Posts Tagged ‘handmade in mexico’

Beautiful Animal Art

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Ana Sofia Castañon art | Live Colorful

I have been a renter for almost 8 years! And I have to confess that I kind of like the idea of decorating different homes every two years or so.

This new home that we are renting now is smaller than the last one we were living in, but we love that it is bright and it has big windows and smooth walls and ceilings. The walls are still empty, but I’m excited about filling them with special pieces of art and illustrations from friends from around the world.

Ana Sofia Castañon art | Live Colorful

My friend Ana Sofia Castañon sent me two of her pieces a few days ago. She told me these illustrations were inspired by her kids, which makes them even more special.

I know the perfect place for her pieces in my home, one is going to be above Jaxon’s dresser and the other one in a small charming nicho that is in this new home’s hall. I can’t wait to see them framed :)

Ana Sofia Castañon art | Live Colorful

Ana Sofia Castañon art | Live Colorful

Check out Ana Sofia Catañon’s website to find out more about her work. She is amazingly talented and I’m sure you are going to love her work as much as I do. More animal art prints here

Where Frida Kahlo Grew Up

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Coyoacan, Mexico streets. Entre la casa azul de Frida Kahlo | Live Colorful

Frida Kahlo is such an awesome character. If you follow us on Instagram, you might have already noticed that we’re a bit obsessed with her colorful portraits! We also love Coyoacan, the neighborhood where she grew up.

Coyoacan is where you can find the famous Frida Kahlo Museum aka La casa Azul.

The word Coyoacán comes from the Nahuatl “Coyohuacan” that means “place of coyotes”. It’s rich in history, art and beautiful architecture. If you get to visit it someday, you will find bright colored homes, papel picado in the streets, art galleries and mercaditos where you can buy handmade dolls, jewelry, pottery and other neat knick knacks.

Coyoacan, Mexico streets. Entre la casa azul de Frida Kahlo | Live Colorful

Coyoacan, Mexico streets. Entre la casa azul de Frida Kahlo | Live Colorful

Coyoacan, Mexico streets. Entre la casa azul de Frida Kahlo | Live Colorful

Since Frida Kahlo was born on July 6 of 1907, we decided to use it as an excuse to celebrate her with a post. We didn’t want to write about La Casa Azul, since you already can find tons of images about the museum online.

Instead, I took my camera and walked through some of the streets that are near the Casa Azul.

Coyoacan, Mexico streets. Entre la casa azul de Frida Kahlo | Live Colorful

Coyoacan, Mexico streets. Entre la casa azul de Frida Kahlo | Live Colorful

Something I learned from a current exhibit about Coyoacan history, it’s that thanks to its beauty, Coyoacan was were the first council of La Nueva España was established after the Spanish conquest of Tenochtitlan (Mexico City). Franciscans and Dominicans were responsible for evangelizing the place and for that reason, beautiful baroque temples and shrines were built around the area.

I took some pictures of the place, so you can feel the vibe of the neighborhood. I looked for the oldest buildings, the ones that were there just when Frida Kahlo lived. I thought it was cool to see what she saw, and it was beautiful.

Coyoacan, Mexico streets. Entre la casa azul de Frida Kahlo | Live Colorful

Coyoacan, Mexico streets. Entre la casa azul de Frida Kahlo | Live Colorful

Coyoacan, Mexico streets. Entre la casa azul de Frida Kahlo | Live ColorfulCoyoacan, Mexico streets. Entre la casa azul de Frida Kahlo | Live ColorfulHere more about Coyoacan and some local art galleries and museums: Coyoacan, a colorful spot in Mexico City.

Some DIY projects inspired by Frida Kahlo:

Coyoacan, Mexico streets. Entre la casa azul de Frida Kahlo | Live Colorful

Coyoacan, Mexico streets. Entre la casa azul de Frida Kahlo | Live Colorful