Monday, 26 May 2014

A new week and Blogoland link love

Hello, dear friends,

It is the beginning of a new week. And with it, the end (of perhaps the first part) of a period of doing new things that I am not ready to share here yet. What I can say is that it involved public speaking that I have always liked and everyone told me I'm good at, and hated, at the same time, because I felt self-conscious and nervous.
It seems though that all those years of reading aloud at school feasts and selling to customers, all add up.
I am in awe of how Life leads us, trains us, pushes us to show up, even when we stick our legs and scream "I don't want to move on!".
This is certainly my case. 
I don;t know what the future holds, but I try to pray consciously and ceremoniously whenever I can, or through my mind, asking for guidance in the desert. 
In the meantime
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I let myself wander a little through unfamiliar Blogoland ground (feels like a pc game at times, unwalked territory opening up). Some places I'll visit again, some I won't, but all that matters is where we seek and find Beauty. 
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I hope to keep a normal-ish tempo in coming here and letting you knwo how life goes.
Till then, take a look at what felt nice this morning.

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The Tulip Festival in Holland
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I love flowers. I love bulbs. I love tulips. I love Holland.
 That says it all about my first pick!

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Optical Illusion Dress
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Montana Designs

Pattern is
WOMENS McCALLS LOOSE FITTING PULLOVER DRESS EASY SEWING PATTERN NEW / UNCUT 6465 
via here

Because I admire women who make nice clothing for themselves
and because I love shift dresses
and this one looks smart!

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What’s the big dream in your heart? Do you know what it is? Or is it just a feeling that follows you around and you bump into it from time to time?Wherever you are, that’s okay. Right here is where you start from. 
My kind of gal.
An inspiring post by Sparkle Tea
that I needed, just in time.

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A wonderful if dark, and not agreable with my Christian faith, but still interesting visual journey by none other than an Appalachian witch.



Spring in the Japanese countryside.
I LOVE every picture
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  Inaka Biking 

I hope you enjoyed blog walking with me
Have a beautiful week ahead!

Saturday, 24 May 2014

British Whimsy




There is something so cheerful about 
London
The colours seem brighter
and the whimsical views are everywhere.







I love all things Victorian.
 I love all things that are respected memories of a glorious past that live on and inspire the present.



A touch and more of Greek inspiration for glory.



Where I received my degree from the hands of Princess Royal


I love this room. Modern cozy.


Picture perfect.



Sweet delight!

South Kensington
England

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Some thoughts on blogging



One friend said on Facebook the other day, that she misses the time blogging was innocent and from the heart. And another  favorite blogger of mine also had a story on blogging to share.

I would like to know what you think.

I have been blogging since 2006, and I must say I have had my ups and downs, like every other blogger.
At first, before Pinterest came along, I used this blog to document my design inspiration, and had another blog where I shared about family and life.


Then I began blogging here about my work. The Google Friends thingy was introduced, and the pressure to have more "Friends" made people optimise, secookie-cut posts and the magic of sharing from the heart began to evaporate.
Then,  as the FB friend mentioned, the pressure to monetise our blogs mounted. Sure, I appreciate an ad or a review offer, which more often I decline than I accept, unless I can test the product and have a safe opinion to suggest to my readers.



It is true that I do miss those days of spontaneous writing, when I'd share honest posts, with real meaning, with friends that would pop over to ask how I was doing, if I missed a week of posting (and I often didn't, because I wanted them to know I was OK).
This explains why this blog that stayed with me after I decided to keep this "design" one over my family one, doesn't see my writing more often.


There are still quite a few bloggers left who share from the heart and don't have a team to write for them pretending to be them. Guest blogging is welcome, but don't tell me it's your blog: it's a magazine, a business, otherwise it's a cheat. I love on line magazines like Matchbook and Lonny, but they are honest with me and tell me they are magazines written by a team, making a profit. I wouldn't blame Vogue for that!

So, where am I with blogging?
Call me a romantic, but I shall continue to write from the heart, picking and showing what I like, what I think you'll like.
Non-intrusive ads on my sidebar will appear, and honest businesses who are interested in my reviewing their product will be welcome, too.
As far as I am concerned, I shall let you know when this or another blog of mine ever becomes a profession.

In the meantime, let us enjoy each other's honest company.

xoxo
Irene


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