friday favorites diy crafts inspiration

1- This DIY Instant Photo Transfers with Blender Pens, via Free People blog. There are other ways to image transferring, but this seems pretty easy if you have access to a laser printer. Inkjet prints won’t work. For inkjet prints, try this simple technique I found on You Tube.

2- This girl trades the most lovely parcels. Yes, it’s so nice to see that people still exchange mail. I feel like sending her something too! It reminds me of the good times I had some pen pals from all over the world. I miss that!

3- Textile art by Mandy Patullo , I loved her delicate work.

4- Are you kidding? Edible succulents? They are actually cupcakes! When I found this recipe on Pinterest I thought they were real succulents. Oh, her entire blog is eye candy…literally!

5- I used to keep journals when I was a teen and lately I feel like using one hour or two per week to do it again. I hear that is a good way to heal, grow and express yourself. Sometimes we don’t feel like talking to other people about our deep feelings and emotions. Sometimes, the journal is our best friend. Image source.

Enjoy your weekend!

veggie garden work in progress

If you are a mama, how was your Mother’s day? I spent Sunday working on our veggie garden with my husband. My mother’s day gift! He has finished the hardest part, digging up grass for the veggie garden. I spent a great time pulling out weeds and little aspen trees. Aspen trees are like weeds to me, a menace! Their root system spreads quickly and if we neglect this backyard for two years I bet we will have a bunch of little trees here and there, because they grow super fast too. I like Aspens, specially during Fall but I don’t appreciate them taking over my veggie garden!

We’ve collected a few nice books over the years as shown on the photo. One of them is “Back to Basis” and it’s about old-fashioned craftsmanship and old-fashioned food. I found this book at Barnes & Noble last year and it caught my attention because self-reliance is valuable. We rely on technology too much and if one day this modern society collapses as we believe it might, whoever knows these basics will survive. This book gives you only this: the basics. Good ideas, good starter. I am not planning living off the grid and building our log cabin, but there is good info on gardening, canning, crafts and raising animals. Sometimes I think I need to teach some traditional skills to my kids.  I don’t know if this generation of teens can even sew a button. It seems much easier to throw that shirt away and shop for a new one.

My backyard is far from being a homestead, but my plan is to grow more veggies despite the harsh weather… It’s dry, windy and cold until June 15th, and we have about 100 days to grow our veggies. Anyway, it’s fun and rewarding. I enjoy gardening.

gardening

Another good book I found  last week: “Growing Food in the Southwest Mountains“.The first chapter is surprisingly educational, not something we usually find in “gardening books”. The author talks about how our industrial agricultural system is dependent on fossil fuels, the decline of natural resources, Permaculture, etc… If you live in the Southwest mountains and enjoy gardening you may find this book very useful.

Last year I started this little project: “selfies” every birthday. Let’s see how I physically change. I was thinking about writing “41 things about me”, but I can’t find much stuff about myself that are interesting, besides who cares if I have the 4 wisdom teeth intact, if I am left handed or if I sleep with my cat? Sounds too self-centered to me. A few photos taken yesterday for my 41st birthday should suffice.

 

I wanted to blog earlier, but I’ve worked a lot in the backyard the past days. We called some guys to give us price to build a nice veggie garden and make a simple patio and they simply charged us $6k. Yep, you read it right! Some people work 40+ hours per week and make much less than that  a month. Go figure. And when I see “mamarazzis” charging $500 or less for 12+ hours of work giving all the high resolution photo files to their clients I feel sad. Really!

We decided to do it ourselves, because we don’t feel like paying $6k for a veggie garden! It sounds moronic. It’s hard work though. My muscles are sore and my back hurts! We ordered some rocks, no creosote railroad wood ties and top soil. We need mulch and a compost bin.

Today I just wanted to stop by and talk about my plans for this sporadic online life of mine. I have a Photography portfolio that I put on hold to make modifications as soon as I can. I don’t know if I said it here, but I went through all the paperwork to get a State license to open for business. I was almost ready to launch when I got very angry at myself and cancelled everything! Yes, I am crazy like this! I don’t want to photograph families and babies. I enjoy Photography so much, but popular portraiture is not what I want to do and honestly I don’t feel like having a Photography business at all. I enjoy shooting photos as a hobby at the moment and I don’t even do a lot. Sometimes I question my “passion”. Is that really a passion?

I’d probably enjoy working with creatives, photographing studios, workspaces, documenting their stories,  but oh..my reality seems so distant from this glamorous life. I know it sounds so negative. It probably is. I like working with my hands as well, that’s why I sew. I find it soothing and relaxing. I enjoy being alone in my studio, I wish for less home chores and more creative life! Ha!

So, this blog will remain as is and I hope it will get better. I hope to share from the heart and perhaps, help others too. The Photography portfolio will change a bit. I am not sure what I will do with it yet, but I’d probably have a shop for occasional print sales.

I have a website called Pixie Blossoms and I am about to end it. That site started in 2006 as a craft blog and by 2010 I was just creating cute photos that sold pretty well when an UK magazine featured some of them. I sold more than 600 prints in 4 years. Nothing last forever and I am quite tired of selling carnival photos. I don’t feel like creating cute pastel things for kids anymore, since pastels are not my top favorite. It’s not my real style, however I could do it for the money. I think one of my strengths is that play well with colors. And  seems that people really enjoy cute pastels colors {do not get me wrong, I think it’s pretty too, just not very me!} and how that site keeps attracting visitors even if I don’t blog for months!

I like the little money I make from my Etsy shop { and it’s drying out btw }, but I am not really motivated to do more with Pixie Blossoms. I can’t have both. It’s confusing and distracting. I understood what my style and tastes are using Pinterest! I don’t usually praise social media, but Pinterest is cool and it’s my favorite as I am a very visual person. It works as inspiration and bookmark. I find tons of good ideas and craft/sewing/garden tutorials as well. I don’t use it for business. It’s personal and only pin what I really like.

I don’t Facebook, I mean… I do very little, and I only add people I know and It’s just a way to keep in touch with my brazilian friends and family. I don’t waste my time there. I don’t use Google+ anymore. It’s been erased for good as there are no much interactions anyways. It’s just a bunch of noise. The problem with social media is that all is good and exciting in their beginnings and as soon as discovered by “business” and “spammers” it becomes cold, impersonal and extremely boring. Do I ever click on Facebook ads? Nope. Do you?

What is Twitter?

Oh Instagram, I like it less than Pinterest. See, social media must benefit me somehow and it must benefit others and that’s when they talk about “having good content”. I don’t visit blogs as much as I visit Pinterest these days. Why? Well, because it’s nice to have all in just one place and because I am a bit lazy or even tired of trying to connect with people who could careless or simply don’t relate to me either. It’s that old story…if you are not in my “niche” I am not talking to you! Isn’t it? Nobody talks about it, but we people act like that. That’s how social life goes, right? Sometimes we are not interested in certain things. For example: I don’t have babies anymore, I don’t have toddlers and I don’t plan more kids, and if your blog is mostly about that…well, I might find it nice, but my life is different now and I am not interested in diapers, how your pregnancy goes and baby furniture. I guess it depends how people share these things. Sorry, it sounds selfish, but man…I don’t have time for all. I struggle to find time to sew…

All these years blogging on and off I learned a few things: people like inspiration, unique content and tutorials. This is my case. Of course, there are all types of blogs out there. People want information, benefits.

I find it difficult to communicate with bloggers these days. I find it difficult to relate to them as well. My blog is not a big deal either…Oh well, whatever. I just feel nostalgic about the good old blogging days. I remember when we all were “real people” and we all said “hello”. Lately, we don’t see all bloggers linking each other anymore, ok some will do. Links have been replaced by ads {not against it, though} or simply disappeared. Sometimes we just don’t want to relate to a particular blog and better go “anonymously, right? Oooh…secrets of blogland or It’s just how we roll. I just decided to keep my favorite links on my Feedly account which is very convenient.

Well,these days I better do not worry. I am turning 41 years old tomorrow and I just do not have time and energy for small issues. It’s good to be genuine. It’s good to be here.

Too much blab, blab, blab today…I shall come back later!