Thursday, February 4, 2016

Heading out

I am leaving later today on a trip that was almost cancelled 2 times. Two very different reasons, but quite amusing in their own way. Murphy's law perhaps? This is why I am not a keen planner, never have been... refundable my @$%#!!!

 Anyway, hopefully I will land in Edinburgh and will get to meet some of my Paper Love comrades.

If you have time, please look at this - Write On - maybe it is something that interests you? And then we can do our little bit in keeping the art of letter writing alive. I know there are millions of causes, each one more important than the other one, but if snail mail makes you happy, then do take a look, I think it is worth it.

Finally... my week has been all about hearts, and this one I found at my father's place... such a tiny sacred heart. I embroidered my first anatomical heart this week, which you can see here if you want. I also sent out my Valentine's parcels and hopefully they'll arrive just in time. I will share more about them next week, I promise ;)

Wishing you a magical weekend ahead,
Giova
P.S: My tarot learning experience has been amazing so far!! I might reach my goal of being an experienced tarot reader sooner than those 10 years I was aiming at.


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Birds and ... more birds

I can't believe January is almost gone. Happy 2016!!  I hope you get to do everything you put your mind to... and then some more.
Half of my month went in a daze of shorts, sandals, and warm blue skies... the other half in a mist of cold and grey, nursing a sick kid.
Life is always balancing itself out, teaching me a few things, and I'm always grateful for all of it.

Two days ago I started reading this book, which was a Christmas present from my sister. What an amazing, inspiring and wonderful read. Can't think of a better book to start the year with.

I have also joined this Valentine's day swap, and I will show you what I will send in a few weeks. As you already might know I LOVE Valentine's day. Hearts just make me happy, and so I have started embroidering a few and adding them little by little here.

Soon I'll be going to Edinburgh for the very first time in my life. And I'm not only looking forward to seeing the city, but also meeting some of my Paper Love friends. We have a very active group on Facebook, and now we have an actual face to face meeting... I just couldn't be more excited about it.

This picture just makes me so happy, I had to share it with you.

And finally...I finished my bird!!!  I'm very happy with it, as it is my first attempt at working in a bigger format -other than the tiny pieces I embroider to sell. I'm trying to push myself, to get out of my comfort zone, to try and translate certain feelings and experiences into the fabric. So far it has been a wonderful experience, and I'm looking forward to finish my latest piece so that I can show it to you.

Sending you a very big and warm hug. I really hope all is well at your end,
Giova



Sunday, December 13, 2015

Christmas Greetings





As I am migrating south tomorrow, and most probably will try to disconnect from technological devices I want to take this chance to wish you a most beautiful holiday season surrounded by loved ones, lots of laughter and yummy food. I also hope that 2016 brings you all the things you desire to accomplish.
I'm always looking forward to the next year, and I can't wait for it to unfold.
Thank you so much for being here, reading, commenting... it means a whole lot to me!!
Lots of Love,
Giova

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Christmas Cards; to make or not to make

I started this family tradition when my oldest son was one year old... so I should at this point have 13 cards, but I don't. I forgot to keep one for me. What was I thinking? At the beginning they were all handmade, I think I had more time back then? Or I had no idea paper companies were specializing in printing really nice cards. 

Since the little one was born - 5 years ago- I've been buying them instead of making them. 

 2012-2013-2014

 This is 2003, a trip to??? 

2005 - the only time there was not a picture of us

This year, and the first time I put the year on it!

This year's card is not that different, but in a way it is. I love all of them. I love seeing how my kids have changed. I love taking the time to take a picture of us just for this reason.
This one took no more than 5 minutes, it is pretty much a selfie with the iPhone, since I lost all my pics of the year. I thought for some seconds that this year I wouldn't "make" Christmas cards. I'm glad I did.
For the past 3 or 4 years I've been using Tiny Prints. I really love the quality, how easy they are to make and how very affordable they are.

Has it started to look like Christmas where you are?
May you find the time to do the things you really like doing,
Giova


Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Advent Calendar

Happy December to all of you! 

I'm just over the moon, not only because I love this whole month, but because this beauty of advent calendar arrived on my door step yesterday.
This is the second advent calendar someone has ever made for me, and I'm just speechless and in awe. I mean, just look at it. Isn't it the most gorgeous thing you've seen in a while? Can you feel the love that went into this? Look at all those little brown packages, the white written numbers, and all that yarn tying them together. Perfection!!




I am afraid if I open one the whole thing will just vanish. For now I will just enjoy looking at them, and when I get the "urgent urge" I will unwrap, maybe one at a time, maybe all in the same day. I'm giddy with excitement, just as my kids are on Christmas day!!

I wish you a wonderful month... may you find the time to do what you truly love and spend it with the amazing people in your life.
Giova
P.S:Julia, I send you the biggest hug. THANK YOU!!


Monday, November 23, 2015

A roof in the palm of your hand

I wanted to show you my latest commission. It is a really small brooch (6 x 6.5 cms), and it is supposed to be the central bay of the Mausoleum of Galla Placida in Ravenna. These are the symbols of the four evangelists surrounding the cross and floating in a blue sky of stars. OK, pheeewww!! You can see it here or read more about this magnificent place here

I have always wanted to visit this place (it is still on my bucket list) and as an "ex-art historian" I knew exactly what this place was when the person mentioned what they wanted.

On the other hand, as an "amateur embroiderer" I must say it was quite a challenge to try to fit a roof on a tiny square, but I was very curious to see how I would manage. Obviously the blue sky was one big factor pulling me in, but the figures were not. Somehow the more work I did, the closer it started resembling the actual roof... but by no means it is a replica.



I am happy with the result and I think the new owner is quite pleased as well. Pheewww!!

I hope all is well at your end. I feel I want to complain about the weather, but I won't, after all I am not south of the equator, but soon will be close enough. I am quite excited about it!! For that reason,
I have added a discount on my Etsy shop, just use the code: THANKFUL. I will be closing it the 12th of December.
Giova

Monday, November 9, 2015

The art of losing

Whenever I lose something I always think of this poem;


The art of losing isn't hard to master; 
so many things seem filled with the intent
to be lost that their loss is no disaster,

Lose something every day. Accept the fluster
of lost door keys, the hour badly spent.
The art of losing isn't hard to master.

Then practice losing farther, losing faster:
places, and names, and where it was you meant
to travel. None of these will bring disaster.

I lost my mother's watch. And look! my last, or
next-to-last, of three loved houses went.
The art of losing isn't hard to master.

I lost two cities, lovely ones. And, vaster,
some realms I owned, two rivers, a continent.
I miss them, but it wasn't a disaster.

- Even losing you (the joking voice, a gesture
I love) I shan't have lied. It's evident
the art of losing's not too hard to master
though it may look like (Write it!) like disaster. 
-Elizabeth Bishop


I like it for many different reasons, but mostly because it puts things in perspective, and makes me think of the things and people I have lost. I've lost cities, and apartments, a beloved grandfather and stepfather, a childhood friend, pets, and chances... I've lost my way, which I find and lose all the time, sentimental objects, and lately (a week ago), a hard drive containing all the pictures from the past year or so. Also the computer... kaput!

I refuse to be angry about this fact, it is after all my fault - I kept leaving the back up for another day, and another... too late now...

Now I have been trying to re-live our birthdays, trips, and silly little memories that make up who we are as a family. I will keep on practicing the art of losing, for it is an art that needs to be mastered. This will not be the last time I lose something, that is certain.

A few things that I've lost and miss:

- a tea cup collection
- my art portfolio
- a few friends... one in particular
- my sense of smell
- my grandfather's poetry books
- more than half of my hair
- books that never came back
- photos... lots of them, apart from the recent ones
- memories... my mind is very selective, and sometimes I don't agree with what it has kept
- a pair of boots

In truth, I don't obsess about any of the above, not anymore at least. The reality is I can't do anything about them, so every now and then, they appear in my mind or heart and then they go... again. Time is a great healer but doesn't erase, that is the only thing I know for sure.

I wish you well, and hope that whatever you've lost, you've made peace with it,
Giova

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