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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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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DIY NOTES BOARD MADE OF IKEA NYTTJA FRAMES AND CLOTHESPINS

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Finally I have my own home office! Well… I’m assembling it, bit by bit! So far I already have put some furniture and hanged some pictures. And I recently made this super easy to make and very functional notes board! I had some extra IKEA NYTTJA frames and I didn’t quite know what to do with them, so, wandering through Pinterest in search for some inspiration, I came up with this! I love it! The four words I used to motivate myself were: INVENT, DO, TRANSFORM, CREATE.

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Do you use any notes board? How do you keep all those important notes and inspirational images?

PHOTOGRAPHY CHALLENGE #13 MEALS

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Finally I’m back! After two whole weeks without posting I’m finally back! As I mentioned on Twitter, I’ve been busy buying new second hand furniture for my place. I’m getting near of calling it a home :) Where I live is very common people to move a lot and it’s quite easy to find really good and new furniture in second hand at very nice prices! I’ll later post some photos of what we already bought and the changes I’m making over here.

For now, let’s see the photos of meals… hummm… my mouth is watering already!

Here are mine! This time I decided to take close shots and I love the result!

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And here are Catuxa’s, from Padeciendo Stendhal:

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Ups… I forgot my sister’s and her husband’s photos… sorry Inês and Ricardo! Here they go :)

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Next Monday there will not be another #photochallenge… I’m preparing something new, so keep tuned! See you!

WEEK SELECTIONS #10

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♦ 1 Recently I’ve discovered through The Etsy Blog these super cool personalized engraved rolling pins from Valek Rolling Pins. I immediatly pictured my sister baking some funny cookies for me :)
♦ 2 What a great idea this was to illuminate with LEDs all the cranes from a Croatian shipyard! This would go perfect in Corunna!
♦ 3 This music is perfect! “Suger Man, won’t you hurry…” So beautiful… My husband spent last week singing it every day. Do you know Sixto Rodriguez? We didn’t until some friends talked and recomended a documentary about him.
♦ 4 I love these illustrations from Naranjas & Zapatos… I love their style, I love their theme… I think I’ve already talked about them, but I don’t remember when.
♦ 5 Recently I discovered Ilatela, a site where you can print your own design in fabric. I think it’s a great idea and maybe some day I’ll do mine!

GINGER AND PINEAPPLE WATER FLAVORED

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Just cut a slice of pineapple into small pieces and a walnut sized piece of ginger, add some boiling water, let it cool and add some ice cubes. Ready and delicious!

Perfect for these sunny days! And for me… who has some difficulty drinking just water…

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WRITING WITH FABRIC RAGS: NIRA, TOMÁS, EMÍLIO

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Well, I still have to improve my photographer’s skills but I’m pretty happy with these gifts I made for some special friends that, like me, are new mums :) Emílio is a german baby boy, son of Ewa (Polish) and Eduardo (Panamanian). Tomás is a portuguese baby boy, son of Ana and Márcio, both Portuguese. Nira is a Spanish baby girl, daughter of Pilar and Richard, both Spanish.

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PHOTOGRAPHY CHALLENGE #12 EVERYDAY AT…

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Good morning everybody! How was your weekend? Mine was great! On Saturday we went shopping and on Sunday we made a pic-nic with some friends. Olivia behaved wonderfully in all occasions. She is a very quiet baby and it seems she adapts very well to any situation. Of course, she arrives home completely exhausted, poor thing, because outside she doesn’t sleep or eat what she usually does in the tranquility of our home. Even so, she almost doesn’t complain!

For this week’s challenge, I took my photos everyday at 7pm. My photos aren’t as pretty or varied as I wanted them to be because at that time I’m usually breastfeeding my baby and I don’t have much to work with… On Monday we were at home watching a documentary; on Tuesday watching the Friends tv series; on Wednesday we were in a gas station, coming back home after spending the entire day in Lyon; on Thursday at home listening some great music; on Friday in silence; on Saturday in the parking lot of the mall and on Sunday on the bed, all three of us, after the pic-nic.
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My friend Ewa is the only person who’s participating this week. She took her photos everyday between 8 and 8:30pm from the same point of view. Like me, she also has a baby 3 weeks older than Olivia. I love her photos, aren’t they beautiful?

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Well, for the challenge #13 I want to see photos of… MEALS! Start working that creativity out :) As always, send me your photos to my email inforabiscarte (AT)gmail (DOT) com and publish them on Instagram with the hashtag #photochallenge. SEE YOU!