Thursday, January 6, 2011

Inspiration For My Blog (Repost)

As I was visiting some of your wonderful blogs yesterday, I came across a lovely reminder of where my inspiration for my blog was found. One of my very first blogging friends, Zuzu, posted on some wonderful gifts that she had received from others.



One of those gifts was this beautiful book. The words that follow this next picture were written by me last February. I thought that some of my newer followers might like to know the story behind my blog.


I didn't just happen upon writing a blog by accident. I had some inspiration for my endeavor. One of my favorite books is a diary written by a naturalist and artist, Edith Holden, in 1906. Edith kept a diary of birds, butterflies, bees, and flowers each month of that year. Her words were carefully written by hand and the art work was her own. The book was actually found on the shelves of an English country house seventy years after it was written, long after the death of its author. It was then published and became a favorite book of many, including myself. I am certainly no author or artist, however, I am inspired by nature and the wonderful God that created it all. I want to capture what I see around me in my own everyday life here in my little corner of the world.

16 comments:

FlowerLady said...

What a sweet book and wonderful inspiration for your lovely blog.

FlowerLady

Denise said...

I love this, a shop in England called Marks and Spencer used to sell diary/journals and notecards/stationery etc in The Edwardian Lady brand. I used to get a journal every year and write in it, I loved the pretty pages. Haven't had one now in years. Thanks for reminding me of it, I might have to try and get one:)

The White Farmhouse said...

Well, I have to say that you do justice to this book. You certainly have captured your little corner of the world in an entertaining way. I love to come here and look at the pics and read your posts. Such fun!

Dawn said...

A NATURE JOURNAL!
My kids and I do this for school:)
We DO live in such a beautiful world....

Patti said...

I love that book, and through it and The Charlotte Mason Companion, I was inspired to incorporate nature study and nature journal/diaries into our homeschooling curriculum. My nature journal usually contains poetry I have written, as well as photos from my nature walk...I have ZERO drawing ability, so, instead, I rely on my ability with words.

That is such a wonderful book, and I'm glad that it inspired you as it did.

Oh, and thanks for your encouraging comment about me going back to college. I've got to embrace this new season of life (grown children/no homeschooling).

Blessings,
Patti

Paula said...

I have not heard of this book and it looks like one that would intrigue me. It's neat to know the inspiration behind your blog name.

myletterstoemily said...

what a lovely inspiration for your blog, and you have
done a wonderful job of reflecting that beauty.

i'm a huge fan of zuzu's, too!

From the Kitchen said...

When I first encountered your blog, it reminded me of this wonderful book and I came over to find you. Lovely!

Best,
Bonnie

sweetbay said...

How interesting! I had not heard of this book before, and it sounds delightful.

Glenda said...

I have always enjoyed your posts! Your love of our Creator and His creations make this a peaceful, warm, and beautiful site to visit.

Allison said...

Lovely illustrations!

Bella Michelle said...

I love hearing about your inspiration! It looks like a lovely book, indeed!

Rebecca said...

I have a copy of this book and consider it an inspiring companion. I'm glad you reposted the inspiration for your blog! I didn't know. (SOMEday you might consider copying this paragraph and making it a "page" with its own "tag" on your blog so newcomers would be as inspired as I was to read it today.)

Zuzu said...

How sweet, Carla! And I love that the name of your blog came from the book - it's perfect!

I do love this book so very much! The paintings are exquisite, but I also love Edith's entries - the poetry, thoughts, and observations.

Our little blogs are our diaries! But I also hope to create a book of my favorite things.

Wishing you a lovely week ahead, my friend!
Zuzu

pve design said...

I have the same book and I love it!
True, nature and all God's creations are pure inspiration.
pve

Sharon said...

I just found your blog and I'm happy to know the inspiration for it. I love diaries and journals and I'm going to try to get a copy of this one.