Hello, my lovely friends. Thanks for all your encouragement about our recent gardening efforts – just what I needed to hear before I tackle the rest of that confounded ivy on the fence this weekend! Another iris has unfurled her pretty fronds today which has gladdened my heart. Oh, and it looks like we have an apricot tree in our veggie patch! Yes, this little gardening caper is helping to lift my spirits as I start the slow process of finding my *new normal* after recent events.
Another little project which is bringing me pleasure is sorting out my precious *room of my own*. So many of you have been waiting patiently for some photos so here are a few of my work-in-progress on my desk.
See anything familiar? Eagle-eyed Planetarians will spot a few things immediately. Like Emma’s desk – in a much better state than back here! There’s sweet Iris’s divine birthday butterfly scarf which I’ve been wearing quite a bit lately. Let’s take a closer look.
Here’s my butterfly vase which you saw, filled with vibrant daffodils, here. There’s little Charlotte, keeping me company and surrounded by a delicate butterfly dish, a divine blue Tasmanian ceramic box (unfortunately I can’t recall the artist) and a little French beeswax candle.
You might recognise some of Felicity’s handmade fluttery friends on the wall. There’s one of my prettiest Cavallini & Co files at the back. That divine blue notebook is from my gorgeous friend, Melissa.
And here’s my *box in a box* - remember that? Now it’s filled with goodies such as Tina’s clay butterfly, Ang’s blue bookmark, the sweet ‘for Jane’ tag made by my local bloggy friend, Sarah, and a heart-warming letter from Suzanne in the US. Oh and the blue circular gift tags are made by the talented Hobartian, Narelle of Ruby Victoria Letterpress & Printing.
Moving along, we come to the wonderfully inspiring set of affirmation cards (featuring one of my favourite quotations from Henry David Thoreau) from kind Catherine (I’ve since painted that wood in Charlotte’s blue, Catherine ☺). The framed French print is by the talented Jessica Purser who has her Etsy shop, Purrr. You might recognise my little glass dragonfly paperweight you saw here.
There’s Beth’s brilliantly hued butterfly, perched atop one of my favourite vases which contains a feather from Iris. In front is the divine ceramic birdie from my treasured friend, Felicity, a special letter in a bottle and a doily-imprinted ceramic tea light holder made by the talented Tasmanian ceramicist, Sally Cassandra.
And to finish off, just feast your eyes on this divine painting by my talented and caring friend, Anna. You can buy more of her loveliness at her Etsy shop. You last saw the little French bottle here. The little turquoise post-it note holder and pencil holder are from Typo. I was given the little angel by some precious German friends. I adore the two little blue ceramic colonial Hobartian houses.
The Eiffel Tower is from Chez Moi – remember how much you enjoyed peeking around Karen’s shop back here? The gold clock was a wedding present and the framed print is also by Jessica Purser.
Overlooking it all are a photo of my Blogging Your Way mood board and my Liberty loveliness I created back here.
I am so delighted at how it’s all coming together. It’s all so very *me*. I am on the hunt for pretty frames for mood boards and need to work out where to hang all the gorgeous garlands you’ve made for me! Then there are all the shelves in my craft cupboard to arrange – look out weekend ☺.
I must say how thrilled I am to have so many of your kind gifts around me – it feels like a big bloggy hug at the moment! Tell me – how does it make you feel to see something you’ve given me here? I hope your heart is as warmed as mine.