a jar of sparkles…
Posted in personal, sydney March 31st, 2011 by pia

We moved into our new home here in Sydney four days ago. We don’t have internet. We don’t have a bed. We are camping in our living room. It’s been a hectic few weeks trying to get sorted, and it will be a hectic few more weeks trying to get settled. All the while I’ve been unpacking boxes, and in one of them I found this jar of sparkles. Yes, once upon a time, I kept sparkles in a jar. Today, this jar of sparkles sits on the mantle piece, surrounded by chaos, reminding me that there is magic in the most unlikely of places.

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  1. Oliver @ Sabi Style says

    That is cool! Made me smile as I look out of the window and watch the rain pour down.

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  2. katiecrackernuts says

    A lovely sentiment. Welcome to your new home. Hope you settle in quickly. Am sure you will.

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  3. Hayley says

    Love this! What an awesome way to start the day : ) Such a fan Pia – LOVE reading your blog and LOVE Paris By Hand! x

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  4. mady says

    you are right there is magic in the most unlikely places. all the best with your new house, so exciting for you…. hope you are well. much love mady xxx

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  5. erin says

    yes, indeed. courage, friend!

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  6. Star says

    Hey, I just happened upon this post. My nickname is Sparkles. What a coincidence. I am half Dutch and I am wondering how you cope with the culture differences between Australia and Holland. A bit of changeover eh?

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  7. Tanya says

    Welcome to Australia!
    Love the sparkles… even a picture of a jar of sparkles makes me smile!

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  8. michele says

    loved this post. best of luck, Pia as you feather your new nest.


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  9. vanessa joie says

    i hope you’re getting settled and making your new house a home. xo

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  10. linda says

    just the sparkle that I needed cleaning my mess, i will keep going even though it’s already 9pm.

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  11. {gemmifer} says

    What a wonderful sentiment! I wish you all happiness and love in your new home!

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  12. MissHeliotrope says

    What sort of magic could they do when released?

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  13. Affie says

    Oh, Pia! We’re just about to embark on our little journey home from Italy to Canada. Amongst the chaos, I’ll think of your jar of sparkles!

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  14. Will says

    We move into our new place in London tomorrow, Pia, so at least we can think of one another going through the madness of moving!

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  15. sarah-jane down the lane says

    So glad I am not alone in my jar of sparkles ( mine is behind the sofa ) I accidently kicked it there when I was hoovering months ago and only I know its there!

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  16. anne says

    Wonderful! Lots of luck in your new place Pia!

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  17. Clare Pirie says

    Good luck with your move….hope you uncover more long lost treasures as you unpack!

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  18. Erin says

    Now I’m curious as to what those sparkles are made of.

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  19. arianna says

    That is sweet…..good luck with it all 🙂

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  20. Sweet Freak says

    I agree: a perfect, lovely, inspiring and FUN reflection. Here’s to sparkles!

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  21. Michelle | GOLD-HEARTED GIRL says

    Congrats! I can’t wait to see what you do with the place. I’m sure it will be magical. 🙂

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  22. johanna says

    wow, this post made me smile bigtime!!
    (in fact, I also have a jar full of sparkles at home. Though, it’s hidden in a box in my closet, but afterthis, it’ll get a nicer spot in our livingroom!)

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  23. Susan says

    That is awesome…we are in the same boat, just got our internet…still surrounded by chaos though. It’s the little things…

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  24. Ashley says

    This gave me such a big smile today. Thank you for sharing the little magic you found. 🙂

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  25. Sonia says

    I believe that’s what they call serendipity!

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  26. A Flourishing Perspective says

    Aww! I hope your move starts to be more smooth and that you can easily get all settled in and make your house a cosy home.

    What a little inspirational post, dear! I love your little jar of sparkles. I think I need a couple sitting about my bedroom!


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  27. Leanne T says

    welcome back to beautiful sydney town.

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  28. meenal@maison marigold says

    that is a rare quality Pia…the ability to find beauty and happiness wherever you look! hope you feel settled soon! xx meenal

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  29. Miss Polly says

    Currently on holidays in NSW and having a slumber party at the Intercon! The whole city is a jar of sparkles…Today I caught the Manly ferry, spent a months pay at Doug up on Bourke, Bought Sandbag coloured chalkboard paint at Society, had Moet at Establishment and just sat next to KD lang at Club lounge upstairs and gazed at the opera house!!!!! Gorgeous weather and happy days 😉
    Enjoying being back….and hope you enjoy getting back to Melbourne. Miss P

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  30. Lucy says

    Magical! My 4 year old artist would go crazy for a jar of sparkles…

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  31. robyn says

    love that thought… thank u !

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  32. Kayla @ Exquisite Banana says

    such a beautiful sentiment. good luck getting settled and cozy!

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  33. Ivette says

    Wonderful image and such magical words. Hang in there, change always ruffles our feathers but you find your nest soon. xo

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  34. beth says

    Hooray for your new home! I love the jar full of sparkles- seems like a nice gift to send out randomly to friends.

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  35. Rosalind says

    Oh welcome to Australia! Although I see you have been here before 🙂 Love your work x

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  36. Donna says

    What wonderful idea. On my shopping list today, next to bananas and cheese, will be to pick up some sprinkles for our fireplace…thanks for the inspiration!

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  37. Tara Bradford says

    Moving is the worst! But finding the sparkly bits was a plus in making the challenges more bearable. Hope all your things arrived w/o damage or loss. Missing you in Amsterdam, but glad you found a good landing place in Sydney. xo

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  38. katherine says

    I always find that a little bit of sparkle goes a long way

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  39. judith b says

    How will it feel to be lodged on terra firma again? But you’re home! I imagine you’ll have lots more room for your magical sparkles and props and a space for someone to make his music –
    all the ingredients for a happy new home!
    Here, the cherry, crabapple and magnolia tress are dripping with blooms, as you experience the first changes of autumn – I thought of you around rue du Pont Louis-Philippe this weekend.

    Bises to you, Pia!

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  40. Andi of My Beautiful Adventures says

    Congrats on moving into your new place! There is ALWAYS sparkle to be found in life. 😛

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  41. the line sheet says

    i love this idea!

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  42. Inge says

    That’s just beautiful.

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  43. Pinar says

    Congratulations on the new move! I love following your adventures 🙂 Looking forward to this episode as well.

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  44. Julie says

    Thats’ a really beautiful post…thank you, I needed that today.

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  45. Mandy says

    A new home, how lovely, it always feels so “romantic” moving into a new home …. look forward to seeing more !!!

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  46. havens says

    congratulations on your move…. and i too keep sparkles in jars, still. 🙂

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  47. beauty comma says

    sparkles in a jar is perfect! i hope you’re settling in nicely pia. we all know it takes some time to adjust to a new place, but in your case the changes are pretty big (but hopefully really really good)! good luck with the unpacking – maybe you’ll find more loveliness to share =)

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  48. J. C. Wolf says

    Pia, You make everything sparkle. Love your emails and facebook.
    I have a friend who is interesting enough for you to check out. Go here: paulasweet.com

    enjoy! J

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  49. Maria says

    All the best with your new life in Sydney!! I always find inspiration from your blog and your life 🙂 Thank you!

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  50. Franka says

    Have a nice and magical start!


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  51. laura says

    only the most perfect thing, ever.

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