This project could be a perfection from the start to the end, but it’s not. I’d say that if I was going to sew these butterfly wings again, I’d do it a bit different but somehow it came up cute and someone here is having lots of fun.

First I used some pieces of fabrics that I brought from Brazil. The idea of making wings was there, stored in a folder in the bottom of a drawer somewhere called Pinterest. I saw different styles and could figure out how to make it. Well, more or less.

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First I drew half of a wing on a large paper (wrap paper works wonderfully) . I cut the cloths and sewed the middle part of each one together.

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I pinned the fabric facing each other together and sewed almost all the way, leaving only the bottom part opened, so then I could turn and fill it with the batting (foam for padding).

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This is how it looks after turning.
Then I ironed the wings. (This step is necessary, believe me.)

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I had some wire at home, and this is the part that I would have done differently, buying a thicker one. The wire makes the wings to hold up.

Then I calculated and bent the wire until it was more or less in the required position and format. I bent also the ends (see picture) so it would not stick the fabric later.

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I cut the wadding that I had at home the same size as my previews drawings, using it doubled to be ticker. I placed them inside the wings.

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I sewed again around all the edges, one centimeter to inside for the wire to pass around.

I drew in a piece of A4 paper some forms. Sewing those forms gives nice details to the wings, at the same time making the batting to be in place. You might require a bit of familiarity with free motion quilting, but as I don’t have it, I sewed very, very slowly. Haha

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The last step now is to sew the elastics. In this case I covered them with fabric but a simple elastic will be fine and cute too. I had to try it many times while sewing to get it right and don’t get so tight or so loose on my daughter’s shoulders.

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The fine wire made these wings very soft, and I even see a charm in it, but maybe it’s wiser to put a thicker one if you don’t want to be smoothing out the wire after every play.

The size of the wings depends a lot on the size of the child. The nice thing about this project is that you can play with size, format, types of fabrics and padding, thickness of wire… and it will give a totally different look to the wings. Enjoy it. :)

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For those who wonder, the crochet doll was made by my mom. We loved so much this “doll experiment”,  that we asked to bring it all the way from Brazil to here. So it stays like this; bald, no eyes, no mouth or clothing. :)

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When your almost 4 years old daughter can’t still start Kindergarten, mom has to be creative somehow. With some pieces of old cartoon boxes, some paint and fabric, we created puppets. It turns out being the toys I love the most. :)

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We’ve been to this miniature park, Madurodam. The 1:25 scale replicas of famous Dutch landmarks are wonderful and it’s quite impressive to think that the park is already 65 years old. It was restored in 2011 to celebrate its 60th birthday.

Madurodam was named after George Maduro, a jewish law student from Curaçao who fought the Nazi occupation forces. He died in 1945 at Dachau concentration camp.

Estivemos no parque Madurodam, onde há réplicas de vários monumentos holandeses na escala de 1:25. O parque foi renovado em 2011 para celebrar seu 60 anos.

O nome Madurodam vem em homenagem a George Maduro, um estudante de direito judeu de Curaçao que lutou contra os nazistas pela Holanda e morreu em 1945 no campo de concentração de Dachau.

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When you think about a park with more than 7 million tulips, (more than 800 varieties of it) and other varieties of gerberas, daffodils and roses, this is the place. It’s only open seven weeks a year. It’s beautiful, it’s colourful.

Quando você pensa num parque com mais de 7 milhões de tulipas, (mais de 800 espécies) e ainda outras variedades como gérberas, narcisos e rosas, este é o lugar. Aberto somente 7 semanas no ano, o parque é lindo e colorido.

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Nos últimos 13 anos, mudamos de país seis vezes, passando pela Inglaterra, Alemanha, Áustria, França e agora estamos na Holanda. Aquela menina que saiu do Brasil sem saber fritar um ovo, evoluiu. Não que eu goste de cozinhar, pois isso não mudou muito, mas nos últimos anos eu passei por uma transformação. Transformação esta que não me faz mais abrir o caderninho de receitas antigas, daquelas que usam leite condensado e açúcar refinado. Meu paladar mudou. Mas contudo, porém, entretanto, fazer receitas saudáveis que caem no paladar das minhas crianças, e de pessoas normais (tipo, marido) é tarefa difícil, ainda mais quando se evita a todo custo receitas complicadas. Sem talento por aqui.

Voltando ao assunto mudança de países, eu sou imensamente grata por aparecer anjinhos em todos os lugares que me ajudam de alguma maneira. Desta vez conheci a querida Camila que vira e mexe vem com receitas testadas e que fazem o maior sucesso entre os normais. Mais adiante, a criadora desta receita, Kristen, que embora ela não me conheça, vou deixar o link para o blog dela logo no final deste post.

For the last 13 years, we have moved six times, passing through England, Germany, Austria, France and currently in Holland. That girl who left Brazil without knowing how to fry an egg doesn’t exist anymore. Not that I enjoy cooking, because that has not changed much, but in the last years I have undergone a transformation, let’s say. Transformation that does not make me open the old recipe book anymore, with those that use condensed milk and refined sugar. My taste has changed so much. However, making healthy recipes that my children and normal people (like, husband) like is a difficult task, especially when you want healthy ingredients and avoid complicated recipes at all costs. No talent here.

Turning to the subject of moving a lot, I am immensely grateful for the angels everywhere I go who help me in many ways. This time I met the dearest Camila who comes with tested recipes that make the greatest success among the normals. Further on, thanks to this recipe’s creator, Kristen, who doesn’t know me though, I’ll leave the link to her blog at the end of this post.

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Sobre esta receita, sem farinha, sem açúcar refinado, com castanha de cajú e batata doce. Meus filhos não param de pedir, mais e mais. Passou no teste. Preciso falar mais? :)

Ingredientes:

    •  1 1/2 copo de purê de batata doce. 
    •  1 copo de manteiga de Castanha de cajú.
    • 3 colheres de sopa de cacau em pó 100%
    • 1 ovo
    • 1/4 copo de Xarope de bordo (Maple Syrup)
    • 1 colher de chá de baunilha
    • 2 colheres de canela em pó
    • 1 colher de chá de bicarbonato de sódio

Instruções:

Assar as batatas sem casca e cortadas em pedaços por meia hora a 180 graus, ou dependendo da potência de seu forno. (segundo a criadora da receita, elas ficam mais doces deste jeito)
Fazer então um purê de batata doce, amassando-as. Misturar todos os ingredientes deixando o ovo por último. (eu esqueci e coloquei o ovo no meio do processo e deu certo. ). Untar uma forma ou usar papel vegetal de cozinha. Colocar numa forma de 20 x 20cm, espalhando a massa. Assar por 25 min em forno pré-aquecido a 180 graus. 

Ingredients:

– 1 1/2 cups of sweet potato puree.
– 1  cup of cashew butter.

– 3 tablespoons cocoa powder 100%
– 1 egg
– 1/4 cup maple syrup (Maple Syrup)
– 1 teaspoon vanilla
– 2 tablespoons cinnamon powder
– 1 teaspoon baking soda.
 

Instructions:

Bake sweet potatoes in pieces in the oven for 1/2 hour, 350 F. Mash the potatoes. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl, adding the egg last. Line with parchment paper a 8 x 8 inch pan. Poor batter into the baking dish and bake for 25 min.

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(* Batata Doce tem alta quantidade de vitamina B6, potássio, beta-caroteno, manganésio. É anti-oxidante, anti-inflamatório, regula açúcar no sangue, tem propriedades anti-bactericidas, anti-fungicidas, previne reumatismo e artrite e muito mais.)

(* Castanha de cajú é colesterol bom e rico em anti-oxidantes, previne assim doenças cardio vasculares. Previne câncer pois é rico em flavonóides chamados proantocianidinas, faz células cancerígenas pararem de se dividir. Rico em cobre, ajuda em problemas de pele tipo eczemas e promove saúde de cabelo. Ótimo para os nervos devido sua alta dose de magnésio, previne cálculos biliares e faz ossos fortes. E a lista é bem maio que isso…)

(* Cacau é antidepressivo pois aumenta endorfina, anandamida, serotonina e feniletilamina, é anti-oxidante, reduz risco de câncer de colo e melhora funcionamento cerebral.)

(* Maple Syrup é rico em antioxidantes, anti-inflamatório, propriedades anti-cancer, anti-bactericida, ajuda na digestão e mais…)

Original recipe: http://makethebestofeverything.com/2014/08/sweet-potato-grain-free-brownies.html

Como fazer manteiga de castanha de cajú: http://amyshealthybaking.com/blog/2015/07/28/easy-blender-cashew-butter/

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