Wednesday, 24 June 2015


Candle lit sandcastle by the sea, source unknown.
Summer is a riot of flowers. This year on clothes as well as in the garden, and every year we are reminded how well Lord Leighton captured the heat of summer in his Flaming June.

But for me water flows through the season and paints it from the blue, green and shimmering palette of the rivers, brooks and seas.

From Here:

Faded blue & green chest of drawers

An Art Nouveau brooch from my collection

Rich blue fringed velvet curtains

Magical shimmering sequinned fishes by Lainey Whitworth Art on Etsy
I had to have one.
Her Etsy shop is Here:

Buckled sparkly shoes from Top Shop

Raw silk embroidered bag from the magical Medieval Muse on Etsy
Medieval Muse Etsy shop Here:

Silver and copper dusted, sea glass, the mermaid's tears, glowing in the sand. Surprising golden, violet or indigo skies. Always.

Strange Tempests gather. Inevitably Mermaids enter my thoughts.

shells & tealights in mercury glass 

Edward Arthur Fellowes Prynne
Penelope Tree

A superb John William Waterhouse Mermaid
Dolce & Gabbana, 2014

The Sirens - Edward Burne-Jones
Evening Dress, Mad Carpentier, 1940s

But there is also that Midsummer Night's meeting. Water links summer themes, as does that other element, Air.

Air, elemental leather mask
From Fairy Magic on Etsy
Heady scents and potions (and sometimes a spell or two) gently incline all to sleep.

A Midsummer Night's Dream by Chad Gowey 

William Morris & Co, The Brook tapestry

Titania by Arthur Rackham

Of Pirates and Pan

Peter Pan and the pirate ship, James Coleman
Johnny Depp, Jack Sparrow, Pirates of the Caribbean
The Curse of the Black Pearl

Galleon topped thatched cottage, image by me

Clothes by Magnolia Pearl

Alice, drowsily beside the Thames, her dreams conjuring a tale from Mr Carroll.

"In a Wonderland they lie,
Dreaming as the days go by,
Dreaming as the summers die;
Ever drifting down the stream--
Lingering in the golden gleam--
Life, what is it but a dream?"  

Lewis Carroll and the Liddell family
image by Lewis Carroll

Bickleigh Cottage reflected in the river 

Alice illustration by Amber Alexander
Swallows gathering mud for their nests

Alice's Cottage, the pale blues

My Cheshire cat apothecary bottle
And when she is grown,
will Alice remember?

Meanwhile, Ophelia is gathering flowers for her watery grave.

Spring collection Dries Van Noten

Ophelia by Kirsty Mitchell

Ophelia, Theodore von der Beek 

Somewhere a woman waits, while a Tempest brews.

Miranda, John William waterhouse

The French Lieutenant's Woman

From  The witch's curse by W. S. Gilbert.
 illustrations by William Russell Flint. Published 1912 


Marikka Nakk Velvet Princess Coat
Colours of a tempest by Fired Earth

Shhhh! We must be still now, Faerie Revels and sweet potions have overpowered all and they lie sleeping.

Arthur Rackham
Potent potions in tiny Czech apothecary bottles
Velvet robe by Toast
Sleeping Beauty, Henry Meynell Rheam

Titania Sleeps, by Frank Cadogan  Cowper

Alice Liddell asleep by Lewis Carroll

Undine, Arthur Rackham


by: Lewis Carroll (1832-1898)

I have tried to find the source of any images I have used but some remain unknown. I will be pleased to credit should someone tell me.


  1. Oh, those lovely sea glass greens and blues!! Thank you so much for the reminder of all the beauty of Summer (although not my favorite season due to the heat), and including my bag among all the splendid imagery.

    1. I am like you a Winter/Autumn lady and in summer always end up turning to blues. Love your bag so much, such exquisite work.

  2. Dearest LeeAnn,
    Lovely pondering around the year's longest day... It is the best time of the year, when things look their very best and over the ages, stories have evolved that are being told still at present day.
    Sending you hugs and blessings and may your dreams be sweet!

  3. GOod morning LeeAnn! Well, you have covered a plethora of FUN and enchanting muses and activities for summer. I am enjoying my summer so much being at home from work (I am a teacher, so we have ample time off!) and earlier this June, we had our holiday at one of the most beautiful ocean side villages in our country: Carmel-by-the-sea.

    I LOVE THOSE SEQUINED FISH! I too must have one and I contacted the artist. That fish will be mine!

    Enjoy the rest of this magical time collecting, selling, gathering, hunting, inspiring. Anita

    1. Anita, So happy that you have captured one of those magical fishes of Lainey's. I love mine and know you will too. Jealous you visited Carmel, I so miss it.

  4. So many lovely things! I want silver glitter shoes and a silk robe!

    That sandcastle picture gets more magical all the time!

    1. Laura, Silver glitter shoes and silk robes is your style! I only wish I knew who to credit for that sandcastle image - and who built such a wondrous structure.

  5. Such a beautiful post, LeeAnn. So many beautiful finds. I could get lost in each individual image, but all of them together is a wonderful, watery-rich tapestry. xx

  6. Absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for so much inspiration!

    1. Always love your posts too and often am inspired by them.

  7. so much delicious-ness ( is there such a word) in one post, I am now filled up with inspiration again. x

  8. Very beautiful pictures ! I especially love the first one !

    1. Such a beautiful and fascinating collection LeeAnn. You have an eye for exquisite beauty! Thank you. Greetings from Yzerfontein, 90km from Cape Town

  9. Really lovely photos indeed.

  10. What a great post! Love it. Will look at it again and again. It's so hot here. Flowers are dying. LOL. And I am wilted myself.

    1. Thank you so much Melinda! Your harden is very lush and divine, I always love seeing your many flowers. As we now have rain maybe it will help us all not to wilt. x

  11. Oh LeeAnn, how I love this is magical and mystical with all your shares, and yes, those FISH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Thank you kindly for coming to visit my post. I am actually enjoying giving my blog a once-a-month spotlight so that not only myself, but my readers can anticipate something new. Thank you so much for your lovely comment! And ENJOY THE MAGIC!

    1. Thank you Dear Anita! I look forward to your monthly posts and I will see you on pinterest. x

  12. Your pictures are all beautiful, my favourite is the sandcastle, it's gorgeous !

    1. Gattina, Thank you, I love that sandcastle too, wish I could credit the image to whoever captured it so well.

  13. Every last thing about this engaging post is pure visual poetry. Thank you for the resplendent image compilation, dear lady.

    ♥ Jessica

  14. I do Hope all is well with you as we begin to change Seasons, I'd Love to see your Autumn Imagery... this Post was Pure Eye Candy! Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

    1. So much to catch up with, feel like the White Rabbit, always late. x

  15. Gorgeous, such a beautiful visually inspiring...deeply magical!

    1. Thank you so much Victoria, coming from you, such a comment means a lot!

  16. Stunning, LeeAnn. Thank you for your kind comments on my studio office in the making. It really is quite a small room. Actually all of the rooms in our home are quite small! We'll call it cozy. That word always takes the sting out of small rooms!
    Have a wonderful weekend,

    1. Donna, you are right, cosy is a good word. I must use it more about our own tiny cottage. x

  17. Lovely post. Thanks for your kind comments on my blog, glad you've enjoyed the posts. :-)


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