Sunday, January 30, 2011

Very Wise, Indeed!

Vintage owl figures are fun to collect and display.  What could be cuter?  You can find them in many shapes and sizes, made of porcelain, pottery, wood, glass and metal.  They will add a touch of whimsy to your very serious life.  Here are just a few that I have listed, at one time or another, on Bluebell (some are no longer available).

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Black & White

I usually go down to the basement, almost every morning, for my workout.  I have a recumbent bike down there, and I ride it for about 30 minutes.  Followed by stretching, strength training and sometimes Pilates.  However, due to the significant snow fall last night, I decided to get my exercise by shoveling the white stuff off of the driveway.  I did about half and saved the rest for hubby.  I thought he might appreciate a good workout this morning, too.  It was good to be out in the fresh air.  Very invigorating.  Later in the morning I had a photo shoot for Bluebell.  Lighting was great with the snow outside and the sun peeking out from behind the clouds.  I took some pictures of some great wooden bowls that I recently came across while treasure hunting.  They were hand made in the Philippines and stained black.  They are oval in shape and have great modern appeal.  They stood out particularly well against my white background.  Thought I'd share them with you. 

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Finding Beauty in the Ordinary

Beauty does not have to cost a lot of money.  And often it is even free.  Take, for instance, that bowl of seashells on your hall table.  These were gathered by you while walking on the beach early one morning.  Or how about a basket of pine cones picked up from your back yard at Christmas time.  These are gifts from nature that are sometimes overlooked, and they are right there under our feet.  Beauty can also be found in simple, everyday, utilitarian objects.  How about an old red rubber coated dish drainer from the 1950s, cast upon a jumbled table at the rummage sale?  Take it home.  Wash it off.  It will be a bright spot in your kitchen.  Picture it filled with just washed blue and white china dishes. Lovely!  A dusty box marked "canning jars" may be worth checking out at the rummage sale, as well.  It could contain old, blue glass Ball jars, which would look great filled with pasta, sugar, or dried beans on your pantry shelf.  Slow down and learn to look for beauty in things that are often passed over.  You will soon start to see the world in a whole new way.