Sunday, 6 February 2011

We´ve moved!

Hi everyone!

Despite my recent rant concerning the use of wordpress, I have to say that I spoke too fast. I tamed it!

It´s still a work in progress, but this blog is now being merged with my portfolio site. So, head on over to, browse around and subscribe to read my posts the moment they´re published.

It´s right here:

See you there!

Friday, 28 January 2011

It´s here!

January issue of "We´re in Panama!" now out

Yay, January issue of "We´re in Panama!" is now out. As usual, you can download it free here. Please leave a comment telling me what you liked - or didn´t!

Have a great weekend! We´re heading to the beach for the weekend with a group of friends. Have fun!

Thursday, 27 January 2011


Working on the January issue of my e-zine

"What are your goals?"

This week I´ve been frantically working on the January issue of "We´re in Panama!"

I had a late start, with Christmas vacation in Portugal, but now it´s almost, almost ready. This issue is made with freehand embroidery on paper, and it will be available... hopefully before January is over!

Monday, 24 January 2011

Uh oh...

These last few days I´ve been trying to give my portfolio website a revamp. It needed some updating, and since I was jumping into the wordpress pool to do it, I´d also change theme and refresh things a bit.

I think wordpress is a great platform, full of people who work for free or on a donation basis. It´s open coded and everything, and expandable ad infinitum.

But it just does not work for me. All my experiences with wordpress have been terribly complicated, even if the instructions provided (again, for free) are very detailed. To cut a long story short, I´ve made up my mind - though I grief for the loss of the look I really wanted for my portfolio - and am moving to blogger.

So, sometime in the near future, this blog will be effectively morphed into my portfolio site (something I wanted to do with my previous portfolio site, with no success).

I think wordpress is great - just not for me. And I´m very sorry for that.

Any comments or suggestions regarding portfolio sites and blogging platforms? Please let me know!

Saturday, 15 January 2011

Sketchbook Project

Sketchbook Project - front cover

Just sent out my sketchbook for Sketchbook Project. I had a lot of fun putting it together! My theme was "in five minutes...", so I decided to add "...or less" to it. It has many quick sketches, and then freehand embroidered drawings - which obviously took longer than 5 minutes to make, but time went so fast it felt like only a short while had passed.

I´ll post more pictures soon and you can find its flickr set here.

(Background is a wonderful "chita de Alcobaça" my mother in law gave me for Christmas.)

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Happy 2011!

Cartaz O Lugar do Bairro

I had a wonderful holiday season, how about you? There were the typical colds and sore throats (too much of a temperature change, going from the tropics to the winter in Lisbon), but seeing friends and family was heartwarming and... plain good.

Now I´m back to Panama, to work, to my routine. I missed it too.

I´m finishing my sketchbook for the sketchbook project going on. Deadline is friday, so I´m giving it its final tweaks. Experimenting without restrictions has been fun. I´ll post some pictures when I send it off.

I´ll leave you with a poster I made for a conference, next week in Lisbon. It was my last project of 2010 and it was so much fun to do that I definitely hope that 2011 brings more work like this.

Happy New Year, everyone!

Friday, 17 December 2010

Happy Holidays!

2010 is close to its end and the holiday season is upon us. Handmade presents are wrapped (and photographed, but not posted due to potential spoiler danger), bags are packed with winter clothes and pojects are all finished.

I´m not even bringing my knitting - just a sketchbook- as there´s plenty of cooking, baking, wrapping, decorating, meeting friends, being with family... all that waiting for me there!

Happy Holidays everyone, and see you in 2011!