Sunday Thoughts ~Beauty, January 5, 2020

“Beauty is the shadow of God on the universe.” ~ Gabriela Mistral


Good morning, beautiful souls.  As this is my first post of the new year, I thought it might be good to share a little history of this blog, especially for those who may be new to Maison de Jardin.  Maison de Jardin (The Garden House) is actually the name of our home and is the name I chose for the blog. For those who have become treasured blogging friends and for my dear friends who know me personally, you know this blog stemmed (January 29, 2017 ~visit here,)  from my love of beauty and the desire to share my passion and hopefully inspire others.  Others, who may not have noticed all the beauty around them, or perhaps those who needed a gentle nudge to create beauty in and around their own homes.  Being aware of this, and recognizing the magnificence around us, makes such a difference in our daily lives.

tect0nic: “ Cold Winter day at the creek by Berndt Sjosten via 500px. ”

“There is nothing that makes its way more directly to the soul than beauty.” ~ Joseph Addison

We feel differently, stress leaves, we breathe better, and our hearts are happier when we stand in awe for just a moment enjoying something beautiful. The ‘something beautiful’ can be a single bloom, a wonderful rainbow, sunrise or sunset, or a child messy from the strawberry patch.  If it touches your heart, most likely it is asking you to ‘pay attention.’

The same holds true when we read exquisite words of wonderfully talented souls.  I am always inspired, and a little overwhelmed, when I read something marvelous from someone who lived in another time and another world. It always increases my awareness to ‘pay attention.’   

“Nature is full of genius, full of the divinity; so that not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand.” ~ Henry David Thoreau


“Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God’s handwriting.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Dear friends, thank you for your visit.  Know, I wish you and yours a beautiful and peaceful day.
In the week ahead, may the angels guide you to the glorious beauty in your world.  



Beauty hath strange power. “ ~ John Milton


Images: via tumblr

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20 Comments on "Sunday Thoughts ~Beauty, January 5, 2020"

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Rita C at Panoply

Breathtaking photos, Sandra! Just soaking in moments of ordinary beauty can make daily walks extraordinary, and it is one reason I love getting out as many days as I am able.
Happy New Year. Thank you for sharing the beauty.

Pam Richardson

Sandra, I always find beauty when I visit with you. From the stunning images to the inspiring quotes, you share beauty in our world. I look forward to each one of your posts my friend. Happy three years of blogging, you are a delight and a constant source of loveliness!


The description of your blog is so spot on and it lives up to the hopes and aspirations you have had for it. Since I’m new to you this year, I found it especially interesting. I always appreciate your language, choice of quotes, and of course the beautiful images you choose. Bravo — I’m so glad to have found you last year and look forward to much joy in my 2020 visits!

Penny Carlson

SO beautiful. I enjoy your posts so much.

Jerry Beightol

There is so much beauty to be seen. You have posted stunning views that touch the heart, mind and soul that leave miracles of joy. The peace overrides the stress and the accompaniment is wonderful inspirations to the soul. Thank you for being the creative person you are and that I and many others can accept these gifts.

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Sandra … I have a friend who always says “identities meet.” This is real. In my long journey through life I have found people very similar to my way of being and thinking. You are one of them, as well as our common friend Pam, who was a happy find at an important time in my life. Everything you show is, in addition to beautiful, very interesting: wonderful quotes, beautiful photos … everything, everything is beautiful because you create beautiful things … and you show them with love. From a distance, I can appreciate your beautiful soul. I wish you… Read more »
bonnie morgan

Sandra, So much of the news is all bad and depressing. Your blog is a solace that comforts and has that sense of awe and wonder. You find beautiful photos and quotes that uplift and inspire.

Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors

Sandra, I always find peace and beauty when I visit your beautiful blog. Winter is one of my least favorite seasons, but last year you inspired me to look at it differently and to see the beauty that surrounds it. I found that I enjoyed the winter season more than I had in a long time. Thank you for always inspiring us. I hope your week is full of blessings and lots of joy, sweet friend!!!


Amazing pictures and quotes! Thank you for sharing and Happy New Year!

Brenda @ It\'s A Beautiful Life

Beautiful photos, Sandra. I do like the first quote you share by Gabriela Mistral: “Beauty is the shadow of God on the universe”. I do believe that to be true. Everything you share in your post is lovely, just lovely. Thank you! xox