new blog post...it's been a while

hello.

I think I'm my own worst enemy when it comes to all manner of things. Like - I'm a genius procrastinator. If IT has to be done right now, I'll quite literally talk myself into doing everything else but that - wholly convinced that the toilets cant possibly wait another second to be cleaned or something equally as entertaining ( I am a stay-at-home mom primarily, you know) and then I'll make myself stressed that IT hasn't gotten done yet. I also talk myself into and out of situations I'm not entirely sure there's a black and white answer for. You know- those things where it could result in horrible embarrassment or high praise, but absolutely nothing in the middle? I'm actually quite certain that I feel that most things I do - aside from the completely mundane things, like cleaning my toilets - live in the realm of those extremes. It's as if my head battles, constantly, between a horrible lack of self esteem and a rather lofty one. But - maybe that's all normal and we all do that to some extent. Anyway - my long winded prelude is just to tell you that it's been far too long since I've entered a blog post and I'm set to make it a habit from now on - or for as long as the butterflies in my stomach allow me to hit publish. Quite a few of you responded kindly to my newsletter the other day and it made me feel that the things I think about might not be all that uncommon. Maybe you'll enjoy reading my ramblings here every once in a while. SO here goes...but more another day.

XOXO

Marina

Away for a bit

Hi! I'll be away from my bench for a few weeks to spend time with my family and to visit my in laws. I'll return in August with a brand new collection of things to show off. If you have any questions for me or just want to say hi, I can always be reached via email or on socials. Please note that during this time "off" I'll be a bit slower than usual to reply. Thanks for checking in! 

XOXO

Marina

Happy.

Hello.

I haven't written anything on here for quite a while. I typically write when I have the burning need to say something, but I haven't felt that need for so long. I think it's because I'm truly happy. It's a strange place to be - happy is. Happy means sleep, contented sitting, wistful smiles, empty headed kisses and fully invested hugs. Happy is a warm child's hand and my husband's strong arm around my shoulders. Happy is having a home to call my very absolute own, full of quiet, light and air. Happy is laying on the ground and making patterns in the tree branches. Happy is a loss of anger, a loss of stomach knots and tightness in the brow. 

A lot of things I had to say previously were fueled from this sense of unsettlement, lack of self confidence and loneliness. While I was always surrounded by my insular family, I feel less isolated steps away from the crowded city. I think it's because I can fully focus on them now and be more fully present in the moment. It's hard to explain the changes just moving homes brought me - but they're there. They're blossoming and they're full of warmth. I am still, if not more so, full of inspiration for my work, I just have fewer words to go with them. Like I'm happier to let them stand on their own without an explanation or an apology. I hope my work will continue on in this way - filled with a lungful of breath and a quiet mind - and I hope you all wont mind the subtle change.

XOXO

Marina