Cozy Memories

eclectic by nature

during the holiday season

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Supporting handmade businesses during the holiday season is very important, just as all year around, but around the holidays, it means more to everyone.

When you purchase from an artisan, a maker, you do not only support a family, somewhere on this planet, and your community too, if you buy local. You buy something unique, truly special, one of a kind, that you can (perhaps) get personalized to your needs.

You also help protect skills around the world, because if everyone bought machine, mass-made items, who would keep on embroidering, making ceramics, painting, woodcarving, weaving, dyeing, bookbinding etc etc ? That would be a pretty sad world indeed.

And when you decide to spend your hard earned money, you get to spend it mindfully on something that makes two persons (minimum) happy : the maker and the recepient of the gift ! This doesn’t happen in chain stores ! Your money needs to be spent wisely, and to help a family live, not a CEO get extra richer ! Your money is your way to change the world, is a way to vote for something better & more balanced.

This said, I know we can’t all afford to buy all of our holiday presents from artisans. I know I can’t. But even buying one only among them makes an extra step in the right direction.

Have you planned or considered to buy something handmade from an artisan, locally or not ? If you have makers/artisans shops/link to share, please feel free to do so in the comment sections, I would love to discover new ones !

Thank you for reading, and for visiting ! Be well !

With love,

Sonia


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refreshed visual identity

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I promised to be back here more regularly, and I’m trying to stick to it. Blogging is a habit I’ve lost along the months. It requires a bit more time & manipulations but I think it’s worth it. I hope you’re still here, or will be back.

We moved clocks backwards this past night, and the weather also changed from summer to winter, I am not kidding, in the matter of three days. It was sunny & 25°C last Thursday, and it’s rainy & 12°C today on Sunday. That’s southern France for you !

Anyway. I’ve stopped here today not for talking about the weather but for showing you the logo stamp I’ve carved this morning, since I’ve refreshed Cozy Memories visual identity (first with the logo itself) :

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It’s far from perfect but I’ve learned to accept the flaws of things in general, including the things I make. I’m not a robot !

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I hope you’re having a lovely weekend. It’s raining, hubby’s home, and we’re planning to play some board games with a cup of cider soon. Perfectly autumnal, blissful !

With love,

Sonia

new heart ornaments

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Before I get started about how ackward it feels to pick up the blog after over five months of neglecting it, please allow me to introduce you to the last two heart shaped ornaments that just went straight to the shop …

I made them with all my heart & they are made of naturally (dip) dyed linen & cotton, or naturally dyed silk threads for the embroidery, of hemp twine for the hoop, and of organic cotton stuffing for the filling. They are sold individually, and have different prices because they are not exactly the same size.

As I said in a previous post, hubby’s now working 1000km away from home, and undeniably, this has shaken up our summer holidays & our way to go back to school & to new routines. We’re now pretty much settled but it’s been a challenge on many levels, as much for the boys & for me, as for hubby himself, being alone over there.

Anyway, finding my way back to creativity in this pretty mess was another big challenge of mine. But apparently, I’m seeing the end of the tunnel. Or at least I hope so.

I’m not sure anyone now visits my blog … but if you do, please say hello so that I can be aware of your visit ! I promise to be back more regularly … I have so much to catch up with !

With love,

Sonia