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Someone once said… “Laugh as much as you breathe and love as long as you live.”

Anticipation and sprinkles of magic everywhere

The new vignette in my office space

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A lot of dreaming and a little anticipation. I love to create dreamy little spaces filled with hope and magic. Yes, hope and magic are always a part of my day dreams.

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 The magic of little gifts wrapped in mystic atmosphere are my favorite kind of surprises. The woods are filled with plants and creatures and sometimes the unexpected.

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Sometimes beauty is simple and untouched. Beauty comes in the most natural forms but can be enhanced with a little imagination. A little imagination can lead you right where you want to go.

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Right to the  kind of place where dreams fly and wishes float.   Do you have a special place like that? A place where you feel inspired, hopeful and just a little dreamy. We all deserve a  special place to retreat.

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I love making artsy spaces, creative niches and little vignettes inside and outside the house. It’s nice to find the unexpected in everyday places. As I’m sure you’ve noticed most of what inspires me isn’t the ordinary picture of a flower or sunset. I’m inspired by that little added twist or extra kick. What inspires you and makes you heart beat a little faster?

I’m a curious girl and I really want to know what you think. So please participate in my poll and vote below. 

Inspire me…

xo-jj

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July 14, 2009 Posted by | me, secrets, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , | 13 Comments

A most provocative green goddess

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Today I’m celebrating the color green. It’s not the kind of green you see when you look at blades of grass seeping up between your toes as you walk across the yard. Nor is it the shade of green you see when you look up at the canopy the trees providing some respite from the heat of the afternoon sun. This green is quite different than what you’ll find in nature. It’s causes your eyes to stare and become fixated, it’s provocative, and almost takes your breath away. I love this green for it’s audacity to be bold despite the competition. I’m not implying that this green is any better the the lovely shades found in nature but it does make a statement.

IMG_4437When this shade is coupled with old wood and a rich patina, my heart beat faster with excitement. You may be thinking right about now: what a silly thing to get so excited about. Well, my reply to that would be- it is the little things that make every day special. Sometimes we are so busy living for those big moments that we miss the most extraordinary things that just slip by. A little pop of color here, a little taste of sweetness there can make an ordinary day pretty special. 

This year I made a vow to myself that I would not let the little things pass by without noticing their significance and celebrating their contributions toward making my day special. I won’t allow myself to get caught up in the big prize at the end and give up all the little gifts along the way. The big prize is never as grand as it seems anyway. In the past I’ve lived my life thinking if only I could get to that point in my life or I can’t wait until this happens, only to find that those moments never came or when they did they weren’t so grand after all.

With all of the difficulties we face in life everyday don’t we deserve little bouts of happiness sprinkled in. The answer is “yes” BTW.  Old doors make me happy, so I decided to share some of my happy moments captured  with you.

As I take a trip around the blogsphere I see so many struggling to get through the day. It makes me sad and I want to reach out and say it’s okay or did you notice anything special today? So here I am with this one little blog reaching out to all of you to say " don’t let the good stuff that’s sometimes over shadowed by the ugly stuff slip past you. That little moment when you sink your teeth into a chocolate bar or witness a flock of baby ducklings following their mom across the road maybe the best thing that happened to you on that day. Stop and take a moment to celebrate the way these little tiny blessings make you feel. It may sound silly but I think you’ll find it makes a difference in the way you feel at the end of the day.

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Oh how I would love to have this groovy green gate in my garden. It’s so yummy with little bits of rust peeking through it’s vibrant coat of paint. It reminded me of a big green goddess in the middle of the desert. I drooled over it but it doesn’t go with my earth-toned house and the price tag well lets not go there. I decided that this image would have to do. I can visit it anytime I need a little shot of groovy.

Yes it’s true I am an internal optimist and sometimes that gets annoying but hey what’s the alternative? I have a choice of how I see things and I’ve picked the door with the extraordinary shade of  chippy green paint because it makes me smile. 🙂

xo-jj

May 27, 2009 Posted by | me, photography | , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Return of the Garden fairy

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The garden had been very quiet until just recently when it  exploded with color. The garden girl wasn’t sure what had taken place but it seemed to have happened over night. She decided that maybe she should investigate just a little, so she tiptoed through the garden and looked around. Everything looked to be in order until she heard a faint whisper coming from behind the door of the caretaker cottage. She approached it every so slowly and then pulled back the door. The garden girl gasped….You won’t believe what she saw.

 

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It was the sweetest little fairy enjoying a break from her garden chores. The garden girl may have upset her because as soon as the fairy noticed an intruder, she flew off quick as a bird.

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Oh no, will she come back to take care of the garden?  I assured the garden girl that these Fairies are shy but they never neglect their duties or pass up a cute little garden cottage to live in.  This garden fairy will be back when she’s over her fright.

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It wasn’t long before she was back at her duties. No wonder the garden is doing so well. This little fairy has been very busy and as it turns out she isn’t so shy after all. She and the garden girl made friends right away.

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The garden girl would never have guessed that she’d have so much help tending her plants. Garden fairies are cute, cuddly and very good at their jobs; they don’t require much: just a little caretaker cottage, a few flowers and a lot of love will do the trick.

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So there you have it, this garden girl’s secret little cottage is finally revealed and of course the best part is the little caretaker who dwells in the garden and keeps everything just so.

Enjoy this beautiful spring day.

xo-jj

May 21, 2009 Posted by | me, secrets | , , , , , , , | 5 Comments