Self-Portrait Project (week 33rd)

The most important thing that happened this past week was…

… I finally dug out the sewing machine I had gotten from my in-law a year (or more) ago…

Haven’t made anything yet, but it’s all set up and ready to use.


On Saturday I brought the machine into the house. Cleaned it and… hm… didn’t know where to start and what to do with it.

Ni Hao Yall


Serving dinner. Tomato galette. Yumm!!!

With this picture I got lucky. 

On Sunday I didn’t take any other self-portrait and this one was taken just by accident.  


The day before we went to Jo-Ann’s  to get some thread for my sewing machine and just look around for things I would need if I want to start sewing. Late at night I had tried to put the thread on the machine but I couldn’t figure it out, so we called my husband’s mom. She helped a little but still… it didn’t work. 

So on Monday I called my mom.

We talked on Skype, so I was able to show her the machine.

Then she guided me through each step. During the next few hours the machine was ready to go, and what’s most important I felt super comfortable and confident about sewing.

The funny thing is that

– my mom had been a seamstress for 40 years,

– she had taught sewing in sewing vocational high school for 15 years,

– she’d made many of my clothes

– I had watched her sew every single day for so many years

BUT at the same time

she had never had the patience to teach me or my sister how to sew.

Finally, after so many years and thousands miles away she taught me something.

Isn’t that funny!?


Also this week, I have discovered a bentonite clay. It does wonders to my skin 🙂 

And this picture is a reflection of how I ‘ve been feeling lately… in pieces… a piece here, a piece there…


This picture is an ode to my back which hurts like hell. It has been for the most part of this week. I know that big part of it is the weather. It has changed a little and I can feel it, but for the most of the time it is our No. 2 screaming her lungs off each time I put her down. At the same time she is not getting any lighter.  


Easy and quick to make dinner: Pasta.

with this little one rolling back and forth between my legs …

At least that way I can have a few things done without having to hold her.


Today’s play and eating toes time 🙂

Have a wonderful weekend, my friends!


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34 thoughts on “Self-Portrait Project (week 33rd)

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  1. Oh, I love your hair in the pasta photo. It’s so pretty! And how ingenius with the three of yourself trying to figure out what to do with the sewing machine. So your mama finally taught you how to sew. So funny! I bet she loved that. 🙂


    1. thank you, Jennifer. My hair is a mess, lately. The tider I braid it the better I feel. They fall out like crazy, although I take vitamins. It feels like a small wind blow and I am 50 hair less… 😦
      my mom looked really relaxed. I bet it was because it wasn’t her machine that I was about to destroy 😉


  2. The bentonite clay photo collage is gorgeous!!! I love it.
    I never liked sewing, I hated it in school and all I can do is sewing a button on (at least that). My daughter – a teenager – taught herself sewing (youtube is fabulous for that), got a sewing machine and is sewing the sweetest doll clothes. Even my husband can sew (learned it during his military service)! I think this household is covered.


    1. you know, my dad knows more about sewing and using the sewing machine more than me. my mom would always allow him to sew a patch here and there but she never let me… 😉
      be the way, I’m planning on using youtube, as well. I always use it when I crochet. It’s awesome.


  3. My sewing machine sits where I can see it, and I really don’t know what to do with it.
    My mom and sister sewed my baby clothes, and never taught me either.

    Thanks for sharing with Foto Friday,


  4. Oh, the sewing. The women in my family all know how to work their way around a machine, but somehow, it skipped me and my sister! There are so many things I’d love to do, create, but I can’t seem to do more than stitch a straight line or mend by hand!


    1. thanks. if I only knew what to do with it next. I always like watching my mom sew, and I was amazed how one can create such a great things from a piece of fabric. Now I feel like the creating is within a reach, I just have to stop staring at the machine and start sewing….


    1. I do have a carrier but I am not able to lift her like that because of my back injury I had a few years ago. It sucks, I know, but I can deal with her crying. It’s better than dealing with the back pain I have after I carry her for longer than I suppose to.


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