Monday, October 12, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

"Gratitude can transform common
days into thanksgivings, turn routine
jobs into joy, and change ordinary
opportunities into blessings."
             ~William Arthur Ward

    Happy Thanksgiving! (To the Canadians out there ;) I had a wonderful dinner with my family yesterday and thoroughly overdid it with the yummy food! I feel truly blessed for my magnificent life and for the people in it that I love and cherish. Here are a few photos of our Thanksgiving table and some outdoor Autumn pictures that I took while I was out on a walk with my niece. I hope everyone has a wonderful week and remembers to show gratitude for the blessings of life! 

Friday, October 9, 2015

With Love...

"I believe that imagination is stronger
than knowledge. That myth is more 
potent than history. That dreams are 
more powerful than facts. that hope
always triumphs over experience. That
laughter is the only cure for grief. And
I believe that love is stronger than death."
                     ~Robert Fulghum

   At a vintage sale I went to recently I was sifting through a pile of antique postcards when I came across a beautiful old Valentine. It was in pristine condition as if it had been carefully tucked away somewhere for years as a treasured keepsake. It was only a couple dollars and I found I couldn't walk away from it, so it came home with me. I know some people ask sometimes what is the appeal of something that is old? Why would you fill your home with things that are used instead of fresh and new? Memory is a powerful thing. It moves and inspires us. I worked in an antique store for years and I heard the phrases "My children don't want my heirlooms" and "We don't know what to do with our estate. No one in our family wants our things" many, many times. Everyone's taste is different, and that is good, but I think there is something to be said for placing value on the past. I love old things because they are unique, because they have a character and charisma that is often absent in what can be found in stores today. I also like to believe that I have rescued something that was once precious to someone and that I am preserving, if only in the smallest of ways, a fragment of their days. 


You can find some of these treasures in my Etsy Shop! Be sure to have a look!

Saturday, October 3, 2015

A Jewel Box

"O suns and skies and clouds of June,
And flowers of June together,
Ye cannot rival for one hour
October's bright blue weather."

   I remember the year that my sister and I both decided that we needed jewelry boxes. Not those sweet childish things with a revolving ballerina and a tinkling song, but something grown up and sophisticated where our baubles and heirlooms could be displayed elegantly. After much searching I chose a square cream coloured leather box with a silver key. It was beautifully made and matched the creamy colour scheme of my bedroom. When my trinkets were placed carefully inside I'll admit to you I felt very chic. :) My sister searched for another year before she found one that suited her. A large wooden jewelry box painted with cherry blossoms that sits grandly on her bureau. I thought I would open this treasure chest one day out of curiosity and ended up running off with it to take pictures. I never know what I am going to photograph from one day to the next but I can say that my sister and her unique style are always an inspiration to me. Who isn't enchanted by the idea of what might lie inside a pretty box with a little key...