Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Getting A Handle On Things and Going For Baroque








A New Year and the general suggestion in our culture of making a resolution for it got me thinking of opportunity, opening doors, and the commonplace act of opening a door.

I casually hooked a rosary on the baroque reproduction dresser pull I installed on my china cabinet for safekeeping while arranging stuff during a blog shoot, and mused at the humble utility of a handle.   I use these and Victorian glass knobs in my studio because it’s a delightful moment when you encounter the pretty when all that’s needed is the practical for quotidian tasks.

In contrast, my plain 19th century hook-and-eye hardware for securing my screen door shut in mountainside winds is honest utility and simplicity and I won't change it for something fancy.

I’m ‘getting a handle on things’ in my career, going for ‘baroque’, as I like to say for good luck, because I’m too close to actual ‘broke’ and definitely don’t care to go there

My resolution?   To work hard on my craft and start knocking on doors.






My King and I and our puppies wish you a Happy New Year!


Many engagements are made over the holidays.    If you are newly engaged, I extend my heartfelt congratulations, for I’ve always liked the saying ‘a bad day after you’re married to your soulmate is better than a good day when you’re single’.

Special thanks to Fri over at Wedding Nouveau  for making and sharing such an inspired mosaic featuring two of Trevor’s photos of my studio I love so!


{CREDITS: Bedroom interior via NY Times (photo by Trevor Tondro); Bride photo by Andrey Bykhov (Styling  by Dmitry Kuteyko); Hanging dress & macarons photo by Frank Amodo via Pacific Weddings; Book & Mirror via NY Times (photo by Trevor Tondro); Table Seating Sign photo by Aaron Shintaku and Amy Hinden; Rose and gray cones by Michelle Rago; Lace Pillows photo by Monica Roberts; Paris Illustration via Saveur du Jour; Lace shoes via Retro Vintage Shoes; Cake by The Caketress}


Until next time, stay shabby!


I’ll be sharing this with Kathleen’s White Wednesday over at Faded Charm – come join her blog party! 

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54 comments:

AntiqueChase said...

Catchy title!!

Are you available for "Title Consultation"??

Love your blog! Come see me!

Jacqui said...

Stunning pics! How the ordinary can be beautiful through the eyes of an artist, a simple touch, a feeling. We are all feeling the ''recession'' and you inspire us to be more introspective and see beauty in a myriad of lovely little things... thank you for that xx

Julie (Legacy Crafter) said...

Breath taking photos! I love your studio. I have my "junk" room in the process of someday becoming my studio, I can only hope for some of the magic that yours has.

God Bless
julie

Tammy at The Drill Hall Emporium said...

What a wonderfully fitting post for the new year where many doors are opened...and all the better opened with a shabby handle or knob, I say! I adore your little streamside studio, quite jealous in actual fact. But you are a true inspiration for reinventing and reusing and making your surroundings beautiful...well done and keep up the good work.

Char said...

Your blog post is just beautiful. Happy New Year to you too.
Things that are not perfect are the prettiest aren't they? Char

Rachel Noelle said...

~*~*Happy New Year sweet Sandy!!~*~*I cant wait to see what this new year brings you!!!!~*~*
Hugs, Rachel Noelle

French Farmhouse 425

High Street Cottage said...

First of all....Yeahhhh Sandy posted!!! hehe Sandy, someone like you, with your talent, trust me, you'll get there. I don't think there is a single girl online that inspires more people. The fact that you're not spoiled in any way makes you all the more endearing. I (heart) you. Honestly and this is no suck up, I truly do. Since I was a little girl, I have been making something simply fab out of something ordinary, and my friends love it. I can only dream of having the talent you do. Take a deep breath, and relax. This will be your fruitful year me thinks. Keep to what you love. tami

Design Love said...

I am a new follower, left you a message prior to the holidays! I have been waiting to see your next post! Love your photo of you and your king! and puppies....

Happy New Year to you

Cindy
xo

Queen of Dreamsz said...

Hi Sandy,

I love the old chippy architectural pieces..the rosary is the perfect touch. I have several {broken} infant rosaries and one that isn't broken. I just adore them and then all of my others. My husband has his rosary from childhood..it's really beautiful. I'll have to photograph it.

I know that I can say "ditto" to all that you've said about making this year a time to start knocking on doors. The recession has taken it's toll with us....that's for sure. I have some plans that will unfold very soon.

Meanwhile...I'm also offering some fabulous images and the contents of a 1896 Social Etiquette book that I came across last year. There may be something there that will be useful to you.

Happy New Year to you..I wish much bliss and lots and lots of prosperity to all of us that are pushing forward with our plans.

Love and Hugs,
Stephanie ♥

Cat & Cricket said...

What a great post.. you made me smile.....
Everything looks beautiful..now to me.. I would go Baroque for that!
Smiles~
Cricket

Mariette said...

Dearest Sandy,

What a lovely post again and especially the picture outside of your Streamside Studio with your 'Furry Family and your King'...

Why don't you try to secure you a 925/000 Silver Guardian Angel (Alphabet Letter of choice) from my January 3 International Giveaway. This lasts till January 25th!
Have a look.
Hope you stay warm and that things work out well for you! It is tough in life but we must hang in there. Thank God for your health and perfect mind... They're your biggest assets!

Lots of love,

Mariette's Back to Basics

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Now, there is what you should do, you have a lot of land and a beautiful little cottage, weddings on your property in front of your cottage would be a brides dream wedding! So beautiful and so natural. What a great holiday picture of you and the people you love!

Carol

very merry vintage style said...

With all these beautiful images I could see a lovely coffee table book. Perhaps your journey will take you that way. Good luck with pursuing your journey!

tales from an oc cottage said...

Awesome resolution! I should do a little knocking myself...as for you madame, I think your door will be the one knocked upon...many a time...this fine New Year!

m ^..^

Jojo said...

I agree with Tales of an OC Cottage! While you're knocking, just be listening as I know there will be others coming to find you.

Linda said...

Lovely photos, Sandy! Wishing you a Happy New Year, too!

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Hi Sandy,
Love your baroque saying, I know it will bring you bonne chance/good luck!

I'm with you and keep plugging away at the dream and finding new dreams along the way too.

Love the last photo the best. A very happy family. You definitely remind me of us here at the animal house.
xoxo

Jacqueline, Cabin and Cottage said...

I always look for your posts too, Sandy! You've explained your blogging challenges--I experienced a bit of maddening inconvenience when I spent a month at a cabin last summer. But I love your family photo! Over the top! Best to you in the New Year!

jade said...

A Happy New Year to you and your sweethearts!!!! Love the wonderful pictures,

Hugs Jade

elinAnita (eddaskreativiteter ) said...

Hppy New year to you....hope you have a great time:)
hugs from elinAnita

PRINCESSGREENEYE SHABBYCHIC & VINTAGEDREAMS said...

Wow - what nice pictures - very shabby - I love it - best egards from germany
Jacqueline

It's me said...

Happy new year my darling Sandy !!!..what a nice things in your first post !!....that promise a beautiful year !! i hope in good health and in love......lovely day....warm hugs from me Ria....xxx...

KAthy said...

Hi Sandy !!!

you are both very so sweet....i wish you a good year and a lot of beautiful things to show....
sorry i can't speak english correctly because i'm French i did'nt study very good....
bye, KAthy

The Rustic Victorian said...

May your dreams come true this year. Wonderful post!

elsamarianne said...

Happy New Year to you too, and we are keeping our finger crossed for new opportunities this coming year.
hugs elsamarianne

Sandi said...

Just gorgeous! Love the photos! Happy New Year to you as well!!
Blessings~

Jeanine Burkhardt said...

Sandy ~ I'm just loving "all the chippy" close-up pics!!! Lovely WHITE as always...
Jeanine, ChiPPy!-SHaBBy!

Creative Ambitions said...

Loved your post... Great pic of you two and your fur babies! I know you will be successful when you knock on those doors... or how about when you knock them down... :)

à la parisienne said...

Sandy,

I look forward to seeing where 2011takes you, or rather, where you take your 2011!
Not only are your photographs beautiful, but you are a very talented writer! Keep knocking.

Mandy

Fish Tail Cottage said...

Everything is just so pretty! i love the door knob & rosary...beautiful!
~tracie

Curtains In My Tree said...

My best part of your cute little post is the picture of you and your man and the babies on the front porch.

You all look soooooo happy


Janice

Fish Tail Cottage said...

ps - wanted to let you know that thanks to Kristin at "My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia" my first ever link party for Cottage Flora Thursday's is up & running! Inviting you to come over & link a cottage garden post you may have & please advertise "Cottage Flora Thursday's" on your post that you link....& if your not already a follower - please follow me!

A Cottage Muse said...

I'm sure you'll be sharing some exciting news with us real soon!

I believe in you!!!

luckygirlgifts said...

Wow, I am sooooo on the same page.
I've got to figure out how to come up with an extra 30 g's for college now!!!
Oh well, i've got lots of love, i'll figure it out too.
Good luck.
xoxo
cari B

Villa Klaraberg said...

Hi Sandy. Happy New Year to you too! It has been a pleassure following you in 2010 and I'm looking very much forward to continue following you in 2011. Love the photos you are showing, beautiful details and I especially liked the photo with you, your King and the fourlegged ones. Take care!
Hugs
Jorunn

countrycottagegirl said...

You have an amazing eye in the way you share the beauty in simplicity! Love your home, studio, puppies, and everything! Hope you have a very fruitful New Year! Blessings

Tara said...

Every picture is just beautiful..As always!..xx

Candylei said...

Happy New Year to you and your family. I love the family photo especially since all of your "fur babies" are in it...and it's an fairytale come true setting.

I wish you the very best in your doorknocking knowing everyone will be wooed.

Candylei

texasdaisey said...

Great title, great post, great pics!
Debbie

Chris said...

You have absolutely AMAZING style!! I am in awe. Loved all your photos and lovely things.

Best wishes,
Chris

linnea-maria said...

Lovely pictures! I say thank you, because I was engaged with my prince at heart on christmas eve. :) Warm wishes /Therese

LizlovesVintage said...

Love it!
I'm feeling the need to go to the flea right now. Want to come? Can't wait till the Spring :)
xx Liz

Daria Pew said...

Sandy, Happy New Year to you & your family! What a great photo of you all! If you come down & see me, I will give you a laptop! You will get your book deal I am sure! xo, Daria

@nettes lilla blå said...

Lovely pictures !!

Lovely blog too... =)

@nette

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

Happy new Year Sandy! I wanted to invite you to enter my giveaway. I will be doing a sketch of the winner's home. I can totally imagine sketching your charming cottage. You are already following, but you need to pop over and leave a comment to enter.
xxoo

"Create Beauty" said...

Hi Sandy,
Your photos are gorgeous, I love the texture of the peeling paint etc....

I hope you will stop by, I've created something for a Give-Away on my blog this week that would be fabulous for your Shabby Streamside Cottage : )

.... to honor and encourage friendship!

~ Violet

Romantic Prairie Style said...

Your blog always adds a touch of gentle sweetness to my day. Thank you.

Deborah said...

Sandy
I always enjoy visiting your little streamside studio blog! I always come away absolutely amazed and in awe... such beauty and to the brim with elegant simplicity. Thank you for sharing your piece of heaven on earth.blessings
deborah {happy new year}

Sarah said...

Beautiful photos and beautiful message. I've been married to my soul mate for 35 years. Life is good! ~ Sarah

My Blessed Serendipity Life said...

You must have the BEST daydreams in such a lovely place.

-Danielle

Bead and Needle said...

Clever post - BEAUTIFUL pictures - Happy White Wednesday! Stay safe and warm in the snow. Tanya

Bringing Pretty Back said...

Perfect post... as always.
Have a pretty day!
Kristin

Heaven's Walk - said...

Sandy ~ I always love visiting here because I pretend I live in your beautiful little studio by the stream. {sigh} So very dreamy and surreal..... You are one lucky girl. :) Oh, and cute photo of you and your 'family'! :)

Happy WW to you! xoxo laurie

meandering pearl said...

i love the meaning of them as much as the actual pieces!!!& Happy New Year to your lovely family too!!!

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