a movie that inspired me..

I recently got my 'Stealing Beauty' dvd back from a friend, which mind you I completely forgot about as it's a movie I always watch when I need to be re-inspired and re-motivated so I guess I must be chugging along alright. But in saying this.. its back in my hands so that must mean something.. it must be watched again. 

I've lost track of how many times I have seen this movie but its travelled along with me through my life and each and every-time I watch it, it gives me a little boost and I get something completely different out of it. Some scenes I once loved, no longer have that same effect and in a sense have lost their meaning, while others I never really noticed, stand out and teach me something new. It's a movie with a quite a few different characters, of different ages and from different backgrounds but somehow all play an important role in the movie. There is the main character of course.. being Liv Tyler but there are so many other amazing stories and lives that its just spectacular. Bernardo Bertoluci is just an amazing director and the cinematography in this movie just seems surreal. Beautiful.. beautiful Tuscany!!

I am an artist and designer and although have slowed down a little in the 'me' area for a bit, while completely focussing on becoming a mother, my kids and my family.. things are getting a little easier and I am getting back to the old 'me' during my down times of being a mum. I am currently taking over our little run down back shed and converting it into a studio. We're not rich by any way, shape or form in the money department but we are rich in health, ideas, inspirations and most of all being true to ourselves. My husband and I support each other in our dreams and always strive to provide a rich balanced lifestyle for our kids with what we have. We want to teach them that money isn't everything and that you can still follow your dreams with a little hard work and smart thinking.

This weekend almost gone, we had the opportunity to salvage some building materials from a house that is being knocked down pretty soon, so we jumped at the opportunity. Everyone else took a look at this house and saw a bessa-block house that was about to fall down itself and thats about it.. we saw materials that would have cost us a LOT of money which we don't have and with a bit of hard work could be ours... so now they are. I now have almost a pallet of old, matured red bricks which will make a gorgeous border and patio area out the front of my little studio.. My hubby now has a whole kitchen to use as storage in his work area and soon we'll have enough wood to finish of his work area. We have gorgeous antique doors to replace our old sliding door to our outdoor office area and bags and bags full of succulents to liven up our garden and not to mention a fantastic galvanized iron rain water tank to gather water from my studio so that I can teach our kids how to grow veggies... I could go on but I'm rambling as I often do when I get passionate about something...

Going back to my favorite movie of all time 'Stealing Beauty'... I always remember the serenity.. the handmade objects.. the slow simple life.. the art and how I always dreamed of creating my own space rather than buying it or getting someone else to create it for me.. and now I can and it will be from a lot of recycled materials and it will be mine and completely unique. If it wasn't dark and the mosquitos weren't around I'd be out there now.. but I must take my time and still remind myself that I'm a mum and although the kids are asleep.. they still need me to be there if they have a bad dream.. hence I am here writing about it instead.. I think its time to pop the Stealing Beauty dvd in and gather some more inspiration..


  1. Love, love, loved this movie when I saw it. It shaped so many of the things that I love and the dreams I constructed for myself as an adult.

    Haven't seen it in years. It is always out in the local video stores here. Grrr.

  2. what a lovely, beautifully written post! I haven't seen this movie, but you make me want to.

  3. oh toni.. its a beautiful movie.. a must see!!

  4. Gorgeous post.

    Popping past from Blog This.


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