Author: The 36th Avenue

Viva el 5 de Mayo!

What a fun idea from Martha Stewart. {click here to see the article} I am in the process of making these festive decorations while my children are at school. I think they’ll be surprised when they come back… after all this is what a party is all about. We are having a fiesta in my casa today… The Streamers The Flags picture source The Comida Picture Source …My Chicken Fajitas with Guacamole & Salsa de Pico de Gallo Ingredients: 1/4 Cup Olive Oil 1/4 Cup Snipped Cilantro 2 tsp finely shredded lemon peel 2 Tb. Lemon Juice (from fresh lemons) 1 tsp. chili powder 1/2 tsp ground cumin 1/2 tsp. pepper 1 Lb. skinless, boneless chicken breast halves. Tortillas Shredded Lettuce 1 Cup shredded Cheddar Cheese 1 Large  chopped “tomate” {tomato} 1/2 Cup sliced pitted ripe olives Guacamole. Fresh Salsa. Grilled Onions, Red and Green Peppers. 1. Marinade:  Combine cilantro, lemon peel, lemon juice, chili powder, cumin, and pepper. 2. The Chicken: Rinse chicken; pat dry with paper towels. Cut chicken into bite-size strips. Add chicken to marinade, turning to coat. Cover and chill about 1hour. 3. Grill Chicken and Vegetables: Drain chicken, reserving marinade. Grill chicken for 12 to 15 minutes or till chicken is tender and no longer pink, turning and brushing once with marinade. {I like to place my chicken in a small broiler pan, that way I don’t have to...

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…Sweet Dreams.

~Neutrals~ { House Beautiful } { House Beautiful } ~Black and White~ { House Beautiful } { House Beautiful } { House Beautiful } ~Fresh~ { House Beautiful } { House Beautiful } { House Beautiful } ~Delicious~ { House Beautiful } { House Beautiful } { House Beautiful...

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Bookmarks

Don’t forget, tomorrow is…    National Teacher’s  Day!         …let them know that they are appreciated.   This is what my kids have to say about their teachers…         My teacher is…nice,the best teacher I ever imagined, {..cute ;)}aWeSoMe! My teacher is… full of stories,on topic, {I’m not sure what “on topic” means… I think I’m getting old}fun,and…. and… and…mmmmm…sweeeeet.♥ My teacher is… nice,kind,fun,careful,h-a-pp-y. We l♥ve you...

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My Summerlicious Bathroom Makeover!

…Let me share with you the journal of my bathroom makeover… {Day One}1. I went shopping with my little Mimi {she is three}… and we were done in less than three hours. It helps me to go out there knowing what I want… in Mimi’s case that is a Chocolate Chip Cookie from Target {by the way have you ever had one of those… “thank you for making me fat cookies” …Hello!}   2. I cleaned my bathroom. Clean=READY. Here is a picture of my lonely toilet-shower room. {call me crazy but I think toilets are cute!} 3. I got some of my magic items ready . {L☺ve}       4. I made my roses… {12 of them to be exact}       …and I thought “why not make a toilet seat cover since I am at the sewing machine..?” I think it was around this time when my husband said…  “babe…, you are something.”For him something = creazy 😉     … if you are wondering it was 11:30pm when I went to bed and I slept like an angel.   { Day TWO }   I woke up in the morning really excited to finish the small toilet room… This part of the process was fun.  Let me show you a little picture tutorial of what I did!   I have had these hooks for quite sometime and I have to...

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…My Iron Board Make-Over!

I LOVE it! This was so EASY to do and it took me around 1 hour from beginning to end and a little bit over $10.00. I have always had my iron board inside of my closet and I hated it because it has taken during all this years space that I needed for things like fabulous shoes…   hello! So I decided to make a cover and have the Miss Iron Board hang in my Laundry Room where she belongs. The fabric I  have chosen  is the inspiration for the rest of the space… I will post more pictures as I go along with the project. I am not sure however that this will inspire me to iron more often than before {I hate ironing…} but hopefully this inspires me to fill my closet with… I don’t know some few new pairs of shoes 😉  Anyways, If you feel like making your own cover click here , this is a cool site where you can find instructions. If you would like to change your cover and  don’t feel like doing anything click here and you can see a bunch of really cute covers at Etsy. Well… I better go now I need to do some laundry {OK, that was...

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Bathrooms…

So here is my problem: I am renting a house! {Grrrrrrrrrr….. Aaaaaaaaah…. Noooooooooo} However, this won’t be an excuse for me or a STOP SIGN in the road of making this house my home. I’ll be working on my bathroom for the next few days… Here are some pictures of amazing bathrooms that are warming up my own creativity…   Pure Sophistication Personal and Warm Two Words: LOVE it! Old Subway Style Modern...

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Tutorial: Painting Fabric Using Vinyl Templates.

…First of all I want to thank all of you for the great response to my entry, specially thanks to Jen from  tatertots & jello   for sharing my totes on her FB Page… Here is the tutorial of how to paint fabric  using vinyl as a template.   This is what you’ll need to create your own tote: fabric paint, vinyl template, flat brush, and your tote. Ready? Here we go…   1.   Iron the tote… {I found mine at WalMart in the craft aisle. They cost me $6 for a package of 3} If you don’t have a vinyl machine the cost of the vinyl for a 13×13 tote is between $8 and $12 (depending of the design)     2.   Rub the back of your stencil to transfer the entire vinyl to the CLEAR TRANSFER PAPER. Carefully and slowly peel off the squared paper.       2. Place and center your vinyl on the tote as you would do on any other surface. I use clear transfer paper for my vinyl, that way it is really easy for me to see where I am placing my template.         3. Remove the transfer paper and take a few seconds to press with your finger along the edges to make sure the paint won’t go under the template.       4.  I like to place the backing paper of the vinyl inside of the...

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Teacher’s Tote Appreciation Gift!

 I‘ve been thinking for some weeks now what could I give my children’s teachers for their appreciation gift this year. After looking for some ideas online I came across the cutest totes made by Jen from Tatertots and Jello {click here if you want to see her fabulous work} Her totes inspired me to make some of my own for the three wonderful ladies that teach my children everyday a lot more than their ABCs…     I love the fact that the children got to help me choose the colors  and even  make them… this  made this little project even more personal and...

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Abuelo {Part 2}

He told me  that many years ago my “abuelo” brought to his home a young man covered in dust, {sounds familiar?} dirty and hungry. My sassy grandma was not happy about it { she always made me laugh so hard, I have the spunk of  my Abuela Ramona} and told my Grandpa that he had to STOP bringing people over that he didn’t know… {my mom is just like her dad} “One day – grandma said – something is going to be stolen” According to this gentlemen my grandpa’s answer was… ” Ramona… Ramona… Thing are just things…. they come and they go.” So in the end the young man stayed in the house and spent the night there. My grandpa was a fisherman, so he left as he normally did before sunrise to throw the nets  and when he came back early morning he found at his home a police officer that our family knew well { I am talking about a little village } holding the young men by the arm and my grandma ready to prove her point. The first words Abuela said were pretty much a repetition from the night before… “I told you Marcial… I have told you ONE Thousand  TIMES… that one day something was going to get stolen” My grandpa look at the table were the police officer pointed to a trophy that this young man had stolen from the great collection...

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