I’M BACK! NEWS! CURRENT OBSESSIONS AND FREE PRINTABLES (FREEBIES)!

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Yes! I’m back! Finally! Yes, my vacations ended in September, but coming back to the blog and the routines is very hard for me… You know, constancy is not my thing, let’s face it!

I have so many things to share that I don’t even know where I should begin. Nothing better than a list, don’t you think?

Let’s go!

- NEWS -

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I wrote some articles about Berlin for my dearest friend Luis Seco, author of the Fotoviajar blog. It’s in portuguese though, sorry! But I’m so proud of it! Please stop by his blog because even if you can’t read, you’ll always be able to appreciate his great awesome photos!

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I finally started my living room’s wall decoration! It is so big and empty… More on that later, I promise!
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My sweat dear best husband in the world got me a drawing tablet!!! Yay! So, now I’m learning how to work with it (when Olivia allows me to…). More on that later too ;)

- CURRENT OBSESSIONS -

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Canva! Oh my! I’m completely obsessed with this new application! It is quite new, so it has some bugs, but it’s awesome!!! Canva is a great tool to create posters, printables, business cards, infographics and whatever you want to design! I created some printables that you can freely download (by just clicking on each image)! I hanged some on my living room wall :)

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Instagram! It’s so easy and fast to use… You can write whatever you want, with no limits or restrictions! And it’s an awesome tool to discover new people and artists! Currently I’m publishing some cool photos there, so I advise you to follow me, seriously! Just take a look! I promise you’ll like to follow me, because I may not be very regular with the blog, but I can’t stop creating and it’s much more easy for me to show my creations there.

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Yeah, I think that’s all for today! I’ll try to post more regularly, I promise! See you!!!

20 MINUTES DIY: LETTER STAMPED T-SHIRT

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I always get the best ideas when I’m breastfeeding my baby… and sometimes I put them into practice! This time I only used a plain white t-shirt, the alphabet stamps set, cardboard and some duct tape and in 20 minutes I had a brand new t-shirt! What do you think about it? Do you like the idea?


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MY 7 FAVORITE BLOGS AT THE MOMENT AND 1 BEAUTIFUL SONG

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Lately I’ve been more interested in some subjects like marketing, selling online, being your own boss, blogging and others related to these, so of course my favorite blogs at the present moment explore in a way these interests of mine. I’m really addicted to them and I don’t miss one post! I selected these 7, but I read many others… My Feedly is full full full of blog posts pending to get read…

Just click on each image to go directly to the blog (all in spanish though).


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And here’s a beautiful song :)

DIY: IKEA LACK TABLE COVERED IN WALL PAPER

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Do you remember what I first did with my plain Ikea Lack side tables? Here, take a look! Well, I got bored of them, besides, they didn’t match anymore with the living room decoration. So, I undid what I had and transform them again! This time I used Ikea wall paper, a stapler, a pair of scissors and some washi tape. Now, I just have to add some wall decoration and some curtains and my living room will be complete! YAY!

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MESAS NOVAS SALA

THE ROUTINE 1.0 OF… PEPE OLIVA, FROM DIYVIÉRTETE!

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Hello everybody! Lets begin this new section on the blog “The Routine 1.0 of…” with the text of Pepe Oliva, author of the spanish blog DIYviértete. He was the first one answering my request for collaboration so I am enormously grateful to him! Before you begin reading his text, check out his blog! It’s in Spanish but it’s very visual and entertaining and in it you can find some really cool, interesting and original DIYs! I simply love his video- tutorials :)


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My name is Pepe and I am a Blogger, between many other things. To joke with my friends, I always say that I am a Blogger, DIYer, Crafter, Designer and Fashion Designer, all at once and then, of course, I have to explain every single term (laughs).

I started this blog because I lost my job and I needed to keep my mind somehow occupied and to work all the creativity that I have.

Everything started by asking for help to a few bloggers I was quietly following, so that they could advise me on how to get started. At first it seemed all quite confusing to me! So many new concepts to learn like SEO, Photoshop, PhotoScape, Tweets, Banners, video editing, statistics, HTML… To be honest I almost cried, but hey, step by step you’ll learn and control everything.

I jumped into the pool with only a logotype that I asked a friend to make for me and a mobile as a camera of photos and video, imagine that. Just take a look to my first posts! Nevertheless I don’t want to edit them, they are part of my blog and my growth in it.

One of the characteristics of the blog are the videos and especially the sound-tracks. I use songs that are unknown to my readers, but that have accompanied me during these past few years.

It’s not just the idea that counts, everything from taking good pictures, editing them and the videos, writing texts and preparing good content, takes a lot of time, but in the end it’s worth it a lot.

One of the best sources of inspiration for me is Pinterest, for all the images that it has. I get many ideas from there and later I give them my personal touch. I don’t like to literally copy something.

If I had to choose one of the most visited and fulfilling posts I published, it would be the “Skirt New Look“, nicknamed by many of my followers like the “PepeSkirt” (laughs), with which I organized a giveaway to thank them for being there with me.

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There are many bloggers that are marvelously well organized, with their plannings, dates of publications and everything… I tried to be like that, but in the end I gave up. Sometimes things don’t work like you planned them, so I live the moment and allow myself to go with the flow. I simply try to have a couple of written posts and to gather as much ideas as I can.

Recently I got a new job, so I’m trying to conciliate it with the blog, which fills me with joy, where I get to meet new people, share ideas with them and sometimes I get pleasantly surprised by my followers.

Normally I get up at 8:30 am, prepare my soya drink with coffee, a few oats cookies or a few toasts and sit down in front of the computer. I check my email, my Facebook page and I reply to my followers. When I finish this, and I get new ideas for my DIY projects, I go downstairs (I live in a two story house), where I have my two workshops, one for sewing and the other one with all my father’s tools, where I do all the messy stuff, like painting, sticking, upholstering… everything that’s not related with sewing, and I start working. Sometimes I only do one thing, if it’s too laborious or if I’m not inspired, but normally I do several things simultaneously and at the same time I take pictures.

At 2:00 pm, I get upstairs to eat, this is a sacred time at my home, then I prepare a coffee and again to the computer, then I retouch the photos and edit the videos, upload them to Youtube and I write the posts, while I’m saving and scheduling them.

Later in the afternoon, I return to my projects. I was doing this before I got this new job, but now I depend on a schedule, nevertheless I do the same thing when the work allows me to.

In the night, if I have published that day, I enter again in my blog to check out the visits and the comments.

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That is my day to day as a Blogger.

ANNOUNCING NEW SECTION ON THE BLOG! STAY TUNED!

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This Saturday I’ll inaugurate a new section on the blog! I have called it “The Routine 1.0 of …” and its main goal is that other bloggers tell me how they organize their daily routine around their blog. Since I am a disaster organizing myself (although I like to do lists, tables, plans, to plan, to take notes and brief notes…), I have always wondered how the people behind my favorite blogs were doing it. That’s why I’ve sent them an open letter asking for their collaboration! I also have thrown the request in Facebook, in the group of Bloguer@s Fandanguer@s. But anyone who wants to send me their text telling me about their own routine can be part of this! I’ll translate your text to Portuguese and Spanish and I’ll publish a text per month, the first Saturday of every month.

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Why to call this new section “The Routine 1.0 of…”? You may ask… Because nowadays we call 1.0 to the real world, to our physical life, and world 2.0 to our online life, in the Internet world.

One of my biggest worries and difficulties is to conciliate the life 2.0 with the 1.0, I mean, how do I connect all my activities together? The domestic tasks, to take care of my baby daughter, to cook, to go out for a walk, to watch the series that my husband and I follow (too many), to procrastinate, to prepare content for the blog, to write posts and to wander on the Internet… It intrigues me very much how other bloggers organize their day (or if they are so disorganized like I am and they don’t organize anything) and I would like to be a small fly to enter their homes and watch them working.

I’ve already red several guides to learn how to organize my time, to separate tasks, but I realized that I’m just not that way… I digress too much, get lost in my own thoughts and dreams, I’m very inconstant and when I realize, I’ve spent the whole day doing just one thing (or to be with my daughter, or to take care of the house, or to read your blogs, or to dedicate time to mine …). I even created my own blog planner hoping to center and focus myself a little bit, but it remains difficult to me…

That’s why I thought about creating this section, a space where every month a blogger tells me their daily routine, their week of work and how they conciliate their real life with their online life. I want to learn from them as much as I can and, who knows, to help someone that feels the same way that I do.

So, stay tuned, because this Saturday we’ll give voice to Pepe Oliva, from DIYviértete!

OLIVIA’S NAME USING FABRIC RAGS ON IKEA’S POST CARDS AND FRAMES

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Yes, I admit it, I’m addicted to writing my baby’s name with fabric rags… But I love it sooooo much!!! This time I decided to make something more elaborated, so I used NYTTJA frames and the postcards designed by Tom Frazier for IKEA. What do you thing about the final result! I love it!

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TODAY WE SHARE… WINDOWS, BALCONIES, GARDENS

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Hello hello! One more month has passed and we already have a new theme for Today We Share…“. Do you remember when I told you I was joining some Spanish bloggers initiatives? Well, with last month’S post I even won an award: it was selected by Lorena and Verónica, the ones who organized it, as the best post!

Like the last one, this post isn’t complete because it doesn’t make much sense to publish it in English, but here are my text and photos with which I’m joining once again this blog-hop.

This month theme is “Windows, Balconies, Gardens”

This is a very extensive theme and the possibilities to develop it are many, but the first thing that came to my mind when I saw it was all the cities where I’ve already lived in… That’s why I want to share with you a bit of my life, through all those windows, balconies and gardens of the places where I’ve been these past years since I left Portugal.

Although there are a lot of beautiful windows and balconies in Portugal, they aren’t as common as in the cities I’ve lived in. That’s easy to understand, because with all the hot weather that makes in Portugal it is impossible to have walls covered in windows like in La Corunna, for example.
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We lived in La Corunna for four years. Four years of grey skies filled with rain. That’s why there are a lot of windows in there! Nevertheless we were very happy in La Coruña and we made friends for life!
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We lived in Berlin only five months. Five wonderful months of playing in the snow, german classes, bike rides, flea markets and pic-nics in the sun. Berlin is also grey most of the year, that’s why there are a lot of windows and balconies there too.
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Here, between Mont Jura and the Alps, in a small french village in the border with Switzerland, the mountains are green in Summer and white in Winter. It rains a lot too during all year, it doesn’t matter if it’s January or July, the skies are constantly filled with clouds. Here, people take vitamin D to avoid getting depressed… That’s why we have three balconies in our apartment! They are ugly and old, but the views are great!
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In this tiny frontier village, the windows are really important and even when the houses don’t have them, people paint them on the naked walls.
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We live in Saint Genis Pouilly since last September and we still don’t know when we’re leaving, some day we will, this is not our home. Berlin was the place where we felt like we were at home… In that grey city we left our hearts, but we know someday we’ll be back to rescue them.
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JULY FREE CALENDAR AND DESKTOP WALLPAPER

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Hi there! One more month as passed and we are already entering July! So, here is my contribution for the Facebook group I joined two months ago Bloguer@s Fandanguer@s, my July Calendar in a desktop background totally created by me :) I hope you like it!


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And here are the ones from the other bloggers:

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Nekanen Designs


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El Sofá Blanco


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El Perro de Papel


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DESIGNS AROUND THE WORLD: BRAZIL

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Hello everybody! This month I joined the great initiative by Saray, from Pixelados, Designs Around The World! Each month she chooses a country and the bloggers participating have to show something related with the country in question. Well, this month is Brasil’s turn!

As you may know I’m Portuguese and in Brasil they speak the same language as we do in Portugal… but… it’s not quite quite the same! Of course we can understand each other (well, Brazilians quite often don’t understand us Portuguese because we tend to close our mouth and we join words when we speak; but thanks to Brazilian TV Soap Operas and the open accent that they have we can understand them much much better), but there are some real differences between these “two languages” and it’s not just a matter of accent! We have different grammars and even different vocabulary! These differences exist and it’s only normal that they do. More than 500 years have passed since Brazil became independent from Portugal and it’s natural that their Portuguese has evolved in a different way than ours. There is no Portuguese form that is better than another, they are just different!

So, thinking of all of my Spanish friends that say Portuguese from Brazil and Portuguese from Portugal are the same, I’ve made a really small list of words that are different in both countries. There are many many others, these are just a tiny sample of how different these two Portuguese forms can be. I appreciate these differences and to discuss/explain them to my friends. I hope you like to learn new languages!

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