Saturday, December 27

I'm going on vacation!!!

So, I'm leaving today for the beach. Heading for Puerto Escondido.
I don't know when I'm coming back but it shouldn't be later than January 5th.
So have a good time (I know I will).

Oh, and Happy New Year!!!

Wednesday, December 24

I wish you...

Happy day!!! Off to keep cooking dinner...
I hope you can all enjoy a beautiful night tonight...

Tuesday, December 23

Pan Am Stewardess

I recently added a new item to the store. It's a Vintage Pan Am Stewardess Badge. I really, really love it.
Well, the thing is that while I was tweaking the listing on Etsy I decided to look a bit more into Pan Am to incorporate some fun trivia to the listing. I found the most amazing article about a girl who was a Pan Am stewardess, and she tells the most incredible things. Her name is Valeria Waterman and she flew around the world in the 70s with Pan Am. She got to know her passengers, played chess with them. She worked the Pan Am route to Honolulu, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Delhi, Beirut and Istanbul all in just 10 days!! She was in the last plane leaving Saigon in 1976 during the Vietnam War.
So, to read the whole story go over to Ultra Swank.

Monday, December 22

Shopping day!!!

Well, yesterday was photo day and today it's shopping day. I guess I am getting into the themed day mood. Wonder what tomorrow may be...

I recruited my best friend and went to the city centre. My intentions were various. First, I wanted to thrift a bit before the holidays so I can have stuff to list on my shop for the New Year.


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So, yeah. I went thrifting and found three amazing pairs of eyeglasses. But really really amazing!!! I still can't get over those. They are among the best since I started buying eyeglasses for the shop.

I also found some cool patches and badges. They need a little cleaning, but they're beautiful. I bought a semi perpetual calendar that rotates. It's a difficult one to explain; I guess you 'll have to wait for the pictures.

The photo above was found using Google and looking for thrifting images. Wouldn't it be a thrill to thrift at a place like that?? I do my thrifting at bazaars and ugly stores with old stuff but some great treasures.

Well, the other purpose of my outing today was to find a nice scarf for my mom. It wasn't difficult let me tell you. I found a lovely silky scarf in a beige/grey color I think she'll love. I have been telling her FOR MONTHS that she'd look good on a scarf like that. And so I bought it for her...

Oh, and I also bought a dye for a denim skirt I'm going to alter...

So excited...

Sunday, December 21

Photo day

I was so eager to take photos today, so I went around the house taking pictures.
This are some of them. If you want to see the rest go over to my flickr.

Oh, the top pic is the backdrop I use for my etsy photos and some of the ones I took today...

Blogosphere Lurk

THat's what I do... I lurk through the blogosphere (as I do on forum threads). Sometimes I leave comments, but otherwise I read and read and take in stuff and bookmark on or reader.

The Fab Miss B wrote a post about this cool project by ReadyMade that focuses on art posters for the new economic crisis resembling those that were made in the 30s. Here's her fave one, and mine too. Go to the ReadyMade link above and you can read the article and download this and all the other posters.

Besides reading The Sartorialist, I have taken to read other fashion inspiration blogs. I came across one named Face Hunter and they have amazing pictures. They are based in London.

oVer at Booooooom! they did a Top 5 videos of 2008 list and this was number 5. It is incredibly creative and beautiful. It's Kraak & Smaak's Squeeze Me. (Psst... my computer is a bit slow so I haven't really seen the other 4 top videos, but you can see them yourself here).

ANother video: this one features the street art of Aakash Nihalani. Found over at Le Territoire des Sens.

Happy Holidays everyone!!!

Wednesday, December 17

Winter Wonderland of Blogs

This is a blogosphere review in disguise.
Let's start already and do it in Christmas, white, wintery style:

On the comments for the last blogosphere watch, my dear Ruthie (aka roseworksjewelry) mentioned she didn't need more blogs to follow. Well, this week it's her blog that we are following. She posted this incredible video of the Muppets and John Denver singing Twelve Days of Christmas. This is my favorite Christmas carol, this very version. And don't you love how Fozzie keeps forgetting his part??

Today was doillies day. Really, I saw doillies everywhere. First, frozen doillies (yes, like doillies in ice) over at resurrection fern,and then a beautiful ok doillie over at we make words.

Joanna Goddard showed some nice headpieces in both her blogs (Smitten and A Cup of Jo). I looked a bit further and found this close-up pictures. Notice that these are pics so similar, yet they are from two different photographers and situations.

Camilla Engman made a nice tutorial to make oh so wintery, paper snowflakes.

Guy Sargent is an amazing photographer I found over at Le territoire des sens.

And finally a blog I have wanted to introduce for about a week now. You know how I had talked about themes?? Well, this one is the ultimate themed blog. Each post is a new theme. It's full of beautiful pics and trivia and awesomeness. Please welcome LenoreNeverMore. Her latest post was about eskimos. How much colder and wintery and white does it get?? oH... and she's a reader of Panoptica too, so I hope she catches this post...

Well, hope you like this wintery wonderland of blogs. Another blogosphere review will be up soon with all the cool stuff that don't happen to fit this theme.

Monday, December 15

More nochebuenas....

I posted about nochebuenas a little while ago...

i illustrated my post with Etsy sellers' art, but what i had originally intended to do was to take my own pics of poinsettias and upload them. Given the time constraints of final season, I opted to use and feature Etsy sellers, otherwise my carnival post wouldn't be done on time. However, I have taken some pics, and I'm ready to share them now...

They are all in my flickr if you wish to see...

Friday, December 12

Rockabilly video...

I had to post this video made by one of my friends. It's a music video for a rockabilly band called Rebel Cats.

Free Encouragement project

Have you heard about this project by Booooooom! and Design for Mankind??

Well, it's called the Free Encouragement project:

So here’s the deal: There is just so much negativity all around us these days, have you noticed? It’s infesting the internet, it’s taking over the big screen, it’s cutting you off, it’s showing up on your bank statement, it’s staining your new shirt, it’s breathing down your neck, it’s not giving you a vacation, it’s talking behind your back, it’s stuffing you in a locker, it’s cheating on you, it’s charging you more, it’s giving you less, and it’s making you miserable!

It’s making me miserable! I don’t think I know of a single person who couldn’t use some encouragement, so here it is! This is a two-part project, and the first part is simple: We are going to create a gallery of encouragement!

You can use this gallery to encourage a close friend or someone you just happened to pass by on the street. You can encourage a relative who may be ill or the girl who handed you your coffee this morning. You could even use this place to encourage yourself!

I sent my encouragement for a friend and it got published!! Here is it...

Tuesday, December 9

Word of the Year....

I saw this a while ago and totally forgot about it...

Isn't it a fitting word for the times??

“a person who lives a frugal lifestyle but stays fashionable and healthy by swapping clothes, buying secondhand, growing own produce, etc.”

Go see the complete article over at the NYT.

Monday, December 8

Quote: Sir Jeremiah Booker

Collecting well worn paperback editions is a noble pursuit. There is nothing so alive as a book which has been generously read, creased, written upon, loved and ultimately discarded.
- Sir Jeremiah Booker

I don't know how trustable this citation is, but I like the quote.
I don't collect well worn paperbacks, but I do buy them and read them, and sometimes give them as gifts.

Blogosphere Watch

Oh God!! It's been a while since I've done one, but now I'm reading more and more blogs every time. I think I'm addicted!! Google Reader helps me a lot though...
So let me start with my old favorites:
Design for Mankind is having a giveaway.

Dear Ada is featuring the fabulous James Gallagher.

And then off to new things!!!

Buckminster Fuller's 'Starting with the Universe' at the Whitney Museum in NY. Courtesy of NY Mag's The Top Ten Designs.

Red bleachers with floor lights at the tkts booth in NYC's Times Square from NY Mag's This Year in Architecture

I resisted The Sartorialist for quite a while, but now I'm hooked. Needless to say I don't dress like that, but I'd love to!!!

The Fab Miss B blogged about an awesome singer called Josh Ritter, and I fell for his music. Tsk, tsk, she's an EtsyBlogger too...

The Atlas of Hidden Water is a UNESCO project to go with the Convention on Transboundary Aquifers. Found on BLDGBLOG.

dancing with strangers from katie sokoler on Vimeo. A nice video of random dancing found on Smitten.

Phew... It's over already!!! Hope you liked...

Sunday, December 7

Flickr upload...

1. My granma, 2. Blowing Bubbles, 3. Purple Jacuzzi, 4. Blowing Imaginary Bubbles, 5. Kapuscinski quote, 6. Electric Pole..., 7. Violin, 8. Hung Shoes, 9. Walk Above

I uploaded this stuff to flickr like a week ago but hadn't acknowledge it here. Some are photographs I took, and some are photographs I took and altered... oNE wasn't taken by me. I bet you can find out which one...

Saturday, December 6

I'm so excited, and I just can't fight it!!!

I was over at BlockHead Radio listening to the Witching Hours, a radio show by my dear Witchy...

Well, Witchy organized a treasure hunt and well I was doing great. I thought I had won. But then BeadedTail beat me for a second and I got a second place...

So dissapointing, but then Witchy said I would get a runner-up present!! That's 3 bars of YUMMY soap...

sO, here's the ones I'm eyeing...

Green Apple Explosion

Sweet Pumpkin Spice

Bayberry Soap

Friday, December 5

Quote: Erin Loechner

Because beauty lies in the details of design. In the pencil shavings, in the blueberry waffles. The vintage dress, framed portrait, old postcard.

- Erin Loechner, Design For Mankind

Featured EtsyBlogger: SpottedCowSoaps

What kind of name is that???
Come on, we all know she's really called Ms. Moo!!!

Ms. Moo is definetely one of those EtsyBloggers everyone knows. At least I think they do. Her constant presence in the etsy forum threads makes me think they should know her. She's a real cool gal from Vermont who makes soaps. And SOME soaps... My mouth waters when I see her shop. But remember that soap shouldn't be eaten, otherwise you'll get butt bubbles. Besides that, I always want to shop in her shop (although I haven't purchased from her YET).

So for delighting us with her soap yumminess and encouraging our consumerism,

oH, and aren't her item pics incredible???

THis is m 75th post!!! Yay...


I found this video over at booooooom! and I loved it... Such a beauty...

Intervelometer from Kunal Sen on Vimeo.

Wednesday, December 3

Flickr Fun...

There's this fun game I caught in Witchy's blog
You answer some questions, search for your answers in Flickr and choose a pic from the first page of results. Then yo make all of those into a mosaic... So the above is mine... Below are the answers..

1. What's your first name? Jimena
2. What's your favorite food? Vegetarian Sausage
3. What high school did you go to? Ciudad de Mexico
4. What is your favorite color? Green
5. Who is your celebrity crush? Jake Gyllenhall
6. Favorite drink? Coke
7. Dream vacation? Iceland
8. Favorite dessert? Flan
9. What do you want to be when you grow up? Still a kid
10. What do you love most in life? beauty
11. One word to describe you? Crazy
12. Your Flickr name? panoptica

And finally credit for the pics:
1. Sky for Jimena 3/3, 2. cauliflower and broccoli tart, 3. Estacion Miguel Angel de Quevedo, 4. Lunar world, 5. For Julia, 6. A coke and a :), 7. Cottage, 8. Flan, 9. Of Earth And Sea And The Oceans Free, 10. The Arabic Originality, 11. I'm singing in the rain...Just singing in the rain...What a glorious feeling!!!I`m happy again!, 12. Atom (2)

Christmas approaches...

Oh and there are only 22 days till Christmas...
Gifts to make and wrap...
Parties to attend...
Finals to study for...

Oh, the joy of winter break...

POSTNOTE: In response to one of the comments, no it's not my bookshelf... Sorry for not crediting the image... I found it on the internet a while ago...

Tuesday, December 2


Nochebuenas are my favorite part of the holiday season. This is what you call poinsettias in English. The Spanish word for poinsettias, Nochebuena, means literally 'good night'.

I have one in my backyard, and it blooms really early, so I always start getting excited about Christmas in September. This plant is natively Mexican and it's a big big part of the holiday decoration here. I don't have much more to say, so I went to our trusty wikipedia and compilled some cool facts:
  • The name "poinsettia" is after Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first United States Ambassador to Mexico, who introduced the plant into the US in 1828.
  • In Turkey, poinsettias are called Atatürk çiçeği ("Flower of Atatürk")
  • In Nahuatl, the language of the Aztecs, the plant is called Cuitlaxochitl meaning "star flower." The Aztecs used the plant to produce red dye and as fever medication.
  • The plants' association with Christmas began in 16th century Mexico, where legend tells of a young girl who was too poor to provide a gift for the celebration of Jesus' birthday. The tale goes that the child was inspired by an angel to gather weeds from the roadside and place them in front of the church altar. Crimson "blossoms" sprouted from the weeds and became beautiful poinsettias. From the 17th century, Franciscan monks in Mexico included the plants in their Christmas celebrations.

by JMcGuinness

Oh, and apparently there is a cocktail called poinsettia, that I am sooooooo gonna try this holiday season. A poinsettia cocktail is a mixture of dry sparkling white wine, vodka, and cranberry juice. Yum!!!!

*Pics are from Etsy Sellers

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