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I begin to see daylight

Yesterday was spent waiting for someone who didn’t show up, he didn’t show up because he spent yesterday waiting for someone else, who didn’t show up. While I was waiting I finished my two dresses.
The pink smocked dress came out exactly like I envisioned, unfortunately it is not the least bit flattering on me. I have these breaks with reality sometimes, I have only one shirred dress that looks good on me, it’s only shirred in the back. Unless I lose so much weight that I look like a prison camp refugee, that dress will never look good on me. It makes me look dumpy.
The orange/brown dress looks better, it does make it more obvious that I have a tummy, but the tummy is on it’s way to becoming extinct. My plan is to have a flat tummy before I arrive in California. I know I can do it.I just layered the dresses over what the dummy was already wearing so there is some odd pink fabric peaking through and also some lumpiness, but at least it isn’t bra straps! Fortunately, for the pink dress my neighbor is collecting clothes to take to the homeless shelter, where it will find someone less endowed who will love it.
I also learned how to apply shisha mirrors to embroidery. Actually, I am substituting large paillettes for the mirrors, I read that mylar was easier to work with than mirrors and more easily obtainable. Our Chedrauii has a notions and fabric department,so when we were there on Wednesday to buy produce I bought paillettes. I have no idea what I am going to do but I love the paisley that I designed while fooling around.
Next on my list is tidying up my studio. I hate tidying my studio but love it when it’s done.

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. Babs, I know what you mean, I gave away a bunch of craft stuff thinking that I wouldn’t ever do that here and I am doing more creative stuff than ever. You can pick up a decent sewing machine for around $200 usd, or even less if you get something really simple. My friend bought a used Singer with a table for $900 pesos.

  2. Theresa,l I miss sewing – gave my machines away to two Mexican women who needed them more then me. I NEED to get another one – instead I gave one to my daughter-in-law while in Colorado since she expressed an interest in learning to sew! She is having aball – made tutus for Tilly this weekend. Brings back memories of sewing for my kids – it’s a GREAT release – don’t you think? I envy your studio!

  3. Amanda, I didn’t start sewing until I was in my mid twenties and only because I was manager of a fabric department so I thought maybe I should learn.
    Joanne,I have no idea where this stuff comes from. I look at pictures and magazines and it just percolates around. I see a theme emerging with the paisley though.
    I have books on costume, ethnic dress, and textiles it’s something that fascinates me. I’d love to see photos from your trip to Thailand btw.
    Islagringo, Thanks,it’s the colour combination on the paisley, bringing out the old hippie in you!Hot pink and yellow are pretty retro, don’t you think?

  4. Theresa, again – you amaze me. Where does all the inspiration come from, or is it inside you?

    I clicked on the link about embroidering the mirrors and on that site there was a comment about using coins of the world instead of mirrors. When I was in northern Thailand we went to a hill tribe and an old lady there was wearing a headdress that was embroidered like that with very old Indian coins. They were at least 75 years old. The hill tribes are nomadic and must’ve come in contact with other nomadic groups that traveled to India. Anyway, that link reminded me of that – maybe its a good way to use up those odd coins that one seems to have left over after a trip abroad.

    Your photos inspire me.


  5. How cool, with the dresses. Im just now trying my hand at sewing. We shall see how this goes. 🙂 Waiting on people here does seem to happen a lot. lol

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