Tuesday, December 31, 2013
2014. Like, whoa. And wow. But mostly whoa. (And a lil how?) Seems every year passes by in a blur of colors and memories and sounds. Just like that old saying, 'Time goes faster as you get older.' How can that be, you say? Time is all relative! Well, my friends, don't question the mysterious ways of the universe. I'm still trying to get over the fact that it's not 2010 anymore! Yowza. But there is some grain of truth in that saying. One blink and suddenly your life is fast forward into the next year, the next decade, the next phase of life. Anyways, I'm not gonna sit here and reminisce about the passing year, putting the retrospect into perspective. I just know I'm not getting any younger.
So embrace life. Change is a good thing. Chasing your dreams is a good thing. Do what you love and love what you do is a damn good thing! Makes for a happy, fruitful life. Happy 2014, y'all. Hope this is your year to shake things up and make it happen.
besos ... jin.
Sunday, December 29, 2013
Another Christmas project that was supposed to be done last Christmas (waited too late, of course) aaand here we are a whole year later. Trying again. At the last minute. Of course. ;-) But I was determined to actually get it done this year, being our first Christmas in Austin and all, and so the Monday before Christmas I got busy. Check it out!
Materials // Pine cones. Gold Metallic Spray Paint. Screw Eyes (any reasonable size will do). Newspaper. Drill (not pictured). String. Scissors. Plyers (not pictured). Glue gun (optional / not pictured).
How to // 1. Lay some newspapers down outside, plop your pine cones down and spray paint away! // 2. Let paint dry. // 3. I ain't gonna lie. It's so much easier to drill a tiny hole in the pine cone first before applying the screw eyes. But if you can do it by hand, go for it. Use plyers for better grippage when getting those screw eyes in! // 4. Thread the string (of your choice) through the screw eyes. You can tie a knot at each screw eye as you go, but I'm OCD and I like my pine cones evenly spaced. To get that even-ess, skip the tying knot part, lay garland-in-process out on the floor, and shift pine cones up and down the string. Once satisfied with the spacing, bust out the glue gun and glue string to screw eye. // 5. Find a good place to show off that pine cone garland snazzyness!
At one point I wanted to gild gold leaves onto the pine cones. Why not? Had some sheets left over from the Terra Cotta Pot project. But that would've taken a lot longer than need be (no bueno for last minute projects, you see) and besides, the gold metallic spray paint stills gives a nice pretty sheen. Now my tiny little living room window looks all festive and wintery and shiny and new for Christmas and New Year's!
besos ... jin.
Friday, December 27, 2013
I know, I know. Ain't gotta tell me. Another last minute holiday project done a couple of days before Christmas and just now posting 2 days after Christmas. But let's get past that teeny weeny lil fact. Crazy busy holiday schedules don't play nice on time management!
So on to the real reason why we're here. The photo wreath. I did tons of thinking and planning and thinking on this one (about a year) and when I finally got around to DIYing (albeit last minute), I purposely made the photo wreath sort of seasonal neutral. Transitional, if you will. There's no use going all out Christmas-y when you're only gonna have the wreath up for a bit. But with the right color palette, I feel the glittery goldness will sneak it's way well past New Year's. Maybe even make an early cameo next year around October when the Fall decors come out to play. Here's how I did it:
Materials // Styrofoam wreath. 8 Flower stems. Tons of 2" or 3" mini photos. (I resized my pictures using Photoshop). Tape. Glue gun. Ribbon. Plyers (not pictured). Safety pin.
How To // 1. Arrange the mini photos in a circular pattern. Use the styrofoam wreath as a guide as I have. Or not. Up to you! Play around until desired collage and arrangement catches your fancy. // 2. Use small pieces of tape to tape down your circular photo collage. Tape on top of the photos. This is just a temporary secure. // 3. Now flip the collage over, backside facing up, and heavily secure the pictures with tape, tape, tape. // 4. Flip the collage over once more and remove the tiny pieces of tape. // 5. Glue gun one side of the styrofoam wreath. // 6. Very quickly attach your collage onto the styrofoam wreath. To do this, lay your photo collage flat, backside facing up, and plop the styrofoam on it. This way you have a better idea where to place the styrofoam wreath, as evenly as possible, onto the photo collage. // 7. Time to add the flower stems! Stick them into the styrofoam in an even pattern. If the stems are too long, simply cut them shorter with plyers. // 8. The ribbon can easily be roped around the wreath. Just shimmy the ribbon between the pix and foam. You might have to undo some of the glue work, but that's ok. // 9. Safety pin the ribbon together.
I absolutely LOVE this quirky spin on the holiday wreath - if you're like me and love anything unconventional and weird and different and in search of a fresh way to display the loads of pix you've taken over the past year. (Trigger happy? Fist bump.)
besos ... jin.
Thursday, December 26, 2013
This past Christmas was a first of many. First Christmas in Austin. First Christmas celebrated with our new puppy dog. First Christmas spent as a family of 3. First to cook a full course holiday dinner. First to really deck out our humble abode in the spirit of Christmas. And our first Christmas to truly make it our very own. Small, intimate, memorable, genuine.
Hope y'all spent the Christmas season happy and grateful with full of laughter like we did. Merry Christmas (a day later!) from The Ferrer Family!
besos ... jin.
Monday, December 23, 2013
Materials // Photos of various sizes. Washi tape.
If the Christmas branch ain't doin' it for ya and your tiny space, I gots another space savin' Christmas tree solution to offer: the photo tree. It virtually takes no space whatsoever and it's a fun, unique twist to display personal pix of the past year in a somewhat unexpected way. Can we say ... conversation starter? Slap on a lil gold-striped washi tape. (Or hot pink, like I originally had planned.) Perhaps a glittery topper for added festive happiness. But ya know, I can live with it as is. The understated facade looks a bit classy, no? Kinda draws out the quiet humbleness of seeing snippets of your life / past year clumped together like so. Literally like seeing the big picture!
besos ... jin.
If you're kinda pressed for space like we are - absolutely no place to put a Christmas tree or festive decorations around a hearth, etc. - you kinda have to get creative and think up ways to have that tree and stockings and ornaments and the whole cake (and eat it, too!) without taking up too much of the already precious space. So try this. Take an ordinary branch, put it on a wall (in our case, between our room and the laundry closet) and bedazzle the hell out of it. Totally customizable to your own taste, which I luuurve, so get on with your bad self, girl, and decorate to your heart's content! This year I opted for a Charlie Brown inspired tree. Been on a minimalist binge lately and I find that this style gives me the most flexibility with my own personal taste without compromising any Jinisms. Marching to the beat of your own drum, ftw! (Seriously, get on with your bad self!)
Now sit back and revel in the awesomeness of a Christmas tree and stocking holder in one.
besos ... jin.
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
A few faves from a mini Christmas family photoshoot I've shot a few weeks ago for my ading, Jason, and his growing family at The Westin Hotel. When I say mini, I mean boom-boom-done in 30 minutes. Boom. We were that eager to get the business outta the way and get down to the real 'business', which involves plenty of catching up over food, food, food at food-worthy places like nostalgic ol' college stomping grounds of Pluckers and the ramen soul food goodness of Ramen Tatsuya. (Last I saw Jason + Tracy was in Seattle 2009? At their own wedding? That's a really long time!) Quality time with close friends and family, or friends who are practically like family, are the bestest, innit? Which is why I was uber honored when Jason + Tracy asked me to snap their family pix for this year's Christmas cards. Jason and I go way back. College, oh, some 12 years ago. And to this day I can honestly say that Jason is one of a handful of close guy friends who I can call 'brother'. So heck yah I'd do anything for besties who've stuck around that long! Looking forward to seeing the final Christmas card product real soon, y'all!
By the way, you can't tell, but Tracy is totally baking something sweet in that oven. Baby #2 due in March 2014! I'm going to be a ninang ... again!
besos ... jin.
Monday, December 9, 2013
Nothing like starting off the week (or ending the year??) with a friendly reminder of your old traveling life. Kinda puts 2014 on a whole new track! Often times in between reality, in fleeting moments, I reminisce about faraway lands and happy memories made with foreign friends. I can still feel it simmering deep down in the heart. That adventurous spirit and curiosity. It hasn't quite left me like I thought it would, what with the shifted life priorities in my 30s taking center stage. Kinda puts things in perspective ... again! Thanks old friend for kicking me in the traveling shins. You have no idea what you've (re)started.
besos ... jin.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
I've meant to blog about me + V's mini trip to Jamaica last week, but life, man, life happened. Some good friends from Arkansas visited town, mini photoshoot session, days upon days of new job orientations, Houston for Turkey Day, then back to Austin just in time to meet up more out-of-town guests. Whew. All that in just one week! The Holidays are most def officially in full swing!
And now, sick as a dog as I finally have the time to type this out. Much of the trip details are a bit hazy, thanks to the copious amount of free alcohol drank every freakin' second we were there. Morning, noon, night. Maybe in our sleep. I'm not sure. Kinda felt like it, though! Except during KF + Jeff's wedding, but even then I can't guarantee everyone was 100% sober! Uber fun, laid-back, destination weddings in tropical heaven - how can you not not leave this place without a drop of alchy touching that tongue?? Yah, mon.
But honestly, that's really all you can do when you've spent most of your time in the bubble of the good island life. Yup, 3.5 days of sun, alchy, beach, alchy, ocean, alchy, food buffets galore, alchy, spa time, alchy. There really wasn't enough time for us gals to venture out of the resort due to wedding preppage. (Me and V did somehow manage to squeeze in a brief tour excursion to The White Witch of Rose Hall. Some pretty spooky stuff for being nearly all legend!) As for the dudes - V, the groom and the groom's bro had quite the colorful misadventure(s) in the span of 4 hours leading up to the wedding. It just wasn't all about snorkeling and ocean swimming and canoeing like we all thought it would be. Like it should be. Something about spotting seahorses and drifting off to Cuba and falling out of canoes and saving lives and rowing a boat with one arm and washing up on the wrong part of the shore and getting mistaken as a Cuban. Yah I know! Hard to believe all that happened in 4 hours! But it did. You should ask them some time! Yah, mon.
Anyways, this trip may not be V and I's ideal vacation. We're more into the nitty gritty, down n' dirty, get wonderfully lost sans map traveling style. But hey, makes for a nice 2 year wedding anniversary celebration for V and I. Double yay for double weddings in Jamaica! Kinda like a ... double rainbow! Yah, mon!
besos ... jin.