2013 has been a highlight on its own. And though I have felt this throughout the year, perhaps I didn't fully understand until now that I have spent some time looking in retrospective. It is a year to remember.
January: I knew it. Oh I knew it from the very beginning that this would be a special year in my life, as well as in Jasmin Blanc's history.
February: a wonderful journey in the heart of Transylvania.
April was beautified due to this tiny soul. I used to babysit her all the time, and she had me forget all my worries... I am a cat person, no doubt about it!
May was a difficult time for me. It was that artificial silence before the storm. I now understand it.
June, the month of small and large miracles. Perhaps I could call this month a turning point in Jasmin Blanc's life. And through that in mine. We've relocated. And after a long journey, we have arrived to a place I call - yet I might not have always recognized as - home. London was a struggle for me. It is a fantastic place with infinite opportunities that I have never seized, I admit. But I knew with all my heart that England was never the place for me.
These hills are where I belong, my beautiful Transylvania! I have arrived home!
In July I've painted lots of faces and spent a couple of weeks with Gaspi and a friend of his in a summer camp for kids. Great memories!
August was about good food (cakes included), feminine wedding jewelry for amazing clients and a fabulous summer fair in my home town.
There is absolutely no need to put down a lengthy description about September. I will only say: I have adopted a kitten and a gap in my heart has been filled!
On a more personal note, in the end of the month we packed our bags and headed out for a few days of sweet adventure. Our families have finally had the chance to meet. Those few days have filled me with so much positive energy, I loved it!
November in the studio was about preparing the upcoming month. Those of you who work in this domain are very well aware of how much work it takes to get one product done. For those of you who are not connoisseurs: it takes long weeks to even prepare for making new items. And in this period, the idea/designing time is not even added. I mean strictly the modelling-cast making-drying out- creating the prototype product process. And this goes for each and every product in part.
On a different note, Gaspi and I, we've renovated our new apartment with the enormous help of my parents. There is still A LOT to be done, but I guess there always will be. :)
December was all about ornaments, presents and fun. But what you might not have seen was all the late night's work, dark circles under my eyes, absolutely no free time and extremely hard work. Do not get me wrong, I am not complaining, I am just acknowledging facts. Despite having ended up being exhausted by the end of the month, I can truthfully say I had a blast and I would not trade these times for anything! Not even for a vacation on a sunny beach. I am in love with the preparation time before Christmas!
And then of course came the best ending I could think of: Christmas with family and friends around. For me, it could never get better than that!
It is good to take a moment to acknowledge and then make peace with the bad. But never forget to be truly grateful for the good! And now... Let's do this 2014! Let's see what you've got :)