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Monday, March 4, 2013

The winner of HHC#30 is...My European Touch

I was the hostess of last weeks Handmade Artists highlight challenge...and as my prize I offered these 2 kits..
with these kits I also will block, mat, and frame the finished pieces for the winner.  And that winner is Monkia from My European Touch, and this is her winning highlight.
Now for a little bit about Monika.
She is an amazing woman who grew up in Germany shortly after the end of WWII, and that is where she found her many talents at a very young age.  Watching her parents and other family adults re-using and making do with whatever was available to them, she learned to make candles, clothes for her dolls, and how to fit pieces of china together like a puzzle.  Monkia can create new and beautiful items from old and broken items, and has evolved into a self-taught mosaic artist.  I have the honor of owning one of her newer pieces...
I purchased this mosaic dove for hubby's birthday next month, and it is absolutely amazing.  And large!  I bet if you asked, she would make one for you too.  Monika not only creates mosaics, she paints, draws, and just beautifies everything she sees...

Here is an example of her updated pincushion vase, she took an old silver plated vase and turned it into a pretty and useful pincushion for the shabby chic seamstress.  She also has pincushions that she created from old tea pots.  

This is a print of her original painting, a watercolor of Japanese cherry blossoms.  She painted the original while still living in Germany back in 1975, but you will receive an 8x10 print in a protective sleeve.
And here is an example of just what Monika is famous for...her mosaics.  This tray centerpiece is beautifully adorned with Blue Onion pattern china plate pieces, that she cut and set one at a time.  It's all grouted and ready for use, and I love it!

You can also find My European Touch on flickr, and like her page on facebook.  And I highly recommend her blog for all the interesting stories that she loves to share with her readers.

That's the winner for this week, so click on any link above to visit Monika, and join us at HandmadeArtists for more fun and friendship.
Be blessed,


  1. Debbi, I was wrong, you are right and I truly thank you for such a fine write up about my shop.
    I am very blessed, and thank you from the bottom of my heart.

  2. Interesting post, Debbi. Monika's work is wonderful. :0)

    1. yes it is, and Monika is a wonderful person too. <3

  3. Monika's work is so beautiful! I love the mosaic dove!

    1. it's even prettier in person. I can't wait to give it to Chuck. :0)

  4. Lovely work - and it's so good when folks carry through what they've learned as children: somehow it makes it all so much more worthwhile.

    Thanks for your last comment at www.ColdhamCuddliescalling.blogspot.com, Debbie! Yup I do Zumba, but it's Zumba Gold - not the full strength variety. We do our exercises to soothing 50's, 60's and some 70's music - rather than modern boom-boom! Just keeps the old joints moving - only once a week, mind you: some crazies here seem to do it every day (and that's not including the instructor!)

    1. I've wanted to try zumba, but I hate to sweat, especially in front of people, so I just rock to the oldies with Richard Simmons in my living room. lol



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