I was reading a blog yesterday (but I'm not sure which one...eeeek!) and came across a topic that got me thinking... However, I have to explain why I dont know which blog I was reading, and therefore cant credit the entertaining and talented author for credit. I go on my favourite blogs, then I go down their blog lists and click on those, and sometimes I click on the lists of those bloggers. So by the end of the night I have no idea where I even found the blog I read! I know its bad, because many a time I've come across a blog I really liked but cant find it again, because I dont have a clear trail to follow.
Why do I ramble so? So I was reading this ladies blog and her topic was signs and graphic images in a home and if it gets to be too much or not. It got me thinking, because I really do like signs and graphic images.
When I started decorating my house years ago (its been evolving for a long time) I started out by buying reproduction signs. As I started going to antique shows (here in Canada (Toronto area) we dont have the great flea markets you Americans do! Our flea markets only sell socks and cheap make up!) I started finding some signs which I liked. Slowly I started buying a piece here and there (as they are pretty pricey). I'm actually glad I started when I did, because the prices here have gone crazy! There were very few signs I could actually afford this year! Luckily I didnt like most of them and thus wasnt tempted to pay. If I like something...it nags away until I brake down and justify why I should spend crazy money!
As I started collecting nostalgic signs I gave my reproductions away to my sister, as she would always say 'if you dont want that anymore, I'll take it!'.
Last night after reading that blog, I walked around my house and noticed that pretty much all my walls are covered in collections, home made art, or signs! I cant stand buying ready made art! Knowing it will be hanging in thousands of other homes takes the joy out of a piece. Also I'm a snob about cheap print quality. Unfortunately I cant really afford good art. Well, its probably fortunate not unfortunate, as I am pretty fickle and fall just as easily OUT of love as in it!
This morning I walked around snapping photos (sorry, just an iphone camera!). Let me know what you think? Too many?
Most of them are in the kitchen. Really my favourite ones are in the kitchen! I love this sign:
The Red Rose one is an old advertising poster on cardboard. It was in a kind of ugly frame, so I had my friend who owns a framing/art shop reframe it in a kinda kitchy/country frame which I adore! What do you think? Too kitch? Or is it great!!!????
The rest of my signs (all of which are on the ground floor of the house-I wonder why I did that? I think I have to run out and buy more signs for upstairs!) are okay signs, but just signs...they add character but aren't my favourite signs. What do you think?
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Now that I have found a new love (Tea), I'm pondering what I should do with this vast body of knowledge I now possess (Heavy sarcasm here). Should I open a shop? I want a tea room, but the cost of the kitchen alone is prohibitive... All I know is I want to be doing something with tea. Look at that lovely cup of Silver Needle white tea. So many people would over steep it, use boiling hot water, mix it with 'flavours', do all kinds of things which would hide the subtle fruity flavour of this delicate tea. It should be savoured, alone, with a good book or a nice view. Thats it. No crumpets, no sandwich. It stands on its own, and has to be enjoyed that way so as not to overpower this lovely drink.
I'm not saying 'I've seen the sign' and want to show people 'the way'. Well, maybe I am. I want to show people how and why they should drink tea. Want to know why? Because a year ago, I would have bought a plain bag of tea, or maybe been thrilled at a nice fruity/flowery blend at a tea shop. Now I want to savour a leaf. Prepared in a specific manner to produce a specific flavour. The way its been done and appreciated for generations in China. A way which has just reached me this year. And, yes, I guess I want to spread the word.