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Saturday, January 30, 2010

My Eco-Chic Journals in Print!

Finally I can reveal a little secret ;)). My Scrap Journals have been published in the current issue of Green Craft magazine!


I'm so thrilled and honored the Stampington ladies chose my work to be included in this stunning issue, filled with other inspiring works by talented artists and gorgeous pictures as well!


A special thanks to the Managing Editor Amanda Crabtree, whose encouragement to send my work in for publication consideration definitely drove me out of my comfort zone, so that, today, I have something more to be grateful for!

Hope you all have a great weekend,
Monica.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Family Heirloom and a Makeover.

When I need some comfort, instead of eating tons of sweets, I use to open my 'Comfort Drawer', where as suggested by the author of Simple Abundance I keep things that make me happy and small indulgences for the days that try my soul. This caught my attention today... It was my Grandmother's silver rosary.

The lady featured in the antique picture is not my Grandmother actually, but she has something that reminds me of her, so I used this photograph for my display. 
The two white cherubs were a find of a couple of years ago (they were pink and blue). It took me two years to give them a coat of white acrylic paint and some antiquing glaze, but finally they're sooo me and I just love them!




The walnut rosary case.

I also had my 'Comfort Therapy' (= thrifting), and found these salt shakers, together with a fabulous apothecary jar I will show soon. As you can see, I will use them for my crafting!

And oh, the 'before' shot of the cherubs.

Have a terrific end of the week everyone,
Monica.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Raggedy Ann Pillow.

I had promised to show you this... I made a pillow as unusual 'Christmas card' to my hubby!
I took the idea from a cushion I had seen somewhere on the web, just created my own design for Annie and Andy, with a blue and red color scheme which we love.

I used different materials for the appliqué: cotton, denim, wool and vintage buttons. I then painted and embroidered the faces, and added a cotton frayed bow to Annie's pig tails!




It is freezing over here, yesterday it snowed, but fortunately no sign of the white stuff today! I'm ready for Spring, already!
Monica.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Other Journals.

... How many blessings can we count, daily?

Abundance can be found everywhere, both in amazing events and simple everyday life.



Simple Abundance has been a faithful companion of mine for more than 10 years now, and I still need it. Each and every year I find new inspiration in this comforting book.
One of the fundamental tools of the inner journey according to the author, is the Gratitude Journal, a blank notebook or more elaborate journal where to write down things you're grateful for. I have always used a blank pretty notebook covered in burgundy silk, but this year I decided to make a different journal where I can play with paint too. 
I also thought of making some of my eco-chic journals for you to enjoy, if you like to follow the path along with me... you can find a couple of them in my online shop.

I purchased The Simple Abundance Companion a few years ago, but never had the chance to use it. This year I feel I need it more than ever, it will help me focus on some aspects of my inner life.


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Another Gratitude Journal in blue and pale pink...

We should be grateful for Love...



... family comfort...

... winged messengers...

... even imperfection and 'no' days!

Hope these inspire you.
Monica.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Romantic Whites.

I love white and cream roses...

...painted- white chippy frames (and furniture)...


... hearts and vintage bits and bobs...

... rhinestone brooches...


... pearls and lace...

... peonies...


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As you might have noticed, I made a few changes on my blog format (hope you like it, by the way!), thanks to talented AmberShe accepts orders for custom designs and she's veery patient and kind, especially with crazy perfectionists as I am (... sorry Amber!;)). Have a look at her portfolio, if you are thinking of adding a special touch to your blog or website!
Have a beautiful day, 
Monica.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

A Special Memory Bear.

As promised, I'm sharing with you the bear I made as special Christmas gift to my hubby. He appreciates these things made by me!
My FIL passed away at the age of 54... I decided to make a special bear for my DH to keep forever, with some things belonged to his father. As he loves Sherlock Holmes, let me introduce Sherlock...

His leather pads are made from my FIL's tired overnight bag, and so are all the loops in his coat. I made the tag for Sherlock adding the words 'Elementary my dear Watson' (which, by the way, was never said by Holmes in Conan Doyle's books, but it's a later addition in Sherlock Holmes' films).

To stain the tag, I dipped it in coffee and then put on a baking pan,  spread with cinnamon and 'cooked' in oven for about 5 minutes (be very careful while paper is in the hot oven). I like the result very much, and it smells good too. Thanks to lovely Sandy @Quill Cottage for sharing the recipe! She is quite a talented and productive crafter, and shares a lot of fun projects, so please visit her blog when you can.

My FIL's pipe and buttons from old clothes were used too. I managed to sew a detective outfit without having a pattern, I'm not sure I can do this again!


Monica.