Seamstress for a day

In Mafalda’s school kids are learning the professions. In Mafalda’s school there is a girl named Mafalda who has a mother who does many things and one of those things is sewing. In Mafalda’s school are two teachers who felt that Mafalda mother could be a seamstress for a day and show kids how is this profession. At Mafalda’s school there were more than 30 children ages 4 and 5 cutting fabric and sewing it on the machine, just like mini tailors and seamstresses. At Mafalda’s school lots of fun guaranteed for a day.

Among fascinated eyes, brilliant interventions and lots of impatience 37 small pillows were born. Each one had the initial letter of each child name. Each children had the opportunity to sew his letter on my machine. Me and the teachers did all the rest because otherwise the kids could not take home a ready-made pillow. They all behaved very well, it was clear that some had more skill than others, there were also some who disn’t took their eyes off the sewing machine while they were sewing, while others were more distracted and once in a while they forgot what they were doing. But they all were overjoyed with their pillows. Funny to see the how the boys were super excited to sew, since the girls were more restrained but also participatory. This is the cushion of Mafalda, fabrics chosen by her, letter color and sewing thread also chosen by her.

How they grow

I had a baby… I sweare I had a baby… But this morning I look around and I didn’t found my baby…

This morning I looked arround and I saw this:

and this:


And this:

And that’s when reality hit me … My baby has grown … and today was her first day of daycare school … But there is something familiar about it … Wait … Oh man! … I know what it is! I had another baby before this one, which also grew too fast, and that baby also went to school one day…

What the hell is going on with my babies that grow up so fast and keep jumping out of my lap, without a warning, without a notice, how can I can prepare myself?

Either I’m getting really old or it’s time to start thinking about having another baby … I want a baby…

Felt Dollhouse

Welcome to the Doll House! This is one of the activities of the activity book that I’m designing. It’s a tiny house full of potential for hours of fun! It is adaptable to various ages, and the small parts can be carefully stored in a proper pocket to avoid the risk of being swallowed! In an early age allows children to learn the home divisions and identify the routines that are fulfilled in each one, and also to learn the furniture and its usefulness.
At a most creative age children can play with this nice family home and organize it as they want!

The smallest Maria is out of this project because the house is a happy little house and has no room for more people. But on the other hand we have the Manuel Maria, the father of this family!

Tinkerbell Costume

This year Mafalda wanted a Tinkerbell costume for Carnival. Of course she only talked about it the week before the carnival, which left me with little time to prepare things accurately.

I thought about buying one, but I was a bit out of time to go looking, and with little desire to walk from store to store looking for a costume that probably did not exist this year. The truth is that Tinkerbell is a bit forgotten, so is Peter Pan.

So I gave a quick look to Disney Tinkerbell and I decided to draw the dress, but it had to be something simple and easy to make that time was not in my favor.

In Valentine’s day V. went with me to the fabric store to choose the fabrics. What we liked most was a knit fabric and not cotton, but it was so cute and had the Tinkerbell sparkle that I decided to try to sew it.


It was going Ok, but at a given time I decided that I did not need the walking foot to sew it. Of course I was wrong, and although in the right side it looks good, the wrong side is a mess with huge folds that would not be there if I had continued to sew with the walking foot. But is not that important. It’s a Carnival costume and was made on time and when dressed up looks perfect.





Now tell me, Isn’t she the most beautiful Tinkerbell ever?

Monday was the day of the traditional clown parade in Sesimbra. This parade has been part of our Carnival tradition, so we dressed up to participate in one of the most joyous and lively carnival events.

This parade is a volunteer event, it’s open to all who wish to participate, no registration required, just willingness and joy, and of course, a clown costume. For those who never saw it I strongly recommend to see and participate, and this year we were lucky with the weather because there was no rain and in the afternoon temperature was between 17 and 18ºC which was more than reasonable.


Mafalda’s costume was made 3 years ago and still fits, because it’s goofy and wide, but it seems to me that this was the last year that she wore it. I can’t ready ask for more than this! My costume is equal to this one, but obviously bigger.


Mafalda is still a bit uncomfortable, which is strange because she is never embarrassed at all, but I think seeing so many people in so little space still leaves her a bit unresponsive. She just stares and look and absorb everything. But back home she was so happy playing!

Next year I’ll probably bring Teresa with us, as this year she is still too little and stayed home napping.