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DIY hand painted wrapping paper

This wrapping paper won't take more than 30 minutes to make and it will add a 'made with love' feeling to your presents.

DIY wrapping paper

We’re a week away from Christmas. Can you even believe it?! Haven’t you been attacked by the Holiday Neurosis yet? I bet there’s an endless list of things you have to do before the year ends, amirite? Well, here’s something you can do before tossing the gifts and your grandma’s eggnog in the air. It’s as relaxing as it is useful: DIY hand painted wrapping paper. It won’t take more than 30 minutes to make and it will add a ‘made with love’ feeling to your presents. Oh, and I promise you’ll have fun in the process. Keep reading and I’ll tell you what you need and how to do it, it’s super easy!

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The Wedding

Nico & Manu

Era un viernes del final del verano hace 8 años y un poco. Yo salía del edificio de mi trabajo y ahí estaba el encargado del edificio, hablando con un muchacho de rulos (que resultó trabajar en el piso debajo del mío) vestido al estilo preppy de Casual Friday que tenía una caja de vinos al hombro. Casi sin pensarlo, los miro a los dos y pregunto: “Dónde es la fiesta? No tengo planes para hoy!”.

It was Friday, at the end of the summer more than eight years ago. I wass leaving my office building and there was the doorman talking to a curly haired guy dressed (who happened to work downstairs from me) in his preppy Casual Frifay clothes, carrying a box of wine on his shoulder. Without thinking about it I asked: ‘Where’s the party? I have no plans for tonight!’. 

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DIM (Did It Myself) Light Fixture

I’m getting into the DIY frenzy lately. I’ve done some small things before, like painting our bedroom table lamps green (they were black ceramic), or repainting photo frames, but this was my first ‘major’ project. When we moved together, Nico bought our bed cover and I must admit I was actually pretty afraid of what he’d come home with while he was out shopping, but the moment I saw it, I loved it: it’s the perfect mix of apple and olive green, right in the middle (I’m sure there’s a name for that color, I just don’t know it). So we decided our bedroom would have different shades of green and beige. We needed a light fixture, so I bought an apple green paper lantern, but I didn’t realize that the whole room would be green whenever we turned on the light (duh!) until I finally did it. S H O C K. Anyways, we quickly got used to seeing each other like sleepy Hulks every morning.

  
Finally, the other day I said it was enough and decided to do a makeover to our good ‘ol lantern. I bought two sheets of silk paper (at least that’s how we call it here, a super thin transparent paper), got glue, a pencil, scissors and a jar lid and started drawing and cutting paper circles (they seemed like a thousand!). Nico looked at me like I was totally insane and said: “Babe, we could just buy a white lantern, you know…” but instead I offered him to give my project a try, and if it turned out to be a mess then we would get a new one.
  
 BUT when I finished it we both loved it and hanged it right away. I love the fact that you can still see the green peeking underneath the white circles, and the shades, and I’m oh so happy that I just turn the light on to see it shine. 
I’ve always said that it’s so rewarding to see something you did yourself finished, even if it’s a simply knitted scarf. And it makes you want to do a thousand other things.
Hope you like my creation! Besos!

New Year’s Recap

Yeah, I know… The first month of 2011 is almost gone and I haven’t told you how I ended 2010. This year has started with lots of friends, family and projects, so I’ve been pretty busy lately.

Anyway, here are some pics…

Spent Christmas’ weekend chilling by the pool, reading The Picture of Dorian Gray

We went to my parents’ for New Year’s Eve. Here’s their backyard.

I made flower arrangements with white lilies and wild foliage

And I made the candle holders I was talking about in this post. My nieces and nephews helped me gather the sand.

* All pics taken by me. Excuse the poor lighting!


Besos!

New Year

So… New Year’s coming, and I actually want 2010 to be over, finally! On friday Nico and I are going to his parents’ house in the country. This week it’s been more than 90º F everyday down here, so we can’t wait to get out of the concrete jungle and jump into the pool. I’m making Lemon Pie for dessert on Christmas Eve and we’re giving Nico’s 6 months old nephew a tiny “swimming pool” for himself (I can’t wait to see his face in there!). Hopefully, it will be a nice, quiet weekend outdoors.

On December 31st we’re going to my parents’, and I’m sure that won’t be quiet! We’re almost 20 people in my close family (my parents, sisters, nieces, nephews and brothers in law), plus some aunts, uncles and cousins with their children that are coming for the ocassion. As always, I’m in charge of the decorations, so I’ll show you the things that are inspiring me right now. I wanted a fresh, airy theme, and I thought green, white and gold would be a great combo. Oh! I already made some DIY candle holders with  glass jars and golden thread and I’ll be making mojitos to refresh everybody’s throats after a lot of chatting. I’ll show you the pictures next year! 😛



Well, that’s it, I guess I’ll be back to posting in 2011, as the next few days will involve a lot of office work, packing, last minute shopping and stuff.
I wish you all a wonderful Christmas, surrounded by friends, family, and whoever you love, and hope we all start the New Year with the right foot. Besos!!!!