weekend links

Hello friends!

Spanish verbs are kicking my butt! This week we finally tackled two past tenses that can’t really be translated into English, which makes it all the more difficult to understand the when and why of using them. I’m nearing the end–there are so many!–with only the subjunctive tense still left on my To Do list. (I’m leaving it there for a while.) One of the great things about learning Spanish in Spain is that everyone is very patient with me, even if I speak like a three-year-old. Which I do.

We’re also nearing the end of the middle school selection process. We’ve seen a couple of very good schools here in Madrid and we’ve settled on our favorites, so next week we’ll enter our applications and we should know for sure by the middle of March. We wouldn’t know about schools in New York until we return and start the process there, so that decision still has to be made. But one thing at a time, right?

Meanwhile, what have you been up to?

Pinterest Picks

A couple of beautiful images that caught my eye this week.

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Here are two quick and easy weekend projects for the little kids this weekend. I want to have a tiny puppet show!

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Inspiration: two Building Block Dress book ideas for you. Can you figure out how to make the shirt at the lower left? (Hint: colorblocking.) S fell in love with the dress on the right and wants something similar, but first I have to sew chulapas  for her and her best friend. (I’ll be using the Building Block Dress book for those, too.)

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The neckline and dropped sleeves of the shirt on the left reminded me of our Liesl + Co Cappuccino Tunic, which would also be cute if you color-blocked it like this. It’s sort of a ringer neck look. And is anyone else giving serious thought to sewing our new Lisette for Butterick B6464 in these fabrics? The more I think about it the more I like the pieces in this combination.

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Weekend Reading

  • Completely fascinating: a new system of developing mailing addresses. I wonder if this will eventually be expanded to universal use and whether a fourth word will be added for the millions of us who live in multi-story buildings?
  • Smart women: Simone Rocha is not only a very talented designer but also a savvy business woman.
  • Beautiful watercolor paintings of historic Tokyo storefronts.
  • Here’s a useful chart to help you understand fabric weights.
  • A podcast designed to help you fall asleep. (As a frequent 4:00 waker, this one made me chuckle. But it didn’t help, unfortunately. )
  • Disney princess dresses re-imagined as fashion designer’s sketches. So fun!
  • All this looking at middle schools that we’ve been doing over the past couple of weeks has gotten me thinking a lot about S and growing up, so this article about cell phones and social pressures made a lot of sense. (S has had a cell phone for several years now because of her complicated schedule, so we’ve talked about this and she understands and supports our concerns.)
  • I’d really like to see this show: Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern at the Brooklyn Museum.
  • New York Fashion Week has come to a close, and nothing inspires more discussion than a Thom Browne show. (More images here.)

We’ll be here next week with a new edition of the Ask Me! series and I’ll finally show you my winter coat. (Now that it’s 60 degrees outside…)

Have a great weekend!




  1. Katy

    I love that Princess Leia was included in the Disney Princess Dresses sketches. Very cool!

  2. I always find your Friday posts so interesting! And this one is particularly useful to me, as the cell phone thing is getting a bigger issue over here.
    I would like to help you with your Spanish verbs!!

  3. As a Spanish teacher, I wish I could help you with the tenses! Keep with it and you’ll prevail. quizlet.com and conjuguemos.com are great sites for practicing but actually just reading many short stories or children’s stories for “getting” the past tenses helps a lot I think. Remember the preterite is an “x” or an occurrence on a timeline and the imperfect is a squiggly line or ongoing action on the same timeline and that will help! Mucha suerte 🙂 . Meanwhile I drove in to work today dreaming of Lisette B6464 coats … so we’ll see what becomes of that! Feel free to reach out if you have any burning questions that need answers!

    1. Thanks for the tips, Jenifer! They’re coming along slowly. It’s just a matter of memorizing and practicing now. xo

  4. The princess dresses were amazingly reimagined. I particularly loved seeing Merida’s transformation. I missed the last reference however. Whose photograph is that ?

    1. Deepa, the last one is Princess Leia of Star Wars.

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