Truth be told, I think the secrets are all out! My old English cupboard has little mystery left in it. It was one of the very first things I blogged about years ago, and it has taken on a few different looks over the seasons and years. But mostly subtle ones.
My relationship with this piece of my life is both delicately complex and understated. The very definition of subtle.
I don't make too many bold strokes on these shelves. The quiet colors of nature feed and soothe me. I feel most comfortable with the familiar, the tried and true, and the intimate friendliness between me and my sideboard. (I love this mix of both real and faux in these acorns.)
A storybook cupboard is iconic to cottage life. Can you have a little cottage without one? Not only is it all about small spaces and cramped storage, but it is about the inner life of the owner. What does one hold on to? What does one let go when there is only a wee bit of room left to work with?
There is the chapter on my favorite laces.
And a page for small new narratives to tuck into the story.
Like these soft and silent forest enchantments. . . .
My wooden shelves are only a bigger version of the shoebox housed under the bed of childhood. A collection of shiny objects and found treasures. And of maybe no longer so secret desires.
If I may not take hold of a Toad Hall mansion, I can have the illusion of Mole End close to my heart! (*smile here*) And why not?
I keep tucking in twigs and ideas here and there, and fill in the little spaces with the current season.
As my collections grow and change. . . .
The tale weaves on with every new object set next to the old.
This year I found these sweet little putz cottages to add to my fancies. (at Michael's craft store) I like how they can be put up in November and stay all through winter.
It may be all the twinkling snow that we will see here over the season!
It is the very kind of small happiness that one can sneak into an ordinary day.
Like a little whispered secret between special friends. . . .
What is your personal equivalent to the secret shoe box under the bed? It's funny how all my children are split fifty-fifty on how they are either collectors or not. Some of us just have a bigger need for fairy tales I guess! Either way, I hope it is an enchanting time of year for you!
Have a great weekend ahead!
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