Thursday, December 18, 2014

Sunny with a chance of ...

I knew it! Somehow deep inside, I knew I wasn't going to be able to write any posts. I've had intentions, but the reality always seems to be completely different from what I have in my mind.

First comes the jet lag, then the kids over excitement, followed by finding a computer that works (I don't travel with mine), then finding what I would like to say or show (which is the tricky part).

We are now slowly getting into a routine, which means going every morning to the pool followed by various activities which basically, mean not much, but enough.

Staring at palm trees and the always present blue skies (thank you Miami weather!! I think you are absolutely gorgeous, and I feel so blessed to be able to feel warm at this time of the year).

 Visiting colorful markets and wandering aimlessly throughout.

 Lounging at this time of the year? Pinch me please!

 Oh, the sunsets!! Everyday there is a new show. Free!

And of course some very yummy food, dairy is a major group right? Jaxon's is a favorite, and we don't miss the chance to go there. I did manage to finish this Rocky Road with marshmallow fluff and hot fudge. My absolute favorite!!

So far it has been very sunny with a chance of palm trees, sunsets, ice-creams, bookshops, toy stores, walks, and a movie with the husband (which I loved). That seems plenty to me, so far. If something else comes up, I'll be sure to pop in here, but I will just leave it at "I'm not sure."

I hope all is wonderful at your end and it has started to feel a lot like Christmas,

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Warm vs Cold, Blue vs Grey

How about it, what do you think?? I hear all the time, "I'm wishing for a white Christmas," but I don't really know whether they're stuck with that song in their heads or they really mean it. 

Me?  I didn't grow up with a "white Christmas," but I left where I was born more than 20 years ago, so I've had my share of all that white, very cold, freezing, numbness...

I love grey, it is actually one of my favorite colors (that is, for sweaters, shirts, etc...) and even gloomy days have their appeal… then not so much after you've had them without interruption for weeks.

Blue skies on the other hand brighten the soul, bring smiles to bitter faces, and make everything more hopeful.

I'm not trying to fight nature, it is what it is, really. But when you come up with really, really cheap tickets to a warm place, you proceed to buy them immediately! Even more if the place you're going to is where your mother lives and you haven't spent a Christmas with her in 9 years!

So that is that and this above is what my little one wishes everyday could be. He comes from school everyday and puts on his swimming trunks and thinks he will be able to go out like that… no way!

We leave tomorrow, and I'm hoping not to take any blogging breaks, but who knows, I always have something in my head and the outcome is something else entirely.

For now I'm finishing this book (which I'm loving), and hoping to start this other one soon. I'm also soooo very excited about this online course, I can't wait for it to start. Other than that, I have grand plans of staring into sunsets and walking on the beach. And you? Are you wishing for a white Christmas or not??

Have a lovely weekend, and hopefully see you back here on monday,

Monday, December 8, 2014

Mapology Guides

First of all sorry for last week's unintended interruption. Things like; too grey, broken computer, lack of energy etc.. assisted in the break.

But here I am with some very colorful news. My blogger friend Tina recently launched a very brilliant idea in the form of maps. I love maps!  I've been collecting them from my travels for awhile now.

These are not your typical maps  though, (the ones that take you to a specific destination), instead they will help you in very interesting pursuits. They will help you find for example; the right pet, the perfect gift, or that little thing that is bugging you.

The Mapology Guides consists of 3 maps (for now that is).  I'm pretty sure different ideas are brewing between the creators Tina (entrepreneur, designer, blogger) and Mike (designer, curator, artist book maker) right at this second.

The 3 maps (in a nut shell) are:

- Would like to Meet… - If you are looking for a pet and want the fun, educational and cute route to reach one, then this map is for you. So far here in this house were are still deciding between a parrot, lion, dog, or rabbit. Or maybe all of them? So many options, such little space! He is insisting on the lion though!

- Be Present Perfect - My favorite! I've found this one in particular so insightful and fun in the art of gift giving, a subject that has always interested me. Now I get to stand before this beautiful map/poster and read and laugh. Grass with snake in it anyone?? If you don't know what to give others this is perfect for you. If you do know what to give others but are stuck with the same ideas then this is for you as well. The map in itself is the perfect gift!

- What's bugging you? - Seriously, what is?? Me? The day is too short, not enough light to make what I want to make. This is a "problem solving map." With space to write what's bugging you and to help you with the best way to deal with "it" and maybe reach that happy place. 

I think these maps make great gifts, and the best part is now that Christmas is approaching you don't have to look any further. To top it all of, they have also come up with amazing postcards to accompany the maps.

Visit Mapoloy Guides for a closer look.

Wishing you a very lovely week ahead,

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Just a bunch of vegetable pictures

I just rescued my computer, it was having really bad spam issues, and it was not settling well with "him" and me. Right now I was doing a search on my posts, and found this one, and since it never got published, I'm gonna go ahead and do it now. I like these pictures, and I like the fact that the light is the complete opposite of what it is now. 

**some time in august (i think)
Apart from trying to do nothing, I have also been trying to learn to take pictures, which basically means exploring with my camera's manual setting and seeing what I get.

Many years ago  I managed to take many credits in photography, but they were mostly developing black and white or color film. I was fascinated back then with the process and mostly with the isolation aspect of it.

I loved seeing the magic of it, and every time I was mesmerized by the process. Needless to say there is no developing going on here, but lately I simply enjoy taking pictures of  the vegetables that get delivered weekly to me, and finding the ones that appeal to me.

I'm learning little by little what I like about the pictures I take, and how to take advantage of the light on certain days.

Sadly, whenever I'm very excited about a picture and I upload it to this blog, for some strange reason it becomes all grey and doesn't look how it originally appears on the screen.

Anyway, just wanted to share with you a little distraction of mine, and let's hope this blog doesn't become a vegetable pictures one.

Happy 2nd of December!! I'm craving panettone, and you?? I usually have a big piece the 1st of december but I couldn't yesterday!
All the best,

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Blog hop

I was asked by the lovely Alison Sye to be a part in a blog hop which links artists and makers from around the world. I was introduced (virtually) to Alison by Tina and from then I have been an avid follower of her beautiful work. These are the times I love the virtual world best!

The hop consists of answering 4 questions, and then linking to new artists/makers to continue with the flow of the hop.

words from a dream I had
How does my process work?
As a beginner embroiderer I must say my process is all about learning and practice. I'm interested not only in words and how they look, but also how the fabric and thread affects them. Another important aspect for me is how my mood alters my writing, and consequently the strength or lack of it that I put on each stitch. The hardest part for me is finding a text that resonates with me. As soon as I find it I look in my stash for a handkerchief that best fits the text, then I choose the type of letter and finally the thread's color and thickness.

I carry your heart by E.E. Cummings
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
As Alison said in her post, "nothing in this world is new." I believe this completely. We are all just recycling ideas, and trying our best to make them our own. We experiment, we try here and there with what works best for us and then we either keep at it, or move on. I don't like perfect or generic letters, and try my best to explore with different ways of writing and how a particular way of writing affects the poem or paragraph I've chosen. Each time I start a new handkerchief I consciously choose how the letters will look so that in a very minimal way it will alter the impact of the writing. That said, I really have no idea how my work differs from others of its genre.

Cloths of Heaven by W.B. Yeats
Why do I do what I do?
Apart from loving it with a passion?  I've been very creative throughout my life, and explored many arts and crafts, but it was only until  a few years ago when I started to embroider words that I felt a kind of bliss and sense of purpose, a feeling of "I have arrived," and knew at that instant that I had found something that I could do for the rest of my life.

Prayer by Hugo Williams
What am I working on?
Thankfully there is always something that needs to come out of my head, whether it is a diy craft for the blog or coming up with different things for my Etsy shop or new words that I feel compelled to embroider. There is always something!

Next week the artists I've chosen will answer the same questions, and I'm looking forward to reading their answers. They are:
Mirta from Miplusedesign who is an illustrator and print maker. Her work is a constant source of inspiration for me, with her nature inspired minimalistic drawings and transferring them to beautiful scarves and notebooks.

And Juliane from Fröken Skicklig who is a professional doll maker, and makes in my opinion the most idyllic settings for the dolls, and the most beautiful clothes for them ( I always wish I could dress like them).

You really should also check both of their Instagrams as the word beautiful falls short in both cases.

I wish you a lovely Thanksgiving day, filled with yummy food and surrounded by family and friends,
all the best,

Monday, November 24, 2014

A very easy to make fabric pouch, clutch

I love pouches, all colors, sizes and textures. I use them for all sorts of things. There is one filled with old ribbons, another with new, one keeps crochet needles, another holds my traveling "things." This one here is my favorite because it is very easy to make and  it is not heavy at all (empty, that is).

 What you'll need:

  • fabric
  • thread and needle
  • scissors
  • sewing machine just makes this project super quick

- Cut 2 pieces of fabric about 24 x 33 cms
- Sew seams on both pieces 2 cms more or less- they should be 22 x 31 cms now
- Sew them together, the nice part of the fabric should be facing each other, I just mention this silly information because I forgot to do this on the red one!

- Leave 8 cms or so without sewing at the top, turn it inside out
- Iron, it makes the next step much easier

- Fold the lower part about 8.5 cms as to make a pouch
- This part I did by hand. Just grab a bright thread (if you feel like it) and sew both parts together as shown
- Sew the 8cms on the top part of the pouch.
- You can add strings before or after that step, it is up to you
- I added one string that goes around to the blue one, and 2 strings that tie together to the grey

- I added a piece of hearts fabric on one, and embroidered my initial on the other one, to add an extra touch of niceness!
- The pouch/clutch measures 20 x 11 more or less, I say more or less because I really don't measure anything, only for this project I had to keep track of the measurements
- Keep them to yourself or give them away!

 Fill the with:

  • pens, pencils
  • crochet needles
  • nib holders
  • threads
  • make-up
  • travel essentials

This is another very easy project that you can make in no time. Seriously, if you have a sewing machine it shouldn't take you more than 20 minutes to do it. Including the sewing by hand part!

Just one more week until December, are you ready??
I've been trying to get things ready, but I'm such a procrastinator that things only hit me when it is too late.

I hope your week is sunny and beautiful,

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Handmade friendship bracelet

It was so grey yesterday I thought I was not going to be able to take any pictures. Fortunately I found out, there is some sort of light in our tiny balcony. Unfortunately I almost freeze into unconsciousness. Just kidding, but sort of ;) You can get a Colombian out of their country, but you can never get the warm weather out of their soul!

I've already made similar bracelets to sell before, and now I have these ones ready on the Etsy shop. I thought it was a good idea to offer gifts for 10 and under, don't you agree?  So you can look these up and also the handmade notebooks I made here.

I also wanted to share the idea with you here. Traditionally, friendship bracelets are weaved, but as I don't have much time lately I decided to take a big short cut.

Maybe you have some lovely fabric lying around waiting for the perfect moment? Or maybe you have some cute buttons or charms you have been collecting for ages? Whatever the case, I think you might find some inspiration from these bracelets. ** As always do make them for your friends and family, but please respect my idea, thank you!

This above is just an idea of what you might need, but I think it all narrows down to your own personal taste, and also what you have at hand. The beautiful wrapped cotton was purchased here.

There is no wrong or right way of making these bracelets. I just wanted to share them with you as I'm an avid promoter of the handmade gift. I always think this kind of gift is so much nicer than anything mass produced. Anything that you can make with your hands is always filled with love, no matter what it is.

Wishing you a great weekend ahead, may it be filled with nice walks, lots of tea and some crafty time!

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