September 26, 2009

Butterflies and Hedgehogs

It must be all the free time I have these days, but I keep finding pretty things and collecting them. Today I filled my handbag with conkers - they were all over the ground near the museum we visited on an excursion, and now I don't know what to do with them. We don't have them in Australia (do we?) so I was just consumed with getting as many home as possible.

I think when you're not surrounded by everyone you know, when you don't have to go to work everyday or worry about the stresses of real-life, you starting finding joy in the little things. These days, simple colours make me really happy! I discovered Belgian illustrator Vincent Mathy via designworklife and all of a sudden I want to go out and buy his new book, Jour papillon ou jour hérisson? Then I want to keep it forever and read it to my children.

I also armed myself with 4 postcards from the museum - vintage posters advertising the Normandy region. At this rate, I'll be arriving home in a shipping container surrounded by conkers and paper goods. It's probably a nicer way to travel anyway!

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  1. Definitely, imagine telling your kids of all the amazing things you did whilst in Europe, and how much more meaningful each postcard, book, paper & conquer will be (and not just for future kids, but for yourself too ;)). LOVE collecting things, can't imagine how much I would collect if I were as lucky as you to spend a whole year in Europe ;)

    PS. Plus all those amazing stories/memories...

  2. Totally get where you're coming from! It's so comforting too, when you're at home on a dull night, and can look around at all your special things... always brings a smile to my face!
    Word to the wise though... conkers won't be let through aussie customs on your way home... Could be an expensive fine if you forget they're in your bag...

  3. A good point - but I doubt they'll last till real home time, I just meant my pseudo-home! I've put them in a glass milk bottle with a ribbon round the neck... purdy!