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To all the women…

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Being a woman is a wonderful thing. And there are many examples of incredible, inspiring, talented, kind, genuine, strong women throughout history and in the present. And to celebrate International Women’s Day, I have compiled a little photo-and-quotes gallery of some of the strongest, most iconic women I can think of. These are people who have impacted society in many ways, and who have celebrated their womanhood and inner strength. And we remember them because of that. I know I have missed out so many other strong women out there in the world, but this is dedicated to ALL of the ladies that has made this world a better place in every single little way.

So to all the women out there: live, love and celebrate yourself. Be happy, and be proud to call yourself a woman.

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
― Eleanor Roosevelt

“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”
― Mother Teresa

“When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.”
― Helen Keller

“Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.”
— Princess Diana

“The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman is seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides. True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It’s the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows & the beauty of a woman only grows with passing years.”
― Audrey Hepburn

“I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.”
― Maya Angelou

“We are all of us stars, and we deserve to twinkle.”
― Marilyn Monroe

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”
― Anne Frank

“I am of certain convinced that the greatest heroes are those who do their duty in the daily grind of domestic affairs whilst the world whirls as a maddening dreidel.”
— Florence Nightingale

“I want to do it because I want to do it. Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others.”
— Amelia Earhart

“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.”
— Marie Curie

“Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.”
— Louisa May Alcott

“In politics, If you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman.”
— Margaret Thatcher

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough”
— Oprah Winfrey

“We will surely get to our destination if we join hands.”
— Aung San Suu Kyi

“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.”
— J.K. Rowling

“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”
― Jane Goodall

Lost Things

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Do you like stop-motion films? Well, this is a little stop-motion video that has captured my heart. Maybe it’s because I love Alison Sudol and A Fine Frenzy, who happens to be the one composing this lovely piece of music to the video. And yes, she is that beautiful red-haired girl featured in this clip.

 

Or maybe it is just the quirky nature of the video, and its message that drew my attention. Entitled ‘Lost Things’, it speaks to me of a fantastical journey to escape the banalities of this world and recover the many “lost” things like happiness, excitement, imagination etc. And I absolutely LOVE the reference to Alice in Wonderland…how she fell down the rabbit hole into a Wonderland of surprises and fun! I can almost hear her muttering “Curiouser and curiouser” to herself. Notice especially the remarkable hairstyle and dress changes in the video – one of my favorite things about this clip!

 

“If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is because everything would be what it isn’t. And contrary-wise; what it is it wouldn’t be, and what it wouldn’t be, it would. You see?” 

– Alice from the Disney movie Alice in Wonderland

The World of Belle and Boo

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Let me introduce this little girl called Belle, and her adorable bunny friend Boo.

I love the feeling you get when you discover a new, beautiful thing. And I did, in the form of Belle and Boo, a collection of prints and illustrations dreamed up in the wonderful mind of illustrator Mandy Sutcliffe.

 

The World of Belle and Boo invites you to step back into childhood fantasies and delights, into that age of imagination and innocence that we all crave to revisit. I fell in love with these wonderfully quirky illustrations the minute I set eyes upon them…what’s not to love? The gallery below showcases just a few of my favorite prints from the collection. Browse, and escape back into your childhood dreams. 🙂

Explore more prints and learn more about Mandy at http://www.belleandboo.com/about_us-i-13.html

Also, check out this fabulous interview with Mandy Sutcliffe by clicking the following link:

http://www.ohmyhandmade.com/2010/what-we-know/interviews/qa-with-mandy-sutcliffe-of-belle-boo/

Love Buttons

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Love-Button

Ok, so I know that this isn’t really a love button. Meaning that no, it doesn’t summon your true love when pressed. Also meaning that it is just the “Favourite” button on my home remote control.

But sometimes, looking at things plainly is just so unimaginative and boring. Why not interpret it in you own fun, fanciful way?  I take this “love-button” as a sign that love can be found anywhere and everywhere in the world. More importantly, I take this as a reminder that we should BE love-buttons in this world and give away love to the people we meet each and every day.

So start looking for little signs around your house, school, community or world that reminds you of love and to love. Also, stop waiting. Be a Love-Button today.

“Life is the flower for which love is the honey” – Victor Hugo