Saturday, October 15, 2011

A Thing of Beauty...

Beauty is the fifth of six Simple Abundance principles:

Creating a beautiful life is your highest calling.  It is in the ordinary and overlooked details of the every day that beauty is revealed, sustained and nurtured.
                                                                                              -Sarah Ban Breathnach

On Tuesday, I went to visit French Essence, a blog that I follow because Vicky Archer talks about beautiful things,  often found in France where she lives.  She enjoys a lifestyle that is the envy of many, sharing her time mostly between St-Rémy de Provence and London.  She has refurbished a provençal Mas and its gardens and created an oasis of beauty and peace.

On Tuesday she shared her Pin boards from a site called Pinterest. Here is what she says about it:
Tumblr and Pinterest are like image banks that enable us to take a break from reading, allow us to switch off the brain for a moment and indulge in some visual beauty...which is not to say that blogs can't do all that...they can and they do....but these social media distractions are quicker...and with the lives that we lead today, time is often of the essence.
I had a look at Pinterest and what I saw enchanted me.  Here is a look at my board called Ingenious:

 Click on the image for a larger view.
I've only just gotten started but I know that this feature is going to be a lot of fun and it fits into my objective of bringing more beauty into my everyday life.
A thing of beauty is a joy for ever:
Its loveliness increases; it will never
Pass into nothingness; but still will keep
A bower quiet for us, and a sleep
Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing.
Therefore, on every morrow, are we wreathing
A flowery band to bind us to the earth,
Spite of despondence, of the inhuman dearth
Of noble natures, of the gloomy days,
Of all the unhealthy and o'er-darkened ways
Made for our searching: yes, in spite of all,
Some shape of beauty moves away the pall
From our dark spirits. Such the sun, the moon,
Trees old, and young, sprouting a shady boon
For simple sheep; and such are daffodils
With the green world they live in; and clear rills
That for themselves a cooling covert make
'Gainst the hot season; the mid-forest brake,
Rich with a sprinkling of fair musk-rose blooms:
And such too is the grandeur of the dooms
We have imagined for the mighty dead;
All lovely tales that we have heard or read:
An endless fountain of immortal drink,
Pouring unto us from the heaven's brink.
                                                                       Keats 1795-1821

My friend Corey Amaro from Tongue in Cheek also has Pin boards that are absolutely gorgeous.  They are a testament to her superb taste and eye for beauty.

Have a great day and may you stumble upon beauty wherever you look.

Bonne journée,

Stella

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