March 15, 2013

Inspired... by Flowers

OK, I caught the fever. Spring fever! It is contagious and one can get it very fast. The cold, the rain and the missing sun have got me thinking more and more about Spring. I love being in the moment and I don't usually dream of being somewhere else or doing something else; I even love winter, but this year it feels as winter may never end. It is the middle of March and no sunshine in the morning, no pretty blossoms blooming on trees, no white carpets of snowdrops signaling the new season... 
While waiting for Spring to finally show all its splashes of color outside, I found a very secret way to capture the mood of the season inside. I got in the car and paid a visit to the local florist. Spring was ruling there... like it was her kingdom. 
I bought white tulips, white carnations and white hyacinths. {To me, the smell of hyacinth is the smell of Spring. What is yours?} 
I got home and planted the flowers in various white containers, arranged simple spring bouquets in white vintage pitchers and sat on the sofa and looked at them. My heart filled with joy, my face covered with a smile, my journal of awesome got filled up with a whole new page... the home brightened with light, the chalkboard had a new not-so-carefully written sign on it... I got out the pretty vintage china with floral motifs and I was putting on the kettle... I cracked the eggs and I baked mini vanilla fig cakes... 
It felt like the lyrics to the song I was listening to were written just for me:
"I don't mind if it rains
 I don't mind if it rains
 if I leave my friends where I found them
 could I make my soul a mountain?
 could I tell them not to worry if it rains?.."

It is truly awesome how random little things make you want to give the world a high five!     

Well, we all know, that flowers are more than just eye candy and they make us smile. But do you know that scientific research has proven they are in fact "a powerful positive emotion "inducer". The presence of flowers triggers happy emotions, heightens feelings of life satisfaction and affect social behaviour in a positive manner far beyond normally believed. The results of a 10-month study at Rutgers University (paied by the floral industry)  reveal that flowers:
* have an immediate impact on happiness  
* effect moods in the long run
* make intimate connection with others
* brighten up spaces and create a sharing atmosphere. 

I have already experienced the difference for myself. I hope you did, too.

 You can read the academic paper here.  

" When someone holds up a flower and shows it to you, he wants you to see it. If you keep thinking, you miss the flower. The person who was not thinking, who was just himself, was able to encounter the flower in depth, and he smiled."

                                                                                                                                ~ Thich Nhat Hanh, "Peace in Every Step"

Thank you!


  1. I always enjoy your photography! You take such simple every day things and make them beautiful. I also love flowers in the house right now. They really cheer me up when there's still so much snow outside. I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Blessings, Pamela

  2. It looks like spring around your house...a very beautiful spring. I can't remember every feeling so burnt out by winter as I have this year. I've had such a hard time shaking those winter blues. Although I felt so good today after opening the windows, cleaning and getting flowers myself. I am lucky to work in a flower shop and everyone cheered the first day that the tulips came in. I have lavender ones in every room and I put away the winter clothes. At this point, I'd rather freeze than put on boots one more time. :)

    Sylvia, your photos are amazing! I get so excited everytime you post because not only do your write such beautiful and thoughtful words...I love to look at your photos.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  3. Beautiful photos. I really enjoyed them. Deb

  4. Sigh....I'm feeling better just looking at these photos!

  5. Lovely photos and lovely flowers!
    Have a nice day

  6. My dear and wonderful SYLVIA! As I enter your blog and see your header, it reminds me of the header I just had up for my little was simply, I LOVED IT, and I even used the same font and colors in it as yours.....I so love that simplicity for its transparency reveals so much "light."

    Your reflections here are luminous. Your photos are remarkably beautiful and again, you are reminding me of the joy I experienced for my anniversary on March 6 as I was presented with WHITE TULIPS. Oh my dear, I have spring fever too. This year in my garden, I am having nothing but white flowers against my green and lush boxwood garden.

    Thank you so much for coming to visit my post. I too had some technical difficulties, but they only lasted for about a couple of hours.

    Peace to you dear one! Anita

  7. Do you have the recipe for that good-looking fig-decorated little cakes?

  8. Where can I find your recipes???

    Marika in Colorado

  9. i'm ready
    for Spring

    but it's not here yet
    in my neck of the woods

    lovely photos!


  10. I think we are all SO ready for Spring after this long cold winter. Only a few weeks to and already things have begun to change. Spring is in the air! : )
    You photos are beautiful and I love your blog!

    Danielle xo

  11. Beautiful stylish photographs Sylvia. A joy to look at! Those little cakes with the figs on top look enchanting.

    Wishing you a happy Sunday & hope spring will arrive soon!

    Madelief x

  12. Hi sweet friend.
    I left you a message,
    yesterday, but it would
    not go through....grrr.

    I just wanted to say that
    I so enjoy these lovely
    visits with you. Like you,
    I am usually content in
    the here and now, but
    even people like us get
    spring fever!

    Wouldn't it be bliss to
    work in a flower shop?

    Enjoy your little oasis
    of spring in your house.
    The real thing will be
    here, before we know it!

    xo Suzanne

  13. Wonderful photos ! I love them and their colors .
    See you soon.

  14. Your photos are absolutely beautiful!

  15. Hyacinths, tulips, lilacs...all symbols of Spring to me...and what JOY you have brought me today, dear sister!
    You have transported me to an oasis of all things fresh and beautiful...
    Really, your photos leave me speechless...such beauty.
    I, too, am elated when I have fresh flowers in my home...they lift the spirit and bring the LIFE of Nature indoors, connecting us to their magical world....
    We are expecting another snowstorm, can you believe it? :)
    This definitely calls for purchasing some lovely flowers...and wow...are the fig cakes...and the way you decorated them...gorgeous!!
    Thank you again for recommending the "Book of Awesome" to me...I think that was more than a year ago? I did not know there was a journal...I'll look into that one too!
    Enjoy your week, dearest Sylvia!
    Much love to you,
    - Irina :)

  16. Thank you for visiting my all of your photos of Spring!

  17. Such beautiful spring photos and I'm loving all the tulips! I think you've got a great attitude.. it's all about how we manage our mood:) Living in Seattle (where SMD is common) I've learned to do little things on the daily basis to keep me happy. Flowers inside and getting plenty of exercise (walking OUTSIDE rain or shine is great!).


  18. This is just absolutely GORGEOUS!! I love every bit of this spring beauty.

  19. Wow, so pretty! I'm so glad I found your blog!! I'm your newest follower ;)
    Jamie ~

  20. Your photos are just stunning!
    With more snow headed our way tomorrow this is a welcome post!

  21. Wow so beautiful!!! U take amazing photos! Hope u can come and give my blog a visit!!

  22. What a lovely spring post, Sylvia !
    Pretty flowers and your photos are wonderful !
    Just listened to this song 'I don't mind if it rains' ... so beautiful, love it !
    Have a nice week,

  23. Beautiful pictures! I love flowers too, especially white roses and white tulips! Beautiful post!

  24. Beautiful photos, it's true flowers always make me feel happy. Now I know why.

  25. I love your blog...congratulations. Spring has not come yet in Paris; we have had quite a lot of snow last week and the weather is still cold. But the nature makes its job... I do like white flowers in the house but also outside. Amitiés de france.

  26. A beautiful spring time post... and it is making me long for the life and freshness of this season... I believe in the goodness and power of flowers... they are magical indeed... xv

  27. Dearest, I am always so very happy to see your beautiful messages...thank you!
    Yes, if you have a chance, do try a curry..I use the natural pastes made by "Thai Kitchen"...I would imagine Canada carries them. Perhaps you have an even better product...
    They come in green and red...oh they are so yummy!
    I hope you are having a splendid week, dear it warming up at all?
    We are still at very cold and snowy...but I have some coral and yellow tulips on the dining room table...dreaming of flowers! :)
    Savoring your luminous post once again...
    Much love to you,
    - Irina :)

  28. Wow! Beautiful photos! You are very talented.

  29. Just gorgeous Sylvia! Love the tulips with the scissors, and the others are so beautiful, too. Thanks so much for linking up to Blissful Whites Wednesday!!

  30. What gorgeous photos! Such a treat for the eyes!

  31. Beautiful. I love the way the hyacinths look in that little white jar. So simple and pretty and they must smell heavenly too.

  32. Gorgeous! I absolutely adore your blog!
    Jamie @

  33. Lovely blog and gorgeous photos. I'm your newest follower!

  34. Found you via Pinterest. Pretty photos and styling!

  35. These are one of my favorites!
    The photos are absolutly beautiful.
    Lovely hugs


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