Select 10 things you love about your life and tell us why. It could be certain people, where you live, your local shop...include images if you like.
This post is my first ever challenge for BlogThis. So, here it is.
There are are sooooo many things I love about my world. Way, waaaay more than 10! If I really had to choose though, I would have to say, hands down, that these would be my top 10 favourite:
1. God's Grace 2. Lewi xxx 3. my family 4. my friends 5. unschooling 6. the Bega Valley 7. my home 8. my garden 9. cooking 10. writing
BUT, since this is my blog about all things Feathery and Nesty, I thought I'd share 10 favourite things in my Feather and Nest world;) Here they are....
1. Old Stuff
If you haven't already guessed from reading my posts, I LOVE old stuff! I love scouring garage sales, auctions, vinnies and other op shops, second hand shops and antique shops looking for little old treasures. I have so many old bits and pieces filling up my nest and garden. Lovely people in my life give me old stuff too. I actually treasure that more than the stuff I find;) I love trying to come up with stories about where the piece has come from, who owned it, how it ended up in my little clutches?
2. Green Stuff
Here I go again...same old, same old. But I can't help it - green is cool! It's serene on a wall or bed cover. It's lush and tranquil in the garden. It's old and cosy on pieces of furniture and feathering things.
I especially love the old green (shock horror!). You know, Johnson Bros plates, Bakelite green, old wood fire doors...it's so hard to find that colour in the modern paint charts. I'm yet to find the perfect match but I'm always on the prowl. Let me know if you think you've found it and I'll blog about it and I'll proudly promote that paint company!
3. Garden Dome Thingys
Photo From: http://ancestralcollections.co.uk
They make the vegie garden look so cosy and inviting and English. I love them in Sue Southam's garden. I don't have one yet but I'm working on it;)
OK, well of course I love the real ones (and Lewi especially does) but I'm talking about these:
Birds are so in at the moment. I'm really happy that they are. They look so lovely under glass bells, sitting in little wooden boxes, on top of fence posts, nestled in a pot plant or vegie garden, stuck on a wall as a decal, framed and hung on the wall (a picture that is not a real one), hanging in a pretend bird cage (yep, I have that little set up in my living room). Snuggled up in a real, discarded nest....so cute!
5. Colour Charts
There's nothing more pleasurable to me (OK, well, I'm sure there is but this is pretty high up there) than finding the latest colour chart sitting all fresh and new on the stand waiting for me to nab it, along with one or two or three or LOTS of matching colour swatches. I usually then race home, after a tiresome tackle with Coles and a shopping trolley, make myself a cuppa then settle down on the lounge and pour over the luscious new colours.
I always feel like a thief when I'm in the paint shop. I can't help it. I start by thinking I'll take just one or two colour swatches but then I get carried away and I end up with a wad and then I feel so bad that I stuff them in my hand bag, looking around cautiously, worrying that I'll be asked to 'please put some of those back.'
I think it could be important for me to say, right now, to all of you lovely paint shop owners, that my colour obsession is all for a good cause. You will see returns. I will recommend you to any clients that pass my way and I promote your products regularly. So please don't kick me out of your shop now you know about my colour swatch coveting ways. Please????
6. Old Signs
I love old signs. I love them for the same reason I love all old things - their history. Thinking about a sign once hanging fresh and new over a shop window, beckoning customers to enter and enjoy.
I once nearly had the dream sign. Another auction story...
I was bidding on a sign which was also combined with a huge pile of wood. The sign was underneath the wood. Mostly it was men bidding against me. They wanted the wood to add to their precious stack back home. But, Unbeknown to them, was a gorgeous old post office sign lurking beneath the wood pile. Red and white with faded flakey paint....it's got you going hasn't it? Needless to say, it was noice!
Anyway, bidding away...sold! Not to me;( Some guy had bought the pile of wood. So, over I went to negotiate. He so saw where I was coming from...5 bux for a crappy old sign that he didn't want anyway (cos he just wanted the wood pile!). It was a good deal and he was happy...until...he went and checked with his wife. She rummaged through the wood pile right down to the bottom and dragged out my sign. He waltzed back over to me and explained that the deal was now off because his wife wanted the sign. Argh! Oh well, thems the breaks. Another one will come up, I'm sure.
A friend of mine has a gorgeous Post Office sign (they must have had fantastic Post office sign makers in those days). She has it hanging up in her house (which she is building). It looks fantastic. Don't worry, I'm not coveting my friend's sign...just admiring;)
I'm obsessed with all things barny lately. I've drawn house plans over and over again and they continually come out looking like...a barn!
I love barn doors. I love the high pitch of the roof. I love the weathered look of boards, faded over time. I love corrugated iron with oiled timber windows and doors. I love big bolts and hardware. I love their simplicity. I love their rustic charm. I love their sense of austere on a lonesome hill. Love, love, love!
8. Country Style magazine
I really think that my magazine collection should be a tax deduction. They are my inspiration and research tool for interior design. Without them I would be ...not much. They keep me up to date with all that's feathery and nesty and they also help the supermarkets in Bega flourish because I can't read them without a handful of chocolate coated licorice. This too, I'm thinking, should be a tax deduction. Note to self: I must talk to my accountant about this.
I have been buying Country Style since the mid-90's when we bought our first nest. I really think that it was this magazine that got me into interior design. Thanks, Country Style, though my bank balance would be greater without you xx
9. Rolling Pins
I have waaaay too many rolling pins. Waaay too many! But I love them. I made myself a promise that if I ever see another rolling pin that I feel I desperately need then I have to be willing and able to give away one of the ones I already own. All was going well until....Sarah gave me another one. I couldn't refuse it...it's sooo nice but, I love all of the ones I've got. I couldn't give any of them up. What to do? Well, I just kept it. I'll keep my promise from now on...I promise.
10. Green Plates and bowls and cups and saucers and ....
Yes, I know I've already listed Green Stuff as one of my favourite things but I really think Green Plates etc are worthy of their own listing. Don't you?
I'm building up my collection of Johnson Bros green crockery. It's fun and I love using them and...the best part is they are fine in the dishwasher! I love Fowler ware too - especially in green. Those bowls are gorgeous...woops, that'd be number 11.
OK, enough from me. I'd love to hear about your favourite Feathery and nesty things. Please leave a comment to share with us all. I love hearing about other peoples treasured bits and pieces.