Sunday, January 12, 2014

Random "Happy's"


Ricki of Art@ Home recently announced that she would no longer be hosting her Happy List link party which made me sad.


I have to admit that I didn't always link up because I didn't have an appropriate post ready, but her announcement got me thinking about what was making me happy this week.


#1 Farmer's Market & Produce Stands


Steve and I just went to the local Bed, Bath & Beyond this morning for a new featherbed and our drive home took us through strawberry fields and past 3 different produce stands.

Between Farmers' Market each Saturday and our choice of produce stands, we have a steady supply of fruit throughout the year.

#2 Fresh Flowers


In addition to strawberry fields, we are surrounded by flower fields which allow me to have a variety of flowers throughout the year.


I love that right now there are flowers in every room in the house.


#3 Winter Blooms


There isn't a lot of color in my garden (other than green), but I am able to find a little bit here and there to bring into the house.


#4 A New Piece of Furniture and Fun Finds


I apologize for the really bad iPhone pic, but this sweet little dresser is now is my living room which is causing a lot of fun changes.


While looking for the new piece of furniture for the living room, I broke my "no unnecessary spending" January rule, but I couldn't help it.


When I saw this cute bar of soap, I had to buy it - I think the teacher in me makes me love the alphabet.


The heart soap was right next to the alphabet soap and with Valentine's Day coming up, it was a must.


And then, right at the counter there was this sweet little cloche, and I don't have one, and I have been looking for one, so it too was a must.


I could not pass up this beachy towel in my color palette and if I can locate one more, I will make some pillows for the window seat.


A lot of random "Happys" on this glorious sunny day.


What is making you happy lately?

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58 comments:

Catherine said...

Sometimes we have to find joy in the little things around us. Love those flowers - so pretty!
xo Catherine

Stacey said...

Sigh, so pretty at your cottage. Love the alphabet soap!

podso said...

it looks so sunny and bright there! Good finds, all, that you shared. At first I was thinking these were current flowers. but probably some were past photos. Love your winter bloom table flower arrangement--and the soap .., etc.! Enjoy rearranging now!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

You do live in the best place EVER! The beach, flower, fruit and great little shops at your doorstep! Love the bar of soap, I noticed it right away...so you! Hugs, Linda

Kathy said...

Loved your happy post and you know what they say, rules are made for breaking. I don't know what that is supposed to mean but its as good an excuse as any - lol!

Cathy said...

I think you must live in paradise. I am happy that it is warmer today and we are in shirt sleeves after single digit temps this week. I am happy for a nice cup of coffee while writing future drafts for the blog and that my Christmas tree is finally down and my house is so clean - for the moment anyway. I am happy I found the cutest little birds at Cracker Barrell today. You are right - the smallest things make us happy - thanks for reminding us.... Cathy

Merlesworld said...

Flowers and strawberries that's a pretty good place to live.
Merle.................

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

I am constantly happy knowing that I can connect with other happy and active people. I do know that all of us do NOT lead perfect lives, but we all at least try to share things that make and KEEP us happy and moving forward! What is making me happy today? I spent all day reading and writing. Period.

I easily get frustrated when I don't have TIME to at least sit down to read a book. The teacher in ME wants to keep learning and if I don't feel I am learning something new, I get ansy! So my happy dance today is that I started a poem, a real poem!

I love your house, your flowers, your new furniture, your vision, Carol.

Thank you for being my friend. Anita

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

That towel looks like it was custom made for you, Carol. How wonderful to be able to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables year round at your produce stands! Today I'm happy that I installed 1 set of plantation shutters (correctly) and I'm halfway done with the other set. Oh, and it's finally warmed up and that makes me very happy!

Patty Antle said...

Nice happy list, Carol. Love all the flowers - I'm so envious. I'm going to keep making happy lists on my own. I like to write them.

Sarah said...

I was sad to see Ricki Jill's announcement too. It was a post I always enjoyed. Visits to Art and Sand always make me happy. Your cheerful colors, fresh flowers, and fun take on life brings smiles.

Miss LindaLee said...

I keep a pretty mug in my kitchen and write down blessings and happy thoughts on strips of paper. I then fold the papers and put them in the mug. I've added several this year so far. Our friend Dave makes Bill and I both happy. Our new and first great grand baby makes us happy. Our warm days between the chillier ones are always great. Bill's health makes me happy. Your blog always makes me smile and makes me happy. You inspire so many people. I love coming here.

Junkchiccottage said...

Carol,
Love all your happy's! You had me at fresh fruit and flowers every Saturday. Ohhhhh so heavenly. Sunshine and fresh air year around ohhhh so nice. It makes me happy knowing you and that you enjoy that year around. It got up to 42 here today and it felt like a heat wave so that made me happy!! You make me smile and happy when you share the sunshine and your surroundings. I need to be a Califronia Girl ohhhhh maybe someday!!!
Kris

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

What a sweet idea for a party! Why don't you take it over?

You're so lucky to be able to have such pretty fresh flowers!! Loved seeing the things that make you happy!

Stacy @ Sweethearts + Sweet Tarts said...

There is nothing wrong with green in the garden! I love all of your fresh flowers and I am jealous of your fresh fruit. Our fruit here is a bit icky. And I was looking at a cloche last week but I didn't bring it home. I should have! So this may sound silly but I am so happy to have a walk in attic. It is so easy to organize my pretty things and I have room for more pretty stuff. I have been organizing it all week and I just feel happy and thankful for it.

Cozy Little House said...

Oh, I wish I had fresh flowers available! And fresh fruit as well. Every girl needs a cloche. It's just necessary.
Brenda

My Garden Diaries said...

What a blessing to have fresh fruit and fresh flowers available to you! That is definitely a bonus about where you live....nothing has to travel far and that would make me feel so good! Such beauty here friend! And I wouldn't pass on that cloche either.... I have been on the hunt for just the right one ! A wonderful week to you!!!

Beth Edwards said...

i understand the link party going away - i have had the happen to me. it is heart breaking to see one go. have you ever considering having one yourself? it is fun. i have a church link every Saturday with a friend Sally. it is such fun. i love your pops of colors & love your fresh blooms. ( :

Something Nice and Pretty said...

I love your colors and the tea towel sure goes with them! Real flowers in every room....how wonderful your home must smell.

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Fresh flowers always make me happy. When summer arrives and our Farmers Market opens, I'm happy wandering around it.
Don't you love it when something you've wanted (your cloche) appears right in front of you at the right time?

111 LaLa Lane said...

You are a lucky girl to have all that freshness around you. Great finds also....loved the cloche.

cynthia lee designs said...

Oh...to pick flowers in the winter time sure would make me happy!! I have the same cloche...I have a small tin pale under it with a nest and birds.
~Cindy

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Carol,
You sure are lucky to enjoy those luscious looking strawberries! We will not get really freshly picked from New Jersey until May. All your flowers throughout your house look perky and sweet. In my kitchen right now I have white tulips that are really pretty.
Today I was very happy and pleased with completing a design for someone I was working on for awhile.
Your blog makes me happy, I really enjoy your enthusiasm and pride of ownership you write about.

Enjoy sweet dreams tonight on your new featherbed.
Vera

My Little Home and Garden said...

Plenty of things here could make me smile. Lately, I was happy to spend time talking with my brother and getting a good piece of advice.

-Karen

NanaDiana said...

I missed Ricki Jill's post about closing the linky party. She is such a great gal-I will be sorry to see that fall by the wayside. Maybe someone else will pick it up. Love your Happy Things. I can't imagine getting fresh produce/foods year round...not gonna happen here- xo Diana

Sylvia said...

Carol, I so enjoy your postings from your cottage by the sea. I hope your 2014 is full of happiness. Sylvia

Pondside said...

I certainly love all your 'happy's'. May you continue to find happiness as you go about your days!

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

I can't believe you already have strawberries in your corner of the world, amazing! That would make me happy as well!

Poppy said...

Daisies and strawberries always make me smile! Your home, filled with flowers and fresh fruit, colour and sunshine is storybook happy!

Poppy

eileeninmd said...

The fresh flowers and fruits look beautiful. You have a lovely place! So cozy! Have a happy week!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning dear Carol! Thank you so much for coming by to visit last night...yes, I can see myself wearing those purple shoes and sipping a cup of that fabulous looking tea, musing and trying to write poetry! Now off I go in my snow boots to school to write up the final exams for school!!!!!!!!

Daphne Bryson said...

Good Morning Carol, What makes me smile..... well at this time of year, the sun shining through the clouds, the heads of the little snowdrops peeking through the ground and like you fresh flowers around the house. How lovely to be surrounded by fields full of flowers and market farmers that are so close to where you live..... now that is a real treat.
Best Wishes
Daphne

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Flowers always make me happy, and how wonderful that you live near flower fields!

Some new pillows I got for Christmas are also making me happy. I love cute pillows!

xo

Sheila

Betty W said...

I love all your pictures, but the table runners are so pretty. I need to make me some when I can start working on crafts again. Love the heart soap.

a breath of fresh air said...

Right now Carol reading your blog :-) the sun shone in the highlands briefly this morning, I took pooch a walk when I got home from work in the pouring rain/sleet/snow we both got soaked. I have homemade veggie lasagne warming in the oven and am currently sipping hot coffee in front of the fire to dry out and as for fresh flowers in every room ???? not a chance living in the highlands in winter ( unless imported drab ones the supermarket stocks ) but your bright cheery blog has made me smile
Annie

Melanie said...

Love all your happy things! I am heading to the grocery store in a little bit and after seeing all your flowers, if they have any at a decent price, I think I'll buy some. Trader Joes has great prices on flowers, but I'm not going that way. To be determined... :-)

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

Nice to see flowers and sunshine! :)

Jen Ham said...

Oh how beautiful all of the flowers are! Flowers definitely make me happy! How neat you are surrounded by flower fields. Happiness indeed. I just love the arrangement of flowers on your dining table. Perfection! xoxo Jen

Jann Olson said...

Just reading this post has made me happy Carol! Many of the same things that make you happy make me happy. I love farmers markets! Of course, there are none to be found right now. I would be in 7th heaven if I had flowers fields close by to offer me beautiful blooms. I will be bringing a bundle home next trip to the grocers. That's the best I can do. Love that soap! And wondering where you got your fabulous numbered stakes saying '2094'? Would love some of those beauties!
hugs,
Jann

Jann Olson said...

Of course I meant 2014. lol!

Down by the sea said...

It would be lovely to have buy local fresh fruit and flowers, we have a few months to wait until we can do this too.
Sarah x

chateau chic said...

Being able to sit in your darling cottage and walk along your gorgeous beach would make me soooo happy!!!!
Mary Alice

Shabby Passion said...

Reading You makes me happy, YES... actually you make me laugh.. which is fantastic! I love when you break rules...uhauahauahau, that's so much me as well and I totally agree, all those finds were a must, I would have done the same...only one thing dear... you really have no mercy for us poor Venetians living foggy and gloomy days!!!!
Shall I rent a cottage just beside yours?!?!
Big hug ciao
a foggy grey CIAO
Lisa

Vintage Prairie Style said...

Carol, there are so many things that I love here! That polka dot pitcher love it! I picked up some strawberries today - unfortunately they were not locally grown... nothing is growing locally these days...

Sue said...

Strawberry Fields Forever is stuck on replay in my mind now, which is always a good thing. I have been craving flowers lately after our terrible weather so thank you for the doze of Happy. I saw a polka dot pitcher like that just today on a DIY bloggers post so they are popular. I am happy as can be that I did not think we would get our Christmas decorations put away as fast as we did on Sunday. Now they are all packed up in one box ready for next year.

Connie said...

Dear Sweet Carol, what a lovely post . . . I love your chalkboard garden box and it looks perfect on your new table.
I also have been wanting a cloche, did you find that at Bed, Bath and Beyond?
Your Strawberry fields made me think of the Beatles and I'm off to put them in my CD player :)
Your posts are always something that I look forward to and don't want to miss.
Pretty, pretty, pretty . . . and I like pretty :)
Your blogging sister, Connie

must love junk said...

All your blooms are so cheerful and pretty! Love the alphabet soap, too!
Susan

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Everything here made me happy, especially all your vibrant flowers and that sweet caddy on your new (old) table.

Vicky Hunt said...

I love all your new finds...:) That little cloche is adorable...nice shape! The dish towel will make a nice pillow if you end up finding another one. I can't wait to see the new dresser in place in your happy little cottage! Just looking at your pictures always makes me happy...:) Have a lovely week....Vicky

Jeanette@Creating A Life said...

Love all your "happy things", Carol! You had some great finds. The little cloche is darling and I love the alphabet soap too : )

Holly @ Down to Earth Style said...

I love the theme of your post. It's cute all the small things that can make you happy. I am thinking of little things that make me happy too. Thank you!

Kelly said...

I like how you were able to take inventory of what's putting a smile on your face at the moment. I guess that's kind of like a gratitude journal that some people do. I think those things would make me happy too. It's too cold here to find a farmers market/produce stand. You're lucky to have that year round in your mild climate. Fresh flowers are always welcome too. Looks like you found some great items. I find that when I'm out shopping (with money in hand) I don't always find something and then when I'm just window shopping, I find everything! Guess that holds true for you too.

Daniela @Frugal Aint Cheap said...

like the happy list. IT's good to focus on what makes us happy. One thing for me is my family (husband and children)

Prince Snow Farm said...

My goodness, you always find pieces that were MADE for your home!!! But you also have a good eye!!!

Art @ Home said...

): I didn't mean to make you sad!!! Aw! I'm sorry! But you can still post happy posts, and I promise to read them. I'll post them form time to time as well, but I can truly only handle one linky at the present time. Life is encroaching on blogging, LOL!

Super list! And pretty, too! It made me happy!

Carla said...

Jealous but happy for you with all those flowers around.
It all made me SMILE.

Have a great weekend!

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Carol, your home is happy with all the great colors you have and the wonderful ocean so close by. We are so lucky to have Farmers Market's in every little city. You can almost find one each day of the week. And the fruit stands with those terrific strawberries, yum. I love having flowers in every room too.
Your pictures are wonderful.... How's little Lulu? Bet she is enjoying the weather.
Have a great week.

karen@somewhatquirky said...

Wow! I'm going to have to live vicariously through your sunshine! Sorry to be a downer. I think I picked the wrong day to catch up on your blog! You should (actually you shouldn't) see the grey skies out my living room window right now... I guess I need to go paint something! Or maybe eat some strawberries...