Saturday, August 21, 2010


Don't you love the carousel?
I sure do.

Maria Isabel

PS Remember to enter the August Giveaway!

Friday, August 20, 2010

DIY Fairy Shadowbox


Faeries are always fun to have around, they can come in handy when your lonely or need tiny hands to help you in a project. They are the perfect creatures for threading needle!
I love to keep some extra faeries in my daughter's room, and she loves it also. So, do you want to have your own fairy? Its quite easy you know, all they need is a place to stay and some shiny lost things to fiddle with.

First, you need to gather your materials:
1 shadowbox
1 fairy image (printout or cutout)
lost things (beads,mirrors,spools,anythings tiny really)
paint or scrapbook paper
Image for your fairy, I got my ballerina over at the Graphics Fairy blog.

1- Glue your image into a piece of thin cardboard, you can skip this step if you printed the image into cardstock, but since I didnt have any on hand I had to add this step.
Step 1

2- After its dried, cut out your image from the cardboard.
Now you may paint, or embelish your image. I painted her dress and added some glitter.
3-Don't forget to add wings! I used some dollar store butterflies for this.

4-Now you have to set up the new home for the fairy. I painted this particular shadow box, but you can use paper or anything else for that matter to decorate the shadowbox.
5-Add your new tenant to the shadowbox. I glued her firmly with my hot glue gun. You can add the lost things now to keep your fairy entertained, that way she wont be tempted to fly away to the garden where she can get lost or eaten by cats! Remember to ocationally feed her magic by chanting " I do believe in faeries, I do believe in ..."

You're done!

Remember to enter the August Giveaway!

Maria Isabel

Thursday, August 19, 2010

August Giveaway!

Hey ya’ll!
Can you tell I’m getting into paper crafts again? Was the scrapbook a hint?
Well I have a lot of paper materials. A lot. And Im moving, can you guess whats coming next in this sentence? Yep, its time to giveaway some paper craft materials!
Im giving away a Flat Rate envelope filled to the brim with all the paper materials I could stuff in, including but not limited to:
* scrapbook paper
*paper tags
* stamp pads
*paper trims

OK to enter here are the rules:
1- You must be a FOLLOWER, whether you have been a follower for a while or just became one, its all the same.
2- You have to answer at least ONE question of the 3 provided.
3- Leave your email so I can contact you to send you the prize.
4- You may answer all THREE if you wish, each awnser in a different entry to count them in the drawing.

The winner will be chosen by the Random Number generator.


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* What is your favorite post blog? (link it here in your comment)
* Chocolate or vanilla?

Wednesday, August 18, 2010


Ohh I love zines so much! This last month my collection has grown so much, I had to share!
I joined a mini-zines swap and now I got tiny zines to enjoy!
I printed more copies of my Kaleidoscope Zine Vol. 1 and sent them off to their new owners in the most fabulous envelopes! The envies I used were form the Envie Adoption Programme :) You can get your own colorful FREE envelopes by signing up to the programe too
Envie Adoption Programe

Well im off to work on the Kaleidoscope Zine Vol.2 !
Maria Isabel

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

My first Scrapbook

Hello friends J
Well, some things you just have to try to know they are not meant for you. Such was my experience in scrapbooking. Now, I did all the preparations, read some books, watched videos on YouTube, bought the materials and waited for inspiration to come. I waited. And waited. But I didn’t have a clue where to start! Thankfully I stumbled into this amazing scrapbooking blog called Sketches ,where they share templates ans ideas for pages. So Finally I started on my scrapbook! Its for my daughter Sofia, she loves pictures and im sure she will love scrapbooks too. I finished around 6 pages and I want to share them with you.
Scrapbook album cover

What do you think? Do you have any scrapbook pages you want to share? I would love to see them!
Maria Isabel

Monday, August 16, 2010

Colorful Mini- Bunting

Hey guys!
First off, I want to say “WELCOME!” to all the new Swap-Bot friends that found the blog! I have enjoyed swapping and making friends over at Swap-Bot, there are such interesting groups and trades!
Ok then, since we are in the subject of swaps, I joined a mini-garland swap that was a lot of fun. Some people call them garlands, but I prefer the term bunting (because it sounds funny when I pronounce it!). The swap required you make a small garland (or bunting) out of any material with the theme of your choice. As you can see from my most recent art- journal pages, I’m in love with the rainbow again. My mini-garland was Rainbow themed, it just feel so summery to me!
It was so easy to make, but if you are in doubt take a look at my little tutorial, made in Windows Paint J Here in Kaleidoscope Eyes, we are always one step ahead in technology ;)

Maria Isabel

Friday, July 30, 2010

Hello lads!
Well it seems like Im not free on vacation just yet, isn't that awful? You think you just started your summer break when you get the news that there is still one more essay to finish. But its all good, I kind of like writing so many essays on such stress and short notice. It makes me feel like a writer, or at least, what I think a writer feels! Kind of like Lois Lane, chasing after the latest news.
Thou I'm not Lois Lane, I can pretend to be a sassy young reporter :) Except I'm chasing for answers in my MLA Handbook and my Dictionary. Hardly the same, but hey!, don't burst my bubble!
So besides writing for a class, I sneak a few minutes every now and then to do some art journaling. Yes, it's been a while since I added more pages, and I got some doodling ideas for these new pages.
art journal
I like to think of them as "Rainbow pages". They have every color of the rainbow, but its not quite finished. Soon enough I hope!
best friends
Maria Isabel

Friday, July 23, 2010

poetry and paper

Hi! Did you miss me?
I know, I know, I have been MIA for a while, but its for a justifiable reason! I swear!
Remember a while ago I mentioned I was working on a project for a class that involved makeing a sculpture? No? Well refresh you memory Gramps!
sketch #2
So that was my sketch, my point of parting. A few thousand emails later to Deedra and I started working on my sculpture. I decided on papier-mache because it was cheap and lightweight.It was a bit of a pian to make, it broke many times before I got it right, but Im glad to say I finished it on time! And here is the "final" product:
"Inriri Cahuvial"
Here it was in the hall of the University, where people got to see it and give their input. It was a lovely experience and all the students from the course had to do it. It was amazing the variety of themes and mediums used, from film, to body-painting! I wish I could have taken more pictures, but alas, I had to stay with my poem. I named her "Inriri Cahuvial" like the poem she is interpreting:
Envuelta en un remolino de alas,
te vi primero.
Vi el resplandor de tus ojos
y vi tu pelo.
Cabellera de noche clara
con tabonucos vueltos luceros,
vueltos cometas;
y ojos en los que arden llanos y cerros
con quemazones alucinantes
de cucubanos revoloteando sobre un espejo.
Borrando todo sobre mi frente
pasó un recuerdo que ya no era solo recuerdo.
Llevando todo consigo, todo,
pasó una ráfaga que ya no era tan sólo viento.
Bajo tu pelo, bajo tu frente, bajo tus ojos,
que no eran ojos, ni era ya frente, ni aún era pelo,
sino ramaje, sino rocío que me miraba desde las hojas,
hacia esa forma que era tu tronco siendo tu cuerpo,
se fue volando lo que yo era,
lo que yo he sido:
con las dos alas,
y con las uñas,
y con el pico del carpintero.

Juan Antonio Corretjer
"Inriri Cahuvial" II

During the presentation a woman came up to me and asked me if I wanted to donate my work to the Department of Humanities (to which I belong as a student) and I said yes. Turns out she was the Dean of my department! I was so happy because my project would not survive another trip, our car was a bit too small for her. So now I can see her all the time when I go to the office :)

So what do you think? I got a few "in-progress" shots that I want to organize before I show them, interested?
Maria Isabel

Friday, July 16, 2010

Awesome and free web finds

You know what I love about the internet? Its full of awesome things that are free! Here a short list of a few new things I have found that are super cool and completely free.

Eames House Industries FREE Catalogue

Eames House is giving away FREE catalogues, but its not an ordinary catalogue, its so pretty! Look at this Flikr gallery from Design Curiosities
Thanks to Design Curiosities for the heads up!

Envelope Adoption Programme
A super nice girl from Hong Kong, Vicky, is giving out free envelopes made from magazine pages. Just check out her blog and send her an email!

Creating music is so easy and fun!

Recipe Look

Fun ilustrated recipes, you can even submit your own!
Scribbler too
Scribbler too is a fun way to draw online, give it a try, its easy and free.

Do you have sites of free things you would like to share?
Maria Isabel

Monday, July 12, 2010

Bench Monday

I love browsing interesting groups on Flikr. I recently went Pro and I want to make every cent I paid count. One of the groups I love is the Bench Monday group. Basically you take a picture standing on a bench on a Monday. But the rules are that you can only upload on Monday and only one picture. There are a lot of pretty pictures there, some are good, other dont follow the rules, but its still fun to look at them.
I wanted to submit a photo, but as much as I tried I could not take a decent picture of myself. I tried a better idea, use Sofia as a model. Here's the result:
Dorothy's Bench

Im happy with this first submission and hopefully I get to see your won pictures.
So tell me, do you like a particular group on Flikr? I would love to see your favorites!

Maria Isabel

Friday, July 9, 2010


Rainbow feet

I found a wonderful group in Flikr, its in Spanish, and its great! The point is to set two challenges monthly, like a photography scavenger hunt where you have to find the month's themes through your lens. This month its rainbows colors. Now I'm walking with my eyes wide open to find those colors. I have noticed that everything looks different now, I had been waling around without noticing things all this time. While I was picking yesterday's pic I noticed one of them had the rainbow colors in it! Its a picture of Sofia Isabel painting with her feet!

Check out the group, there are a lot of amazing photos there! La Vuelta al Mundo

Do you like rainbows?
Maria Isabel

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Hair accessory Hanger- a how-to

With a rapidly growing girl in the house you may find yourself finding little bows and hair clips everywhere. And I mean everywhere! The kitchen, the bathroom, under the bed. It gets to the point that when needed, you can't find that mint colored hair clip you need. So I decided to take action.
Hair Acccessory Hanger

So, you need a frame, without glass or anything. I took a frame that broke, glued it back together and painted it a lilac color.
HAH Step 1

Now cut two pieces of wire that are long enough to cross horizontally the frame. I used decorative wire. Glue those pieces of wire at the back of the frame, leaving some space between them.
HAH Step 2

Glue those pieces and add a loop on the top for hanging on the wall if the frame did not have one. Now you can hang you bows and things!
HAH Step 3

While I was making this project Sofia was a busy bee. She made her first paintings! I'm so proud of her. It was a snap, I just placed the canvas over an old shower curtain and opened the paint jars for her. A few minutes later she's trowing paint, brushing and stepping on it! Here's the end result:

Paintings by Sofia Isabel
You can see her little footprints on this one:
Painting#2 by Sofia Isabel
It was so fun and she was so happy while making it! Im looking for more ideas of fun things to do that are cheap (or free) and easy to clean up. We tried Play-Doh but it was a terrible mess that my walls will not recover from. Ideas?

Well I better get back to my other projects for the University,
Maria Isabel

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Wonderful Weekend

Good weekends have the ability to stretch their feel-good vibes into Monday, wonderful weekends make it until Tuesday. So here is Tuesday!
On Saturday I turned 21. After Sofia's birthday, I don't really find any reason to make a fuss about my own birthday. I think most moms are like that, except my own mother of course.
It was a good birthday, there was cake, ice cream and we finally watched Toy Story 3. It was all good.
By Sunday I had already eaten my own weight in cake, its my weekend of indulgence! We had to give my mom a ride to the port in Old San Juan so she could get on the cruise (lucky!). We spent the rest of the afternoon falling in love with San Juan again. I really love that city! I took so many pictures, I probably looked like a tourist! Here are some of my favorites.
An alley
En el parque de las palomas
Sofia & me at the pigeon park
A "garita"
Ventana en Viejo San Juan
The window of a house that sells limbers,water and sodas
Vista desde el Morro
View to the bay from el Morro.
There is so much beauty I had forgotten, I feel like im barely scraping the surface, there is so much more to see!
Maria Isabel

Friday, June 25, 2010

Grandma's way is often the best way

I have been going mail crazy with Swap-Bot, its a great site for swapping. The packages I sent today were for the "Quick Matchbox Swap". It was very simple, just decorate a matchbox with a theme and fill it with tiny goodies. Lucky for me both of my partners have similar taste! So I went with a "Kawaii/Hello Kitty" theme. I filled it with bows, tiny clothespins, stickers, buttons and other kick-knacks.
Im so exited!
Quick Matchbox Swap violet
Quick Matchbox Swap

I didn't have any decent matchboxes around, so I did what my Granny would do, I made my own. First I tried using a template and some instructions I found online, but they proved to be overly complicated.
Then I remembered how Granny made things, she started by de-constructing. Yes, crazy as it sounds it was like that. Her favorite shirt got stained? She would take it apart and use the old one to make a new one! So simple ad effective!
So I took and old matchbox, opened it up and traced it over heavy scrap-booking paper.
The wisdom of age proved itself once again, Grandma's way is often (always) the best way!
Maria Isabel

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

A Sea for a Sea

Isn't this such a grand idea? To see a sea you have never met before. To share your sea with a stranger. Luckily, I stumbled upon this picture via ImgFave. At first I was skeptical, who would go to all that trouble to do something nice? Then I answered that question: I would. So I sent my picture.
David Horvitz's blog: David's Blog.
                                Maria Isabel