Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Through The Looking Glass





I must admit I have an obsession for mirrors. Not for vanity's sake but for their ability to reflect the images that are before them.

Can you imagine the amazement of the young lass who gazed down into the pool of water as she knelt to rinse her silken long tresses in its ripples. To look upon her image looking back at her must have been mysterious.

Or the beautiful Renaissance woman tilting the hand-held silvered looking glass to catch sight of the jewels twinkling in her crown. Making sure each strand of pearls was perfect before entering the chamber where her husband awaited...



As the daylight hours shorten and darkness spreads her cloak about the land, mirrors can reflect the subtle light held within the room. Be it candle, lamp or chandelier each ray refracted and sent back from whence it came...

16 comments:

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

There is not much better than the light of a candle reflected in a mirror. Lovely post.

Tres Belle said...

What a soft glow coming from the mirror. It lends itself to a special warmth when you look at the reflection coming from the mirror.

Kris

lorhen82 said...

I love this post! It brought some beautiful imagery to mind! I have a large antique mirror, and the glass got cracked all the way across. I hate to get a new mirror put in it, because I love the look of the age and imperfections in the silvering. What would you do...keep the cracked glass or get it replaced?

Queen of the Armchair aka dzintrastitcheries said...

Hello Susan, this post did indeed make me think about The Looking Glass...one of the nicest images I think is a candle reflected back from the mirror...Dzintra

Fern said...

A beautiful post which really got my imagination going, especially since coincidently, I was in a very large old house yesterday evening and my eyes were constantly drawn to the magnificent old mirror hanging over the mantleplace.

Fete et Fleur said...

I feel the same way about mirrors. No room is complete without one, even the kitchen!

Nancy

madeleinemiranda said...

I really share your love of mirrors, I too love huge gold ornate beauties!!

xxx

kari and kijsa said...

Your mirrors are beautiful!!
We have a fun giveaway of a target gift card today with the AHA for go red! A little early Christmas gift!

blessings,
kari & kijsa

Annabelle said...

Like mirrors, glass holds some magic as well.
Last night we arrived at our Christmas party destination which was being held in a log home in the countryside surrounded by snow laden Christmas trees dressed in twinkling lights.
The hostess had several Christmas trees around the house but upon entering the premises the one colored tree immediately in view was by the window in the living room that caught my eye and then right above it, I saw it again, in white,only to quickly realize it was another tree in the window’s reflection which was up in the loft.
Mirrors and glass breathe life upon the touch of illumination. Two of my passions are lights {candles, electric and natural} and mirrors. They are just so magical,especially at this time of year.
Lovely post!
Hugs Annabelle

Sea Angels said...

Its the damaged mirrors I like so much, the ones that have the mottled mercury glass, the falling apart ones, clinging together by a bent nail or loose screw. The huge ones covering walls in French Salons partly draped with dusty velvets.....
Beautiful post Susan
Reflective hugs lots of them
Lynn xx

Doreen said...

Very beautifully written post Susan. I too love mirrors in my home as the really add to the warmth and charm of a home...especially when reflecting candlelight.

Hugs,
Doreen

Britt-Arnhild said...

Little mirror on the wall.....

Lana said...

How I enjoy your imaginings! I, too, love and collect old mirrors, the older the better!

Merry Christmas Susan!

Suzanne said...

Lovely post Susan...and I love seeing the reflection on your cozy home in the mirrors you've posted.
Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas.

Lea said...

I too have a thing for mirrors, especially old ones... what stories they have seen!!!! beautiful pictures Dear Miss Maddie! Your sensitivity to the beauty in the everyday is a gift to us all... XOXOXO

Christine LeFever said...

I have had a collection of mirrors because I love them so much, and I do prefer the old scratched ones. It is an art form to be able to create this effect. I learned it but never utilized it.

Your photos are gorgeous!

Lovely post, Susan.

Christine ~ Zwee!!!!!!!!!