New Year, New Mood Board and this months mood board by beautiful Jot Girl Anna has me feeling all those relaxed summer holiday vibes. With a generous dose of cobalt blue against a ‘sea’ of white and some lovely warm tones of red, orange and a hint of pink, it feels cozy and relaxed, but fresh and fun. It’s like the perfect summer getaway where you spend your time lolling around an airy holiday house lazily reading books, walking along the beach and dipping your toes in the ocean. When days begin and end in the water, when meal times are for gatherings of friends or family that run thick with laughter and food in ample supply.
With all that on my mind this one totally reminds me of childhood Summers at my grandparents house, where our days were filled with beach trips and picnics. Jaunts to Lennox Head, Byron or Bangalow for some retail therapy/family fun and a house full of cousins, aunts and uncles. So naturally I went in search of a photo or two and came across this one of us swimming in the rockpools probably at Lennox Head, although I can’t be sure. The other option was a pair of pics of us playing in the park in our bathers, because that was pretty much our permanent attire for the summer but as far as I’m concerned there is nothing more representative of those days than this. Us kids in the ocean, Dad not even pretending he’d swim, but willing to risk a little adventuring and mum taking a brief break from being in the water to do Mum things like snap a photo or make sure we had enough sunscreen or round us up for lunch etc.The lovely colours and patterns of January’s mood board had me reaching for Heidi Swapp’s Mixed Company papers and embellishments, the tones just couldn’t be more perfect. Slightly softer than those of the mood board but so pretty and on point. I liked the inclusion of the teal green that dusted it’s way through the papers as well. It’s such a lovely complimentary colour. The only thing Mixed Company didn’t have was the hint of red, a few Elle’s Studio stickers later, with the perfect phrases on them, and we had our mix. I think I’ve enjoyed all the nostalgic reminders this mood board has brought up as much as I enjoyed creating this pretty page. I may have to delve into those old photos again. The quieter pace of Summer school holidays, being surrounded by family and adventuring in warmer climates are certainly a ripe soil for storytelling. Both of my sisters have expressed a desire to relocate to that area in recent months, so I know I’m certainly not alone in appreciating those memories. What are some of your favourite Summer memories from years past? What makes them so vivid and rich in your memory?