I met old friends and made new ones, had wonderful talks, received sweet surprises, heard lovely feedback. Fairs are always amazing. Maybe sales don't quite go as one would expect at times, but there is always so much to learn. I am ever so grateful for these experiences. So thank you to all those, who shared these two days with me.. For your support, appreciation and kindness toward my work :-) Thank you!
I don't know about you, but over here where I live, winter decided to push harder and stay a little longer. The cold weather persist and I never fail to gather some more of that precious rheumatism into my young bones, just to last me until my hair color turns to ash gray.
Jokes aside, I find that my very best friend over the winter is my hot water bottle, a true and faithful friend. Except this friend of mine was a little shabby, so I decided to dress her up nicely! :-)
As I used up most of my time to prepare JB for a Craft Fair I had to think of a project that I could do within minutes and here is what I came up with. You can easily do it too!
Place your water bottle on the sleeve of an old sweater, leave around 2cm sewing allowance and trim the sleeve.
Turn it inside out and sew along the bottom with a sewing machine. Turn it back and there you have it. It doesn't get any easier than this! As all sleeve bottoms are elastic you will surely have no problem fitting your bottle into the cozy.
I am so happy to announce that I added four new colors of cat pendants to the shop. Light coral, navy blue, perfect lavender and soft mint are all new additions to the old colors I still have available... not forgetting about the fierce emerald green one! :-)
And here we are again, same as last spring, right before the trees blossom in March...Another fair, great artists and artisans, wonderful handcrafted works and treasure hunting. And, naturally, a pop-up shop for Jasmin Blanc, where I will greet you with lots of beautiful new jewelry designs, home decoration and also tableware. Stop by and say hi anytime from 11:00-18:00 from Saturday to Sunday.
Oh the weekend...days like these always fill my energy-tanks up a little more.
We traveled down to the very heart of the country, right beneath the cambered corner of the Carpathian mountains, where south greets east, where the wind is colder than I have ever experienced and the clean air clears your lungs and fills you up with enough oxygen to last you for the days to come...
We stopped every time we felt like taking a walk to soak in the wonders of this beautiful land, called Transylvania. The land, which offered me the most amazing childhood a little girl could ever dream of having.
On a different note, take a look at this amazing artisan pottery! *sigh* Each an every piece is wheel thrown and decorated by hand; can you even imagine all the time and energy, not to mention talent, that is put into this amount of pots? Oh my, I could have stayed there the entire day, lost in between the snaking lines of cobalt blue paint...
My heart is filled with hope and maybe even a little bit of lust for life... for making it happen. I have been daydreaming about moving back home for a while now... But when there is more people involved in such wishes, there is a crucial need for coordinating them, otherwise life twists too much around and we might not get as much out of it as we would like to...
But as I am quite certain, God has a peculiar way of showing opportunities in the very best moment in life, I shall be patient and let everything fall into place. I just hope we will be wise enough to know when to act and when to let go...
tired eyes, Odorheiul Secuiesc, Transylvania
You wouldn't believe me if I told you, that I -even to my own great surprise- keep my overly wishful thinking under excellent control! LOL
I had a wonderfully busy day!
Gaspar is flying in tonight, so we are going on a short road trip over the weekend. I am so excited!
I had a kitty cat to paint, great food to cook, a tutorial to put together, a cowl to crochet and some orders to pack... Not to mention packing for the trip. This last bit I haven't even started yet ...
Oh, but I still have all the time in the world! I think...
Kitteh is going to Canada soon
the tutorial on stamps made from gum-paper will be published tomorrow morning on Breslog
I think I am going to soon make a post about the entire work process that goes into each and every single piece of ceramic jewelry I create, it would be fun wouldn't it? Then I could even satisfy all your curiosities :) What do you say?
But until then, last week was the peek of my work, starting with the beginning of this year. My father's studio is set up with two very large kilns (at least they are huge, when it comes to my 2 x 3 cm jewelry pieces) that I can use whenever I am home, so I have to work A LOT to be able to load a kiln, you can only imagine... Anyway, last week was that of the 3 firings, meaning that I worked from early morning until late in the evening to be able to finish the cleaning for the bisque firing, the glazing for the glaze-firing and the decoration for the third firing. And to all those, today, I can say: check! Yaaay! :)
I am working on a number of projects simultaneously, as always, but I made many many new goodies for both my Etsy (International) and my Breslo (Romania) shop, to be listed as soon as possible. So stay close!
Now I am off to enjoy my lazy Sunday with some chocolate custard, watching large snowflakes swinging down gracefully from the sky...