Friends, I am very happy to host a giveaway for Mother’s Day!
You can win this art print (my favorite one!)
“Mommy & Me – Whales.”
To participate, just pick one or more of these:
You have time until May 4th, 2015 at 00.00 Pacific Time (yeah! May the force be with you all!). Valid for US residents only.
Specifications: Art print / Mini (10″ x 8″). Gallery quality giclée print on natural white, matte, ultra smooth, 100% cotton rag, acid and lignin free archival paper using Epson K3 archival inks. No exchanges. No valid for cash value.
For this DIY gift-wrapping paper, you just need some markers -I use microns from Sakura and a calligraphy pen- and plain paper.
I had to prepare two very special gifts so for the first one, I chose a Beatles song lyric.
I started writing a phrase in the center of the paper and after that, I completed the empty spaces using different hand-styles and sizes of the lettering.
“Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”
Then, I just used it as a regular gift-wrapping paper.
Another option that I like to create a special paper from a plain white paper is to draw botanicals on it.
Finally, I added the name of the person who was going to receive the gift using a calligraphy pen.
Hydrangeas are one of my favorite flowers.
Calligraphy pens and markers are always a good idea. They add a special touch to your everyday lettering even when you don’t know much about calligraphy. I encourage you to try it!
Here’s another DIY gift wrapping paper idea.
I fell in love with this dish while I was living in Brooklyn, NY. So, if you’re ever in Downtown Brooklyn, head to the Brooklyn Fare, they sell a delicious Israeli Couscous.
But, since I’ve moved from my beloved Brooklyn in 2013… I had to learn how to cook it myself!
This is what you”ll need:
- 1 3/4 cup israeli couscous (you’ll find a decent quality one at Trader Joe’s)
- 1 3/4 cup hot water
- 2/3 cup sautéed fennel and/or roasted brussels sprouts (Trader Joe’s sell some great ready-to-eat brussels sprouts)
- 1/2 cup organic dried cranberries
- 1/8 cup raw sliced almonds
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp organic apple cider vinegar
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1/2 tsp salt
- optional: ground black pepper
For the couscous:
In a medium saucepan, heat 1 tbsp olive oil on medium-high heat.
Add the couscous and cook, stirring occasionally until slightly browned, about 2 minutes. Pour the hot water and bring to a boil. Simmer for 10 to 12 minutes or until the liquid has evaporated. Transfer the cooked couscous to a large bowl and set aside to cool.
Add the sautéed fennel or roasted brussels (or both, why not?), the dried cranberries and the almonds.
For the vinaigrette: In a small bowl, combine the organic apple cider vinegar, olive oil, honey, salt and pepper.
Pour the vinaigrette over the couscous and toss to coat evenly.
I usually cook this couscous for Thanksgiving as well, since it’s a great side dish for the turkey roast!
Our 2014 Thanksgiving table photographed by the coolest Bay Area Photographer ByLorena
I always enjoy learning how other people bears with their own life, since there’s not exclusively one way to live, and that’s might be the main reason why I love reading autobiographic novels.
Last week, I finished reading “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed.
I enjoyed Cheryl’s adventure through the Pacific Coast Trail, all those thoughts and feelings she unravels with the challenges of every mile in the PCT.
Cheryl Strayed is a talented writer because, even though her life story is far from my own, she made me relate to hers and even feel like walking in her shoes.
Illustration inspired by Wild
I enjoyed this book and I’m certainly ready to watch the movie (huge fan of Reese Witherspoon here!).
Last, my #nowreading quote chosen from this book + design created for it:
Other memorable quotes from this book:
“I could only be who it seemed I had to be”
“What if I forgave myself? I thought. What if I forgave myself even though I’d done something I shouldn’t have? (…) What if what made me do all those things everyone thought I shouldn’t have done was what also had got me here? What if I was never redeemed? What if I already was?”
Have you seen the movie or read this book?