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Friday, August 31, 2012

Joyful Simplicities #8- An Armful of Flowers!

Just picked up some bunches of roses at the supermarket for a photo shoot...

Ready for styling! Woo hoo!

Have a great weekend everyone, hope it's full of simple joys for you!
Monica x

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Creative Living Idea: Up-cycled Bicycle Basket.

Very often, the best of ideas come from unexpected finds. Like this bicycle wire basket, found curbside a while back... White + Rusty= Perfection- I simply couldn't pass it by!
It now houses my magazines on my coffee table. Beneath it, an antique, hand- embroidered linen bath towel I purchased at the antique market last year.
Definitely my favorite corner of the house for relax at the moment!

Sharing my treasure at White Wednesday. Visit the other participants for plenty of inspiration in white and neutral shades!

If you are a subscriber to Stampington Postscript newsletter, you may have already spotted my upcycled bicycle basket , as one of the winners of the Styled Cover Photo Contest. Yay!
Hope you all have a creative day!
Monica x

Monday, August 27, 2012

What I've Learned from my Vacation...

1. That I truly love the Ocean and can spend hours on the beach! But only when a very few people are around, and preferably at dawn or dusk.

2. That I need to find some silent "me" time in my day to contemplate and give thanks, no matter what happens on the outside or where I am. That a journal can be very helpful as active meditation and stress reliever.

3. That you can take gorgeous pictures even with a point and shoot camera (all in this post taken this way), and if you're just dead tired there's no need to carry your heavy camera gear with you, cause you won't relax and enjoy the moment.

4. That my husband is my favorite person to chat with (apart from the dog LOL).

Isle of Wight in the distance.

5. That  I am a bit obsessed with rocks or any beach treasure used as simple home decor. That rocks are heavy (see last point of this list).

6. That beach- hunting, cadenced by the sound of the sea and cry of the seagulls, is quite a therapeutic activity.

Hunting for fossils (which we actually found!) on the Jurassic Coast of England.

7. That love is everywhere, even if sometimes I don't see it. That I have to stay open to see it.

I've started a collection of heart- shaped rocks.

8. That just doing nothing is the best thing to do for complete relaxation and to recharge your batteries.

9. That I seriously have a big problem with suitcases! ;)

How are you? What are you up to? MISSED YOU!!
Monica x

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Loved Picnik? You'll adore Ribbet!

Collage addict? Check Ribbet out!
You'll love it as you loved Picnik. Promised.

Thanks fellow bloggers for spreading the news!
Here's my homage to all the "Pinkies" out there! Have a nice weekend.
Monica x

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Travel Journal.

As my vacation draws near, I felt the urge to make a travel journal.
Having a full plate at the moment, and after I've finished just recently with my summer deadlines, I came to the conclusion I had to take it easy. So I opted for a quicker alternative to a big, handbinded book, also because I'm planning to bring it along with me in my bag wherever I go!

I noticed in my box of papers and materials to be recycled, a book I had previously dismantled. There were several pages left, glued in the original binding, and the cover wasn't damaged and still in place. I decided to give it a try...

The process was pretty quick. I just had to collage the cover and paint it. Then, simply lined the written pages with white sheets and added a touch of prettiness with decorative tapes.

The inside covers were lined with maps, to add to the "journey" theme.

A quick redo of the spine using fabric tape again. Made a coordinated pencil too. 
... And voilĂ - ready to go!

See you soon!
Monica x

Monday, August 13, 2012

Tutorial: Frayed Rosettes and Bow.

Sharing on my blog this tutorial that has graced the pages of Somerset Life last year.
Many of you are already familiar with fabric frayed rosettes, which are a super cute way to embellish almost everything! For those who don't know them, or are a bit intimidated at the idea of making them, here are the simple step- by- step instructions.

Supplies needed:

For the rosettes:
- Fabric (anything, from cotton to acrylic fibers, works well). In this tutorial I used Shantung silk.
- Scissors
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks

For the bow:
- String (any type) or/and raffia
- Ribbons (any type)
- Burlap ribbon (optional)
- Safety pins

1. Rip the fabric into strips. Start twisting the strip in your hand...

2. ... and turn it around to create the very center of the rosette.

3. Secure with a dab of hot glue.

4. Continue twisting and turning around and around, finding a graceful arrangement and fixing the fabric with a dab of hot glue at every turn.

5. Leave about 4 inches to be twisted on the back and fixed with hot glue.

6. Remove any "glue cobwebs" carefully.

Now you may want to wrap a gift prettily, so let's make a bow! Any material you have on hand could work well. I'm going to use twine, raffia and silk ribbon.
1. Without cutting twine from the spool, make a bow and hold it in your hand.

2. Create a second bow and then a third one.

3. Cut from the spool. Proceed adding a second, different material.

4. When you're happy with the size of your bow, cut from the spool, and then with a length of twine, secure the bows altogether in the very middle with a couple of knots.

5. Pin to the rear of the rosettte and add to your gift.

Two different looks using the same rosette.

Monica x

Friday, August 10, 2012

Quintessentially British.

Cucumber sandwiches in my fab Diamond Jubilee plate by CK...

Have a terrific weekend!
Monica x

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Sneak Peek!

Just a brief, tantalizing post today! :)
Keep an eye on the upcoming Holidays & Celebrations (hits newstands September 1st) to find my newest coffee filter roses! I'm in LOVE with these, hope you'll like them too!

Monica x

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

My most Recent Post...

... is below! I'd love if you read it!

Monica x
P.S. No idea why several of my posts don't show up in Google Reader anymore! Thanks for letting me know. I wonder if anyone in Blogland has the same problem.

WHY do you Blog?

... Why do you blog?
I'll tell you why I do, which impact blogging had on my life,  and why I love it.

  1. Blogging opened my mind, deepened my compassion, strengthened me, shaped me, made me more understanding, allowed me to grow. And still does.
  2. Blogging made me connect with kindred spirits around the globe, I was terribly lacking in my offline life. Made me discover there is true beauty and good out there.
  3. Blogging enormously increased my taste, changed my perspective, allowed me to bloom.
  4. Blogging opened up new paths to me, both in my personal life and job wise. Made me discover I was enough and I was powerful. 
  5. Blogging made me feel conscious of my blessings, tremendously grateful for them.
  6. Blogging makes me think, makes me cry, makes me laugh, makes me relax.
  7. Blogging helps me keep memories, fix thoughts, ideas. Helps me keep going.
  8. Blogging is a way to share my creative vision, my colors, my credo with the world.
  9. Blogging challenges me to fly higher, allows me to inspire others to do the same. We can make the world a better place right from the chair on which we are sitting now!
  10. Blogging is my window with view on the whole world. I just love it.

Please do share- WHY do you blog? We all would love to know.

Monica x

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Weekend Flowers...

... to wish you a super- duper one!
Hubby gave me red roses and I had to take a picture and share it with you.


This weekend I'm planning to:

  1. Do a major clean up of my worktable- I finally (finally!) met my last deadline before the summer break, and my poor table is in dire need of cleaning!
  2. Try some new nail polish I've just purchased. Which color I picked? Aqua, Purple, Blue and Lilac. So very summer-y! Truth is I love wearing these colors (+ browns) all year round on my toes.
  3. Read and relax. I could also start another journal. Who knows.
  4. Make a scrumptious pizza. It has become a tradition in our home every single weekend.
And you? Anything planned for the weekend?
See you next week!
Monica x