DIY: Address Book Makeover

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Since I’m still old school, I searched far and wide for a notebook where I could handwrite my contacts as well as keep in my purse. Also, I envisioned one with side “letter” tabs. It felt as if I’d never find it but I finally did at the Dollar Store 🙌🏽 ! Only, it’s cover wasn’t as aesthetically pleasing as I wanted it to be. Not to fear because a simple #fiestabymoni DIY came to mind: decorate my address book with paper tape.

Metallic Paper Tape or Matte Tape is somewhat buzzing in the DIY world. From using it in journals to posting “don’t forget notes” on your fridge, it’s an easy way to stick and create! For my planner DIY I simply did the following:
1. Cut enough strips of tape to cover my target design area.
2. Place first round of tape (bottom layer) side by side
3. Take top layer of tape (Metallic as shown above) and weave through base layer of tape.

The difference is kinda uncanny and all together perfect 😍 Let me know if you give this DIY a try and cheers creativity in the future. xo Moni

 

Blog Review: WordPress Or What?

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It’s been a busy week of back and forth about one thing: should fiesta by Moni continue on WordPress or move to another platform. This should be an easy thing to decide but I’m now at whits end and thinking that if I just share what I’m going through then maybe somewhere out there in the blog universe my answer will be given to me. So here we go. Read More

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

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Spring colors are popping and all I can think about is how I’d like to hike up to a mountain top and soak in a valley view. Till I can make this daydream become a reality, I’ve been collecting inspirational mountain landscape images in a folder entitled Day Dreamer.

It feels good to day dream.

One thing about daydreaming, it can be pseudo dangerous. What if the mountains I visit aren’t as picturesque or magical? Not so. If there is one thing I’ve learned, it that nature is fascinating. I presently live near the Gulf of Mexico and while it’s not as pristine as other coastal towns, the marshy pockets and choppy breaks are what make my city special.

What are you daydreaming about lately? Mountains, cherry pie or something else? Tell me.

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Website Building = 1000 Baby Steps

Screen Shot 2017-03-27 at 3.13.49 PMWhen I set out to publish this website I was looking for the following:

1. A simple design
2. An easy HTML platform
3. A photo centric template
4. Mobile publishing options
5. Paypal friendly
6. Customizable
7. Tied to a tech or help forum with a high response rates
8. Tag driven
9. Analytical reporting ready
10. #Hot and #Lit

And, I’m happy to report that I found most of my list via this website template and WordPress. This fact is somewhat shocking and all too ironic. Let me explain.

Back in the day, circa 2009, I paid about $2000 for my portfolio and retail shop websites to be designed by an NYC Graphic Designer. I considered this a steal and in many ways given the year it was. Fast forward 7 years and I’m sitting cozily in my Lazyboy while customizing a cost affordable template with my own web skills—as well as enjoying every minute.

There’s something special about doing this on my own.

While tinkering away at this dot in the online-verse I’m a) learning b) stimulated and c) giddy. Yes, downright tickled so much so that stomach butterflies comes about me almost every time I log into WordPress. I sometimes feel sorta guilty for enjoying this blog so much. For instance, Typekit fonts, HTML code and even post formats are euphoric. I dream of space shortcuts. Not to mention, I feel empowered each time I log out. As if I’ve accomplished something tangible and 100% me.

I’m sure this website will be a compilation of  at least a 1000 baby steps but I’m cool with that. There is no work deadline to meet in publishing content because I never really know what I’ll be writing about on any given day. And, for my friends who may pop in and out contributing to this blogspace, I’m not putting them on a deadline either. No, no and no. Last and most importantly, it’s sweet to not feel outside pressure to of be on “trend” (a term used a lot in my prior 9-5 gigs). This fiesta is my space and then I’m excited to throw an impromptu word party every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

TTYL and xo.