Tuesday, February 15, 2011

{Guest Blogger} Outside In


Hello Pure Green Readers! It's Bess here, Pure Green Magazine's new illustrator and the designer behind the English Muffin Shop. Celine has invited me to do a few guest posts over here at Pure Green, and I couldn't be more delighted!

For today's post I thought I would share with you some little bits of the outdoors that my husband and I have used to decorate our home. Celine featured the Birch Bark Wall Art DIY that we made a couple of weeks ago. As I'm sure you've noticed, we love bringing the outside world in. Having bits of the forest inside feels really magical and especially cozy during the Winter months.


This is our tropical seed collection. My husband, Charles, brought back these little forest finds after his trips to both Australia and Panama. Of course these are only meant to be displayed in our home and would never make their way to the outside world, especially not a garden.

The three little 'mountains' above are actually spikes from the trunk of a tree.


This seed hangs off an Australian tree. Should one fall on your head while walking through the forest, I imagine it would hurt.



This little guy can be used to hang your clothes on the line to dry. A poor man's clothespin if you will.


We really treasure all the seeds in our collection. I remember visiting the home of one of Charles' past professors and being in awe of all the seeds and other forest artifacts he'd collected over his years in the field. We aspire to that great glass cabinet with hundreds of perfectly placed momentos from the forest.

I would love to hear if you collect tokens from the outdoors too? Mushrooms, flower pressings, leaves?

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  1. While we don't collect seeds, I've been collecting rocks for many years. All sizes of stones have made their way into our home from different places we visited. They all have some kind of memory, whether from a rock climb we did, or a beach we strolled along. I agree, in the winter months especially, it's nice to have these little reminders of the world outside.

  2. Rocks! What a great idea Mountain Dad. I bet they look really beautiful, especially contrasted with warm wood around the house. Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. STUNNING photos Bess! I love how you bring the outdoors indoors. I don't collect anything myself but you make me want to.

  4. these photos are so beautiful, perfectly focused + naturally lovely!
    we also collect rocks, like Mountain Dad. I have always loved bringing a pretty rock home when we're on vacation, and make a point of finding just the perfect one. my husband even proposed to me with a rock [and a ring ;)] !!

  5. Thanks Lesley and Adele! The seeds make such a lovely subject, I have no idea why it took me so long to photograph them!

    I'm going to have to pay more attention to the rocks of the world, sounds like we should get another collection going.

  6. I love that first photo with the seeds in the pod! My house is full of bark, cones, beach finds and yes, a few stones. I have a preference for coats with big pockets!



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