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Friday, January 27, 2012

Nostalgic Charm


The watercolor drawings of Edith Holden's book Nature Notes, published long after she had passsed on, have been described as having "the nostalgic charm of a vanished world." I suppose I am guilty of always pursuing that world. But how can one be nostalgic for a past one never experienced?



There are a lot of pretty things to be had in our own time. But charm is a quality beyond mere prettiness. Charm can't be mass produced. Sometimes it has to emerge from an object after a period of time has passed. And sometimes it's only a state of mind.





Charm has an idea of enchantment about it, as in something that takes us under it's spell, at least for a moment. It is the sober person's intoxicant.




Charm often requires looking for, or being creatively made. It can be practiced like the student in charm school (speaking of a vanished world), or cultivated like a garden. And it can be gathered up, piece by fragile piece, from the reaches of the past . . . .



















































Wishing you a weekend full of charm!

Jacqueline






23 comments:

Cat-arzyna said...

I like your filings!

sissie said...

What lovely thoughts. And, the transferware is so pretty.

hugs
Sissie

Melissa said...

Perfectly stated.

Sarah said...

Lovely, lovely, lovely! Your posts are full of inspiration, Jacqueline. ~ Sarah

Jen said...

Really nice thoughts about "charm". Love the brown transferware.

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

Charming post! :)
Love all that beautiful brown transferware. Gorgeous images as always!

Petite Michelle Louise said...

i absolutely ADORE her work! i just LOVE the brown transferware...so pretty...

cindy the cottage chick said...

You had me at brown ironstone. I love it sooo much. I only have a few pieces and a couple repros, but I never stop loving the look. *sigh*

Ladybug said...

Beautiful photos, beautiful and thought-provoking words...love your blog!

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Oh, Jacqueline.

I can just sigh.

You have such a way with words and pictures, it just brings me to a big giant SIGH.

Thank you, very well done, m'lady.

Antiques And Teacups said...

Your brown transferware is a perfect complement to the sepia ink. I love Edith Holden's Country Diary Of An Edwardian Lady.
Ruth

jeanetteann said...

Jaqueline again just beautiful words and photo's. The brown transferware with white is stunning. I was just telling my daughter about your beautiful blog today, she is going to come over for a look
x jeanetteann

achter-de-linden said...

oohhh, i love your photo's!
I'm gonna follow you!
greetings from the Netherlands
Heidi

Jacqueline said...

Beautifully written!

Betty Sneeringer said...

You and your things are so very charming!

Betty

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Beautiful post as always, and showing your beautiful transferware.

Kay said...

Oh, such a charming post, from a girl living a beautiful, charmed life! And I went to charm school with my best friend oh so long ago! ha ha. Don't think it stuck! Kay

Diane said...

Well I just happen to think your blog is charming! Love this post. Diane

Victorian1885 said...

Positively charming as usual! I love the transferware too!

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

OH I love the beautiful transferware...down to the fine crazing all over the bowl...lovely eye candy!

June said...

Hi Jacqueline,
I always love it when friends come over to my house and say it's charming. I take that as such a compliment.
What a pretty post.
hugs...

Maggie Ann said...

You have charmed us indeed with such beautiful thoughts and pictures! Charm comes into my life in small pieces...as you said. But oh, so many of them. Thank you Lord...

A Cozy Cottage in the City said...

Hi Jacqueline,

You always have the most beautiful transferware!!! I quite enjoyed this post. :) Wishing you a lovely weekend.


Hugs,
Jessie

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