Friday, February 14, 2014

Valentine's Day Decoupaged Frame

This frame was actually my mom's idea and she helped me with the decoupaging part, so thanks, Mom! So yeah, when my mom went to visit my grandma and aunt last August, my mom got into decoupaging because my aunt does it to boxes and sells them or gives them away as gifts and taught my mom how to do it. Then, my mom told me she wanted to decoupage a picture frame and the colors she chose reminded me of Valentine's Day so we made it and now I want to share it with you guys.

-acrylic paint
-Mod Podge
-wooden picture frame
-a napkin, tissue paper or paper with the pattern you want to decoupage
-wood letters or words
-sandpaper (not pictured because I forgot! hehe)
-E6000 (not pictured either)


1. Sand the frame and the letters.

2. Give the letters one coat of paint. And while the first coat is drying....

3. Cover the front of the frame with Mod Podge or glue and paste the napkin or paper onto the frame. Smooth out evenly. And for those of you using a napkin like I did, put a plastic bag over the napkin so you don't tear it while smoothing it out and make sure you don't leave any air bubbles underneath the napkin or paper you're decorating your frame with.

4. Give the letters another coat of paint and let dry.

5. Seal the frame and napkin/paper with a coat of Mod Podge and let it dry. 

6. Wait 'til everything dries and then paint the letters one last time. Also, using a thin brush, paint the inner and outer edges of the frame with a color that matches your print. I used white.

7. Once everything is dry, glue the letters onto the frame using the E6000 glue and let dry.

8 Finally, when the glue is dry, give everything one last coat of Mod Podge and let dry.

9. Insert your favorite picture and you're done!!

A lovely gift for your Valentine!!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Book Review: The Help

Title: The Help
Author: Kathryn Stockett
Genre: Fiction

Set in Jackson, Mississippi, this book is written from the perspective of three women in the 1960s. Skeeter is a 22 year-old girl who just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She has the great ambition of becoming a writer but in a society where women her age are married and with children, she is considered an oddball and a failure. Aibileen is a black maid who secretly loves reading and is completely devoted to Mae Mobley, the seventeenth white child she is raising. Minny is Aibileen's best friend and the best cook in all of Jackson. However, due to her sass and smart mouth she can't keep a job until she lands a job with Celia Foote, an outcast in society because of her reputation. As different as these three women may be, they unite to write a book exposing the lives of housemaids and risk it all to change the way their town thinks.

Long story short, I absolutely loved this book! Why? Because even though it deals with a serious subject, it is funny, heartwarming and just plain amazing. I loved the main characters, especially Minny. She was just such a sassy yet endearing character you couldn't do anything but root for her. And Aibileen, she had gone through so many difficult moments in her life yet still managed to have a heart of gold. So if you haven't read this book yet, I definitely recommend you read it!

Rating: 5/5

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Hello 2014!

Hey guys! Happy 2014!

I know it's been a few months since I posted and yes, it's almost February but a lot has been going on. I got a job (not in my field which is biology but it's ok for now) and that has kept me quite busy; I bought a car (!!!), I adopted a puppy and I also landed another job at a sea turtle center which I will be starting in yeah A LOT has been going on.

Now on to the next part, I do love this blog but unfortunately, I haven't had much time to keep posting stuff which I super sad because I LOVE sharing my DIYs, book reviews and nail tutorials with you guys. :( So... I will absolutely try my best to post at least 2 book reviews and DIYs per month and any other extra posts I can manage to squeeze in.

Thanks so much for reading my blog and stay tuned for what's coming in February!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Cable Knitted Headband

Like I've said a couple of times, I didn't craft much while I was in Mexico. However, about a month before I came back, my family went to visit me and brought me some yarn and knitting needles I had requested. So, I made a few headbands. Not that they were of much use over there since the temperature was never below the 80s. Anyway, I made a few of these and gave them away to friends so they could use them when they went back home. They are really quick to make (took me less than 2 hours each) and don't require much yarn. Plus, they're super cute and I think they'd make great Christmas/ holiday gifts! So time to knit about a million of these!...

Materials used:
- 2 balls of worsted weight yarn (or you can use 1 of chunky yarn)
- size 11 knitting needles
-cable needle

I used the Vanessa Headband pattern you can find here.

I made the narrow version, so I only cast on 14 stitches and instead of using chunky yarn, I used two strands of worsted weight yarn held together.

Action shot:


 Just the headband:

Thanks for reading and have a great day! :)

Wednesday, November 13, 2013


Hello everyone! It's been a while since I last posted but I'm back for good now and I will start posting regularly in the next couple of days.

So what was I doing this whole time?

Well, I was in Mexico working in a sea turtle conservation program and let me just say that it was one of the best experiences of my life! However, due to a lack of reliable internet and of crafting materials and an oven where I lived, I was unable to continue blogging, one of the other things I really enjoy. But now that I'm back home, I'll start writing book reviews for all the books I read, making stuff for fall/winter and baking to my heart's content.

In the meantime, I'll leave you with one of my favorite turtle pictures I took. (The fish on top of the turtle are called remoras or sucker fish)

Hope you guys are having a lovely week!


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Explore: Coba, Mexico

One of the things I really like about being here in the Mayan Riviera is that there are so many attractions and beautiful places I can visit by just hopping on a local bus or van and without spending a fortune. Today I'm going to tell you guys about a beautiful place I visited recently: Coba.

Coba is a ruin city located in the state of Quintana Roo about 40 minutes from Tulum and just about an hour from where I'm staying. Archeological evidence indicates that Coba was settled between 100 B.C. and 100 A.D. and at it's peak of civilization it was estimated it had about 50,000 inhabitants. There, you can see the Nohoch Mul pyramid, the tallest pyramid in Mayan Mexico, and if you're brave enough you can climb to the top and get a spectacular view of the jungle. You can also see a ballgame court, other pyramids and the astronomy tower.

I went to Coba with two of my friends a weekday morning so there wasn't a lot of people when we got there. Also, I think it's important to mention we went during the low season, otherwise, it would've been packed. Once we got there we paid the entrance fee which was 57 pesos (about 5 dollars) and entered the archeological park. Once inside, we decided to rent some bikes because: 1) we thought it's be more fun that way and 2) we'd get to the pyramids faster since they're not that close to the entrance. The bike rental fee is 35 pesos (about 3 dollars) for the entire time you stay at the site, which I thought was pretty good. After that we just biked all over the place, stopping at the ruins to take pictures, read up on some info and climb the Nohoch Mul pyramid. I loved Coba because you're in the jungle and everything was so green and exploring the ancient ruins was awesome. Overall, I would say it was a great experience and I definitely recommend visiting Coba!

Now, on to the most important part, the pictures!

In the jungle on the path to the ruins!

Biking  through the jungle.

Ballgame court.
 Me in front of the astronomy tower.

The astronomy tower again.

Nohoch Mul pyramid.

 View from the top of the pyramid.

Looking down from the pyramid.

 Another pyramid (not sure what it's called).

In the jungle, the mighty jungle....

 Cool fungi!


Wednesday, August 21, 2013

My Summer in Pics

Hello everyone!

I know I've been MIA for quite a few months and I'm sorry for that. I thought that I would find time to blog while abroad but apparently it wasn't possible for many reasons, the main two being: (1) the internet here is kind of crazy, so it goes on and off for days and (2) I've been quite busy with work and just having a good time with my friends/co-workers that I haven't had much time for blogging.

So for now, I'll just leave you with some pictures of things I've done/ seen since June and I hope I can start posting more often now that work is starting to slow down. Enjoy!

Marked turtle nest...pretty much what my job consists of (marking nests)

Crooked palm tree

Yal-Ku Lagoon

Chillin' at the beach

Tarantula outside my room...eeek!

Loggerhead turtle laying eggs

What I do when I'm bored at work...

Mural outside the ecological center

My new friend I found at the park

 Yummy chicken quesadillas!

Massive mushroom and cheese stuffed burgers I made for my friend's birthday
Green turtle laying eggs

Loggerhead hatchling...super cute!

Me with a baby loggerhead! :)

Yet another turtle mural!

Swimming with whale sharks!

Whale shark!

Loads of baby turtles!!

Having fun with friends!