Friday, July 30, 2010
Inspiration everywhere I look! I just love visiting all the delicious blogs out there and soaking up all the artistic goodness. I was much inspired (as I always am) by Vanessa over at the magical http://afancifultwist.typepad.com/ She did a post that prompted me to straighten up my little corner of my world, and delight in all the little things that make me smile. And of course tidying up in dress-ups always makes the job that more fun! I picked my dressing table up many years ago at a local op-shop (I think overseas you call them thrift stores) for a song...I love it! It holds all my jewellery (I love costume jewellery and semi-precious stones rather than the 'real stuff').
As I was straightening up, I remembered a similar dressing table we had when I was very young, and I loved it...isn't it funny how our memories store these little snippets of goodness?
This dressing table set was given to me by my mother - it was her nana's (my great grandmother) so it is very precious to me...
The little cards tied up in a bow are ones I got when I turned 40, 3 years ago now...I am such a magpie, and hold onto things, just like my mother.
Here is a peek inside my silver jewellery box....a gift from my man a couple of Christmases ago... the string of pearls were given to me by my mum and dad when I finished high school.
In my playful mood, I decided to take my wedding dress down from the top shelf of my wardrobe and put it on my mannequin...it really is a fairytale dress...I had my wedding bouquet made at a florist, but when they delivered it, I hated the formality of it, so my beautiful bridesmaid and best friend Wendy http://www.wendyrule.com/ jumped in her car and went to the local shop and bought some long-stemmed roses and 'threw' them together into an informal arrangement - much nicer...please check out her website, she is an amazing singer/songwriter, who also happens to be a witch...she made me the little bag hanging on my dressing-table from material that was used to make my wedding dress - in it I keep my tarot cards. Here she is looking decadently outrageous at her 40th masquerade party - a most extravagant affair!
The painting of the nude tucked into the top of the dress was done by my beautiful niece, and given to me on my 40th birthday, with some heartfelt words inside - these things are very special to me...
Straightening up the bookshelf, I found more yummy inspiration! Have you guessed that I love fairies? (Never really grew up)...I love all of these delicious books.
I would also like to thank Celia at http://adventuresofthestripedstockings.blogspot.com/ for bestowing upon me a lovely award. I get kind of get embarrassed with these but I do want to acknowledge it and let her know I am honored.
I am supposed to sum up in 5 words the motivation,philosophy and experience behind my blog. Suffice to say that I came up with this... "Getting the creative juices flowing".
I hope that you have enjoyed a little peek into my world...and a glimpse at the things that are very close to my heart. I will leave you with a little taste of Wendy - enjoy x
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
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Monday, July 19, 2010
You know the days...the ones where there are too many thoughts swirling through your head, and you just need to stop and take a breath..
That's how I have been for the past few days. Ian is in France, did I tell you? No, he's not holidaying, he's actually working, but that doesn't make me any less jealous! He keeps sending me pics of the gorgeous places he is staying while following the Tour De France (see photos above). Don't get me wrong - I am happy he has such a fabulous job where he gets amazing opportunities like this, but I must admit, I am feeling a bit sorry for myself. It doesn't help that we are in the midst of a cold winter, and I have been stuck at home with sick kids (Georgia had the flu for over a week and we didn't really do anything!)
So, this morning I rugged up and made myself go for a walk - Brrrrr! It really does make me feel better, it's true, and I am working on a painting for Georgia's room, and just creating always takes me to a happy place.
So, I thought I would share here something else that warms the cockles of my heart - it is Abby singing at a concert a few months back. We recorded it on Ian's I-phone, so the quality is not fantastic, but you will get the idea. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do - but then, I'm biased, he he....