Hurray! I’ve been nominated for my first blogger award! Thank you for the nomination, Yaansoon, whose beautiful blog I’ve been following since December 2013. Yansoon is an eco-entrepreneur who makes modern folk-themed handmade products from recycled and/or natural materials (Visit her blog.).
The Very Inspiring Blogger Award is given by bloggers to fellow bloggers who “work hard to keep the blogosphere a beautiful place.” What a nice description!
- Thank the person who nominated you and add a link to their blog.
- Display the award logo in a blog entry.
- List the award guidelines so your nominees will know what to do.
- State 7 hidden facts about yourself.
- Nominate other blogger friends for the award.
The award, to be honest, was rather unexpected as I have stopped updating the blog since I left Spain in April 2014. Once in a while, I see a surge in statistics on Hello Pomelo’s Facebook page which means that there are still people out there who find my old posts useful and interesting. This is very encouraging that in fact I have thought about reviving the blog on many occasions.
Unfortunately, now that I am back in my home country, the Philippines, I have other priorities in mind. I closed my two Etsy shops last year and have quit writing on my other blog, Denim and Gray. I now have a full-time job.
But this award is definitely making me look at things differently. Who knows? I just might re-open the doors of Hello Pomelo soon.
Until then, I hope that you can join me in my new venture – Olie Olie.
Seven hidden facts about myself:
- I’m a ghostwriter.
- On a holiday in Riga in 2010, we forgot to return the room key to the hotel front desk upon checkout. We still have the key to this day.
- I never liked the phrase “as per.”
- In college, I was invited for membership in the Atheists Circle. Tempting, but I said no.
- Before I visited Museu Picasso in Barcelona, I did not know that Picasso was also a realist painter.
- My right foot is (slightly) bigger than my left foot, and shopping for shoes is frequently an awful experience.
- I judge a book by its cover.
As for the nomination, I will do that tomorrow because I still need to go back to work. Oh, crazy schedule! ;)
Thanks to everyone who supported Hello Pomelo despite the hiatus! :)
UPDATE 8 May 2015: I am nominating Pinay Travel Junkie and Heels and Peplum for the award. They have been recognized many times by the blogging community but I think that one more award for their awesome talents would not hurt :)
Guess who’s over the moon for having three more Etsy features in a week? (Yes, me!!!)
In a collection dubbed Golden Brown, Polish textile designer Karolina highlighted my Hello Cloud wall art along with accessories and decorations in neutral tones.
My Hello New Day design joined fourteen others in the inspiring treasury New Day created by Italian ceramic maker Stefania.
And just this afternoon, Russian artist Mariya messaged me that litte red fishie was featured in her Blue and Red compilation!
Thank you so much, ladies!!! It means a lot especially since you are all amazing artists!
Woohoo! My Fish in the Sea print made it to another treasury list on Etsy! Many thanks to Tatin! By the way, Tatin is a Barcelona-based artisan who creates one-of-a-kind bags. Check out her shop – and her Valentines Day-inspired favorites on Etsy, of course.
Five of my works have also been included in different treasury lists before. See them here, here and here.
What can you do with chalkboard? Let me count the ways.
Photo booth props
Look at this charming present I got this morning!
It was made by Adriana, one of the most talented people I know. She teaches pottery, bookbinding and calligraphy here in Castelldefels. (Yes, what can she NOT do? She’s a genius!) I helped her and a colleague put up a blog last month, and the notebook was her way of thanking me. While the work that I did on their blog was only minimal (it was more of helping them open an account, upload photos and such), I’m just happy to have received this gift. It’s beautiful! I’m thinking of using it for my sketches and design ideas. Thanks, Adriana! It was really sweet of you!
Have you received a gift lately? What did you like most about it? :)
Hello, everyone! How are you all doing?
The new year started nicely for my Etsy shop: two weeks ago, I received my first custom order request yay! The customer wanted an invitation using my red balloon wall art. It was a lovely, lovely surprise as I didn’t expect that my work would be appreciated for a different use. Also, it was such a compliment to know that, out of the countless invitation designs available on Etsy, she chose my work for her son’s first birthday. Thanks for the wonderful experience, Heather!
I also want to share with you these new printable designs that I listed on the shop. I think that they would make cute presents for friends on Valentine’s Day. You can print them at home and put them in nice, inexpensive frames. Spreading the love is a piece of cake :)
Like the design but want it in a different color? No problem! As a special treat to my readers, I am offering free custom color services until January 31. Just message me that you read about it on my blog. Offer limited to the two prints above :)
Download the PDF file here :D
Still can’t find the perfect table setting for New Year’s Eve dinner? Check out this Scandinavian style tablescape.
These adorable Nativity figures were hand-crafted in Barcelona by artist Ma. Aurora Castellano. Thank heavens we went to the Christmas fair over a week ago, or we wouldn’t have known her and discovered her creations! They’re about 2.5 cm x 2.5 cm each. So cute! (Click on the image to see the details on the figurines.)
Do you have a crèche in the house too? Tell us about it! :D
Here’s a picture of the Christmas card I made for our team at work in 2006.
It all started with the sketch of our brilliant senior research associate (the one in the center), which I meant to give to him as a birthday present. But since it was Christmas time, I got inspired to make a “personalized” holiday card for our group as well.
So I drew myself and the other girls, too. Then I scanned the sketches and downloaded a Santa hat picture from the internet. With the help of Photoshop, voilà! We became (thin but still) jolly Santa Claus and his (vertically gifted) elves!
Guess what? Seven years after, we still look the same!
Well,minus the Christmas hat :D
The Fira de Santa Llúcia is not only a place for buying Christmas decorations but it is also a one-stop-shop for those seeking Nativity figures and accessories made with skill and a lot of heart.
The tradition of depicting the birth of Jesus is ingrained in the Catalan culture. Although the first Catalan Nativity was made as early as the 14th century, the crèche with Joseph, Mary and Jesus became popular in Catalonia only two centuries later.
The opening of Barcelona’s Fira de Santa Llúcia in 1786 strengthened the tradition even more.
The pessebre (Nativity crib) in Catalonia and other parts of Spain is a reproduction of Bethlehem. In Spanish, it is called belén, which is also the Spanish name for Bethlehem.
The crib has a pastoral setting: a farmhouse with the manger scene and, around it, different scenes like a woman washing clothes by the river and shepherds herding their sheep.