Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Tuesday Afternoon


Sometimes I think everything looks lovelier through the viewfinder of a vintage camera - in this case an old Beirette which has seen better days. I'm still slightly high on the illicit buzz of floral thievery, Sunday afternoon brought a long drive back from a wedding in Devon and I couldn't help noticing there were Hydrangeas absolutely everywhere. I may have asked T to pull over and keep the engine running, getaway driver style, so I could jump out of the car and snap off a head of pink prettiness from an overgrown Hydrangea bush. I regret nothing. 

Since I got home I've been hanging out in the spare-room-cum-Jem-office more than usual playing around with making a few things and setting up some clippy inspiration bunting (technical term) of pretty things that strike a chord and keep me smiling. I have stacks of old photos from the 1900s onwards - both found photos and old family snaps but it struck me that I rarely print out pictures of my own so I picked 50 or so shots from the past year and now have hard copies which feels like such a luxury. Must get my rolls of film developed next! 

Lately I've been reminding myself to dream. It is so easy to become bogged down in everyday life, or to be preoccupied with cheering other people on to achieve their goals and forget that you have some of your own. It can feel like a guilty pleasure or a dirty secret to have a dream, something you keep in a box on top of the wardrobe and only bring down for a peek on high days and holidays - difficult to admit to yourself let alone to the world, but every now and then something will remind you that anything is possible. 


22 comments:

  1. Love your inspirational bunting, could do with some of that myself at the moment! have a happy week sweetie

    Bee happy x

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  2. I love the imagine of you grabbing the flowers and legging it back into the car. And your photograph inspiration bunting is adorable, but I just love that wooden beam!

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  3. beautiful photos!

    from helen at www.thelovecatsinc.com // @thelovecatsinc

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  4. Beautiful photos and beautiful post! I loved reading it- especially the part about flower larceny :)
    Daniella x

    http://daniella-r.blogspot.co.uk/

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  5. such beautiful shots as ever. totally get what you mean on the dream front. why do we feel as though we cant chase them?

    brilliant job on the flower theft! x

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  6. Ah I love the idea of this 'photo bunting'. And I agree, I miss the days of photo albums as I never look back on photos I take anymore.

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  7. A "dirty secret" sums it up perfectly for me, like if I tell people I have ambitions they'll look at me askance. Let's not let that stop us!

    And these photographs are stunning.

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  8. Your spare room/office space looks quite lovely :) (love the old beam!) I probably would've done the same thing with those pretty flowers (if I had a car to get away in..) I tend to forget about dreaming too =( xxx

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  9. I love the second picture from the top. I imagine a little fairy slumped in the chair under the hydrangeas, huffing and puffing away after lugging that massive camera around the room trying to jump with all it's weight on the capture button to make it take a photo :)

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  10. A really lovely way to display your long forgotten photographs Jem, you are a really good photographer may I add! The little chair positioned next to the jug of flowers made me smile, as though a little mouse is going to walk along and sit on it for a rest! I love your beams by the way! xxx

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  11. These are such gorgeous photos. Seems like you had a wonderfully creative afternoon, you've just reminded me that I need to start printing out photos again. My mum and sister found a box of photos from a couple of years ago I forget how nice it is to physically flick through them xoxo

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  12. Wow Jem, you always uplift me and inspire me to follow the wildest of dreams stashed away in both my heart and mind. You are one of the loveliest and creative people I know and I know one day all of your dreams will very much come true. You also have the perfect eye for capturing such beauty in your images xxx

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  13. Ah, so it's a getaway car now, is it?! I too like the little chair. It causes me to suspect that you may have borrowers. What lovely inspiring bunting. Nothing like surrounding yourself with positive sentiments to help you dream. Dream on. xx

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  14. My poor hydrangea died this year, I've been tempted by the one in my neighbour's front garden every time I walk past! Dreams are tricky things, I go from thinking mine are perfectly achievable to totally out of reach. I've found recently that blogging exacerbates these highs and lows...

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  15. Hi there fellow floral pilferer! Hydrangeas totally worth getting busted for. Ha-ha! The blue ones are my favourite.

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  16. Hey Jem, I'm doing a post soon on dusting off the shelves in my gallery and opening it up to the sunlight again so it was really nice to hear your 'anything's possible' sentiment!!!
    Awesome photo bunting!

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  17. Inspiring post! Totally agree! I have spent years encouraging my pupils to chase their goals, and my husband, through his carreer change, but what about me?!

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  18. Just found your blog and your photography is beautiful! :)
    Love it.
    xo

    iamlaurenpotts.blogspot.co.uk

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  19. goshhhh! I love your blog so much! it is all so pretty!
    i love the clippy inspiration bunting!
    i definitely think i need to dream more! it really is easy to get swamped with the boring everyday life... but so much we can do to change this.
    ---note to self--listen to this and remember!

    xxx

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  20. that quote is on mt fb profile pic i love it! I dream all.the.time.

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  21. Beautiful photographs! And you're totally right, anything is possible! xo

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  22. You're such a beautiful photographer, and your photographs are such inspirations, given me little ideas to design and change up my bedroom :)
    You're such an inspiring person as well! Definitely will start reading all your posts ^_^ I am a fan ><

    http://beancah.blogspot.co.uk

    xoxo

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