Monday, February 7, 2011

Have A Heart

Montreal photographer Irene Suchocki’s work is full of heart, as if she traveled the world and waited all day for the right light for each shot.   Her $3 note card of the Eiffel Tower’s lights rendered in heart bokeh so ensnared my heart I could not rest until I learned the technique.  Above, a heart bokeh shot of my loft bedroom’s chandelier at dusk.

The Apache Blessing, spoken in my wedding vows and lived daily thereafter.
Pen: Rachel Ashwell, Graphics: Victoria, January 2011

My new Shabby Chic “Treasures” smooth ballpoint pen is perfect for sketching in the handcrafted diary given to me by Australian artist Chenoa O’Keefe of the dreamy blog bouquet of dreams.  Her blog never fails to nourish my heart with her sentiments and evocative photography.  Chenoa works in paper, fabric, and bits of vintage jewelry.  The elements of her journals have a past and a future at the same time, waiting for your words to fill them.

February 14th is a happy anniversary in my family for two extra reasons, for almost to the day my daughter Zuzu was born and we found ‘The Love Shack” (the name we privately call ‘My Shabby Streamside Studio’).   I’m pictured here minutes after we decided to buy it, and as always, I’ve got my heart dog close to my heart.

My heart soars to read your comments and email, and breaks because I haven’t responded to every one of your comments, especially those asking for design advice.   If you’re wondering why I haven’t blogged about something I won or bought, your time is coming, I promise.   I won’t do quickie posts to get that sort of thing over with; I want to make it nice.   I’m limited to 90 minutes on the computer the library, and that gets eaten up very quickly just with posting!   Snow closings haven’t helped, neither have the huge projects I’m working on.
Know also I’m hoping your heart is full of warmth in this freezing season, and urge you to touch others and ‘love like you’ve never been hurt’.   Valentines aren’t just for lovers.

Hot cocoa with whipped cream and tiny edible glitter hearts from Michael’s, $6.

Until next time, stay shabby!


I’m sharing with Beverly’s Pink Saturday, come join the pink party!

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Karen said...

Hi Sandy, those are beautiful images and the Apache vows are so beautiful they bought tears to my eyes.

BonjourRomance said...

Bonjour Sandy,
Such pretty things. Your Wedding Blessings is so touching and beautiful, I may borrow it for this Valentine's Day. a bientôt,

Cindy said...

Nice post... I love the Apache blessing you did at your wedding, and the photo of the hands in gloves with the hot chocolate is so lovely...


Design Love said...

I love your posts, I'm glad you take your time! You have a nice way with words!


Daria Pew said...

Hi Sandy, All of your photos and the Apache Blessing are wonderful but I think what even tops them is your beautiful way of expressing yourself. You are definitely a writer! xo, Daria @

Gracie's Cottage said...

Beautiful post....we had the Apache Blessing as part of our wedding also, (33 years ago last week!)

Love the picture of you with the 'newly acquired' you already had the vision for "after".


Alba Linea said...

hi there! just want to say i love love love the pics you made and how you style your little treasure home. best wishes and stay shabby too! ;0)

Wonen in wit said...

Dear Sandy,

I want to tell you that you inspire my in many ways.
I have seen your lovely home on the Nate show and your story touches me.
You've created such a wonderfull please for yourself and the love you put into it shows.
I can't tell you what your story did to me, is brings back memory's and feelings from my childhood and why my home is so important to me.

Thank you for your inspiration

{hope you can read my English}

Lovely greetings from Holland


elinAnita (eddaskreativiteter ) said...

Nice:)I love the penn:)
hugs hugs

It's me said...

What a beautiful post filled with love !!! ..i really am glad that i read this !!! and 90 minutes internet......o my.......that is no good !!.....not enough for me.....hahahhahah!!!!....lovely week love you !!

à la parisienne said...


Irene Suchocki's work is phenomenal. She is an incredibly talented artist with such beautiful photography.
I can't imagine being limited to 90minutes on the Internet with a successful blog as you have.
Stay warm and good luck with your projects!


tina, theoldfrenchdoors... said...

Hi sandy, what a gorgeous journal, I to follow bouquet of dreams. Her photos are delightful.

Tina xxx

Melinda said...

Simply beautiful! :)

Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

Hi Sandy, I love your beautiful photo's... thanks so much for sharing with us! I wanted to thank you for your recent visit!
Blessings~~~ Daphne

Marion said...

Just beautiful stuff, Sandy. Thanks for stopping by my blog last week and commenting. I know you're busy and I appreciate it.

My two daughters are grown and my husband is freaking out a little that I'm going shabby chic (I'm not known to go half-way with anything). So far I've got a pink Cuisinart coffee maker, some pink canisters with roses on them and new pink sheets. LOL! He said, "Baby, I'm feeling the estrogen!" I'm on the lookout for a good used shed to make one like yours. Thanks for the buckets of inspiration & beauty you give.


Fay said...

Hi sandy that was a really beautiful post and the blessing in particular thankyou fay xx

Cindy said...

Beautiful post! Love your pictures!

High Street Cottage said...

Sandy, this post touched my "heart" reading it. Seeing your photo after you bought your pretty little Shabby Streamside Studio, is so moving. This is part of history you know?
You need to visit California, it's warm here. I never by the way tire of your blog, or your tiny cottage. It's the most amazing cottage I've ever seen. Truly. xoxo tami

A Cottage Muse said...

Beautiful post for the month of love!

Have a wonderful week!

Vicki said...

I live on the opposite side of the U.S. where it's over 80 degrees today, I have a sundress on and the air conditioning is going full-blast indoors, so I could use a cup of that deliciously-inviting cocoa right now but I suppose I'll just go sit in the sun for a few minutes instead. The rhythm of the world seems off when you live in the warmer locales. In January and February, one SHOULD be wearing mittens and sipping a hot drink. It's the yummiest-looking thing I've seen so far in my day today, so thank you! Your blog is as much a treat as that heart-tossed confection!

Vicki Again said...

By the way, Marion's post here about shabby, estrogen and the husband is a scream. To my guy, my shabby treasures are just too much "girly junk." I'll keep him, though. I can't remember if I made a comment about this before but when I was younger and single, a middle-aged lady moved in to the next apartment who was from Britain. The first time I walked into her place, I nearly swooned in rapture. Fluffy white lace curtains, sink-into sofa, bed and chairs strewn in cabbage roses chintz, soft rugs with more roses, prints on the wall of little English cottages; a teapot on the coffee table. I was transported, and this was 1987. She said she'd divorced her husband after 30 years and, for once, she was going to lose the leather recliners and brown everything (and have it her way). Not suggesting we lose our men, but she was pretty darn liberated!

Mariette said...

Dearest Sandy,

Always something sweet to be encountered on your blog. Thanks for your efforts and time.
Lots of love,


meandering pearl said...

oooh!!! its me?! wow, what beautiful words.. .thankyou!!! i was just meandering down the page, agreeing with your compliments of irene's photography, oohing & aahing over your beautiful bokeh, & then just gasped in suprise, i nearly fell off my chair, so thankyou!!! & i hope you have a gorgeous day!!! oh such loveliness galore

meandering pearl said...

p.s i almost forgot, the apache vows are exquisite!!! my name is american indian, it means 'white dove' and i have such a profound love for these people & their ways!!! even when i was deciding whether to make leather journals, i thought maybe i wouldn't, then i realized they would honour the spirit of the animal by using & creating out of the skin, not in a wasteful or thoughtless way, but with a love for the animal.. .i wonder if thats silly to think of, oh well :)

thanks again, you are so precious!!!

Pam in Indiana said...

Hi Sandy!
As always, I savor and enjoy your blog! Thanks for sharing the photography technique!! DD's wedding is March 19th so will share the Apache blessing with her. I grew up in Arizona but as you know, now live in cold, snowy Indiana. I still have my three little shabby pink trees out that I won back in December from you! Thank you so much again!

Pam in Indiana

Snertne sneller og små nøster said...

Beautiful pictures - and I simply LOVE hearts <3

Hugs Siv

Rhonda said...

Sandy, you keep me inspired to see the shabby side of life....thank you so much.

Your posts are a treasure indeed and your photos are a decorators dream.

Thank you for spreading happiness all over blogland. xoxoxo Rhonda

Shabby Chic Girls said...

Hi Sandy, I'm so glad i found your blog, the most Beautiful Photos i have seen , just fell in love with them.

Sophie Isabelle said...

Hello, i fell in love with the images and obviously with the hot chocolate.
Blessings to you !!!
Air Conditioning Arizona

Donnie said...

That was so sweet and romantic. Happy Pink Saturday.

Maria said...

Hi Sandy! 90 minutes in the library...bringing us all this beauty ~ thank you ~

Your photos and the incredible makeover of this sweet cottage will make me smile all weekend.
My husband grew up in the Catskills ~ his school district {Onteora} was closed for almost every snowstorm!
I live in the capital region... we had 0 degree weather last night... It felt "warm" today compared to that!
Have a Happy Valentine's Day ~ so happy to have stopped here tonight.

Light and Voices said...

Thank you for sharing the Apache Blessing. That hot chocolate looks like it tastes divine with the sprinkles on it. Happy Valentine's Day.
Joyce M

Holly said...

Hi Sandy~
I have been a follower of yours for awhile now and just adore your blog and your creativity!
Happy Pink Saturday!

Gabriela Delworth said...

Happy Pink Saturday!

I have seen you at Nates's show. Congrats on that. Your blog is just magical, love it!

~ Gabriela ~

Jil~Say It With Roses said...

What a lovely and romantic post! I loved reading the Apache Blessing...
Your studio looks so sweet in the snow!
Happy Valentines Day and Happy Pink Saturday, too!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Oh I love LOVE! Particularly when it is pink.

Happy hearts day to you and yours.


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