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Artist Advent Calendar : Ana Zaja Petrak from Zagreb, Croatia

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Ana Zaja Petrak aka Anek creates very striking artwork which caught my eye immediately. She comes from Zagreb, Croatia, a beautiful place where I've never been - but would love to go one day. Ana describes her warm and cozy Croatian traditions for us, and she's sent many beautiful photographs, enjoy!

Christmas is my favorite part of the year! It instantly brings me feelings of happiness and warmth. I enjoy fairy lights and decorations all around Zagreb, everything looks magical.

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Every year we make different hand made ornaments and the Advent wreath (made of pasta) at home with our 2 boys.

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We already made all kinds of stuff and our Christmas tree always looks very unique and a bit childish. We gather a lot with the friends and the family during those days, enjoying in good company lots of delicious food and good wine. 

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I love snow, especially the first snow of the season. I'm happy as a small child when first snowflakes start to fall. There is something so peaceful and calm about it.

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I have lots of orders in my shop during Christmas season and my dear husband helps me a lot around packing in the studio. Thank you Mario!

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I enjoy watching sentimental movies during December, snuggling in a blanket with family and the cup of warm tea...or wine.

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2013 was incredible year for me, I'm so grateful for all the opportunities and wonderful things that happened. Finally, I wish you all the best in 2014 and let all your dreams come true!

Thank you Ana! I have been a fan of your work for a long time - and I would love to visit your beautiful country of Croatia - so it is a special pleasure to feature your art and Christmas traditions here!

See Ana's colorful lovely artwork in her Anek Etsy shop, on her website, on tumblr, twitter, and pinterest.