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Update…because I always lack time!

I have lost count on the number of times I have a post outlined, even word by word, and then fail miserably at actually posting it!

So I decided to make a quick update of the last four or so months of my life! As usually I will fail miserably and forget to mention something important but well, it is what it is!

May begun with two very important things in my life: the scrapbook event Hot Chocolate XL and the launch of my magazine Love Crafts!!!!


I look really strange in that photo with the rest of the designers that came to teach here in Porto! I was so honored to receive Diane Schultz and Jeff Filimoehala from Graphic45, Manoli Picatua and Shimelle Laine! The event was a huge success and everyone left happy and with a bag full of projects and memories!


This was the cover of the first issue of the magazine, my magazine, Love  Crafts! It is definitely a labor of love turning up for ideas for this beauty every two months but it is so worth it!!! That dresser can now be proudly seen in my bedroom!

Then I went with Manoli Picatua and together we were Te & Chocolate at a consumer show in the north of Spain. Oh boy did we work our b… of those two days!

My new and gorgeous nephew Frederico was born, Leonor completed 4, with an all over Mickey Mouse party (yes Mickey, not Minnie!!!!), Filipe had his confirmation, which gets us into June!

Call me a chicken Mum, but this boy is going to crash some hearts when he grows up!!!!

Not bad, right? I made all the paper decorations, the cupcakes and cookies!!!! And a million other things not seen in the photos!
The two sisters in love with their baby brother!!!!

With June it was time for the anual Ballet play at our school. And when I say ours, I mean mine and Leonor! So on the 9th we both stepped into the stage at Casa da Musica! It was a very important moment for both of us!

It felt so good to give my ballerina her first bouquet!

Then it was time to prepare the second Love crafts, Gonçalo turned 16 and had the right to a special birthday party with his friends and family, Filipe finished the 6th grade and we organized a get together with parents, teachers and students and that….got us into July and the second number of the magazine was launched!!!!

I know I am biased, but doesn’t it look gorgeous? To celebrate it’s launch I taught two days of free classes at FIA in Lisbon. Two very different projects, two scrapbook mini albums, that I have come to notice I don’t post enough of!

This one is an envelope mini album that is great for a made to measure album, because you can put as many or as little envelopes as you like. And it is so adjustable in terms of theme! The instructions on how to build it are on the second issue of Love Crafts!

This Baby Mini Album made with Graphic45 papers is a little bit more complicated to build. The spine is built with an accordion fold and the double sided pages are then glued to it. The really good thing about it is that you can make it boy or girl themed!

See those three big smiles? Yes, the three girls were lucky to go to Disney with their Grandmother and I went along to help. Funny enough there isn’t one single photo of the five of us. The only one we took all together…actually doesn’t have all of us in it!

It was so much fun to see their smiling faces! And of course, Leonor was specially happy with her all time favorite character Mickey Mouse!

I always admire the fact that a photo can capture the nano second where something spectacular is happening. The sweetness of this image is not lost on me….

Relationships, of all sorts, are built of memories. Piled up tiles that remind us of good and sometimes bad moments. But in order to build these memories, we must make the time to nurture, care for the ones we love, show them we are there. I know for sure these girls will forever cherish and remember with sweetness the moments we all spent together! And the thousands of photos I took will for sure help with that!

And July could not finish without another special day in my life. It I often lack time, I also often forget how fast it flies by! So the 29th welcomed our 20th wedding anniversary! Yes, 20 years of marriage, 25 years dating my gorgeous husband!

More than the gifts we gave one another, the time we managed to push into our agendas to have a day off to celebrate this date, was the best thing we could have given to one another! The views of the Douro valley made this a day to be remembered when rainy days come by!

One last thing in July made it a very special month indeed! 40 km walk/run during the blue moon night, from Guimarães to Gerês! My legs are slowly regaining the conscience of existence!

In the midst of all this, me and my sewing bunch (and friends who also gathered) are making quilts to raise money to send to Nepal. So far we have 25 quilts almost ready. Yes, that many! We hope to raise enough money to build two solid houses that will provide two families with a roof over their heads.

I was never a big fan of Alice in wonderland but somehow when I seem to be lacking time for, well, everything, the image of the rabbit running around with the clock in his hands, resonates to me as so familiar that it hurts! Maybe I was that rabbit in another life…. and nothing changed!!!

“Alice:How long is forever? White Rabbit:Sometimes, just one second.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Because life is a story worth sharing…..

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