I have some rules that I adhere to as much as possible in my life. One of them is "Presentation is Everything". A gift well wrapped, a dinner served on a beautiful table, a bed coordinated with varying patterns or a sweetly iced cupcake. I believe making the simple things in life beautiful is an art.
When I came across this blog several months ago I was searching for tips on how to make meringues. The tips were spot on, but I was so enchanted with the creativity and love that went into her desserts that I became a faithful reader too. Tartelette displays je ne sais quoi in everything she does. I love her stories about her relationship with her mother and how she eagerly awaits care packages from France. The way she presents her creations in a tiny bowl or an unexpected half eggshell is a sweet sight to me, and it warms my heart the way she shares with her neighbors. Go visit her but beware that it will give you an irrepressible urge to bake and a desire to embellish each sweet with something as visually stimulating as it is tasty.
Another blog that I found for the first time years ago, before I had really even discovered blogging, is Tongue In Cheek. She lives in France and her pictures and words will touch you deeply. She writes about her family, about daily life, posts lovely photos and tells stories about them. Just visiting her in the haven of cyberspace she has created will make you feel like you've visited some place special and perhaps seen something intimate and treasured that you shouldn't have. But don't worry, she invites us to see her world and I highly recommend entering her philosophical, generous space when you can.
Blogging has flung open the doors on many artistic souls who have found their niche in writing, sharing photos, opinions, advice or just rambling to relieve a void. I actually find the level of beauty and talent overwhelming. These are not magazines and books with huge staffs to help with all aspects, but creative souls who can't hold back their passion.
It would be remiss of me to not mention someone who has no blog, but a talent for photography. My dear friend, Jerome, who gifted us with the photographing of our wedding. He has a sharp eye for the tender moments as well as irony in a photo. Jerome's website boasts many more photos than just our own precious few wedding ones. When I see his photos, I am reminded of not only of a photographer's talent, but the talent of a well lived life and cherished friendships. His travel photos are nothing if not a kick in the pants to get out of the house and see the world. Since I seem to have an underlying theme today, I must mention that he is also French and also oozes his passion from every pore. Even in the last late night photos of our wedding day when there was no light left, he was still clicking trying to round out the day of over a thousand shots.
I hope you see that there is no comparison or competition in the sweet spot we inhabit in order to live out the unique God-given talents that, when unleashed, will create a beauty in its own way. One of the wonders of life is that when you do what you love and share it with others, the rewards to everyone are multiplied. Be inspired by these people. I know I am.
Photo from www.marthastewart.com.