calligraphy || mother’s day giveaway

Since November last year, I’ve been practicing calligraphy, reading about it, doing some online courses (here¬†and here) and I also attended a short workshop with Bay Area calligrapher¬†Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls

It’s been an interesting journey to use other media to express myself.

I specially like Modern Calligraphy since it gives me the freedom to develop my own style. I feel that it’s like¬†drawing, but drawing letters ūüôā

This year I decided to use this technique plus some watercolors to¬†create a free downloadable¬†art for Mother’s Day.

Motherhood is an amazing journey. It’s a rollercoaster, it has the scariest moments and the most fun moments all-together.

Sometimes it seems that a day lasts forever; just like when you’re going up in your cart and it seems it¬†will never end climbing and then, suddenly, it goes so fast that you still feel like it was just a moment¬†ago when everything started.

Hemingway wrote¬†one of my favorites quotes and, now that I think about it, it can¬†also be used to express how¬†kids grow up: “Gradually, then suddenly“.

Motherhood is an amazing journey. You can do it alone, but it will take part of your sanity on the journey so it’s just much better if¬†you have other(s) around to help.

For some moms, the help comes from their partners, for other it comes from amazing¬†parents or in-laws, for others great relatives, good friends or even a kind neighbor or from the¬†community close to you.¬†And even when none of those exist or we don’t feel their help, God is always there, in our hardest moments when we don’t even think he could possibly be there with us and in the easiest silliest ones: always. ¬†

Motherhood is an amazing journey. So, take this gift and send it to a mom you know because we are all in this together and feeling ¬†that we’re not alone in this is… Oh boy, such a relief!

We’re all in this together. We’re changing our world raising the human beings of¬†the future.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Love <3

-Andrea

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national handwriting day

Today is National Handwriting Day.

Sakura was asking their followers to upload a picture with their favorite quote and I accepted the proposal.

But, since choosing “a favorite quote” is such a difficult task, I decided to pick one of the book that I’m currently reading (as I posted before that I would do).

These months I’ve been reading “Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World” by Haruki Murakami;¬†the 4th novel that I read from this author.

I liked this book,¬†specially, those long moments of solitary thoughts but I didn’t go nuts for the story (that’s the reason why it took me so long!).

The quote that I chose from this book was: “Deep rivers run quiet“. But these are also others that I highlighted:

“Humans are immortal in their thought. Though strictly speakin‚Äô, not immortal, but endlessly, asymptotically close to immortal. That‚Äôs eternal life.‚ÄĚ

“Eternity can actually be experienced”¬†(this quote made me remember a how a person can¬†describe a panic attack).

“I have a thing¬†about¬†losers. Flaws in oneself open you op to others with flaws”

“Everyone may be ordinary, but they’re not normal (…) But there’s normal and there’s¬†normal. I mean the kind of normal that can sit down next to you on the train and you wouldn’t even notice. We eat food, drink beer‚Äďoh, by ¬†the way, the sandwiches were great!”

“Nobody got the keys to t’the elephant inside us. Freud and Jung and all the rest of them published their¬†theories¬† but all they did was t’invent a lot of jargon t’get people talkin'”

I think I’m going to take a break from Murakami, but I still really love his writing style and crazy stories.

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*Have you read Murakami? Any favorites?

DIY: wrapping presents idea

A calligraphy pen, some blank paper and a piece of ribbon can add some magic when you need to wrap a present.

Write the name¬†of the person you’re giving the gift to¬†all over the paper, then wrap the present as you would normally¬†do it.

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You don’t need to know how to make beautiful lettering, the calligraphy pen will help your letters to look lovely just by writing with¬†it.

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You can even add a finish touch with a colorful ribbon.

*What do you think of this idea?

happy thanksgiving

I took advantage of one of my baby’s nap and did this drawing at our chalkboard kitchen wall.

First, I went on search of some web inspiration and made some changes to what I’ve found.

I don’t like to spend days on a project, if I’m inspired, I want to do something right away. That’s the main reason why my drawings can always be better.

I have two choices, either I learn to be more patient and take the time to do something very good or I should take the challenge to do it better in the first approach.

Challenge accepted ūüėČ

happy birthday

This week I’ll be sharing with you some of the crafts I did for Victor’s birthday party.

I took this idea and made my own message at our chalkboard-closet.

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Esta semana compartir√© con ustedes algunas cositas que hice para el cumplea√Īos de Victor.

Tomé esta idea e hice mi propio mensaje en el placard pintado con pintura de pizarra.