explore my site

Monday, July 30, 2012

In Green Craft Magazine.

To start this new week off nicely, I'm pleased to show you one of my latest eco- chic creations, published in the new issue of Green Craft Magazine! Thanks Andrea for including my work in this gorgeous magazine I love, and for such a nice feature! I created lavender sachets out of used Color Catcher washing machine sheets.
Here are my pages...

... and as usual, my additional shots for you to enjoy here on my blog!

They smell divine!
Have a nice week ahead everyone.
Monica x

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Happy Birthday dear Beverly!

Today my dearest wishes and much love go to a very special "birthday girl", Beverly, who graciously hosts Pink Saturday each and every week. Unfortunately, due to job committments, I am no longer able to join in blog parties if not sporadically, but today Beverly celebrates one of those "decade birthdays" and I couldn't miss it for sure!
Pink and yellow is her chosen theme- what's better than this pretty painted posy (one of my favorites I painted last year, I hope to show you more soon!) to wish her Happy Birthday? Many happy returns, dear Beverly. I hope you have a grand day.
Monica xoxo

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Introvert? You Are Perfect the Way you Are!

No surprise among those who know me in my offline life, I am an introvert. A very happy introvert, indeed. According to the Myers and Briggs Foundation, there are two main psycological types- extroverts that like to spend time in the outer world and get their energy from active involvment in events and having a lot of different activities, feel comfortable in groups and savor social interaction.  Introverts, often wrongly associated with shyness, on the contrary like to spend time alone or with one or two people they feel comfortable with and get their energy from the inner world of ideas and images. Interacting with people drains them, while staying alone recharges their batteries.
Far from being an hermit, I surely prefer spending time by myself, with my husband, my dog or a single friend, I don't usually frequent busy places (if/when I do, I end up in bed for a couple of days, energy totally taken away from me) and you won't see me at ceremonies, social gatherings, parties etc. I have my way of having fun and feeling alive, and those are certainly not my kind of fun. At all. I live and work in total silence, and only rarely my home resounds in music (and when it does, it's mainly very calm and soft or Christmas music). In the past, some people, from relatives to friends, made me feel miserable affirming there was something wrong with me for my high sensitivity, for my desire of staying alone, not joining social activities, gatherings and ceremonies, that I had to have fun (the way they had), that I was young and instead behaved like an elderly person etc etc etc all kind of things stating the rightness of  their way of living and not mine. They surely didn't realize I was really happy the way I was!
Fortunately, at a certain point of my life, I have started to realize there was nothing wrong with me. I am perfect the way I am. And so are the other world's introverts, my DH included. I believe it's when you become conscious that you own your power and can really stretch those wings of yours and fly.
I am very pleased I've found out more and more about introverts lately. In a world that celebrates extroversion as the right way to be, I've also started to notice around the internet intoverts are bravely stepping out. It's also thanks to the connections I've had in my online life, relating to someone else's experiences and stories (and of course, working hard on myself) that I'm the person I am today- much happier, conscious, grateful, aware of my own power, and not afraid of stepping out sharing parts of my story for the benefit of others as well.
Monica x

Monday, July 23, 2012

Where Bloggers Create 2012.

I haven't joined the official Where Bloggers Create party Karen is graciously hosting for obvious reasons- for my new readers and followers, after one year and a half since the sale of our property, my hubby and I haven't found a new place to settle down yet. But far from feeling discouraged, even if we are still "camping" among piles of boxes, our belongings in storage, and my art/creative supplies here and there, I didn't let the situation turn my creativity off. On the contrary, I've made the most of this "growing time", and accomplished such wonderful, b.i.g. things that I felt the urge to write this post to maybe inspire you.
Don't feel discouraged if you haven't the perfect room, if you have to work on the kitchen table, if your creative space is just a small corner in the attic or garage. You can be creative and accomplish a lot, exactly where you are, in this very moment and with what you have, if you only wholeheartedly commit to.
I encourage you to take a deep breath, dust off your brushes and put paint on that canvas, start that journal today, loose yourself in the stack of fabric you have collected for all of these years, or to give that much- needed major face lift to your room if you are so lucky to have one. Today, begin. Creativity brings such joy into the everyday!
You'll be astounded at how much you can do even if you haven't a craft room or studio. Of course, having one would be perfect. But if you wait until everything is perfect in your life, you'll never start.
This is where I work (all day long) at the moment... a table in the living room, my stuff scattered all around the house.

I've recently added a few pretty touches to this space to feel more comfortable while working, like the aqua Cath Kidston oilcloth...

... and revamped food canisters to store my crayons, pencils, markers, tools etc.
I also keep favorite inspiration stones on my desk to help me keep going, especially in my most difficult days. Keep an eye on the Autumn issue of Somerset Life for more about these ;)

Fresh flowers are always a necessity on my table...

Love to use vintage items in my creative space too- the new cornishware jug I found in the Cotswolds a while back and an old ceramic canister for canned sour cherries belonged to my Granny, chipped ceramic plates for this and that and cocoa/tea canisters. I also have a pile of suitcases and trunks where I store a bit of everything at the moment, from new fabrics to yarn balls and canvases.

Lots of mess and pastels ready to dance on the canvas... oh. happy. day!!

Hopefully I'll have a real studio/craft room to show you next year! Fingers crossed.
Monica x

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Favorite Jewelry.

I thought I'd show you some of the jewelry I wear more often, mostly in beautiful shades of white and blue/teal. They make me feel beautiful and happy! I have so many necklaces, earrings and bracelets that I could easily fill in a shop LOL
The pearls below I've been presented by my Granny... they're probably my most-worn necklace at all, together with the braided one on the right.

Vintage pieces (bought for a song) and treasured handmade pretties and gifts...

Other pearls from my Granny... we used to go together to choose the perfect present, so they have such warm memories attached!

A stunning cameo I've been given by my husband. Love the transparency of the 'real thing'...

Other gifts by two of my dearest friends, Karriann and Louise, both talented jewelry designers... I'm very lucky :)

... and a gorrgeous blue Svarovski bracelet from my hubby. He knows me well :)

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!
Monica x.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Joyful Simplicities#7

A posy of wild meadow daisies, Kim and I picked today, in my cornishware jug. The pleasure of having these on my work table equals that of our early morning strolls amidst a sea of colored wild flowers, with no one around- the brush of the warm summer breeze, the chirping of chatty birds and the intense scent of the crushed wild mint keeping us company.

Monica x

Monday, July 16, 2012

Sewing Basket Makeover.

While I'm itching to launch my new blog and website (Hope is doing a great job so far, I'm loving every minute of the designing process!) I thought I'd share with you these pics I've never shown you before. It's my sewing basket, I have given a new face lift a few years ago. For my long time friends and readers, you may remember this old makeover, but as it was no longer present on my blog, I decided to post it again for my new followers. Hope you don't mind! The pics are new though :)

I have been presented it mainly because I needed a sewing basket and it has teddy bears on, but its colors were so mismatched that it caused me headaches! So, after dwelling in the garage for a while, I thought I'd remake it... ;) It's now coordinated with my studio color/fabric scheme. 

I lined the inside with matching paper and fabric...

On the lid, I sewed a little collection of vintage buttons.

Here you can see how it was in its previous life...

Happy Monday!
Monica x

Friday, July 13, 2012

Visit my (new) Tutorial Page!

I played around a little bit to make it prettier ;) 
You'll find there all the links to my tutorials, step- by- step photographs and instructions on how to make something super pretty! (All free of charge, it's my gift for you!) Just click on Free Tutorials on the top bar and you'll find...

... and more!
I hope you have fun with them. New ones to come, when I find the time to put them together.
As for now, happy Friday!
Monica x

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

"Inner Excavation".

For One Book a Month, I'd love to share this book I've recently treated myself to. Since I've "met" Liz Lamoreaux I've become more and more interested in her inspiring work. 

Liz is now offering a free workshop on her blog, and we're all welcome to participate. Thanks Ella and Sandy for spreading the news! I wish I had enough time to join in, I'm still under deadlines and I've lots of work to be completed... but I managed to find time to at least start. Liz shared a visual assignment- describe yourself through photography. Here are my answers...

I urge you to visit Liz today as guest contributor Vivienne McMaster is sharing the "dangers of self- portraiture". Love, love Vivienne's work and her post! Thank you for sharing inspiration, ladies!
Till next time,
Monica x