Friday, June 24, 2016

What Makes Me Smile


It didn't take much to make me smile this week . . .


a gorgeous Double Delight rose captured on a morning walk . . . 


an old box


 to which I added a vintage look handle, meaningless numbers and greenery . . . 


primary colors throughout the house . . . 


setting the table for an evening with friends  - metal initials were tied to sprigs of rosemary to indicate seat assignments . . . 


flowers in the garden . . . 


a sweet gift from a friend


who found the mirror and said it had to be mine because it had my initials . . .


flowers sitting on a garden bench waiting to be planted . . .


Sky Flower just beginning to bloom . . .


walking on the beach with Steve and Lulu after dinner . . .


and the unexpected spotting of the Goodyear Blimp escaping into the clouds.


What made you smile this week?

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Sharing at Poofing the Pillows for Thoughts of Home on Thursday

42 comments:

bobbie said...

Double Delights have been my favorite rose since way back when... hardy as heck, and a scent to die for!!

Enjoy life!

Michelle Mortensen said...

Great things to put a smile on your face - and mine. I love the blimp photo!
Best & Bisous,
Michelle from Simply Santa Barbara

Optimistic Existentialist said...

That was indeed a very beautiful gift from your friend :)

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

What made me smile this week? YOU.

Thank you for being such a great friend.

NOW, for your beautiful inspiration! What lovely things, Carol. That double rose, what a delicious combination of colors, that table setting with the rosemary, so generous in beauty.

WE ARE HAVING FUN with the simple things. Another thing that made me smile? I FOUND THREE, antique French chairs in the TRASH as I was out taking photos. I am SO excited. One of them I'm keeping in the natural wood, the other two will be painted Annie Sloan white and for a very affordable price, I will have the rush seats redone. YAHOOOO!

JoAnne said...

Beautiful photos, Carol. I can see why they made you smile. And by the way, I love meaningless numbers on things, for some reason they just add a lot of charm. Have a wonderful weekend!

Deb said...

Your last photo. I love little pathways. Deb

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Oh my, so easy to see why you smiled and found so much joy this week.
So fun to see what pretties you have.
They are all treasures but the daisy Americana themed arrangement caught my eye!
Lovely to have you join us at TOHOT!
Have a good weekend,
Jemma

Susie said...

Carol, Loved seeing the things that made you smile. That ocean view would do it for me.:) I smiled when the storms passed , my families were safe and we didn't have damage to our home. I am blessed. Wishing you more wonderful reasons to smile, bless you, xoxo, Susie
p.s. that rose is beautiful.

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Such a colorful life you lead! Love your pretty new mirror. And the sea view is wonderful. This is a great way to look back on the week. Very cheery!

Kathy said...

That rose is stunning! Happy to hear you had such a nice week. A Saturday outing with family is making mew smile today.

Helen Philipps said...

Gorgeous photos Carol! I always love to see the way you arrange things....you have a special touch! Happy weekend.
Helen xox

20 North Ora said...

Carol - Lovely post of things that make you smile. That mirror is just gorgeous! Great gift.

Have a lovely weekend.

Judy

Cozy Little House said...

I would love to be your guest! What made me smile this week? Oh, lots of things. Two books that have been great reads.
Brenda

Mary 120 Spring Street said...

Looking at the pictures on your blog always makes me smile -
Mary

Nellie's Cozy place said...

Hi Carol,
Loved your list.........your table looks beautiful and love your centerpc.
so pretty........also the yellow box with all the greenery makes for a
delightful summery edition.
Have a great weekend,
Blessings, Nellie

Down by the sea said...

Those are lovely things to smile at! The rose is so unusual, your table is so beautifully decorated and the stocks must smell heavenly. We heard a nightingale this week that did make me smile! Sarah x

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

All these made me smile, too. Gosh I wish I could just walk out on the beach each day. How nice!

Jackie @travelnwrite said...

The sun came out today and I smiled. Had a lovely dinner with a long-time friend who's moved to Florida and I smiled. And I puttered around the house and garden - and I smiled!

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Carol sounds like you were in a state of bliss all week. Always enjoy when you share your adventures and changes to your cottage. Love your sweet yellow box. I've been smiling and laughing all week ... It's been a delightful week.
xoxo,
Vera

Pam Richardson said...

Carol, those things you shared brought a smile to my face. I enjoyed coming home after a week in the Pacific NW, love to travel but home is always the best. We have regular Goodyear blimp visits since we have a large Goodyear plant in our city! Pam @ Everyday Living

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

I smiled at your post - such beautiful pictures and items.

Your home is always so lovely with all your pretties around.

How great to walk on the beach at night. Have a great week. I understand there is more HOT weather coming.

Mary

My Painted Garden said...

Love your posts and beautiful photographs . . . and of course ....love all of your primary colors. I would love to join your garden party but did not see a way to link up - I am not good at linking up and will keep trying rin

Winnie said...

Beautiful things to put a smile on my face as well :)
Just seeing nature and it's glory - put a smile

Art @ Home said...

Reading this post has made me happy!

Connie said...

Good Morning Carol, One thing that makes me smile is visiting your blog :) I pretty much wear a smile all the time, it's the things that don't make me smile that are far and in between and that is as Martha would say, "A Good Thing". I just purchased a little bundle of old drawer pulls at a yard sale, yesterday morning. Love your wooden box and just might have to try making one, myself. You are always inspiring new ideas, thank you.

Daytona Damsel said...

What made me smile most was the surprise my daughter gave me by showing up at Outback from Alabama unexpectedly with a bouquet of flowers. I had not seen her since September.

HWIT BLOGG said...

Just lovely...
Titti

chateau chic said...

Your darling cottage and beautiful gardens would put a smile on my face each new day, for sure!
Mary Alice

Cynthia said...

Hi Carol, love the things that made you happy. They made me happy too. Loving the mirror.

Been missing from blogging for a while but I'm back

Cindy

carol@The Red Painted Cottage said...

I LOVE the mirror! It's so stunning :) And I love taking walks along the seashore (or in our case, along the beach on Lake Michigan).

Kim said...

Wow, that rose is just amazing. Love it!

Junkchiccottage said...

Your post made me smile Carol. So beautiful every picture. Such pretty things to look at and make you smile.
Happy new week my friend. That mirror is killer and your initials it is meant to be!
Kris

Melanie said...

All those things would make me smile, too! Even just seeing the photos on your blog made me smile. :-)

Consider It All Joy said...

I love many of the things that made You smile this week, including the CC on your new 'vintage' mirror! Also, the fact that my 30 day lab report showed that I actually have a little bit of iron in my blood again, still a long way to go but I am feeling better! That made me smile!!! Have a blessed week! Cindy xo

Chen Alan said...

So beautiful...
I love it.

bj said...

All the things that make you smile, makes me smile, too...colors, flowers, marshmallow clouds against a blue sky (got some good photos of them today).....life is good

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Your lovely posts make me smile! I too am smiling at the flowers that are blooming here and there in my garden!

Jann Olson said...

Doesn't take a lot to make me smile either Carol. Meaningless numbers will do it every time. ;) Love all of your happy photos!
hugs,
Jann

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

This gorgeous post makes me smile! Thank you for sharing it at Thoughts of Home on Thursday.

John@Home Stylist said...

Your post is very interesting and all the pictures are too gorgeous. Pathways. mirror, rose, amazing table everything is truly a source of inspiration. Looking forward for more insightful posts. Cheers!

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

The idea to use rosemary and letters as place markers is lovely.

Carla said...

Well I'm behind in reading again but what's making me smile is being back on 8 hour days instead 10 hour days. I'll miss my Fridays off but that's okay I'll just take a personal or vacation day. LOL
I love that Double Colored rose. Gorgeous.

Keep smiling makes it people wonder what you're thinking