Saturday, February 10, 2018

Vignettes of Blue

Blue, blue.....my heart is blue....not in a sad way, but in a peaceful, happy and tranquil kinda way.  To me there is no other hue quite like blue. Misty Blue, Dresden Blue, Majolica Blue, Swedish Blue, Porpoise Place, Ocean Surf, Northern Sky...............................paint chart after paint chart sing of rhapsodical names of exotic shades, of the colour blue. Why, our humble abode is painted in a Dulux paint shade called Harbour Master.


I have loved all things blue ever since I was a wee little girl. Blue is the colour of the sea and sky. My earliest memories are of Summer holidays at the seaside with my extended family. For weeks on end we would all holiday at an uncle's house just a hop, skip and jump from the beach.  We seemed to live at the beach, day after day, after day. I can remember being mesmerised by the sun-filled sky touching the sea in a straight line, almost as if the sky underlined and emphasised the horizon. I remember thinking in my child's mind, what would happen if those ships in the distance dropped off the edge. =).

These days my humble abode is far away from the beach, though I am still mesmerised by the wide, blue skies which kiss the landscape in which I live. Down here at the bottom of the world, I never grow tired of the Australian skies. They are painted the most beautiful azure blues on those sun-filled Summer days. As far as the eye can see God has dipped His brush into his palette of blues, swishing them around and around and magically painting broad strokes in myriad of blue hues.

Because Hydrangeas bloom everywhere in the garden in the summertime....AND....because I pick basket after basket of my favourite blooms, they appear everywhere in my (very) humble abode at this time of the year.

I love the late afternoon summer light peeking in, casting lovely shadows everywhere.


This wall clock is one that I painted many, many moons ago. It was way back when  I dabbled in folk art painting. I wanted to paint simple scenes of a lady (me) picking flowers and a scene of my husband and me with our two little girls. The bottom painting encapsulates my two girls perfectly. My eldest daughter was such a serious and proper little wee one and my youngest daughter.....well, she ran barefoot through meadows; no hat, climbed trees and always chatting to all the animals. These are very simple paintings..........artists of the world have nothing to fear from me. =)


It is said, is it not, that one should never judge a book by it's cover. Well.......this shallow gal quite often judges a book by the pretty binding which hugs the pages inside. Since a wee girl, I have been attracted to books with beautiful bindings. Old books with beautiful bindings send my head into a giddy spin. AND.......if ever I happen upon an old book with a blue binding, and all the better if it has a pretty picture......well it is a no brainer.....it comes home with me.

Pretty lace curtains, blue, blue Hydrangeas and a blue and white patterned rug.....heaven!

Once upon a time, this sweet little chest with painted Hydrangeas, was a present from my husband...love, love, LOVE!




Indeed, Hydrangeas and all pretties, blue, make me want to slip on my ballet slippers and pirouette through my day.

A recent acquisition. A lovely in blue T2 teacup, saucer and plate dancing with glorious pattern and hues of blue. I love the busyness of the different patterns. These patterns remind me of beautiful moorish tiles and Moroccan architecture.

The plate sings with a sweet verse around the border.........

Here’s to the feeling blue gives you, shining bright in the night, full of endless possibilities. Here’s to spending days chilling out and keeping content, celebrating the little wins this shade brings about.


I have read that blue is closely associated with harmony and peace. I must say I feel extremely calm and relaxed when surrounded by all things blue. It evokes within me a sense of "all is well with my little world". According to Colour Wheel Pro, "light blue is associated with health, healing, tranquility, understanding and softness. Dark blue represents knowledge, power, integrity, and seriousness. In addition, blue symbolizes faith, truth and wisdom." Well, there you go.......who am I to disagree with the learned ones. =)

We intuit colour, do we not?? Each one of us has a penchant for a certain colour or colours. I wonder, what colour or indeed colours, make your heart sing? So many colours in all their variational tones make me smile, but it is the blue hue that will always sing the most lyrical of songs.


Aah....blue Hydrangeas, blue teacups, blue tarted up chairs fashioned by moi, blue and white rugs,  blue quilts and throws, books embraced in  blue bindings.........all so very pretty.


While you are belly button gazing and thinking upon all things colour, I am off to enjoy a cuppa in my pretty, Moroccan inspired, teacup, and be swept away for a li'l while on my magic blue carpet, to the imaginative, faraway lands of the exotic Arabian Nights.....and I might add.....without ever having to leave the comfort of my tarted up, pretty blue fabric and doily, chair.

Until the next time...............


50 comments:

  1. I just inherited tea cups passed down from my grandmother and thought of you. Thank for sharing your beautiful summer with us. Having grown up in a lake community...your post struck a cord...as I do remember endless days in the sun and water....and the million freckles that seemed to speckle my skin! LOL!

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  2. So pretty. And you have the best china. :-)

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  3. it is a wonderful color, too often associated with sadness, but not here, you bring it to life.... giving blue beauty and joy!! i love periwinkle, purple and blue in combination!!

    blue hydrangeas are my second favorite, next to purple of course!!

    your home looks beautiful, such a creative, welcoming entry and your hydrangeas are gorgeous. pretty blue skies, i can't wait for spring!!!

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  4. I have such a love for colour that I could never decide which is my favourite one. Blue is calming, I love it for that. I haven't seen blue skies lately, it is grey and grey and grey. The teacup is delightful, I really love the patterns and also the shape.

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  5. Ah....blue....my hands down favourite too. I've always disliked baby pink and I remember when I was probably about twelve my grandparents decided I needed a new dress for my birthday. Grandma wanted me to have the pink one and Grandpa (bless him) wanted the blue. I ended up with both dresses and I wore the blue one to death and the pink one got left in the closet until I grew out of it. Yep - definitely a blue girl!!

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  6. Love is blue...
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_HtCpjJg1U
    Have a lovely weekend !
    Anna

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  7. O blue...so lovely in all its manifestations! To me its the colour of life. Well, with green as its partner, I reckon.
    Your hydrangeas are wonderous. And I think your folk art looks great, Kim. You have a flare for it.
    Thanks for the staggeringly, gorgeous blue post.
    Enjoy your tea!

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    1. Whomever said "blue and green should never be seen" didn't have a clue, did they. =) When writing this post, Dixie, I actually thought of you and those gorgeous blue drawings of yours. I heartily concur that blue is the colour of life. Thank you for visiting my little blue world, lovely lady. Kim Xx

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  8. Kimmie, just soothing and lovely and feminine and swoonworthy as usual. I adore hydrangeas but they will not grow in my yard. Nor will roses. Or not consistently. Instead I grow lashings of French Lavender, Creamy coloured Clivia, Strelizia, Gardenia, Hibiscus, Star Jasmine, red Geraniums, flowering Bromeliads and lots of greenery, and tell myself to be happy with that. But....I still crave roses and hydrangeas! As for books...me too. I have French and Italian ones with pretty pink and pastel blue covers and gilt edged pages and although I can't read a word of them, I love them all. A pretty, pretty post...Mimi xxx

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    1. Thank you so much for your beautiful words. Kim Xx

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  10. Blue doesn’t have to be a cold colour as you have so eloquently demonstrated.

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  11. So much flowery beauty! Blue is welcoming. I love your blue dishes and your blue hydrangeas. Perfect!

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  12. Lovely in blue - all things are sweet and wonderful. I too collect books with pretty covers. I swear I would discard or trade or give away a book that is a good read if it had a plain cover, over saving one with a pretty cover. My favorite is one with gold on it and a little bouquet of sweet peas. Your hydrangeas are precious - we are a long ways from hydrangeas up here - but it will be glory when they bloom - and bloom they will - our climate is perfect for them and they are everywhere - often huge hedges in many yards. And your pretty little teacup - what a delight. I just had to get out my forget-me-not teacup and have a cup of tea this chilly wintery night - we expect it to be below freezing for the next couple nights - I shall think of you in your special blue summer as we shiver and drink hot tea. Happy week ahead my dear - and I'm sure it will be made happier for all those who come in contact with you.

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  13. Beautiful blue post dear Kim. I used to not really be a blue loving girl .... green was far more my thing. But over recent years I have come to really love all the shades of blue. Your hydrangeas are beautiful! Have a lovely week Xxx

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  14. I have just cut some hydrangeas and stuck them in a jug so some roots throw. I'm hoping to get myself some bushes growing!! Fingers crossed!!! Love all the blue tones and your cup of tea!! lol Always love your posts. Thank you for sharing. xx

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  15. Ha! Great minds think alike, dear Kim! I’m changing things up a bit in my decor and adding BLUE here and there. Yes, Blue may be my favorite color but purple and green run close seconds. Your new tea cup and saucer/plate are lovely!! I know they bring you a special smile while sipping. Hubby took me antiquing yesterday (during a bit of wintry weather) and I found a couple of treasures. I’ll try to get a post up about my new acquisitions, one is adding to a special tea set of my mothers. Wishing you another warm and wonderful week under those goreous blue skies, dear lady!!

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  16. You have showcased the beautiful blues beautifully! I love your blue bound books and of course blue hydrangeas are my favorite and the ones that refuse to grow in my garden! I only have blue in my kitchen, cobalt blue with white....I need to spread the beautiful blues around more. Aqua makes my heart sing right now.....it is a blue, right?!

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  17. I think I am falling under the charm of your blog. With so many beautiful flowers and soft colours,it is one of the most romantic I've ever seen.Thank you for sharing your dream world.

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    1. How very kind of you, thank you so much. May I say, your beautiful blog filled with your exquisite embroideries makes my heart sing. Kim Xx

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  18. I do love the colours in blue, though green shades are usually my most favourite. As for Hydrangeas, I simply adore them in all colours, though blue shades are amongst the prettiest xx

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  19. I have never associated blue with sadness (despite its phraseological meaning) and you wouldn't believe but more than half of my summer wardrobe is in all shades and hues of blue :)
    In winter I love dusty pinks and soft greys and beiges with a sprinkle of mustard and brown. Now, as I have covered the topic of my wardrobe color palette, I want to express my greatest admiration of your work and aesthetics! It is overwhelming and fills my soul to the brim, whenever I visit your blog! My MIL has a garden bursting with hydrangeas and they are a sight for sore eyes when in bloom, so I can deeply relate with you here. Thank you for adding a full cup of blue to my weary day! xoxo

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  20. Your pretty cottage is painted such a gorgeous shade of blue, Kim! I can see why you adore the color with such fond memories of your beach vacations. Your darling folk art clock is a treasure, and your new teacup is perfect for you. Of course, your hydrangeas are a gift for all of us to enjoy through your photos! Thank you for sharing! xx

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  21. What a lovely post in blue, it make me happy Kim.♥♥♥
    The Hydrangeas and the Bone China are so beautiful!!

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    1. So happy, that my post of lovely blue made you happy, dear Loes. =) The Hydrangeas are the queens of the garden at the moment. Have a beautiful week, lovely lady. Kim Xx

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  22. Dearest One!
    My heart too is Blue, I so love Blue in everything and everywhere, I love this colour, it's the colour of the sky, of the sea ... for me of love too :)

    Sending blessings on your way,
    with utmost gratitude for this so wonderful friendship of ours
    linking us across so many miles

    XOXO Dany

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  23. I have so missed seeing you. I'm back on line now, too much stuff going on to mention anyway. I had forgotten I needed to go on Blogger dashboard to see some of my friends. You had a marvelous birthday I see. Beautiful as well. I love your doorway, feels so welcoming. Good thing I don't live closer, I would be showing up from time to time. Have a beautiful day.
    Hugs

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  24. Oh my goodness Kim, you have so many lovely shades of blue in your home. I love the books all with such lovely shades of blue with your sweet clock with the cute scenes of your family, you have done a lovely job of painting them! I too use to paint but cards have taken over. A lovely post with your beautiful flowers!
    Have a terrific week!

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  25. I am so happy that i did not miss this beautiful blueish post dear Kim:)

    LOVED LOVED LOVED your each word and photos just OUTSTANDING and GORGEOUS

    you created mesmerising world before my eyes which delivered deep peace and serenity to my heart and soul
    i have always loved blue colour so much and our house theme is also blue including curtains and so many other stuff in the house
    i adore your ability to represent your love for blue so sublimely i wish i could do same .

    remarkable post indeed my friend!

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  26. Aww Kim what a wonderful post, i can look all those gorgeous shades of blue all day long. They are so soothing and refreshing at the same time. Love your painted clock btw. So much love you've put into your home. Happy day!

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  27. Kim, I can not decide whether my favorite color is blue, lavender, or a pale pink. Oh what beauty your home and heart hold. Thank you for sharing both with us. xx

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    1. I know, it is hard isn't it to choose a favourite colour. I love pink and lavender too, but blue always seems to inch ahead of the others. Thank you for popping by, lovely Gina. Kim Xx

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  28. I understand your love of blue because I love it too. I's a very serene tranquil color. I love the way you talk describe it so poetically. Lovely photos too.
    xx Beca

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  29. Love your post and all the lovely blue details (and that cup and saucers - too beautiful). I do love blue - but I think of it as my sister's color. She is older and always got first pick - so blue items always went to her. I have very little blue in my house. And I've explain to my fiance' that nothing blue from his kitchen will be coming over. But that's because he has a lot of old blue tupperware. Ugh!

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  30. Oh my, how enchanting....such gorgeous, beautiful blues in your lovely home, Kim. I really can't think of a prettier color - the color of sea and sky and my loved one's clear eyes. Your vignettes and words would make anyone fall in love with blue.....love the pretty tea cups and your amazing hydrangeas. Sending hugs xo Karen

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    1. Thank you, lovely Karen. I cannot think of a more prettier colour either. =) Kim Xx

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  31. Blue is my favourite colour too :) Thank you for sharing these beautiful vignettes with us. I have enjoyed gazing at them very much :) x

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  32. Blue has never been one of my favorite colors, but the beautiful blues you have posted here could easily change my mind.

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  33. I always love your hydrangeas! And that looks like a gorgeous edition of Arabian Nights.

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    1. There are a lot of the classics now selling in new gorgeous bindings. Have you seen them Jayne?? I am slowly collecting them. I hope you and your family are travelling well. Thank you so much for popping by my place. Kim Xx

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  34. Your post on the color blue made me smile. Our bedroom is a calming gray-blue that I just love, but I wouldn't say blue is a favorite color of mine. I am drawn to pinks and purples. I love seeing how you used books with blue bindings in your decor. Books with purple bindings are probably less common, but now I'm going to look for them!

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  35. Well now, you've got me singing the blues with all of your lovelies! Oh, to have such an abundance of Hydrangeas. :) The blue and pink ones do not grow well here. I sure do love them! I settle for Limelight and Annabelles. I do love them dearly, but those blues!! Blue was my favorite color for many many years. I do still love it, but now have more red in my home.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. There is something about Blue Hydrangeas, isn't there Jann. Now about your home and the colour red......it all looks as pretty as a picture. Love all the red pretties throughout your lovely home. Your home makes me smile. Kim Xx

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  36. Hydrangeas . . . they are absolutely breathtaking. Why have I never had good luck growing them? Do you have any advice?
    This post is just beautiful!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Connie :)

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  37. Gorgeous pictures and wow your Hydrangeas are stunning.

    Hugs Diane

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    1. Thank you, lovely Diane for visiting my li'l Hydrangea world and leaving such a sweet comment. Your visit has put a smile in my day. Kim Xx

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  38. Beautiful blue Hydrangeas and an array of pretties adorning your house.

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  39. Blue is such a calming colour and there are so much lovely shades of it too. You highlighted them so beautifully in your photos. I didn't know you painted, your folk art painting is wonderful. I love the photo with all the gorgeous books with equally gorgeous hydrangeas. It probably won't surprise you to hear that I acquire books for their covers as well, and I share your youngest daughter's idiosyncrasy :)

    -Soma

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  40. there is no other hue
    quite like blue
    it is the ship of Dr. Who
    and you should like it too.
    Amalia
    xo

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  41. Lovely photos! I am partial to blue as well as lavender. Lovely! Lovely!

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