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Me Made May and some technical difficulties

Just a line to tell you all that I have several blog posts that I have been working on. The writing part is going along well, the hold-up is in the photos. I have either not taken enough photos, the photos are too blurry to use, or I still need to edit them.  I use an online editor and the internet slows way down when it’s warm, just like everything else around here.

The other day it was a mind numbing 43ºC which is 109.4ºF, for the first time in a quite awhile I didn’t find the pool water too cool. Husband just walks into the pool like he’s taking a stroll, I dip my feet, then slowly work my way up to my waist. He says that the hot air makes the contrast stronger and I should just jump in. Like in so many things, he is probably right, but that doesn’t mean that I am changing my ways. Today it might reach 86ºF which is just about perfect, though your opinion may vary.

I have been sewing quite a bit lately. BK is going NOB soon and I sending a package to Las Nietas. I have two capes made, one dress finished and one needs about five minutes work to be done.

It’s Me Made May (MMM), and I decided to particpate, then I realized that mostly I have costumes not clothes. I have been working on my wardrobe so next year I definitely will join in. Me Made May is about wearing what you sew. Here’s an article about it. In a nutshell, you design your own MMM pledge regarding wearing what you made during the month of May.

Off hand, I currently have hanging in my closet-  two tunics, a vest, and two pairs of leggings that I’ve made. All of those I’ve sewn this year. I also refashioned one t-shirt, two tunics, three skirts, and a vest. All of which I wear except one of the skirts. Ironically, it’s this one because I don’t seem to have much anything that matches it.

I also want to announce that starting May 1st, I decided to do a year of Make it or Mend it. For one year, I will not be buying anything new except shoes and underwear. I’ll either be buying 2nd hand (called medio uso in Mexico which translates into half used) or making it myself. I am only going to buy materials after I have scoured my stash.  I am firmly committing myself to the DIY lifestyle.

To quote the Terminator,”I’ll be back”…

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. I think I may have packed some dresses I thought you might like but now I can’t remember! We will need to wait until Oct. or so to see if I did pack them.

  2. On used clothing: I have a Goodwill store a few blocks from my project house, when I need a break or even don’t need a break, I walk over and look it over for stuff that fits my uniform. I take it and ware it when I visit Latin America , on my return time, I donate it to a charity hospital. It leaves me with plenty of room in my bags to drag my arty textiles and ceramics back to Ohio.

    • Norm,
      I love that idea. Everyone wins! I miss the thrift stores NOB.

      Husband’s philosophy of travel is bring an almost empty suitcase, and buy what you need at your destination. He says that way you get what is suited to the climate and when everytime you wear the clothes you will remember where you bought it. It doesn’t always work out in practice since he is six one. Then again, he is not really into clothes.


  3. Hi Steve,
    I have never been much of a photographer and it’s becoming more and more necessary for the type of bloggig that I am doing. The writing part hasn’t ever been a big problem though the posting process sometimes is.for example I can’t seem to post this reply! I have tried several times already, I am fully expecting it to now post 4 times.

    Have fun on your trip, I love reading your adventures.

  4. Great to hear from you again. Wrestling with the vagaries of the internet has to be one of the worst parts of blogging. And I will get that in spades when I head off for a month of travel. Cruise ship and hotel internet systems are designed to get e away from the computer, I think.

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