Sunday, 4 November 2007

She Sells Sea Shells .....

There are various blogs forming in my mind and like a class full of eager children, they all have their hands up saying.."choose me, choose me".. well the blog I shall choose today will be in tribute to my beautiful mother..
She has been much on my mind these last few days...

I had a charmed childhood.. growing up in small Berkshire village in a happy home stuffed full of antiques and obect d'art from my mother's home in Belgium and her many years of collecting.. and dealing in antiques for 30 years..she had a wonderful eye for home interiors and married beautiful objects and furnishings with ease and flair.. As a child I wasn't really conscious nor appreciated what a wonderful environment I lived in and I have vivid memories of being dragged around antique shops on our family holidays to Cornwall.. I was usually left in the car with my brother quietly smouldering at the injustice of being taken on yet another antiques hunt!
This upbringing made and impression on me and I have grown up to admire and appreciate good craftsmanship and antiques of a decorative nature.. I love the arts and crafts movement, french rustic style, Shaker folk art, vintage toys and whatever whim and fancy takes centre stage..
My mother gave me a Victorian shell frame many years ago that I cherish and I now have a small collection that are displayed in the bathroom.. where else!



Thanks MumX

21 comments:

Alexandra, Writing & Baking Enthusiast said...

These shell mosaic frames are just lovely. I really like how you have displayed them. Very pretty.
Alexandra

HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS ... said...

Michele, just popped in to your blog and I can't believe you have a photo of you as a baby with your lovely mum, today on my blog I have put baby pictures of my brother and I, the fact that we think so alike is beginning to scare me! I just love the Arts & Craft movement and if I was very rich I would buy many pieces, same goes for original Shaker and you already know that I love childhood nostalgia! I enjoyed reading your memories of family times with your mum, our mum's were very special. Louise x

A Saucerful Of Secrets said...

Hi Michele, What a lovely photo, and a lady with such style, you were very lucky. A lovely post in honour of your dear Ma. Best Wishes from Annie x

Tracy said...

lovely post x
what a wonderful collection of frames, displayed perfectly x
tracy x

The Nostalgia Fairy said...
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The Nostalgia Fairy said...

Hi Michele,
Have just discovered your blog and it is delightful. Love the pretty shell frames.
Sandi

kelly said...

your mother was a beautiful and stylish lady. I greatly enjoyed seeing that lovely pic.

kelly said...

Your mother was a beautiful and stylish lady. I love that photo!

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Oh I am envious of your shell frames. They are fabulous and so is that photo of your Mum. What a sweet tribute. ~ Smiles ~ Lynn

Alexandra, Writing & Baking Enthusiast said...

You are more than likely right about the Arrow song...I am drawing from third grade memory...a long, long time ago. :)
Alexandra

Isobel said...

Hi Michelle,

Just found you from Nonnie and I am very glad about that. What a beautiful picture of your mum and you. And the shell frame is just adorable.
Will come and visit you more times.
Take care. x

Joanna said...

Your mum sounds wonderful. I love your shell frame collection, it reminds me of some my grandma has. She has a huge shell collection as well, I used to spend hours peering at it.

lucybloom said...

Hi Michelle, I've found your blog from your comment on mine. Thank you for your kind words. You're in my Favourites list now, and you'll be in my links too when I get around to doing them. I am enjoying the blogging already. I love those shell frames, I have some shell boxes but have never come across frames like that - a delightful little collection.
Lucy

Sea Angels said...

What an interesting post about your mom. She is very beautiful and has that very chic style that is rare and enviable. Your shell wimsys are very 'Camomile Lawn', and this whole post makes me feel like I have just had a nice treat, thankyou xx

bj said...

What a precious post. And, you are right....your mom is beautiful and you were a pretty baby, too.
I love your collection and it looks great on that wall.
bj

Britt- Sparkled Vintage Charm said...

love your frames!!!! sooo cute!!!!

Katherines Dream said...

Hi Michele that is such a lovely photo. Your Mum looks beautiful, what style thry had in those days.
I really enjoy looking at the old photos, please post some more.
As it is Rememberence Sunday I am posting someting for my Dad.
Lovely post!
Carol XX

Nostalgia at the Stone House said...

Hi Michele,
What a beautiful photograph of your dear mother - she was a very stylish lady.

Your shell frame collection is amazing, I have often searched for them myself, but never been lucky enough to find one.
Enjoy the memories that they stir,
Niki

thevintagemagpie said...

Hi Michele, this post touched my heart as I lost my mum 3 years ago now and I understand how looking back at childhood memories can be so special. Your mum was beautiful x

GeorgiaPeachez said...

What a beautiful and very special collection!! xo, suzy

Katherines Dream said...

Michele this photo of your Mother is just beautiful. They did have a special elegance about them in 'those' days.
Hugs,
Carol x