November 30, 2011

DIY: Christmas ornaments

Hello, everybody! Are you ready to put up your Christmas tree, yet? I was going to wait till December 8th, since that's when we start putting up the Christmas decorations in Argentina, but I think we might start preparing everything this very weekend. Today I embellished some transparent balls, so I thought I could share the process with you through a very simple DIY. This is a no-brainer, really; but anyway, here it goes! :p

The tree that we bought is kind of small, so I bought small balls, too. I wanted transparent ones, but they only came in big sizes :/. I got these ones instead, which are ok, but have a pearled shade I don't like much.
So, these are the materials I used:

- Transparent Christmas balls.
- 2 bags of 10mm pom poms.
- 1 bag of 5 mm pom poms.
- Colorful construction paper.
- A shredder.
- A hole punch.
- A bow craft punch.

I bought the balls, the bow punch and the pom poms at Michaels. And I'm pretty sure you can find everything at Walmart, too.

First off, you need to remove the metal tops off the balls, which can be done without trouble ;).

And then fill them up with whatever you want! 

I tried different combinations. I filled one ball with red and green pom poms, I mixed a couple with both big and small pom poms and then I filled one with only white pom poms. 

I filled the rest of the balls with bows ...

Shreds of paper ...

And paper dots (that I made with the hole punch).

Putting the metal top back is a piece of cake :p.

Hope you liked the idea! ;)

Happy midweek, folks! ;D

November 28, 2011

Inspiration: Like white canvas

As you probably already know I love color. I never pay much attention to white because it's kind of dull ... no? Well, not really, but you know what I mean ... right? I rarely wear it because I feel too exposed when I do; dang! I even got married in black!

These past few weeks, though, maybe because of the fact that winter is approaching, I've been attracted to photos and clothes where white is the predominant color. Also, I think I'm in need of some sort of "new beginning". I need to to approach certain issues differently and allocate my energy and focus more wisely; and for some reason, white conveys the idea of cleanliness, starting fresh, seeing things from a different perspective, at least to me. 

So, that was my explanation of why I chose white as the star of this post :). This attitude totally calls for a much needed haircut, I know! But I'll put that on hold just for a little bit.

I wouldn't mind adding all these garments to my wardrobe ;p!

 A little (and pricy) white Anthropologie wishlist.

So, here's to a great and fresh start to your week! ;D


November 26, 2011

Thanksgiving and Black Friday adventures

Hello, everybody! I feel as if I hadn't been here in like forever. I have to catch up with all of your blogs, but before I do, here's a glimpse at what we did on Thanksgiving and Black Friday :p.

On Thanksgiving we went to San Diego to spend the day with David's aunt's family. I finally tried turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie! :)

As for Black Friday, we didn't wake up early or have anything in mind, but we did check out some stores. Our most amazing find was these knobs from Anthropologie! We had seen them before but at $10 a piece, there was no way we would've bought them. On Friday, we found them at $2.50 each plus a 25% discount on that! :D This store didn't have the number of knobs we need for our night stands and dresser, but they're going to send the rest from a different store ... free shipping!

We also bought a couple of gifts there; this is the only one I can show you now ;).

We later got these comfy booties at Payless Shoes for $22; I really needed a pair of shoes :p.

I also got this dress online for less that $25 and free shipping. I can't wait for it to arrive!

We were going to check out a garage opener that was half the price that day at The Home Depot, but we got a flat tire on the freeway :/, bummer! Fortunately, we could park at a gas station and AAA arrived in no time. We're using the spare tire now, so we can't go far from home,  but at least we can get by locally.

Oh, before I leave this post, I'd like to show you one of my in-laws' neighbors' Christmas decorations. I say he's gone pretty nuts with putting up lights in the garden, look! Haha.

Have you put up your Christmas tree yet (if you celebrate Christmas, that is)?
In Argentina, traditionally, we put it up on December 8th, but I've noticed most people here do it way before.

So, how did you spend Thanksgiving?
And have you found any great deals on Black Friday?

Hope you're all doing great! ;D

November 24, 2011

A compendium of weekly somethings (8)

Hi, there, everybody! Here's another issue of my favorite somethings

Something you can do with your hair    

 1, 2, 3, 4
Something connected with Thanksgiving: Map of Thanksgiving dinner.

Something made of paper: I think I'll try making these adorable party hats.

Something sexy: I love all these products by Kriss Soonik.

Something you probably don't care about: We finally went to the taping of an episode of The Big Bang Theory and it was awesome! :D Seeing all the actors in person made me happy; too bad cameras or cell phones were not allowed! We were sat facing the couch and were even fed with pizza, water and chocolate :p. Spoiler alert (!): In this episode Leonard stands up to a high school bully; it's very funny.

Something nice to wrap up this post

All right, folks! It's time to start getting ready! We're going to San Diego to spend Thanksgiving with the side of the family that didn't go to the Grand Canyon.

To the ones in the States: Happy Thanksgiving! And hope you find lots of cool stuff on Black Friday!

To everybody on Earth: positive vibes and hugs! ;D

November 22, 2011

I'm "blank" because ...

Hello, lovely people! I just saw this post on Sandy's blog and thought it'd be fun to do it, too ;p. I'll mix it with pics I've been taking these days.

I'm weird because ...
- I love spending time alone.
- I'd rather listen to music than go dancing.
- I'm socially awkward.

I'm a bad friend because ... 
- I hate being on the phone or chatting :/. 
- I sometimes forget to reply their emails.
- I try to avoid going to events I know will make me feel socially awkward (Say, a party where I know I'm going to be the third wheel).

I'm a good friend because ...
- I'm a good listener (I guess, ha).
- Knowing that they're happy makes me truly happy; even when they're way happier than me.

I'm sad because ...
- I couldn't take my mother to Europe. It was a promise I'd made, but unfortunately, I didn't have enough time to carry this out.
- My father is far away, my sister is taking care of him on her own, there's nothing I can do from here to help, and on top of that I'm happy ...

I'm happy because ...
- I'm with my better half <3.
- Life's been very generous to me.
- The FOCL (Friends of Ontario City Library) have nominated me to be their vice president (can hardly believe it myself!).
- I've had the chance to bring Dimitri, my cat, from Argentina.
- Today we're going to the set of The Big Bang Theory.

I'm excited for ...
- What's to come.
- Spending Christmas with my husband for the first time; and in winter!
-  Starting a new year.

Join us, too! In English, Spanish or whatever language you speak ;). 

And if you do, please let me know so I can go check your answers!

Hope you're having a great week! ;D

November 21, 2011

5 awesome blogs from 5 different countries

I've realized that it's been a while since I last shared my favorite blogs with you. If you're a new follower and are curious to see the ones I've already talked about, you can click herehere and here.

So, these are some kick-ass blogs from 5 different countries ;). * Click on titles to be linked to the blogs.

Honestly ... WTF from the USA/Spain
If you like DIYs and fashion, you can't miss Honestly ... WTF! I've been pinning most of Erica and Lauren's projects on Pinterest; they're just rad! You can learn how to make a Peter Pan collar, pom pom necklaces, Miu Miu sneakers, etc.

People Webs from the USA.
I love Lindsi's style, photos, aesthetic and the products she makes and sells on her Etsy.

Hello Sandwich from Japan. 
If you like packaging and color as much as I do, you'll love Hello Sandwich.

Goodnight Little Spoon from Australia.
If you still haven't met Bianca, what are you waiting for?! Her blog is eye candy, seriously. She has a great sense of style, amazing taste for music and the most creative ideas; she is a great source of inspiration to me.

Alma Singer Take Me Out from Argentina. 
This one is for Spanish speakers only, but Vero does speak English, so you can totally go and say hi to her :). If you live in Buenos Aires or are planning to go there, you'll find this blog super useful. Vero lists all the best coffee houses and restaurants in the city; and I'm so planning to visit the ones that opened after I left! :) She also owns Alma Singer, where she features Argentina's coolest artists/crafters.

What are some of your favorite blogs at the moment? ;)

Happy Monday! Hope y'all have an amazing week!