30 December 2014

The Best of Christmas 2014

Christmas moments and lovely presents

Wow, what an amazing year this has been! And Christmas was just so special. We went to Italy to see my family and friends just before Christmas, then had the most amazing time at the Lodge, with our cozy fire, our lovely tree and frequent cups of tea.
Here a few of the best Christmas times and a selection of my favourite presents!


1. Watching Polar Express with my family.
We watch it every year, and every year I absolutely fall in love with this song, Believe, written by Glenn Ballard and Alan Silvestri and performed by Josh Gobran. The lyric are very profound and powerful. I can't wait to sing it to my children one day!


2. Frosty mornings right before Christmas. When it's cold outside, you are at home, and you can spend the whole day laying in from of the fireplace, eating, drinking tea, and watching movies.


3. Making the most incredible vegan Chocolate Log, as a surprise for Jason, and feeling super proud of my creation when he found it in the fridge


4. Having Fairy Christmas Lights up in the studio (and not needing to have lights on in the evening there)


5. Seeing Rome at Christmas time with Jason and my friends


6. Loved unwrapping these beautiful golden glass baubles that I got from the Children's Trust for only £8


7. Jason bought me a huge 5kg Pink Salt Lamp. It's amazing... I keep it right by my computer and it has the warmest glow ever...


8. Santa brought me a Raw Chocolate Almond Spread made with sprouted nuts.
Do I need to say anything else?

 

9. I received a SOHO Aromatherapy diffuser from my mum, dad, sister & brother in law.
This is such a beautiful invention! I keep it by my bed side and use it as a lamp as well as a diffuser.
10. Mum brought me these slippes from Intimissimi.
#love! Mums have the ability to know what is exactly that you need.
I adore them. And yes, they are totally fake sheepskin (and suitable for vegans)

I hope you had the most amazing Christmas time also.
Sending you all many blessings for a wonderful 2015!

13 December 2014

Happy Holidays



Sending you many wishes for a lovely Christmas & a very Happy New Year


I am now on vacation,
all orders, public & wholesale placed between 12th-26th December
will be shipped on the 27th December.

See you all in the New Year

x

Giulia

Tasty Date Slices

Hello darlings.
Here is the recipe that I was telling you all about over on Instagram.


Super easy and super tasty!

1 1/2 cup of organic almonds
1 1/2 cup organic oats
1/2 teaspoon of pink salt
10 organic dates
1/4 cup organic virgin coconut oil

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25 dates
1/2 cup water

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Process all the dry ingredients: oats, salt, almonds. 
Take out 4 spoon flu of ground ingredients for decoration purposes.
Add the 10 dates and process once more.
Gently melt the coconut oil, add the mixture in the pan and whisk.

Press the mixture onto a metal tray lined with parchment paper and press the mixture like you would do with a cheese cake base until firm. 

Process dates and the water together. pour the mixture on top of the 'cheesecake' base.

Use the 4 spoons of ground almonds to decorate the cake.

refrigerate for a couple of hours, then cut the cut the cake into squares. For better taste enjoy after 24 hours of refrigeration.

I hope you like this!
So tasty! So healthy!

08 December 2014

Charity Run

A big thank you to all of you of have helped me to raise funds for the Whales and Dolphins Conservation Society. I did my run today and It rocked! I loved it so much that I will do it again in the spring. 


If you would like to donate, you can do so here.
Thank you so much!

xxx

07 December 2014

#Thankful

I am working on so many nice projects at the moment!


I am feeling so grateful for my lovely iMac these days. I don't know what I would do without this little cutie here.


Talking of feeling thankful...
New thank you cards have landed in the shop!



I am so delighted with them...
To see more behind the scene pictures follow me on here

13 November 2014

"The Dorkinians" - by Andrew Shaylor

 Photograph by © Andrew Shaylor 2014


My portrait, photographed by Andrew Shaylor on June 2014, during 'Surrey Open Studios'.
This picture and many others part of a project called "The Dorkinians", Portrait of a Community.
I am feel so honoured! Please read more about the project on Andrew's Blog Post.


I will be in the Dorking Halls from today until Sunday 30th November.
It will also be at the Dorking Museum from 11th December 2014 to January 3rd 2015.

Don't miss it!
Also check out Andrew Shaylor's stunning portfolio.


11 November 2014

05 November 2014

Running for Whales and Dolphins


This coming December I am doing a 'Santa Run' in London. A Santa run is an event in which lots of caring people take the time to run to raise funds for their charities. 
This year I decided to run for WDC.
WDC is a charity that is working hard to get Whaling Banned and to create safe Havens, (protected ocean areas) for creatures of the sea. 

Will you sponsor me?
Even a small £1 donation will make a difference.

DONATIONS FOR PRIZES!

If you have an ethical business and make a donation for my cause I will mention your name and web site on a feature article on this web site as well as mention you and you business in my social media accounts. If you have made a donation and would like a shameless plug, drop me a line here, including the name of your business and how much you have donated.

04 October 2014

WOW! What a Holiday!


As some of you may have noticed from the frequent Instagram posts, this year we took our van on another beautiful European adventure. We visited France, Spain and Portugal. But of all the places we visited, Portugal was just so beautiful and took my breath away!
We did so much during our holiday... reading, walking, cooking, surfing, relaxing...
It was just amazing. I am so grateful!
Hope you had a wonderful summer too.

x

30 July 2014

#love and angel song



i swear Joseph Keefe has the voice of an angel.
i love this song with all my heart.
go over to you tube and give it some thumbs up if you do too...




25 July 2014

Goodbye Jack


Last Friday at 9.30pm my beloved Jack has crossed over to the other side.

I love this dog with all my soul, and it was really hard to see him go.
My brother and I flew to Italy to see him for the last time and to say goodbye. He was so happy to see us both! Jason bought Jack a new squeakily toy, he loved it. My Autie was also in Italy over from the US so she came to say goodbye and brought him his favorite dog cookies.

We spent the last few days always by his side, indoors or in the garden under the shade of the trees. We were cuddling him, feeding him, talking to him, and helping him to drink and assist him in anyway we could.

On Friday afternoon I picked roses and lavender flowers from my mum's garden, and put them on him when it was over, in memory of all the times he used to spend relaxing and playing the garden.

Goodnight Piccolo Jack.

Love you forever and ever.

13 July 2014

#joy


This cutie will soon be available as cards and print in my store
to brigten up your home or the life or someone in need

Have a wonderful week end

ps: for daily updates, follow me on instagram! I am practically addicted to that app!

12 July 2014

New items in store...


#Love

Hello everybody,
How are you all?

I hope great. This is a little something I've been working on for my turquoise themed bedroom.
It looks so cute!


Here some pictures of the working in progress...




By the way if you like this, I take custom orders for artworks like this, and you can message me about it here.

 New items in the shop!

03 July 2014

Summer Water

Today I made this drink to keep me going while painting, and it looked so pretty I had to take a snap.
Super easy, hope you enjoy it!


-Raspberry Ice cubes
-Mint
-Lemon slice
-Lemon Balm
-Lemon juice
-Water

Mid-summer shop update


Stay tuned, for on Sunday evening there will be a big summer shop update with lots of new cute things and...

the guys that are on my newsletter list will also receive a special magical surprise!


In you are not on the newsletter you can sign up here.
But hurry!
I will be sending out the newsletter on Sunday at 9pm London time!

02 July 2014

Pics on the go...

Shoot!


Yay!
I'm finally on Instagram!
So much fun.
Come and see what I'm up to day by day over here!

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Instagram

Magenta Glory

Godness!
I forgot to share this pic the other day!

 

Magenta flowers pattern!
 
 


Cutes!!!
more coming soon.

Have a wonderful Thursday dearest.

27 June 2014

Flocking together...


Here is a little something I'm working on right now


Have a lovely week end 

x

26 June 2014

Petals of a daisy

Hello my lovelies,
Hope you are all well. I am very well.
Been working lots on commissions, client work, and a little bit of super fun things...

Last night I spent a couple of hours re-arranging my art studio. I packed away display units used for my Open Studio Event, moved my big desk in front of the window where it was over a year ago. I love it by the window...! lots of summer rays and most of all, loads of space in the middle of the studio. I missed all that space. I also created a designated computer area space onto another (little) desk on the other side of the room. So nice! I have the computer on most of the time, because i love to listen to the radio, music and podcasts, while I paint... but it's so ginormous that takes so much space and so much light! I can't stand not having enough space when I work.
I'll see to take some snaps of the studio and post them here in the next few days.
If I could express into music the way I feel about my adorable little studio It would be this piece by Patrick Doyle... I just adore it...!


And here some snaps of bits and pieces I've been working on.
Lots of flowery colourful tones which just have 'summer' imprinted all over them.
I adore them.



I am utterly, utterly in love with Ang Lee's 1995 production of 'Sense and Sensibility', as you know, I mentioned it once or twice! But this is the piece which I just die for. It's
p e r f e c t !
Thank you Patrick Doyle!

I received the soundtrack for my birthday last year, so sometimes I just keep it going in the car on a loop on this song. As I listen to the notes I can clearly see Elinor dancing with Mr R. Ferrars (not E. Ferrars! - if you seen it you know what I am on about!) and then, surprise surprise, Willoughby turns up (WOW- and he's so hot) and it's all a it awkward and completely unexpected!!! (even if you watched it hundred times, its still takes you by surprise. Everything seems to be going so fast in this scene! Before you can say 'WHAT?!' Marianne across the rooms sees Willouby and she is like: "OMG!" And the rooms goes dead quiet and all weird. I could watch this scene thousand times and never get tired of it! LOVE IT, LOVE IT LOVE IT!
Of course, stinky traitor Mr Willoughby ends up to be not as charming as we once thought, but hey, that's real life for you...
We have all met those guys that seems so great and sweep you off your feet, but after all they reveal themselves to be... well just a big disappointment really.
Thank you Jane A. for warning us all a couple of centuries ago... too bad that girls never listen. hey!
I love, love, love Colonel Brandon, he is so ADORABLE! I mean I know - I know. Marianne could literally be his daughter... but he is so charming, thoughtful, deliciously polite and, ooh so sweet. I love him. I think Alan Rickman played his part ooh so well (double omg). And he turns up to be such an hero!
Goodness gracious me.
I really din't mean to make this post all about Sense and Sensibility 1995, but hey, this is how things go sometimes. And the music it's ooh so inspiring.
Love you and leave you
x

12 June 2014

The Happy Twin

Hi Everybody, hope you are having a wonderful week
This is a little sketch I've been working on today!







xxx

Much love

08 June 2014

A-Tisket A-Tasket story of an inner child


Hello everybody!
Hope you are having a great weekend.
I went to see Cheryl Richarson in London yesterday and absolutely loved her workshop!

She talked about self care, did some first hand coaching with people, taken questions, and talked about the inner child.
In regards to the inner child, Cheryl was saying how the small traumas that we experience when as children really impact us on a deeper level when the trauma is not being processed at the time. I found this extremely fascinating and interesting.
As at the moment I am playing Elle Fitzgerald in my car, and listening to this song on a loop I think it very much fits the bill here...



For instance, when something happens to a child, for example the child falls from his or her's bike and hurts him/herself as parents or as adults we tend to say things like "it's ok, you are fine"
This tells the child that it's not ok to cry or to feel a 'negative' emotion. In essence we are telling that child to cheer up and stop being sad. This is how children become detached from their emotions, and perceive sad emotions as negative and therefore to avoid or not to talk about.
Instead, Cheryl suggested that we should let the child experience that emotion, encourage that emotion to be he healed by letting the child tell his/her story, to as many people as possible. Then, after 3 or 4 times that the child tells the story the emotional charge is gone and the inner wound is healed...


Curiously, (or not-depending on your belief system) Teal also talked about the topic on trauma related to parenting in this week's Q&A. 

Have a wonderful week

Love

Giulia

05 June 2014

Stepping into the shadow

Hello everybody,
Super excited about this film!


Have you seen in? 
We watched it last week end and absolutely adored it...
This film it's not what it looks like from the trailer. It's so much more...
 If you haven't see this film yet, you may want to stop reading now (spoilers ahead!)


First of all, I really love how the story is told from the opposite perspective then the usual fairytale. In this film we hear and see the story of the 'villain' rather then the 'hero' (and we will see how there is no such thing as a villain later on)...
This film goes deep into the shadow. It explains how and why the ego does what it does when we let it. 
First, the film explores the magical realm of the fairies and pixies, with amazing beautiful visuals that will take your breath away.
I loved the flying mer-people, what a beautiful twist to the usual iconography of these creatures.
We meet and fall in love with Maleficent; we see her story, her life and her will to save and protect the fairy kingdom from the human world when it is threatened. She reminded me of the wickedness, earthiness and power of Shakespeare's Pan.

Maleficent is a mythical creature; Beautiful big, brown, eagle-like (or angel like) wings allowed her to move swiftly wherever needed. Strong dark horns her head.
I know that when people see horns they automatically see the devil. But horns on a head don't make someone evil by default! Let's not forget that the creation of the devil is, and always was, man-made. It represents a shadow side that it is in each and every human being.
But before that, well over 4,000 years ago, the bull horns represented power, authority, respect in many religions across the globe. In the ancient Egyptian religion it was "Hapis" (Then Ptah, Osiris and Atum); In hinduism it was "Nandi" (meaning 'who brings joy') and so on.
Then the symbol of the horns was corrupted by the 'new religions' with the advent of the Old Testament and ever-since then, it has been connected to the sin of man, and hell (hell was also man-made to control the masses to oblige and obey to one patriarchal religion)
No, there is nothing evil about Maleficent, despite her name. She is full of love, compassion and extreme power. She is the one that puts a spell on a child as revenge toward man who
 who ripped off her wings off in order to become king. The act of the spell, was of course a selfish and egotistic act, one that she herself regretted doing. This part of the film is one of the most beautiful ones; it brought tears to my eyes. Here you see that the ego can be dismantled by the love and compassion that each and everyone is capable of.
Of course, if you are to tell the story of The Sleeping Beauty, you have to keep the characters names otherwise you might as well write a different story. In the original cartoon we have dark as we know it and light as we know it. We have evil forces verses good forces. We have the villain and we have the hero.
In Disney 1959's feature we witness the victimisation of 'good' characters and the condemnation of the 'bad' characters. We are told that there is 'good' and 'evil' and nothing stands in between. But times have changed, people are becoming more and more empowered.  In 2014's feature, 55 years later from the cartoon, (55 is also very significant number) we harness the power of true love and compassion. The redemption from ones mistake.
It is Maleficent that saves Aurora with a kiss, not the prince.

So, if you do insist to see Maleficent as a villain, in this film you will be forced to see that the villain has in majority, a tender loving side to her; and the one action of placing a spell on Aurora, was the one time egotistic mistake of revenge, rather then the one's life mission to destroy love and harmony within in a kingdom as it is portrayed in the original Disney's feature.


This film teaches us to see things from different perspective, not to give thing for granted.
The character of the King for instance, who is he? He is a thief right from the beginning of the film. He desires to experience love, but along the way choses to betray love in exchange it for power. Not only that, he knows the one weakness of Maleficent and uses this knowledge to destroy her. He is a man consumed by fear and revenge.

So I would encourage you to step in the shadow; and you'll see that it is not frightening as you might think it is. This film offer an in dept look at the archetypes, for example:

Maleficent: is the Magician - powers of perception, intuition, cleverness
facing the challenges of trickery, and manipulation.

The King: The Sovereign - Order, stability, control, tradition
facing the challenges of entitlement and greed.

The Raven: Sage - Wisdom, intelligence, clarity of thought, rational decision making
facing the challenges of feeling disconnected, and passiveness.

I find in ingenious!
If people were to truly harness the this power they would learn a lot about themselves. 
So, to those who believe that his film was made as a way to control and program the masses, I would just say this:
1) no-one can be controlled and programmed without your permission
2) if people were to be programmed with the qualities of this film, which are in essence, love and compassion, it would probably be a very good thing.
3)if you believe that you are creating your reality what does this conspiracy theory say about you?
Hope you will love it, 
Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below!