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Loving what you do

29 Jan

Hi there! Me again… Remember how I was telling you in my last post that I had been working on a cute apron with mittens! Well… drumroll please!! Here you have it!photo

100% handmade for my friend and boss Ana, who likes to spend time cooking (not like me, that use every occasion to escape entering this weird place called “kitchen”; I must admit that I do cook now and then, basically because we need to eat in this house, but NOT because it relaxes me, like many of my friends say. Nope, what relaxes me is shopping, sewing, traveling, reading, but NOT cooking. But that’s a good subject for another post).

As I was saying, I decided to craft this apron for her because it was her B-day last week and I thought this would be a perfect gift. It turns out she loved it! But you know what, this is not really the story I was going to tell you…

The real story behind this is that in spite of working on this project the ENTIRE day on Saturday, AND half of Sunday, it didn’t feel at all like I was “obliged” to do it, or that I was “working”. Actually, the days passed by so quickly and I didn’t need to eat (which is good, I need to lose weight. AGAIN), did not need to drink (I ended up dehydrated by the end of the week-end…) and totally ignored my husband the entire time (he used this alone time to watch some football games. Go figure!)

I guess what I am trying to say is that when you do what you love, no matter how much work/hours/effort you put into it, it doesn’t really feel like “work”. It feels good, fulfilling, meaningful… It feels like you leave something behind, like what you do actually matters… There is something tangible that other people can see, touch, feel, use, and THAT my friends is what I call BLISS. It’s LIFE, in it’s truest form and it’s healthy, and useful to others, and as I said before… MEANINGFUL.

I really believe we should all find that SOMETHING that we love to do and try to do it as much as possible. Our happiness depends on it, our health (physical and mental) as well. And when we find that something that really makes us happy, we need to figure out how to monetize it (if we can…). Because being able to find the THING that makes you happy doing every day and actually making it to pay the bills is the real essence of what life should be like. No obligations, just doing it because you love it. What can be more fulfilling?

What do YOU love to do? Did you find that something already? I hope you did.

HL1982

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Ethinical spring

27 Jan

Hey all! I know it’s been a while since I’ve written something on the blog, but I have to admit that between the long hours at work and my new sewing hobby, I don’t really have much time left for writing :(( However, since I did work on my sewing skills lately, and I even took a course over a week-end at PeSeta (which, by the way, was really great!), I thought I showed you my latest “work of art”.

So, here’s the story… The other day I was browsing Pull & Bear ‘s web site  for the new season’s novelties and I fond these really cute ethnical inspired stuff that I really liked.5820330800_2_1_1 1655211002_2_1_1 5472310251_2_1_1

So I thought to myself… “why not making my own ethnic bag out of the super cool fabric I just bought at Los Tejidos de la Maja??” And so I did… here is the result: 20130127-203311.jpg

As you can see, my bag is more like a clutch really and it has a really cute vintage fabric for the inside part. I’m actually quite proud of myself because I did it really quick and made no huge mistakes… you can’t see any seams and the color combination works quite well. 20130127-203411.jpg

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20130127-205628.jpgI also did a cute apron with mittens and all, but that’s a story for my next post.

Thanks for reading!

HL1982

Butterflies are hot!!

3 Jan

Hi everyone!! So, as I am on holidays right now (thank G.O.D, I really needed a break!) I am catching up on my sewing skills and I am trying to get some projects done that I had pending. One of the things that I needed to do for my new sewing machine was a nice cover, as it didn’t come with one.

I must say that since starting with this hobby of mine, I am discovering a world of possibilities in terms of the things that one can do for oneself and I am especially enjoying the wonderful world of FABRICS!! I discovered some really cool and old-school shops right in the center of Madrid where they sell the most amazing, vintage fabrics! I am really excited and I wish I could spend the entire day just browsing in these stores and finding wonderful treasures. The cool thing is that they sell fabric patches as well, and those are really cheap, great for patchwork or for small DIYs.

So, as I was saying, I needed a new cover for my sewing mating and… here it is!!!

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Love this butterflies patterns and the texture is also really nice. Very natural and vintage…

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Here is the final product!!! I quite like it (taking into account that I’m just starting with this, it’s not that bad, don’t you think???)

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And, by the way, butterflies are quite cool – take a look at this personalized mannequin that a company called Manikiss is developing. I absolutely love them!!! The price is about 150 € and this is the only reason why I don’t have one already!! 383333_287405738026671_1032759208_n

Well, I hope you liked this post and I will keep you in the loop of the next projects (I really need to take advantage of the holidays!!!!).

Thanks for reading!

HL1982

Upcycling memories

1 Jan

Hi everyone! Sorry for not being very active lately but I promise that it is all going to change this year!! So here is my big news: Santa brought me a sewing machine this year!! A huge dream of mine since quite some time ago so I’m really excited to show it to you…

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One of the things that I was planning to use it for was my Grandma’s vintage dress. In a few days it is going to be 3 years since she died and I never got to wear her dress because it was too large for me, so I decided that my first DIY project was going to be dedicated to her.

I wasn’t sure wether to try to adapt the dress to my size or to totally transform it into something else, but finally I decided to use it for various things, so that I could be reminded of my Grandma with each garment I put on.

The first project has been a success, in my opinion… I took the collar of the dress and added it to a simple white blouse I bought from Massimo Dutti a few weeks ago. Here is the result:

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As you can see, I also added some elbow patches …

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Handmade is not perfect, but for me, that’s really the beauty of it. It is not mass made, it is unique in its imperfection, and it is truly heartfelt. I really love the result and I can’t wait to wear my new vintage blouse 🙂

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As the dress was quite big, I still have a lot of fabric left to use in other projects, so I’ll show you the new things that I make as I go along.

Thanks for reading and keep safe!

HL1982

My First DIY

25 Nov

Hey all! OK, so let me tell you… I did several small DIY projects already, but wanted to share with you my FIRST real BIG super cute project, which is a zipper necklace. I’ve been wanting to do this for a while now so this afternoon, after meeting a couple of friends for coffee, I came back home and decided to work on it.

And… here is the result!

Hope you like it!!

HL1982