Saturday, April 12, 2014

The Color Blue - Inspiration

Feeling a little blue? I was thinking about the color blue today and how many wonderful shades of it there are. I found these beautiful images on the National Geographic site and though I would put a nice color board of them together. Hope it serves as a bit of inspiration.

Photo: Schooling fish and whale shark 
Photo: Patterns in azurite 
 Photo: Well-lighted igloo on an Arctic night

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Little Passports - Fun Geography For All

When I was in college I had a great professor who used to say "You cannot  design for a world which you have not experienced". For some reason those words have stayed with me and I have tried to travel as much as possible to make sure I do understand the world I live in. This concern of mine was also one of the thoughts that bothered me when I became a parent because I wanted to make sure my little one had experiences that would broaden her mind and give her a fair chance in this world.

I was so excited when I saw a post for Little Passports on Facebook. It was almost like someone had read my mind. The founders are two moms who much like me, wanted their children to get to know the world in a fun, imaginative way. I absolutely love this product and even more, I love the way my daughter looks forward to receiving her packet every month. I confess, I get a little excited about it too. It is just nice to know that I am not the only one who wants their child to be more aware of what is out there and wants her child to be culturally sensitive. I absolutely recommend it for parents of children from 5 years old onward. Go to their website and check out their products.

So this happened

Hello there. Yes, I am actually writing again. I might be doing it as sporadically as I have been of lately but I really hope that this will be more of a regular exercise for me. I need this to be the outlet for finding something positive to give to you and myself.

Although I know I don't really need to get into detail, I will tell you that the reason for my prolonged absence from this blog has not just had to do with my job. At the very beginning of this year I made a decision that has taken me a very long time to arrive to but that was necessary for me to make. I am getting divorced. Although this changes a lot of things in my life (the understatement of the year), it will also be a driving force for me to bring into my life more positive forces. One of those great things about going through these types of life changing experiences is that you get to see a lot about the character of the people around you. All I have to say about those around me is that I have never felt so loved and more supported than I have felt lately and I would like to say thank you for that. As I move forward in life with my daughter I would like to think of this being the beginning of another great adventure which is one of the things this blog was meant to be about. Tomorrow is another day and another opportunity to dive into all the wonder this world holds. I can only see it as such. 

Sunday, December 29, 2013

2013 - The Year in Review

If there is anyone still reading this blog after my prolonged absence let me thank you for hanging in there. As you might have guessed my job kind off took over my life and so there has been very little time for blogging. I also wanted to make sure to spend time with my daughter and to get her acquainted with her Colombian roots so this year I finally did it. We went to Colombia! That was one of the many highlights of this year along with my friend H's pregnancy.

I just wanted to leave you with some of the pictures I took while in Colombia. I am so grateful to have the good fortune to be from such a beautiful country and to have the privilege of showing it off to those of you who might not know what it is like there.  I hope you enjoy the images.


Clock tower in Cartagena's walled city

Balconies on the streets of old Cartagena
The second one was my mom's childhood home.

 I love this lady in typical attire of Colombia's coastal areas.
She is one of the many people selling typical Colombian sweets. 

 Saint Philip's Fortress - One of the many reminders of the Spanish colonization.

 View from our balcony in Bocagrande, one of Cartagena's modern neighborhoods.

 The outskirts of Bogota. Lots of beautiful farmland and imposing mountains.

A small portion of Bogota from the air.

 One of the many buildings designed by my brother that grace the city of Bogota.
My mom and sister are perfect tour guides of his architecture. 

 Partial view of Bogota from one of my relative's apartments in La Calera.
I love the beautiful Eucalyptus trees that grow everywhere in Bogota. 
They are just as imposing and beautiful as the mountains that surround the city. 
 
 This was taken at the house where we stayed in Anapoima.
It is a town that is about 4 hours outside of Bogota.
I would love to have this view every day of my life.

 The view from the balcony at the room I was staying in with my mom and daughter.       

I hope all of you have a wonderful 2014. May we all get out there and enjoy this beautiful world we live it.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Made by Me - Felt Mermaid

I just wanted to share with you something that I made for my daughter. This felt mermaid was inspired by one that I saw in a store before Christmas. My daughter really liked that mermaid and I would have bought it, but after taking a look at the price and the detail of the doll I felt I could do a better job. I am not sure what you guys will think of it, but my daughter absolutely loves it and it made for a very special Valentines Day gift for her.




Friday, February 8, 2013

Valentines Day DIY Ideas

I used to hate Valentines Day with a passion only equaled by the enthusiasm with which jewelry stores and Hallmark sell this holiday through the mass media. I think it must have been that it seemed like such a shallow and overly commercialized holiday. These days I like looking through all the various sites for inspiration and DIY projects to celebrate what this day means to me. An opportunity to show the people I love just how much they mean to me. I thought this would be a great opportunity to share some of my favorite projects with you.



Geometric Felt Heart Garland - How About Orange



Valentine Medals - Etsy Blog

Hope your Valentines Day is filled with lots of love.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Photo Day - Paris 1900's

I found the following photographs because of a post in another blog that I love Kirei Cosas Bellas (Kirei Beautiful Things). The blogger at Kirei mentioned her love of these types of images because often images from that era were black and white. The original blog post for these is from La Boite Verte, which is a blog that seems to focus on photography and photographic effects. The author tells that the process used for these was something called autochrome. I really love the photographs, their vibrant colors and the wonderful settings, specially the picture of the palace from under the Eiffel Tower. Hope you enjoy them as well.












Saturday, January 26, 2013

The Laundry Pod - My Review

I saw this product a few months back on FAB, a design oriented website that features cool new products that range from the practical to the intriguing and odd. When I saw it this little pod I absolutely wanted it but was not so sure about investing in it. Finally I gave in because I loved the concept of it. It is a completely manual, small scale washing machine. It is Eco-friendly because it does not require electricity to run, it uses a fraction of the detergent required by regular washing machines (if you already use Eco-friendly detergent then you are doing even better), and it also uses less water. Also since we just hang our clothes to dry we do not wind up discoloring or ruining them in a dryer which helps us keep them looking good for longer.

At the time my husband, my daughter and I live in a rented apartment which does not include laundry facilities. This means that any time we needed to wash our clothes up to this point,  we would have to haul them down the block to our local laundromat. To be quite frank this was a real pain to do, not just because of the having to take the clothes there thing but also because of the sacrifice in time. I also do not like laundromats in general because I have quite a bit of a phobia of germs, and I do not trust the way the machines are maintained (to the point that I would bring stuff to clean out the machines before I put my clothes and detergent into the machines. I had also found mold forming in the compartments intended for the detergent and fabric softener and after telling the owner he did the bare minimum to maintain the machines). This was just not an ideal situation.

Enter the Laundry Pod. I am absolutely loving this little contraption. I think the only thing that is bothering me is that I still need to figure out the right mount of detergent to use because no matter how little I use I still wind up making too many suds. So far I have done three small loads of laundry in it and I am in total bliss. My clothes are clean. They smell good and are soft to the touch (even with just adding a few drops of fabric softener in the rinse cycle). I love being able to get my clothes clean at home and not having to take my chances at the laundromat and their shoddily maintained equipment. I also love that in a small way I am also helping the environment by not using too many resources to get my clothes clean.

All in all, I would totally recommend this product to anyone who might be dealing with the same situation as my family and I are, and who does not mind spending a bit of elbow grease to get the job done.

*Picture from http://www.thelaundrypod.com/