In between movies, I just sat enjoying the quiet as I watched the fire burning. I got to thinking about how much the things we enjoy or place around ourselves are an outward expression of who we are.
My husband doesn't think of himself as a artist but he built this beautiful mantle for our fireplace years ago. It took him months of careful consideration. He started with a simple oak box frame and board and then he went to fireplace shops and looked at photos of mantles he liked picking up a piece of trim here and there,carefully matching and staining, adding piece by piece until one day he decided it was complete. When he was finished it we had this beautiful piece that has added grace and warmth to our home.
He also shares my love of the sea which is expressed in the things we keep on our beautiful mantle throughout the year.
We picked up this lovely conch shell in Morro Bay many years ago. The painting behind it is one we picked up at an art show before any of our kids were born.
We found this beautiful lighthouse carved from myrtlewood on a trip down the Oregon coast the summer my husband retired.
The bookends come from a little shop in Seaside, Oregon. Here are a couple of my favorite books, including The Shell Seekers, by Rosamund Pilcher and a childhood favorite, The Swiss Family Robinson.
Just a few things gathered over the years that express a little of who we are. How about you? If someone walked into your home what would they learn about you as they took a look around?