7.4.14

flawed


If you were to step inside my home, you would see that I find profound beauty in objects that wear their stories on their surface; the cracks, the bruises, the battle scars of life.

Faded foliage speaks more to me than a fresh bloom. Leather that's scuffed and cracked will always be favoured over the shiny and new. The reverse side of the picture frame reveals the most gorgeous patina; long forgotten and under-appreciated.

I'm making a conscious effort lately to see people in this very same way.

Especially myself.

If I can see profound beauty in these seemingly flawed objects, surely I can embrace imperfections in myself and others in the same way, recognising them as the gifts that they are.

Having a second child is proving to be the ultimate lesson in letting go. I've still got a way to go but I'm slowly accepting the fact that I simply can't be perfect.

More importantly, I'm realising that I don't have to be, either.


33 comments :

  1. You are enough...and to your children you are MORE than enough and always will be perfect in their eyes. I think about the way I saw my mum as a child (and still do) and I only had pure love, respect and adoration of her...and I know she too has flaws and doesn't think she is perfect...but it goes to show... xxx

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  2. Beautiful, stunning images.......
    Have a lovely week x

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  3. So beautifully said, Claire.
    Ronnie xo

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  4. Absolutely - to be yourself is SO good enough. :-)

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  5. I gave up on perfect many, many flaws ago. I like me better with a well-worn patina. Life is more interesting. x

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  6. Wonderful words Claire, and pictures - as always xx

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    1. Ps. Just left bloomer pattern info on my blog post :) xxx

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    2. Think you may have been looking at the wrong pattern Claire - they seem to have two with the same pattern number?! This is the right one... https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/154476033/baby-girls-six-piece-wardrobe-pattern?utm_source=google&utm_medium=product_listing_promoted_en_gb&utm_campaign=supplies_low xxx

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  7. good for you claire! I'm sure its always a work in progress, but it feels so good when you worry less about everything being just so..children certainly do teach us that. I love your analogy, I much prefer the worn and imperfect too, with a bit of a story to tell and a history, what a nice way to look at ourselves x

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  8. Beautifully said. You've opened my eyes - may we all view ourselves, and others, with the same respect and love. xx

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  9. It's touching to see you morphing into a self-confident, goal-oriented, and well-balanced (creative) Mother x

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  10. Beautifully said... I'm reading a book at the moment called 'The Gift Of Imperfection'... and learning every day that perfect doesn't exist xx

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    1. I just purchased the same book - can't wait for it to arrive! x

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  11. The perfect elixir after a rather topsy turvy day. Sublime images and soothing words. Thanks for sharing lovely soul :) xx

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  12. Oh wow...powerful words. I'm going to try harder to appreciate life's inperfections! Thank you for opening my eyes.

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  13. Those tiny shoes just melted my heart. Nobody's perfect in an imperfect world :)

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  14. "I'm making a conscious effort lately to see people in this very same way."

    Wow, that took an insightful little turn... I got goosebumps. :) Beautiful observation, thanks for this.

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  15. Nobody's perfect. The jump from having one child to two was a really trying time for me also. It was a great lesson in changing my expectations that I had of myself and how I parented. Hope you find a balance that works for you and your family xxx

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  16. Claire, hello!
    I just adore your blog and your photos. Could you please tell me how you get your photos to look that professional? Your grays, pinks, browns are so beautiful... Do you use Lightroom or PS? Is that a specific style of editing.. trying to search the net for how to do this. LIfe, for example, that photo of Marguerite sitting up, smiling... those colors!! How, please tell me how ! :)))
    Thank you muchly... keep being you! Your blog is one of the few ones where beauty and truth reside. You sharing even the hard stuff makes you that much more beautiful and your blog relevant and important. To know that you feel overwhelmed, sad, insecure... is comforting because it's that feeling of isolation, add to these heavy feelings, that makes is so hard sometimes to see what's important and how good life actually is.
    You are one of the rare ones on these interwebs.

    Gia

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    1. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave this beautiful comment, Gia. I'm so glad you enjoy visiting this space. I plan on writing a couple of posts in the coming weeks covering a few basic photography tips and my general editing process. Just briefly though... I do use lightroom to edit and I use VSCO film presets (these photos were edited with pack 1 Kodak porta 800. However, I customise the preset quite a lot because I find the filters too heavy... so I opt for a more subtle enhancement rather than a thick layered filter. Hope this helps for now! Claire x

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    2. Thank you, Claire! This is very helpful. :) Looking forward to reading more about your process.
      Best wishes,
      Gia

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  17. i ate this post up claire. aren't we, as humans, just filled with the imperfect?! every time we learn to embrace this part of ourselves, we learn to embrace these imperfections in others too. the gritty bits that make the world turn. the good stuff. you are perfect dear claire, exactly as you are. x

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  18. I'm drawn to imperfections in objects as well - I like the idea of accepting imperfections in ourselves too - just wish I knew how to get there! x

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  19. I hear you Claire. Your words have summed up how I've been feeling since the birth of my second daughter. I'm learning to let go too and see the beauty in my own imperfections. Thankyou for such a lovely space.
    ~warmly Chontelle

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  20. hi claire. do you shoot in RAW? xx

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    1. Hi kristi :) Yes... I made the switch to shooting RAW a year ago and haven't looked back, it's amazing! However... you need some serious storage for the files because they are HUGE... and I take so many photos so my computer and hardrives are bursting the seams!

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    2. thanks doll, your always so helpful. xx

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  21. Brillian post! Thank you...

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  22. You certainly have an eye for beauty. I honestly wouldn't be able to tell an art piece from a dud if I had to go looking through my storage units right now, but this is a timely reminder to look past the imperfections and look to the good points of things. Cheers!

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