Flying Houses and Unexpected Letters

Thursday, January 10, 2013





Surrealist art is one of those things I usually have an immediate strong reaction to - as in I either love it or I don't. I have to say I am head over heels for this surreal photo series: Flying Houses, by French photographer Laurent Chehere. I feel like they instantly carry me away to a happy place of french whimsy, and in the heart of January, that is an especially good direction to be guided to. January is one of those months for me I feel takes forever to get through. My birthday is at the end of the month so that could have something to do with it, or just the sudden wind-down that happens after the holidays, or the feeling that I should feel super invigorated for the new year (though I never do. I tend to be more motivated with a bit more sunlight than this time of the year provides.). On the other hand time seems to go faster and faster all the time, with most months feeling like they last a week. So I am trying to enjoy the slowness of the month, knowing it's going to speed up as soon as spring gets here. Because of course when I am busy I am always wishing for these longer days!

Another thing that brightened one of my January days this week is yesterday I got a surprise envelope in the mail. It had the return address of the person whom I buy my labels from for my pillows. I was confused because, well, I hadn't ordered any labels. So I thought, maybe she was sending me a few samples for the new year and how nice is that is of her. But I opened the envelope to find a card with a handwritten note inside. Now Cassie and I have always had a chatty repport with each other and it makes ordering my labels fun because I get to check in with her. But getting that card with two pages of pink handwriting and reading all the hilarious and sweet things she had written was way better than a million labels. Thanks Cassie, you have no idea how much that warmed my heart and made my day xo. I feel like I really want to pay it forward and start sending people surprise notes in the mail because it felt pretty awesome being the recipient of one such little act of kindness. 

For more beautiful photos by L. Chehere visit here.

16 comments:

  1. Love the third and the last photo! Time feels awfully slow.... but what can we do other than enjoying the way it is?
    xoxo, Ellie!

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  2. Qué preciosidad de post!!!
    Me encantan las imágenes

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  3. I have always been fascinated with things in the sky, like hot air balloons and aliens, so I'm totally loving these pieces.
    I can always count on getting a handwritten note in the mail from my grandfather every few months. Even though we talk on the phone, he always sends a letter, and I love it. So I know how nice it feels to get a special note!

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  4. I love the pictures. The circus tent is my fave. And what a treat, that letter in the mail. I should do that more. Be better at it. It matters, doesn't it?

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  5. Thank you, Christine! I saw these a while ago on Tumblr, but now I shall bookmark them not to be lost again!

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  6. Handwritten letters are just the best, aren't they?! So sweet you got one that brightened your day. As for those pictures, I adore them. And not just because they're French ;) but because they are so whimsical and remind me of a Roald Dahl kid's book or something equally as quirky and spectacular. The floating circus tent is amazing, I need a print of that immediately.

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  7. These are amazing! Surreal art is something I never seem to remember to look at/research (awful, I know), but I'm always so excited to see work like this.

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  8. Thank you for introducing these to us - they are wonderful. Like you, I love to receive surprise letters and just yesterday the postman delivered a letter from a friend I haven't heard from for some time. It certainly brightened my day!
    http://missbbobochic.blogspot.co.uk/

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  9. What an enchanting surprise to receive a handwritten letter. Love it! those photos are fantastic!

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  10. I love getting handwritten letters too, it's just so nice to open the mailbox and take out a letter and not a bill or junk mail. Love the second picture, I can imagine myself standing behind the curtain of the oval window and watch the world below. And how adventurous it must be to hang your laundry when living in that house...

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  11. Christine The floating circus tent is amazing Thank you for introducing these to us - they are wonderfu

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  12. During the holidays I was the animation film 'Up' for the first time (it was so cute) and loved this idea of a flying house. It's the same with me when it comes to surrealist art; it's kind of a love/hate relationship for me, I guess.

    That handwritten piece you got sounds lovely. I love snail mail ... absolutely love it.

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  13. Those photos are so whimsical, especially the floating circus. Little surprises like the note card you've received are wonderful, they simply make your day. It's surprising to realise how the little things bring you so much joy.
    Ada

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  14. I feel very much the same way you do about the month of January. Ugh! Like you, I'm just going to try to enjoy the slowness because before we know it the months will start flying by at light speed, and then I'll want it to slow down. :) Those photos are lovely. They remind me of the animated movie, Up. Did you ever see it? Such a wonderful, heartwarming story. Happy January!

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  15. These surrealist art r pretty amazing, kinda wizard of oz unexpected coolness. Hand written notes r so special, aren't they. Esp in this age of paced paged emails + text. Even our holidays cards that we mail to friends and fam, we sign w/a little note so its a bit more personal (from us) vs not from computer :)

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  16. These flying houses remind me of something I own when I was a little kid. There's this organization, named Flying House, for kids. So, when I saw these photos you've posted, it reminded me of my childhood years. It's bringing me happiness for a while. ;)

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