Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Launching my newsletter


I´m playing with MailChimp so we can stay in touch even if you don´t follow my Facebook page here or my Twitter account here.
The idea is to tell you about my latest posts, my plans and my offers to you. Reminders and sneak peeks. That is a good name for my Newsletter! ;)

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Another rocking G+ Linky Party

We

Tammy from The Ultimate Linky, Renee from Mommy Goes On, Tammy from My Life Abundant, Elizabeth from Positive Kismet, and Kim from KidPep run this party every week on their blogs, and this whole month I am able to co-host with them!

Are we having fun yet? This is my second week as co-host and I´m learning a lot!

Here are some reasons why doing a G+ party on Friday is The Ultimate Party:

  1. Posting on G+ helps with SEO optimization.
  2. Posting on G+ helps your posts get ranked higher in Google's search engine.
  3. Friday is supposed to be the best time for interaction on G+, specifically between 11a.m. - 2 p.m. and 7 - 10 p.m. The linky will remain open until 9 p.m. for the West Coast bloggers and for those who work during the day. Please link up as early as possible so that you get the most interaction on your posts.
  4. To help you gain more followers on G+.
  5. To interact with and to get to know other bloggers. For most parties you follow people but never interact. Here you get to see who has the same interests/niche as you do!
  6. BECAUSE IT'S FUN!! Why do a party if it isn't going to be fun?Come party at The Ultimate Party on G+ every Friday!

Here is a little extra information for this party:

  1. You can follow our G+ page (The Ultimate Party) if you want to see our updates and see who we feature during the party.
  2. If you wish, you can follow our Pinterest board called The Ultimate Party where all of your hosts can pin your great posts.
  3. Optional: You can include your pin URL that coincides with your post on G+ so that others can pin it if they want to do so. You would say something like, "Try out my family's favorite Easter pie. It's the best pie ever! Go here to see the recipe: http://theultimatelinky/ . . . Pin it for later: http://pinterest.com/ . . .) #theultimateparty" If you repin the pin, please try to remember to include the hashtag #theultimateparty in the pin description.
  4. We would love it if you grabbed our button!
The Ultimate Linky
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If you would like to be considered to be a co-host, please contact Tammy from The Ultimate Linky HERE or let us know on The Ultimate Party Google+ page.
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Do you need approval?

Coach Tricia Dycka is my guest this week with something very close to every creative person´s heart: what others have to say about our creations.
Here´s her take on the subject.
"Do you need approval?
When a stranger approaches and asks the fated question: "So, what do you do?", you respond happily and chat away about your services and the transformation you provide.
Notice that it might be way easier to talk to strangers about your business than your family and friends.  Sometimes strangers are more interested and nonjudgmental of what you are doing.  It really does not affect them unless they want your services, whereas family and friends can have lots to say and not all of it supportive or shall we say even NICE.

Can you fully embrace who you are and are meant to be/become without the approval from others?  How often do you find yourself chasing it and still coming up empty?
Will you stop yourself in your tracks of following your passion because of the lack of approval?
I have asked these questions to myself especially when I realized what I wanted my life to become.  I realized that to this day there are several people who are in my life who really do not understand what I am doing and better yet ignore it as if it will go away.

Why did I want to bring this to your attention?   
Sometimes we create in our mind a situation that just is not even there. 
Perfect example - there were things I was nervous about telling my hubby in regards to my business. Well nervous is not the right word, how about petrified.  Afraid he will really see me for a freak and just get up and leave.

We go through change and this can alter our perception of life and what goes on around us.  As we open up to our gifts and focus on how we want life to show up for us it becomes clear what we will accept.
I was taking energy classes and realized this was allowing me to open up my awareness on how I saw life.  Through this lens my gifts were growing.  I was petrified to tell the hubby what I was going through and what I wanted to do. 
One night I decided "This is it", I choose to tell him EVERYTHING.  What surprised me the most was that he was not surprised at all.  He told me all my fear was just that, fear!  He loved me for who I am and whatever I choose to experience so be it.  I was not hurting anyone and not cutting chicken heads off so what was the problem??
The problem was I created this scenario in my head with a completely different ending.  Fear had me stopping doing what I wanted to do.  After that conversation everything just moves forward, fear creeps up and I still forge ahead full steam.

Next time ask yourself if you are hiding and why?  Are you looking for approval?  Will you stop yourself from what you want to please others?
I would like to offer all those of you who are stuck in fear or uncertainty of your next move, a FREE 15 minute session.  Sign up here  https://www.timetrade.com/book/HGZCR"

Thank you for your generous offer Tricia!

Tricia is an intuitive coach, Reiki Master, bestselling author, teacher, speaker and enthusiast Tricia’s mission in life is to help others understand the emotional roller coaster women business owners go through. That the feeling of being alone and nobody understanding is just a thought in your head. Every break down comes before a break through either in your personal or business life. As an intuitive coach she helps you in your business as a source of support, helping you deal with doubts and define blocks that keep you from going where you want to go. You are not alone.

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Wednesday, April 09, 2014

I made this #01

Remember when you were a kid & shared your creations with delight? I´ll share mine today. 







Each Monday Jamie from Jamie Ridler Studios invites you to share what you’ve made over the week before. It can be anything – a flower arrangement, a crocheted cap, a painting, a poem, a party, an outfit, a cake! Write a post about it and share it here (click here to add your link) 



Last year Susana from Diseña tu vida made three matching jackets for the girls based on the Matryoshka vocaloids.
The girls being photographed at an animé convention
Using that one to create the newspaper sewing pattern I cut the pieces from black fabric for the arms and white fabric for the body and hoodie to create a panda bear jacket.
Daughter pinning fabric - October 2013
The assembly part was not as difficult as I had predicted during  the six months that I had the pieces on hold. Yes, six. I was slightly scared. Honestly ... terrified, I tell you. That was until I started putting them together. I just showed up and did the work. I discovered then that the body was too short. Mmmmmmm What to do?

I added a strip to the bottom of the jacket. Doubled for it to have a tidier look. I ironed it and measured it to fit the waist.

When I added the pockets I niticed that it would be both better looking and safest for the sewing to tag them inside the seams. Although I discovered that after sewing the sides. Never mind. Simple sewing that side and tagged the rest. ;)

I admit I already knew how to sew a zipper, from my cushion making phase some 18 years ago (Mati was a baby then) so that was not hard. I will also admit there was some design problem that made the hoodie uneven. It will look better next time. Because there IS going to be a next time. Now I know it can be done and in the words of Srinivas Rao from Unmistakable Creative "I didn´t die, went bankrupt or went to jail" which are his parameters for trying out things, then I know I will try some more patterns.

The finished panda jacket

What is waiting for you in the "To be finished" pile?  


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Friday, April 04, 2014

Time to party! G+ Linky Party, that is.

Tammy from The Ultimate Linky, Renee from Mommy Goes On, Tammy from My Life Abundant, Elizabeth from Positive Kismet, and Kim from KidPep run this party every week on their blogs, and this whole month I am able to co-host with them!

Vanessa from Social Catapult is a brilliant expert on Social Media with a fun and practical approach. She suggests us to concentrate on the platforms we know how to work in. What a better opportunity than this party to make yourself comfortable with G+ ? Try the water out, find new friends and clients. Create circles of interest, share and connect. Dive in!

Here are some reasons why doing a G+ party on Friday is The Ultimate Party:

  1. Posting on G+ helps with SEO optimization.
  2. Posting on G+ helps your posts get ranked higher in Google's search engine.
  3. Friday is supposed to be the best time for interaction on G+, specifically between 11a.m. - 2 p.m. and 7 - 10 p.m. The linky will remain open until 9 p.m. for the West Coast bloggers and for those who work during the day. Please link up as early as possible so that you get the most interaction on your posts.
  4. To help you gain more followers on G+.
  5. To interact with and to get to know other bloggers. For most parties you follow people but never interact. Here you get to see who has the same interests/niche as you do!
  6. BECAUSE IT'S FUN!! Why do a party if it isn't going to be fun?Come party at The Ultimate Party on G+ every Friday!

Here is a little extra information for this party:

  1. You can follow our G+ page (The Ultimate Party) if you want to see our updates and see who we feature during the party.
  2. If you wish, you can follow our Pinterest board called The Ultimate Party where all of your hosts can pin your great posts.
  3. Optional: You can include your pin URL that coincides with your post on G+ so that others can pin it if they want to do so. You would say something like, "Try out my family's favorite Easter pie. It's the best pie ever! Go here to see the recipe: http://theultimatelinky/ . . . Pin it for later: http://pinterest.com/ . . .) #theultimateparty" If you repin the pin, please try to remember to include the hashtag #theultimateparty in the pin description.
  4. We would love it if you grabbed our button!
The Ultimate Linky
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If you would like to be considered to be a co-host, please contact Tammy from The Ultimate Linky HERE or let us know on The Ultimate Party Google+ page.
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Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Goal´s check in for March '14

For March 2014´s update I´m doing {My month in numbers}. It is a project taking place at Julie Kirk´s blog  where you sum up your month with numbers. Here are some inspirational instructions on how to go about it.

I´m keeping 130 photos for the month. Here are my favourites from each day. Click on the mosaic to see it bigger.
I expected not taking a picture a day being less stressful but I feel bad about not taking all the pics for my own prompts! Need to work on that. Here are April´s prompts. Come and play!
Here are the 22 of 31 I followed the #photoprompts for:

"On line" goals:
Last month my Paula - Buenos Aires Facebook page grew by 20 followers. In March they were ... 40. Doubled the number! Plus, that made me reach the 500 followers milestone. *celebration* The goal for 2014 is 1000+
I did not have guests this month but I have 2 lined up for April.

My "hobbies" goals for this year include: 60 layouts (0 so far), 12 fiction books ( 1 in March, 2 total), 6 non fiction ( 0 for March, 3 in total ) and 6 rereadings (1 began in Jan).

My "go out" goals for 2014. From the 6 new places to eat: 1 this month  ,  0 craft fair in March ( 2 total), 1 animé exhibitions (1 out of 2 total) and  from the 3 new Museums the count is still at 1 art exhibit in Jan.
My girl (second from left) her two friends and some cosplayers at the animé convention
Dining out for my mil´s birthday

On other news, our son passed his entrance exams and is now ONE university student! Yay!
There were 2 birthday parties.
My bil´s birthday party

There were several doctor´s appointments for the kids´annual check ups.
No cavities! Yay!

What about you? Still on track? Lost a bit of focus? Went absolutely off the original plan? Get back on the saddle. Start again where you are with what you have. :)

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Time to party! G+ Linky

Tammy from The Ultimate Linky, Renee from Mommy Goes On, Tammy from My Life Abundant, Elizabeth from Positive Kismet, and Kim from KidPep run this party every week on their blogs, and this week I am able to cohost with them!

You know that I love both organizing and parties so being a co-host of this G+ party is an honour and a joy for me!

Here are some reasons why doing a G+ party on Friday is The Ultimate Party:

  1. Posting on G+ helps with SEO optimization.
  2. Posting on G+ helps your posts get ranked higher in Google's search engine.
  3. Friday is supposed to be the best time for interaction on G+, specifically between 11a.m. - 2 p.m. and 7 - 10 p.m. The linky will remain open until 9 p.m. for the West Coast bloggers and for those who work during the day. Please link up as early as possible so that you get the most interaction on your posts.
  4. To help you gain more followers on G+.
  5. To interact with and to get to know other bloggers. For most parties you follow people but never interact. Here you get to see who has the same interests/niche as you do!
  6. BECAUSE IT'S FUN!! Why do a party if it isn't going to be fun?Come party at The Ultimate Party on G+ every Friday!

Here is a little extra information for this party:

  1. You can follow our G+ page (The Ultimate Party) if you want to see our updates and see who we feature during the party.
  2. If you wish, you can follow our Pinterest board called The Ultimate Party where all of your hosts can pin your great posts.
  3. Optional: You can include your pin URL that coincides with your post on G+ so that others can pin it if they want to do so. You would say something like, "Try out my family's favorite Easter pie. It's the best pie ever! Go here to see the recipe: http://theultimatelinky/ . . . Pin it for later: http://pinterest.com/ . . .) #theultimateparty" If you repin the pin, please try to remember to include the hashtag #theultimateparty in the pin description.
  4. We would love it if you grabbed our button!
The Ultimate Linky
< If you would like to receive an email for this party only, then please subscribe below!
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If you would like to be considered to be a co-host, please contact Tammy from The Ultimate Linky HERE or let us know on The Ultimate Party Google+ page.
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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Keeping memories: How to organize your photos. Digital version

Just like last week when we organized our paper versions, the first step is to know where your pictures are. And please remember to BACK THEM UP. That is the voice of experience there. ;)
Picture taken with my cell phone this month
Tip: external drives are great to have your whole digi collection together.

An easy way to find things again is to file by year, then by month, and if you want to be more specific then by event (which I no longer do).

Delete all blurred ones and repetitions. Some photographers say "Be ruthless". I take a more gentle approach. Yes, I know you can see the big mess of an unmade bed and backpacks in that special picture but it is the only one I have of my cousin´s house so I´m keeping it. Big mess and all. ;)

Here is my friend Marja´s tip for Mac users: I download my photos to iPhoto then go through them and flag the ones I think will work for me and then delete all the unflagged ones. I then export them all to my desktop, edit in photoshop elements. I open them in batches of the same day/same moment/same set of shots and pick the best ones out of that and then edit and save to have printed.

How long is it since you printed your digi pictures? Mom says it seems she has only little grandkids because I don´t print her new pictures of the kids. Lol!

Not so little any more


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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Keeping memories: How to organize your photos. Paper version

You have tons of photographs. Both the paper and the digital type. So many that they feel overwhelming. It is time to put some order to your memories.
My granfather on his grandmother´s knees. Ca 1907

First thing you need to know: where are your photographs?

Paper copies.
Are they in boxes, envelopes or albums? Gather them in one place to start sorting.
Most useful way to keep them in order to find what we are looking for quickly is in chronological order. Make some "When, Who, When, Why" notes. You might remember when these were taken and who is on them now but will you remember in 20 years time?

Tip: add a 6x4 card with all the notes in the envelope or place it as another picture in the picture slots of the albums.

For the older paper pictures that came from film: where are the negatives? Are they placed with the envelopes / albums or are they mixed up? If they are with their paper versions, leave them where they are. If they are mixed up, place them together in a box. We will come back to order those later.

Tip: when you actually go through the negatives add a small white label sticker on the negatives envelope with the date.

As I am a scrapbooker I print what I want to put in the albums. Those pictures are stored by album theme and sub theme. Click here to read a post showing you how I do that. 

Do you have photographs in frames at your home/ ofice? Do you update them with newer versions?


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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Keeping records: diaries

That was it. My mom had discovered my diary. I felt 12 again. That´s the age I was when I had written that diary back in the summer of 1979. A diary I could not even remember having written when it was found in 2011. 
I was using every delaying trick in my book while desperately trying to remember. I was almost sure I hadn´t mentioned the butterfly necklace incident. Had I written that Mónica had smoked after school one day? She could sooooooo get into trouble next time our moms talked.
“Oooohhhhh! Errrrmmmm. Yesssss. Those magazines. Were there any Christmas issues? They were my favourites.” I mumbled, but mom was not falling for that. “Yes, there were two Christmas issues at the top. Your diary was at the bottom”.
A few months before the discovery I had been contacted on line by a friend from those days who had linked me to another one. We hadn´t met since finishing our primary school and barely seen each other on line. The day after I got my diary the three of us were there on Facebook at the same time. We decided to meet again and read the diary together.
Isabel, Paula and Suky in 2011
Here are two double spreads from my diary.
The first was written in November 1979 (aged 12 and 9months)  It represents the writer, my storyteller with a camera side. It is a story mostly fictional and over the top sentimental but based on real characters. It mentions my cousin and her age, not even a year old then. Alexandra is 35 now with her own 9 year old son. She is my son´s Godmother and a fellow animé lover who we meet at conventions. I drew a scene from the story and zoomed in, as I would now with my digital camera.
Almost like an early version of my blogging, back in 1979

The second was written in February 1980, a few days before my 13th birthday. It represents my memory keeper side. I wrote exactly what each of us had for dinner out at a fancy restaurant and the cost of the souvenirs I bought. I still have some of the items I mention!


I didn´t include any of my “end of school” pages that I read with Isabel and Adriana as they are full of people´s names and I didn´t feel comfortable posting them. Not to mention the “who likes who” stories!!!  Lol.

As I told you a couple of weeks ago when we were discovering our creativity cycles and how our energy flow, in our old diaries there are signs of who we are right there in our words, in what we found important, in what we noticed and recorded.  I found the writer, the storyteller, the camera holder, the memory keeper in those pages.

Do you follow Julia Cameron´s recommendation of morning pages? Those are three handwritten pages to be used as a brain cleaning and compass calibrating exercise.
I always do them for long haul projects like the 70 chapters of "The Sound of Paper".


Tell me. Do you keep a diary?


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