Mario Bros related crafts

 I do not care about for video games, not even nostalgia ones. I didn't like them when I was a teenager, and I like them even less as a mom.

But when my friend V called me asking ideas for his boyfriend birthday gifts I made a quick search and sent her some links, within a few hours she was so excited that asked me for lessons, so she could make all that she intend and could also learn how to use the sewing machine.

I accepted and we spent two days working on it, a bookmark, a cushion and a god strap, I mus say that it all came very nicely, and even I got excited and decided to use the the eraser stamps that I had engrave to make a tote to put all the gifts together.

This is the result.

XXXIV International Fair of Children's Books in Mexico City

Affiliate links within to the English version o the books when available.

We visited the fair with a larger budget than last year and it was such a pleasure, we love books.

I made my son notice that the fair has the same age as me, and he told me that it was created on the year I was born for me, since I'm the queen of books, this made me smile.

I felt very proud that the one book my son chose was The Usborne Enciclopedia of world History, not only for his interest in History, wich I think is pretty cool, but because he actually can read it. I have to admit that when the third grade curriculum arrived, I totally freak out. the content was to advance for him, English is his second language. I figure that it was just an obstacle to tackle, but still. And we started little by little, and suddenly he leap a mile on his understanding of English, it's so funny how mothering always give you the same lesson, over and over, and we fail to learn it. Progress will occur in its time, there is not point on rush it or get stress, you just have to enjoy live and keep up. So, you understand that when I saw him fascinated by this book (we spend a good 20 minutes on this stand) and reading it, I understood I had to make the effort to purchase it, even it is pricey.

I also got some discounted books, a few that my son loved even when he didn't ask for them, and some other I thought I could use in my baby classes, I want to start some Story Time in English here in Mexico City next year, and some Reading Promoting Sessions too, next year.

Some came in packs, and I also got a puzzle. I'm hoping to make individual post on each book later.

I got these in a pack for $1.5, but you can find them in English following the links; How to Hide a Parakeet & Other Birds, How to Hide a Meadow Frog and Other Amphibians (Reading Railroad), How to Hide an Octopus and Other Sea Creatures (Reading Railroad), How to Hide a Butterfly and Other Insects (Reading Railroad Books), How to Hide a Crocodile and Other Reptiles (Reading Railroad),How to Hide a Polar Bear and Other Mammals (Grosset & Dunlap All Aboard Book)

These came together too, I think they were funny, also great price, $1.5.

This is very beautiful, has not text, good for babies and in plasticized paper easy to clean.

This one  is very good for learning some basic Spanish words, love the illustrations.

I'm not. I will ever print photos the old way with my son, as I did when I was a teenager, but still is interesting  to know how it was done.

This one is one of those books without text that are great for young children to understand story structure. It is about a fox who stills a hen. All the friends of the hen are running across the land trying to catch him, but when they finally do, the hen and fox reveal they are in love, it is very very cute, I recommend it a lot.

This has a CD with music and illustrated traditional rhymes form Latin America, really good.

This one has very nicely sounded poems that I expect to use with my babies and kids to teach them rhythm.

It's so bad that this one does not seams to be available on English, it's very nice. A boy lives in a island with all his dog friends and one decides to give them names, as he chooses animal names for them, they transform in parrots, frogs and more, beautifully illustrated.

This collection of board books offers very rhythmical simple ideas,  Violín.

Another book without word, this one full of details on the illustrations that are a delight to observe. It's about a picnic, but when they arrived to the place, someone has steeled the cakes.

Very, very simple book without word with this idea Before, after, most of it related to nature, beautiful illustrations, and great to develop the concept of story structure, time and relations between objects or circumstances for little children.

A simple 40 cents puzzle, just because puzzles are so much fun.

 And of course, the beloved Encyclopedia.

If you live in Mexico city, you are still on time of visiting the FILIJ today, Sunday, November the 17th., there are a lot of cultural activities, such as baby reading rooms, concerts, workshops and of course, lots of books.


Geranium dress

Last night I wanted to make something special for a baby.

We had guests for breakfast, a couple who took the prenatal class with me.
They came to introduce their baby. a lovely girl.

So I decided to try this pattern, and then to add diaper cover, booties and then a bonnet too.

I love the result, and I want to make so many more!

Info: the bonnet is Peekaboo Bonnet (by Rae as the Geranium dress), diaper cover (by Dana) and booties pattern from this store.


Yarn Along :: Tree doll blanket

Yarn Along it's a day of the week to share what you are knitting and reading created by Ginny, you can add your post here every Wednesday or to the flickr group any day. 

I have been so busy. We are so delay on homeschooling work, but it's just that with my kid learning three musical instruments plus theater and chess classes, and my work at the shop, we are kind of full. But instead of freaking out I'll just try to relax, and let things flow.

In the middle of all of this I have only had time to knit some small blankets for my kid's stuffed animals. This one is supposed to be a tree.

My very little reading is the first number of the National Geographic History Encyclopedia that is at the magazine stands every two weeks and we are collecting. I get distracted and I have to re read, but I really want to build some knowledge about history, and the pictures are amazing.

We have been watching Downton Abey and so I got this recipe book, which is great, even when I can't eat most of what is there for the gluten and dairy, but it's full historic details that I love to read.

What's on your needles this week?


Hobbit Inspired Giveaway

I thought that after the Hobbit birthday of my beautiful boy, It would be fun to have a Hobbit giveaway.

And so I put together a pack with most of the goodies from the birthday, and I'm going to give it to you.

You just have to leave a comment here for a chance to win, or like our facebook page and come back and tell in comments to be have a second chance to win.

Package includes:
1 felt sword
1 Gandalf hat
1 floral crown 
 2 dwarf beards
2 elvish crowns
1 messenger bag
2 elvish bows with arrows and bags

Winner will be announced next Friday (October 10).

Good Luck everyone!


Sewing a lot, again

I have been working on some things for our home, like simple pillows but with beautiful fabric, I think pillows make a home cozy, even if you don't have couches.

Last Saturday we had visitors for breakfast, and so I took this chance to make place mats and napkins that I have been planning for a few weeks.

I end up making a bread basket with the same fabric, I tried to imitate a tree trunk, I love to make thing that remind of forest, trees and nature.

Also I'm still working on the puppets for the birthday of a little boy, they are giving one puppet to each kid, I'm hand sewing the eyes, and that's delaying me.

The night I made the napkins I also cut some pillows I have to make for an order, and I end up with a few stripes of fabric of the same width, and I decided to try my hand at a log cabin patch, not really knowing very well how to, but it came up nice in the end, I think, I added son corners to make it more pretty, I always get very worry about how to combine colors right on a quilt, and that even stops me from doing it.

I haven't made the pillow for this one yet, I made all my pillows because I like to use cotton fabric and I think all pillows that sale on stores are expensive.

I'm joining Nicole, on KCCO today, what are you creating these days?