My FREE CALENDAR for March is here!
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March 1st is a traditional Romanian holiday called Martisor that celebrates spring. It's customary to wear a symbolic brooch tied with a string made of red and white silk with tassels at the ends. Most often, the brooches are in shape of snowdrops, which signify the beginning of spring in Romania as they break through patches of frozen, harsh snow with their delicate yet strong white flowers. They are a symbol of hope for better days and renewal.
Today I cannot help but think of the resilience of snowdrops. My heart is heavy for the conflict in Ukraine, and while this brings back hard memories of growing up in communist Romania, during the years of Soviet Union oppression, I can’t help but hope that, like the snowdrops, all that is good and pure will prevail and democracy and freedom will soon be restored in Ukraine.
While I am so grateful to live in the US which has been my home for more than three decades, I pray for all affected by this senseless war. My thoughts and prayers are with those fighting for their freedom and with the displaced families and children forced to leave their homes overnight who are enduring the harsh winter cold and a lack of basic supplies and medicine in the middle of a pandemic.
It's heartwarming to see the help Romania, other neighboring countries, NATO, the EU, and US are lending the refugees and those fighting in Ukraine. And I hope and pray that this insane war all be over soon!
If you would like to help,
below are a few reputable sources of humanitarian help that accept donations for Ukraine:
USA for UNHCR – USA for United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
UNOCHA – The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs helps humanitarians save lives of those caught in crises.
UNICEF and UNICEF USA - United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund
Save the Children - Save the Children’s Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund
Together Rising – Ukraine donations. Founded by author @glennondoyle who believes that when a woman rises, she brings her people up with her. Supported by @abbywambach, member of the Together Rising Board of Directors and two-time Olympic gold medalist and FIFA World Cup Champion
I hope you enjoy the calendar and it brings you hope and peace!
With much love,
I'm Cristina Tudor, a Beverly Hills fashion illustrator. I paint live illustrations at fashion, retail, entertainment, bridal and lifestyle events for clients such as Chanel, Ferragamo, Piaget, David Yurman x Galia Lahav, Badgley Mischka, Bloomingdale's, Warner Bros. Studios, Diptyque Paris, Ted Baker London, Eric Buterbaugh x Beverly Hills EB Florals, and Survey Monkey, among others.
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