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Monday, January 17, 2011

My Word for 2011.

I want to record here my word for 2011... EXPAND

Expand my horizon
Expand my soul
Expand my heart
Expand my mind
Expand my possibilities
Expand my dreams
Expand my wings
My word for 2009 was Simplify, and I simplified many aspects of my life.
In 2010 I chose Relax, and I have finally learnt how to relax, to enjoy staying still.
... Hope 2011 will be an expanding year!
Monica x.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

My Thoughts about Blogging.

Thank you SO very much for taking the time to leave your enthusiastic comments about Janvier the bear and on my last post of 2010- you surely know how to make this girl feel happy!:) 
Here and there around Blogland, I often find posts about blogging.
I thought I might offer too my own thoughts to you. This article has brought me many blessings and deep joy.  I want to publicly thank dearly all the people (often complete strangers and non- bloggers) who took the time to drop me a note about it. And my gratitude goes once again to the Managing Editor, for giving me the wonderful opportunity to spill my heart out this way. When I was asked to be part of this magazine I couldn't imagine this would have had such a positively amazing impact on both my creative and private life! 
I know many of my readers weren't able to put their hands on that yummy issue and read my article... so here it is for all of you to enjoy!

Monica x.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Meet Janvier!

He was born on January, 1st, 2011, so he surely is a special bear!

Janvier is one of my 'Well Loved Bears'... with that worn, vintage appeal that I love so much. Since I made my first distressed bear, I've been feeling the urge to take this direction in bearmaking, and to develop new distressing techniques. Well, I must admit that in the beginning I hated damaging wonderful and expensive pieces of mohair, but I quickly came to the conclusion that it's totally worth it in the end! I come up with bears that are completely my style.
I am looking forward to moving and settling down in my new 'nest' to create more and more of these adorable  bruins (hands permitting).

As usual my hubby suggested this boy's name... it makes me happy, and I believe he has quite a talent! Don't you think? I couldn't have chosen better... Janvier... perfect.

Janvier wear the keys of our new life and, we do hope, happiness... 

A while ago, someone kindly asked about my bears and dolls to be back on offer in my old (and alas, neglected) etsy shop... I hope to be able to offer some bears and dolls for sale in the coming year, together with other unique creations. My hands are cooperating at the moment, and I'm sure they'll do in the future too if I continue to be extra- careful with them. I think a wee bit of stuffing now and then, diligently wearing my splint, may be permissible. I cannot make too much though, so I'm planning to also re-open my photography shop. All of this, naturally, after I'm settled down. I'm living in complete chaos at the moment, with my stuff being packed away and tons of things to do, and I'm not able to run my shops.
Hope you like to meet my bears here! I had the idea of starting separate blogs for my art and bears, but then I thought that this is my life, with all my artistic and creative endeavors, what I like, what I do... I love the idea of one place only where you can find me, if you like to sit down with a good cup of tea or coffee and chat for awhile- and I will be delighted to share with you what I'm up to at the moment!
Would you share your thoughts on this subject with me?
Monica x.