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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Small Torso.

You may have spotted this torso on my white wicker chair in my studio... as someone liked it, I thought to share with you better pics! Hope I will be able to make a few for my shop, life's hectic and my hands are not very happy at the moment :(( 

This vintage bear brooch is a recent little present from my husband... :))

I simply love anything in this picture: whites, monograms, vintage brooches with clear rhinestones and pearls, antique linen, antique laces, silver rosaries, teddy bears.

Hope you liked my whites today! For more white pretties, please pay a visit to Kathleen over at Faded Charm. Thank you, Kathleen, for hosting this beautiful and inspiring event every week!
Monica x.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Some of my Favorite Summer Things.

Affordable bunches of colored flowers, always fresh...

Treasure hunting and nice vintage finds (even if you'll be surprised to know that over here there are no flea markets during July and August! :(( So silly, in my humble opinion!)...
Teatime or coffee break in the garden...
Zinnias and Dahlias...

Starfish and pearls (these are my favorites all year round!)...
Losing track of the time reading a good book under the patio...
Happy Pink Saturday everyone! And enjoy your weekend, wherever you are! 

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Painted Sunflowers and Yummy Zucchini Recipe.

Please don't ask me what I'm gonna do with these! I know you :
No idea, but I felt the urge to paint sunflowers, so grabbed a piece of fabric, and voilĂ ... sunflowers drying in the breeze! 

Painted with acrylics on crumpled (on purpose) fabric. Finished off with wax pastels, then ironed.


My orchard has been neglected this year, but it continues to bless our table with plenty of vegetables and flowers (especially dahlias and zinnias).  I think these are the last vegetables of the season, it's 15°C/59F in the morning (and 19°C/62 in the evening)... brrrrrr. This year, summer has lasted for two weeks in July- that's all, folks!

Will deep fry the flowers... yum!

As for zucchini, I love to cook this Spanish dish... easy peasy and delicious, you can also prepare it in advance. I'm sharing the recipe, just in case you want to give it a try.

Calabacines al horno (I call it Spanish Zucchini :))

You need:
  •  3- 4 zucchini for a medium sized pan (preferably the variety shown above, big and round)
  • approx 5 fresh medium tomatoes or 1 can (400 gr./14 oz), your choice (I use what I have on hand)
  • flour
  • salt, pepper, paprika
  • olive oil, vegetable oil
  • thyme
  • 1/2 onion (or your choice, I use less than 1/2), 2 garlic cloves
  • grated Parmesan cheese
Cut zucchini in thick slices, take each slice and put it into flour, heat the vegetable + olive oil in a pan, and fry it for about two minutes on each side, until golden brown. Repeat for each slice. Once fried, put them on a paper napkin so that it absorbs the excess of oil.
Now prepare the sauce. Put the chopped onions + garlic (chopped or not, your choice) + olive oil in a small pan and let the onions soften a bit before adding tomatoes, thyme and paprika. Cover and leave to simmer for about 15-20 minutes. Remove thyme (and garlic, if not chopped).
In a oven pan put layers of zucchini, tomato sauce and Parmesan cheese. Cook au gratin for about 15 minutes. Let cool a bit before serving. 
Bon appetit!
Monica x.

Friday, August 13, 2010

From the Cutting Garden.

Even if it's barely Summer over here (I'm wearing my woolen shawl and thick socks at the moment, and I rescued the warm blankets from the trunk), the cutting garden provides abundance of colors and simple pleasures to be brought indoors. 
Love zinnias' cheery faces! They last quite for a long time when cut, and bloom until late Autumn. They are very simple to grow and ridiculously cheap (you can save seeds from one year to another)- try them if you haven't yet!

Dahlias are in full bloom too, this is the Carribean Dream. Dreamy indeed!

Kim loves flowers too...

... and I love my cutie-patootie!!!!
Happy Pink Saturday to you all! 
Monica x.

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.