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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Romantic White.





My signature style pillows I make with precious antique linen, most of it handwoven by my Great Grandmother (I have tons!), and antique or vintage lace and old doilies or scraps of crocheted lace, for how damaged they may be. It's all about preserving... :)

As I promised, here's the primitive angel I made back in January, that now resides in our bedroom (by the way, I'm happy to report that I've found lots of spare time to make since I closed my handmade shop! Isn't it wondrous?). I made the body using a pattern by The Cheswick Company I have modified to adapt to my taste, and also painted the face my own way.

I've named her "Grace, Keeper of the Love", as she holds my wedding bouquet.
Her wings are hand- carved by my Dad upon my design; the dress, collar and bow are all antique (the tattered collar is a precious gift from my anything short of precious sister- friend!).

As in bedrooms I love always and only white bedlinens and accessories (with just a very moderate pop of color in form of throws or quilts at the foot of the bed), she looks so perfect in our bedroom.
I find white so romantic (is there anything more romantic than white??) and very practical. Easy to wash, and looks so tidy and clean!

Monica xo

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Winter Days, an Opportunity to Bloom.











Instead of fighting Winter and the bad weather, I take it as an opportunity to grow.
If you concentrate your attention on the rain (snow or cold, dullness and grayness) you won't be able to see the sunshine (and profoundly savor it for the hours it lasts)!

Therefore, instead of wasting time and mental energy complaining, and focusing on the negative, craving Spring and not living in the present and learning its lessons for how loudly the gale may blow and copiously rain may fall, I joyously embrace the simple pleasures of the season.

And I'm not longing for Spring to come too early! Otherwise, how would I manage to think, create, design, do and finish all of the work I have to do? When the weather is sunny and pleasant, who wants to stay holed up in the studio and work? How would I manage to dedicate myself to various projects, dream big, reorganize corners of my home, learn new things?

I believe winter days, just like hybernation, are a way to rest my mind and body, recharge the batteries for the good season's days ahead bursting with outdoors activities, dedicate time and space to soul searching, inspiring readings, whatever I may want to put my attention to, just devote my time to growth. So that, when Spring and sunshine will arrive, I'm ready to bloom.

Monica xo

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Welcoming my Greeting Cards with Legacy Publishing.


One of the things that happens to me while I walk on my spiritual path, is that the more I walk, the more I detach from my own results. This means, in simple words, that I don't feel proud or thrilled for my own accomplishments... I simply don't consider them as accomplishments, don't feel attachment for my results. I just feel filled with joy and peace seeing them manifested.

I believe that what comes out from me, through my hands, through my lens, are just inspiration from above and love from within. I believe each and every one of my photographs or paintings, are inspired thoughts that, passing through me, get their material form and become visible in the material world.
Yes, I know, quite phylosophical a thought for a Saturday morning, but I cannot help ;)

So when I saw these greeting cards, made by Legacy Publishing with my photography, my heart fluttered. Soared, was instantly transported to a secret garden suspended between time and space, and filled with the most beautiful flowers, colors and fragrances, and active bees and butterflies flying to and fro from petal to petal, while fluffy birds were chirping joyously.

Looking at each and every card I can still feel what I felt while taking that particular photograph- what was going on around me/inside of me and what I was thinking of, where I got those flowers, who was with me and where I actually was... surely, apart from the material location, I was in the secret garden of my heart- dreaming big, growing, healing, spreading my wings, cultivating joy and just savoring that moment.

May they bring smiles to the world!
Monica xo

Friday, February 14, 2014

Growing Time...





Happy Valentine's Day!

Recently, some of you may have noticed I have disappeared.
I have disappeared from Blogland, I have dismissed all of my followers on IG and turned my account private for my eyes only, have kinda lost my tongue and have become exeptionally silent, am ignoring my emails (if not the "job and family" ones for obvious reasons), I gently, but firmly, set aside all of the unnecessary things.

While from the outside it may seem my mind is completely in the clouds and I am totally disconnected, truth is I am totally connected, and I am experiencing a steep spiritual growth.
All I want to do, all I feel in my gut I have to do (mind you, I've finally come to really trust my gut so it's no discussion!) is shutting the doors of the external world, turn inwards and wait.

Instead of not doing anything these days (there wouldn't be any problem in that at all- on the contrary, I should practice more stillness just doing nothing, something I don't usually feel comfortable doing... ), I feel very energized yet very quiet, and even if I have no desire to interact with human beings on a material level, so to speak, I feel drawn to certain activities that are indeed very practical, but while doing them in silence, my mind wonders, my heart opens up, my soul expands widely.

After some attempts to "still" meditation and nearly falling asleep (shame on me!), I realized the best and most effective form of meditation for me is indeed active. I must move my hands, move my body, and the rest follows easily and effortlessly, and usually I gain momentum, spiritual energy and powerful epiphanies keep coming my way while doing so and soon afterwards. It's very similar to the monastic practice "ora et labora" from St. Benedict  (pray while you work, or work while you pray, that is), who believed to combine contemplation with action. On a side note, I practice this type of meditation also while painting- very naturally, not that I concentrate trying to do so- and that's why I need a very silent and quiet environment when I work.

So- what am I doing these days?
Well, I'm cleaning my home (after a deadline, for how swift it may be, there is always mess around), reorganizing to make it easier to live and more comfortable, and tidying up some hot spots, especially after I've found the just perfect book I really needed at the charity shop last week, and I haven't put it down since ("Home Sanctuary, A practical guide to creating the perfect space for body and soul" by Josephine Collins ). I'm watching my sweet peas growing at the speed of light (put a big, beaming smile here), I'm cooking, daydreaming, letting my creative energy flow freely (I have no idea what I'm creating but I'm sure I am doing something that will manifest soon), picking snowdrops, finding great finds (like the Emma Bridgewater jug and two old, oval flower vases with wire and a matte glaze, the cream one in the pics above), reading, watching inspirational videos, filling my Gratitude Journals to the brim, and perusing my traditional country style books and old Victoria magazines (love).
While being patient...

"Tomatoes grow at their own speed".
Geri Larkin

Monica xo

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Dreams are Being Cultivated here...













Dirty hands, kneeling on the ground with exhaustion and tears at times, and always, always looking up and being grateful, my heart and soul rooted in the sacred earth and my branches reaching out for the sky.

This has been my past week- with an unexpected, very strict deadline to meet in one week's time, and big dreams sowed and watered.

If we don't cultivate ourselves the deepest dreams of our hearts- with much love, sweat and tears, and loads of hope and patience- who else will?

Monica x

Saturday, February 1, 2014

January.

Photos from my Project Life Daily 2014.

January has been a lovely month for me, all tended to recharge my batteries after the very tiring deadline for artworks to be presented at the Atlanta Show 2014.
There have been lots of sunny hours, just rare frosty mornings, and a few very beautiful, sunny days with a clear, blue sky. Lots of rain and wind, too, and some foggy days... but honestly I don't care. It's Winter after all, and I've come to appreciate and love all of the Seasons for their unique gifts.

During January, I have cleaned and tidied up the house (finally!), started spotting snowdrops everywhere here in the English countryside and picking them, received a dear friend for lunch and overdue Christmas gifts exchange, started Project Life 2014 daily and made it to February, presented my DEMDACO Silvestri! collection to the world, cooked up a storm, made a primitive doll I'll show you soon, went for quick country walks and treasure hunting expeditions (thrifting) , finally listened to my husband who studied the thermodynamics of heating for us to have a warm home while keeping costs low (genius!), and finally having a toasty home (used to reach 13° C/55F in the morning because the system was set completely off at night!). I completed Mission Impossible aka Order in my studio, started painting again for the next deadlines, and bought sweet peas seeds and two rose plants (David Austin's Abraham Darby, I've wanted for years now, and Sweet Juliet).

In between these "practical" things, I have put big dreams {not just mine} out into the Universe, shared joy and inspiration, worked on my health {first and foremost, mentally}, welcomed ideas from my Mom and hubby about ways to take more care of myself and our home, and experimented them, gratefully received love notes from several persons that made me feel so deeply loved, started finding reassuring heart rocks once again after a mental shift of thought, and noticed more amazing synchronicities happening in my life, as usual.

... I'm ready for February!

Monica x