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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Looking Back: My Pink 2010!

It looks incredible it's the very end of another year! 
To say good bye to this exciting year, filled with spiritual and personal growth , I'm posting a collage of a meaningful photo from each month. I chose to stick to a 'pink' theme as I noticed this color made its appearance often in my posts over the year (even if I'm a white and blue girl at heart!), not only on Pink Saturdays! ;) 

As usual, I started 2010 with my gratitude journal and my faithful companion, Simple Abundance. 

In February, I shared with you my collection of vintage Valentines.

In March I opened a vintage shop on Etsy, I was unexpectedly forced to close after a few months only, due to personal reasons.

While the month of April was a challenge for me, because of my accident and my Dad's surgery, I tried to keep my chin up eating chocolate eggs and playing with my camera!

In May I really enjoyed Nature, Spring weather after a long winter, and my peonies!

In June I participated in Where Bloggers Create Party and shared pictures of my studio.

July was a moment of reflection, I gave myself permission to play and relax...

August was nothing short of incredible and amazing! Complete strangers rang at the door asking if our home was for sale and they bought it in a beating of wings, I made it to the cover of Artful Blogging, I had my work published again and again, and I was incredibly creative... I chose these colorful pictures to represent how I felt, perceiving Abundance all around me...

In October, off we went to England...

... and in November we were back again!

I lastly savored each and every day of the month of December, spread some cheer with a giveaway, and I spent an unusual, simple, peaceful, restful and joyous Christmas with my family, grateful for all the blessings this year has brought me.
A happy, prosperous New Year to all of you. My wish is that you grow in harmony and beauty inside and outside, and spread your wings to fly free!
With love (and gratitude),
Monica x.

Monday, September 20, 2010

I Make it a Rule to Not Post on Bad Days...

Update: here we are, soon after surgery. Photo taken by my DH with i-phone, sorry it is bad quality  and I look like a zombie, but it's just to thank you dearly for your love! We felt deeply thankful for having you thinking of us and sending warm thoughts and prayers our way!
Must dash to stay with my baby. The surgery went well, but she needs rest for 3 days (and I will sleep with her in a little bed we put in the livingroom, so she hasn't to go up and down the stairs). Will be back asap. xx

... but today I really need your support and sweet words!!

It was not a good day at all, I'm not that well and Kim has to be spayed tomorrow... plus I'm adding mental weight to all of this. She has been diagnosed ovarian cysts, so she needs spay surgery. My cutie patootie... you know I do love her tremendously!
Some months ago she did a blood test after rabies vaccination, in order to have her passport done, and I nearly fainted at the vet's! Shame on me :((

And even if I'm not a chocolate person, I thought to treat me to a high dose of it today!

Please think of us tomorrow... thank you for your friendship and love!

Monica and Kim x.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Bountiful Orchard and a New Hairdo!

Hellooo friends and readers! Hope you're enjoying the changing of the Season...

I'm 'enjoying' head/neckaches, backache and an aching hip and shoulder :(( but also the beautiful colors and treats of this gorgeous season! Look at what I picked in the orchard today... these help me feel good!

Amazing flowers...

... and yummy figs! 
The branches of the tree are full load of fruits and they bend down towards the ground in the garden (our fig tree is planted in the orchard, which is on a lower level). Kim loves figs, and she often goes to sniff those juicy delights!... but as she's VERY well- behaved, doesn't eat them if I don't give her permission. Sometimes I pick some and we eat them together :)) Hope I can find time to make some jam too.

I really needed to have my hair cut! Do you like my new hairdo?? 


Tuesday, August 10, 2010

New (Published) Creations in White!

For White Wednesday, I'm delighted to share with you my heart-shaped door hangers, made with antique linen, lace and vintage keys! Actually, I made these back in February when Beth Livesay, the amazing Editor behind Somerset Home and other stunning Stampington publications, asked me if I could contribute to the new issue of Home
I haven't received my copy of the magazine yet, but I know my article is in there and some of you already saw it! Thanks for telling me!

I made reversible coffee-stained and rubber stamped tags to embellish the hearts- and make them useful too! When I need to be quiet in my studio, I'll display this one... 

These are meant for the bedrooms, and I made similar ones for other doors around my home. Find them in the magazine!

Hope you'll drop by Kathleen's blog to see other fantastic whites today! Happy Wednesday everyone!
Monica x

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Just Me.

Yesterday I played with my camera, and took some self-potraits... 
Just to be a little more chatty, I'm going to share with you ten things about me :)

1- I can make real mess in the house in a jiffy (I call it 'creative chaos'), but I am equally fast in making a picture-perfect home!

2-I have a ton of notebooks, sketchbooks, diaries, organizers chock-full of ideas, drawings and to-do-lists. If I don't write it down, an idea can drive me crazy! And I often get up in the middle of the night to sketch or write down something, without even turning the light on. Ugh.

3- My favorite shoes are flats and Timberland, but I can wear very high heels if necessary.

4- What I'd like to do is grocery shopping with a pretty fabric-covered basket without people looking at me like I am from Mars.

5- I can't live without flowers, and I firmly believe in their comforting, uplifting power.

6- My favorite food? Veggies (any type) and pizza. When I travel, I always love to eat grilled salmon. I think I have eaten salmon nearly all times I've been out for dinner. Why? No idea, love it!

7- I love silence. No music, no tv. I love to listen to my thoughts. I love to hear Nature's songs. Rarely, I listen to very soft music while I'm working or doing chores, but I prefer total silence. On Christmastime, though, I love having carols playing!

8- I dream of a zen home. On the contrary, I'm a 'pyramid-maker', as my hubby uses to define me. I can pile up an incredible amount of stuff with a great sense of balance. LOL. And naturally, I'm always looking out for something I've lost... :(

9- I'm a very good cook, but don't let me grill meat-you would end up eating meat as hard as rock!

10- I can lose track of the time in a bookstore, and I never come out empty-handed. And I looove to give and receive books (also used and old, I don't mind) as presents.

Have a great week everyone! 
Monica x.

Friday, August 6, 2010

My Favorite "Pinkie"!

'Doggie cuteness' today, for Pink Saturday... my furry girl definitely is my favorite Pinkie ;)))
I've been presented these beautiful surfinias, I simply adore their shade of pink! And Kim too! She especially loves this sunny spot in the garden.
Enjoying some well deserved rest... zzz... 

... Who? Me?

Thank you for all your beautiful and sweet words about my Artful Blogging article. I feel very blessed by your presence and support!
Have a wonderful weekend!
Monica x.

Monday, August 2, 2010

On The Cover!

Update: You can read the article here.
Some time ago, I was approached by the lovely Managing Editor of Artful Blogging, Jennifer Jackson, who gave me the opportunity of being featured in their stunning magazine.
I obviously accepted, but I was not prepared to such an amazing feature! And... my heart skipped a couple of beats when I spotted my coffee-stained clothespins on the cover!

Jennifer chose fabulous photographs to sum me up-  I couldn't have done it better myself ! If you are reading... thank you from the bottom of my heart, Jennifer! You made me smile, oh, SO BIG. Love working with the team at Stampington- such a great experience each and every time. 

Blogging surely is a powerful tool, it challenges me to fly higher... If you want to spread your wings, I cannot encourage you enough to start your own online journal, and to be part of this amazing community of kindred spirits. 
I put my heart into this article, hope you'll have the chance to read it.

And I meant to say, in the last page of the magazine, another Stampington publication I simply adore, Green Craft, is advertised with the feature of my woolen wreaths (wink wink).

Hope your week is off to a great start, too!
Monica x.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Today I Gave myself Permission to...

Stay barefoot in the garden...

Practice flight...

Play with colors (ooooh yeah!)...

... ops! ;))

Enjoy being still...

Take some 'me time' without feeling guilty...

Look at the world from another perspective...

... And you? Do you give yourself permission, every now and then?
Monica x.