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“Some Folks are Born, Made to Wave the Flag…”

So sang John Fogerty in one of my favorite Creedence Clearwater Revival songs, Fortunate Son.  Of course he was referring to our good ol’ red, white & blue.  And while I get a stirring of patriotism stirring in my heart every time I see the stars & stripes, the American flag is not my favorite.   Let me say that I would NEVER burn a flag unless it was severely old & weather damaged, I ALWAYS stand for the National Anthem, & I am very proud to be an American.  It’s just that other countries flags to me are so beautiful.  I get a little jealous during the Olympics or World Cup when I see some the designs these other nations are sporting on their patriotic symbols.  Let’s take a look at some of my favorites, shall we?


The Welsh flag has always been my favorite.  I love that red dragon, or as it’s known in Welsh, Y Ddraig Goch.  It’s a powerful image on the bands of green & white.


Kazakhstan, besides unwittingly inspiring a great character in Borat, also gives us this beautiful flag.  I am deeply enamored of the image of the bird flying in front of the sun, the ornate stripe on the left, & I just adore the colors of this flag.  I am thinking of using this color combination in a room someday.  I just love it!

Marshall Islands

This one, from the Marshall Islands is simple, but striking to me.  I am drawn to the widening diagonal stripe heading to the corner & the star on the opposite corner.  They chose a great blue for their flag!


Albania has a simple color combination, but a features a powerful image of a two-headed eagle in the center.


My final favorite is Argentina.  I don’t really know why, as I am usually not on board the powder blue train.  I think it has something to do with the combination of the stripes & that sun in the middle.  I have a thing for that sun.

At any rate, I find flags inspiring, not only in color & design, but what they represent.  I like thinking of someday seeing these flags in person, flying over a building in the home country they represent.


June 15, 2010 at 4:51 pm 4 comments

We’ve Got to Get Ourselves Back to the Garden…

Of course, I mean my favorite store in the world: Jayson Home & Garden!!!  I stopped by my beloved shop with my visiting Mom & my husband in tow & both were amazed by all the beautiful things.  Here’s just a sample of my favorites:

Amalfi Sofa

Phillipe Dining Table

Faulkner Chest

That Faulkner chest is astonishing in person.  It has the lovely, faded shimmer of a formerly gleaming piece of furniture that has seen many days & could tell a roaring story. I love pieces like that!   (more…)

May 24, 2010 at 7:07 pm 3 comments


After a ridiculously long hiatus, I’m happy to announce that Big Daddy Seashell is again open for business!!!  I can’t wait to post in the coming weeks all the wonderful things I’ve been inspired by, loved, hated & experienced since I last posted over a YEAR ago.  I hope I haven’t alienated all my readers by my lack of new material & I hope you all will enjoy what’s to come!

Slightly blurry photo of the beautiful ceiling medallion at the John G. Shedd Aquarium!

May 20, 2010 at 9:39 pm 1 comment

From the New York Times today – Inspiration

Maira Kalman - The Inauguration-New York Times

I have posted about Maira Kalman’s work before, but I was really moved by her piece at the New York Times today.   I encourage everyone to go check it out today!  Have a great weekend.

January 30, 2009 at 3:06 pm 2 comments

Happy Earth Day!

I hope you all take the time to do something for our beautiful Mother Earth today.  Let’s keep her beautiful & healthy for our future generations.  Cheers!

April 22, 2008 at 5:45 pm Leave a comment

Early Morning, April 4

Martin Luther King Jr.

(Photo from AP via ABC)

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.  This man had such a profound impact on our nation, and is one of my heroes.  I hope we all remember not the violent, senseless act that took his life, but instead remember the power of his messages of hope, unity, love & peace. 

April 4, 2008 at 2:26 pm 3 comments

Two Quick Things…

Number one:

NASA-The Associated Press

I cannot get over the beauty of this photo and the sense of wonder it makes me feel.  SPACE rules!

Number two:


Does anyone have one of these?  I really want one for fresh herbs & possibly another for tomatoes.  Since I’ve MURDERED every plant I’ve ever owned, I thought this might be a good option.  I know my friend Meredith has one & likes it.  Anyone else?

April 2, 2008 at 8:09 pm Leave a comment

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