Monday, August 18, 2014

Nuts for paper and a giveaway!

Hello sweeties!

I am very excited to present to you a recently favorite shop of mine on etsy, Nutsforpaper. I found the shop after the sweet girls that own it included me in one of their amazing treasuries and I fell in love immediately!


I love their illustrations and how cute their items are! They make me want to buy everything in their shop! I haven't shared with you yet but I've started a bit of scrapbooking this summer. I am not really sure what traditional scrapbooking entails but I decided to take all of our paper souvenirs from our trips in Europe and make them into albums. I feel they are wasting in the bags I keep them, whereas in an album we will be able to enjoy them and visit them more.

So I was thrilled when I found Nutsforpaper because I think their travel books will make wonderful albums for our next trips.


travel journal

I also adore their notepads for taking notes and making lists! I am always scribbling lists all the time! How cute are those cherries?


Ideal for your grocery list isn't it?


The girls have a great sense of humour especially when it comes to describing themselves! Here's what they say about their shop:
Both named Ana (although no one treats us that way), born and raised in Torres VedrasPortugal, since 1989, we measured 1.65 m (5ft.4)our shoe size is 37 european size (sometimes 38and no, we are not twins. 



hard cover journal

We are two creatures who were lucky enough to cross each other path in 2004 when we went to the Visual Arts course at the High School Henriques Nogueira and since then we were best friends with a huge passion fordesign, illustration and typography. In 2007 we graduated and each one followed different paths, without losing connection.



The oldest Ana, older for 3 months and 13 daysis best known for Mafalda, it is a curious by nature and with a slight obsession for chocolate chip cookies and booksVery determined and sure of herselfdecided to head to Lisbon to studyDesign at IADEaccompanied with her notebooks and sketckbookswhich shecannot live withoutAlways ready to go in search of new culturesin 2011 she decided to do Erasmus in Germany from where she brought a few more souvenirs to add to her collection ofpostcards and stampsIf she was an animal it would be a blue elephantHer memory is fallible but that the otherAna complements it.

Excellent memory, British punctuality and clumsy every now and then, that's howCatarina is known for. And not even the taste for sleeping stopped her from graduating in Graphic and Multimedia Design, in Caldas da Rainha back in 2010. Since then, train became her favourite mode of transportation and books her travel companions. She cherish very much cats, the yellow colour and her collection of gift's bows.
Coming to a halt at professional level, and knowing the best of each other, in 2013 we decided to unite and there was born the project "Nuts for Paper", which conveys our creative vision through products made ​​of paper.

The girls are awesome! They are offering a very cute small gracery list with a custom label on it for one of my readers!! How cool is that? Use the rafflecopter below to enter the giveaway and good luck!



a Rafflecopter giveaway

Smooch for now

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Home free

Hello sweeties,

I've recently discovered an a cappella group and I am o-b-s-e-s-s-e-d!!! Most of you know how I absolutely love country music and it is only natural that I would've loved these guys!

I first stumbled upon this song of Johnny Cash witch I adore!!! Aren't they something?



Even if you are not into country music I am sure you agree with me about how talented these guys are! I mean the melody they can produce without any instrument but their voices is unbelievable!!!

Hope you'll enjoy them as much as I do! Here is their youtube channel and here is their facebook page!

Smouts for now

Akamatra

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Work in progress

Hello sweeties,

I have been caring a small plastic container with me to the beach during our holidays. No, it doesn't contain fruit and snacks. It contains Preciosa crystals, my small scissors and fish line. Well, being on holidays means spending time doing the things I love, so creating fullerene balls while lounging in the sunbeds comes pretty much close to perfection!



I am going to create some earrings and pendants off these sparking beads once I am back home cause I need to take new photos of them for the shop. I am not happy with the ones I have listed now.



Here's hoping I am going to be ready to use my new camera right by the time we get home!

Smouts for now

Akamatra 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Quote of the day

Hello sweeties,

One of my favorite things to do this summer is (over)use my new camera! I like shooting at the beach and I love the sea colors!

I also love to pair my photos with great quotes! Enjoy!


We have been doing a lot of the uncontrollable laughs here in Crete and it just feels right! We are making fun of the local music (my hubby hates it with a passion), we always talk to each other with Minion voices (papoi?) and he giggles me to tears, so there is no control watchsoever to our laughs!!!

Hope you are having a good time too!

Smouts for now

Akamatra

Monday, July 28, 2014

Beach mood

Hi sweeties,

We are having a great time in the north side of Crete and I am enjoying snorkeling hours in some of the most wonderful beaches in the world!

The fishes colors make me wish for an underwater camera, they are just magnificent! Too bad I can't show you their beauty!

Fortunately I can show you some of the wonderfully white peddles I've been collecting along with some sea shells too!



Hope you are having a good time this summer too!

Smouts for now

Akamatra

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Summer holidays

Hello sweeties,

I have been blissfully without an internet connection these last few days and I am enjoying my time unplugged! We came to a pool bar today in my village (yup, we have a pool bar at 900m!!!!) so I thought I drop by and say hi!

I am leaving you with a couple of photos from our trips around Crete!

The first one is of some great flowers in Arcadi.



This one is a view of Nida's plateau (along with my foot, lol!)



Hope you are having a good time too!

Smouts for now!

Akamatra

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Full moon, full of love

Hello sweeties,

Yesterday we decided to go for one of our most favorites walks in the city center and head out to Acropolis to watch the sunset and the full moon. Nick said I should get my new camera with me to shoot some photos. I said that I don't even know which button does what and that we'd have a better chance of shooting one photo with our phones! I was in a stupid mood because I hadn't find time to read the manual of the camera yet and I would miss the chance to shoot the sunset and the moon.

And then he did what he always does when I am in need of a pep talk. He said "Well then you definitely have to bring your camera with you! We will use these photos as the before and then we will go again for the same shooting in some months and then you'll get a chance to see the after!" Have you figured out why I am so ridiculously in love with my hubby yet?

We had a good time watching the sunset and taking photos! I think I shoot about 3000 of them, lol! I also think I got one right (for the level of knowledge I don't have!) so here it is, Acropolis under the full moon and full of love!



I don't know who was on Cummings mind when he wrote “Yours is the light by which my spirit's born: - you are my sun, my moon, and all my stars.”, but my dedication is to my husband! Love you!

I hope you had a great time last night. If you have any suggestions on how to improve/change/learn about photography I would love to hear your advice!

Smouts for now

Akamatra

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Works of art for your home and a $75 giveaway!

Hello sweeties,

I haven't had much experience in home decor posts but my last one seem to be well liked so I thought I'd give it another try.

This time I wanted to introduce to you a new site I stumbled upon, www.artisoo.com. It is a great site to shop for oil paintings, canvas sets and chinese art.

One of favorite artists is Gustav Klimt. I love the sentiment behind his paintings and my two most favorite pieces are the Kiss and Mother and Child.




It is very easy to shop in Artisoo, either by artist, color or house room! I have empty walls right now in the house and I like them that way but if I were to hang some art pieces I would definitely go for the ones above and the following ones:





I wouldn't use them all in the same room and I would add smaller modern pieces to go with them. I don't really like the feeling of too many visual stimuli in one room. I'd rather focus on people not objects.

Artisoo if offering to three (yes 3!) of my readers a $25 voucher to spend in their site. Since some of their paintins are on sale or special offer the voucher take you close to 50% off some of the paintings! You can participate in the giveaway using the rafflecopter below. The giveaway will run for 7 days!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I would love to hear what is your favorite artist and piece!


UPDATE! Giveaway winners are shown above! Congrats!!!! I'll contact you soon!

Smouts for now

Akamatra

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Summer earrings DIY

Hello sweeties,

I have a new tutorial for you today! I will show you how to make your very own stylish summer earrings with a nautical twist!


You are going to need two 9cm pieces of leather cord. Mine is a gorgeous reptile print opal metallic leather I got from www.endlessleather.com. Those guys have awesome leather supplies!!! 


You are also going to need two end caps, two ear wires, some jump rings and two anchor charms.


Although I show you gold jump rings in the photo above, I ended up using antique gold ones and I also used 2 pieces of 2.5cm of antique gold chain and super glue (not shown).

Ready? Go!

First you add a tiny bit of glue on the inside of the end caps.


Then you insert the two ends of one leather piece, thus forming a loop. Take your pliers and press down to close the end cap.


Do the same for the other piece of leather and end cap. You should be looking at something like this.


Now, take a jump ring and connect it to one of the chain pieces and without closing it, pass it through your end cap loop. Then close and secure the jump ring.


Take another jump ring and use it to connect the loop of the ear wire to the previous jump ring. You can also skip this ring but that way your earrings will be facing side ways.


Then take another jump ring and use it to connect the end of the chain to the anchor charm loop.


Do the same for the other earring. And you are done! Your earrings are ready for your ears!!! Enjoy!





I love their gold and bronze hues and I love them because they are intense but very light weighted!


So there you have it! I love easy and quick tutorials that yield such a great result (if I may say so myself, lol!)!!! Don't you?


If you make earrings using this tutorial I would be thrilled to see them so do share!

Smouts for now

Akamatra

Relax and get lost!

Hello sweeties,

I woke up this morning with a mood to hide from my chores and relax. So I figured I'd share this wonderful quote with you, to promt you to do the same ;)


Have fun today whatever you do!

Smouts for now

Akamatra
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