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February 24, 2010

Bloggin' it forward: what inspires me?

Today is the 11th day of Victoria's Blog It Forward "chain posts," where all 300 bloggers involved are asked to write about "What inspires you the most?" According to schedule, each blogger will write about what inspires them on their day, then pass the torch along to the next blogger on the list. The idea was to bring the blog community closer, which is brilliant; I've already discovered so many new and lovely blogs to start following from Victoria's list.

My group began with Danni of oh hello, friend who passed to mixed plate, to mochatini, to mocking bird, to modish, to monkey in LA, to monna mcd, to my life so far, to my little apartment, to my sundry musings, and now it is my turn! Without further ado, I believe I will just dive right in...

I am inspired by many, many things in this amazing world we live in. You know that American Beauty quote? "Sometimes there's so much beauty in the world I feel like I can't take it, like my heart's going to cave in." I truly feel that way sometimes. But if I had to narrow my list of inspirations down to just a few things, this would be it:

I am endlessly inspired by color.
Interiors. Design and home decor combinations are infinite, and I love seeing what furnishings, colors and textiles others put together in their homes - people are always inspiring me to move things around in my own house. That aha! feeling due to someone else's ingenuity will never get old. Everyone else’s junk. To me, there is nothing more exciting than coming across a one-of-a-kind item, something long forgotten to someone else, something looking for a new purpose to someone that will find it special. And being able to give a lost treasure a new purpose gives me a satisfaction like no other. Pretty dishes.
I’m inspired by places and cities, especially New York. New York is a place where creativity and individuality thrive, almost like there is a constant static electricity in the air. My heart skips a beat when I think of New York. I'll always have a crush on that city.Retro fashion, especially from the 1960s. Maybe I was a repressed housewife turned hippie in a past life. The creative bloggers and artists I’ve met through the blog community. I stumbled across the “blogosphere” in 2008, and it was like a breath of fresh air; daily posts from other artists and writers never cease to amaze me. Bloggers are so rad.Murals. I've always been fascinated by large scale artwork. I believe one of the best blank canvases is an old brick wall. Old letters and postcards, especially those from people I've never met. I could dig through strangers' postcards for hours at an antique store. It's like opening a private window into the past.
Family heirlooms, old black and white photos, books that depict another time and place, often times from an era that is (sadly) long gone and over.
A tree that has given shade to more than 20 generations of people. Isn't that amazing when you think of its age like that? My beau, James. He loves me, encourages me, and believes in me. I couldn't dream of a more wonderful man to share my life with.
My mother. She has the biggest heart of anyone I've ever met, and I hope one day I will be as sweet a mother to my children as she was (and still is) to me. And finally, my friends. There isn't a more eclectic, special bunch of ladies in the entire world, (I am sure of it) and I love each one of them with all my heart.

:) Thank you so much for stopping by to read, and I hope you will visit again soon! Now I will pass the torch to Jenifer Altman of Nectar & Light, "the sweet life, through a Polaroid."

And while you're at it, take a minute to visit the other bloggers who are sharing their inspirations with the blog community today!

PS: all photos owned or taken by Yours Truly
Where is that old tree from? Charleston, SC :)
Fiesta pitchers from Highland Row Antiques, Atlanta, GA
Moi standing next to the lions at the NYC Library
Dining room display from Maison Decor in Nassau, Bahamas
Children's artwork of Mei Lan, the panda, on her birthday at The Atlanta Zoo
Agnes Scott cookbook circa 1960 from Decatur Estate Antiques
Mural outside of The Last Resort in Athens, GA
My great-grandmother's sister, Elene, modeling for Rich's, circa 1930
My mom circa 1968, Atlanta, GA
Colleen and me swingin' in Chicago, IL


  1. Beautiful post! Love your inspiration!

  2. Love you, Natty! You inspire me -- your post brought a little tear to my eye. I'm so lucky to have you as a best friend.

  3. Awesome post! Blog it Forward has been great so far. :) I have been exposed to so many creative blogs.

  4. lovely, inspiring images! thanks so much for sharing! :)

  5. sweet post. i enjoy old letters + photographs as well. the "repressed 60s housewife" reference made me smile. thanks for sharing your inspiration!

  6. Love your post! I too am inspired by cities like New York and I haven't even been there yet!!! I just know I'm going to love it. Thanks for your lovely comment on my post too. x

  7. what a great post! and OMG what's the dress you are wearing, the 60's one? I have one too but can't remeber who made them, I was once obsessed with vintage lillys and those!!

  8. Really enjoyed this post....u go girl

  9. That tree is amazing. It's amazing when you stop to think about things that can seem so mundane. Also, that swingamajig ride picture is very cute.

  10. this was a fun read, thanks for sharing!

  11. I love your list of things that inspire you, we have much in common. The photo of you on the swings is such a great capture! And I love the old family photos, your great aunt and Mom are beautiful. Old trees awe me too (just one reason I love the deep south - the giant live oaks). Imagine what those trees have seen...

  12. Such a lovely post. I enjoyed reading about a few of the things that inspire you.

  13. From one Natty to another, I must say that I was richly inspired. This Blog It Forward was just the coolest idea. Thanks for sharing.

  14. your blog makes me happy!

    you are my inspiration!



  15. we are birds of the same feather -- i adore and inspired by all these things, too.


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