November 30, 2009

Today's Best Award number 5



Another Today's Best Award (28th November) for a cute and simple Christmas Card I made last week. I like to work with simple shapes and colors. This item is not available anymore.


Happy Christmas! postcard

Vipul featured me in a Lens!

Vipul describes himself as a common man, getting back in touch with the artistic side of himself.Well,his interests aren't common,he's fond of exquisite illustration and has a Zazzle store called Renascence Pub. I like this Renascence Pub Mug a lot.Well,Vipul was kind enough to feature my 2010 Kids Calendar in his Squidoo Lens.What a good-morning news!Thanks Vipul!

GREENPEACE SPIDERMEN CLIMBED BELÉM TOWER






During the XIX Ibero American Summit Sunday, Nov. 29 2009, in Lisbon nine Greenpeace activists climbed on top of Torre de Belém. The annual summit brought together the leaders of 19 Latin-American countries plus Portugal, Spain and Andorra.For a few moment we could read OUR CLIMATE,YOUR DECISION in the beautiful monument.Summit in Copenhagen is vitally for the fate of the earth and climate wasn't on Ibero American Lisbon summit agenda.This was a small effort to catch summit leaders attention to this big question.The Copenhagen summit, also known as the Conference of the Parties 15 or COP15, is the fifteenth big meeting organised by the United Nations to discuss a global response to climate change.


Joaquim's birthday - The party of the year in Figueira da Foz


It seems I missed the party of the year. This guy is Joaquim,he's portuguese,yes,in fact he lives in my street when he's around.I've seen him plenty of times jogging in the neighbourhood.He works international level ( www.bestmodelsagency.com Porto, Portugal,www.whynotmodels.com Milan, Italy, Bananas Mambo,Paris, France and Blu Models Los Angels, US ) and has quite a reputation as top model.Lately he's acting DJ also at very celebrated parties. A few months ago I read an interesting interview he gave the local newspaper. He seemed quite an inteligent man -yeah,yeah,you know,I allways seem to forget that models have a brain on top of those bodies - and I was pleasantly impressed with his opinions on local development,fashion and culture.Well,it seems he just turned 34 and made a big birthday party at local Casino.Music and fashion and lots of celebrities there,I'm sure.Not entirely my cup of tea.But it might have been fun!Happy Birthday neighbour!

November 27, 2009

AFGHANISTAN - PEACE AND WAR

Yesterday I saw a documentary on Afghanistan and Pakistan and USA efforts to pacify those areas and fight Taliban. It’s Obama’s war from FRONTLINE producers Martin Smith and Marcela Gaviria. It has been eight years since USA went to the territory. It’s a controversial issue and I’m glad I do not have to decide about it. This does not mean I do not worry. My wish is that a solution could be arranged so people stop being killed. I learned from the documentary that its outcome is uncertain. And that probably a lot more of USA troops are needed. One big problem is the corruption of Kabul government, other is the Taliban. Government is losing population support. Taliban are organized and offering the population things that USA still can’t provide: security. One could ask why not live Afghanistan to its fate. But since 11 September people fear that these countries can nest terrorism so an effort must be done even if it means great loss. There isn’t an easy solution. Al-Qaeda is no longer based in Afghanistan but in neighbor tribal areas of Pakistan. This country represents trouble too. Taliban are fighting its government and if they win Al-Qaeda could get real nuclear power. But USA can’t do much in Pakistan. People there just hate Americans. I understood that a peaceful Afghanistan is needed to prevent chaos in Pakistan. If Taliban control it they can be more able to defy Pakistan government. Counterinsurgency is hard on American efforts. It requires lots of troops to protect population. Enemies have simple weapons but they manage to win. This kind of operations can last years. But for how long can last American people patience?

More about the documentary:

November 25, 2009

Meet Davis!

Davis is my sister and nephew's dog.He's a shar pei.Sometimes I take care of him.He's been sleeping all afternoon next to me.It has been rainning since lunch time and he got very sleepy.He's almost four years old.Davis is a very sweet dog for all family members but hates neighbours.In fact he gets a bit mad in the presence of strangers,persons and dogs!

GIVEAWAY CONFIANÇA SOAPS - A BRAND YOU CAN TRUST



You are still on time to enter Confiança's bar soaps giveaway. O Melhor is a product range specially formulated for men’s skin care. Translated as “The Best” it includes shaving cream, exfoliating soap and balsam after-shave. The stylish retro packaging is the result of the restyling of an original logo dating back to 1920’s.The strength of this line is reinforced by a back to basics old-school fragrance with notes of musk and marine.Still represented on Confianças’s ranges Art Déco and Art Nouveau art were popular influences during the 20’s. Rich design and recipes portfolio were recovered as Confiança’s aim is to bring back that heritage to the XXI century. The old moulds are still in use to preserve the original soap shape. Soap characteristics and packaging is an art passed on by generations that allows Confiança to still preserve all of its essence. O melhor is an example that is still in the memory of many and will bring to the present the scents of another century.Above you can see a photo of this exquisite bar of soap you can win.There are three different bar soaps to give away.An excelent Christmas gift for yourself or someone you love.And to enter is really easy.


How to enter the giveaway?
Read previous posts for detailed information on this giveaway products and Confianca's rich history.
To acess more information on lots of marvelous products visit Confiança's site

November 24, 2009

My fourth Today's Best Award!

It seems people are really enjoying this line of products. Simple,colorful and happy designs inspired by traditional portuguese motifs. It's an illustration of a heart with flowers. Sorry, not available anymore.
A portuguese love apron

November 23, 2009

CHESTNUT WOMAN

Tiles in Mercado de Forno do Tijolo, Lisboa.

Christmas fever

Today I went to the local mall and Christmas is already showing the worst of it. Lots of people around stuff, piles of stuff to sell. In Christmas the supermarket makes piles of stuff. Everything is red or golden and looks as if we touch it might fall. Most people do not realize that they spend hard-earned money just to give a present that sometimes the other person does not want or really need. I had to stay in line to pay for a single pack of chestnuts. Christmas means queues. Outside more queues to wrap the presents…uff! I get tired only from watching! One thing that really upsets me in Christmas is co–workers and colleagues random gift exchanges. Everyone brings a silly and symbolic gift to the pile… and then one-by-one everyone gets an absurd present. One benefit of going freelancer is not to worry on buying these gifts or rehearse for the smile you have to show after getting your surprise gift. I like buying present for kids. Many times I like it because I buy for them things I find really cool…for me! I like the aftermath of opening the presents when there’s kids around. Adults should exchange presents all other 364 days of the year and live Christmas for kids. Unfortunately adults are always too busy working so they can have money to spend in Christmas and do not exchange gifts along the year. It all becomes so commercial that I get sick of Christmas in November! Then there is food. In Christmas people get obsessed with food! And after it…with diets! Of course it’s understandable. Santa’s looks like a character that really appreciates good food, plenty of food. Well, that’s a bad example Santa. You should be slimmer. After all there’s a lot of concern about children going obese these days. Still Christmas is a time that people can allways opt for doing some worthy dids, for example, give to local charities or worldwide organizations or someone they know that’s facing difficulties. Maybe Christmas is all what they are waiting for.

November 20, 2009

FEATURED STORE


Each new day brings a nice surprise.A portuguese love is being featured at Zazzle's main door.So cool to read my store's name in the Top 10 list!

November 18, 2009

AND I GOT MY THIRD TBA!

I got another Today's Best Award on 17th November. I know it's a bit hard to believe but in a matter of days I got myself three nice little red ribbons.The Scissor Whale belongs to a collection of designs I entitled Scissor Animals Collection.The Whale isn't my favourite.I prefer the Scissor Antelope or the Scissor Brids.But Zazzle team went for the Whale.These designs were inspired on my fondness for cut and paste.I do a lot of collage and I have at least a dozen different scissors.I left design background deliberatly empty so people can costumize and play with different color options.It also got Top 10 Bags Views ribbon for that day.Conclusion:whales are popular.Thank you Zazzle! It's an illustration of a whale. Not available anymore, sorry!

FISH OUT OF THE WATER


Found three photos I took in the Summer. These exhibition was in display in our public garden for maybe two or three months.I think these fish were painted by children with some help from local plastic artists.

November 17, 2009

Lisbon - Spotted by locals


Today I spotted a nice spot in the net!It's a web page where you can find interesting information about Lisbon.If you are planning a visit you can check tips from locals instead of reading one or two guide books bought in the airport.Don't get me wrong, I do like city guide books.But this perspective is up-to-date and personal...and this site looks good!


http://www.spottedbylocals.com/lisbon/category/activity/art-culture

November 15, 2009

GOT MY SECOND AWARD!

I'm just so so happy that another product of mine got a Today’s Best Award!(14th November) It will sound silly but this store that I started with many enthusiasm wouldn't be much without all the words of incentive I’ve received.The hard part of it isn’t creating a store or products. The difficult part of it is to believe in ourselves, in our work and not give up our effort. Like all those Zazzler’s words received these TBA’s are a nice incentives to keep on creating and adding new products to my gallery.I have lots of ideas. It is real that Zazzle boosts our creativity to new levels. But to create quality products takes time and I am a bit of an impatient girl!When will I receive my third TBA?!! Thank you Zazzle! It's an illustration with Rudolf, Santa and the Snowman. 


CONFIANÇA'S BAR SOAPS GIVEAWAY


People are getting online quite often to find products for the lowest price or even for free. I do not know if it’s kind of a trend or a reflex of how economy is. Or if it’s just an online hobby for those who spent lots of hours in front of a computer. But this seems to please everybody.People get free stuff and companies get good publicity. Companies sponsor giveaways because they know that products will reach hands of consumers through a personalized approach.

Take my example. Why am I hosting Confiança’s bar soaps giveaway? I know the brand, I and my family used these soaps for many years. We know the product. We’ve tried it many times. There’s no better marketing tool. You can trust my opinion. There are lots of reasons to praise this soaps. The production process is carefully accompanied according to quality standards in the cosmetic industry. All ingredients used are natural and 100% vegetable. No animal test is conducted. Final products are evaluated by external certified laboratories. And this to name just a few.They are the most perfect gifts to every occasion. Anyone who appreciates pretty things can't resist Mariposa’s beautiful package...and scent!


How to enter the giveaway?
Just follow the link.

Read previous posts for detailed information on this giveaway products and Confianca's rich history.To acess more information visit Confiança's site

November 10, 2009

CONFIANÇA'S FINE BAR SOAPS GIVEAWAY HOW TO

I am very pleased that Confiança’s offering three fine soaps to my blog visitors. They are quality products and full of tradition and carry Portuguese history of success.
The soaps - make your choice

O meu sabonete

Lady’s Tenderness - Founded in 1920, this line has been enhanced with ever most pure and healthy bases. Keeping the same fragrance, this line of soaps doesn’t dry your skin and leaves it perfumed and with a soft touch. An exuberant combination of Art Deco sensuality for your body.O meu sabonte Individual Soap Silver.

Mariposa
With the restyling of an original dated from 20 th Confiança re-launched the Mariposa in a refined and traditional Portuguese packaging. Mariposa embodies the spirit of the butterfly spreading joy over the fields. The soap has an enriched formula with a 100% vegetable base. Mariposa is dermatological tested to respect most delicate skins.



O Melhor
O Melhor is a product range specially formulated for men’s skin care. Translated as “The Best” it includes shaving cream, exfoliating soap and balsam after-shave. The stylish retro packaging is the result of the restyling of an original logo dating back to 1920’s.The strength of this line is reinforced by a back to basics old-school fragrance with notes of musk and marine.


Now that you have made your choice please do one of three things:

- Follow me on Twitter
- Join my Facebook Fan page
- Subscrive to my blog

To qualify you must also click on the link below and leave a comment on my fantastic hoster DZ Fantasy's blog with name of the soap you picked and your email for contact.Best of luck!

START DATE: November 10. 2009 END DATE: December 10, 2009 - 12:00 Midnight CDT
OPEN: Worldwide
Information source: Confiança's catalogue

CONFIANÇA - A BRAND YOU CAN TRUST 2



Confiança produces even today according to its traditional methods passed from generation to generation always respecting its quality tradition but never forgetting innovation and the search for new opportunities.

Still represented on Confianças’s ranges Art Déco and Art Nouveau art were popular influences during the 20’s. Rich design and recipes portfolio were recovered as Confiança’s aim is to bring back that heritage to the XXI century. The old moulds are still in use to preserve the original soap shape. Soap characteristics and packaging is an art passed on by generations that allows Confiança to still preserve all of its essence. O meu sabonete, Mariposa and O melhor are examples that are still in the memory of many and will bring to the present the scents of another century.

To Confiança each of its products is more than a cosmetic. It’s a piece of history, a memory and a small part of each one of its co-workers. By using a Confiança soap, after-shave, shaving cream or by immersing into a bath with Confiança’s bath salts you will most certainly be transported to a beautiful past in a never ending world of fragrances and sensations.

NEW ZAZZLE PRODUCTS ON MY STORE

Hello Zazzlers and friends!
Want to send some loving words the old way? Pick one of these greeting cards and go for it! Hearts and flowers in different background colors and a message you can customize. Matching stamps are available also! Check the store!



Portuguese Valentine heart with flowers Greeting Cards
Portuguese Valentine heart with flowers Greeting Cards by aportugueselove
Browse Love Cards

November 9, 2009

CONFIANÇA - A PORTUGUESE BRAND YOU CAN TRUST 1


From time to time you will find in this space my impressions on portuguese brands or products of solid reputation,tradition or cultural value.I'm starting with a brand that's quite dear to me.As a child I lived in the north of Portugal and visited Confiança´s soap factory. When in Elementary school we often had study visits, many to factories in the surroundings. I never forgot those very big boilers full of liquid soap! But we also had Confiança’s soaps in our house so it was very interesting to discover how it was made before reaching our hands! I am very pleased that Confiança’s offering three fine soaps to my blog visitors. This week you will learn how to enter the giveaway.They are quality products and full of tradition and carry Portuguese history of success. First get to know this portuguese brand a little!
Founded on 12th October of 1844 by Silva Almeida and Santos Pereira, Confiança is a reference for the Portuguese cosmetic industry. Initially specialized on Offenbach soap production quickly became a reference of quality for its products.


The good reputation gained allows then Confiança to diversify its products surprising the market with the launching of high quality cosmetic products, made in Portugal, at a time when this sort of products was mainly imported from France or the UK. Thus, in 1910, first private labels are launched presenting original designs and formulas.

The market awareness of Confiança’s quality products together with the end of World War I takes Confiança to a new and strong expansion period that is translated in the development of new business, technical up-grade of production as well as the conquer of new markets. In 1928 Confiança produced 150 different brands of luxury soaps,rice powder,creams,toothe paste,shaving sticks,colognes,lotions and essences.

Aware of the market demands since its foundation Confiança starts in the 80´s to develop new cosmetics, adjusting formulas and offering a new range of products, specially the new liquid formats of bath gel and shampoo, as an answer to the new lifestyle that was starting to impose.

In April 2007 Confiança gains the ISO 9001:2000 quality certifications becoming the only Portuguese company in its field to obtain production methods and products recognized.

The production process is carefully accompanied and registered according to quality standards obeying to the best practices used in the cosmetic industry. All ingredients used are natural and 100% vegetable. No animal test is conducted. Quality control is made in all production stages and the final products are evaluated by external certified laboratories.
Text source:Saboaria e Perfurmaria Confiança's catalogue
(To be continued)

November 6, 2009

FOR PORTUGUESE WATER DOG LOVERS!

The Portuguese water dog is native to Portugal. Probably now that Obama got one for the family it must be one of the most well known canine races in the world as Bo was seen in most TV's and had his photo in magazines when he was adopted.In Portugal we call it Cão de Água and it means water dog.These dogs worked alonside with fisherman many years ago and they are very good swimmers and divers.That's why the lion trim.This shave on the rear of the dog was the best for a dog that worked on the water.The front was left intact because that's where the dog needs to be more warm.You may not believe it if you are unfamiliar with what dogs are able to do.But before technology took over these dogs were trained to deliver messages from one boat to another or from a boat to shore.As they do in land with houses and property they guarded boats in ports.They helped fisherman to herd and catch fish,they retrieved broken nets and anything that was on the water.Even if a fisherman fell overboard he could relie on the dog for rescue.

More information about this wonderfull dog:
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