Thursday, April 29, 2010


9 o´clock in the morning, driving up to Minas and heading directly to the town I was born, so exciting to get back to a place that I left a long time ago, how I miss the blue sky and the gentle people and the simple life , friends, old friends of my dad...

First stop: The house we used to live in Lavras city , a small town that´s growing up faster now
I was 2 years old when I left to go to live in São Paulo but my dad stayed there for more 13 years and every holiday I got back to spend my days with my dad , the best memories I have from my childhood: go fishing , playing with my dogs and playing with kites with my brother, looking up to the sky and counting the stars were one of the hundreds of outside playing I remember so dearly!

Vicente is my dad´s good old friend who is a real artist, makes wonderful wooden toys like this train and...
here it is , his working corner with some of his creations , aren´t they cute? the dolphins, the cubes and the puzzle

And the studio...

And some other toys ...

Having lots and lots of conversation ...

And finally, Wednesday is over, I´m at the hotel now in this room and my parents are beside , yes we are separate because I go to sleep late after writing the blog, playing my farm stuff, reading e-mails and so on and so forth...

Day 2 - A short trip to Tiradentes, Bichinho and Prados in Minas Gerais State which I strongly recommend to you if you come to Brazil or especially if you live here!!!

Landing up to the Main Church

Home made goodies shop, yummy!!!

Listed as Brazil´s cultural heritage, Tiradentes city is one of the Portuguese Vilas of Brazil´s XVIII century Gold Cycle

Entrance to artist Oscar Araripe´s studio which I like a lot for his colorful paintings and brilliant ideas!

Windows, don´t you just love them? And these were so eye catching for the lace curtains hung inside and the little white cross hanging on the door

And old door knob and door lock, the background green color is so very beautiful

Bichinho is a smaller villa near Tiradentes and there are hundreds of art studios like Oficina de Agosto and other shops like this , shown above.

Another curious place to visit : Museu do Automóvel da Estrada Real, we could feel like in the time machine, looking at old beautiful cars , Bel Air 1956, Buick Phaeton 1928, Ford, Chevrolet and many more.

Amazing culinary tradition like this trooper´s food that´s so very typical in this town and it´s definitely on my list of the favorites!!!

And the day is over now, after visiting and taking pictures of wonderful scenes , art, metal and wooden stuff, my heart is full of joy, being a couple of days away from home feels so good , I can hear my thoughts, put some organization in my mind and then I feel more centered but... I also miss my dear little girl that stayed with my brother and the precious companionship of my husband. I wish I could talk to him right now .

Thank you for following me on this trip.

Wishing you the merriest of days as you reflect on what was your childhood, the good old friends, the smell of your grandma cooking your favorite cake or just take your time and talk to who you love, about the past or to look forward to what is yet to come.


Wednesday, April 21, 2010

To be present is...

Go fishing with this little girl that gets all excited when she catches one little fish ( that´s really hard to be patient when fishing, you know...)

go for a walk with the loved ones, just feeling the atmosphere, fresh breeze , green leaves under our feet...

spread on the table all the colors you have in your art corner and let her make her own art... As the day was so "fishy", she came up with this wooden door stop to paint on, with lots of colors!!!

Don´t you just love looking at these joyful colors?!!!!!

Oh, yes, I really do, it makes me smile!

To be present is to make it happen when they ask for it!

You just have to keep everything close to you, easy to pick up and voilá!!

C O L O R E X P L O S I O N !!!

And playing with beads, making necklaces for every stuffed animal as she said, two necklaces a day, for two animals ...

Look !! I caught a little crocodile!!!!

Hehehe, just kidding!!!

This fabulous flower is : Golden Shower Orchid , a gift from my sister in law, Marta and finally it gave flowers, I love it!!! Thank you Martinha!!!

This was definately a treasured day, being with my parents , my daughter and my husband, savoring this ordinary day turned into a very precious one.

Thank you for following us on today´s post.

Warm wishes for your week!!


Sunday, April 18, 2010

Obsession or Inspiration?

This week I had a very few moment of sewing and that really drives me crazy because I have to do something to feel relaxed and motivated and crafting is so much fun, you know!
Button and Stitch: Supercute ways to use your button stash by Kristen Rask was a gift from my brother that came back from the United States and I have to confess, this book was on my table and the other time in my bag and it wouldn´t stop staring at me!
So I had to make a project from it that really inspired me and it turned to an obsession for one night and one morning.

I started picking the fabric scraps, some drawings that came up from my head , I dumped out the jar of buttons on the sewing table and the project started .
Bird themed project, because I have seen so many beautiful projects in the books and real birds flying near my house that I wanted to work on this theme.

I have to tell a little story: When I got pregnant the first thing I wanted to do was start making a journal notebook to tell how things transformed my life and since then I collected special letters and cards from friends, concert tickets and medical results, everything is glued and written in details in this notebook but the cover was a little damaged and I was really sad about that.

The project I decided to make was the book cover and it turned out like this!

And I will cherish every detail of the cover because I could put my favorite buttons on it and some fabrics that my friends gave to me , oh, I really love it!!!

This is going to be my daughter´s extra special gift when she grows up because I still have a lot to fill in the blank pages inside .

On the next week I will show you one more book that I am completely mad about and excited, by Cath Kidston , a book full of beautiful projects that´s been tempting me since its arrival ( another gift , now from my husband that made me this mail surprise! thank you so much!) and I am choosing some interesting project to show to you all!

Wishing you a very inspiring and motivating week to all of you!!!


Thursday, April 08, 2010

Familiar sights

Walking down the road , near my house I could notice the beautiful contrast of the green background of Summer and signs of Fall popping out right in front of my eyes!! Yes, Fall, it´s almost here and I love that.
These days have been really busy and I just wanted some minutes just to stop, breath and feel the present, this very moment and to know what surrounds me and to see the beauty outside.
It´s normal that I only post good things because the opposite you can watch on TV news and newspapers everywhere... But sometimes I get really tired and I feel that I need a new perspective to keep going . I have a really blessed life and family that I treasure every little moment so I will keep posting interesting pictures and write down kind words so it can make a difference in your lives, nothing to make you feel down.

I´d sit there and I would read a good book but then... some crazy ducks appeared from nowhere and I got scared!!! I ran away...

Signs of nature
I love the texture and the perfection of this mushroom´s shape and color. So beautiful, isn´t it?

Tiny details of nature that fills my heart with joy

Fall is coming

My neighbor´s flowers that I like very much!

I simply love the color of this wall...

And this reminds me the Brazilian flag with Green and Golden yellow.

Yes, this is so perfect. I feel better now

Have a wonderful week!