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"Where better to care for the soul than in the details of our daily lives?....The soul has an absolute, unforgiving need for regular excursions into enchantment. It requires them like the body needs food and the mind needs thought... An enchanted world is one that speaks to the soul, to the mysterious depths of the heart and imagination where we find value, love and union with the world around us. As mystics of many religions have taught, that sense of rapturous union can give a sense of fulfillment that makes life purposeful and vibrant." ~ Thomas Moore. Welcome! to my world. A world where my love of the organic purity of the Nature Kingdoms inspires personal whimsical art, Beauty and love of the Mother. In the Spirit of Anam Cara love.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Moss, Rose and Candle Chandelier and Flowers


 Hello Beautiful Ladies of Bloglandia

Did anyone else experience the Madness of March? There is alot going on around the net about how absolutely insane it was, and I can vouch for that personally.

But today is about my lovely little project the Moss, Rose and Candle Chandelier which I finally did today.   I am going to try to blog on John's laptop .....since my PC crashed.....lets see if it works out.
About this project what took me so long was to decide.....deciding whether to make it real, living..... or not real........obviously I wanted it as real as it gets, but if it is real it will only last a few days, and I KNEW I could not settle for this beauty being around only for a few days, as I've been in love with it for a year now and finally decided to make it manifest. The difficult decision was made.....I wanted it to last, so alas, it had to be fake. I don't like fake.....really dont.....however, some things will simply have to be accepted. I went to Michaels for the fakes......ugh. :D

{ As an aside, I just took another bite of my Provencal Salad.....I never knew what that word "Provencal" meant until just days ago when I came across it and finally decided to see what it meant, in cuisine terms, and turns out it is quite a French/Mediterranean style of food and.....lo and behold......it is the very descriptive of the style of foods both myself and my housemate happen to cook and enjoy best! Go figure  :D  :D  that French thing again.....I was fascinated by this as I had no idea our style of cuisine had a name, but it does and we ''fit the profile'' about 95% so I say, its a good fit.  The first website I hit on had a good description of the ingredients of this Provencal style of cuisine and a wonderful picture of a salad which I then had to do the next day and I'm glad I did....and this wonderful salad is what I just took a bite of and will make a post on that soon.....ish.  Oh god sooo goooood. }

But here is my project finished....but wait, I should show the befores first right?....ok here are lots of pics.....

ok, one of the last areas needing some love and beauty was under the Gazebo. The Gazebo itself is adorable and I love it but it is not inviting, merely a place for the housemate John, to sit and smoke his cigars after work. I can never sit outside anymore actually because of the planes flying overhead. On gorgeous days the planes are like every 30 seconds, literally, and it is impossible. I wondered why I never fixed that up earlier, but there you go.
I did it now because I do want to spend time out there but it will probably be at night when the planes stop, and I did just a few things.

This is before.....we keep straw as the ground cover to prevent weeds and always have something soft for bare feet.....works wonderfully. I did not like these chairs and I found 2 new ones......it is much nicer here now. :D




The table I picked up from  just a few doors down, it looked like the one from Pottery Barn            http://rk.pbimgs.com/pbimgs/rk/images/dp/wcm/201405/0318/img51c.jpg     and maybe it was, but it was outside too long and got mold, but I thought no problem, I can get rid of that. I used sand  paper, bleach etc, scrubbing, leaving in the sun and nothing would take it out.  After a year I decided then to paint it and I had a can of French Linen Chalk Paint and that got 2 coats, and now it looks quite lovely! Underneath it is as clean as is possible, and now painted. However I need to keep it covered with fabric and I decided upon the drop cloths which are very sturdy and a natural fiber, so I got one and that went on top. On top of that I layered an old tablecloth I picked up many years ago at a French Flea Market of all things, which I had been to only once, and this little table cloth is a French one.
 I really had an entirely different vision for the finished table, but I had to do what I had to do.
I had a whole bunch of orchids which needed a place since I had finally repotted all of them and the perfect place was under the gazebo.....so instead of urn planters filled with hydrangeas like I wanted, it had to have the orchids.






But here is my version of the Moss Rose and Candle Chandelier which I fell in love with....this one in no way has the same Old World feel the inspiration does,  but I had to try it.







I  hung an old Batik Javanese tablecloth on the screen because the sunset hits John's face too rudely, so now its blocked off.














This is the inspiration:

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I wish I had more ivy, but fake flowers are not cheap either, so I settled. I can always add later.


Some more pics and then I have some flowers for this week.....




 







The old white papasan chair is in front of the table, almost ready for me to lounge in and get lost for hours in the magic of the summer pond.........









On the way back into the house, a couple of beautiful orchids....

Vanda





and Fragrant Cattalaya






begonia flowers, white plumbago, hydrangeas, and spray rose.....












  









































Thanks for visiting.....I should be doing a post next on my Provencal Salad. yum!


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