Wednesday, October 28, 2015

LIFE - a great bundle of little things



Lately, I have been taking the time to enjoy all the little things in my daily life


We savor our daily walks along the beach.


 It's lobster season


and we have been finding buoys washed up on the sand.


With a little spray paint and masking tape


 Steve transformed the buoys and created a colorful display on our new fence.


The corner by the fence looked a little plain so I moved an old bench from the side of the house and went shopping for plants.


I always go a little nuts at the nursery so my rain boots got some fresh flowers


as did my grandpa's coal bucket - it wasn't red in his day!


Moving to the back yard, I added pansies to my grapevine basket,


my olive bucket and


to my grandpa's watering can - it wasn't yellow in his day!


I prefer to buy plants rather than cut flowers, but I couldn't pass up sunflowers.


It's been a bundle of little things round here,


but that's LIFE.

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62 comments:

Daphne Bryson said...

Good Morning Carol, I love all the little touches which you have added to your garden..... the wellington boots filled with snap dragons look lovely. When I was a child my Gramps grew snap dragons and he grew a little patch for the grandchildren to pick... I think this was so we didn't pick the other flowers which he grew for competition.
Funnily enough, I am going shopping for some pansies today. These little plants are so versatile, to think they survive our cold winter and your milder winter.
It is always a treat to visit you as you bring a little sunshine into our cold winters.
Best Wishes as always.
Daphne

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

As always, a delightful, colorful post. I love all of your vignettes and what a find with the buoys washed ashore.

Keep enjoying the simple things and sharing them with all of us.

FlowerLady

Angie said...

Those buoys are just beautiful! What a great little collection. I love all your decor but I especially love how you use things that hold such beautiful memories to decorate with! You have a great sense of decorating style! Just beautiful

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

You know what my friend, through difficulties on the job, I am learning, I am LEARNING how valuable those little things are, such as laughing at myself. Taking each moment where I could easily feel defeated and worthless, I laugh. I chuckle at how much I need to learn, but at how much I can give back by being gracious to others, to myself. And your colors are sensational. Love. Anita

Stacey said...

Your life is always so colorful and inspiring. For a second I thought, you find buoys in those colors? Then I read on and understood that you painted them. :)

Monica T. said...

I adore what you have done! It seems so odd to me to be shopping for plants in almost November. Here we have had a couple of frosts, and gardening is now just a planning/dreaming session.I LOVE what you do with your plants. Your home is so welcoming. All of those pops of color,and vignettes are so cozy.

ANNE said...

and what a gorgeous place you live in too! I love that garden bench and now I want to build one (even though I need another garden bench like I need a hole in the head...)

Have a happy day Carol!

Laurie said...

Just love how you use your grandpa's things to display the things you love the most.

deb @ frugal little bungalow said...

All your 'little things " are so pretty and cheerful and bright...fun to see on a dreary rainy fall day where I am :)

Dawn said...

Everything looks so pretty and sunny (rain here today). I love the mix of purple flowers against the orange. What an inspiration!

Pamela Gordon said...

You have added some really pretty and sweet touches to that corner by the fence, Carol. I like the painted buoys and all the pretty flowers. Our flowers are done here so it's nice to see some colour that looks like spring to me. :) The container of blue flowers among the pumpkins on the yellow bench is just perfect to me! Have a lovely day.

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Big sigh! I wish I could get my yard looking half as charming as yours. Really, every little detail is so inspiring! Love the buoys, Steve did a great job.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I adore your garden! So bright and beautiful, I would never want to leave...well maybe to walk on the beach of course!
hugs,
Linda

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Such attractive vignettes around your garden, Carol! The buoys look wonderful and the flowers on the bench with the pumpkins is just so charming. Wish I could join you for a walk along the beach. Enjoy your day.

Autumn blessings,
Sandi

Susie said...

Carol, Still very pretty around your place. I love the bench . I always thought those big pop bottles could be made to look like buoys.
Enjoy your beautiful days...I think our may be number here. Blessings, xoxo,Susie.

Laurel Stephens said...

I love your celebration of the little things. So pretty!

Karen L. Bates said...

Wonderful...love the fresh buoys. And the purple and orange...awesome.

bobbie said...

The little things are definitely what it is all about! I love your style that focuses on the little things, without making them feel scattered or messy ~
Hugs ~

Kim said...

We never find buoys washed up, aren't you the lucky looker...and even luckier to have a resident artist who can transform them? Fabulous!

podso said...

I am amazed at how you keep finding new little things to do around your house. You are so artistic!

Acorn to Oak said...

I had no idea we had a lobster season in SoCal. And, I didn't know those little buoys could ever be found on our beaches. How fun! They look so good in their new colors! Your place looks so pretty, cheerful, and fun! :-D

craftyles said...

I love your outdoor space and how you change it up. The buoys are so cheerful and colorful. Wish I lived closer to those lobster pots!

Ana said...

It's those little things that make life a bit more colorful. Loving all the little things you've done in your garden.

Hugs,
❤️Ana

HWIT BLOGG said...

As always a beautiful post, I was so happy to see the little pansies too!
Have a great week, take care...
Titti

Jen Ham said...

I always love your garden Carol! One of my favorite pics up there is the one of the sunflowers with the view of your garden through the window. How very neat you have things from your grandpa! xoxoxo Jen

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

So beautiful. Always fun and festive here. xoxo Su

Suzanne Oldham said...

I love the way you are able to create these absolutely charming corners around your house and garden. The first picture in this post should be a greeting card! Thanks for sharing,
Suzanne

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Carol this post made me smile like a Cheshire cat... Once born and lived with in a certain way and then inherited or passed on the spirit inside speaks to us and ask's us to reinvent a happy piece. Your primary's color choices are like taking a crayola box, tossing/throwing out the neutrals and coloring life vibrant and happy. You my friend are an inspiration. So sweet friend what time is that Lobster dinner? I am coming!!!!
Xoxo,
Vera

20 North Ora said...

Great collection of bright and cheerful things for Fall. Love those buoys!!

Judy

cynthia lee designs said...

Everything looks so pretty!! Those buoys are so cute...love them! Here in my neck of the woods...it is raining, but I can't complain because it is much needed rain.
~Cindy

Sarah said...

You live such a color filled life, Carol. The buoys are my favorite, but have to say the new plants from the plant center are also calling my name. It's been too hot until this week. I need to return to see what they have for us. More rain expected this weekend. Yea!
Thanks for sharing you beautiful cottage.

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

The colors of the flowers and squashes are so stunning together, Carol! The buoys are really a great collection and they look so good out there. Lovely post...life sounds good...

Jackie @ travelnwrite said...

Carol, you are so correct about it being the little things. The key is taking time to find and enjoy them. You've done a beautiful job! Again some inspiration for me to take note of the small things - that make life so big!

Botanic Bleu said...

Carol,
Love your great bundle of little things! Just the right combo of bright colors that add so much to your house and yard...

Judith

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

The way you kept family objects and made them yours by painting them is lovely.

BeachGypsy said...

it all looks so so so pretty!! love the purple flowers with the orange pumpkins! That coal bucket brings back memories!...my grandparents had those!

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

That first picture is just so gorgeous and FALL!! What a lovely daily life you have!

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Great post Carol, Beauty is found in the little things I think! That is Life~~
Love all your colorful and fall vignettes. Your pansies are beautiful.
xo

Kelly said...

I love how your husband used those buoys that were found on the beach! They look so pretty in their bright colors and on display. I also like that vine covered wall that divides your property from your neighbors.

Kirby Carespodi said...

Our gardening is done for the year, but I am looking forward to next year!!

Melanie said...

Always love seeing your beautiful plants and flowers, the beach and your colorful decor - especially when the weather here is cold (which it is already!) and outdoor plants and flowers are no longer.

NanaDiana said...

Carol- I love all your "little" things- from the boots with new flowers to your granddad's watering can you painted yellow. Those buoys are amazing, too. Hope you have a great evening- xo Diana

Vicky Hunt said...

Everything is so bright and cheerful as always! I love the buoys...they are awesome! I love how you can put pumpkins and buoys together and get such a beautiful result! Love it all...:) Have a happy Friday!

Hugs, Vicky

Cathy, 1929 Charmer Cottage said...

Your putting in flowers and I'm pulling them out..ugh! We'll be shutting down the pond next week and its one of the hardest things for me since its signals the close of warm weather. Everything looks so pretty and colorful. Love the buoys! Maybe some will wash up my way...oh wait...I'd need an ocean!

Rue said...

Hello Carol :)

I had such a lovely time catching up with you. You know, most of your posts this month have been about relaxing, but I noticed that you're still doing. You are definitely a busy bee and a talented one at that, so do what you do and don't worry about it. After all, I (and all your other readers) certainly enjoy it ;)

xo,
rue

PS

I missed you too :)

Junkchiccottage said...

All the little touches added to the garden are beautiful. Love the buoys so colorful and fun. Have a great rest of the week and Happy Halloween.
Kris

Kathy said...

Well I think all your little things add up to big! I love that you can still shop for plants at this time of year. Everything is fading away up here and no point to add new with frost coming any day now.

Jewels said...

...and that's all that matters. Lovely.

reclaimed wood dining table said...

You have a wonderful collection! Those buoys are just beautiful!
You inspired me. Thank you!

Art @ Home said...

Nice to know someone else who goes nuts at the nursery! It's almost time for us to go buy pansies to plant. LOVE the buoys!

Down by the sea said...

The buoys washed up here are plastic and not as lovely as yours! I love the combination of blue and yellow in this post. Sarah x

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

I always enjoy your colorful photos from the land of blue skies and sunshine, Carol. How fun to find buoys washed up on shore and use them to decorate your home!

francis said...

love your new post about the little things . I guess that's one of the many blessings of growing older . To live life just the way it is .
I enjoy my life too . I love to be at home and not having to work anymore . I love to have TIME .... I love counting my blessings . And boy do I love my new hips . It is such a joy to have my children who are you and living their lives and showing me how they do that . It's a new generation .Happy Halloween Carol

Jessica@CapeofDreams said...

It is always a good time to give thanks and appreciate the blessings in our lives.

Angie Chavez said...

Those buoys are so cool! Your beach side lifestyle is so different from mine in the Midwest no buoys here! I hope you'll come link up at the Vintage Inspiration Party at Knick of Time next Wednesday - I'm doing some special promotions to help bloggers gain new followers with Pinterest!

Renee said...

Love the buoys. All the pictures are great.

Lowcarb team member said...

I just love the colours in all your posts.

Happy November Wishes

All the best Jan

Patricia Krank said...

All your pops of color make me happy on this rainy day at my house. Your pictures always make me feel like vacation! Aren't you lucky to have floats come find you too? I can see that I need to venture out with my new raincoat and appreciate some of the little things here too today.
Blessings my friend,
Patti

Helen Philipps said...

Fabulous pictures, Carol....the top one is especially breathtaking! I wish we could find buoys like those washed up on our beach.....love how they look.
Happy November.
Helen xox

Sue said...

I very much remember my Grandma's watering can and wish I had it today. So cool how the buoys wash up on shore and you guys paint them - very unique to me.

Sunny Simple Life said...

I just love that purple and orange. I think my favorite color combo.

Carla said...

Great photos. Love the little bench with the pumpkins and greenry.
Someone needs to liven up my front porch but then rarely does anyone use it.