December 31, 2011

Thank you 2011 for making me fly!

Can you believe it?! 2011 is gone! Looking back, how was this year for you? 
For me it'll be an unforgettable one! It was our first year living in Amsterdam, we met new friends, new traditions, and we stayed healthy and in love. 

I had the fortune of being able to continue working in my passion: jewelry, and created new collections like Lingerie, Cactus and Mirrors; I also started the jewelry project notHIDDEN with a fellow friend. 

2011 will also be remembered as the year that Maxi and I reached our record mileage, accomplishing one of our biggest dreams: traveling the world! Not only that, we could also finish the year travelling to our home countries to spend the holidays with our friends and family. 

Here are some pictures from moments I enjoyed a lot! 









I'm so excited about the next year, I'm full of dreams and resolutions, and the motivation to put my hands on them to make them come true. 

I hope you have a wonderful 2012! My best wishes for you and may all your dreams come true! 
Thank you for joining me in this journey and for all your suport.

December 21, 2011

Merry Recycled Christmas!


This year I'm super happy to be in Mexico for celebrating Christmas with family and friends. 
Not having visited Monterrey in the last two years kept me away from getting to know my mom's newest hobby: "Belenismo".
I stumble upon a 3 meter miniature representation of the city of Bethlehem and the Nativity play.
Este año estoy super contenta de estar en México para celebrar Navidad con la familia y amigos.
Después de dos años sin visitar Monterrey, recién ahora puedo ver el nuevo hobby de mi mamá: "Belenismo".
Me topé con una reproducción miniatura de 3 metros de la ciudad de Belén y el nacimiento.






In this tradition the attention to details and historical facts are very important, and I love the fact that it is a major recycling project - Belenismo crafters collect materials throughout the year and keep their creativity at the tip of their fingers to create fantastic miniatures out of any imaginable object.
My mom made palm trees out of masking tape and old laundry hooks, little tins out of lightbulb parts, houses out of cheese and meat trays, ceramic vases out of yogurt bottles... I'm delighted to make a new discovery every time I go and observe her creation. By looking at these pictures, you can imagine where my crafty spirit came from!
En esta tradición la atención a los detalles y los hechos históricos es muy importante, y me encanta el hecho de que es un gran proyecto de reciclaje. Los "belenistas" recolectan materiales durante todo el año y son muy creativos para convertir miniaturas a partir de cualquier objeto imaginable.
Mi mamá hizo palmeras a partir cinta de embalaje y ganchos de lavandería, casitas de charolas de carne y queso, jarrones de botellas de yogurt... Cada vez que voy a ver su creación me fascino descubriendo nuevas cosas. Viendo estas fotos podrás imaginar de donde viene mi espíritu artesanal!












In the last picture you'll see a beautiful Baby Jesus that was modeled by my aunt, Mayra Garza, who devotes herself to making dolls.
En la última imagen puedes ver a un Bebé Jesús que fue modelado por mi tía, Mayra Garza, que se dedica a hacer muñecas.

I hope you are having a very special season as well spreading love and good wishes with all the people around you!
Espero que estés pasando una época muy especial llena de amor y buenos deseos con la gente que te rodea.

December 17, 2011

Thailand Memories


A few weeks ago I had the opportunity of visiting Thailand for the first time.
It was a fantastic trip, a feast for the senses: turquoise beaches, emerald lakes, golden temples (even a white one!), new flavors and traditions, serene landscapes, and in Bangkok the most frenetic place where I've been.
Thailand's beautiful places and its lovable people gained my heart for sure and left unforgettable memories.
Hace algunas semanas tuve la oportunidad de visitar Tailandia por primera vez.
Fue un viaje fantástico, una fiesta para los sentidos: playas turquesas, lagos esmeraldas, templos dorados (incluso un templo blanco), nuevos sabores y tradiciones, paisajes serenos, y en Bangkok el lugar más frenético en el que estuve.
Tailandia y su amable gente ganaron mi corazón y dejaron recuerdos inolvidables.

Anyway, I'll let the pictures do the talking. I took so many of them that I had to split the post in two. Very soon I'll be writing about Thai Arts and Crafts, obviously, including Jewelry!
De cualquier manera, dejaré que las fotos hablen por si mismas. Tomé tantas que tuve que dividir el "post" en dos. Así que pronto escribiré de las artesanías tailandesas, incluyendo la joyería!






















Have you ever visited Thailand? What's your favorite place?
Alguna vez visitaste Tailandia? Cual es tu lugar favorito?

October 31, 2011

Thank you a hundred GIVEAWAY!

Recently I've surpassed the Order #100 in my Etsy shop, and it makes me very happy! Thank you to all the people who helped me achieve it: my hubby, family, friends, many generous "etsians", and of course, my wonderful clients.
Recientemente superé la orden #100 en mi tienda de Etsy, y me pone muy contenta! Gracias a todas las personas que me han ayudado a lograrlo: mi marido, familia, amigos, muchos generosos "etsians", y por supuerto, mis maravillosos clientes.

I have to confess that even though I'm a jeweler I usually don't wear too much jewelry! I think I enjoy it more from the other side - making it, because through it not only can I express myself, but also travel the world (I already have pieces in the 5 continents, please observe the map haha). I've witnessed the love between moms and daughters, lovers, friends, brides and bridesmaids, and I've been present in birthdays, achieved goals, special moments, or just in the simple pleasure of wearing a jewel :)
Tengo que confesar que por más que sea joyera en general no uso muchas joyas! Creo que disfruto más estando del otro lado - haciéndolas, porque mediante ellas no únicamente puedo expresarme, sino tambien viajar por el mundo (ya tengo piezas en los 5 continentes, favor de ver el mapa jajaja). He sido testigo del amor entre madres e hijas, parejas, amigos, novias y madrinas, y he estado presente en cumpleaños, metas logradas, momentos especiales o el simple placer de vestir una joya :)




And I'm celebrating all of this by giving away one pair of Lingerie Mini Studs via one of my favorite blogs: Oh The Lovely Things. Click on the link to participate and help me spread the news!
Y para celebrarlo estoy sorteando un par de Lingerie Mini Aretes por medio de uno de mis blogs favoritos: Oh The Lovely Things. Haz click en el link para participar y ayúdame a correr la voz!

October 27, 2011

Gemagenta at the Dutch Design Week 2011

I'm very happy to share with you that this year one of my pieces (199 carat series) is being displayed in the Etsy Booth for the Dutch Design Week 2011 that is taking place in Eindhoven, Netherlands (22 - 30 October)
Estoy muy contenta de compartir con ustedes que este año una de mis piezas está siendo presentada en el stand de Etsy en la Dutch Design Week 2011 en Eindhoven.

Etsy's main theme this year is the importance of sharing the story behind the things you make, which is totally a must! When buying handmade I always enjoy and look into knowing where the idea came from, what's its meaning, how it was crafted... when you buy handmade you're buying so much more than an object.
El tema principal de Etsy este año es la importancia de compartir la historia detrás de las cosas que haces, lo cual es esencial! Cuando compro algo artesanal siempre disfruto saber de donde vino la idea, cual es su significado, como fue fabricado... al comprar algo artesanal compras mucho más que un objeto.



Beside Etsy's booth I walked through the event enjoying eye candy designs, new materials & technologies, and clever solutions.

Además de Etsy, durante el evento pude disfrutar de hermosos diseños, nuevos materiales y tecnologías y soluciones.

Here I'm sharing with you some pictures of a tiny selection of the exponents, most of them have an unique craft feeling that I really like. Please check their websites so you can know more about their fantastic work!
Aquí comparto contigo las fotos de una pequeña selección de expositores, la mayoría de ellos tienen un aire artesanal que me encanta. Visita sus sitios así puedes conocer más de su fantástico trabajo!



Elvira Vroomen: gorgeous leather bags, I love the design, their functionality, their many compartiments, the motiffs, and the leather is so soft and beautiful. Bolsos en piel.

No-Stitch: like its name says, not a single stitch, just clever assemblage in this sturdy feeling bags. Bolsos de piel sin costuras.
The T/Shirt Issue: a 3D image is converted into a 2D sewing pattern, then the t-shirt fabric is cut by laser and folded resulting in this amazing sculptural garment. Camisetas escultóricas.


Floris Wubben: this room divider as you can see was made with a tree split in two and turned upside down, with its branches converted into legs. It's so beautiful! Divisor de ambientes fabricado a partir de un tronco.
Werner Neumann: the raw feeling, and the organic assemblage of the drawers in this piece can't go unnoticed. Cajonera en abedul.
Marleen Jansen: is playing allowed while eating? in this table it's mandatory! Comedor con "sube y baja"



Ilias Ernst: This magnetic lamp attracts screws transforming its shape and light as it interacts with the user.
Lámpara Magnética.
Annebet Philips: using led technology (that doesn't get hot), Annebet experiments with materials and shapes that we normally don't associate with a lamp, creating very interesting shapes. Lámparas textiles con leds.
Engelbert Roovers & Andela van der Burght: The atmosphere that creates this glass lamp is just amazing. Lámparas con en vidrio.


Michelle Baggerman: These beautiful fabrics are made out of plastic from very stretched strips of bags with no heat or chemical processes involved, resulting in a great green solution for recycling. Tela hecha a partir de bolsas de plástico.
VIJ5: Looks like wood, but it's recycled newspaper; its strength, color, and textures are fantastic. Papel de diario reciclado. 
Humade: proposes not to throw away your beloved but crashed china; they sell a DIY kit to restore it with a golden epoxi that looks really good. Compuesto para reparar porcelana rota.



Jorine: These cups and recipients with little legs and feet are very cute. Porcelana.
Elke van den Berg: every drink should have its own recipient, that's why she designed this hanging jugs in different materials: ceramic for water, porcelain for thee, and stoneware for the coffeepot. Recipientes para bebidas en ceramica, porcelana y gres.
Ruth Gurvich: She plays with graphics simulating that her pieces are made from complex digital 3D models. Porcelana.
Wieke van den Hengel: Every mug has a different flower blooming in its interior, delightful. Porcelana.



Harm van den Nieuwenhof: the minimalist design of this dining room is stunning! (vases in top by 
Elke Van den Berg). Comedor en concreto.
Studio Lenneke: this is just one vase of a wonderful series featuring beautiful geometric textures. Cerámica.
Studio Pia: these organic vases are composed by 3 pieces in three materials: ceramic for the bottom, colored glass in the middle, and a wooden made top. Jarrones en cerámica, vidrio y madera.

Hartogg & Henemann: they have very clever and fun designs, this necklace-brooch made of leather is inspired in the strips of ribbon that you have to pull to make a bow! (picture by H&H). Broche-collar en piel.
Zward: presents graceful pieces in resin mixed with silver, pirite and gold. Every jewel has a tiny black diamond hidden, a nice surprise and touch (picture by Zward) Piezas en resina, plata y oro.
Daniëlle Vroemen: Her geometrical pieces in silver look like paper folding accomplishing a nice sculpturing shape. Joyería en plata.




Iris van Daalen (for HUMANjewelry): these eye catching pieces are made using hair, a not so common, but very interesting material for jewelry. Joyería hecha con cabello.
Bernadette van de Braak: Geometric yet fluid, her cut out pieces are beautiful.
Studio Paula Arntzen: This light silk garment makes a beautiful statement of a jewelry piece. Joyería en seda.

WOW!, this post ended up so long, but I hope you made it until the end and enjoyed like me of all this dutch talent. Until soon!
Este post terminó siendo larguísimo!, espero que hayas llegado hasta al final y disfrutado del talento holandés tanto como yo. Hasta pronto!
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