Current Obsession: Evoke the Spirit

img_0519-1.jpg

One of the first stops I made on my recent trip to Sayulita, Mexico (travel guide coming soon) was to Evoke the Spirit: a light-filled, eclectic boutique filled with traditional Mexican crafts, home goods, and jewelry, all designed with a sophisticated and modern spirit. Having found their gorgeous yarn-painted skulls randomly on Instagram, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on one!

Once I stepped foot in the tiny shop, I never wanted to leave. I felt right at home and immediately started gathering items to turn my own apartment into an exact replica. The stark white-washed walls of the space created the perfect backdrop for all of the brightly colored Mexican blankets, tapestries, cow skulls and macrame wall hangings.

The sales associates were absolutely lovely and were so excited to show me their current collection of yarn-painted skulls that I had come in search of. They even revealed a “secret stash” of larger, long horn skulls that hid behind a gauzy curtain. There were so many stunning options I didn’t know how to choose just one! It took me over an hour to decide on “sweet sunset” a porcelain skull decorated with white, grey, pink and gold yarn in a traditional Huichol design.

While strolling through the village later on that day, I stumbled upon Evoke’s smaller outpost where artisans were in the process of making these beautiful skulls and I got to take a closer look! To make these yarn paintings the artist spreads beeswax on a real cow skull (or a porcelain version), sketches out a design and fills it out by carefully pressing brightly colored yarns into the wax. I was amazed by the intricate yarn work and the true craftsmanship of the pieces they were making. It was then that I realized I was taking home a true work of traditional Mexican art, not just a decorative artifact!

This tiny shop in the middle of a small surfing village truly did evoke the spirit of the local, colorful and bohemian culture, and I was so so happy to be able to take a small reminder of that contagious spirit back home with me.

The many colorful rows of yarn-painted skulls was an Instagram dream.

Even the bright blue floors were stunning!

I wanted all of their vibrantly colored blankets, but settled for a small beautiful rug, which fit more realistically in my carry on :)

A peek at the “secret stash” of larger skulls!

img_0517-1.jpg

The store was designed with such casual elegance, I never wanted to leave…

I couldn’t resist snapping a selfie while surrounded by such beautiful things.

If I didn’t have a weight limit on my luggage, I would have taken home a set of their handmade pottery.

How cute is the sales associate who helped me pick out my new yarn-painted skull?! This one they call “sweet sunset” found a new home above my bed!

I even got a chance to witness the traditional Huichol art of yarn-painting in person! I was amazed by the skill of these artisans and the attention to detail that goes into these magnificent art pieces. Can you believe it takes over 40 hours to make one of these skulls?!

Even the stacks of brightly colored yarns were picture perfect.

Now after acquiring a decorative skull for my home, I am 100% addicted. I can’t wait to come back to Sayulita, even just for the opportunity to add to my yarn-painting collection!

St. Patrick’s Day Candy Bar

st_patrick's_day_candy_bar

St. Patrick’s Day is tomorrow and while I rarely miss an opportunity to get a little festive around a holiday, this one seemed to sneak up on me. I didn’t have time to host a cocktail party with Irish libations or bake my Irish soda break scones with sea salt whisky butter, but I did have time to set out a small St. Patrick’s Day candy bar for a few friends that I had over this past weekend. I filled one bowl with gummy lip candy and a sign reading “kiss me, I’m Irish.” In another bowl, I placed a few chocolate coins with the label, “pot of gold” and I filled the third bowl with sour rainbow candy and a sign reading, “follow rainbows.” Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:

Supplies:
Gummy Lips 
Sour Rainbows
Chocolate coins
Construction Paper
Circle hole punch
Label Maker
Tooth picks
3 bowls

IMG_0035

IMG_0033

IMG_0037

Lucky Charms Marshmallow Treats

lucky_charms_marshmallow_treat

St. Patrick’s Day is quickly approaching and while I may not be Irish, I love any excuse to be festive. Last year I made Irish soda bread scones with sea salt whisky butter and this year I thought I’d put a spin on a classic sweet treat for an easy and affordable, yet fun holiday dessert.  Check out my Lucky Charms Marshmallow Treats and Erin go Bragh!

Lucky_Charms_Marshmallow_Treats

Total Time: 15  minutes
Serves: 9


Ingredients:
6 tablespoons butter
8 cups miniature marshmallows
12 cups Lucky Charms

Lucky_Charms_Marshmallow_Treats

Steps:
1. In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.

2. Add Lucky Charms cereal. Stir until well coated.

3. Using buttered spatula or wax paper evenly press mixture into an 8-inch square pan coated with cooking spray. Cool. Cut into thick squares. Best if served the same day.

Lucky_Charms_Marshmallow_Treats

It’s International Women’s Day

 

Did you know March 8th is International Women’s Day?!  Thanks, Google, for alerting us of this fact and for creating this inspiring video.   The momentum is here for women to launch to new heights and break more glass ceilings in 2016 than ever before.  We may even see our first woman president (fingers crossed for you, Hillz).  A few links:

 

Why do we teach girls that it’s cute to be scared?

The smartest newsletter on earth is a one-woman labor of love.

Helpful yoga sequences:  5-min computer work break, 20-min for pms, 20-min for stressed parents, 20-min before a big event.

Bookmark this handy election calendar.

How to Ask for a Raise and other career advice (thanks to a favorite woman of ours, Cup of Jo)

Because the gender wage gap is real.

Laughed my @#$ off reading Tina’s book;  Sheryl’s and Malala’s are also on my shelf.

As if you needed another reason to love amy poehler.

 

…so what will you do one day? #girlpower #onedayiwill