Tuesday, December 31, 2013

quick New Year's party favors


A quick trick I have learned from my grandmother. When you want to make something great within a certain time-frame, use the closest and simplest objects at hand.
This is why YOU can also make these party favors and as a bonus they will be perfectly ready to be gifted tonight!

For my detailed tutorial check Breslog.


Happy New Year!
Love,
E.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Christmas Whishes



I wish you joy, love and the coziest times spent together with those you cherish most. I hope you will get to eat creamy cakes and drink good wine, but most of all I wish you to be able to let go of all your day to day musts and listen to those around you, hear them truly... their stories about the past years, their greatest fears and their happiest moments...

Merry Christmas to you, my wonderful family, my dearest  friends and all Jasmin Blanc admirers! I owe this wonderful year to you entirely. And for this I am ever so grateful!

Love,
Erika.

Friday, December 13, 2013

ceramic cat bells for Christmas


Ornaments keep flowing...I'm on fire! :)) I guess I just didn't realize I had made this many! I was mesmerized by all the possibilities and somehow the clay itself inspired me, and something within kept me moving. I absolutely love it! Christmas. Decorations. Tree ornaments. Christmas carols. Some snow would be welcome, but its scent quickly sweeps into my hair as I exit the apartment. I like December. I do not, however, like winter at all, as a season. But December...Oh this one is something else... <3 p="">
Ornaments for the child within...



Thank you for all the wonderful response on my work this holiday season! I am overwhelmed by your appreciation and you cannot imagine how grateful I am for all your support!

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!

Monday, December 9, 2013

last set of firings


This week I will be doing the last set of firings for the current year. I can't even believe that this year is already approaching to its end...so many things have happened I get tired only thinking about them. My goodness! I loved it all as it was. Challenging is the best word I could describe it. Both on the emotional level and in my physical world.

Coming home feels so right. For the first time in my life! There is nothing as precious as this feeling and I am incredibly grateful to be able to finally feel and cherish this wonderful new emotion.

a wish


... my journey has brought me back home again. And yet again it takes me away, even though this time it is at least within the same country. I hope with all my heart, that the day will come, when I find my way back again and settle here. I like these hills and I love the smell of the seasons.
Witnessing the waking of the sun at the very start of the day is one of the greatest blessings in life.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Noel 2013



So it's official! Christmas is only 5 weeks away (which I know is hard to believe due to the great weather we've been having) and I am launching the Christmas ornament collection, so from now until the magic eve I will be constantly listing new ornament sets in the shop! I am so excited, humming carols and all 

I never thought I am going to publicly admit this EVER, but I have secretly been waiting to glimpse sneaking snowflakes as I wake up each morning... My mind is set on cozy knitted socks, the smell of freshly baked cinnamon cookies and jolly Christmas carols.


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

inspiration: introversion


My faves this week:
- this thought
- these delicately embroidered feminine undies from the '80s
- this minimalist ring DIY
- these soft colored bed linens, calming and natural.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Sun. Love. Ceramics.


After a long, not very conveniently timed, yet absolutely necessary absence from the studio I started anew and jumped right into preparing the holiday stock for my shop. There was so much love going on in my sun-lit little corner that the day just passed in the blink of an eye. And still I got so much done, I had to smile some more...



I have some new designs for the upcoming season that I am overly excited about. Wonderful ornaments and more... It won't be long until you get to see the result of a long and hardworking backstage work. Obviously every single new design needs a prototype onto which the plaster mold is made. And that, my friends, takes time, and attention. And some more time!


Anyhow, time was well spent and you will surely agree with me in a couple of weeks when I will reveal the magic!

In the meantime look at these two getting to know each other. I was holding my breath for it to happen and they finally touched noses, which is always a great sign. I'd love it if they became best buddies... finally my very unsocial M would have a friend.



How is your week coming along? Do you have anything special planned?
Love,
E.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

sunday silence


This weekend was silent. I really needed that. The calmness of the early afternoon on an average autumn Sunday can as well be the cure for my hearts heaviness. Thrifting on Saturday and then enjoying a good book and a slight overdose of caramel sauce with cream on Sunday was just what I needed to end my tiresome week.



Thursday, October 31, 2013

weekend getaway


This weekend was all about road-trips, family and laughter, I absolutely loved it and enjoyed every single moment of being so present. I guess I really needed these three fun days to just relax and not think of anything work-related or moving-related, as I have had more of both of them than I could handle in these past few weeks. As much as I love what I do, and as much it thrills me to move around and figure out which fridge to pick and so on, they simply stole all my attention, leaving me without any physical or mental strength to just BE. And that is has overwhelmed me beyond measure.

But none of that now, this post is about happiness and sunshine.


It all started on a Friday morning with having breakfast, admiring the stunning view from picture #one. I adore the misty autumn mornings...

This trip was about family. Meeting each other (our parents have met for the very first time), bonding, sharing stories and sharing scrumptious meals together. I could not have asked for more from this amazing season!
We stayed at the family home of my fiancee's sister. In this house! Need I say more?

And if you are one of the many, who, after having seen this photo goes "I want to o there too!", then I have great news for you! You can! :) Gaspar's sister runs a guest house in the right wing of the house, she also cooks meals for her guests, should they request that. The house is located by the Duna-Drava Natural Park, in the south of Hungary, and the surroundings are absolutely marvelous! Calm, welcoming and relaxing are the first three words that come to my mind, but I could find a page-worth of positive descriptive words to describe this amazing farm. Oh right, I almost forgot, they have pigs, piglets, chicken, a donkey, goats and sheep too. Just a few, but enough for the urban-generation to leave them wide-eyed at the sight of it all.



Aron, the eldest of thee children in this amazing household is always up for something no good, and the boys were playing all Saturday long. The twin girls, the youngsters, were either playing or boxing (no joke, these gals are tough!) with each other, so at least they have kept each other busy.




My sweet father is a child whisperer. If you have a problem, call him! He is the super nanny type, minus the weird shrink attitude those folks usually share.



So that was our magical weekend. What about yours, has October treated you nicely?
Love,
E.



Monday, October 28, 2013

Etsy sale


Everything in the shop is 10% off from now until 1st November. 
Use coupon code "HELLOFALL" at checkout.
Happy autumn shopping!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

earrings

(jasmin blanc earrings found in the shop)

Earrings are surely my perfect fall "go-to" jewelry. They make any rainy-foggy day happier, and I love how they spice up my scarves and shawls. 

What is your favorite fall jewelry?
xx,
E.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

walking with Nora

Fist thing most of us do in the morning is to get out of  bed and walk to the bathroom, step into the shower and stand there in perfect balance on both our feet. Then we might walk to the kitchen, step over to the counter and then maybe raise up to the tip of our toes to be able to reach the coffee on the top shelf... Then, say, we don't have a car so we have to take the bus to work. But those things are never on schedule (unless you live in Germany) so when you get to pass the corner of the street you live in , you realize that the bus is 100 meters from the bus station and you are still 300 meters away, so you hold on to your hat and start running as fast as you can.

Oh how we take the most basic abilities for granted without even realizing...


Today, I will share the story of a little girl. I don't often share similar stories, unless I am sure of their truthful existence. But this time, I am not only sure of it, but she is family!

Nora is a wonderful curly haired 3-year-old little girl. She was born with a sever medical condition (called  spastic diplegia, a form of cerebral palsy), which inhibits her motor development. In other words, she is a wise and smiley little girl, she is caring and loving, yet she is unable to walk. And she will remain that way...unless she receives the proper treatment and -very soon- surgery.

Her parents were and are struggling to find different specialists to help her in any way possible, but even the mildest stretches cause her unimaginable pain, so daily physical therapy is plain torture for this little girl.
Andi, her mother, has recently found out (through social media, go figure!) about other children suffering from the same disability. But what was an even more miraculous discovery to Andi, was that there is a cure! No shenanigan! We are talking surgery here! And there is only one hospital in the whole wide world, ONE, that performs these types of surgeries, provided that the patient fully qualifies. One hospital. And for this family this tiny grain of hope, which fills their heart with excitement, means everything. Nora could walk, because after having reviewed her medical record, they accepted the families aplications! There might be a way for her to walk...

The surgical procedure would be performed in the Center for Cerebral Palsy Spasticity at St. Louis Children's Hospital in the USA. And it costs $60.000!!! Now you have to understand that this little girl was born and lives in the wonderful lands of Transylvania, Romania. So she has to travel all the way to the States, and her parents have to pay for it all. For an average family household over here such an amount of money is almost unimaginable. The extended family and friends managed to raise $10.000 so far, so what I am asking you to do is, please reflect on this and maybe you will find it in your heart to help them out with even the smallest amount. Imagine if a crowd of ten thousand people contributed with merely $5... It is a large number of people, sure, but that small sum is a very affordable donation... So you might have just a little to offer, but a little is a lot when we all open our hearts toward Nora!

I don't want to drag this post any longer than it already is, so please forgive me for stealing away this much of your time... Allow me to say just one more thing.
A couple of weeks ago, Nora and her mom, Andi, came to my father's workshop to get something. I was there too, as I currently work in one of the corners of his studio workshop. Nora is so cute, we all talked to her and she replied kindly with really wise curiosity in her eyes... My father loves children, he enchants even the shiest child in a matter of seconds, so he turned to Nora and said "Come here you, let me take you to see the furry puppy-monster we have outside" (by "come here" he obviously meant that he will take Nora out in his arms). But she immediately replied with a cling in her voice and honest sparkle in her eyes "I cannot walk!". She wasn't crying, and she wasn't sad at that particular moment. She was bitter. She looked straight into my father's eyes when she said it, like an honest elderly person, who knows a lot about life.

We were all left speechless having heard those very words from Nora's mouth. At that moment I don't think there was anyone under that roof, who had not had tears in their eyes.


Please check out the family's facebook page Walking with Nora and review the letter in which St. Louis Children's Hospital, Missouri has accepted her case. Furthermore, you will also see bank account details if you wish to contribute or contact the parents if you would like more information through the page dedicated to Nora on Facebook,. 
Nora needs you! Please, please, please help her to be able to walk like you and me!

**********

UPDATE!
For those of you who speak Hungarian, here is a video about little Nora!

Monday, October 14, 2013

weekend



These past two days were spent a little less hectically, focusing more on observing, rather than on participating, I guess. The weekend involved calm walks in the autumn sun, watching the blue-blue sky, in between sessions of just a tiny bit of work and a much deserved mother-daughter date was included too. I love autumn. I just do!



I took this package down to Oranjerie on Sunday. So go ahead and pay Carmen a visit in her shop to see the contents :) I'm a teaser on purpose, muahaha :)

Wishing you and amazing and creative week!
Love,
E.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Cat cake toppers


Before the minimalist cake topper design appeared I created this style, but then a customer requested a plain ivory + gold set and it was love at first sight. I then made a black and pink version as well. A lovely couple will be putting the Black Cats on their wedding cake organized on no other day that on Halloween! How great is that?

Check out the cats HERE! Many of my customers say that my pieces remind them of sugar candy; when I look at these cats I think I know what they mean... :)

Wishing you all an amazing weekend. I've heard we will be having some nice warm weather, I certainly hope it's true! How is it over where you live? Do you have a warm, pumpkin colored, soothing autumn or a misty and foggy emerald colored one?
Love,
E.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Kizzie



Kizzie is off to the UK as I am writing these lines, I enjoyed painting this little darling so much, what wonderful colors, she is a lucky kitty to have such an elegant fur coat :)

Don't forget to sign up for my GIVEAWAY to win a chance to have your cat painted!

Love, E.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Determination


I decided to really do it like a pro this year and start to prepare for Christmas ahead of time. I am a last minute kind of girl with most things. I don't know why though, because I hate the rush that consumes me during those crazy times... So it's decided! None of that this year!

Well, frankly, I haven't reeeeeeally started working on the Christmas stock just yet, I just made a couple of ornaments to test out some new glazes I just mixed. I've also designed some gorgeous new Christmas bells I'm really excited about... So I am at the testing phase at the moment, but that can still be labeled as me preparing, right? :)

Love,
E.

Ps. I feel so grateful, being able to do what I do, and having been blessed with these special moments of pure joy...oh my! The sun has lit up the studio so heavenly today. That feeling when you know you are in the right place at the right time is absolutely priceless...

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Loaded kiln


Green-ware has dried and was gently cleaned up for firing. Then each piece was carefully dipped into glaze, a number of different kinds, that is. I just cannot wait to open up the door of the kiln on Monday morning. I am so excited about this batch! 


I love having a job where I long for Monday mornings...
Wishing you a beautiful autumn Sunday! October is such a beautiful month, I love the sky and the leaves. Everything changes in such a graceful, yet beautifully predictable manner...

Love,
E.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Ceramic roses - Shop update


Not much to add, sometimes I create new pieces simply because I find it the most suitable medium to express my thoughts and emotions. Sometimes I cannot find the right word to say it, or the right note to sing it... So, instead of failing with words or with melody, I make it! This is how my roses were born, made into tiny post earrings, not only to accompany you in your day to day life, but to also experience special moments together with you!

I  truly hope you'll love them! 
You can see more photos and read the detailed description HERE!

Love,
E.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

1000 LIKES on Facebook and a mega cool GIVEAWAY

Perhaps I don't say it as often as I should but I just want you all to know, that I am grateful beyond words for all of the support you have given and shown toward my work and the Jasmin Blanc world as a whole. It makes my heart smile! ♥ Thank you!

This is the view just above my father's workshop, where I now "rent" (read: have invaded) a small corner to work at. But isn't this magnificent? It was just the other day when I felt the need to move my rusty bones a bit and clear my mind, so I took the dogs out for a walk, while M was sleeping like a baby indoors next to the fire.

Your support means the world to me, and with the occasion of reaching 1000 likes on the Jasmin Blanc fan page I would like to celebrate in style. What do you say?

A suuuuuper duuuuuuuuper GIVEAWAY sounds pretty good to me! So, I would like to offer you the chance to win a CUSTOM CAT necklace or figurine (the winner gets to choose whichever).

Rules:
1. Like the Jasmin Blanc page
2. Share the giveaway post/photo to spread the word
3. Visit my shop, select your favorite item and let me know in the comments bellow the photo, which one it is!

Simple.

Giveaway ends on October 15th, the winner will be announced shortly after.

Worldwide entries. Yaaay 

Good luck dearests and remember, you might have a Jasmin Blanc custom cat already, but you could always win this for a cat crazy friend of yours! They would be thrilled, I promise you that much!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

autumn walk

Summer shifted almost soundlessly into autumn. September has never been this green, as far as I can remember the grass was long burnt by the powerful summer sun. Not this year. The grass dances with the wind fashioning a beautiful emerald color and the air is fresh and sharp. If I wouldn't smell the sweet scent of the ripen grapes everywhere I just might be deceived...

And yet she winked at me today on my walk over the hill above the studio...


M was jumping all over my casting molds, he was out of control, enjoying the freedom and warmth that welcomed him.

The day was spent making custom orders and preparing lots of new and exciting products. I love my job! :)

How are the colors over in your corner of the world? 
Love,
E.