Our Grace was an artist through and through. ♥♥♥
Have I mentioned I NEED this book?
Here is another Japanese blog post about My Book of Flowers. There are clearly photos and even a chapter, Japanese Attitude Toward Nature and Flowers, in the Japanese version that are not in the English version. (!!!)
Seriously: I need this book. Desperately.
OK, you guys, the webpage I pulled these pix from is in Japanese and the Google translation was, um, compromised to put it lightly, but this so neat! I think that book on the left is a Japanese version of My Book of Flowers and the other may be a program of sorts for the Grace Kelly Years exhibition… But, as always, I could be wrong. ;-) I would love, love, love to own these books!
Oh my, I need this Japanese version of My Book of Flowers! Look at the pictures!
My Favorite Grace Pictures - Why this is one of them
Grace in her later years - I am partial to them - taking her time to smell the flowers. Serenity, peace, beauty, heaven. ♥
“One of my favorite recollections of being pampered was when an admiring young English gentleman took me to lunch at the Ritz in London. To my delight, my place at the table was filled with flowers of every kind imaginable. As I gasped with surprise, he said sweetly, ‘As I don’t know which is your favorite flower, please start throwing over your shoulder the ones you don’t like.’ “
HSH Princess Grace of Monaco, My Book of Flowers
This is my favorite of Grace’s flower collages. It’s so fresh, so youthful, so pure! Grace described it in My Book of Flowers as follows:
“By mixing different types of leaves and garden and field flowers, the effect is like a Provençal print or a Liberty fabric. The design may look casual, but it took me some time until I was satisfied with this flowery jigsaw puzzle.”
This is the cover of My Book of Flowers! Lovely!
Princess Grace last photoset in 1982.
These pictures are lovely, aren’t they? I remember seeing the left-hand one in My Book of Flowers, the book Grace wrote with Gwen Robins in 1980. Apparently practically all pictures of Grace in it were taken by Howell Conant…
It’s widely known that Grace loved flowers. Ever since I became a fan of hers, I had always been curious as to which one would be her favorite. Grace herself gave me the answer, when I first read her lovely My Book of Flowers:
‘People constantly ask me what is my favorite flower. The answer is that I have no favorites. Each has its own place in the flower lover’s heart. Who can say that a buttercup shining in the sun like yellow enamel is not as enchanting as a white butterfly orchid tumbling out of a tree trunk in a Brazilian [yes, I almost died of happiness when I read this :D] jungle? That the delicate beauty of a white wild anemone excels the orderly perfection of the petals in a white camellia?’
Personally, two flowers in particular always, always remind me of Grace. Roses, obviously, because of the lovely rose garden that was created in her memory by Prince Rainier *sigh*, not to mention the Grace de Monaco hybrid tea rose; and bougainvilleas, for no logical reason. So, you can imagine my delight when I found out that Grace used bougainvilleas for her pressed flower pictures:
Yes, these are Grace’s hands - this picture is in My Book of Flowers. I eventually found out that bougainvilleas are originally from South America, including Brazil, and this made my happiness complete.
What about you? Is there any flower that reminds you of Grace?
My scan from Fatos e Fotos. In My Book of Flowers, Princess Grace talks about pressed flower pictures:
‘Creating pressed flower pictures suits my temperament. Since I was a child I have always liked jigsaw puzzles, and pressed flower pictures require the same kind of concentration.’