Archive for the crafts Category
My friends from the Pacific Northwest always talked about how California didn’t have seasons, but I had no idea what they meant. It got cold in winter, warmer in spring, hot in summer, and the leaves fell in fall. Those are seasons, right? Technically, yes, but I now understand what they were talking about: dramatic seasons. The recent transition from winter to spring in Zurich has been a pretty sight to see. I got to ditch the puffy coat, hat, boots, and gloves for a lightweight sweater and tennies. The grey days turned sunny and the brown grass turned green and the flowers have bloomed! Imagine that. I forgot there used to be flowers until they started popping up again. It feels like the cold, grey city turned colorful overnight. People, including me, have started making their way out of hibernation and enjoying the warmer weather.
We took a mid-winter tropical escape to a little island called Seychelles off the coast of Africa. We marked it our “official” honeymoon since it was a whole week vacation with just the two of us. And a honeymoon it was. We flew in to this tiny airport that felt like we were landing on the set of LOST with the lush greenery and secluded beaches. Those secluded beaches were exactly what made the trip so amazing. Warm water that was bluer than blue (on the calm days) and stretches of beach that allowed me the option of choosing whatever spot I wanted (shade please! My poor pale skin can’t handle the sun). I read books, made a bracelet, and drank fresh coconut water all the while my fish of a husband was surfing or snorkeling away in the water. Other than beach days, we toured the island, took a snorkeling trip, and wined and dined. No crazy stories, just a perfectly relaxing vacation.
Today we have a guest post from a fellow SF native & Etsy shop owner, Shayan. She is going to teach us how to make a cute and wallet-friendly gift for your girlfriends! I have to say that as soon as I saw these, I made my shopping list for the craft store. I hope you do the same!
In our apartment, we have all these great window sills that seemed to be asking for a hanging holiday garland. I got my supplies and set out to make a tissue paper garland that looked easy and affordable…just what I wanted for my holiday decor. Turns out I forgot to take into consideration that there is a heater right below every single window sill, which my risk averse husband would not allow a paper garland to be hanging on. I tried out a couple spots for it, and it has finally landed on our TV stand.
My favorite gifts to give are ones that I make myself. One year, I had a great idea to make all my girlfriends personalized pajama pants. After the first pair took me roughly ten hours to make, my mom jumped in and helped me finish the other four. Since then, I have opted for simpler handmade gifts, such as spiced nuts or coffee coasters.
Living abroad is great and all, but there are certain times when I really wish I could be teleported to the states for just a few hours. Being somewhere “in spirit” is no fun. But, a 12 hour plane ride and 9 hour time change doesn’t make it easy to go home for a quick weekend. We keep missing important events! Like my new baby nephew being born or my brother’s 30th birthday. [read more]
Starting today, I will leave behind the Zürich rain and salute the sun in Lisbon, Portugal for a week long yoga retreat. Four hours a day of yoga and a vegetarian menu will be quite a change from my normal routine, but I couldn’t be more excited. To kick off my week of healthy living, Friday fünf is here to inspire you with some mantras for the week.