Friday, 21 May 2010

Things of beauty

We have had our fair share of rainy days lately..great for the vege patch but not so great for Mum's of young children. Anyway, this morning was lovely & sunny, just perfect for a wander around my backyard for a little self garden admiration. I couldn't help myself, I had to snip off a couple of my dahlias to bring inside. They really bring the house alive & I love how they look in this little Japanese vase that was an op shop find last year. The colours in this photo give me a bit of a Frida Kahlo, Mexican vibe. What do you think??
Glad I brightened up the house as down comes the rain again!!

I love these tiles, they are all handmade & painted in Tunisia (North Africa). The colours are so exotic & dreamy, & these ones in particular have an amazing crackled glass glazing that give them a lovely lustrous finish. A great friend of mine Jane Tryon, imports them & many other beautiful items into Australia through her business Focal Point Designs. Jane's fiance is from Tunisia & he has just been back there buying up stock to fill their gorgeous gallery/ shop Bouddi Gallery at Hardy's Bay. The shop is very near to my house so I'm often grabbing a coffee & dropping by for a chat & a look at any new stock she may have. It's great to have some pretty places to visit in our sleepy little seaside suburb.
I have been a little distracted recently with family life & community responsibilities kicking in...I really must get cracking on my little label...more sean-the-prawn soon, I promise!!

16 comments:

Kate said...

No rainy days are not very good for Mum's with little kids, glad you got out for a bit today though. Have a great weekend. X

Knicky Knacks said...

The flower is stunning and the vase is gorgeous. Nothing like cultivating your own flowers and bringing them in the house to liven things up. Love the tiles. What are you going to do with them?

melissa said...

I agree, nothing better than picking your own flowers and these are beautiful! Stunning in that vase!

Kardemomme said...

Hi there :))) Nice to be in here again Sean :))Regarding the book on my blog I-m not sure that it will be published in english. But we could ask the writer! The tiles from Tunisia was wonderful. I have been i Tunisia once. many years ago. I have never brougt so much back from a holiday as I did from Tuniasia. Great leatherbaskets, a lot og spices and some ceramics called "Tagine". Marrocco and Tunisia is wellknowned for their tiles and nice ceramics and I love the style and colours.It-s a sunny day in Norway and I-m soon taking my coffeee out, and to get some sun in my face. Have an nice weekend with your family Sean :)
PS! I love the hat at the picture under here!Makes me happy looking at it :))Hugs from Kardemomme :))

**WE BLOG ARTISTS** said...

Rainy days are sometimes a blessing when you have kids...we haven't had many either here...
I AM IN-LOVE with your Sean the Prawn Designs...so pretty.
When I start to make some sales...I will be purchasing dresses for my girls.
First time here...but definitely not the last.
HUGS
Char

Allana said...

Those colours are beautiful! Excactly what's needed on a dreary day :)

Kaylovesvintage said...

now we got some sun...in the moment
hope you have a nice weekend

Linda said...

Oh what flowers can do to brighten a day! I love the tiles. The colors are so rich. Thanks for sharing!

Mandi said...

My Dad bought a huge Tunisian tile piece...It is in their entrance, I haven't seen it yet but Dad is so proud of it!! I was there when he unwrapped it on arrival, I think it has about 30 tiles in it all together. The colours are amazing.
Love your Dahlia's, I work as a florist also & on a flower farm. We actually grew Dahlias this year, I love their colours:)

deux chiens et un garcon said...

Envious of your gardening skills. Our plot has been a bit neglected of late.
Have made a pledge to go and have coffee more and see the stuff in the Gallery. Trying to keep the mud out of our house, so squelchy outside.
xxjill

Heidi said...

the vase and tiles are perfect, I love the shops around the corner and I also can't wait to see your work!

clare's craftroom said...

We need the rain but it does get blah when you have little ones .

angelina said...

i.absolutely.love.dahlias!

jane tryon said...

Thanks for your plug Leah, please stay posted for my online store. I hope to be up by end of July.(The tiles are great box framed.) Cheers Jane from Focalpoint

Claire (ethel loves fred) said...

Loving the Bitossi vase - very special! Op-shopped?

lisette said...

Indeed, perfect tiles! Love them.