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    Vive La Différence – Mediterrano

    April 7, 2014

    Every month I cannot believe where the time has gone… it’s Vive la Différence April edition today!

    Let me introduce you to Jocelyn, author of The Inner Interior. Jocelyn calls herself the ‘Writer and Righter of life. “The Inner Interior is dedicated to the art of designing and styling the mindful life….we will navigate through the inner interior of life where you will find the conversations a little deeper, with the emphasis on mindfulness and how it can lead to a more refined purpose and sense of peace.”

    For new readers:

    The concept: each month I will invite one blogger. They will create and showcase one image/vignette. There are 20 themes and 20 objects for my guest to choose from. They choose 1 theme and up to 3 objects. I will then create an image/vignette based on their choice. Everyone has free reign on how to create the image. It can be simple photography, a drawing, a collage, a hand-painted image, a styled table top… the choice is yours! The fun part is that you, my readers, will see 2 versions inspired by the same subject matter. There is no right or wrong. There’s just ‘different’.

    Jocelyn chose the theme: Mediterrano with the objects: Food, Flowers and Cushions.  Here is Jocelyn’s Vignette.

    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.

    Thank you, Tina for inviting me and I look forward to all your future posts!

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    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.

    vld - mediterrano tina

    Jocelyn, thank you for taking part and extending the gift of the Olive branch:-) A sense of peace is always very much appreciated and needed!

    Vive la Différence will return on Monday 5th May.