It’s been ages since i last had the time to gather greenery and scan, to turn them into patterns. As we take our daily “pregnancy” walk with the husband and the pup, i’ve noticed how much greener it has gotten in the winter. I just love the fact that even though it’s so cold, nature has the most beautiful colours these days. So one of these days, i spotted this tiny little plant that its branches is not longer than 5cm long. Too adorable right?

While i started doing my usual “snowflake” botanical pattern, i thought i should experiment with something new – now that the new year is just around the corner! So instead, i went a little crazy and cut my snowflake pattern to Rorschach style design. Really loving how it turned out, can can’t wait to try it out with some flowers!

 

Here’s the wallpaper to add a touch of green on your desktops

1920×1080 | 2880×1800

botanical-rorschach-cocorrina

The new year feels like it’s going to be so different in so many ways! Last year, i didn’t really have the time (or mind) to sit down and think about my resolutions and all the things i wanted to change, so i can’t tell if i achieved everything i wanted. What 2016 feels a lot like, is a big blur.

With just a few days left, i’ve sat down and really thought about all the things i want to change, correct and be better at. Most of those i epically failed, like slowing down and focusing on what matters most. The “Essentialist” book i’m reading this month, has opened my eyes in so many ways and made so much clearer that the one thing that will make me a happier person is to focus on the things that matter. Definitely not the easiest task, as i love doing lots of things and sadly some times tend to do way more than i can afford / spare.

I’m set on making ’17, a happy, cheerful, fulfilling and successful year. You know, one of those where you feel you’ve achieved everything you wanted, put your life in order and figured it all out. This is exactly what i’m wishing to all of you! There’s no better feeling that personal growth and finding yourself in a better place every year.

 

What are your most important things in your resolution list? Would love to hear, and maybe adding a few more in my own!

newyearsresolutions-cocorrina

Hi, y’all! I’m Gabi and I’m the blogger over at By Gabriella, a space where I like to share entertaining tips, DIY projects, and most importantly – tasty cocktail recipes. You can imagine my excitement when Corina asked me to contribute to her blog, it essentially resulted in me jumping around with actual joy. Really, though. Well, now that you’ve heard enough about how easily I get excited, let’s get to the good part. The boozy part.

There’s nothing more magical to me than a cold snowy day, cozied up at home devouring a new book – or perhaps even watching a holiday movie. Those movies never get old, especially the ‘bad’ ones. You know what I’m talking about, those scrumptiously terrible Hallmark and Lifetime movies that all end the exact same way. Though, I still love them. It’s the cozy winter vibes and decked halls that make Boston’s frigid winter so tolerable.

cinnamonmaplebourbon_3

Now, take that perfect cozy day, and add a tasty winter cocktail. It’s somehow even better. Is there a word for better than perfect? Whether or not that exists, this bourbon cocktail does and it’s my new favorite wintery drink. I’ve recently become much more of a bourbon fan than I ever thought I could or would be. I find myself gravitating to the bourbon cocktails on menus when we’re dining out, or electing to make cocktails featuring bourbon for friends when we’re hosting them right here in our home.

 

cinnamonmaplebourbon_1

winterdrinks2-cocorrina

Ingredients

3 parts bourbon

1 part maple syrup

1 cinnamon stick

1 lemon

Sprinkle of cinnamon (for garnish)

 

Instructions

Fill glass halfway with ice.

Add bourbon and maple syrup.

Add cinnamon stick.

Slice lemon into rounds.

Garnish with one lemon slice & a sprinkle of cinnamon.

 

 


 

Are you a fan of bourbon or do you tend to avoid it? I started out the latter, and have become the former. I’m constantly experimenting with bourbon and would love to know your favorite way to enjoy the spirit

cinnamonmaplebourbon_13

cinnamonmaplebourbon_5

Have been having so many thoughts on all the things i want to do in the new year lately. Most of all the goals and things i want to achieve. Now adding to the list being a good mother, but rewinding and thinking of all the things i want to avoid in the new one – learn from my mistakes.

 

The great thing about the year changing is we get to start fresh. Have almost all our mistakes forgotten and promise ourselves we’ll do and be better this year. I do love how refreshing it is and the thought of doing better and setting new goals feels so inspiring don’t you think?

fresh-cocorrina

Lots of warm wishes to all of you! I’m feeling so fuzzy and warm this year, grateful for my family and everything we have. Complaining for the may be easy, but no-one can deny that we had great moments and beautiful memories right? Wishing you all the love and happiness in the world.

merrychristmas-17-cocorrina

Just like everyone else, i love giving gifts during the holidays, and even more writing note cards with wishes for friends and loved ones. Which is why, i created a set for you that you can download and print. I used a high quality thick paper for mine, and as the front and back side pdfs are aligned all you need to do is print on the same page back and front. Super easy!

At first i wanted to add some watercolour strokes i painted but i liked the simplicity of the cards just like they were. So you’ll find them as wallpaper. Because pink is darn cute and cheerful! Enjoy!

rockthisyear17-cocorrina