I enjoy Instagram. My feed fills daily with cakes, crochet, flowers, knitting, sunsets, bunting and lunches. It is colourful, inspirational, and sometimes beautiful.
Last week a particular image, posted by Kate, caught my eye. It was a photograph of a mug, but what caught my attention was the very beautiful pottery bowl beside it. I asked her about it, and she realised that she had stopped noticing it, despite, or perhaps because of owning it for some twenty years. We commented back and forth for a while about how, sometimes, we stop noticing and appreciating things that we have bought, gathered, or been given. The intrinsic beauty of the item is undiminished, but we have stopped appreciating it.
We wondered about the possibility of creating a hashtag where forgotten treasures could be gathered; where the tangible (and intangible) things that make our homes unique and, more importantly, loved, could be gathered in images and stories. We decided on #50daysofilovemyhome
Here is how Kate described #50daysofilovemyhome on her Instagram feed:
'We make our homes unique by the things we choose to collect and display and cherish. But if you are anything like me, you stop seeing them and they disappear into the landscape you call home, until someone says "that's a pretty thing" and you get a chance to appreciate it all over again. This hashtag was made, and here is your invitation to have a look at the lovely things you may have stopped seeing, see them in a new way and share them using the hashtag #50daysofilovemyhome. It doesn't have to be 50, it doesn't have to be every day. It has been created so that we can curate the pictures in one place'
Does this appeal to you? If so, please feel free to join #50daysofilovemyhome . Take a photograph of something that makes your home uniquely yours, be it a childhood toy, a favourite painting, or (as above) a broken mug. Post it on Instagram using hashtag #50daysofilovemyhome, and tell the story of how or why it makes your home feel like home. If you don't have an Instagram account but would like to join in, feel free to blog about it. This is a no pressure, anytime, open invitation. It doesn't have to be 50 consecutive days, or regular days, or even frequent days. If you want to post very, very occasionally, when you re-notice something lovely in your home, that is just fine. As Kate said so beautifully, this is most definitely 'a gentle little project' .