Sunday, February 27, 2011

Sunday Project: Robots!

Woke up early this morning to prepare materials and gather supplies for Cielo's Sunday Project: Robots!

Cielo knew all morning her supplies were ready so she was anxious to get started. But we had plans for morning to pick up groceries at farmer's market and laundry supplies so she had to wait. At one point throughout the day she was asking to go home to work on her project. It was so cute. I'm so special she enjoys project time as much as I do.

I saw this project prolly on Crafty Crow's blog or on Family Fun (lol). I'll have to search for it.

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Faux Bois Love

I really really really like faux Boise prints. Here's what I found today at GGP. A decomposition journal made of 100% post consumer waste recycled pages for less that $5. Got one for my lumberjock and one for my prima.

Go get one ;)

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Casa de la Alegria: Cielo's room

One of my favorite pass times is looking at design blogs to gather inspiration for my home styling. Yes, I used that word styling.

Our style is very much a mixture of antique, vintage, DIY and new. You can see that in every room of our house. I'm always thinking of ways on how to improve my home (I'm OCD like that ;).

When I move into a new old place I have to make it feel like home immediately. When I first moved to CA I lived in Sac, when my husband and baby followed they lived in Oak. I would come to our new home every weekend to be with my family and unpack. It took me 4 weekends for the house to be boxes free and look settled in.

One of my favorite rooms to tackle is bebina's room. Simply because I want her to have a fun magical place to play and learn. I work really long hours so I want to give her quality. Recently I had to redecorate her room and like every time I draw my inspiration from the Jeu de Paume 'Children's Rooms: Stockholm'.

You can see by the cover of the book that it's a very eclectic colorful non perfect set up. You can buy Jeu De Paume books at the Kinokuniya bookstore in Japantown in the City.

Here are some shots of Cielo's room.

This table and chairs set belonged to Cielo's great-grandparents.

Nathan's mom got Cielo this little wooden chair. When she bought it at a yard sale the chair was yellow. So she refinished it and made it look awesome.

These are all of Cielo's 'friends' on the bed. The larger quilt we bought at a Mennonite relief sale and the little one at the foot of the bed was made by Nathan's mom right before Cielo's birth.

We got this stove for Cielo for Christmas and her vintage pitcher and pans are from eBay.

This just shows you I'm not just about work ;)

What's your home style?

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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Sopa! Sopa! Sopa!

Puro comfort food tonight. Made some sopa de calabacita con elote (aka zucchini with corn soup) tonight for my baby and baby daddy. This recipe is in VDG cookzine and it's a dish that a cook often.


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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Raising Heaven

My lil' bag lady. tights, skirt, white shoes. duh!

A Great Good Place for Conversation

I've been living in the Bay Area for two years now, before I moved here I lived in South Texas right on the border with the motherland (Viva Mexico!). This area is called the Rio Grande Valley and a lot of my family lives there. The Valley is a great place for conversation and people there talk in the style of Acuerdate, a story out of "El Llano en Llamas" by Juan Rulfo.

This style is the way my sister, cousins and friends talk, specially when we talk about our favorite YA novels. We talk about them like if we were sharing chisme about the vecinos. lol.

Since leaving the Valley, I didn't have that piece of me and I really missed it... until now, I think that I'm slowly regaining it... and it has to do with the fact that I've found "A Great Good Place for Books" in the Montclair District where they have a monthly YA book club.

Every month, the group chooses a book, reads it and discusses it at the monthly meeting. Even though I'm very new to the group and I've only been going since January, I'm really enjoying it. I really like the wisdom in the group and the passion that Kathleen, the owner, has for YA novels. They are a very inspiring bunch.

I also love that the bookstore is really close to my house- one day I'll ride my bike there (must add that to the bucket list. lol). The bookstore itself has a good selection and I specially enjoy taking my toddler to the children's area... even though its always a struggle getting her out of there. Last week I brought my husband with me and he came out with his copy of Cinderella Ate My Daughter and an Outliers type of book. There's something for everyone, go check it out.

Monday, February 21, 2011

My Lumberjock

My husband, Nate the Great, had a week off last month and finally had the chance to work on one of his projects. For the past year and a half he's been visiting Urban Ore buying all kinds of salvaged materials for projects he's been thinking and drawing out. He found a wooden hatch of some sorts, heavy wood with metal ends in really bad shape but he saw lots of potential.

He's been looking at furniture and showing it to me, so when I find photos of industrial chic design I send them to him.

Well on his week off he went to work and put together this beautiful coffee table. It took a lot of hard work sanding off the gunk that was on it and he had to paint it twice because he wasn't happy with the finish. The coffee table legs are coasters that he picked up at the same salvage shop. It make it easier for us to move the table around the living room when needed.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Sunday Project: Crafty Little Hands

"Crafty Little Hands" is a Sunday project that I began this year with my 3 yr old, in order to help her develop her motor skills, listening skills and improving her attention span. I also want to create fond memories for her of us making crafts together.

I'm really inspired by my husbands family DIY (do it yourself) lifestyle and I want to pass that unto her.

This Sunday, Cielo made a butterfly garland out of string, straws and butterflies from Paper Source. As a working mom I rely on pre-made craft supplies from The Paper Source. I'm lucky to have one close by in Berkeley. I'm not sure what the pre-cut butterflies are for but I used them for this project. In Mexico, at farm weddings folks make the exact same garlands but with white straws and white flowers so this is where I got the inspiration to do this project.

Raising Heaven, Sky and Cielo

I will be posting pic's of Cielo's outfit choices every now and then. She has a high interest in fashion- right now it's all about wearing tights or leggings. She refuses to wear jeans... Oh sadness, her Tia gave her skinny jeans for Christmas and she hasn't worn them yet.

Accessories: The knitted panda hat is from etsy, the scarf I made for her and her studded belt is from H&M kids.

The attitude is all her.

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Chilaquiles a la Vegana

Esta maƱana, I made some Chilaquiles for my husband. Last Sunday, I made some black beans using my sister's recipe in 'Vegan de Guadalupe Cookzine' so I heated them and added to our breakfast. What's your favorite vegan breakfast?

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I'm back!


I'm coming back to the blog world. Two years ago, I was a frequent blogger on my blog Domingo Siete but then we decided to move to the West Coast so here we are in the Vegan Motherland: San Francisco Bay Area. Now after two years of settling in, I'm ready to blog again. But I will be merging Vegan De Guadalupe with Domingo Siete, which means I'll talk about everything related to our vegan lifestyle: mothering, child, food, home and activism. Woot Woot.