quinta-feira, 11 de outubro de 2018

Things I've learned in my two year hiatus


I've been considering doing this for quite some time, not sure what I'd right. Should I just post something like no time has passed? Like those really great friendships where time goes by without talking and then you meet up and it's like you've spoken yesterday?

Or maybe I should do a post about all that has happened and why I haven't been here in two years?

I guess I'll just do both!

So, first things first... Things I've learned in my two years hiatus:

1. I'm an adult now!
Or am I? Well, I'm certainly living the adult life, but it hasn't quite sunk in yet. I'm 37 years-old, living with my boyfriend, my 3 cats, my one dog and his 2 dogs on the weekends and vacations (yes, he has shared pet custody!!!). I have a job and a school manager for a codding school for kids, which leaves me with a lot of time to do other things that fill my heart with joy, if only I wouldn't waste it all on empty, meaningless things like tv and emails that can wait.

2. I love writing.
So much so I've come to the conclusion that I would love to be a writer for a living. However, this is, as you probably know, a very difficult goal to accomplish, adding to this the fact that I prefer writing in English, which isn't my native language so...  A bit of a struggle, but I've also learned that if I write just because I love it and it feels me with immense joy and peace and fulfillment, it will be pretty great too! So we'll just have to see where that takes me.

3. I love sewing.
And I haven't been doing much of it at all!
Two years have seen a growth and a decline in my sewing. There have been times when I've been swamped with orders and projects and it made me happy but stressed, but now I see I prefer happy but stressed anytime than having my hours taken over by useless things like tv or work emails that can wait to be replied. So, there you have it, another goal.

4. I'm addicted to the gym
Trust me, if you knew me you would be very surprised indeed but, as it turns out, I love the gym, love how it takes all my worried away, how it makes me feel energized and young and strong. I love overcoming hurdles and noticing how I evolve.

5. Living with another person is hard!
Well, another person who you haven't lived with since birth. All the compromising and the give and take and the dealing with different personalities, habits and priorities is very hard work, I remember being exhausted for the first 4 months or more. But it is also a big learning experience, and so rewarding if things end up being okay and if you're really respectful and patient about it, of course :)

I wish I could post here a photo for everything I've sewn since the last time I've posted, hopefully I will be able to show you some of it from now on.

Stay tuned! I am back! :D


sexta-feira, 27 de fevereiro de 2015

Where do you come from?

A while ago I received a surprising E-mail. I was invited to participate in an international project. The concept is asking people from around the World to make a quilt block that represents their country. Later these blocks are published in a book and joined into a quilt. The proceedings of the book will go to Unicef.

I confess I've never participated in a quilt a long before, I've never had the confidence to do so. I confess this block was made in two hours because I didn't have enough time for more. I confess that, looking at the galery of other blocks, I'm slightly intimidated and if I'd seen them before making my block, I would have probably given up. 

But I just couldn't miss this opportunity. The project is fascinating and the cause very worthy.
And here it is, my block, my interpretation of a Portuguese cobblestone sidewalk (Calçada Portuguesa) with the colors representing our lovely sun, the breathtaking Douro valleys and, of course, our sea.

My block is called Saudade. (because I'm missing the sun and the beach right now!)
I'm very happy to participate, even if slightly embarrassed I didn't make something more elaborate, due to lack of time and procrastination..
Get to know the project and block gallery here: http://www.quilt-around-the-world.com/en/content/where-do-you-come

And let me know, who else is participating? :)

quinta-feira, 1 de janeiro de 2015


to find my true self
to evolve personally, spiritually and professionally
to feel whole, complete and fulfilled
to have peace, freedom and lasting happiness
to love and accept myself and be grateful for all that I have in my life
to be surrounded by loved ones and to be able to express my love for them
to travel!

I am blessed, I am light, I am love.

Happy New Year :)

encontrar o meu verdadeiro eu
evoluir pessoalmente, espiritualmente e profissionalmente
sentir-me completa, realizada e concretizada
ter paz, liberdade e felicidade duradoura
rmar-me e aceitar-me e ser grata por tudo o que eu tenho na minha vida
rodear-me dos que mais amo e ser capaz de expressar o meu amor por eles

Eu sou abençoada, eu sou luz, eu sou amor.

Feliz Ano Novo :)

domingo, 6 de julho de 2014

What else am I supposed to do on a rainy Sunday??

I believe in English it's called sweet milk bread and rice pudding. :)
Here, it's pão de leite e arroz doce.