31 August 2010

Morning Pages

This morning is misty and fresh.
Inspiration is pouring out as I speak and I almost can't keep up with it.

Perfect mood to update blog! I love this. Realize I need to catch up with all the lastest!
These are the new window flowers for the season. I'm so delighted with them. aren't they gorgeous?

I feel that soon there will be an explosion of color and more and more flowers will blossom.

The most exciting recent event was our 7th Anniversary on the 16th which we have celebrated with gorgous meal (Jason made me my favorite, pizza!) Sweet sparkling wine, cinema (Inception - incredible) cards and presents... Lots of them!

Jason always wrappes them in the most beautiful and expensive wrapping paper and ribbons, which makes the opening presents experience even more amazing! I received the Woodstock Chime, It's so enchanting and magical. I have it right on the window and occasionally the breeze moves it gently and creates the sweetest sound that was ever heard...
I also received The Artist Way by Julia Cameron:

And with a great birth name like mine, it had to be a great book. Right?! (giggles)
And it is, indeed. I'm just at page 12 of The Artist Way and I'm estatic! What a fantastic start.
I have already learned so much about why sometimes as an artist I feel blocked in the creative process. The solution as come right away to my rescue: Morning Pages! Basically a daily morning diary to write down anything on my mind and get it all out before I start my creative day in the studio. Great idea. The rule is, not to read the Morning Pages before 3 months time and always write everything that is bothering me. I'm up for this! Bring it on!
I recently discovered my old green diary on the book shelf and realized that has been ages since I last wrote on it. So I decided to start again, and this time use it as a morning pages keepsake.

Now I'm even more excited to meet Julia Cameron and to get my book signed.
Now, I have more to write but I must get on with some things. Jason's Birthday is in 2 days time and I have lots to plan and prepare for.

Until the next time,
here is a kiss

26 August 2010

Bits of This, Bits of That...

Hello Everybody,
It's the end of the day and I'm putting my feet up to watch BBC's Grumpy Old Men on the telly with a cup of tea and my laptop. I love Grumpy Old Men and Grumpy Old Women! They just say what everyone else really things and does not have the courage to say!!!

Looking back in my blog I realized I had not posted any pictures about the latest Flower show!
So here they are, just a few of them, taken in the 5 minutes of sunshine that we had!!!

That day I took a decision.
I'm never, ever, going to do a show in August ever again (in England). It's just not worth it really. It was basically windy and raining the whole time, and it was a nightmare trying to keep things dry. What a shame. I like having a stall and meet lots of people, but I don't like getting cold in the rain waiting for people to turn up!

I have a couple of days off now and I can't wait! I have so many things I want to catch up with. I had a commission for some keepsake boxes for a little girl named Georgia. I know that I'm going to have fun with this! I have already designed them and Now I'm at the painting stage. Will post some pictures for sure. Then, I' going to decorate our window sill with purple pansies which I got yesterday. I can't wait, is going to look wonderful!
Saturday we are celebrating Jason's birthday and I can't wait to see all my in-laws again. It's a shame we only staying for one day really because the best part is really the sleep over. I like to have chats with my sister in law and we always end up to stay up late and watch some scary movie!!! it's good fun!

Until Tomorrow,

25 August 2010

Custom Works

Just a short note to let you know that I'm now taking Bookings and Commissions for custom paintings and illustrations!!!

You can email your request at info@giuliamauri.com


22 August 2010

Tales from the New Forest

Hello dearest creatures of the forest!
I hope you are all well.
Goodness me, can you belive that is already the end of August?! This year is going so fast indeed!

Nice to be back in the studio and catch up with messages, emails, orders, and more.
It's so nice to get away for a little while, but is always nice to come back to Studio Sweet Studio!

A little bit of a epilogue of the week:
We had a lovely mini-break in the New Forest, to celebrate our 7th Anniversary. And what a delightful village we stumbled upon; Lyndhurst. There are so very adorable retro stores which really takes you back in time.
There was a colorful sweets shop, just like the old days.
I love the jars and bags filled with treats. Unfortunately most of them have gelatin and gluten yuk! so I didn't buy them. But there was a rack filled wih Vegetarian Treats too!!! So we go some of those instead, even if they weren't in pretty jars and stripy paper bags. The cola bottles were particularly sticky... I would not attempt to bite them if I were you...!

And there was a lovely retro gift store with soaps, creams, signs, boxes and all good things, so i took the opportunity to buy some Christmas presents for me and others.

Of course we could not miss the opportunity to eat real on the cone ice-creams an they had flavors like raspberry ripple and toffee crunch! Yum!

We had lovely pic nics in the National Park and soon we found ourselves surrounded by ponies and horses! They are so beautiful and inspiring creatures. I got lots of pretty pictures that I will use as model for my unicorn paintings.

Twist was really good with them and didn't bark at them at all!

After that we went to the beach, and although the weather was cloudy and windy the water was really warm, so Twist had a lot of fun swimming and retrieving the ball in the sea.

Afterwards we visited Exbury Gardens and the Steam Railway. It was the first time for Twist on a Train. She was fine! curled down on the floar and enjoyed the ride.

and surprise surprise...

We even met Judy Dench! She was sitting just in front of us!
What a lovely lady she is. And there was her friend Maggie Smith too! Wow. All of a sudden it felt like we were on a movie...

We end the day in the National Park with chinese take away,
watching the sun going down.

I cannot wait for my next mini break...

New Bags in Store!

Hello my dears!
Just a short post today to let everybody know that there is a new bag design in the store:

featuring the illustration:

Is Raining Love

04 August 2010

Welcome to Fairy Land

Hello my darlings, how are you all?!
I'm so excited to be writing to you on the road.We are really having the best time in Lincolnshire with my Brother and Sister in Law.

Yesterday we went to Sandringham House in Suffolk, the which is the Queen's Winder residence. Oh raah, very posh...!

We explored outdoors grounds of the palace (can't go indoors with our delightful 4 legged friends) and we had a pic nick in the woods.

We have even found a fairy passage to a secret garden!

Twist and Lyric are getting along so well togehter far beyond what we had expected. As you can see they walk along fine, side by side! Finally all those dog classes are paying off!!!

Then we head on to the beach! And we are were all SO excited because Twist has never seen the sea before. What an adorable puppy! She loveed it. Jumping, running, playing, chasing & rolling... So sweet.

Hooray for the Beach!

x Giulia x