Saturday, January 2, 2010

The return to real simplicity


While organizing stacks of old cherished magazines, a magazine fell out of the pile. It turned out to be the premiere  issue (April 2000)  of Real Simple Magazine. Elegantly grainy with  its pages now beginning to smell beautifully nostalgic like my grandmother's Life magazines of yore, I enjoyed a moment to savor some of the almost 10 year old articles that defined, if not evoked the longing to go back to simpler, more meaningful rituals. 

Natural Beauties on  page 122  contemplate the soul nourishing aspect of arranging a singular peony or poppy on an old apothecary bottle and the mind quieting effect of arranging green chrysanthemums or broccoli blossoms on glazed stoneware teacups.


     


As the new year unfolds, take time to smell the flowers. Plunk a stem or two of your favorite garden flower on an old soda bottle. Any receptacle is worthy of beauty.

May all your new beginnings be simple and meaningful.

10 comments:

  1. Oh wow, I remember that issue! Such pretty flower vases. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Happy new year to you with lots of creativity, health and luck!

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  3. Oh, Christy... Thank you for sharing. This is so beautiful. Love & light JM ;-)

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  4. Happy New Year! Real Simple has been of my favorite magazines for a long time but I've never seen the premier issue - how cool!

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  5. how nice. i just put out some tulips to welcome in the new year.

    happy new year to you. i look forward to what you will have in store here this creative place, glad to have "met" you!

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  6. Lovely photos. Simple is alway easier but hard for me to do. Seems I complicate everything!
    Happy New Year!
    ~the Redneck Junkers~

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  7. Happy New Year to you, I hope it is a good one!

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  8. I'm about to launch myself into a two week REALLY REALLY SIMPLE experiment. I'm going to see just how simple I can get things. Step one: plonk gorgeous bloom into glass jar...

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  9. A wonderful message as we begin the new year. Happy new year to you, too. P.S. Did my goodies ever arrive? I hope they made it to you :) xo Elea

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  10. I can't believe it's been 10 years!!! Where has the time gone?

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