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Thursday, January 10, 2013


Just had to share this here too :)
Monica x
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OMG! Cover Artist!

... Now bring out the smelling salts and pinch me!!

OMG. I couldn't believe that when I saw my art on the cover of The Country Register (MN edition, January/February 2013)! Oh boy. My snowmen (big smile here).

And even inside! Oh my.

Now, after all of the oohing and aahing, OMGs and such, I'm supposed to write something with a certain sense about this! LOL But... I do feel so honored, grateful and overwhelmed that I have no words!
And have you noticed that I'm side by side with Susan Branch? My heart skipped more than one beat when I saw that. I adore Susan, she's one of my mentors, I even have her picture (together with Marjolein's and Mary's) in my Illustrated Discovery Journal! Years ago, she made me discover I really, really wanted to become a professional artist and illustrator! The fun thing is that the very night before I even knew about this magazine feature, I grabbed all of my courage and wrote her, about how she had inspired me to find my way. I just love, love this syncronicity. Don't you?
As you may easily understand, I have no more words. Let me lose myself in this moment of tender awareness, sweet joy and deep thankfulness.
Monica x

Friday, January 4, 2013

My Book of Grace.

Hello dear friends and readers, hope 2013 started off nicely for you.
I have my "Book of Grace" published in the hot- off- the-press issue of Somerset Life. Is it there a more awesome way to begin a new year?
It's a creation dear to my heart, so I know Christen and all of her staff won't mind if I show here on my blog some additional pictures of it to inspire you to make your own.

I'm so delighted with the photography and the article layout- they captured the spirit of my creation entirely (THANK.YOU).

You can read my whole article on the magazine, but it's basically a "spiritual tool", a way to "work" on yourself and grow in grace throughout the year. It may be placed in a visible spot of the house and used by all your family members and visitors of your home as well. 

I am a vintage girl at heart, and love to incorporate vintage or antique finds in my home decor. So I couldn't resist making a card holder out of a vintage book, as seen on Pinterest. I added my touch by adding two vintage door knobs, and lining the inside of the cover with vintage wallpaper. The rest of the design is very clean and simple. Just a batch of cards with inspiring messages to be rotated at the top of the book.

I am a believer that Grace can be cultivated...

"Amazing grace! (how sweet the sound)
... I once was lost, but now am found
Was blind, but now I see."
John Newton
Monica x

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

My Word for 2013.

My first art journal page for 2013.
As January starts off, and a new year begins to unfold, I am inviting a new word to come into my life. As I wrote before, truth is that I don't choose my word, but it actually chooses me. At the very end of 2012, when I had already chosen another word, out of the blue MOVE  knocked at my door, in form of an idea during an inspiring conversation with my DH. And, after a few seconds of great surprise (as it was something I had never even considered), with open heart and mind, I smiled at the Universe and gladly welcomed it in.

    Move as making progress, advancing.

    Move, as going forward; following a course; progressing toward a particular state or condition.

    Move, as starting off.

    Move, as being active; changing posture or position; setting or keeping in motion.

    Move, as exhibiting great activity or energy; initiating an action; acting.

    Move, as stirring the emotions; exciting or provoking to the expression of an emotion.

    Move, as prompting to an action; rousing.

    Move, as dislodging from a fixed point of view.

    Move, as going from one residence or location to another; relocating.

That's how I am going to live twenty-thirteen. I honestly can't wait. Since I started choosing a single word to live by, opting for simplicity and harmony instead of pressure and stress (let's face it, we all know what happens to those endless lists of resolutions...), my life has improved. I have become a better me and magic never failed to manifest in my life, thanks to those little words.

... What about you? Are you welcoming a powerful, teeny tiny word into your life this year?
Monica x