Saturday, April 22, 2017

Flat Stanley Learns About Fruits From Brasil

Hello everyone.  This is my last post about Flat (for the moment).  Flat is leaving me soon but, before he left, I had to teach him about some fruits we have here in Brasil.  He learns about maracuja (passion fruit), caju (where cashew nuts come from), and Cacao, where our chocolate starts out from.  It's just a little bit quirky but was fun to do.  You would think - if I can do this why can't I seem to do crafty videos.  LOL

The video seems to be too large for blogger so you will have to click HERE to be taken to the video on You Tube.

Below is a photo of what the cacao fruit looks like.  If you want to learn more about cacao check out THIS video.

Cacao - where chocolate starts.

Below is a photo of what Caju or the cashew fruit looks like.  You can eat the fruit.  You can also plant the cashew seed at the top and grow a cashew tree. Inside the seed is the nut.  Click HERE to see a short video about cashew fruit.

Caju - where cashews come from.
Below is a photo of maracuja, or passion fruit.  HERE is a cute video about sweet maracuja, which actually does look like a lemon.  And HERE is a really cute video about how to make passion fruit juice.



I hope you enjoyed this short post about some interesting fruits here.  Until next time - 

Hugs from Brasil - 

Michael

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Stamp Ink Paper Challenge No. 95 - Sketch With Unity Stamps


Hello all!  It's Thursday already.  The week is almost over and I cannot wait for this weekend.  There is a food truck festival in my town and a Churro Festival in the next town over!!  Yay!!  So, in my post this past Monday I made mention that I had screwed up on some of my stamping.  One of the phrases I stamped was crooked and the other phrase, because I stamped twice, looked out of focus.


So I slapped these suckers on my Scan N Cut and it cut out the images -


which is perfect to use for this week's Stamp Ink Paper Challenge, which is SIP Challenge No. 95 - A Sketch -  


I started by (a) making a top folding A2 card base of white cardstock, (b) cutting a piece of designer paper using the large stitched rectangle from the Bundle of Stitched Shapes (Simon Says Stamp), (c) cutting another piece of designer paper using one of the dies from Stitched Rectangles (Retired, MFT Stamps), (d) stamping and cutting the words "Sending" and "Love" in red chalk ink from the Label Maker Sentiments set (MFT Stamps), and (e) cutting the image from Blossomy Condolences by Unity Stamp Co.


First step was to adhere the two pieces of designer paper to the card front.  


Next steps were to color the bouquet of flowers using a variety of Bic Markers.  I then adhered it to the card front with some pop dots and I also adhered the two phrases, also with pop dots. 


The last things I did were to adhere some red sequins to the card front and apply some stickles to the leaves and parts of the flowers to give some shimmer.


And the card is now complete.  



I really love this set by Unity and it's still on sale for $6!!  Hope you enjoyed this card.  Let me know by leaving me a comment below.  Until next time - 

Hugs from Brasil - 

Michael

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Flat Stanley Visits Porto Alegre, Brasil


Hello again everyone.  This is another post for my cousin Sami about Flat Stanley's adventures here in Brasil.  This post is about the mini vacation we took with Flat down in Porto Alegre, Brasil.  Porto Alegre is the capital  and largest city of the state of Rio Grande do Sul. It was founded in 1769 by Manuel Sepúlveda and its population is about 1.5 million people. Although it is much smaller than São Paulo, Porto Alegre is the tenth most populous city in Brasil. Porto Alegre is a really beautiful city with a lot of things to do and see but we only had a few days here.  But we will be back (you have to say this in a terminator voice).

The first place we visited was the Mercado Municipal, which means Public Market.  The building is a landmark and was built in 1869.  The market has over 100 vendors selling fruits, vegetables, meats, fish, crafts, snacks, plants, and lots of other cool stuff!  


This is a cool video of Flat in the center of the market!


video


Here are some other photos of Flat in the market and all the cool stuff he found.

Flat found some really good bacalhau (ba-cal-yowe), which means cod fish!!  YUM!

Flat upstairs with a view to the main floor.  Look at all those vendors!!!

YAY!!  Flat found some sticky rice for Rachel, Sami's mommy!!!

Flat had to buy some veggies because he likes to eat well!
Flat even found some drums for Sami's Uncle David to play!

After this we walked around the city.  It was getting very hot when we stumbled on the Igreja Das Dores.  Igreja means Church in Portuguese.  This is the oldest church in Porto Alegre.  It was built between 1807 to 1904.  That is a long time! 

Flat outside the Igreja das Dores.

The inside of the Igreja das Dores.
We left the church and then went to Mario Quintana Cultural Center.  WOW! This is such a cool and interesting building. The building was originally a hotel called The Majestic Hotel.  Mario Quintana was a Brasilian poet who lived in the hotel between 1968 to 1980.  It is now a cultural center with a movie theater, a book store, and a beautiful garden and cafe on the roof.



Flat with Cousin Michael on the roof garden.


Yes...this is a bathtub filled with plants. 


We were so tired we stopped to have some pastries and drinks.

Flat wanted a beer but we told him NO!  He is too young for a beer!
Ice Cream Float for Flat!

Brasilian pastries and cookies for me and Flat!  YUM!

What else did we find?  Well, we found lots of cool old buildings.

This is the Beira-Rio Stadium.  Beira-Rio is the second biggest stadium in the Rio Grande do Sul state where lots and lots of soccer games are played.
It was also one of the stadiums for the 2014 World Cup.  

And, before we left, we took Flat on a ferry ride on the river so that he could see the sun set.



And, when we were waiting in the airport to go home we had to get something to eat.  We found a pizza place and Flat said that it reminded him of pizza from New York City.  It was sooooooooooooooooooooooo good!


Flat hopes that you and your classmates enjoyed this trip to Porto Alegre, Brasil.  
Love you!  

Cousin Michael (and Flat)

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Flat Stanley Visits Sao Paulo, Brasil (For Sami)



Hello everyone.  Just so you guys know, this is not a crafty post.  I am doing a few posts for my cousin Sami who sent her friend Flat Stanley to visit me.  He got to know São Paulo, another city in the south called Porto Alegre, and interesting things in Brasil.  

So...Flat arrived.  Safe and sound.  With a lot of luggage.  The first thing we made him do was to send a note to Sami letting her know that he arrived safe and sound!


Before we took him into São Paulo city, we wanted him to learn a few things about Brasil.  According to The Brazil Guide -

1.  São Paulo city is located in São Paulo state (like New York City is in New York State).  São Paulo is the largest city in Brazil and South America with a population of more than 12 Million people in 2016.  São Paulo State has almost 40 million people.  The population in Florida is about 20 million people so just the State of São Paulo has double the amount of people in the whole state of Florida.  (It's really really crowded here).  LOL

2.  São Paulo has the largest number of Japanese people outside of Japan!  

3.  São Paulo was founded on January 25, 1554.  The USA was founded on July 4, 1776.   São Paulo is really really old!!

4.  São Paulo has the 3rd largest amount of skyscrapers in the WORLD after New York City and Hong Kong.  That is a lot of skyscrapers!!!

5.  The São Paulo Aquarium has over 3,000 species of animals and fish and is one of the biggest in all of South America.  That is a lot of animals to feed every day!!

The first place we took Flat to was the Theatro Municipal (Theatre). Construction started in 1903 and São Paulo gained one of the best venues in the world for the presentation of theatre productions, mainly operas.  (Make sure you tell your mom about this one).

Flat Stanley in front of the Theatro Municipal in São Paulo, Brasil.


Now, I have been coming here since 2002 and never had the chance to see the inside of the Theatro.  But I think Flat was good luck because we finally got to go on a tour and see the inside.  Flat was too much in awe and did not want to take any photos inside.  But here are a few for you (and your mom) to see. 

You can read more about the Theatro HERE, if you want.

The inside foyer of the Theatro Municipal, São Paulo, Brasil.

Curtain and stage.

One of the Meeting Halls.

The whole Theatro Municipal from outside on the street.

After the tour we walked around São Paulo a bit.  Flat loved all the street art and the colors around the buildings and the street.  In some countries street art is illegal.  But here in São Paulo some of the best street art artists are allowed to paint beautiful and interesting art on the buildings.  Here are some of his favorite photos.



And this is a photo of a stand selling ONLY laces for sneakers!  How crazy is that???  I had to buy Flat about 10 sets for his feet.   


Here are some more photos of Flat around São Paulo.  Here is Flat in front of the São Paulo City Hall.  It used to be a bank - many many many years ago - and has a huge garden on the roof.  We wanted to go up to see it but it is being repaired.


Here is Flat at the Shopping Light.  This building, originally known as The Alexandre Mackenzie Building, was the headquarters of the company that used to distribute electricity in São Paulo.  The building was completed in 1929. Since 1999, after careful restoration, it became a shopping center called Shopping Light.   


The Shopping Light mall is located across the street from the Theatro Municipal. And right next to the Theatro is a big park with lots of tall palm trees and places to sit and read a book and watch a concert.  The park is called Praça Ramos de Azevedo.  The word "praça" means "park" and Ramos de Azevedo was the Brazilian architect who designed the Teatro Municipal.

Flat showing the Theatro Municipal in the background and
the Praça Ramos de Azevedo.

Flat in front of the Praça Ramos de Azevedo.
And finally, here is a photo of Flat with the São Paulo skyline behind him.  Can you see the big flag of Brasil flying behind him?  Brasilians love their flag!


I hope you liked this post and some history and photos of São Paulo.  Flat misses you!!!!!!  If you or your friends have any questions about São Paulo or Brasil ask your mom to email them to me and we will answer them for you.  

Love you!!!  

Cousin Mike!

Thinking of You in Pastel with Unity Stamps


Hello all!  I hope everyone had a great Easter or Passover, whichever holiday you celebrated!  I've been on overload.  The bakery in town asked me to make Easter cards for them to sell so I pumped out 25 a week before the holiday. And now I am working on Mother's Day cards and projects to teach.  I need a nap!! LOL

I am in a card swap group on Facebook and one of the card swaps I'm in for May is to make a "thinking of you" card.  I pulled out the "Blossomy Condolences" set by Unity Stamp Co. because the kit has a few nice phrases that would be perfect.  (Also, it's on sale for a whopping $6).  I also decided to use pastel colors so that I can enter this card in two card challenges going on - 



So...let's get started.  I grabbed some white cardstock and cut the large stitched rectangle die from the Bundle of Stitched Shapes set by Simon Says Stamp.  I then stamped the image and one of the phrases (from Blossomy Condolences) using Memento Tuxedo Black and my Misti on to each of the card fronts.   One to use for today's card and the other two for other cards.  I also messed up twice but I will use this for other cards and will show you later on during the week.  



Using the card front that says "Thinking of you today", I colored in the image using pastel copics - RV21 (Light Pink), YG11 (Migonette), Y21 (Buttercup Yellow), Y11 (Pale Yellow), BV00 (Mauve Shadow), B23 (Phthalo Blue) and BG15 (Aqua).


I then adhered this to a top folding A2 card base of white cardstock, adhered a few soft pink sequins to the front and some Crystal stickles to some of the dots.  


That's it.  Done!  Really really easy to make and, I think, a really pretty CAS card.  I'd love to know what you guys think so please feel free to leave a comment below.  I hope you enjoyed this card and...until next time....

Hugs from Brasil - 

Michael