20 June 2010

Creating A Space By The Sea



I am creating a space...

By the sea..painted by my mother, Alma 

I have been thinking about it since winter,
our home in England


and I have just started.


I am filling it with a few of my favourite things.

My new ginger jar and flowers from the garden with
a statue I took from home the day I moved into my first apartment.
(I hope my mother does not read this!)



A painting my mother did for me to remind me of the town by the sea...



My brushes, just in case...


I am still working on it..
I think it will be a constant work in progress.


It wouldn't be the same if I didn't have
a spot to view upon my fantail friends...


or the 
 collection of poppies I bought for the garden...


I have decided that if I can not be by the beach,
I will bring the beach to me...


Do you have a few of your favourite things close at hand?
Would love to know what they are :)

jeanne :)

images~me

22 comments:

  1. Beautiful Jeanne
    I love that little painting.. how sweet and what wonderful memories it must evoke... all these pieces spell relaxation and romance to me..

    Well I am very happy to tell you I will have my own little space again soon.. and more room to create an office/artistic space.. woo hoo... thanks for your lovely words of support during my 'panic' haha.. i was extremely lucky!!! xxx Julie

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  2. What lovely things to have around you. I do love how you make your dreams come to life. That is the sweetest painting that your Mother did for you~ and did I know that you paint??? Can you tell us more about that? Would love to see what you do. I'm thinking of a long walk on the beach this weekend- wish you could join me.

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  3. I am so so happy to hear that you found a space Julie...every woman needs her own space:)
    Staying in same area?

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  4. Deb...the painting thing is one of those that sits in silence. You know what it is like...the spirit has to move you. Someday it will again, I am sure of it. In the meantime...my camera is my friend:)

    How I would love that walk along a beach with you! It feels like an autumn day today, one I would consider perfect for a long walk along the beach.

    Be sure to go for the walk and tell me all about it...take pictures too!

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  5. How lovely your things look - especially the bird bath with the birds around the edge..beautiful - did you get it from Chelsea? As long as I have my gorgeous candles around me and some good books I am happy... x

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  6. You're so right about needing the inspiration to paint - sometimes it deserts you, other times you're bombarded with ideas. But at least you're thinking about it, mulling it over....you'll be back to the brushes soon I suspect. Just make sure you share your work with us! K xx

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  7. Good Morning,

    You know your blog brings that kind of peacefull feeling when you read it..I love it...I need that, maybe because I know my day will be a bit chaotic...the painting is very inspiring...I am by the the sea but my days are more about taking toys,towels,food, and floats to the sea.

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  8. I love your Mom's painting! What beautiful things to have around you and inspire you! Have a wonderful weekend!

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  9. I adore that sweet little painting your mother did. That is such a dreamy space you are creating. I'm all about surrounding myself with meaningful treasures. Everything in our home has a story behind it - just the way I like it.

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  10. Hi Sarah..

    The birdbath is from Australia! I found it in a flower show in New Zealand and purchased it to remind me of all the fantail birds that lived in our garden. It was made by Willie at www.williewildlifesculptures.com.au

    I ran into WIllie at the Chelsea Fower Show and we had a good laugh about the travels of this bird bath. He makes beautiful big birdbaths with cockatoos and kookaburras. I am saving those for when we move back to Australia :)

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  11. As always...thank you Grace and Stephanie for your kind words...very encouraging!!

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  12. Kerri...thanks, fingers crossed!

    Fer..thanks so much, very kind of you to say :)

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  13. Ummmmm, your mum isn't going to be very pleased with you, Jeanne !!!! haha.
    I often catch my daughter walking out of the door with something of mine ! Our son doesn't do that though.Must be more of a girl thing !!
    What a lovely little painting of the seaside. Will you be doing much painting ? I would love to see some of your work.
    I do have personal favourite things around me but, some of my favourite things are giveaways from fellow bloggers. Whenever I look at them, I think of the friend that sent it to me. Such a lovely part of blogging, I think.
    Have a lovely weekend, Jeanne. XXXX

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  14. sweet jeanne
    i am sooo with you... who cares if we live by the sea? create your world the way you want to live...with what you love... buy what you love... these are words i live by...

    the precious painting your mother did... made me tear up... it is one of the true treasures in life..

    i look forward to seeing your work... i love your creative work environment...

    have a wonderful weekend... xoxo

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  15. What a lovely painting from your mother...and that sculpture is simlpy beautiful.

    Creating " a space by the sea" is a wonderful idea...decorated with pieces that you love.

    I think women need a place to gather out thoughts, be quiet for awhile and recharge...
    I see that you have brushes...I hope that you will find some inspiration to play on the canvas!

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  16. This is such a wonderfully beautiful post, Jeanne...I loved the photographs and your descriptions are marvellous. In fact, I'm also in the process of furnishing my own space, where I intend to spend my time reading and writing, surrounded by my most treasured books and trinkets I have collected whilst away :)

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  17. I recently discovered a new hand cream, created by someone on etsy. Homeade. It smell exactly like the sea. Exactly. I put it on my hands just before I turn out the light. I dream of the sea.

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  18. That's the best way to look at that glass. As half full. Bring the sea to you. That's exactly what I'm doing!
    Brenda

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  19. I loved all of your favorites.

    I never go anywhere without a few of my favorites. A hotel, a friend's home, a tent . . . always want a little of home with me. For me that is a candle, a few favorite books, and a picture of my family.

    Thanks for these beautiful photos.

    Your thoughtful comments on my blog, mean a lot. Thanks.

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  20. What a lovely post...it was fun to see what's dear to another's heart and then look around at what's dearest at home. I guess, for me, the most precious things are the utilitarian yet beautiful (white ironstone) dishes I use every day. Some are useful as art on shelves.

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  21. Forced to use our basement shower while construction continues on upper floors of our home, it occurs to me that the space felt like being on a boat. I'm feeling nautical-by-the-sea-decorating of downstairs coming on! Thanks for the lovely ideas!

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  22. That little painting your mother made for you is so lovely. I can't wait to see a photo of it. I am sure it will be beautiful, if filled with the exquisite things you picked out.

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