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De certeza que já viram o filme a Bela e o Monstro. Quase no início destes desenhos animados, a Bela visita a Livraria da aldeia e acaba por receber de oferta um livro que mesmo depois de já ter lido vezes sem conta, continuava a ser o seu favorito. Eu e este arquivador temos uma relação assim… * I am sure that you have seen the movie Beauty and the Beast. Almost at the beginning of the animated film, Belle visits the village bookshop and ends up leaving it with her favorite book, one she had read a million times before. Me and this folder have the same kind of relationship….

Já o fiz inúmeras vezes, com mais de 6 marcas de papel diferente. Adoro todas as versões, sendo que a primeira ocupa de facto um lugar especial no meu coração. Desta vez usei a coleção Bloom da Maggie Holmes para a Crate Paper. * I have lost the count at the number of times I have done this project and I have used over 6 different brands of paper for it at least. I love all the different versions but I must say that the first one does have a very special place in my heart. This time I used Bloom designed by maggie Holmes for Crate paper.

Cheio de cor a chamar a Primavera porque verdadeiramente esta é a altura perfeita para “Bloom & Grow”!! * Filled with color so that Spring can take over this is truly the perfect time to Bloom & Grow!

Porque a vida é uma história que vale a pena ser partilhada, obrigada por fazerem parte da minha! * Because Life is a story worth sharing, thank you for being part of mine!

  • carla - É este que vamos fazer amanhã? Que bom! Adoro os papéis da Maggie Holmes e dos seus embelishments. Até amanhã!!!BeijinhosReplyCancel

Nos próximos dias 8 e 9 de Abril estarei em Lisboa a realizar 3 workshops na Papelaria Modo, em Massamá! O já “mundialmente” famoso Arquivador para fotografias, um Mini álbum Recipe for happiness e ainda Encadernação Japonesa. * I will be teaching in Lisbon on the 8th and 9th of April, 3 different workshops at Papelaria Modo in Massamá. The “world” famous Photo accordion box, a Mini album, Recipe for Happiness and Japanese bookbinding.

Para se inscrever basta contactar a Papelaria ou enviar email ou mensagem privada! Vemo-nos lá! * To register you just have to call the shop or send email or private message! See you there!

Porque a vida é uma história que vale a pena ser partilhada, obrigada por fazerem parte da minha! * Because Life is a story worth sharing, thank you for being part of mine!

  • Carla Carvalho - Arranjei vaga para sábado, lá nos encontramos para uma manhã criativa.ReplyCancel

Há uns dias que trabalho afincadamente para a Páscoa. Numa tentativa de oferecer a todas as Madrinhas dos meus filhos e claro, à minha também, algo handmade não se revelou tão simples quanto pensei. Nunca consigo ficar só pelo simples. Por uma coisinha só….* I have been working towards easter for a while now. In an attempt to offer each of my children’s Godmothers something handmade, plus to my own, I ended up completing the task a little to much. I always seem to fail the concept of just doing one thing….

Mas queria fazer alguma coisa para os meus afilhados também….para os 5….e para a afilhada do meu filho Luís…e para a Leonor. E claro de 1 passamos para 7…e de algo simples passamos para algo não assim tão simples… * But I also wanted to make something for my Godchildren…the 5 of them…..and to my son’s Luís Goddaughter….and to Leonor. Which means that from just one simple thing I ended up with 7 not so simple things….

Desta vez a costura foi a eleita e os tecidos, na sua grande parte da coleção da Nana Company, os escolhidos. Confesso que estou orgulhosa do resultado! O coelhinho foi feito com um cortante da Spellbinders e cosido com ponto cobertor. * This time I decided to sew something for each one of them, mostly using Nana’s Company fabric collection. And I must say I am proud of the result! The rabbit was made using Spellbinders die and stitches with a blanket stitch. 

Mas devo confessar, que o saco mais masculino que fiz para os rapazes ficou simplesmente o máximo!!!! * But the more masculine bag I made for the boys came out really amazing!!!!

Espero que gostem e que tenham uma Santa e Feliz Páscoa. * Hope you liked it and I wish to each and everyone one of you a Happy Easter.

Porque a vida é uma história que vale a pena ser partilhada, obrigada por fazerem parte da minha! * Because Life is a story worth sharing, thank you for being part of mine!

Hoje começa a Primavera! E por isso nada melhor do que a iniciar com a inspiração visual lançada pela 512 Ideias! * Spring begins today! And the 512 Ideias visual inspiration challenge is the best way to celebrate it.

A imagem que serviu de inspiração para todos os membros do Design team da 512 Ideias foi esta. * The visual inspiration that all the 512 Ideias Design team members received was this one. 

#Visual_Inspiration512_Marzo

Queria fazer algo delicado, que mesmo sem cheiro, “cheirasse” a primavera. E para mim primavera é flores, é um quente frio, é o começar dos dias que parecem não ter fim. Por isso decidi fazer algo um pouco diferente e usar os papéis da My Mind’s Eye da coleção Hello Gorgeous, para fazer uma decoração para casa. * I wanted to make something that was delicate, that even without smell you could actually “smell” spring. And for me Spring means flowers, a warm cold feeling, the beginning of the days that don’t seem to end. So I decided to make something a little different and use My Mind’s Eye papers from the Hello Gorgeous line and transform them in Home Decor pieces.

Para isso usei duas bases com campanulas de vidro que tinha. Com um cortante de moldura, recortei duas peças iguais, centrado a frase em cada uma delas. Depois espetei cada frase num pico para flores e apliquei fita cola dupla face para colar o pico à base. Depois recortei muitas flores, com uma tesoura, dos vários papéis da coleção. * I used two glass domes that had a base and decorated them. Using a frame die, I cut out two sentences on the papers, so that they stay with the same size. With the help of a flower arrangement support, I stuck each frame to one of these pieces and with double sided adhesive tape I glued them to the base. Afterwards I started cutting, with a pair of scissors, different flowers from the different papers.

Com a ajuda de almofadas 3D da Stix2, fui criando diferentes camadas nas flores, colando primeiro as maiores e depois as mais pequenas e ao mesmo tempo criando um movimento circular quando olhamos para a frase. * With the help of double sided foam pads I created different layers on the flowers, starting from the bigger to the smaller ones and at the same creating a circular movement when you look at the sentence.

Uma ideia de fácil execução e com um resultado final muito interessante, não acham? Claro que as campanulas estão já a decorar a minha mesa e prontas para o chá de hoje! * I love the end result of this very easy to do project. Do you like it? Of course the domes are already on my home dinning table, ready for today’s tea time!

Porque a vida é uma história que vale a pena ser partilhada, obrigada por fazerem parte da minha! * Because Life is a story worth sharing, thank you for being part of mine!

  • ana sousa - Adorei 🙂 vou experimentar …ReplyCancel

42 years separate this image from today: the first Father’s Day gift I gave to my Dad. Which obviously means I am getting very old (since I am definitely not turning any wiser) and that today, 19th March 2016 is again Father’s Day.

So today I want to pay tribute to two of the many special men that are part of my life: my Father and the Father of my children. They are very different in the way they relate to their siblings but they have one very important thing in common: they are devoted and loving parents!

When a few days back my Father celebrated his birthday I went in search of photos we had together. That was when I found that special gem above. It was funny to see that in a world far from the digital era, photos were taken with precaution, meaning that I didn’t have hundreds of photos but some.

I obviously don’t have any memory of these first days but I am sure that the serenity, comfort and love I feel looking at this photo now is exactly the same I felt then.

What can I tell you about my Father? He is the most generous and kind hearted man I know. He is one of the hardest workers I know, someone you can always come to in a time of need. He would give his one bread to feed others if needed be. Yes, he is that special.

He is the rock in our Family alongside my Mother. He doesn’t speak much but his eyes say it all, his actions prove his worth. The stories I could tell you about the grandness of this man would make you shed the tears that are now rolling down my eyes. So many are witnesses and receivers of the simple gestures of his enormous heart!

He used to read me a bedtime story every night, from Anita’s books that I so loved and cherished. He would go and pick me and my brothers at lunch time from school. He was our guide during o’ so many hicking trips; with him we discovered the love for nature, the respect that we have to treat it with.

There are so many photos like this one! Me and my brother André in my Father’s lap! I look at that image and I immediately feel safe. Because that is another thing about my Father: we always felt and still feel safe with him. But I left the best for last! Because no man with a big heart can love little and if there is one thing I know is that the love he gave, gives and teaches us to give every day is the biggest there can be. And that is such a blessing!

So you see the stakes were set very high for me. To choose someone to spend your life with we is one thing but to choose someone to be the Father of your children is another.

This photo was taken, by chance or purpose on my wedding day and is one of my favorites. No need to explain why really. On that day we started a family of our own so much at the image of love my parents showed me.

And two years after that our family grew and our first child Luís was born, turning my husband into a Father. The Father of a small boy that couldn’t wait to be born. I think he knew how great his Father was. And what a trial those first months were to us as family, but to my husband in particular (let’s say that just for starters I had an appendicitis just 6 days after this photo was taken).

In years to come I am sure my children will write with pride about their Father. No one can replace or express such feelings but the receivers of it. So what can I say about this man? He would give his life for his children. He is always there for them, night or day. Not just for the fun part, the playing hours, the football games, but for everything! From nights without sleep to hospital stays. He suffers when they get hurt even if he doesn’t show it.

When Gonçalo came along and then Filipe, the three boys and their father formed a clan of their own. So yes our house became a little louder then before but also with a lot more love. Bedtime stories are still read at our house by this man; before he goes to bed he still goes to each room to see if they are safe.

The giggles, the football games, the lego buildings, the puzzles: all day to day things, that are apparently normal but that I know have been the best way to let our children see how much they are loved by their Father. Because the gift of time, of presence, of devotion, of care turns in nothing else but the gift of Love.

But I think nothing prepared this Father to the arrival of this little girl. It is funny to think that the first and the last of our children gave us quite a bit of scare when they were born. She is lucky to have a Daddy that puts bows in her hair, that plays with her endless hours, that let’s her play hairdresser on him…even if he has little hair.

Hands that protect. That is how I see, I feel, I witness these two Fathers. Everyday they give their lives for their children, thru sacrifice, hard work, struggles, example. As another father said this week, being a parent is the hardest task of all. Even if it is also the most rewarding.

So Dad and João Pedro, Happy Father’s Day, from the little girl to whom you will always be the hero and from the woman that is lucky to be the Mother of your children.

Porque a vida é uma história que vale a pena ser partilhada, obrigada por fazerem parte da minha! * Because Life is a story worth sharing, thank you for being part of mine!

  • João Pedro Ricca - I really don’t like to comment on posts. Maybe it has to be about the way I’m reserved about my life. But a post like this could not be left without saying. Tears rolling down my eyes I must say: Yes, I’m a really proud father. My children are THE biggest achievement of my life. Even if I’m not remembered for anything else, I hope they can feel about me just a little bit like I’m described here. But I couldn’t be the father I am without my other half. So, THANK YOU Patrícia! For your generous words and for being the one that makes this possible. For the love we share and for the opportunity to pass it along to our children. Always and ever yoursReplyCancel

  • Filipe Villas-Boas - Patrícia was born the 22nd November 1974, almost 42 years ago. At those times no break days were given to workers for such occasions, so I, her father, went off for work the day she was born. I still remember how lucky I was, willing to shout loud that I was a father the 1st time (I was only 22 years old). The enthusiasm of the first moments, the first days, I kept it for life time, not only for her, as well for the other three children I had with Teresa. For sure Patrícia exaggerates about my skills, even my dedication to her and her brothers and sister. I always have the feeling I could have been much better, that I have missed things should be done at that moment and were forgotten!!! But I have to say how great my kids are, how proud I am about them, the love I have for all of them. Life is a daily challeng, an opportunity to be better, a gift of the time to invite you to share love with the family, friends, the ones you work daily, and many more. To give yourself, permanently, truly, is the kea of happiness, of self realization. Thank you Patrícia, your words touches me profoundly, do not forget I am always around, available, for a story if it is your wish.ReplyCancel

  • Ana Alvim - Congrats Patrícia for the wonderful piece of writing which is not only an excellent example of the secret lying behind your happy faces, but also the utmost honour to the ones we really love.ReplyCancel