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How to Create an Inspirational Desk Space

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Create a cute desk space | Live Colorful

My baby was 9 months old when we moved to this house. He was crawling and extremely curious and I wanted to keep my desk away from him as much as possible.

I left the desk inside the bedroom and it worked great for us for a few months. Then one day I got tired of it. It was getting stressful, you know, to have the desk and the mess just next to the bed.

So I decided to move it to the living room area. That way I could continue working on small projects, editing pictures and working on simple things while my baby is playing with his toys.

My desk is now next to a big window. The view ended up being really nice. It feels refreshing.

But soon after I moved the desk to the living room, the place where I spend half of the day, I realized the importance of keeping everything organized and also looking interesting. I just didn’t want to have everything in one place, I wanted to create an inspirational workspace that flowed with the decoration.

Create a cute desk space | Live Colorful

There are so many ways to create an inspirational workspace, since it’s something personal. The key to getting started is to collect a few things that are special for you. Then, play with the way you display it. Everything should look organized but also meaningful, so you are always motivated.

Here are some of my favorite things to incorporate in your desk space to make it look organized and special:

Artwork

It can be an abstract painting with colors you love, a print with an inspirational quote, or a photo of your family, kids or friends.

There is also another cool idea that I like to try from time to time. Make a vision board about your creative business’s goals or about your personal dreams and frame it so you can see it all the time.

Create a cute desk space | Live Colorful

Flowers and plants

It doesn’t matter if these are fresh, dried, made out paper, silk or glass. Flowers and plants will always make you smile.

Colorful office supplies

Get the most interesting or colorful office supplies to make every boring task a bit more fun.

Candles

Stimulate your brain and senses with an aroma you love. Plus, candles containers are a pretty decorative element.

Books

I like the idea of using books as decoration. Organize them by size or color.

Create a cute desk space | Live Colorful

Special things

Incorporate elements that are special and inspirational for you. For example, over my printer I have a hand printed handkerchief that I got in a vintage store. It reminds me of my love for patterns and prints from around the world. I also have a heart made of perler beads that I bought from a little girl in the park. It makes me think of her confidence.

Recently, I received a doll from Emily Johnson, owner of Mushroom Spring. She creates magical soft sculptures, marionettes, mobiles and illustrations. She sent me this cute handmade doll with pink hair. I instantly felt animated, something about her whimsical and playful look made me smile. Her doll was the perfect element to add into my workspace because it feels special and magical.

Create a cute desk space | Live Colorful

Check out more of Emily’s work on her website and Instagram.

Other thing that helps is to maintain your desk always current. The world changes so fast, we change so fast, so it’s normal to have new goals, new favorite colors and new books to add to our desk space. Keeping it new and fresh will help you feel inspired.

Create a cute desk space | Live Colorful

Tell me, what is your workspace area like? Is your desk filled with inspirational things? What’s the most special object in it?

The Art and History of Traditional Fashion in Mexico

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A few days ago I went to a temporary exhibition in Mexico City with approximately 100 public and private collections of traditional Mexican clothing. I enjoyed seeing the more than 225 mannequins and 400 items from clothing, accessories, designs, painting and photographies. It’s the first time I encountered an exhibition in Mexico about fashion and textiles featuring so many indigenous cultures from around the country. In that small space I walked through 75 years of history of Mexican fashion! Can you imagine? It was really inspiring.

Traditional garments from different cultures around Mexico. The patterns and textiles are striking! | Live Colorful

Traditional garments from different cultures around Mexico. The patterns and textiles are striking! | Live Colorful

Traditional garments from different cultures around Mexico. The patterns and textiles are striking! | Live Colorful

These amazing traditional garments speak for themselves. I love seeing the colors, the intricate, majestic embroidery designs, and botanical inspiration. I saw pieces of the different indigenous Mexican cultures like the otomí, purépecha, totonaca, huasteca, nahua, amuzgo o huichol, maya, tzotzil, mazahua and some modern mixed pieces, like the traditional China Poblana and charro, quechquemitls and shawls.

Here some traditional garments from around Mexico:

FAJAS

The fajas are accessories that hold skirts, pants and tangles, and its function is similar to that of a belt. These garments are typical of Zinacantan, Chiapas. The production of one of these last approximately a month! The fajas are not just adorned with detailed embroidery shapes, they tell fascinating stories. The mothers of the community weave in them about their children, their sacred animals and many other important events in their lives.

Traditional garments from different cultures around Mexico. The patterns and textiles are striking! | Live Colorful

HUIPIL

A traditional huipil (huipilli in Nahuatl) consists of a rectangular cloth, folded in half, with an opening for the head. This dress is related to the indigenous and mestizo part of southern Mexico and Central America, it is commonly used in the Yucatan Peninsula.

Traditional garments from different cultures around Mexico. The patterns and textiles are striking! | Live Colorful

QUECHQUEMITL

Quechquémitl, Nahuatl word that means tip neck. This garment production technique dates back to pre-Hispanic times. Proudly originally from Mexico, they are mainly produced in the State of Mexico using wool, and in Puebla, Veracruz, San Luis Potosi and Hidalgo using cotton. They are produced by different cultures around Mexico, as the Otomí, Huasteca, Totonac, Mayan and Nahua, and each culture have their own  embroidery techniques, material and color palette that makes them unique.

Traditional garments from different cultures around Mexico. The patterns and textiles are striking! | Live Colorful

 

SARAPE, GABAN OR JORONGO 

Interestingly, the serape was created just to dressed the men of the community. Not until now, that is had become so popular, it has been adapted for women. This traditional garment has different names, Sarape, gaban and jorongo, depending on the Mexican state where it’s created. It’s similar to the ponchos used in South America. It’s produced mainly in the State of Mexico and Saltillo with wool, cotton and sometimes with applications of gold, silver and silk.

Traditional garments from different cultures around Mexico. The patterns and textiles are striking! | Live Colorful

 

Some of my favorite pieces:

Traditional garments from different cultures around Mexico. The patterns and textiles are striking! | Live Colorful

Above: Huipil with petticoat created by Florentina López de Jesús. Cotton yarn in natural color and coyuchi, taffeta fabrics ligaments and supplementary weft. Poplin tailored skirt. From Xochistlahuaca, Guerrero, Mexico.

Traditional garments from different cultures around Mexico. The patterns and textiles are striking! | Live Colorful

Above: Traje de mujer cora. Popelina de algodón estampada, con aplicaciones de listones de satén de acetato liso y bordado con hilazas comerciales en punto de saten. From Santa Teresa de Nayar, Nayarit, Mexico.

Traditional garments from different cultures around Mexico. The patterns and textiles are striking! | Live Colorful

Above: Indumentaria antigua nahua, 1950. Cotton and linen fabrics with taffeta ligament in waist loom: real point embroidered with silk threads and applications bar. From Amatlán de los Reyes, Veracruz, Mexico.

Traditional garments from different cultures around Mexico. The patterns and textiles are striking! | Live Colorful

Above: Indumentaria tradicional huasteca, 1970. Tangle industrial fabric: cotton belt and acrylic yarn woven belt: satin blouse made with machine: quechquemitl embroidery cross stitch checkered table with acrylic yarn, worsted acrylic petob – tocado -: backpack embroidered cotton blanket and glass bead necklace. From Tancanhuitz Santos, San Luis Potosi, Mexico.

Traditional garments from different cultures around Mexico. The patterns and textiles are striking! | Live Colorful

 

We love to know more about textiles from around the world, and we are lucky to get to see many of the work created by communities and cultures from around Mexico, since we get to travel around the country very often. There is something about the history of textiles and prints that I find fascinating, maybe the fact that everything has an important and special meaning. Do you love textiles as much as we do?

Traditional garments from different cultures around Mexico. The patterns and textiles are striking! | Live Colorful

Traditional garments from different cultures around Mexico. The patterns and textiles are striking! | Live Colorful

Making a Car Organizer

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DIY: Backseat Car Organizer Tutorial | Live Colorful

I feel like I had been so quiet lately here on the blog and on social media. The reason is that just when summer started, I felt the urge to hide from the online world.

It’s funny because I never felt anything like that before. I needed to step away and think about goals, plans, the future of Live Colorful and many other personal issues.

Just yesterday morning I shared on Snapchat (LiveColorfulCo) that I was back on track and more than ready to share DIYs and colorful projects with you!

During this offline time, I didn’t stop crafting. Actually, one of the reasons why I took this “free blogging time” it’s because the things I love the most, crafting, decorating and taking pictures, felt like a job and it was getting monotonous.

I also was bored of crafting with the same materials over and over. I wanted to try new things. So, I took some online courses to get better at designing fabric and patterns, one of my passions of all time. I also decided to learn how to sew and took some sewing classes with a local blogger friend 🙂

I had a sewing machine in my craft room for a long time, but honestly,  I just used it once or twice every year. I only know how to make pillows, but there are a limit number of pillows that you can make every year!

My sister actually inspired me to learn how to sew too. She is so good at it! And she always had great ideas that look so simple, like the popular tutorial she shared on our Youtube channel a few months ago: Como Hacer un Tapete de Pompones.

I thought that if I wanted to design patterns for fabric, I needed to learn how to make pretty things with it.

I already found some amazing sewing blogs and communities and I’m feeling excited about it, although a bit intimidated. But I hope I get good at sewing soon! Because it will be great to make things for the house with colors and fabric, a poco no?

For instance, I made my first project this week. It’s an organizer for the car.

DIY: Backseat Car Organizer Tutorial | Live Colorful

I had been wanting to do something like this for a long time, so yesterday I took some fabric I had at home and just started sewing.

It doesn’t look great, but the idea is not bad.

I found a professional pattern on Etsy that I wanted to share with you in case you are great at sewing and you are actually looking for something more professional.

Here is how I made my amateur but cute car organizer.

SEWING A CAR ORGANIZER TUTORIAL

MATERIALS:

DIY: Backseat Car Organizer Tutorial | Live Colorful

Download the car organizer PDF here: Car Organizer PDF

Note: The white lines in the drawing above are the extra 1 inch  that I added on each side of the fabric pieces for hemming.

STEPS:

  1. Use the measurements above to draw the body and pockets of the car organizer using a water soluble marker.
  2. Cut all the fabric pieces. (Check out image #1 above for measurements)
  3. Fold and press all the edges of the pockets using an iron (1 inch on each side), so they are easier to sew.
  4. Mark the space of the pockets in your organizer using the water soluble marker.
  5. Sew the pockets in the organizer.
  6. Fold the fabric of the body of your car organizer in the middle, like the image above and close the rectangle.
  7. Make a strip to tie up the car organizer to the car seat. It’s the same process that our headband tutorial here.
  8. Hang your new awesome piece on the back of your seat and start organizing all your stuff!

DIY: Backseat Car Organizer Tutorial | Live Colorful

My organizer is probably too small, but it fits glasses cases, toys, and my baby’s shoes, and that is exactly what I needed.

If you want to create a bigger car organizer, check out this tutorial, that has measurements perfect for kids books and bigger things!

Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions! About sewing, sewing blogs, fabric stores, etc 🙂

Have you been trying something new lately?