Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Everything's Not Lost

This photo is for Kim Klassen's Texture Tuesdays.
I used her texture called "Dream It" as well as another one of her textures called "Pourvous."
Thank you Kim for all of your beautiful textures!


I'm listening to "Everything's Not Lost" by Coldplay. It fits very well with this photo, you should sit and listen for awhile.

Que te vaya bien!

Friday, August 10, 2012

The Girl and Her Book

Ahlan!!! Hola!!! Hello!!! 

I have to cover all of my greetings because it's been far too long. The reason I haven't posted in six months is because I have been doing way too much (which I believe is a good sign).  When I am silent online it means that I am spending all of my time in real life.  I really do love my blog though and it saddens me to realize I haven't posted since February.

I now have a month of absolute FREE time during which I will be updating with all of the new crafts and photos that I should have been posting over the past few months. 

This post is for another watercolor journal.  I have already posted the instructions in a former DIY so please look here for the steps.

My sister is an avid writer and the other day it was her birthday.  For the past few years it has been my tradition to give her a new journal.  She is an eclectic person and deserves the most unique journals.  This year I decided to make one for her (and there DEFINITELY is not another one out there like it).

The front, in Arabic, says "Al-bint wa kitaab ha" which translates to "The girl and her book." 

I used watercolors to paint the designs. Then I used mod podge to glue scraps of tissue paper over the words.

The spine reads "min kull qalbii" which means "with all my heart."

Shukran (thank you) for staying with me all of this time! I hope that you make a journal of your own and let me know how it turns out.

I'm currently getting pumped by Don Omar with his song "Hasta que Salga el Sol." You should give it a listen, it will definitely brighten your day :)

Que te vaya bien!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Crafty Blogs

I just added my blog to the Universal Craft Blog Directory. Woo! I feel official :)


Sunday, February 5, 2012

Vegan & Verdure

Hola a todos! I am embarking on a another journey, this one is also in the blog world.  I made another blog called Vegan & Verdure.  It is about how to be vegan while also being a budget.

I will use Concerning Moxie for my photos and personal adventures while Vegan & Verdure will be only for my veganese adventures and tips. Feel free to join me there as well!!


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Hummus / WIAW

I'm SOO excited right now because I finally made something that I have been dying to make for a very long time... a bowl full of delicious hummus.  I know, it's not really thaaat big of a deal, but every girl has her dreams and goals right?? Mine just happened to be "make some hummus."  
I love to eat Middle Eastern food, I love Arabic (I'm in the process of learning), and I love to cook.... so basically hummus is a necessity in my life. Yes I know, I'm a wanna-be, but at least I'll admitted it :)

Here is the recipe.

Thank you Nada at One Arab Vegan for making this possible, you are my hero :)

I'm linking up to WIAW (What I Ate Wednesday) over at Peas and Crayons. You should join in as well!

Pan y Palta con Té (Bread and Avocado with Tea). My favorite!

A fruit smoothie for lunch on the go! I threw in some frozen fruit, a handful of almonds and walnuts, some raisins, honey, cinnamon, and soymilk.

Pasta shells stuffed with mushrooms and spinach baked in pasta sauce.
(And just to let you know, I definitely ate way more shells than I photographed here)

And that concludes my What I Ate Wednesday post.
In a few minutes I'm going to make myself some chai tea in order to settle in and finish my homework.

Que te vaya bien!

What I'm Listening to:

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Watercolored Journal DIY

It's been awhile since I posted a DIY tutorial for anything crafty and, honestly, I haven't made anything since then either. This finally changed the other day and I'm really excited to share a DIY with you!

It is my friend's birthday and she is a creative writer so I decorated a journal for her. 

Easy, quick, and beautiful!


  • Plain journal
  • Watercolor paints
  • Paintbrush
  • Water & paper towel for cleaning

Step 1:

      Decide how you want to decorate the journal. I sketched my ideas out on a scrap piece of paper and then I lightly sketched my final idea on the journal with a pencil.

Step 2:

      Begin to paint! For this journal, I painted the outline of a guitar that morphs into a wave.  Then I splattered the paper with watercolors and extra water then stood it upright to let the colors run down the page.

Step 3:

      Let it dry, this usually takes about 20-45 mins depending on the amount of moisture on the page.

Step 4:

      Since my friend is a writer, I painted a quote on the front that is by a very talented young writer/slam poet named Adam Gottlieb, "Poet breathe now because peace might depend on your piece."  The youtube video below is the piece where this quote came from, watch it... it is very inspiring!!

Step 5:

      This step is optional, but I decided to seal it with a few layers of polyurethane sealant, then mod podge, and then sealant again.  This will keep the decorations safe from any accidental water spills!

Now fill the journal with your thoughts and memories :)

Adam Gottlieb, "Poet Breathe Now":

Tip Junkie handmade projects

Que te vaya bien!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Pan y Palta (Bread and Avocado)

Ever since I can remember, I have always loved avocados. So when I went to Chile and found out that avocado (la palta) is a staple in their diet, of course I was overly excited!

In Chile, "once" (pronounced: awhn.sé) is dinner and it typically consists of bread, an avocado spread, and tea. "Once" is a small meal because lunch is usually the largest meal of the day and it is eaten around 3.

Although Pan y Palta is usually eaten at "once," the beauty of it is that it can be eaten at any time of the day! I frequently eat it for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

The ingredients for Pan y Palta is exactly that; bread, avocado, and maybe a little bit of salt. It is best served alongside a cup of hot tea.

Step 1:
Cut open the avocado, take out the seed, dig out the green part using a spoon, and mash it in a little bowl using a fork.

Step 2:
Spread the mashed avocado on the bread. Salt to taste.

Step 3:

I'm not ashamed of my over-excitement and neither should you!

Listening to:

Que te vaya bien!

Christmas in Chile

I know that it's almost February and Christmas seems like such a long time ago, but this post is about sharing a Chilean Christmas with you!

Each culture around the world has a different story about Santa Clause. In the US, Santa comes into the house through the chimney. In Chile, Santa comes in through the window! To decorate for Christmas, it is common to see Santa hanging outside the house trying to climb in through the window.

So how would you feel if suddenly Santa broke in through the window?? I don't really know how I feel about it... but then again someone breaking in through the chimney is pretty scary as well.

Que te vaya bien!
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