August 30, 2013

Summer skies // Italian holiday // Part 1

Skies // Calabria //Italy
Lots of summer skies from our holiday in southern Italy. Most of the above were taken from the terrazza of my parents house. They live in an apartment on the 4th floor of a building very close to the beach and the view is amazing. You can see the entire Gulf of Squillace, and on a clear day you can easily spot the farthest southern end. I will never have enough of this view and it is one of the things I miss the most. 

The House Garden

Just finished this House Garden illustration inspired by one of my mum's kitchen towel from her dowry. I decided to use Arches hot pressed paper, and although is not my favourite brand, I think it was perfect for this subject. And I'm already planning to make some more on a similar style.
The original painting will be up on sale on my Esty shop sometime this weekend. 
Happy weekend to all!

August 28, 2013


It's week 34 and we are back to normality again! September is in the air, it's getting chilly in the early mornings and evenings, and the days are visibly shrinking. But the memory of the past holidays is slowly fading away, it feels like it's time to plan our next one already!
this is you trying to escape carrying a toothbrush and toothpaste

This week you:
  • Returned to your daily routine with no effort, after two weeks of "no rules"!
  • Started saying "cla-cla" when asking for acqua (water).
  • Started saying 'Oh no!" with a funny voice everytime you dropped something on the floor.
  • Had two of the canines out, only 6 teeth to go and we are done.
  • Learned to do a fake smile, and it's funnier than your authentic (and beautiful) smile!
From last week loved this underwater face from the bostrom blog, and the so many beautiful pictures.

If you are curious about this project and want to know more, you can check Jody's blog @ Che and Fidel.
All my previous posts can be found here.

August 22, 2013

Pick of the Month: August // Dream Office Spaces

All from Apartment Therapy / Home Office
This house hunting thing is going very slow and doing my head in! There are only a few houses available in our price range and our preferred location; and when I say a few I mean 4 houses, one of which is on a small island! But that does not stop me about planning dreaming about my future work space. And although my Mr and I will have to share a room to start with, I’m already picturing it in my head. I’m thinking loads of storage, subtle colours, homemade wall arts, a comfy chair and possibly a sofa with loads of cushions and a nice free standing lamp for some late night reading.

This new house of ours is slowly coming together room by room, and if it wouldn’t just be in my head, it would be a dream house.
Check this old post here for some children's room inspiration.

August 19, 2013


It's week 33 and also the last of our summer holiday in Italy! We enjoyed it 'till the last minute and made the most of it. Italy we miss you already.

This week you:
  • Loved running around your grandparents house. And you were amazed at all the space you had and the new things you discovered.
  • Finally tried ice cream and you sort of liked it, but preferred eating just the cone.
  • Learned to say 'no', but you say it in such a cute way that we laugh every time.
  • Played with the potty just for fun, but you did understand what it was for as you started making funny noises while seating on it.
  • Finally enjoyed playing on the beach, walking on the shore and swimming in the sea. We had so much fun together.
  • Had a 'pizzella' (small round pizza) and plums for a mid morning snack every day at the beach. And you loved it!

From last week loved Jessica's face from Yellow Finch Design, so cheeky!

If you are curious about this project and want to know more, you can check Jody's blog @ Che and Fidel.
All my previous posts can be found here.

August 16, 2013

The Phone Photography Project // Part 4

And I finally made it to Day 32! I deliberately decided to wait for this last set of pictures to include some of the shots from our trip to Switzerland and then Southern Italy. This project has been awesome. It has been great to capture so many aspects of our summer and to learn to give a bit more thought when using my Iphone. And I loved looking at how other people interpreted the same subject and their way of taking pictures. And lots of phoneography tips have now become a habit for glad my interest in photography is surfacing again.
I'm planning to print both text and pictures and use them in my soon to come 'Hello Summer' mini book or maybe a stand-alone booklet. So many ideas are flying into my head right now...hopefully September will help me decide.

Day 25: Summer Shoes

"Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world."  
Marilyn Monroe

Day 26: The Great Outdoors
"Study nature; love nature; stay close to nature. It will never fail you." 
Frank Lloyd Wright

Day 27: Kids At Play
"It is a happy talent to know how to play." 
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Day 28: Lazy
"Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability." 
Sam Keen

Day 29: Sky
"To see the Summer Sky - Is Poetry, though never in a Book it lie - True Poems flee." 
Emily Dickinson

Day 30: Summer Reading
"There is a temperate zone in the mind, between luxurious indolence and exacting work; and it is to this region, just between laziness and labor, that summer reading belongs." 
Henry Ward Beecher

Day 31: Green
"Front yards are boring. Backyards tell stories." 
James Stevenson

Day 32: Quintessential Summer Shots
"People take pictures of the summer, just in case someone thought they had missed it, and to prove that it really existed." Ray Davies

All the collages have been created using the Iphone app Fuzel.
Click on the icon on the right side bar, under the ‘my projects’ section, or just click here to check all my previous #walktowork posts.
I am also posting my pictures daily in Instagram using the #BPCphonephotographyproject tag (click here to follow).

August 12, 2013


This week 32 it's our holiday week and we are loving it! But we are still waiting for dad to join us.

This week you:
  • Smiled with disbelief when you saw your grandparents at the airport.
  • Refused to touch the sand with your feet on our first trip to the beach. But it's getting better.
  • Loved watching your uncle Dani making sand castles.
  • Went to bed way past your usual bedtime hour (11pm!)
  • But slept on average 3 hours in the afternoon.
  • Preferred eating cucumber rather than ice cream! Sometimes I wonder if you really are our child!
  • Discovered the salty water of the sea!
From last week's portraits, I enjoyed Chloe's feet from she rhymes with crazy, and her mama's tip and trick for washing her hair!
If you are curious about this project and want to know more, you can check Jody's blog @ Che and Fidel.
All my previous posts can be found here.

August 11, 2013


Week 31 and our summer holiday is finally here! We made it through the last week before our trip and the wedding in Bern. And we had so much fun catching up with old and new friends.
This week you:
  • Tried to pull your eyelashes minutes before falling asleep in the evening. You have been doing this from some time, and now I know it's the sign you are drifting off.
  • Enjoyed watching yourself in the mirror right after your bath. You made me wrap you in your bath towel, pick you up and dance in front the mirror. And you kept laughing like crazy!
  • Behaved like a champ on our solo trip to Switzerland!
  • Were the most beautiful at our friend's wedding.
  • Used two packs of 64 wipes in three days...mainly to wipe yourself for fun.
  • Made everyone smile during the wedding ceremony as you kept wiping the sweat off your face like an old lady.
If you are curious about this project and want to know more, you can check Jody's blog @ Che and Fidel.
All my previous posts can be found here.
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