Thursday, June 24, 2010

pottery, food, kitchen

I have a good friend in a far place called Salvador (Bahia state) and she is a lovely and kind person that I will always cherish . The first time we met I still owned a pottery studio and she came to learn about glazes and the first thing I offered her was a cup of tea! She was absolutely polite and she drank the tea but then , later on she told me she hated any kind of tea, see? What we do when we try to be gentle? We drink things we hate, we try to be polite!!!And since then we always laugh about this episode !

And this beautiful hanging doll ( traditional Bahia women dress long white dress with lots of lace , necklaces and a turban on their head) was made by my dear friend Carmen , isn´t it so darling?

She owns a pottery studio in Salvador and if you would like to know the beautiful spot where she is located , please take a look at Atelier Terra e Cor ( she has an English version) and also the wonderful creative and inspiring objects she makes.

Thank you Carmen, for this wonderful gift and the warm message you´ve sent me!

This funny, pretty elephant made by clay is a long time friend . I bought when I visited Milan in Italy many years ago.

These wooden fruits were made by local artisans of Minas Gerais , when I traveled last month with my parents.
I love the brilliant colors and the handmade touch , very simple and creative!

Now, I have to tell you something about Jamie Oliver. I´ve just got the new book ( in Portuguese) from this amazing chef that cooks in a simple way and that´s what I like, simple, basic but still delicious food! And as you know, I am a big big huge fan of the United States and he went to America and wrote about the interesting , classic american food and I have plans, lists of the recipes I´ve found here!

The photo was taken yesterday and it was rainy, dark afternoon and the light was terrible, i am so sorry for this but I HAD to post this! It´s in the kitchen table where I started having lots of inspiration reading this book.

Apple pie: I do love apple pies and when I watch those american cartoons I can almost smell and feel the taste of this amazing dessert!!! The original apple pie is English but the American people transformed it to the one of the symbols of the country.

Beautiful pictures are in this book, too and this little girl´s photograph , isn´t she so cute?
And look what´s she´s about to eat!!! yummy... Chocolate pie!

Unfortunately I don´t know what´s the name in English of most of the food included in this book so I am seriously thinking about buying an English version .

Eggs, I LOVE EGGS and this omelet sounds very yummy and so easy to make. I think this is gonna be my lunch!

Corners of my home: Kitchen

Well, a "part" of it because the rest is so very messy, a big shame I can´t post it here!!

I have some flower pots and I like to cook looking at them and here, I don´t forget to water them! Fruits are always welcome and we love bananas and apples .

Strawberry and tangerine gelatine for my husband , these are zero carbs , for his diet... I like the colors but not the taste of them...

I do prefer Apple Pie!

Wishing you a wonderful Thursday full of joy and peace! Thank you for taking this little trip with me around my house!


Tuesday, June 22, 2010

handmade bunting

It´s World Cup season and to celebrate this exciting moment I made this green + yellow + blue ( Brazilian flag ) to decorate our living room and for those who want to make one of this, take a look at this tutorial , it´s written in Portuguese but it´s quite easy because there are great photos to follow. Try it, enjoy it!!!

Before hanging it inside our house I took this picture outside, much better with the natural light!

Well, I guess we are all set to watch the next match!


Saturday, June 19, 2010

Weekend pics

Visiting unique shops around neighborhood is sometimes very interesting like these material that are so different from what I am used to work with.

Long time ago I used to work with metal, pretending I was Jennifer Beals on" Flashdance "!!!! Welding machine, mask, electrodes, smoke, this used to be my father´s work but then suddenly there was I making art with metal and I enjoyed a lot that time. I made delicate bromelias, banana trees and orchids but that was a really heavy and dirty work and after I found out fabrics and the sewing machine , well, my life became complete!

This kind of shop was a delight for my eyes , old materials that could be recycled and turned into art, I just had to be creative and lots of project would pop up on my sketchbook...

But nowadays sewing became really my passion and these things are now my husband´s hobby! And that´s why I went to this shop this morning. Good luck , my dear !!!

The day was so warm, we had a birthday party to go and on our way to the party we saw this beautiful monument at Ibirapuera Park, it´s called Bandeiras Monument (artist: Victor Brecheret)

I could write and show you a post only about São Paulo´s beautiful spots , maybe someday I will take some interesting photographs around town ... You know, Brazil is an immense country and i would love to let you know a little bit about the culture , interesting stories , parks and animals and artists that live here...

It´s still Saturday so I´ll leave you now wishing you a beautiful sunny Sunday for everyone that visited me today , here. Thank you for coming!!! Love to you all!!!


Monday, June 14, 2010

So much to tell...

I´ve been away from this space since a long time and the reason was an awful fever , headache and the entire body feeling bad. Finally I am away from the bed!

There were days of comfort coming from my dear partner, husband and Dad of my daughter ( who was in the same situation) that made our days better , our home was always warm and he took care of us so amazingly, thank you!

These are pictures of some sewing I´ve made some days ago , this one with the Matrioska design was a gift to a very close friend to keep her wet tissue package inside. I loved making it, I embroidered, used some ric racs, so much fun!


These colors attracted me for the beauty, the simplicity and the combination, I enjoyed making this one also.
Here is the detail of a vintage button given from a friend and used here , very carefully.

The front and...
the back
And inside.

Last Sunday´s report: Coral Sonia ( my Mom´s Choir Group) at the Recital of 18 years was a great success, congratulations Mom!!! And thank you for letting me be part of this wonderful old ladies group, it´s a big honor for me. I love you all!!!!

Clara, my sister in law was the pianist and she was amazing!

At the end, everybody ( including the audience) could sing together, Japanese old songs that they reminded from the deep of their hearts, I guess those were the songs they used to listen when they were kids, in Japan, with their family... it was beautiful, some of them cried and were very touched.
Music has universal language and this moment showed me that´s so true.

Have a lovely, wonderful week . Tomorrow I´ll be watching the FIFA World Cup!!!!Thank you for coming here !!!!


Thursday, June 03, 2010

Corners of my home - Camila´s room

I´ve been trying to post these photos since Wednesday and I´ve been facing some trouble due to the lack of high speed internet connection home so I could post only these 3 pictures...

Anyway... here we go, welcome to Camila´s room, it´s small but cozy and she loves playing on the floor with her stuffed animals, wooden blocks, drawing and attaching everything she makes on the wardrobe ( and sometimes I recycle them and take them off,hehe!)

These are some of her treasures, photographs taken with friends...

the elephant collection ( there are more hidden somewhere...) and the box of wood with her mosaic work.

And that´s all for now.

Happy weekend everyone and lots of love to you all!!!