Sunday, January 16, 2011

Accidentally Lovely

Have you ever seen something that was accidentally lovely?

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I don't mean days where you had no time to do your hair, so you just threw it up into a messy up-do that ended up getting fifteen compliments at work. I mean things like seeing a little boy give up his seat on the bus for an old lady
, an erupted fire hydrant on a scorching day on the poor side of town... moments of loveliness that are unplanned or unrealized by the people in it.

I was making cupcakes for Brian once, and was trying to multi-task and drink my morning coffee at the same time. I ended up spilling my coffee into the cake batter, and ended up with a lovely, unexpected batch of coffee cupcakes. I know this is a less meaningful example than my previous two, but it accurately depicts that lovely things can happen, and oftentimes when we don't force it or intentionally create it.

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Here are some "accidentally lovely" photos that I took recently. Shots where I had the focus wrong, or not the lighting I had intended. I love that we can be accidentally lovely. That loveliness doesn't have to be intentional. It just happens.

What's something "accidentally lovely" that you've seen recently?

22 comments:

Brandi said...

These photos are beautiful, but your cupcake story is perfection. It really is important to just roll with things -- sometimes those happy accidents are the best things that happen to us.

Dash said...

i love your coffee cupcake story. im sure brian appreciated the fact that he was getting unexpected coffee flavoured cupcakes !

i am usually quite nervous around kids and babies, so when a friend and her 3 year old daughter came to visit yesterday, naturally iwas panicking. but all nervousness was subsided when divi walked in, she hugged and kissed me even when my back was turned. it broke the spell. i love kiddies now!

Dancing Branflake said...

Oh, so many happen to me daily! When I get bummed out about something it always is for the better. Such a great post- I love every example you gave.

colores said...

Love those 2 accidentally fabulous shots!!! I wish this would happen to me!:-)))

jessica said...

beautiful..!!you're amazing!!

Laura said...

Hi Dionne! Life through your eyes is so sweet! I recently noticed a green tea leaf fallen on a white silk tablecloth. It seemed to be magic..
Laura@RicevereconStile

Tender Branson said...

Nice shots, great post too. Accidents sometimes wind up being very beautiful things and I think you demonstrated that in this post.

Jess said...

Love this! When you really stop to look is when you see all the accidental loveliness there is too see!

glass floor said...

I think you have given some photoshop effects to the photos. But these are really great, specially the winter warmth is amazing, so deep to observe. Nice sharing dear.

Lindsey said...

The funny thing is, I think, that we think it's an accident, but this reminds me of God using all things for his good. It's kind of a microcosm, a pointing back to His goodness, and I love that! I often find myself thanking Him for this cute little gift that brought me joy. I think people are like this too. The word is Serendipity.

Beautiful post.

Dionne said...

So true, Lindsey! Yes, Serendipity! I love that word (and the movie). And I definitely agree about God's hand in things. He is so creative!

Glass floor: it totally looks like photoshopped pics, right? That's why I was so happy to see these "accidents". No photoshopping at all! They came put beautifully, didn't they? The one on the left was from an antique art bar in Houston. The ceiling is covered in Tiffany lamps and I took a photo, thinking that auto focus was on, but it clearly wasn't. So that pic is the blurry result. And then the one in the right was taken with my new photojojo lens. I had gotten too close to the flowers and that was the result from that. I love happy accidents!

Sam {fitnessfoodandfaith.blogspot.com} said...

lovely pictures and lovely story! unfortunately, most of my cooking upsets don't turn out quite so well :)

Barbara said...

What a fun story re the cupcakes. That would never happen to me! But I have made ingredient mistakes with other recipes that turned out much better!

Amanda said...

am so glad that you helped me see the beauty in little things today.

Caroline said...

I love both shots!!

Hilary Claire said...

I model for a bunch of my photography friends and we recently did a shoot in 2 abandoned train cars outside Baltimore. There was graffiti and broken glass everywhere but my friends captured so much beauty in the colors and rubble!

cookie said...

I call them "happy accidents"...
Winter Whimsy is divine.

Anela Deisler said...

I love the blurred pictures. You're blog's great!

Almalu's Place said...

love your little story of the cupcake...happiness is in the simple and casual things of life!definitely!

Kristin said...

those are beautiful... golden warmth looks so perfect to me. I almost "feel" warm looking at it. ;)

Heidi said...

Thank you for coming to visit me. This post is so well-put. Your blog is lovely.

Carissa said...

what lovely photos! at first glance I didn't think they looked like accidents at all! but I love your cupcake example too and that instead of throwing the batch out, you just went with it and in the end, the results were perfection! yay for happy accidents.