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Busy Bee, that’s me!

In honor of the Borg, I have new nicknames for the granddaughters. They are now Juannafor, Tuafor, Threeoffour (formerly known as la nieta) and the once and future baby girl due in January who will be Fouroffour.
La Primera mentioned to me that Tuafor was suffering from a serious case of handmedown syndrome.  I offered to make her a few things. She is still small enough that I can whip up stuff for her pretty quickly and young enough to like girlie stuff like twirly skirts. I have a friend who is heading NOB soon, which means the sewing machine has been whirling along. So for I have these things made.

I planned on some simple skirts then I found a total deal on some sleeveless tops. At $10 each, I bought 6, so far I have combined one with fabric from my stash to create a long sleeve dress. I count stash fabric as free so it’s the seventy-five cent dress.

Next I made a pinafore because I love the look. It may  be a tad old fashioned but what can I say? It’s a good dress up look.

I’m not sure about the shirred dress. There are lots and lots of choices of patterns at the fabric stores, but I didn’t like the way most of the fabrics felt so I opted for the eyelet. I bought 1 1/2 meters for around $30 a meter. What’s that two fifty us? I thought the little cap sleeve might take it up a notch, but now I just don’t know.

The denim skirt is from the legs of a pair of old jeans that I had laying around waiting for me to replace the elastic. I’ve always said that I would rather make something new from scratch rather than repair things, so that’s one more thing I don’t have to feel guilty about not fixing.

Chatting with Pop, he asked about my paintings, so here are a few. The parrot (a red lored parrot) gave me fits. Apparently, I have no clue as to how birds are put together. Fortunately, Greenwood is very patient and with his guidance I finally finished my first and last parrot painting.


The park scene was my trademark overly ambitious endeavor. I call it Vladamir the spy goes to the park. Conversations in a Park. I combined a couple of photos that I had taken of interesting people.

The building with flowers is from our trip to Ecuador, it just looked so European to me with the stucco and geraniums.

And the last painting, was an epic fail. I had this old style photo of me in my Californio costume that had been taken in the Victorian Picture Parlor. I thought it would be cool to do it as a Catrina, it looks like it belongs in the haunted mansion at Disneyland. Except for a Halloween haunted house, I cannot imagine ever framing it or even displaying it. I may paint over it.

About Theresa Diaz Gray

Born in New York City, I grew up in California, and have lived in 3 countries and 6 states. I'm a first generation Cuban-American who lives in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. I'm committed to living an abundant and creative life and helping others do so too through DIY!


  1. Brenda, too cool

    Khaki, Girls are more fun to dress when they are little. It gets harder as they get older because I think the fashions tend to be too mature. This isn’t a new problem, I remember it from when La Primera was a child too. Though I think it’s gotten worse over time. Little boys look cute in bow ties but how many can you make?


  2. How lucky you are! I had 2 sons and now 3 grandsons – no little girls to dress. What fun that would have been!

  3. Theresa, funny you should mention Butterflies for this technique. One of my classmates is doing a Monarch Butterfly sitting on a bamboo plant. It is coming along nicely.

  4. Brenda, I normally paint on wood that has been primed but I never heard of the foil. Not that I am all that knowledgeable about substrates. Now that I think about it I have seen paintings done that way. I can just see how it would make the iridescence of the wings really pop! It would be perfect for fish or butterflies too! Not that I have ever painted a fish before.

    Barb, she who dies with the most fabric wins…teehee. I bought some fabric to make stuff for 2of4 but haven’t even cut into it yet! The straps are definitely going away!


  5. Very cute clothes. I’d have to agree about the straps instead of the caps.

    I managed to get my nieta’s dresses sewn from the fabric I bought on our shopping trip. My blouses? Well…I have one cut out…lol.

  6. I think you are right that the normal straps will look better on that dress.
    Yes, I have done a hummingbird in pastels; but am finding that it is totally different in oils. This one is different also in that it is not on canvas either. It is on a wood bastidor and then covered with aluminum foil and then after all that I am painting on it. The foil gives it a different effect as we crinkled it a bit as we applied it to the bastidor. It is also bigger and a closer view of the bird so lots more detail. Lots of different shades of colour,and reflections, etc. equals a very time consuming project lol. Hopefully it will turn out well.

  7. Jennifer, One of the first things that I made the girls when my daughter married their dad was ballet skirts. I am big into dress up.

    Brenda, I have time, I am going to make normal straps. The cap sleeves just don’t work.
    You did a hummingbird before in pastels with a fuchsia, didn’t you? I remember that it was quite nice. It’s amazing how difficult some of this stuff can be. I am painting a landscape right now and I am overworking everything. Arrgh!!!


  8. Boy you have been busy ! I love the long sleeved one and the pinafore also. I agree that somehow the cap sleeves on the shirred dress don’t quite fit in with the look. A plain strap out of the body material might look better, just my thoughts. Love the denim skirt and I am sure she will love them all cause grandma made them.
    Interesting paintings, there is something that I like about all of them, even the catrina lol.
    I am working on a hummingbird right now and it is just as time consuming as the dogs and cats are; but this bird is in oils, so even more headaches than pastels.
    Have fun.

  9. Quick, whip up a tutu. It’s amazing what a little piece of tulle can do, and every little girl should have a tutu.

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