Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Lovely Details

I am a Details person.

When I am at a wedding, usually I remember the little details the most. A strand of bunting wrapped around a napkin as a napkin-tie, little bunches of dried herbs tied with strands of ribbon, lego cufflinks on the groom's wrists. Little details like that really make an impact on me.

...........Photobucket

It's funny, because Brian and I will go to a friend's place for dinner and when we come home he'll ask me something like "did you see how huge their flat screen TV was?!" And I wouldn't have even noticed it. I would say "I didn't even see that they had a TV! But did you notice the lovely handles they had on their cabinets?!"

I appreciate the effort that goes into little details. A shop that I am smitten with that really captures the beauty of small details would have to be the Germany-based store Margrietje Jewelry.
Photobucket

I am spell-bound by the beautiful whimsical details that store-owner and artist Eva puts into each piece. The tiny hand-appliqued flowers, the charming little birds. Each piece of jewelry seems like a wearable storybook. I am so impressed by her talent and attention to detail. Her inspirations include the natural environment, along with the fun of flea markets, the beauty of song, and even wallpaper!

Photobucket

In addition to creating her amazing jewelry, Eva enjoys reading and decorating. Some day she wants to fill her apartment with re-upholstered, repainted furniture. And with the city she lives in (Herne) being so close to other exciting cities in Germany like Cologne, Dusseldorf and Essen, she has a wide range of antique furniture sources that she can choose from when she's ready to embark on her furniture re-purposing journey.


Photobucket
See these two lovely pieces above? Eva is generously giving BOTH away! This week TWO lucky readers will have the chance to win one of these marvelous pieces. To enter, leave a comment here telling me about a lovely detail you've noticed in your life recently, and which one of these two pretties you would choose if you won. I will announce the winner next week.

(PS. The winner of the Apple Champagne Giveaway is Madeline. Congrats!)
(PPS. Southern California Bloggers, don't forget that I am planning our third annual meetup for Saturday, January 1st. Email me at spotty_zebra@hotmail.com for details).

41 comments:

Melanie's Randomness said...

I pay big attention to detail! These pieces are just so beautiful!! I would love a chance to win them! =)

Nicole said...

You're so adorable! I could just imagine that conversation with Brian. I think I'm just like you. I'll take the extra time to cut 2 millimeters off of a card, so that it would be just perfect. The little details really do make a difference!

Thanks for sharing Eva's work! Everything is just so GORGEOUS! I would love the jaida pendant!

Dancing Branflake said...

Do you sell your art? Can I buy them? And do you ever do custom for customers? Should I be emailing you about this?

Jingle said...

We are moving into a new home and I recently realized that I have a fabulous lamppost in the front yard complete with a little pole coming from it to hang beautiful things! I can't wait to put something wonderful there!!! I would choose the Jaida Pendant! It is gorgeous!

Kelly J. R. said...

Oh wow! Her jewelry makes my mouth drop open. So intricate!

A little detail that I recently noticed is that our barn cats crawl through a little hole in the hay loft to get out onto the milk house roof. They spend their mornings there warming up and napping in the sunshine.

Nicole said...

I love, love, love tiny details! And these are absolutely fabulous pieces!

Nicole said...

Crap! Forgot my tiny detail comment and choice. Can you just disregard my earlier one?

A tiny detail that is making a huge impact in my life recently is regarding veggies. If I cut and prep all of my veggies on the weekend to prepare for my weekly recipes, it shaves so much time off my weeknight to-do lists. And that means more time to spend with the hubby! :-)

As for my choice, I am in love with both, but would definitely choose the Jaida Pendant. Absolutely lovely!

Kris said...

Talk about details. These pieces are AMAZING!

Kris said...

And for the giveaway-

I love the Godspeed piece. I think my favorite details in my everyday life are found in the sky. I love the clouds and the openness. It's a big difference from the NYC streets. Crowded and what have you.

Sam said...

a recent detail i've noticed is how perfectly my sweet husband folds back the sheet when making the bed. it makes everything look so clean and crisp! his mother taught him well, and i am so lucky!! :)

these pieces are so lovely; i especially like the one on the left!

VivatRegina said...

Oh I am so detail-oriented too! My husband often says that I would be a good detective because I rarely miss anything.

Something I've taken pleasure in noticing recently as I've been going through old photographs is how my husband is maturing as a Christian and as a man. I cut his hair for him and I've been noticing a few strands of gray hair near his ears which I think gives him a dapper and distinguished look. ;)

I love both pieces and think all of her work is lovely.

Laura said...

What a cute post! I think it's all about details..I often write of this feature of life. Recently I use to observe leaves changing colour and falling down from trees..It's time flowing away, it's my little son growin'up,it's a new day spent with my sweetheart. Thanks for this moment..you made me stop and reflect..
Love Jaida pendant, love yor blog.
Laura@RicevereconStile

Molly said...

Eva's art is gorgeous! Thank you for sharing such a wonderful giveaway! I love the detail in the Godspeed Pendant - the girl and the trees and the balloon!

As the days get dark much earlier now, I've been taking the time to notice the colors of the setting sun. Maybe hanging on to the last little bits of light...

Diana Mieczan said...

I love little details and this post if full of amazing little cuties:)

Lately I try to notice the little stuff that make me happy like: bit of sushine on a rainy day or cup of tea make by my Balazs:)
Kisses,sweetie

Ps: I’m hosting a sweet t-shirt and tote GIVEAWAY today, so please join in :)

weezie said...

Wow what lovely pieces.
what little detail i have noticed is how my mother systematically sweeps the leaves outside our front lawn. She is patient and does it perfectly everytime. Something i must learn.
If i win i would love the Godspeed pendant. love, love, love

Luisa

Kaye Prince said...

Oh wow, everything is just gorgeous! It's really hard to choose but if I had to, I think I'd choose the Godspeed pendant.

I think I have really been noticing how the light looks in the fall leaves right now. I have always loved fall, but have been paying more attention lately and trying not to forget to slow down and take it easy every once in awhile. Kaye's version of "stop and smells the roses"!

Caroline said...

Lately, I've been able to witness the most beautiful sunsets. In the past, I was always in class but since the time change, I've been free! The sky has been turning a stunning shade of pink!
Both pendants are beautiful! But if I had to pick, I would choose the godspeed pendant!
Thanks Dionne!

Notes from Holly St. said...

these pieces are absolutely beautiful. i truly appreciate little details also. it's just so nice when someone puts in the thought to make something extra special...

k. davis said...

I see details whenever I take photos... with the photog business, details are KEY, they're what strings/ties a family together, or what makes a person "stick out"! Recently, I had a Fall Harvest Shoot (day full of families and taking their photos for Christmas cards, etc)...and this little girl stuck out to me, because she showed up with a HUGE flowered headband (bright and red) up against her sweet angelic blonde hair...and it's a detail I'll always remember!

I'd LOVE the Godspeed Pendant! It's gorgeous, and whimsical...and I LOVE it! :)

k. davis said...

P.S Can we please talk about how unfair it is that I live in S. Korea, because I would LOVE to meet you and hang out with you and other So Cal bloggers!

Sophia Almada said...

I would choose the Jaida Pendant if I won, it's beautiful unique and just my style.

One detail I've recently noticed in my life is the secrets people hold. To showcase this, I am an RA at my school and I had the residents of my building anonymously post their secrets on a wall for everyone to see. It was really beneficial and my residents are having me keep it up the rest of the semester instead of just the month.

Julia said...

Today I noticed the great smell of fresh apples at the grocery store. Yum! I think I would choose the Jaida Pendant.

sugareaterATgmailDOTcom

Merylu said...

Your illustration is amazing! And these pieces of jewellery are stunning. My fav is the jaida pendant.
The details I noticed in my life are delicate flowers, and recently I have a huge attention to strange autumnal leaves :)

Barbara said...

It's all in the little touches, isn't it Dionne? The perfection in a little corner. I look for things like that too...although I must admit flowers draw my attention first.
The pendants are lovely and unusual. Think I like the Godspeed pendant best.

Tender Branson said...

I am not a details person though sometimes I wish I was. Other times I feel like I will get bogged down and miss the big picture. I think it is weird for other teachers to see someone who isn't a details person. It is good to have someone around who fits that mold though.

Lee said...

Beautiful work! This is a lovely giveaway!
I love little details - such as my college daughter left a tiny sticky note on my sewing machine table - it said "have fun sewing mom!" I love stuff like that!
butler83ataoldotcom
if i won I would choose the Godspeed Pendant

Colleen Elizabeth said...

How darling they are! The last few days the country highway to school has been laden with heavy fog, like a crouching grey cat among the bramble. I love the way the intricate tangle of bare branches emerges above the white fog, it reminds me of something from a haunting tale. Also, I think the jaida pendant is beautiful...like an echo of victorian elegance, no?

Risa said...

What a great Etsy shop, added to favorites. Little details are my middle name when it comes to work. I am constantly checking to make sure each detail is correct in all my tasks. Very much a detailed oriented person!

If I won, I would choose the Jaida pendant!

Kate said...

so pretty. i love them both but the one the right is probably more my style.
the details i'm noticing most right now are sweet couples that steal moments away with one another. swoon.

Amanda said...

I love noticing babies and dads together.

Alejandra said...

It's funny how you and your husband pay attention to different details. I love details too!! I'm noticing all the beautiful colors of fall in leaves. sometimes there are so many shades of red in just one leaf, amazing! I love the Jaida pendant, Eva has great creativity, beautiful jewelry.

|kamay| said...

I love the Jaida Pendant! Oh so cute!!! One lovely details that I noticed recently is the picture frames from an open house that my husband and I went to. Each frames has its charm with tiny little details of either flowers or florishes and even one with words! All handcrafts by the owner. Love it!!!

Alexis said...

Uh...can I have all? :D Just kidding! If I had to choose, it would be between the oriental clay pendant, the godspeed pendant and the jaida pendant. :D I'd love the rings too but my size is nonexistent...extra small or something like that. :D

Crafty Girls Workshop said...

I am particularly in tune to a lot of details and lately it's just that you should do what you love to be happy. I hope that would qualify. I'm finally following my heart to make my dream business the start of a reality and I've almost never felt happier. I love the Godspeed pendant and would wear it to show off to customers in my new shop. I LOVE to buy jewlery on Etsy, it's so beautiful and detailed. The tiny flowers on margrietje's pendants are pretty amazing. I just LOVE your blog and will definately be coming back soon!

Anna

Tali Schiffer said...

I've recently noticed a very important detail in my life- the good friends I have! It's often an over-looked detail that is taken for granted but good friendships need love and care to survive!
I'd choose the Jaida Pendant :)

Melissa Blake said...

These are lovely! :)

Pamela said...

I just voted! Beautiful dishes!

Pamela said...

Oh, dear! I just realized I left the above comment on the wrong post! So sorry.

What GORGEOUS jewelry! Amazing, amazing, amazing.

As for a lovely detail I've noticed in my life lately, let's see... I need to pause I think about this because I've really been trying to be more grateful for the many blessings in my life. However, if I had to pick only one detail it would be my daughters' drawings. The sweet innocence they capture on paper is priceless. Each drawing makes me pause and relish in their creativity and love.

Thank you so much for such a GENEROUS and beautiful giveaway!

Pamela said...

Oops!!! I meant to add that if I won I would chose the Godspeed Pendant. It is so joyful and contemplative at the same time.

Thanks again!

amy b.s. said...

we recently got a puppy and it's really made us slow down and enjoy the little details in life. like the fact that he loves snow. amazingly cute. and both of these are beautiful, but the jaida is calling my name!

Dionne said...

Thanks everyone, this giveaway is now closed.