More from Argentina… Caminito

Caminito is a street museum and a traditional alley, located in La Boca, a neighborhood of Buenos Aires. The majority of the Italian immigrants that lived in La Boca worked in the port,  and they painted the outside of their homes with the leftover paint from the shipyard – as nothing else was available or could be afforded. This is the reason why it’s so colorful. I’ve seen picture of this place before, and I thought I had to come, but, I imagine something different, I thought it was little town, that people lived there but it turned out to be a shopping alley, with lots of Argentinean souvenirs… mmmh not what I expected, it just didn’t seem real you know, but it was ok, I had a good lunch there, and I loved the colorful buildings.


Trip to Rio Lagartos

A few days ago I went on a trip with my mom, brother and some friends to a town called Rio Lagartos, Río Lagartos is within the Biosphere Special Reserve on the northern coast of the Yucatán on the Gulf of Mexico, just west of the border with Quintana Roo, and is famous for its enormous flamingo colony and large variety of other species.

We arrived in Rio Lagartos around 7:00 AM, had breakfast and rented 2 boats. We sail along the river for a little over 2 hours and enjoy the sights of white and brown pelicans, fishing eagles, herons of many white and pink species, ibis, crocodiles and the breath taking spectacle of thousands of American Flamingos feeding in the salty waters.

The area is the home to Mexico’s largest American and Caribbean flamingo population. It estimated that over 8,000 pink flamingos live within the now protected canals and mangroves just up the river from Rio Lagartos. Wild flamingos eat many different foods but their favorite is shrimp. The more shrimp they eat, the pinker they get.

After 2 hours of bird watching the guide took us to a salty pond, to take a bath in the salty water that keeps you up on the surface without any movement, and then we smeared white mud all over ourselves as we were told it is good for your skin.

We spend the night there and next day we went to Las coloradas, on the western side of the Rio Lagartos estuary its a large salt processing enterprise that collects salt from dry lake beds and ships it all over South America.  The water is all shades of pink and if you touch it, it kind of burns from the salt. The color of the water its because of a small organism that lives in it, called artemia, this is also the preferred food of the flamingos, so it also gives them the shades of pink. This place is so amazing and different that it looks like you are in another world.

For more than 2000 years, before the Mayans, salt has been gathered from the shallow lakes in the area and traded as a valuable commodity. It is bulldozed into huge mounds then processed, cleaned and packaged in the factory here.

And back in town….

Argentina, here I come!

Do you remember that i went to a casting for a tv show? ( well, i haven´t said anything but… I got in!!! I´m in the show!!! I´ll be going to Argentina for 2 weeks to do the show!, I´m so excited, I can´t believe it, and since 4 months passed by since the casting in Mexico city, I totally thought that I didn´t get it, but I received a phone call a few days ago saying that I was selected to be on the show. My gooooood!!!!

Basically I´ll be showing how to make clothes on TV, the show is for Mexico, Central America and some parts of the United States.  I need to prepare the projects that I´ will present to them, choose fabrics and make tutorials. I´m a bit nervous about it because i´m not a professional seamstress, it´s a hobby and I don´t know all the basics, so this makes me nervous, all the other girls coming to the show are Fashion designers, so they know a lot, I just learned on the Internet. So i really need to prepare to do it right.

I´m so excited about this, it also makes me so nervous, to be in front of the cameras. But is something I want to experience. :-)

I still can’t believe it, I’ll probably be on the plane on my way to Argentina and still won’t believe it, this wasn’t on my plans, but its a good opportunity to me, this came just at the right time for me, exactly when i was feed up of being at the office all day, and wasn’t happy about my life, I got the chance to try something different, just like they say, if you want different result you have to do things differently. So we’ll see where does this take me. ;-)

Bueno, no se si recuerden que hace unos meses fui a la ciudad de Mexico para participar en un casting para el canal de television Utilisima, ( … No habia dicho nada pero me escogieron para el programa!!!! Me envian a Argentina por dos semanas a grabar el programa, que increible!!!! Estoy tan emocionada!!!, y la verdad es que pense que no lo habia conseguido, pues pasaron 4 meses desde el casting y no habia escuchado nada, pense que no me habian escogido.. Pero hace nos dias recibi una llamada diciendo que habia sido seleccionada para estar dentro del programa, buenisimoooooo!!!! Estoy tan emocionada!!!

El programa se llama “Puntos y Puntadas”, y sera transmitido en Mexico, Centro America y algunos lugares de Estados Unidos, tengo que preparar los projectos que presentare y escoger las telas y hacer los tutoriales, eso me pone un poco nerviosa, pues no es que soy costurera profesional, yo aprendi en internet!! las demas chicas que van al programa son diseñadoras de modas asi que ellas saben mucho, eso me pone nerviosa, pero tengo que prepararme y estar lista para que todo salga bien, que emocion!!!!

Amor a la mexicana

Light cotton pants, with Mexican detail on the waist.

Light cotton Pants, with Mexican detail on the waist,
one shoulder top, and hair flower all by Guaya.

Light cotton long skirt, with Mexican detail on the waist,
one shoulder top also by Guaya.

Modelos: Argelia & Jordy
Fotografia: Agata Lanz
Maquillaje y peinado: Niza Mendoza
Locacion: Boca del Puma, Puerto Morelos

Fiestas of color, music and traditions

On a recent weekend trip with my mom, we went to Tizimin, a town in Yucatan, and just at the entrance of the town we could see a crowd walking in the streets, I’ve seen that before, in Puerto Morelos, This are called Gremios, which are basically religious processions, I’ve always felt amazed by the colors and the music of the Gremio, since I was a little girl I saw my friends in the processions with their parents. And even though I’m catholic because that is how my parents baptized me,  I don’t professed any religion, but I like celebrations like this or the day of the Virgin Mary, because I like to feel the emotion of people and their believes.

Los Gremios (processions held by guilds or crafts association) are a fundamental part in the customs and traditions of the Maya people, who every year pay homage and give thanks for life, health and work.

Every town has his own date according to the patron saint. From that date the religious calendar marks 23 days of activity, every one of this days the different unions offer a Birthday ceremony to the saint, noon and evening mass are performed, at the end of this there is fireworks, ranging from simple light flying, to cypress, waterfalls, balloons, bull among others.

It is important to remember that the holidays Guild are the origin of the celebrations in Yucatan. They began when the first missionaries organized the indigenous people in the new population centers according to professions, they were assigned a patron saint and and gave them the date of celebration. The Gremios are the syndicates of the different professions like taxi drivers, shoeshine boys, butchers, bakers, henequen workers, shoemakers, market stall vendors, carpenters, and more. Each group reserves a day in the Cathedral for their procession.

This had immediate acceptance as the ancient Maya had a similar organization and simply replaced their gods by Christian saints. And so they were integrated over the years into guilds.

Today the guild are held in the days before and during the traditional festival.  Each guild leaves the house of the organizer in a journey that ends at the church, during the walk they carry banners with religious images and richly bordered inscriptions. Similarly the peregrinación, or religious prayer procession, is accompanied with religious music played on tympani and saxophones and shooting off fireworks, they go through the streets and arrive to the Church, offerings and badges are placed on the altar and is specially adorned with flowers and candles, and then celebrate mass. The entrance and exit of the groups is the part that is colorful and folkloric. At the conclusion of the ceremony, people gather together outside of the church to watch fireworks. The next day, after another mass, the guild leave their church and again travels the streets to the house of the one presiding and the party starts, food is shared among the people. This process is repeated during the days that the traditional celebration.

The guild processions in each village are true fiestas of color, music and traditions. The Gremios are also a wonderful opportunity to witness the intersection of Maya traditions.

* Pics taken by Enrikeh

Corazon en la mano

This are some key chains I made for Valentines. This was a fun project to make. All you need is some ribbons, beads and big hearts.

And while talking about valentines, I was trying to make a V. card for my friends, but wanted something different, and somehow I remember downloading a paper doll… but what happens when you are not well organized? you spend hours trying to find something you know you have, but you can remember the name. I need to organize my files in my computer, I keep telling me this.  Anyway, I finally found it, it’s a paper doll from the small object. I took the liberty of modifying it a little ( I add the heart) and I gave him a girlfriend. And so, I gave my friends a love story for valentines.

Like mexican lovers do, they spend the day at the park, talking, eating ice cream, they played in the swings.

but after a while they got hungry and went looking for a place to eat

after being satisfied, he took her to the beach.

it was getting dark, so he had one more surprise for her.. a little dancing!!

and so, happy and tired they went back to their home…. but that is another story ;-)

Chandeliere earrings

I was a bridesmaid, for my cousin’s wedding, after choosing the dress, and have it made for me (the color made it really hard to buy one already made) I had to decide what accessories to wear, I’m not very comfortable with necklaces, I don’t know why, I love them but never wear them. But I love chandelier earrings, I love how they look, they make me feel sexier, of course in a obvious and subtle way, plus I have a round face, so they help my face look slimmer.

So I made my own for the wedding.

At the end I didn’t used them, they were a bit too long for my dress. But I love them.

Flower tutorials

I have 3 cousins with new babies, and one more coming, so that kind of woke up my motherly side.. I´m using this tutorials to make flowers for some refashioned onesies.

Yoyo Tutorial, by  Shira Cooper

Loopy Felt Flower, by Sister Diane

Fabric ranunculus, by House on hill road

Fabric Flower, by Tamar “Nest pretty things”

Corsage Tutorial, by the Object Project

Organza Flowers, by Little Birdie Secrets

Fold & Twist Fabric Flowers, by Calamity Kim

Fabric flowers, by Wise Craft

Peony Clips, by Make it do

Cover-up dress.

Everything falls in place…. A few weeks ago, a friend of mine asked me to make her a cover-up dress, after a lot of thinking -I was kind of afraid of measurements and patterns-  I finally did, but I got over excited about this and could not stop, I bought and I bought and I bought fabric thinking about the beautiful dresses I was going to make with it. I Started one night sewing a strapless dress, and could not stop, so, after few cover-up dresses made, something got in the mail, a Cover-up contest sponsored by Singer, Cool!!!!

I continue sewing and sewing until 5 am everyday, finally I had some nice dresses to shoot. I run into a friends of my brother, Carolina & Agatha, show them the dresses, and ask them if they could model for me. I explain everything about the contest and they got also so excited that promise to help me. I was juts thinking about taking the pictures myself you know, totally amateur but turns out Agatha is a Photographer and Carolina used to model, so thanks to them I got this beautiful shoots of my stuff.  THANKS GIRLS!!!!!

and finally… this are the cover-up dress that i submit to the contest, I hope I win!!!!!

I totally love this one, it’s inspired in the Yucatecan Huipil, that I always talk about.

This, has a detachable belt to wear with another outfit.

Fotografia: Agatha Lanz
Modelo: Carolina
Ropa y Accesorios: Guaya
Locacion: Puerto Morelos, Mexico

Africa, shoulder bag.

This is a special request from my friend Paulina, it was a B-day present, but I forgot to take pictures before I gave it to her, so I ask my friend to take pictures before she gave it to the b-day girl. and she send me this, don’t you love the chair??? I really liked the composition of the photo, I ask my friend Paulina, to borrow her house for the next shootings.

Moon bag, completed

Do you remember that I was trying to make a bag that I found on a magazine? well I have finished it, I know, it doesn’t look exactly like the magazine, but still I really liked the way it turn out to be. I leave the tutorial, sorry, I’m not very good writing tutorials but I’ll try to do my best.


1.-  Cut 2 A, 2 B and 2 C, and 2 A for lining.
B has to be double the length of the inside curve.

2.- Fold B in half  lengthwise.
Make the gathering along the edge with basting stitches.

3.- Mark center of A and B
Pin gathered B to center and corners of A right sides facing
stitch around the edges of inside curve
Topstitch to finish
Do the same for other side of the bag.

4.- join 2 A right sides facing and stitch around outside curve
turn, and attach lining the easiest way you know.
(sorry about this part, it was a bit complicated to attach the lining and I can’t explain it in English)

5.- Fold C in half  lengthwise, stitch around the seam edges, leave one side open to turn, turn and iron to make your handles.
insert the handles into the gathered tube made from B, make a bow, and “taran” your bag is ready.

Sorry I told you I’m not very good with Tutorial, hope it works for you, I’ll try to take pictures of the process to explain better.

Some bags I’ve been working on.



Shoulder bag, with hand painted detail

Shoulder bag, with decorated key chain, braided straps and wooden rings.

L A  C A T R I N A
Special request.

Chips coin purse, recycle!

Bored as I am sometimes, wanting to make something but not sure what, I was watching an episode of Grey´s Anatomy eating some chips and this thought came to my head: could I turn this chips bag into a coin purse mmmh… I trow the rest away, washed the envelope, and try to see if my sewing machine can sew on this plastic.

Surprise! it does, but only with some fabric under it. I think this is a cool way to recycle chips bags. Now i just told my friends: if you eat chips save the envelope for me and I will make you something nice out of it, I got so obsessed about this that i also put a card box in the grocery store near my house to get people recycle their chips bags. We´ll see if it works.


Aburrida y con ganas de hacer algo pero sin saber que, mientras veia un episodio de Anatomia de Grey y disfrutaba unas ricas papitas se me vino una idea a la cabeza: podre convertir esta bolsa de papas en un monederito? mmmmm…. tire lo que habia en la bolsa, lave la bolsita e hice una prueba para ver si mi maquina lo podia coser.

Sorpresa!! si se pudo, pero solo con un poco de tela debajo, para que la maquina pueda avanzar mientras cose. Creo que es un proyecto chido para reciclar, ahora ando buscando por todos lados bolsas de sabirtas vacias, ya les pedi a mis amigos que si comen sabritas me guarden la bolsita, me obsesione un poco con este proyecto, ja ja ja, pues ya hasta puse una caja de carton en la tienda cerca de mi casa para reciclar las bolsitas de sabritas. Veremos si funciona.

Por cierto mientras traducia esta nota, se me olvido la plabra con la que nos referimos a la bolsita de sabritas, mi mente de plano lo bloqueo, y lo tengo aqui, en la punta de la lengua, y se que no podre descansar hasta no encontrar esa palabra, ja ja ja.