Creativity Corner Vive La Différence

Vive La Différence – Mother Nature

November 11, 2013

It’s the penultimate Vive la Différence of 2013! Wow!

My guest this month is Emily Quinton, writer of The Startup Wife. Emily writes about startup life from a mum’s point of view and runs photography workshops for bloggers who want to learn how to take beautiful images for their blogs. Emily also just launched a new website.

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’.

Emily chose the theme: Mother Nature with the objects: fabric and flowers – Here’s her take on this.

I was really excited when Tina asked me to take part in Vive La Différence. I love the idea of people having the same starting point and seeing where they go with it.

Mother Nature jumped out at me as a theme straightaway but I was then a little nervous that I might make it too obvious by using flowers and fabric as my objects.
However, this is very much my world. I photograph flowers every day and most of the fabrics I choose to work with when I am making things for my children, our home or for gifts feature flowers too. So, I decided that it might all be obvious to me as it’s all around me but not everyone lives in my floral world! It’s the beautiful Mother Nature that I celebrate as part of my everyday and share with my children.

I have a rather busy, hectic life with four little children but by bringing flowers into my home every week, I feel like Mother Nature brings some calm into the mix. I also love how seasonal flowers in the home celebrate the changing seasons, which is something I like to share with my children.

I spent a few years working on my (sadly unfinished) PhD research on plant hunting, which brought up may difficult debates about our desire to control nature, to own nature and to battle over nature. I have stepped away from the academic arena now but there will always be a place in my heart for celebrating, protecting and respecting Mother Nature.

My image is a little celebration of the colours and beauty of Mother Nature and the joy that she brings to our every day.

VLD - Mother Nature


Mother Nature – where do you begin? There is so much to be greatful for! We have to trust that she knows best!

Today I’m taking you through an imaginary road journey through Autumn’s colours and flowers.

I used some off-cuts of Japanese Decorative Paper. I cut around the coloured leaves and placed some green flower leaves underneath. The flowers used were a lovely surprise from a very dear friend and so am happy to document a few stems online forever! My fabric is the little car on the bottom right.  Cute, no? As it was white with black outlines I photoshopped it with some of the flowers patterns to make it look like camouflage.

The idea is to imagine the vignette being a road path and you driving through it…. Mother Nature will do the rest. This vignette is dedicated to Nicola!

VLD - Mother Nature

Thank you Emily for taking part and sharing some of your story. There’s one more VLD in December. Have a good start to the week.

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  • Reply Nicola November 11, 2013 at 11:37 am

    Emily – what a beautiful vignette, I love the flowers & the blossom & the way it’s balanced.

    Love your new website too, the clearness & simplicity of it.

    Your blog reminds me of when my children were very young, when I was also working extremely hard but always ensuring we made things and were creating at home. And I’ve always had flowers in the home too – even when I’m broke!

    Tina – too emotional to comment. Thank you for dedicating this to me & supporting me along this road path I’m on xx

    • Reply tina November 14, 2013 at 11:26 pm

      Darling… my pleasure and ALWAYS xx

  • Reply Igor November 11, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    Wonderful theme and equally wonderful interpretations. Emily’s work is recognizable, it is her real style and your work has that little dash of quirkiness, that I love. I’m referring to the fun car…HUGS!

    • Reply tina November 14, 2013 at 11:27 pm

      Thank you Igor for your constant support of this series – HUGS back!

  • Reply Parisbreakfast November 12, 2013 at 10:38 am

    Beautiful work!
    I’d love to do her workshop
    Thanks Tina

    • Reply tina November 14, 2013 at 11:28 pm

      Thanks Carol. Why not sign up to one of Emily’s workshops when you come to London?

  • Reply Anya Jensen November 12, 2013 at 11:05 am

    Beautiful both of your vignettes, and a wonderful take on Mother Nature and fabric. Love the little car in the corner, camo indeed, wouldn’t have noticed had you not said so. Happy day to you both, much love

    • Reply tina November 14, 2013 at 11:29 pm

      Hello you veteran VLD member… I can still picture yours:-)
      Hope all is well xx

  • Reply Chi @ 106 November 12, 2013 at 11:12 am

    Great job, ladies! I love the theme you chose and the idea of trusting Mother Nature is so close to my heart.

    Hard to believe there’s only one more to go this year. Hasn’t it flown by?! 😀 x

    • Reply tina November 14, 2013 at 11:29 pm

      Can you believe it? We’re nearly in 2014. What a great year it’s been. Here’s to VLD in 2014 xx

  • Reply Gudy Herder November 12, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    I am such a fan of this series and the different takes on it. It reflects so much your both style. Emily, it is lovely, fresh and delicate.
    Tina, it is quirky, bold and reflects so well the Autumn.
    Looking forward to more, keep them coming, Tina! x

    • Reply tina November 14, 2013 at 11:30 pm

      Hello Gudy and mucho grazias:-))

      There’s one more to come in December and then the next one will be in January:-) x

  • Reply Emily November 12, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    Thank you so much for inviting me to be apart of your lovely series Tina. And thank you all for your lovely comments. 😉 x

    • Reply tina November 14, 2013 at 11:30 pm

      Pleasure lovely. Thank you for taking part and welcome to the VLD family xx

  • Reply Alison Sye November 12, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    Beautiful, and really encapsulates this time of year. I like the white spaces between all of Emily’s floral pieces. And I love the Autumnal feel of yours,Tina. Just about to dish up my leek and potato soup now!

    • Reply tina November 14, 2013 at 11:32 pm

      Ha. Hope The Leek and Potato Soup went down well. Thanks Alison x

  • Reply Catherine November 13, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    What! Only one more VLD for the year, hasn’t this year flown by. I love your celebration to the colours and beauty of Mother Nature Emily, she never gets it wrong and is one of my biggest beautiful. Your colours of Autumn are gorgeous Tina, I love the greens and oranges and the idea of going for a little drive through all this beauty. Love to you both, thank you. xx

    • Reply tina November 14, 2013 at 11:36 pm

      Thank you Catherine:-) always happy that you check in to see the VLD inspirations. Yours seems like sooooo long ago!
      Love to you my friend xx

  • Reply Gerard @WalnutGrey November 13, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    Mother Nature is a true darling (and a force to be reckoned with when the mood takes her). It’s lovely to see two calm interpretations of nature’s bounty, both serene and embracing.

    And one more VLD to go this year – OMG. Time has gone too quickly!

    Thanks ladies 🙂 xx

    • Reply tina November 14, 2013 at 11:37 pm

      Ha. You’re so right. That’s what the poor people in the Philippines would say right now… and yet we’re at her mercy!

      OMG indeed. Where has the time gone???

  • Reply Doris November 13, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    A subject that’s close to my heart also. Mother nature can be interpreted in so many ways and I love both of your interpretations. Emily’s is so lovely, happy and light while Tina’s is strong with bold autumnal colours. Another great VLD. xD

    • Reply tina November 14, 2013 at 11:39 pm

      Hello you. Brace yourself. In 2014 you might not any longer escape the claws of the VLD series. I’ll come knocking, so be prepared:-) x

  • Reply Carole Poirot November 13, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    A great take on Mother Nature and both are beautiful in their own way. Emily’s reminds me of the lightness of Spring and Tina’s of sumptuous Autumn moods. xo

    • Reply tina November 14, 2013 at 11:39 pm

      Hello Carole. It was you only last month…. is it nicer being the spectator?
      Thanks lovely xx

  • Reply Holly November 18, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    And now I’ve learned a new word! penultimate. Fabulous word. Thanks 🙂

    Both so great! Emily’s right about the Mother Nature’s ability to bring calm into our homes and everyday lives. Her picture is a nice reminder of that. Fresh, alive and soft.

    Tina, I love the little road trip idea here. Little car, so cute! Yes, let us trust Mother Nature and let her lead us to good things.


  • Reply leah of sang the bird November 19, 2013 at 4:54 am

    Beautiful takes on a beautiful theme. I love the contrast between the 2 vignettes. Thanks Tina for introducing me to amnother lovely blogger xx

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