you can do to me is … lying. I much prefer a hard and ugly truth than a lie. For me lie has short legs because the truth always finds me.

And that’s it! Are you surprised?

6 months of Sofia

And 6 months have passed. You’re much more than I could ever imagined and I thank God every day to have you in my life. You’re special. You have a charm that is only yours and it’s unique and unlike anything I knew before I met you.

I suppose that it’s part of your integration strategy, and somehow, a way for you to fit in our family.

You are always in a great mood, you have your routines, you like falling asleep in your bed, alone, which makes it a lot easier on your sisters routines. You are a good eater without eating too much and you are way too big for your 6 months, so I don’t have to worry when you have less appetite.

You like to sing and when you get a higher scream you scare yourself, which is so funny to see. You had your first bronchiolitis a few weeks ago, shortly after my return to work, and it was only then that you make peace with your pacifier. You never used it before and now you don’t always want.

You like to bath and when I wash your back you sing to me. You also like the hair dryer and the hot air in your head.

Your favorite place to sleep is still the kitchen and nothing makes you fall asleep more quickly and more relaxed than the smells and noises of crockery and machines working. This was so usefull when I was at home with you and still is on our weekends!

You sleep a lot, with six months you still sleep between each meal, something that none of your sisters did. You now begin to skip the nap after your afternoon meal, but not always.

You interact with your sisters but with some fear. They speak loudly and fumbling too quickly!

Your eyes are still a mystery to me. At the end of 6 months have not figured out if your eyes are green or brown! You did get the most unusual eye color and your hair promises to be blond. Just like my father. But your cheeks are clearly mine!

It seems like it was yesterday and 6 months have gone by!