13 July 2009

the new bag

This time it's a messenger bag, big enough to fit an A4 folder, with a zippered pocket inside. A designer from work ordered this ages ago, and finally she's getting it. I've got more orders to deal with, so I better give my new sewing room some use. I'll post pictures of the room another day.

I've been gone too long...

It's been ages since the last time I posted something. Lots of things have happened in my life in the meantime, lots of changes. I've left my single daily life behind, I've moved to a new, bigger flat, I've taken important lifetime decisions...
But as far as is blog is concerned, now I've got a proper sewing room (and a new sewing machine). That's one of the things I like most about the flat.
And all this changes also mean that I'm back to my sewing and eager to learn new things, techniques, experiment with new bags. This weekend I sewed a bag after four months, and although the heat in Madrid is not very inspiring, I really want to go back to the habit of sewing a bit every day. It helps me forget about daily stress, it brings me to a different world were I don't need to look for mistakes and spot errors. We editors are really sick.

Q. How many writers does it take to screw in a lightbulb?
A. Ten. One to change it; nine to think they could have done it better.

Q: How many writers does it take to change a lightbulb?
A: But why do we have to change it?

Q. How many editors does it take to change a lightbulb?
A. Only one; but first they have to rewire the entire building.

Q: How many editors does it take to screw in a lightbulb?
A: I can't tell whether you mean "change a lightbulb" or "have sex in a lightbulb." Can we reword it to remove ambiguity?

Q: If you want to change a lightbulb, how many editors do you need?
A: This question does not conform to our documentation model.

Q: How many senior editors does it take to change a lightbulb?
A: You were supposed to have changed that lightbulb last week!

Q. How many copy editors does it take to change a lightbulb?
A. The last time this question was asked, it involved senior editors. Is the difference intentional? Should one or the other instance be changed? It seems inconsistent.

Q: How many copy editors does it take to change a lightbulb?
A: Copy editors aren't supposed to change lightbulbs. They should just query them.

21 March 2009

t-shirt for my niece

I'm not sewing too much lately, my neck is not doing too well (I blame work for this, being an editor is the worst thing for your back). But I could handle a tiny project, and of course, it had to be for my niece. Very minimalistic, 3 simple and small yo-yos and a straight stitch, and voila, a cute bouquet. I'm thinking of making one for myself as well, the design works beautifully.

8 March 2009

15 February 2009


Another handbag. This fabric reminds me of William Morris designs. I came to know William Morris when I was 15 or so. I was in England for the summer and visited the Victoria & Albert museum, and just felt in love with his designs.

31 January 2009

Pencil roll

Hay alguien que va a quedarse tranquila tras recibir este regalo. This pencill roll is for a friend, she should have got it a long time ago, but it took me a while to gather all the different fabrics to match the colours. But finally, here it is.
It's Saturday afternoon and I hate frontiers.

18 January 2009


The last time I made a bag for myself was in the summer, so I think I deserved one. It looks perfect for spring, but I think I'll be wearing it tomorrow.
The bag has been a bit of a challenge as I've made my first inside zippered pocket and put my first magnetic clasp (which actually was dead easy). It' the first tome I make this pattern, so that also has it's difficulties, but... I'm happy how it came out. Th small yo-yos are temporary, I want to get a different decoration but I still haven't figured it out.

9 January 2009

A cold day

It's cold today and it's been snowing in Madrid, something not too frequent. And it's still snowing. As someone very bright from the city council said to justify the chaos in the city "It's winter, and it snows in winter". The person who said that is Aznar's wife, a very bright and friendly to Bush president we had over here, so what else can you expect. It has to be couple thing.
And it feels too cold to sew. I'm dying to make something for myself but the cosyness of the sofa and my nice blanket stops me.
It's always that when I'm at work, editing a manuscript or proofreading, that I start thinking that I wish I was home to sew something. Always the wrong timing.
So I'm sitting here on my own in this freezing cold flat and I wish I could be playing with my niece, chatting to my boyfriend or walking down Kastanienallee in Berlin on a quiet spring morning.

6 January 2009

The Three Wise Men came to my house last night and left these for my aunties. Two small purses with an elastic (security bag type) and a pincushion. They also left a new printer for myself, exactly the one I wanted, that's why they are wise...