Monday, March 12, 2018

What Georgia O'Keefe Can Teach Us About Happiness

"I do not like the idea of happyness------it is too momentary-----I would say that I was always busy & interested in something-----interest has more meaning to me than the idea of happyness."  Georgia O'Keeffe.
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Seeking happiness, to me, "It is the shrewdness of the fox after the chicken.  A low order of mentality often goes with it."  Sherwood Anderson.
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Within my core tribe none seek happiness, yet they are the happiest souls I know.  This is hindsight.
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Cracking The Ben Pentreath Paint Colors Mystery | laurel home - beautiful vignette in Ben's living room.
Pic, above, here.
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Plants in the house, flowers in vases, an awakened joy.  Perhaps it's leaving my 30 year garden, and 3 years later our ca. 1900 home is still under basic construction: pond, dams, roads, drainage, well, irrigation, house renovations, gravel, shade trees, sheds, etc.
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A tipping point was reached, happily, last month when he asked, "Are we living in a greenhouse?".
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Something I know, for sure, about the vase, above, if it is narrow, in addition to wide, it's a magic vase.  Needs fewer flowers, and the shape helps put the arrangement together.  Zero clue to that fact, until this phase of life.
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Pic, above, here.
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An old conceit, above, new to me, from The Land Gardeners.   Dig a clump of bulbs, plop into container, poof, flowers for the house.  White planter, above at back, easily found junking.  How many times have you passed them by, and at 75 cents probably.  Once done, bulbs go back in the ground whence they came, no guilt. 

Pic, above, here.
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Recognizing the 'line', above, in the floral arrangement.  Great satisfaction in 'knowing' about the 'line'.  Line?  Bottom left daisy, to the top right daisy, thicker in the middle.
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Works in reverse, below.  Line top left into thick middle ending bottom right.  Creates a natural look, gardenesque.
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how to make a beautiful floral arrangement with grocery store flowers
Pic, above, here.
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 Why Dark Walls Work in Small Spaces | Design*Sponge
Pic, above, here.
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Another 'line', above.  Didn't discover this line, found it in a book, bought almost 2 decades ago, not read until this year.   
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 spring branches
Pic, above, here.
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Quite saucy, wit, above, using the 'line'.  In a layer of prescience, I've bought pretty vases at estate sales since the 80's.  Crazy, zero time, zero talent, until this year's epiphany.  Why add this to my life?  A hunger for the 'doing' and greater hunger for the flowers in the house, life.

On the floor, below, pure joy.  Signs of life lived.  A mess to be swept?  Therein lies the privilege, and thanks.  Stewardship & joy. 
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Pic, above, here.
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Our ca. 1900 home came with 2 kitchens.  The back kitchen we've turned into laundry, cat-ery, and most recently, floral arranging room.  Happy chaos.  Magic room with door to living room, back deck, and Jack/Jill bathroom.  Beside the fridge, an old majolica umbrella holder with a variety of brooms & mops.  Well used. 
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Happy.
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A local farmer's market is nearby, must get my Ivy Topiaries into more homes.  Not every market Saturday, but several.  For fun. 
Gretel Adams of Sunny Meadows in Columbus, Ohio. Creating wedding designs with farm fresh flowers. My partner in crime- @flowerfarmer.
Pic, above, here.
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"...the object drawn doesn't matter so much.  It's what you feel about it, what it means to you."  Sherwood Anderson.
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Happy.
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"Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant---there is no such thing.  Making your unknown known is the important thing---and keeping the unknown always beyond you..."  Georgia O'Keeffe.
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Garden & Be Well,    XO Tara

4 comments:

mona gabriel said...

I always enjoy your writing..and the pictures...
Love, Mona

Unknown said...

Tara, where in the world did all of the flower arrangements from that 2nd kitchen go? I'm dumbfounded and jealous!


mk

Sienna said...

I just discovered your blog and already can't get enough. As an urban person with no outdoors, I gave this post special attention, even though I loved the historic design tour a lot. If anyone wants to experiment with arrangements, here's an odd idea. I just took the quiz at https://www.homelight.com/blog/home-curb-appeal-quiz/, answering for my imagined house, and they gave me a name for my style that I feel I could use in indoor arrangements. Readers might want to try it.

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