Sunday, March 9, 2014

Meet Artist Monica Castillo

Not only is she a talented miniaturist from Barcelona, she's also an amazing mixed media artist. A self-taught painter from age ten, Monica makes custom books that include her original illustrations. Monica Castillo's blog is called Kitchen Miniature, and I know you'll love her blog and her work!

I've recently received some gorgeous miniature gifts in the mail from sweet blog friends. One precious friendship package came from Monica. First, see the beautiful gifts, all handmade by her, that Monica sent for Flossy's Cupcake Cottage:


There's a darling spa kit with eye mask, nail polish, and cotton balls in a jar; a gorgeous picnic basket with a plate, napkins, wrapped sandwiches, and cheese; and a delicious cheese board with three kinds of cheeses, bread, and pears! Everything is so beautiful and thoughtful. Flossy is over the moon with happiness!

Monica sent more beautiful miniature gifts too:


The chicken plaque has a wonderful red gingham paper on the back, the broken egg is so fun, and the other minis are so delicate and beautiful. Sophie will have the chicken plaque in her bear cabin soon, and I'm afraid someone has already eaten the chocolates since I took this photo! ;-)

Next, Monica sent a beautiful lapel pin featuring a hand painted camera and the message "Smile!" :


And for the grand finale, Monica sent this gorgeous painting as part of her beautiful friendship gift:


It's one of Monica's original paintings, on mat board. The painting is called Rabbit Queen. There are words around the outside edge of the rabbit, which read: "all you need is love, believe in you in the power of love and life will be wonderful. believe in you, love is in the air." Not only is the painting gorgeous, with rich colors, many layers of pigment, and a deep meaning, but it is also one of the most thoughtful gifts I have ever received.

Thank you for everything, Monica! You're a beautiful, talented, and thoughtful friend. Monica's blog, Kitchen Miniature, is full of gorgeous miniatures like the ones I've shown you today. If you have a chance, please check out Monica's blog, leave her a nice comment, and welcome her to blogland!

I have more miniature gifts to show you soon, plus a new story! Plus, don't forget! Plushpussycat's 3-year blog anniversary giveaway is still going through Thursday, March 13, 2014. Leave a comment on the giveaway post to enter. I'll announce the winner on Friday! Until next time, keep things fun! xoxo Jennifer


41 comments:

  1. Such Sweetness..... lucky you. xoso Sandy

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  2. Those are awesome miniature Jennifer! I think the items are lovely and the painting is truly a special gift. Very nice painted and the words are so thoughtful. Congrats on such a wonderful present!

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  3. I love Monica's work! Thanks for sharing! Flossy looks very happy.
    hugs♥,
    Caroline

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  4. Wow...wonderful minis! A very generous gift.
    I specially love the painting, it is so beautiful and sure to find its place!
    Hugs
    Kikka

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  5. Lovely. The picnic basket is so sweet =0)

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  6. Felicidades por estos regalos tan estupendos, son fantásticos.

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  7. All gifts are lovely but I love little pears best! Enjoy them all Jennifer!
    Hugs

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  8. Beautiful miniatures, Jennifer, Monica spoiled you a lot, enjoy :D!!
    I think I like the tiny picnic basket most!
    Hugs, Ilona

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  9. Congratulations on your lovely gifts, my favorite is the little basket, I will go on a visit at her blog. Enjoy.
    Hugs
    Wyrna

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  10. Glad you like it and like your followers, thank you very much for all the nice words, it is a pleasure to have friends like you, jennifer. A big kiss!

    P.D.Thanks to all for the compliments and take a moment to visit my blog and leave a sweet comment, it is very important to me. Thank you!

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  11. What wonderful gifts! Oh rocher chocolates..mmmm my favorite ;) The painting is a wonderful piece, so colorful and creative!

    I look forward to reading Monica's blog, more mini love to share!
    hugs, js

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  12. Tienes gran suerte con estos hermosos regalos, es impresionante el cuadro del conejo. es precioso. Un abrazo.

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  13. Lisa T left a lovely comment that was unfortunately deleted (long story):

    Wow...wow...wow! You have received some incredible gifts! I love that picnic basket and the painting. Thanks for the info on her blog...I am off to check it out now.
    Enjoy your beautiful minis and have a great Sunday!
    Lisa

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  14. How long did it take you to unpack all these treasures??? *teehee* Wow, you've been spoiled... so many beautiful gifts and so well made. And that painting is really a piece of art - will Flossy hang it on her wall?

    Hugs
    Birgit

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  15. Hi Jennifer! Gorgeous gifts! Monica really is very talented! I will definitely check out her blog (thanks for the link!) The painting is superb and so thoughtful, something to treasure. I have to say the broken egg really made me smile, I love it!
    I'm not surprised the Ferrero Rocher chocolates have already gone, they wouldn't have stayed long at my house either!!
    Kind regards, Brian.

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  16. Congratulations on all these fantastic gifts. I love the painting it is gorgeous. Lucky you :) The basket is so cute and the cheese board. Enjoy all these wonderful treasures. Thanks for the link I will go check it out now.
    Hugs Maria

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  17. Vous avez été gaté,vos cadeaux sont ravissants!!
    isabelle

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  18. What adorable gifts, Jennifer! Monica is very talented!
    Hugs

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  19. Congratulations on your wonderful gifts!
    kiss

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  20. Magnifiques cadeaux ! J'adore le plateau de fromage et la peinture est très belle. Amicalement.
    Lila

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  21. Beautiful gifts!
    Kisses
    Alessandra

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  22. You are a lucky blogger!! Many incredible gifts from very talented Monica to a dear blog friend

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  23. Hi Jennifer,
    congratulations on these beautiful gifts! all looks amazing!
    Magda

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  24. Bellissime miniature, curate nei minimi dettagli. Sono davvero dei regali speciali!!!
    Patri

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  25. oh my goodness I love love the teeny tiny chocolates! What glamourous miniature things you have received this time!

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  26. Enjoy the lovely presents, Susan. They are great, all of them!

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  27. I know you will have a great time "playing" with these new gifts.
    Geneviève

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  28. Great presents, the little chocolate box <3 Hugs Eeva

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  29. wonderful things again!!! How cute and enjoyable! And thanks for the link to the blog! :) Many greetings!

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  30. Deliziosi i doni che hai ricevuto da Monica, soprattutto mi piace il kit da manicure ed il cestino da picnic. Bellissime le parole ed il dipinto.
    Un abbraccio.Manu

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  31. Hi Jennifer! What a wonderful assortment of gifts that Monica has sent your way; each one is a real treasure but the Painting is to be Prized for sure!!! There is so much personality in all of the gifts and I am in no doubt that you will do justice to them all! I shall most definitely pay her blog a visit, Thank You!

    elizabeth

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  32. Bonjour Jennifer, les cadeaux reçus sont différents mais tous sont très beaux ! Un "coup de coeur" pour le tableau.
    Je vais suivre votre conseil et aller visiter le blog de Monica
    Amicalement. rosethé

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  33. A great new artist, I had to rush over and follow her via RSS, STAT! XD Thank you for sharing!

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  34. Congratulations on such great gifts =)
    Will go and check out her blog right now =)
    Hannah

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  35. Congratulations for these lovely gifts.
    I'll go check Monica's blog now.
    Hugs, Drora

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  36. Bellissimi regali, il mio preferito è il piccolo cestino, ma anche il resto è molto bello, sono molto felice per te!!

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  37. How many cute things you got there Jennifer!! Monica is very talented and it's very difficult to choose and pick just one as favorite!!! I love all the things you sent you!! You lucky girl!! :)

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