Wednesday, October 17, 2012

From Russia With (Paper) Love

I hope everyone is having a great start to the week...
As you can see, Autumn is in her full glory here...
I am constantly in awe of this colorful miracle of nature.
With a chill in the air, I am thinking of the upcoming holidays...the entertaining, the gifts, the snow! :)  
Are some of you in full-blown planning mode? 
When it comes to giving presents, I have become more aware of my desire to gift handmade treasures. 
Thanks to brilliant artists like Anita at Castles Crowns and Cottages, I have an increased appreciation for paper artistry. I try to create my own cards, but anything beyond this is still mysterious and challenging for me! 
Enter my kind and talented niece-in-law, Maya....

Maya lives in Moscow, and to my delight and surprise, she has been busy creating these paper confections! I had no idea that she had this gift until I was introduced to her blog here. It is in Russian, but a translate tab should open up at the top, if you would like to visit.

They are all so beautiful! As I was admiring from afar, and wondering "How does she do that?", she surprised me with these treasures delivered to my doorstep....

An ornate, gorgeous little box....

A lovely holiday card....

A precious Birthday card...look at the sweet crochet work...

Stamped on the back in Russian
"Made With Love"
Indeed it was.

Thank you lovely Maya!

Have a beautiful day, dear friends!


  1. How lovely Irina!!!!

    You are blessed indeed with these treasures!
    ~ Violet

  2. Beautiful creations indeed, Irina. Handmade gifts are so much more special, aren't they.
    I'm not thinking of the holidays yet because I'm savoring every sip and morsel of autumn, hoping that the clocks will slow down because it always goes by so fast, but they are approaching aren't they.
    Thank you for sharing these with us.
    Much love,

  3. WOOOOOOOOOO! THIS IS NEW TO ME! I had NO idea that you had a niece in Russia, let alone that SHE TOO has the bug and creates in paper? I must go see her blog! That bird house, OH DEAR! And those baby shoes? It is such a joy to work with paper my dear. Maya is so talented for I still do not know how to make shoes that are closed is NOT EASY and yet her little baby shoes could easily be mistaken for cloth!

    Oh and thank you always, for your kind mention. I am snatching your link and putting your gorgeous painting on my sidebar! LOVE YOU! Anita

  4. OH! AND THE HEADER! Brilliantly bold and fabulous!

  5. Dear Irina...what a beautiful header to come too, just gorgeous....and the papercraft by Maya...simply very talented she is along with's something I have never tried but I do admire it...What a wonderful world we live in surrounded by such many diverse and different truly amazes me....I just might have to pop over and visit! Blessings to you my sweet friend...Dzintra xo

  6. SWEET SISTER! Oh, I am loving this blog header and I really like the idea of using your own art for the header. I just love how your painting looks on my sidebar and the recipient of your work will love this. SO JOYFUL!

    Thank you for coming to visit my post again. Aren't those horses mesmerizing? I don't know what it is about them, but they just whisper something secretly beautiful to me.....

  7. Dear Irina,
    First, thank you so much for wandering over to visit Bei again.
    I always enjoy seeing you there.

    Maya's paper art is exquisite!!! I love the baby shoes and that bird house, amazing.. What a talent she is. How very kind of her to send you gifts from the heart.
    I see our dear Anita has come by. A paper artist extraordinaire.
    Wishing you a wonderful week my friend.

  8. p.s. I LOVE you header! As I have mentioned before, you style of painting is simply beautiful...

  9. Hi Irina,

    Oh wow! She is so talented. What a special surprise for you to receive. Happy Birthday to you!!! OHHHHH...and that first photo that you took of the changing leaves is STUNNING! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this time of year. Christmas is my FAVORITE Holiday...I love the anticipation of it...decorating the tree...wishing for snow, and of course celebrating the birth of Jesus!

    Thanks so much for stopping by...I know how things can get so busy and sometimes the last thing you want to do is be on the computer. Sometimes there are simply not enough hours in the day!

    Have a beautiful weekend!

  10. Dear Irina,
    I just now found your sweet comment in my spam! What were you doing in there?
    Thank you so much for your kind thoughts.
    Love and blessings,

  11. oh my gosh! what beautiful talent! wow!!

  12. Hello Irina!
    How lovely to find such a talented relative.
    The hat is wonderful....I'd love it!

    This is a beautiful time of year,at time to retreat indoors with log fires,music,candles and good books.

    Wishing you a pleasant week Irina,

  13. What beautiful works of art! :)

  14. Dear Irina -
    Your niece in law is very talented and generous! Thank you for introducing us to Maya. I will visit her site.
    Take care, and enjoy beautiful autumn!

  15. My Dear Friend, sorry for my late response. Isn't Autumn fabulous?!!! My son and I had the most enchanting autumn walk in the woods, gathering branches with colorful fall leaves.
    I have to admit , tonnes of surprises to me here;
    Really, you have a niece in Moscow who happens to love paper craft as our beautiful Anita! Visiting her blog made me realized that I can still understand the russian language. Ha! Wow, she is talented and generous. Sending my best wishes to Maya.
    I didn't know you paint. You amaze me every time - what beautiful, tender paintings on your heater !!!
    Did you have a birthday this month ? So, Happy Birthday to you! I wish your life blossoms into many of your most cherish desires comeh true. You are such a special friend! Thank you!

  16. Darling sister,

    I am barely getting around to my comments, and to see yours is always a BIG HUG to my heart. THANK YOU and I wonder what happened to you comment? That happens on occasion and it is so strange! LOVE YOU!! Anita

  17. Well, happy early birthday to you, Irina!!! :)

  18. Tarantara dear Irina...Pirates is in full swing now and everyone is having fun especially if the audience is responsive! I am using the walking cane and last night one of the cast heard someone say 'I like the one with the cane' ha ha! The knee is healing but oh so slowly...Thank you dearest for coming's always lovely to have you visit....Happy Weekend to you...Much Love to you, Dzintra xo

  19. how much talent! Happy weekend.

  20. Hi Irina,

    You are getting SNOW? I have to say that I'm a tad bit jealous! We don't usually get a lot of snow around here.

    I think I too went to the Dentist around the time of your daughter's first appt. I remember it was at least in Kindergarten and by that time I had so many cavities...haha...Speaking of the Dentist...I need to get in for a cleaning. I actually don't mind it. I know some people HATE going! (including my husband)...

    I hope you are having a good weekend!


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