Artsy Loveliness & Sharing

My good and artsy blog friend Joanna in Stockholm had her home featured in the latest issue of the fabulous Rue Magazine! The Rue founders were looking for a lovely home to feature in my old home town and I suggested Joanna’s — and here it is! What is not to like! Very Scandinavian chic and lovely. Just like the owner herself! I am so proud of her! Go here to read the entire article. (Page 124+).

Last week I received not one but TWO unexpected packages in the mail from two very lovely friends. You know how much I love art and I could not believe what I saw when I opened these packages. These ladies had taken the time to sit down and create something meaningful, beautiful and personal for my home. I stared and stared and took everything in. What amazing pieces! 

My long-term, loyal, creative and so generous blog Musketeer Charlotta has left Australia and moved back with her family to Sweden. I know that she was overwhelmed with emotions and hard work packing up an entire house, keeping her kids happy and saying goodbye to all her close, local friends and to a country she loves so much.

I can’t even tell you how touched I am that she took the time to send this precious art piece by her for Prince William’s room — in the midst of her hectic move! How generous is that!

Many of you already know that Charlotta is a very accomplished children’s artist/designer (I have mentioned her work in  the past) and I highly recommend that you visit her art blog/store — here. She ships all over the world and I can assure you that you will love her whimsical, colorful and joyful kids art pieces as much as I do!

In the second package was this stunning piece by my dear friend Michele. She wrote me the sweetest note about how certain birds are attracted to each other via their songs and how beautiful friendships are formed, just like in blog land! She used the book spine from “Familiar Garden Birds of America” and created a stunning assemblage with beautiful bird images mixed with heart warming and meaningful life statements and wisdom. How incredibly creative and personal. 

I immediately had it framed and I am now looking for that perfect spot for it  in my house.

Michele is also an accomplished artist/designer (yes, I have mentioned her too in the past!) and I highly recommend that you visit her Etsy store — here.

Also A Big Thank You to my close blog friend Greet, who recently presented me with a Natural Sharing award. That girl has so many things going on with her lovely home, her business and many design projects, yet she always takes time for her friends. Amazing and very inspirational she is.

I pass on this award to ALL of my readers and followers! I insist that I have the best readers and I get to talk and meet with so many of you. I am incredibly blessed.

My days as a busy summer Mom are flying fast. Only a few more weeks and then my young ones are ready to go to the bus stop with new backpacks and legs a few inches longer! I am savoring every precious moment with them this summer.

Warm hugs to you all!


Images: No. 1-4 via Simple Blueprint, 6-10 via Splendid Willow.
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  • Greet says:

    Oh Mon, I hadn’t heard it about Charlotte!! What a huge change in the life of Charlotte and her family!!
    The art work for William’s room is really beautiful!!
    And you are a lucky girl to receive such a fabulous artwork from Michele!!
    Enjoy your holidays my friend! Kisses to you and the children!

  • Dear Mon,
    We would have been blown away to receive such precious gifts. Both have such a special meaning! We have never seen either of Charlotta’s or Michelle’s artwork and will have to run over and check it out. Hope your week is off to a wonderful start!
    Renee and Angela

  • Franki Parde says:

    I LUV the bird collage! Nature has such an influence in my decorating personality. It is lovely and look forward to seeing it’s place. franki

  • Joe Clarke says:

    I saw Joanna’s apartment in Rue. She has amazing style!

    Lucky you to receive such lovely art pieces!

    Hope you are having fun in the sun.


  • Livelikeyou says:

    You’re one lucky girl receiving all that beautiful art…I’m kind of feeling like a bad blog friend… I didn’t send you anything!! All art pieces are lovely and original and they couldn’t have picked a more suitable home and person to send it to!! Hope you’re having a good summer. I’ve been so good avoiding excessive time on the computer!! Kramar!!

  • Delishhh says:

    WOW – those two pieces are gorgeous. How fun to recieve those as surprise gifts. Lucky you! :)

  • what a heavenly post to wake up to this morning. i adore your friend joanna’s place and cannot wait to slowly savor the feature in Rue. i love charlotta’s work, and this one is extra extra special. i was so happy to create this collage for you, my gorgeous girlfriend. you’ve gone and made me feel all fancy again.



  • I have not even had a second to sit and look at the new Rue. Looking forward to reading more about your friends lovely home. What a sweet gesture from both Charlotta and Michele with their wonderful art.

    Can’t wait to have you over when you get back from the beach! I will have some homemade jam for you too! xo

  • Wow! LOVING Joanna’s home. Can’t wait to go check out the new Rue!

  • Tracey says:

    How cute is that artwork???? ……. beautiful home.

  • Charlotta says:

    Hej raring!
    My very first comment from SWEDEN!! :)

    I am so happy to see the bird finding nesting with Prince William, and hope he likes it too. x

    Being ‘home’ is surreal and I find myself not quite grasping that we are now residents rather than ‘residental tourists’.. Am busy busy trying to get organized and settled. Getting keys to our new home today (finally!) and can’t wait to carry our suitcases over the threshold.

    Skriver mer när jag fått lite mer ordning i tillvaron.

    Stor kram till dig och extra kramar till kottarna.

    xx C

  • Charlotta says:

    .. ‘finding nesting’..?
    Apparently I am still jet lagged.. :)

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  • Joanna’s place is gorgeous – the ART letters are just my kind of thing! Both Charlotta and Michele’s art is so so lovely, how wonderfully sweet that they sent you their art pieces! I am a HUGE fan of both the lovely creative ladies.

    Meera xx

  • sherry says:

    Love Joanna’s home…and how nice of people to be so thoughtful and send you gifts that you would love. That take some special friends…….

  • Joanna says:

    Mon! Thank you so much! From the bottom my heart! What a special post to be a part of. I feel happy to have met you in the blogging world and real life. Stor kram o tack för de fina orden.

  • I did not know about Charlotta’s move either. Summer has me way behind on everything. Her work is amazing and what a special gift to you!!!! Both very talented friends you have. Congrats on your sharing award…so well deserved. You have been a heart friend of mine every since we met way back when with The Shiny Pebble design challenge. My how time has flown since then. Remember our virtual parties?

  • I’m visiting from Michele’s blog and saw her lovely artwork here so kept reading on! (Oh she’s such a talented lady, isn’t she and I love the spot you have her beautiful piece now, even if it’s just temporary!) Anyway, that being said, what a gorgeous little spot you have here in blogland – why have I not visited before?! Well, I have quite a lot of catching up to do I reckon! Lovely to ‘meet’ you, looking forward to seeing what else you have in store x

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