Today I awoke to one of those morning when coffee and silence are so dear to me... And solitude oh so... necessary. Spring proved to be a little moody this year and though I admire the subtle glow of a rainy day, I definitely could appreciate a warm ray of sunshine at this point.
Painting under artificial light is not my favorite thing in the world, but it sure relaxes me to let go of all distractions a bright lively day offers and melt into my actions, the slow movement of my brush and the blending colors on my palette. I find it deeply meditative... I have found myself in more of an observational, contemplative, reflective kind of mood this season. Not in a sad way, rather in a peaceful, calm and harmonious way. When everything aligns within, even though on the outside life could not be more scattered and twisted... I like this feeling. I like peace and harmony. I like to just be, yet to feel more alive then when I am rushing... I like the spring rain, and my new red umbrella. I like calm days and morning solitude. And I very much like my coffee strong with just a dash of milk.
I am a woman of simple needs. I enjoy leading a decent, simple life, aiming to make thoughtful decisions.
I've been thinking a lot lately...because that is what I do, I think. Too much, most of the time. But now I feel like thoughts and feelings harmoniously cling together and I am more and more certain about the exciting desire of moving out of this suffocating urban environment.
Perhaps this decision becomes clearer with every jarring of my apartment wall, due to the renovation work that has been going on for days on end in the apartment bellow.
I dream about tall pine trees, warm summer days, lavender fields, a wooden house and SILENCE.
I truly wonder what it would be like to move to such a magical place, where nature is right under my feet, it is in the wind, hiding in the silence between thoughts and words.
Spring has been so good and generous to me this year. I can truly feel its magic with every fiber of my being, I wake up to the joyful song of the tiny birds every morning, and this constantly reminds me how blessed I am to be alive...
On the work-side of life I am painting my way through piles of custom cat portraits, which has been so wonderful so far. I absolutely love this. I remember the first time I listed this idea in my Etsy shop, I was so anxious to see what would come out of it and how people would respond to it. Since my first cat portrait about a year ago to date, I have painted so many little furry friends of people all over the world. It warms my heart to be able to read their stories...
Thank you for sinking me into cat orders, dearest friends and fans of Jasmin Blanc, I am humbled by your appreciation and kind words. But most of all, I am incredibly grateful for your love! I absolutely love being a crazy cat lady in my own special way ;)
For a while now, Saturdays are very much required to be worked through, and if I could add a couple more hours to each day, that would also be wonderful...
But somehow everything was just so incredibly sloooowwww today. Even coffee tasted differently, and that is never a good sign. I took my time, went with the weather and left the studio early. Rainy weather is rarely my kind of weather.
After unloading the kiln, I covered lots of ceramic pieces in 22K gold paint just to balance out the grayness of the day. I will be firing again on Monday, so orders will be shipped out on Tuesday, in case you were wondering :)
Mazsola appreciated us leaving early, and he is now up on the couch sleeping like a baby. I just might cuddle up next to him myself, listening to the rain and dreaming about warm summer nights, sparkly bonfires, smiles, friends and wine...
Warm sunshine and mild spring wind, the perfect time for an outdoor studio, which requires nothing more than some sort of stand, a tabletop and a chair. You put them all together, you add some ceramic pieces and you place me on that chair and that is all it takes to make me happy ;) So that is how it went...
Oh how I long for these days in those cold winter days.
Please notice my helping elves. Life is hard, I know. So sometimes all we really need is a long cozy nap. These guys here really know somethin' about life's mysteries, we have to give them that!
By the way they are still up for adoption, and despite the fact that it breaks my heart to not have them around forever, all I really want is for them to end up with loving and caring families. So if you would like to adopt any of them, or know someone who does, please let me know.
I always experiment with packaging, and as I like to keep things fresh and always new, this is not such a bad thing. Most of my international orders need extra special care due to the large travel distances, so the jewelry boxes for these orders are custom made in my studio by my wonderful "helping elf", but for all the other domestic orders I was aiming at finding the perfect gift box, which is simple and can be customized as I please. I loved the little kraft boxes I saw around the web, but they would have had to be imported from far away and shipping would have cost me a fortune. I was so bummed.
But finally I found a local maker a small family run business, who was kind enough to consider making these boxes for me, according to my measurement requirements (they are present on Etsy too, under funkyboxstudio). And this is what came out of this collaboration. I am so excited. I have not yet figured out the "general branding look", but it will surely involve a ceramic logo. That much I'm sure of! Stay posted for the final packaging. I will feature it shortly.
I prefer a simple, yet thoughtful packaging that supports and doesn't steal the sparkle of the product itself. How about you?
How's that for an awesome week. My custom cat necklace has been featured twice in two separate newsletters from Etsy. I am thrilled, the sun is shining, M is sleeping and I am about to head to a spring garden-party with great friends. Spring is so good to me!
Also, let me just say a huge THANK YOU to Vixy and Tuxie for the perfect listing photo, and to Etsy for selecting my work into their newsletter. I am ever so grateful!
I am so very happy to say that one of my jewelry boxes was featured in Psychologies magazine. Thank you Breslo, for making this possible! In a magazine on the cover of which Nicole Kidman is presented, my oh my, this was just simply meant to be :) It is the very first time my work got featured in an actual magazine, printed on paper is just the way I like it... Online is amazing too, but holding it in my hands is priceless!
After finally returning to the studio (and home) I had to dive right in to the pile of orders I had to paint my way through. The few days visit to Gaspi has turned into a more-than-a-week long puppy-care leave, and since I could not prepare my shops for my absence beforehand, things really got out of hand. But in a couple of days all the orders will be painted, assembled, packed and shipped. And so I will be able to get back on track and lower my caffeine intake. (*wink*)
To all who are waiting for your orders: thank you for understanding this situation. As I said before, I never put anything before work, but this time it was the right thing to do. I really appreciate your patience!