Thursday, 28 March 2013

Pinterest - Life in Pictures

Growing up as an only child, my closest and dearest ally and friend was my cousin, who when my parents chose to move from the South of England, sadly then lived hundreds of miles away, along with the rest of my family.

(not a good hairstyle in those days, regardless of the natural blonde colouring!)

Despite the distance, our close relationship remained strong and when I wasn't spending holidays with her, I thrived on our (protracted and somewhat costly) phone-calls, but most of all we communicated frequently with reams of lengthy letters, cards and postcards documenting all our teenage thoughts and latest activities.

A practice of ours was to collect pictures that appealed to us. They were then put up around dressing table mirrors for inspiration for make-up and hair-styles. 

Part of our letters were made up of some of these pictures, to which we would put captions. As our focus in those days was on fashion, make-up and beauty, these pictures were usually  from fashion mags, and the pictures with our captions portrayed us in various guises as we would wish to be, posed by beautiful models.

I recently discovered this picture in an old box file - separated from the letter it was attached to, I believe this was supposed to represent how either my cousin or I looked in the morning. Wishful thinking of course - we usually resembled disheveled scarecrows as we were hauled unwillingly from our beds.

As the years went on, although some of our common interests remained, such as sewing and books, our lives took different paths. Laura's interest in beauty developed and she is now a successful make-up artist.

I on the other hand began to become more interested in creating beautiful things around me. Hence a passion for gardening grew. Instead of Vogue, now my magazine subscription is for Country Living.

Lately Blogging has become a substitute outlet for capturing my thoughts and latest activities. However, just as Laura and I collected and gathered the pictures from magazines, I have now also discovered a wonderful way of gathering images for ideas, inspiration and what I like most. PINTEREST! Now I am hooked!

It started with a few pictures of gorgeous gardens that inspired me. Then I found other pictures that fell into other categories; before I knew it, several hours had passed as I jumped from pinboard to pinboard, pinning and re-pinning as I went.

Currently I have put together ten boards, mainly influenced as you will see by my love of roses, gardening, creating, France and vintage; 

Inspiration for my new garden

Instead of replacing the garage we recently demolished, I intend to have an alternative garden retreat, perhaps I will have a gypsy caravan like the one above?

Will we ever get the weather to enjoy eating outside again, if I set up my table and chairs? 

I do so love spending time at the allotment and the other allotments and potagers on this pinboard look amazing with some fabulous ideas that I just know I will have to try and incorporate into my plot.

This one's self-explanatory!

Beautiful items for creating, but my current creative space is higgeldy piggeldy. Some of these pictures will influence my new creative space at La Petite Maison.

I can try!

My gardening gear is generally dictated by comfort - jogging bottoms and a fleece / tee-shirt (weather dependent), and I usually tend to end up awfully muddy, but I do have very good intentions of making a bit more of an effort. This board certainly inspires me to do so.

When I get time......

So desirable!

As with the blog, my pinterest boards represent what I like. I confess I am quite choosey as to what I pin, and would rather pin a picture that really appeals to me than just pinning for the sake of having lots of pictures on my boards. There are so many lovely pinboards to view that it is very easy to lose track of time - so be warned!



HolleyGarden said...

I don't "pin", but I am going to check out some of yours! :) Of course, I almost laughed at the "Gardening in Style" category! That seems so impossible for me to achieve, I can't even imagine it! I don't wake up looking good, either! :)

Charlotte Garden said...

As a fellow rose lover, I am sure you will be enchanted with the rose garden pictures. I have a feeling though that no matter how much I use the ideas for my gardening, my gardening attire will remain with comfort being the main influence! Jogging Bottoms forever!!