Manos Mexicanas: Amandina!

When I started writing this blog, I was feeling a bit lonely in the crafts universe, at least in Mexico, blogging and crafting was not a trendy thing, and it was hard to find people that share the same interest. But lately I´ve been finding that now there are more people blogging about crafts and handmade things in Mexico, more people that share this passion, so this makes me very excited, to be able to share the same interest, and also because of this, now I have more options, like fairs and magazines here in Mexico. And also above all this, the fact is, at least in this part of Mexico where I live, crafts and handmade things were synonymous of bad quality, things made only from and for hippies,  so, when I see creations like this, that have all this passion and good quality its a placer to share it with the world.

Cuando empece este blog, me sentia un poco sola en el universo, en Mexico no habia mucho la cultura de los blogs y lo hecho a mano, pero ultimamente he descubierto que cada vez hay mas gente que comparte esta pasion y eso me emociona mucho, me emociona el poder hablar de las cosas que hago y poder compartir un mismo interes con mas gente en Mexico, y sobre todo que cada vez somos mas, y gracias a esto se pueden hacer cosas muy interesantes. Hay mas proyectos de difusion, cada vez se organizan mas ferias y sobre todo, que al menos en esta parte de Mexico donde vivo, lo hecho a mano era visto como de mala calidad, las artesanias solo las hacian los hippies por asi decirlo. Asi que cuando veo creaciones como esta, que tienen tanta pasion y calidad es un placer poder compartirlo con el mundo.

Amandina is a trendy concept in jewelry design, which fuses together craftsmanship and contemporary design and blends tradition with fashion, the result: unique pieces made with love that only the handwork of artisans can create. I love the work of this girls from Yucatan, their organic motifs, trees, leaves and animals are absolutely fabulous. More about Amandina here and at their Etsy Shop.

Me encanta el trabajo de estas chicas de Yucatan, Las siluetas organicas me parecen bellisimas, Arboles, hojas y animales son su inspiracion. Amandina, es un concepto innovador en diseño de joyería, su vision de la tecnica contemporanea se funde con la tradicion de la tecnica orfebre. Obteniendo como resultado una mezcla que conjuga tradición con moda, en piezas únicas e irrepetibles que sólo el trabajo manual de artesanos yucatecos puede crear. Mas de Amandina aqui o en Etsy.




Sharing tutorials day

How to make Marble Magnets
Como hacer imanes decorados
Not Martha

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Recycled paper beads in a necklace
Collar de cuentas de paper reciclado
Ihanna’s Blog

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Hand Carved Stamps Tutorial
Estampado con gomas para borrar
Geninne’s art Blog

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Water Balloon Luminaries
Lamparas de cera hechas con globos
Candletech

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Love You Bookmarks
Mmmcrafts

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How to make a repeat pattern
Design Sponge

mmmm!!! Chocolate

As you know, I don’t cook. I don’t like to, I don’t know how to. For me is a waste of time, it takes more time to cook than to eat the food you cooked. But when I saw this recipe I thought: mmmm I wish I could make this, looks so yummi!! And it’s probably easy to bake but I don’t know a thing about cooking and even less about baking, but my grandma is the best in the kitchen, well also my dad and my brother, but for desserts my grandma is the best, so I might ask her to bake this for me…. ok, ok, I will ask her to teach me to bake this!
………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….Como ya habran leido anteriormente yo no cocino, no me gusta y ademas no se como cocinar. En mi punto de vista es una perdida de tiempo, a veces tardas mas tiempo en cocinar que en comerte lo que acabas de cocinar. Pero cuando vi esta receta me dije a mi misma: mmm ojala supiera como hacer esto, se ve delicioso!! y tal vez sea sencillo de hacer, pero no se nada de como hornear o preparar algun postre asi, pero mi abuela es la mejor cocinera, bueno y mi hermano y mi papa tambien, pero cuando se trata de postres mi abuela es la mejor, asi que t al vez le pida que me prepare esto…. Ok, ok, ok, esta bien, le pedire que me enseñe a hornear esto!

Chocolate Strawberry Ice Cream Sandwiches

INGREDIENTS
Makes 24

  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 2 to 2 1/2 pints strawberry ice cream, slightly softened
DIRECTIONS
1.- In a medium bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt; set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter, vanilla, and sugar. Add eggs and milk, and mix until combined. Add reserved flour mixture, and mix on low speed until incorporated, scraping the sides of the bowl with a spatula at least once. Divide the dough in half, and shape each half into a flat disk. Wrap each disk in plastic wrap, and chill until firm, about 1 hour.
2.- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Roll dough out on a lightly floured surface; use an offset spatula to unstick the dough every few turns of the rolling pin. Roll dough to an 1/8-inch thickness. Cut dough using a variety of heart-shaped cookie cutters from 2 1/2 to 3 inches in diameter, making sure there is a top and bottom cookie for each sandwich. Place hearts on a parchment-lined baking sheet; chill until firm, about 30 minutes. Remove from refrigerator; use a fork to prick holes all over the surface of the cookies. Bake until firm, 12 to 15 minutes. Let cool slightly on baking sheet, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
3.- Using half the cookies, spoon softened strawberry ice cream about 1/2 inch thick on each underside. Place matching cookie on top of ice cream, top-side facing out. Transfer immediately to freezer to harden; repeat with remaining ingredients. Serve directly from the freezer. Sandwiches can be stored in an airtight container in the freezer for 3 to 4 days.

Findings

I’ve found great interesting, educative sites, and I thought why not share it with you? so from now on I’ll be sharing my findings.. 1st, take a look at this free sewing patterns from Otsukaya, a Japanese fabric store. Though the instructions are in Japanese, I posted the Google translation version of the page, and i thought the instrucctions are not that hard to follow since it has lots of drawings that guide you to the process. Enjoy it!

Durante mis paseos por internet he encontrado sitios grandiosos y educativos, y pense, por que no compartirlos con ustedes, asi que apartir de ahora estare compartiendo estos tesoros encontrados. Y primero, hechenle un vistazo a este sitio que contiene patrones gratis, Otsukaya. Aunque las instrucciones vienen en japones, pienso que no serian tan dificli de seguir ya que tiene varias ilustraciones que te guian en el proceso. Disfrutenlo!