Saturday, June 23, 2012

China Collection

"I feel so intensely the delights of
shutting oneself up in a little world
of one's own, with pictures and
music and everything beautiful."
                ~Virginia Woolf

    My Mother has always loved china. She collected little English pieces of fine bone china when I was a very little girl. I remember when she first discovered French china and then Prussian, Austrian, and Bavarian. She loved them instantly and they became something that she treasure hunted for in flea markets and antique stores. Her china collection is a part of my childhood and something that will always make me think of her. As I grew up I wanted to have my own collection and together we oohed and aaahed at shows and markets when we found a particularly pretty piece. I loved it the first time my Mum said we were rescuing these pretty pieces - that they were special because many of them came from places that don't exist anymore such as Prussia which hasn't existed since the 1940's! I wanted to show you a little bit of our combined china collections. As I was photographing some of my own pieces I realized that the ones that mean the most to me, that are my very favourites, are the ones my Mum gave to me. I believe that I will always look at beautiful china filled with pink roses and little loops of gold and think first before anything else of my Mother.

I am linking with:
Pink Saturday
Midsummer Party
Lolly Jane Link Party

Drawing by Jennelise Rose

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

La Bonne Vie

"You have exactly one life in
which to do everything you'll
ever do. Act accordingly."
                 ~Colin Wright

    Sometimes the bustle of everyday makes me feel very low and I need a pick me up! Simple things can refresh my spirit: a piece of chocolate cake, a good movie, a beautiful saying, a half hour in the sunshine - just little things but they make the world of difference to me. Beautiful pictures - whether they are photos are artwork - can turn my mood right around! It is no secret that I love pretty things. Seeing a great collection of pretty things in photographs is like a giant piece of chocolate cake! Instant happiness! This is why I love blogs so much - because there is so much to be seen and enjoyed. My newest favourite is a tumblr blog called La Bonne Vie. You will have to see it to believe it - so many lovely things!! Here are a few of my very favourites...