Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Under my Nose

I bought this little
sculpture two years

I certainly didn't need
another knick knack
for our house and I
certainly didn't need
one that seemed, to
this thrift and vintage-
loving girl, to be

The store had two, so
I decided to wait for
this object of my
affection to go on

It didn't.

When only one 
remained, I purchased
it for this reason

It made me smile.

I justified the price
by telling myself,

It's actually a piece
of art.  An investment.

I'd spent hours
painting and stenciling
our powder room walls,
then stalking flea
markets for the finishing
accessories, to create,
in the end, a mish-mash
of happy.

This little piece just
seemed to belong here.

Since the powder room
sits across the hall from
my computer cubby, I
would see it and
admire it every day.

But like a lot of truly
wonderful things that
I pass by daily,
I stopped actually


this whimsical little piece
a long time ago.

But today it caught
my eye.  

And made me consider,

What other marvelous
things am I not really
seeing, that are right


My front-loading
washer and dryer.

{Praise for you both
is way overdue!}

The view out my
back window.

{Thank you, sweet
birds, for adding
beauty to the scene.}

The hodge podge
of footwear on my
mud room floor.

{I need to really see
this, as I know I will
blink and it will be
gone, all too soon.....}

The rolling ladder
in our home office,
all set to access those
out of reach books.

{The very ladder that
had me at hello
 when we were

The little bits and pieces
 all around me that say,

You are loved.

Although I like to believe
that I've cultivated
a heart that recognizes
these blessings laid
out before me, life,
in its busy-ness, often
wraps me in blinders.

I don't want to be
blind to these things.

I want to see.


What's under



Sheila said...

Beautiful post, beautiful pictures-as always.
I love those things around my home that say there is LOVE in this house. So sweet. I really do love your ladder-i am now lusting after it!x

Nantucket Daffodil said...

Such a good point Suzanne. How often do we overlook what has been here all along. I will take a closer look around me today and maybe post a few overlooked images on instagram!

Sandy at You May Be Wandering said...

Lovely post and beautiful pictures...your words always ring true with me and today was no exception. Thanks for sharing!!

Anne Marie said...

oh gosh, it seems I missing so much these days...schooling all the kids is a blessings yes, but hard to do much else...I love all the reminders you gave me...I hope you are doing well Suzanne :)
xo + blessings,
Anne Marie

michele said...


right under my nose is everything i need. a puppy with smooth pink belly skin sound asleep on her back. teen boys talking downstairs in the kitchen with a pizza cookin. and snow flurries making the landscape appear so clean and silverygoodgraciouslovely again.

smiles to you.


susan@avintagefarmwife said...

I know exactly what you mean. Thanks for the reminder that beauty is all around us even in the mundane! Love your wallpaper? stencil? in the bathroom!

Anonymous said...

I love the way you write Suzanne. It's always heartfelt and lovely. Thanks for the little reminders of the blessings we so often take for granted. ♥
Martha Ellen

June said...

That little sculpture is so awesome Suzanne! It definitely makes me smile...and so does your beautiful powder room!
Years ago when I read Simple Abundance it made me see what I choose to live with in a whole new light. I learned to really see my 'life' and my home the way it should be to inspire my family and make them feel at home. Your little sculpture and many other things do just that.
sending hugs...

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

I love your heart. I want to see too. Sometimes I forget to look, but sometimes the unmade beds and the piles of laundry make me pause and smile. I will look tomorrow, extra hard, thanks to you!

lisaroyhandbags said...

Love your little sculpture! It's so true that as things get busy (and maybe the distraction of Pinterest!) we start to forget to appreciate what we have right under our noses. Funny, only just this morning, I realized that i need to appreciate this lovely view I have since we'll be moving to a new apartment in a few months and we may not get so lucky!

Farmgirl Paints said...

love that powder room and all the little touches you've added to it. i didn't notice if the light was finally changed out. i remember you asking us to vote for our fav.

loved this post girl. it's so true how we stop seeing the special little things around us. i want my eyes to be open to all of them!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Wonder POETRY wrapped up in prose about what is under your nose....

What has been and will continue to remain under my nose are the things that make me who I am. Running away from them will never work. Facing them and using them to my advantage will only advance me as a better human being. What is under my nose that I have missed? That is too much to share here, but you have struck a chord. Thank you my dear. Anita

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Funny how we start to take things for granted...maybe it's part of feeling safe...but it's always good to remember to take a look around and be grateful! This morning I am watching my 2 year-old granddaughter learn to help her mama empty the dishwasher...I know I will miss this, too! Beautiful post, Suzanne!
PS...LOVE your beautiful and personal powder room, the stenciling is wonderful!

Leslie said...

Such a fun post and so true Suzanne. Had to laugh about the front loader.. when it stops working it throws a wrench in the works!! I just love your whimsical friends and you have a very pretty powder room too ;)


Olive said...

I fail to see that you miss much my sharp and sensitive friend.

Lili said...

It was so fun to get a glimpse of your powder room stenciling. It turned out so beautiful! And I am particularly partial to the "royal" bird in your tiny sculpture. Happy "not quite Spring yet" weather! xoxo

Alyson (New England Living) said...

What a lovely post! And I'm obsessed with your stenciling! What gorgeous work.

Tiffini said...

this .. THIS is what i loved about you from the moment i met you
your love of seeing..of stopping time to take it all in knowing that it is fleeting.
it is an appreciation of being alive of not taking it for granted..
or something
but i love YOU:)

Jeanie said...

One cannot underestimate the importance of "happy." The importance of the bauble that no one else quite "gets" but makes you smile. The convenience of something so routine that it's easy to forget about it. The excitement of delight. Three cheers for you -- indulging your delight and happy will only bring more of that to others! For you will be radiant!

Joanna said...

With your blog posts I often read it, go away and think about it with a view to come back later. Unfortunately, I sometimes I forget to come back to comment - that nearly happened with this post, which I thought was delightful.

Things of immense sentimental value can cease to be seen after a while, and it's good to be reminded to look again at the familiar, but with fresh eyes.

The dresser in my dining room is stuffed with things of no material value but are incredibly important to me; things made for me by the children, presents from friends and loved ones, silly things but nonetheless very important to me. I had another look at the dresser today, with fresh eyes, and was reminded of happy days and love shared.


Bonnie said...

You are always so insightful and thought provoking. You see and have the ability to put into beautiful words that make me take stock and see the beauty and uniqueness around me. Thank you.

Stitchfork said...

Your sculpture makes me smile as well as the pile of shoes! It's sometimes the little things with the biggest impact.

Palomasea said...

Nodding my head at every word, dear friend....
(And your powder room is beautiful!)
I love the whimsical sculpture...a piece of art you fall in love with can be priceless...
As is your wisdom....
Much love...stay cozy in our "Winter" wonderland.. ;)
- Irina

Just a little something from Judy said...

You inspire me every single time I visit here. What a great reminder and what a beautiful way in which it was done. Thank you!

patty said...

lovely, suzanne. {love that sculpture, too}
my husband would say there is TOO much under my nose to see... so i'm begining this season of spring cleaning with a huge house purge. it should help me to assess the value of these things, and maybe i will see them more clearly, too.