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The past few days I’ve been thinking a lot about how quickly Matias is growing up. He started preschool this week and I can’t stop asking myself, where have all the years went? Sometimes I look at him in disbelief, something inside makes me want to keep him little forever, to freeze time and savour these days as much as I can.

Now that we are waiting for a second baby I want to make sure we are creating beautiful memories for both of them, so one day we all can look back and tell stories about these days, go through pictures and drawings, favourite toys and funny anecdotes.

These are some of my favourite ideas I have discovered, from shadow frames to display favourite items like toys or books to beautiful photo books and wall art. I personally love using photography to tell stories and there’s a huge variety of options to create beautiful memories. I’m loving these  Shutterfly photo books a lot and I think it is a great idea for this project I’ve been part of recently. These ideas are great to add to your home decor or in a baby’s nursery.

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1/ 5/ and 6/ Frames and Frameboxes via Martha Stewart   2/Shoes as Growth Chart   3/Little Love Photo Book via Shutterfly  4/Wall Art via Shutterfly 

Do you have another clever beautiful idea to display your kids art or photos?

Have a great day everyone

x

J

 

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Today’s Matias last day at nursery. He is starting preschool next week and I’m asking myself, where did the time go? Where is my little baby that use to crawl on the floor and use diapers! A wave of mix feelings is striking me right now along with a big sense of pride and happiness to see him become a beautiful lovely boy.

Being a parent has been the most difficult yet the most rewarding thing I ever done in my life. I read this quote above the other day and I felt reflected on those words, a big responsibility but a good one.

I hope you guys have a lovely weekend, apparently the weather will be nice around this part of the world so hopefully we will be having our last BBQ of the year. Yay!

x

Jess

 

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Following my last post about my intention to document some of Matias cutest and funny conversations, these are some of the latest I remember and made me smile.

The other week I took Diego to the vet because he wasn’t being himself. When I came back Matias was all worried and asking lots of questions. That day I Skype my mum and while doing something in the kitchen I overheard this:

Matias: Abuela (grandma) Diego is sick, he is not feeling well

My mum: (She doesn’t speak english very well but could figured out Matias was talking about Diego so she kept asking what happened)

Matias:: I’ll get a tissue for Diego (he went to the toilet and grabbed some toilet paper)

(At that point I came in and ask what was that for?)

Matias: Is for Diego mummy, look! he is crying.

{ I love seeing Matias being sympathetic with other people’s/animal’s feeling, it’s very cute }

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Matias is always very keen to grab Diego and carry him around like any other toy, but he is a massive cat and although he is a lovely one, I can’t say he won’t scratch him so I always ask Matias not to, only to pat him. So he asked:

Matias: Mummy can I get Diego? (gesturing he wanted to carry him)

Me: No Matias sorry, Diego is too big for you!

Matias:: Ok mummy, I have to wait.

Me: Wait? for what?

Matias: Wait Diego to get small.

{ He might as well wait until he does get bigger ;) }

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While eating lunch in the garden the other day (it was pizza and broccoli) Matias said:

Matias: Mummy broccoli grows in trees, we put a seed, water and they grow!

Me: In trees? Don’t they grow in the floor?

Matias:: No, in trees, then you get a basket, grab them and eat them for lunch.

{ He knows his facts }

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The neighbours have the most beautiful apple tree, some of the branches hang into our garden. Matias always ask to pick some of the highest ones (although there are lots on the floor). The other day he said:

Matias: Mummy, let’s pick some apples.

Me: They are way too high up, we need a ladder.

Matias: No, we need “pixie dust” (Magic flying dust!)

{ If I could get some of that I’ll be happy }

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The other night I was reading him a book about english words. In one of the pages there was a picture of a volcano. So he said:

Matias: Mummy, this mountain looks like a volcano.

Me: Yes, it’ is a volcano, it’s very hot!

Matias: We can’t go there, mummy don’t touch is too hot! we need boots and walk in tippy toes.

{ That made my day }

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Have a great week everyone, let’s hope it doesn’t rain too much around here, autumn is definitively making its entrance, so preparing to say good bye to summer for this year.

x

Jess

 

 

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{ Image from Arrohome }

While looking for some inspiration for home decor this week, I came across with this beautiful brand Arrohome. With signature prints, colours and textures, they bring something unique that I would love to incorporate some day in my home.

I always have a weakness for colours and beautiful patterns,  I personally like their cushion’s range and throws (specially the apple shape one). These are some of my favourite items, but honestly everything is amazing!

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{ All images are from Arrohome website }

Although the brand is Australian, they do international shipping (yay!). Go and check their site for more.

Have a nice day everyone

x

Jess

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While reading Becci Orpin‘s book Find & Keep the other day, some words resonated in my head: “I think the more mediums you use, the more you learn about your own creativity, and the more you can explore design elements such as colour, shape and form”. I completely agree and personally enjoy learning new ways to grow and experiment as a designer, specially those that doesn’t involve being in my computer.

Lately I’ve been inspired by Linocut printing, a technique that consist in cutting a piece of  special linoleum with specific sharp tools leaving some uncarved areas that once they are inked with a roller can be impressed into paper or fabric.

If you want to see some impressive work done by a real professional check Linocut Boy page (and video) to see the magic. However you can try some ideas at home and get some very special results as well with only the basic tools (that you can buy in any arts and crafts store). I added this to a new series “Wish list” as a way to put together the skills I want to learn some day, places I want to visit, or things I want to achieved in the future. I never been a “to-do-list” kind of girl, but I like these idea.

Last week I tried printing the whale in the picture above, the tricky part is the carving one, requires a lot of precision and practice. But I really enjoyed the process and definitely want to explore this technique more. Although you can use all kind of colours I’m fond on those black and white, and the more details the better.

These are some beautiful examples I found around the web:

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1// Three birds and flying birds via CassaStudio  2// Deer and owls   3// Tortoise Boy via LinocutBoy   4// Bear on a bike via LinocutBoy

Have you tried Linocutting before? Is it something you would like to try?

Have a great day everyone

x

Jess

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Rolling pin printing {DIY roundup}

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(Image via 2Modern blog)

If I’m honest, I’ll admit it’s been a bit difficult to follow my blog calendar this week. Life with a toddler plus other personal things didn’t gave me enough time to plan my next project. So instead of posting a personal one this monday I’m sharing a roundup of rolling pin printing DIY projects I found in the web (my latest obsession).

These are my favourite three:

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1// Rolling pin stamps via Alissa Burke blog

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2// Rolling pin wrapping paper DIY via yuppielove.org

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3// Rolling out a lace print DIY via Helana and Ali

It looks so easy and fun to make and the results are so pretty, my favourite is the one using lace (3). These are perfect for making your own wrapping paper for Xmas presents this year. The possibilities are endless, I can’t way to try my own!

x

Jess

 

 

 

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