Thursday, June 30, 2011

Font Loves: Part Deux.

As promised, here are a few more of my fave fonts. Some were free. Gotta love Dafont! Some were not, but I love 'em all the same. I am an equal opportunity font lover.

Without further ado, here is group numero dos...

Hope you see something you like and didn't know about. Nothing I love more than finding a new font I love.

Toodle loo,

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Just Like Her Godmother.

My sister just sent me a copy of my niece's perfect report card from third grade. The kid is not only gorgeous, she is crazy intelligent, just like me. Ha!

Just wanted to send a huge shout-out to her. My Paulina, your Nena loves you to death. We are all so proud of you, baby girl.

Here she is with Nati just a few weeks ago...  I can't help but feel lucky and so blessed when I look at them both. I can't wait to see Nati's report card next week.


Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Oh, dear...

I was going through stuff yesterday evening and my heart almost stopped when I found this...

We took her out of the hospital wearing these socks and my chest got tight thinking about how little she was. Of course she was that tiny for about 10 seconds, but still.

It really is, without a doubt, the blink of an eye. I'm all verklempt now. Gotta go hug her for about an hour. Or until iCarly comes on.


Have a great day lovelies,

Monday, June 27, 2011

Color Me Surprised...

Here's a picture of myself I don't hate. Stop the presses, people!  I took it a couple of weeks ago with my iPhone,  and I have to say, Hipstamatic is a girl's best friend.  Yeah, it hides all sorts of things...

Photo overlay by Pugly Pixel.

Who knows, I may even take more, so people know I was there too. Ha!  Gotta make an appearance in my layouts once in a while, I guess.

Have a wonderful week, It's almost time for vacay over here. Finally!


Friday, June 24, 2011

My Sweet Girls. Together.

Just to share a super simple page I made with all those pictures I love so much of my Nati, and her cousin Paulina. Those two are closer than sisters and love each other to death.

Nothing I love more than seeing them like this.

Paper and photo stips are Katie Pertiet. Vintage fabric elements and label are Pugly Pixel.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Font crazy. Yes, I am.

I really don't know why I have never posted about my love for type. Every time I get a new font, I feel giddy.  Almost as giddy as when I get new shoes. Almost...

I just love them to death, and lately I have been on a script-y mood and these are my latest faves. I swear my heart is racing just looking at these... *sigh*

Can you tell I'm in love with this color palette, Katrina from Pugly Pixel made?

I will make more posts in the future about the rest of my many, maaaaany font loves. It has taken me a long time to find and collect them all.

Next font post will be more new faves.

What are your fave fonts? Share, lovelies.

Have a wonderful Thursday,

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

It's Ready!

* Insert squeals of joy and excitement here *

So, I finished Ady's blog's redesign last Friday and she loved it. I could not be happier about it.
Go check the whole thing here...

Most of the digital goodies are by Michelle Underwood.

I really hope I get the chance to do this again. If you're interested, email me at:

Kisses, lovelies.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Baby Gracie is here!

Yesterday my sweet friend Vanessa and her husband, welcomed baby Grace into the world. I wish I could have been there to greet her.

Isn't she just beautiful?  Dear Vane, I hope I get to meet her soon.

Huge hugs and kisses from your "auntie" Anilú,  in México City.

Thank you so much, Ady, for sending me her picture.


Monday, June 20, 2011

Time to change the look.

As you know, I have been changing my blog look a lot. I am having so much fun experimenting and designing the headers, that I just can't stop. It's really time to start thinking about enrolling in a graphic design college.
This new look was inspired by my fave color combination from when I was about 13. I loved gray and pink. Had lots of clothes in those colors and I felt like a princess whenever I was wearing them.

So, as you can see, No Shrinking Violet is going back in time and I think I will keep this one for a little longer. Maybe...

I made new buttons, new badges, new blog template courtesy of the über talented Katrina from Pugly Pixel . Thanks to her I'm now styling my pictures for these posts, instead of simply posting a plain image.

I am getting so passionate about the design side of things, I need to seriously learn all about HTML and CSS and all things geeky.

Anyway, I hope you like. 

Kisses, my lovelies.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Busy, busy, busy!

I have been in heaven the last few days redesigning my sweet friend Ady's blog. It's my first time doing this and I am loving it so much!

I have learned lots of new cool things about HTML and CSS and editing templates and debugging, and... It's been great.

We are on the home stretch now and I hope she is as happy as I am with the finished product.

Here's hoping you all have a great weekend.

Kisses, lovelies.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

So much fun to make.

Just a little post to share a blog button I made for my girl Pam to use as the Pinterest link on her blog.

Papers are Katie Pertiet, leaves and stitches are Karla Dudley.

I think I'm gonna make even more for my blog for when I feel a new look coming. Ha!

Right now...

Listening: To the news on TV while I work.

Eating: nothing, but I want a tamal.

Drinking: Coffee, soon.

Craving: a scone from Panera Bread.

Wearing: workout clothes.

Feeling: tired and sleepy, but I'm about to shake that off!

Weather: nice and sunny.

Wanting: to have fun with an old friend today.

Needing: to find out what's up with my eyes getting puffy all the time. Ugh.

Waiting: for GOOD news. Pleeease!

Wondering: lots of things right now...

Loving: time to create pretty things on Photoshop.

Have a great day, lovelies.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Great apps and not caring so much.

Continuing my Pugly Pixel love fest, as you can see. I totally got the idea for the picture from her blog and I thank her a million times for the inspiration.

Thanks to her, I also found La Photocabine. Oh, how I love this app! I am gonna be taking many more pics, messy hair and all. Ha!

Love that they have both Mac and iPhone apps.

All elements are Pugly Pixel. Picture by La Photocabine.

Right now...

Listening: To the news on TV.

Eating: Nothing. Not hungry yet. Ha!

Drinking: I need coffee!!

Craving: More sleep.

Wearing: Jeans and a polo shirt.

Feeling: Excited.

Weather: Nice and sunny. Cool.

Wanting: To see old friends.

Needing: To start my owrk out even though I hurt in places I didn't know could hurt. No pain, no gain!!

Waiting: For a call with GREAT news so I can go home already.

Wondering: How a design job I'm doing will look like when I'm done.

Loving: My girlie's shenanigans. She is a riot!

Happy day, lovelies.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Blog revamp.

Now that I'm back to blogging every day, I want my blog to be as pretty as possible. The links I have on my sidebar are all important to me, but I didn't like the look of them. So, I unified their look, creating new buttons for each one.

I used one of my all time fave fonts, Learning Curve and more of my Pugly Pixel digi goodies. Lemme tell ya, I cannot get enough of them.

I am really, really liking this blog designing thing.

I hope you like.

Right now...

Listening: To the news on TV.

Eating: Nothing, but I want eggs.

Drinking: Coffee!

Craving: A BIG IHOP platter.

Wearing: Um... I plead the 5th again. Ha!

Feeling: Happy, and sooo sleepy.

Weather: Nice and cool. Sunny.

Wanting: My friends back...

Needing: Motivation to get moving.

Waiting: To go back home to beautiful Miami.

Wondering: WHEN?!?

Loving: How much my girlie enjoys everything.

Have a beautiful Tuesday.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Oh, the love!

I don't think I've loved a blog as much as I love Pugly Pixel. I have learned so many cool Photoshop techniques and gotten the coolest free digital goodies.

You have to check it out. And she updates it a lot, which we blog readers loooove.

Since it's a new week, I thought I'd use my new Pugly Pixel goodies and change the blog look.

Many of the elements I used to create this one, I got from that wonderful place.

Right now...

Listening: To a mix of traffic and Fraiser.

Eating: Nothing.

Drinking: Nothing yet, but an espresso is in my future.

Craving: French toast from La Quinta Luna. Yummy!

Wearing: Pink pjs.

Feeling: A renewed hope. Feels great!

Weather: 58° F. Hope it would stay like that, but alas, I will melt later.

Wanting: News about our trip back back home, Please, for the loooove!

Needing: More energy. I hate feeling tired all the time.

Waiting: For good news.

Wondering: When this stupid eye irritation will go away.

Loving: Technology and all it has done for me ;-)

Here's to a wonderful week. Toodles.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Oh, well...

Seriously pondering these words and coming off my happy happy joy joy high.

Right now...

Listening: To Rachael Ray on TV.

Eating: Chicken tacos for lunch. Good stuff.

Drinking: Diet grapefruit soda.

Craving: Sugar!!

Wearing: Hot pink tank top dress.

Feeling: Disposable and unimportant.

Weather: 70 F. Hope it holds there.

Wanting: To be appreciated for once.

Needing: Answers.

Waiting: To be told why.

Wondering: How this day will go. Get better or worse?

Loving: Time alone.

Happy weekend, lovelies.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Oh, the joy...

I am buried under a mountain of laundry that is keeping me from scrapping. The humanityyyyyy!
I hope I get done with it today so we can go back to our regularly scheduled program of lots of Photoshop time.

Right now...

Listening: Country tunes.

Eating: A pear.

Drinking: Espresso!

Craving: Chicken tacos for lunch.

Wearing: pjs... *blushes*

Feeling: Happy, happy, happy!

Weather: Nice and sunny. Rained yesterday and that helps.

Wanting: To be done with all this endless folding.

Needing: My stuff back already. Please!

Waiting: Like always, to go back home already, for the love.

Wondering: How tomorrow will go. Seeing old friends again.

Loving: Waking up happy again.

Have a great day, lovelies.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

That's my girl!

I saw this on Pinterest yesterday and it made me laugh out loud. Also made me think of my little gangstah. Oy!

She told me in great confidence yesterday during her bath, that she had super powers. Yep, super powers. When I told her that was crazy cool, and asked what her powers were, she said: "I control the winds".

Apparently if she concentrates and stares really hard at the trees, she can make the leaves move.

That kid is my greatest joy and my number one source of laughs.

Right now....

Listening: To Fraiser. Man, I love that show.

Eating: Nothing right now.

Drinking: Espresso!! Yay.

Craving: Toast and scrambled eggs.

Wearing: green lounge pants and tank top with bling.

Feeling: Happier than I have in a long time.

Weather: Sunny blue skies. Kinda cool but it will change in a hurry...

Wanting: To paint my bedroom a nice shade of yellow.

Needing: To do loads and loads of laundry.

Waiting: To go back home already. Mercyyyyyyy!

Wondering: How seeing old friends again will be like.

Loving: How beautiful the sunlight looks reflecting off the leaves on the tree right outside my window.

Happy Wednesday. It's SYTYCD day!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Best weekend in a loooong time.

It was my mom's birthday this past weekend and my cousin invited us all to go to celebrate it in Puebla. A gorgeous state about 2 hours away from Mexico City.

And so we went and had the best time ever. Delicious, and I mean seriously delicious food, amazing boutique hotel, great family time, lots of fun for the kids. Just great.

Here are a few pics I took over the weekend.

I saw the most amazing churches from the 1600's. Here are just the façades cause photography was not allowed inside, but OMG, I had never seen anything like it before in my life and I don't think I ever will...

We had lunch at the nicest, most posh and delicious restaurant. It was located at the university's art center. A brand new complex with outdoor expos and the coolest atmosphere.

The birthday girls...

Crazy people acting crazy...

The whole bunch...

My Princess...

My cousin got us the most beautiful, elegant and perfect hotel in the heart of Cholula, Puebla. It's called La Quinta Luna and it's only 6 suites. It was wow. Just WOW.

Entrance to the dining room...

The center patio...

The bedroom part of our room...

About to have breakfast by the fountain...

More patio views...

We got to spend the afternoon at the plaza, drinking great coffee and watching the kids play with their kites. We even got some fireworks. Could not have been more perfect.

Needless to say it was hard to come back home...

Monday, June 6, 2011

New letterpress-y look.

As you can see, I am obsessed with that amazing digital letterpress look and I have been playing with it lots and lots lately.

I wanted to change the blog look and I came up with this...

All elements are from One Little Bird's Vagabond kit.

Right now... Something a little different I saw on a blog once.

Outside my window: Looks a little cloudy. I like it.

I am thinking: That I had a great weekend. Finally!

I am thankful for: My Family. I have the best one in the universe.

I am wearing: I plead the 5th. Again.

I am going: Not sure yet.

I am currently reading: Book 2 of the Atlantis Warriors series. It's fun.

I am hoping: That we get to go back home SOON.

On my mind: Good things and people I love.

Around the house: Cleaning day!

One of my favorite things: My beloved Kindle.

I'm creating: Lots of LOs with the amazing photos I got during the weekend.

A few plans for the rest of the week: Nothing really...

From my lens: This is where I was... Sigh.

Have a lovely week.

Friday, June 3, 2011

I miss this so much it hurts...

No words needed here. I just need this all back. I need the only place that has always felt like home to me...

Here's hoping life gives it to me sometime. I deserve it.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

You down with OCD, yeah you know me...

So, I'm still playing with that very cool letterpress effect, and when I found this AMAZING page by my dear friend and über talented scrapper, Sasha, I knew I had to lift it to make the ampersand letterpressy.

Here are my versions. Yes, I said versionS. I had to try it with the leterpress and a normal drop shadow on the photo strip...

But then I wanted to make one where the ampersand had a drop shadow also...

And, a last one with custom shadows on the photo strip so it looked like it's edges were curling up a little...

Yeah, I know I'm nuts, but it's just so much fun!

Thank you, Sasha for the loads of inspiration you always give me.

Later, gators.
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