Friday, December 2, 2016

Capturing magic

I love the time before Christmas.
I love the smell of Christmas. 
I love being at home 
and trying to turn it out 
into a winter wonderland. 
And then, I love looking around 
through my lens. 
Capturing life, 
cosy moments, 
holding time...

There is something so magical about this time of year, 
something that includes the excitement of photography as well. 
For me. So, I discovered bokeh … A long time ago but you know, 
in a way photography is like taking you on a journey. 
If Christmas was a photography technique, it would be bokeh, 
I think. A special kind of images hiding some ethereal beauty 
and magic in them. It comes from a Japanese word meaning
haze or blur. Out of focus from where I am. 

I tried to leave my own home produce bokeh effect. 
Shooting not only the moment but also the feeling, 
some sort of emotion and those cosy vibes I’m so into! 
I’m learning to grip them 
and it’s so funny! Little snippets of everyday life could be 
really valuable if we pay more attention to them.

For the fireplace, I decided this year to do something different. 
Browsing an old edition of Country Homes, I was struck by
a hunt themed mantel reproducing wildlife.The magic of the 
forest has suddenly sunk within my soul and the idea was given!
A leather pheasant forgotten in the attic, a wooden duck brought 
from Madrid, a leaf garland and a festive bunch in a vase were 
my tools for this year Christmas creation on the fireplace.
My father used to hunt throughout his youth but since then,
nothing to do with it. Anyway...

So, you have another slice of my edited life here, how it looks 
at home now, the atmosphere, the treats, the candle lights... 
Blogging is actually precious for that; 
there are people to share things with 
and everything is getting so much better.

I'm guessing you fully enjoy this wait time until Christmas, that 
you all have something to look forward to and the sweetest moment
of the year finds you safe and happy. 
Still don't know if I'll post again before the holidays, if not, 
I'm wishing you and your families
all the blessings things of this world.


  1. Lovely pictures.
    Love that crockery.

  2. Dear Olympia - here today you have captured some of the most lovely magical moments in the lead up to Christmas. May the coming season be full of joy and love for you and your family.

  3. If photography, at its best, tells a story, then you have just written a Pulitzer Olympia. Your photos tell the story of a well loved home, rich with detail and more importantly, the love of the season. Simply luscious.


  4. Thank you for sharing some beautiful photographic moments. Your home looks so inviting for Christmas. Have a good one :) B x

  5. Thank you for the peek into your world at this time of year. I love the days leading up to Christmas, it's lovely to see what others are doing too. Have a lovely Christmas Olympia. Hx

  6. Beautiful beautiful images Olympia, you certainly captured the magic of Christmas in your beautiful , cosy and warm home.

  7. I like the Bokeh setting, and have used it a few times with my fairy pics. Christmas is so pretty around your home, Olympia. Very cozy and welcoming. I love how the candle shows a bit of Purple around the fire. Your hutch is so charming, and aahh, the pink rose is perfect. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas, dear friend.

    love, ~Sheri

  8. Your pictures have a wonderful bokeh effect, maybe I also do some exercises today. It makes me curious! Wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas time!

    Warm wishes and sending hugs,


  9. Ma chère Olympia!
    Tu as la magie de noël chez toi et j'adore!!!!
    Ta deco est tres sublime et la lumière est magique.
    Passe un douce dimanche!
    Et j'espère de te revoir avant noël!
    Je t' embrasse fort!

  10. Another terrific post, Olympia. Your home looks so loved and lovely and a great text to go with the photos. I really enjoyed it.

  11. You've captures the ambiance of the moments perfectly with your wonderful photos. I wish the rest of the season is equally magical to you and your loved ones.

  12. Dear Olympia, your home looks so nice and cosy. I wish you wonderful days and a beautiful Christmas.
    Sending a warm hug your way

  13. Dear Olympia,

    I loved getting a little glimpse into your beautiful home - looks so magical with all the pretty decorations. Enjoyed seeing your lovely photos and thanks for sharing them
    hope you are having a great week

  14. Oh what a magical post! I can feel the warmth and love in your home just by scrolling through your post. Sending wishes for continued happiness in these days leading up to Christmas. It is a special place, this country of yours, and I can feel its magic year-round but especially in December! Hugs to you my friend, Jackie xxxx

  15. I hope you have wonderful days in this special season.

  16. Une atmosphère magique et qui est tellement celle de Noël!
    Chacune de tes photos me plaît car elle évoque des petites joies de la vie, de celles qui nous sont essentielles!
    Tu nous montres aussi que la magie de Noël existe au Sud!
    Un billet qui m'a enchantée!
    Je t'embrasse.

  17. Superbes photos et atmosphère de l'Avent !!! Fête de la lumière avant l'heure !!
    La petite flamme d'une bougie m'a dit c'est bientôt Noël !
    Bonne soirée !

  18. Your post is full of magic and it feel so warm and cosy. Thnk you for sharing those perious moments with us. Sarah x

  19. "There is something so magical about this time of year,"
    Oh, I so agree with you, and we all need to keep that magical feel.

    Your photo's are a joy to see, and I'm so pleased that you share them with us.

    In case you do not blog again before Christmas I'm taking the opportunity of wishing you and yours a very Happy Christmas throughout the whole Season ...

    Take care

    All the best Jan

  20. It´s Christmastime at your house - lovely pictures and I can feel the calm atmosphere...
    Have a happy day, take care!

  21. Οι φωτογραφίες σου είναι καταπληκτικές όπως πάντα!
    Σου εύχομαι Καλές Γιορτές , με υγεία και αγάπη στο σπιτικό σας.
    Χρόνια Πολλά .

  22. So very Christmasy :)

    I hope you have a most wonderful Christmas :)

  23. So have captured the magic of Christmas here! Blessings to you and yours this Christmas time dear Olympia.
    Helen xox

  24. Lovely images Olympia ! you certainly captures the cosy vibes....hope you have a lovely Christmas...Gail x

  25. Vraiment des photos superbes, Olympia. Je ne connaissais pas ce mot de bokeh qui donne un effet vraiment féerique, surtout avec les bougies. Je vois sur l’internet qu’ils donnent des conseils là-dessus et je vais essayé de m’entrainer sur cette technique. Tous mes meilleurs vœux de Noël et de bonne année !

  26. Merry Christmas dear Olympia to you and your family. Happy holidays and best wishes for 2017
    Thanks for the kind visit to my blog

  27. Have a Merry Christmas. I just made some tea and used cloves,
    cinnamon stick and nutmeg. It was great. Great post.
    Wishing you a great New Year. yvonne

  28. Merry Christmas Olympia, I am only now getting back into blogging, although I have been reading your lovely blogs. It all looks very festive and cosy. I do love this time of year, especially when it's cold and inside is warm and sparkly with candlelight. Wishing you a Merry Christmas to you and your family! Sharon x

  29. Dear Olimpia, I wish you Merry Christmas.
    Tahnk you for your pictures.
    It's always magic your home, flowers, light.

    Hugs from rainy Alsace.

  30. What wonderful shots - lots of Christmas magic! Have a very Merry Christmas.

  31. Beautiful photo's, I think you have captured the bokeh moments perfectly. Have a very happý new year! Xxx

  32. Best wishes for 2017 Olympia !
    Gail x

  33. Bom dia, As fotos são maravilhosas, foram captadas e apresentadas com maestria.
    Feliz 2017,

  34. Beautiful bokeh! Such a pretty effect isn't it?


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