Archive | August 2013

Palmar Tourism Map!

Palmar Tourism Map

As you may know, we have been teaching our design students and interns at the Art & Design Center how to create projects to benefit the community thanks to a grant from Starbucks and the International Youth Foundation. Although we’re not quite done with the map that will be printed in a trifold brochure soon, here is the latest draft (click on image to enlarge). This image will also appear on the new Palmar tourism website that we are currently developing. More details coming soon…

Have a creative day!


Our Host Mom’s Ceviche Recipe


We had a wonderful time making ceviche with our host mom the other day as you can see from this post. A bunch of people have asked me for the recipe so here it is. As is often the case with family recipes the measurements are not exact.

Buen provechoMari

Shrimp Ceviche Ecua Style

About 4 Cups Peeled Whole Shrimp (can be frozen or fresh)
2 Large Tomatoes
1 Medium Red Onion
Orange Juice (about 2 oranges worth)
Lime Juice (depends on your limes – but  you’ll need a bunch)
Salt to taste

Wash and strain shrimp before placing in a pan with an inch of already boiling water. Mix the shrimp so that the steam flash cooks the shrimp evenly just until they turn pink (not more than 5 minutes). Be careful not to overcook as the shrimp will get rubbery. Strain and set aside in a large bowl.

Chop the red onion into slivers and add to the bowl of shrimp. Juice the oranges and limes directly into the bowl. Chop the cilantro and add to the mixture, tossing lightly. Add ketchup and salt to taste – about a Tablespoon of each.

Mix thoroughly and serve with rice (we prefer brown rice but the traditional Ecua way is white rice) and with patacones (savory fried plantains) or with plantain chips you can find at international stores or in the international aisle of many supermarkets.

My New Apron

DIY Apron

Find a similar apron template by Martha Stewart by clicking here.

Creativity in Education

Felt Animal Fun!

Felt Animals

Here are examples of more projects we have made with felt. Our students created their own animals out of paper, fomix, and then felt. Later, they used these animals with original backgrounds they created to photograph and place in comic book layouts as well as in animations that we are going to edit and put music to during the next class. Below, I’ve included each of the templates I created for the animals – some of which are based on inspirations I found on Pinterest. Click on the template to open in a new window and save.

Happy crafting! Mari

felt_animal_templates-Giraffe felt_animal_templates-Dog felt_animal_templates-Elephant felt_animal_templates-Lion felt_animal_templates-Monkey felt_animal_templates-Bird felt_animal_templates-Cat felt_animal_templates-Owl felt_animal_templates-Zebra

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