Living in Spain and bringing up a Spanglish family during the current 'crisis' and trying various ways to make some 'dinero'. Enjoying life in the sun, crafting and blogging as much as possible.

12 Aug 2015

Passionate Flamenco

'Passionate Flamenco' by natashaaleks



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Magical Mojacar - Noche de las Velas



To coincide with the night of San Lorenzo's Tears (known as the rain of stars) the historic Mojácar Pueblo will host its famous “Night of the Candles" on Wednesday August 12, for the fourth consecutive year.
Mojácar, which is renowned for its beauty, breathtaking views and exceptional location, is one of the most ideal places in Spain to gaze out into space at the stars. This can be done any night of the year, but is at its best on this magical August night, when for the fourth time, Mojacar will offer visitors the chance to contemplate the starlit sky by turning off the electric lights and lighting the Pueblo with candles.
This evening is being prepared with every effort and great enthusiasm by the Mojácar Pueblo Association with the help from Mojácar Council. Together they hope to magically take the village back in time to how it was before electric lighting.
A route has been designed that will be lit with torches and candles, inviting visitors to stroll through the narrow streets of the village to watch the stars from different viewpoints, which will undoubtedly amaze them with their beauty.
Many retailers, business people and residents in the Pueblo are participating in this great initiative, dressing in white and dimming the lights in their homes and premises, creating a very special atmosphere in the dim candlelight. The initiative, which has the backing of Mojacar Council, is expected to grow stronger over time and make the town an even more attractive tourist destination.
For all who come to visit, there will be two kiosks in the Pueblo to buy candles, one by the lift and another under the cave, La Cueva Mariquita La Posá, so that you can place them in different streets and places along the way.
In the same cave, there will be dramatizations of old stories about the pueblo, such as Lucinda La Enamorada and the legend of The Cave.
At around 10.30 p.m. there will be a parade through the village streets with a variety of performers including percussionists, fire magicians, jugglers and stilt walkers.



MOJÁCAR.- El próximo miércoles 12 de agosto, coincidiendo con la noche de las Lagrimas de San Lorenzo o lluvia de estrellas, el casco histórico de Mojácar acogerá por cuarto año consecutivo su famosa “Noche de las velas”.
Mojácar por su belleza, sus maravillosas vistas y su excepcional ubicación, es uno de los lugares más ideales de nuestra geografía, para contemplar las estrellas cualquier noche, pero en espacial esta mágica noche del mes de agosto.
Por cuarta vez, Mojácar facilitará al visitante la contemplación de su cielo estrellado apagando las luces eléctricas e iluminando el pueblo simplemente con velas.
Esta noche se está preparando con gran empeño e ilusión, a iniciativa de la Asociación de Empresarios de Mojácar Pueblo y con la ayuda del Ayuntamiento de Mojácar, los cuales quieren devolverle al pueblo aquel embrujo mojaquero, anterior al alumbrado eléctrico. 
Se ha diseñado un recorrido, que estará iluminado con antorchas o velas e invitará al visitante esa noche a pasear por las estrechas calles del pueblo, a contemplar las estrellas desde sus miradores y a disfrutar de una visita sin duda sobrecogerá por su belleza.
Muchos comerciantes, empresarios y residentes en el Pueblo, participan en esta bonita iniciativa, atenuando las luces de sus negocios y casas, y creando un ambiente muy especial a la luz tenue de las velas, además todos irán vestidos de blanco.
La iniciativa, que cuenta con el apoyo del Ayuntamiento de Mojácar pretende consolidarse en tiempo y convertirse en un atractivo turístico más.
Habrá dos puntos de venta para que todo el que venga a visitar el pueblo puedan adquirir las velas de la suerte, uno se encontrará situado en el ascensor y otro debajo de la Cueva Mariquita La Posá, y así poder colocarlas en las distintas calles, mosaicos o plazas del municipio.
En la misma cueva habrá escenificaciones con actores, de las leyendas del pueblo , como es la de “Lucinda La Enamorada” y “la leyenda de la Cueva”. 
Debido a la gran afluencia de visitantes, se ha reforzado el servicio de autobús urbano a partir de las 22:00 horas para facilitar el acceso al casco antiguo.
En las redes sociales, el alcance de dicho evento se hace cada vez mayor, llegando hasta el día 7 de agosto a 42.000 personas, por lo que nos hace pensar, que es un reclamo para atraer visitantes a Mojácar.
Sobre las 22.30h habrá un pasacalles por las distintas calles del pueblo con percusión, fuegos, malabares y zancudos.


8 Aug 2015

Diamonds Unleashed by Kara Ross Hand Fan for New York Fashion Week Sept 2015

It isn't every day you get asked to design something for someone who is very well known in the fashion industry. Kara Ross, NY (famous for her jewelry designs) got in touch this week to see if I could design a hand fan for models to use at New York fashion week Sept 2015. It was to feature the logo for their new business launching this season.


Post Scriptum (20th Aug 2015) Unfortunately they never went ahead with my design but I am still very very happy that they approached me in the first place.


WHAT IS DIAMONDS UNLEASHED?
Diamonds Unleashed is a modern day powerful Women's Movement. We're looking to shift the symbolism of a diamond to go from symbolizing marriage and engagement to symbolizing women's strength, independence, and solidarity. This movement combines Philanthropy partners, Product partners, Retail/Corporate partners, & Celebrity/Media partners- a social media campaign and salon series events in the 7 major US markets. It is all anchored with a super strong, clear and compelling message.

HOW DID THE MOVEMENT START – HOW WILL IT WORK?
The whole program started with Kara resetting her own diamond. She designed a very unusual setting and wears it on her right hand.
The process got her thinking about diamonds; how people perceive them, how we are given them, and the symbol that they have become. It's such an outdated and antiquated notion that women should have to WAIT to be given a diamond. It's sexist and if you take it a step further - the significance of the diamond becomes almost about possession. It is the only commodity today that there is a stigma attached to a woman buying it for herself.

The diamond should symbolize women's strength, independence, and solidarity. All of the adjectives that describe a diamond are PERFECT as well when describing women: multi faceted, brilliant, strong, unbreakable, etc. We are trying to have women everywhere feel a part of this movement. It is imperative to try and help those women in need. This is an INCLUSIVE movement, not only for those more fortunate. With the huge mission of philanthropy in this movement we are looking to empower women through education and employment, hence working with the 3 charities we have chosen (Girls Who Code, She’s The First, and Step Up). There are many moving pieces to Diamonds Unleashed which make it a VERY powerful, compelling, well-thought out and modern movement.