Common Scenes : 1 If you’ve been hanging around the traps for a while, you may recall I posted about wanting to notice the smaller things in life and capture them by taking photos. You may have also noticed that I never posted anything about that since. Well, that’s not true, I took a couple of photos on Instagram under the hashtag #mymomentoflovely but, other than that, not much else happened on the My Moment of Lovely front. I’ve decided to change that. Hooray! I learned a lot from taking part in the A Snapshot of Two Cities series with Isabel. I learned that I really do love taking photos. I also found that I LOVE capturing little things. You know, those tiny moments or details that you’d normally gloss over or maybe not even notice in the first place because they’re just so common and everyday. I love those – they’re the best! So I’m kicking some new life back into My Moment of Lovely and rebranding it slightly. Enter Common Scenes*.

modvigil buy online Common Scenes = those ordinary, everyday things that are actually pretty damn awesome. These moments are everywhere, from a steaming cup of tea to watching your children (or plants!) grow. And the more you think about it, the more moments you see. It’s just common sense, really.

Here’s my first post:

Violet Queen succulent

Violet Queen in flower

I actually took this one a long time ago but it’s been a favourite ever since. It’s the flower from one of my succulents, a violet queen echeveria. Look how pretty and pink! Also, if you look really closely, there’s a very tiny dewdrop hanging off one of the petals. I do love succulents and seeing what flowery delights they spring up, don’t you?

So there’s the first installment of Common Scenes. I hope you liked it. I think I’m really going to enjoy cultivating a gallery of my very own little moments. Would you like to join in? Please do! I’ll be posting my photos on Instagram as well as here, using the hashtag (urgh) #commonscenes.


TL;DR: I want to take more nice photos.

*Credit for the name goes entirely to Mathew. I was brainstorming for hours on end and finding the process largely fruitless and incredibly frustrating. So much so, at one point I told Mathew I was seriously considering calling the series “NICE PHOTOS, BITCHES”. He said I might be alienating some people.

Jacquie is a 20-something maker and writer from Melbourne. She enjoys eating virtually anything that is labelled salted caramel and, contrary to popular belief, has forgotten how to ride a bike. She feels ambivalent about writing in the third person but thought it might be fun. It was.


  1. Carolyn

    Hey, Jacquie! You’re blogging again and I am so HAPPY! I love this pretty little flower. I have some like this on one of our succulents in our front garden and every time I walk past it, it takes my breath away just a little. I think this is an excellent new series. Isabel lent me Dani Shapiro’s book, Still Writing, and she has a sentence which encapsulates, I think, which expresses a similar sentiment to your little series “if I dismiss the ordinary – waiting for the special, the extreme, the extraordinary yo happen – I may just miss my life”. It’s the little things that can provide the nicest moments.


    1. birdandfox

      Aw, thanks so much, Carolyn! What a lovely response. I’m glad you like the sound of Common Scenes. It’s something I’ve been sitting on for a long time now and am glad to finally get started with it. I’m not sure how often I’ll post – I think I’ll just go with the flow 🙂
      That quote is spot on! I love that. I might just add it to my “random quote” selection in my sidebar! The littlest things really can be the best. Thanks so much for your comment and support, Carolyn – it means a lot x


  2. Isabel

    Hi Jacquie! Your photo is beautiful. What a great name for a flower too, Violet Queen. I would love to join in with #commonscenes and will keep it in mind throughout my day to day existence. By the way, I think you would enjoy the Dani Shapiro book that I lent Carolyn, maybe she can pass it on to you next? It’s great to see you blogging even though I’m sure you’re knee deep in your PhD. Hope it’s going alright. PS I think the hashtag Nice Photo, Bitches could totally take off too! Funny! xx


    1. birdandfox

      Hi Isabel. Yes, please do! I’d love for people to join in 😀 And I’m always up for borrowing a book – this one sounds particularly interesting. I might be seeing Carolyn sometime next month so perhaps I can grab it off her then if she has finished with it. Thanks Isabel.
      The PhD is going okay thanks 🙂 Getting there, one step at a time!
      I think that hashtag would have been brilliant, too 😛 Thanks for commenting. Hope you’re well! x


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