Saturday, May 31, 2014

Sacred Moments #3

1. Waking up without the sound of an alarm clock rocks.
2. Gotta love saturday breakfast! Two-ingredient pancakes with raw honey and blueberries.
3. Misha staring out the window.
4. Another Misha shot... just because he looks way too cute.
5. Reupholstered this chair a couple of years ago and I'm still in love with this pattern.
6. Summer collection goodness!!

Who doesn't love saturday? It feels so good to finally enjoy the morning without any rushes after a long week. Having an imba breakfast, cleaning and doing all other kinds of stuff I can never do during the rest of the week. And, of course, working on my plans for Terra. As you can see one of my drawers is overflowing with summer inspired supplies for my upcoming line. Now I just need to figure out a way to organize all that stuff (remember one my latest New Moon wishes?).

What plans do you have for the weekend?
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Thursday, May 29, 2014

New Moon Wishes #2

Hey all and welcome to New Moon Wishes, a series where I share some of my intentions for the following four weeks. Every New Moon eve I'll sit down, meditate on my priorities, and share some of them here the following day. These can be challenges or simply things that I wanna do of my life. I encourage you to do the same and push yourself to enjoy more of your life!


First things first, let's take a look at and review my first New Moon wishes...

1. Produce Terra Mystique's first lookbook. DONE, finally! If you haven't explored it yet, you can do so here. I'm really happy with the result; it was really worth all the wait!

2. Order materials for TM's new collection. Yep. Brand new materials are arriving to my desk and I'm super excited about them. Can't wait to spend a good afternoon playing with them all. See a little sneak peek here.

3. Finish my Blogilates beginner's calendar. Done too! I even repeated some of my favourite routines for a week and also gave a try to Cassey's standard May calendar (I'm so sore!). I can't say I feel like I'm in great shape of course; when I stepped from beginner's level to standard level, I realized I still have a long way to go. Still, I feel stronger comparing to a moon ago. It's amazing how simply 30-45 minutes a day can make a difference in such a short amount of time.

4. Embark on my organic journey. Yes and no... this intention is so much more complicated than it would seem, for many reasons. Although I haven't bought anything yet, I've compiled nice and affordable sources of organic produce, herbs and even cosmetic products.

5. Develop my college final project. Pretty done as well. A couple of weeks ago I gave a presentation to a few teachers talking about the status of my internship project and got some nice feedback- much better than what I was expecting, to be honest.

6. Finish reading my book. Almost... only a few chapters remaining! I love reading and love A Song of Ice and Fire, but I just can't seem to find the time to settle in a corner and finish a book these days. I tried it at night before going to bed, but I'm usually so tired I'll get sleepy too fast. Tried it in the bus but I'll get nauseous. Sigh.

7. Get a hairstyle makeover. Hmm, nope. Not yet. But the idea is still on the table.

[BONUS] 8. Drink a glass of lemon water every morning. I forgot to mention this one on my first post, but I've done it too! The benefits of warm lemon water right after waking up are almost undeniable. Also, it's pretty tasty and reviving!

Now for this month's 

1. Finish my college final project. My internship will be over in exactly a month and there's still a lot of work to do! So this moon I will be focusing mainly on my research project (wait, wasn't I already?).

2. Work on TM's summer collection. This will be a small collection comparing to my plans for Fall-Winter, so it should be ready for launch at the end of this moon. I'll do my best to meet that goal, at least!

3. Push through with pilates. I'm gonna go crazy and go for the Blogilates June calendar, which should be coming out really soon! I have no idea of how this will go, but I'll be sure to challenge myself.

4. Eat more veggies. Now, I don't wanna seem like I'm getting obsessed with my health or anything, but sadly I grew up rejecting greens with a grimace. An year ago I wouldn't eat zucchini, eggplant or arugula, much less broccoli. Developing taste is the key. And this moon, I want to try at least five more veggies.

5. Start a recipe compilation. I mean a real compilation, and not just my overfilled Pinterest board. So much yummy looking stuff to try out! What should I start with?

6. Reorganize my desk. This is something that's been stirring in my mind for a very long time. Pretty much since I've moved over an year ago, to be more exact. Some people believe that a cluttered desk is a reflection of a cluttered brain, so an organized workspace it essential to an organized life, right?

7. Get back to my star jar. Remember that star jar of gratitude I started at New Year's? Well, I've been slacking with it for at least a couple of moons. That's not right.

June is coming people! Do you have any intentions for the upcoming weeks? Feel free to share them down below! :)

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Monday, May 26, 2014

Boho Summer Inspiration #2

(Note: The following images were compiled from various sources throughout the Internet - mostly Pinterest and Tumblr. If you own any of these pictures and would have me give proper credit, please contact me. I'll be happy to include your name down below!)

Just because I can't get enough of dreaming of summer and of blue skies, turquoise waves and white sand.

Happy week,
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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Boho Summer Inspiration

(Note: The following images were compiled from various sources throughout the Internet - mostly Pinterest and Tumblr. If you own any of these pictures and would have me give proper credit, please contact me. I'll be happy to include your name down below!)

Summer. The ocean. The beach. The waves. The sand. The colorful sunsets.
Linen. Coral. Hues of aqua, turquoise and teal. Shells. Gemstones. Leather. Lace and crochet. Sea treasures. Pops of color. Freedom.

I'm happy to tell that Terra Mystique's summer collection is now in production! As some of you know may already be tired to know, just the thought of summer season brings a smile to my face. I feel so inspired right now, even though the rain is back for a few days. I'll be experimenting with new materials, new textures and new combinations- and I'm so eager for the results.

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Saturday, May 17, 2014

How to make: Sea Urchin Ring DIY

Hey there! It's been a very long time since my last tutorial now, hasn't it? I don't know about there, but it's been pretty hot around here... summer is just around the corner! Not sure if it's the rising temperature or the simple fact that I miss that time of the year, but I've been hearing the ocean calling to me lately.

Remember that summer post of mine about cleaning and preserving sea urchin shells? (It's been almost an year already, can you believe that?) Well, I still had my shells from that tutorial and thought, why not make something pretty out of them. So the sea urchin ring idea came out! If you're a fan of ocean mysteries and treasures then I'm sure you'll want to give this DIY a try. Go ahead and have fun! :)

Sea Urchin Ring Tutorial

- 1 clean sea urchin shell
- 1 ring base
- stampings and/or embellishments
- some cotton
- E6000 or any other kind of adequate glue

If your sea urchin isn't clean yet and you're not sure of how to do it, follow my tutorial on how to clean and preserve sea urchin shells to get yours ready for the project.

This first step is optional, but because sea urchin shells are very fragile, I like to stuff mine with cotton in order to give them a little more protection. Slip some cotton through the largest hole (ie, where its mouth used to be) and glue a piece of filigree to the same area, followed by your ring base. If your ring base has a large pad, enough to cover the entire hole, the filigree piece may be unnecessary. Just make sure that the mouth is fully covered. Let it dry for a couple of hours.

As a final step, glue a couple of embellishments to the top of the shell. Be creative and have fun with it, again making sure that the top hole (a lot smaller than the mouth) is fully covered. Allow to dry.

And, that's it! Sea urchin rings look pretty, whimsical and unique... and they're so easy and fun to make. I remember I sold a few of these back in Wilwarin Designs- maybe I'll bring the design back to Terra Mystique, with a new little twist? Who knows. :)

PS. When working with E6000 or other industrial glue, make sure to open your windows or work in a well-ventilated space! Glue vapors are harmful!

I hope you enjoy this tutorial on how to craft your own sea urchin ring. If you try it, feel free to share your experience and final result in the comments below!

Nevertheless, have an awesome weekend, and enjoy the good weather if you're able to!
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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Wanderlust Wednesday: Gerês National Park, Portugal (Part II)

Two weeks ago I posted about my latest road trip to meet Portugal's only National Park. I had too many photographs to share in a single post, so here are the rest of them. :) The first of these are from the place where a village used to be before the construction of a great dam which made it sink (read more about it here). It was a nice walk along the river, even if the views were pretty restricted because of the dense mists that covered the mountains.

We had lunch imba sandwiches next to a roman bridge and a pretty riparian gallery, and after that we headed towards my favorite part of the whole trip, the Albergaria Forest. So lush and luminous, even with the rain! I don't know about you, but I love watching the trees with young, bright spring foliage. I'm pretty sure my jaw dropped when we entered the forest. I might have looked a little ridiculous, actually. We drove until the portuguese border in Portela do Homem, where we had another walk through these magical woods and a very old path nearby a river, punctuated by waterfalls and awesome kettle lakes.

I had been craving to visit Gerês for years, even if only once in my life. But now I want more... so much more! Hopefully there will be a second time, preferably with clear skies. Maybe next summer?

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