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Appreciating the Differences with Colourliving

To round off this Mediterranean inspired week here on the blog I thought it was fitting to share with you my most recent collaboration with Tina Bernstein of Colourliving. If you don’t already know this super creative Londoner I encourage you to check out her blog where you can really get to know her. Tina is one of the most supportive people I have met in the blogging world and I find her kind and direct nature refreshing. When she asked me to be a part of her series, Vive la Difference I immediately said “YES”! I absolutely love collaborations and this one is a real charmer. With a theme and a choice of three items on a carefully curated list, one chooses what appeals to them and then creates a vignette, drawing or expression of whatever is true for their creative process. Now, the cool part is Tina joins along too! Same theme and items, and a totally different creative outlook. I love the principle behind Tina’s series, there is nothing right or wrong….just different. Imagine if more people were able to apply that principle in every day life and relationships? Just take a moment to let that sink in….

Since I am quite smitten with the Mediterranean I chose the theme,Mediterraneo, and my items were cushions, flowers and food. I had so much fun with this! I will share here my image as well as what I shared on Tina’s blog. Of course the feeling is different when viewing on Colourliving so hop on over there too for another look!


A Mediterranean Meaning

When Tina asked me to be a part of Vive la Différence I was thrilled mainly due to the fact I am a big fan of this series for its unique and creative vibe. Don’t you love to see what others create? My appreciation for differences is greater due to Tina’s blog and I am grateful for it.

The colors of the Mediterranean are somewhat magical to me; the deep blue sea with a hint of turquoise at the shoreline is just breathe-giving. The last time I was in France I remember seeing and smelling olive trees everywhere and the smell of the bark is so different than other trees. Olive trees are a symbol for peace and when given as a gift it is extending a sense of peace to the recipient. So, with this I give you all a piece of the olive branch! The crusty olive bread is hearty and just looked so friendly to me, isn’t that funny? Everything about the Med inspires me to dig deep and find pearls in the sea of life, go out on a limb and enjoy the fruitage life offers, no matter what.




Tina’s version is so sweet and her description takes me right along with her…..

We spent every summer of my childhood in Tuscany. Forte dei Marmi and its surrounding areas became my home from home. I always associate summer with the colours and smells of the Mediterranean. It’s definitely shaped my love for colours and food as an adult!

These days I spend more time in the South of France but Italy will always be my first love and I’m greatful that I grew up bilingual and now speak this magical language.

One of my all time favourite is to eat freshly caught fish grilled by the seaside. A little drizzle of deep green coloured olive oil with absolutely nothing else to accompany it. Oh, and of course, eaten with my fingers. I’ve often said that I would like my last meal to be a grilled wild seabass.

The background colour of my Vignette indicates my love for olive oil. For the sun, large fish (food) and anemone (flower) I used Artefact cards with various pen and markers. The blue squiggle indicates the sky. The greeny shape for the sea is a thick tracing paper from a notebook. The sandy shape, indicating sand is a velvety A4 sheet I bought in Amsterdam many years ago. I have it in quite a few colours and would love to find it again. Any of you Dutch ladies know where I might have purchased it from? The fabric used is actually an outdoor fabric I use on my rood terrace, here representing a sun lounger/mattress (cushion). It’s called Seville – Seaside. The little colourful fish is a button.

For those of you who knew about my goldfish Clarissa and Rupert, Clarissa died and Rupert got an infection so I returned him to the Pet shop for him to have a chance to survive. I no longer have fish so am dedicating this post to the memory of them and our short time together.


I always find it amazing how different we all are and similar at the same time. May this post be a reminder to all of us to appreciate the differences and remember we are all doing the best we can, no matter what our minds may tell us.

Have a wonderful weekend,


  • April 11, 2014 - 6:01 am

    tina@colourlviing - How beautifully you summarised the ‘essence’ of the Vive la Différence series….and thank you for the very kind intro…

    “Imagine if more people were able to apply that principle in every day life and relationships? Just take a moment to let that sink in….” So true and important!

    I love your version because it does remind me of the Mediterranean and….. “Olive trees are a symbol for peace and when given as a gift it is extending a sense of peace to the recipient.”…. is just beautiful!

    Thank you for joining in. Remind me, are you coming to Blogtacular or perhaps to Will’s Book Launch? Hope you’re well. Happy weekend xxReplyCancel

    • April 11, 2014 - 2:18 pm

      admin - I am glad I did you and your brand “justice”…I love what you stand for and how with this series so many are able to receive the gift of awareness. I won’t be coming to Blogtacular even after buying a ticket because I don’t have a dog sitter and my Mom decided to come to Arizona for mother’s day which is the 10th. I will meet Will in Palm Springs so he and T can meet the boys 🙂 yay! xxReplyCancel

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