Sunday, July 17, 2016

A Great Bundle of Little Things


Oliver Wendell Holmes knew what he was talking about


when it came to his philosophy of life.


Flowers in the garden were among the little things in my life this week.


We rode past this sweet little garden on our bicycles and I made Steve turn back with me to snap a photo.


Steve has been moving old paintings around the house to make room for new pieces.


The aqua tints of the painting called for a change on this wall of the guest room and it all makes me quite happy.


Another little thing this week was Steve hanging a new painting over the mantel.


I'll wait a month to show you how it looks on the mantel because one of the best little things this week was that we made arrangements for the last 3 rooms in the house to be painted white.


In a post, Change . . . Always Change, I showed Steve working on a new plein air painting in the garden.


Steve diligently painted the tall skinny painting at my request for a specific wall in the living room.


Like the painting of the boats, I won't show off this painting on the wall until it hangs against a crisp white background.


All these little things add up to a wonderful week


and I hope you had a great bundle of little things in your life this week.


47 comments:

It's me said...

Great summer pictures !!......enjoy summer love Ria x

Deb from frugal little bungalow said...

It's always a pleasure to see his paintings ..love the flowers in that sweet garden.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

In spite of the tragedies that we must face both locally and nationally, rethinking and taking a second, third look at the little things in your life is essential. The bundle of little things this week for me were:

1. I wrote a pretty good poem that a friend suggested I submit for publication.
2. I took a six hour photography class that literally opened the lens of my eyes and approach.
3. I took in the sunrise, sunsets in a new way.
4. I had about a six hour visit with my best friend in my home, and we laughed, we cried, we plotted and planned.

Oliver W. H. was right.

Rita C. said...

Good Morning, Carol. What a nice post to wake up to. I was pressing my pink floral tablecloth (which you sent me) yesterday, and thinking of you....your garden..all the little things that make it so great. Happy Sunday!
Rita

bj said...

What a blessed talent for painting Steve has...wow..

Linda @ A La Carte said...

What a happy post! I do love Steve's art work and also yours! Your home is your canvas. I had a great day of time with a friend, junking and the best chocolate cake ever!
hugs,
Linda

My Little Home and Garden said...

Steve's paintings are wonderful. I enjoy seeing them through your photos. One little thing here is the garland of fabric hearts you sent me some time ago. When I open the window to let in the fresh air, it give me pleasure to see it strung across the top of the curtain rod.

Karen

Katie Mansfield said...

Amazing view and painting. Your husband is so talented. What a gorgeous place to live. Peace to you.
Katie

Susie said...

Carol, I love all your little bundles of things. :):) But have to say that Steve's talent is no little thing. The paintings are beautiful. Love them. I can't wait to see all the newly arranged décor. I always love seeing your gardens. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

Kathy said...

That is a great quote!
I am amazed Steve can paint outdoors in your heat. His painting are beautiful. I love the style.

ANNE said...

What beautiful work he does! Enjoy the rest of this glorious weekend!

20 North Ora said...

What a great bundle of fun things!! Love Steve's paintings. He is so talented. Has he painted for a long time?

Have a great Sunday.

Judy

Cozy Little House said...

I can always count on your for great eye candy!
Brenda

Carola Bartz said...

This is a wonderful bundle of little things! Beautiful paintings and oh, how do I love the flowers!

podso said...

I do love that OWH quote. Cheerful pictures with lots of sun and color.

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

What a great quote today, it made me smile.

Steve's paintings are very lovely and I can hardly wait to see them on your newly painted walls.

All of your photo's are stunning. Thanks so much for sharing them with us.

Have a wonderful week.

Mary

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

How wonderful to have such a talented hubby to fill your home with beautiful art! Sweet hugs, Diane

Lorrie said...

Steve's paintings are lovely! How wonderful to have a painter on demand. Little things make up most of life, I think.

Connie said...

Wow! Taking on three rooms at once is quite a challenge. Looking forward to your reveal. I love the three panel ocean wave and it looks beautiful in your guest room. You make it almost impossible for your guests to ever want to leave :)

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Lovely flowers, great paintings and soon to be 3 newly painted walls. I'd say you are having a very productive summer.

Have a great upcoming week ~ FlowerLady

Sarah said...

Bundles of little things ~ I like that! It's the simple things in life that can fill our days with joy. We just need to open our eyes and accept them. '-)
Thanks for another delightful post.

Bliss said...

Steve is a talented guy!

karen@somewhatquirky said...

I love those fuschia(sp?) flowers. Do you think they are cosmos? Steve's new paintings are knockouts!

Celestina Marie said...

Lovely post and Steve's paintings are incredible!! Enjoy the newly painted walls.

Consider It All Joy said...

Love the beach painting - Steve definitely has the gift! Oh what fun you will have once the walls are finished, so much redecorating in store for you in the weeks ahead! Blessings, Cindy xo

Blondie's Journal said...

I admire Steve's talent and those aqua paintings make me swoon!

Jane

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Carol the quote will always be timely - life truly is an ever changing experience made up of bundles of little things. Love Steve's art amd look forward to seeing the lovely thin painting hung in your soon to be painted white living room. In a world that is being attacked by rage it's important we find joy in our simple blessings that often are taken for granted.
xoxo,
Vera

Alexandra said...

Lovely pictures! You know what I like most? The simple steps stories behind every image.

Pam Richardson said...

Hopefully we can savor the simple things! Beautiful paintings by Steve, can't wait to see them hanging! Have a wonder-filled Monday! Pam @ Everyday Living

Rhondi said...

I just love reading your posts and seeing all your sunny photos.

Dawn said...

I so enjoyed all the photos and seeing Steve work his magic with a paint brush. I so love his work!

Jackie @travelnwrite said...

I love the color and life in your posts; they are a great bundle of little things in and of themselves!

handmade by amalia said...

I love the little things as well, that is where charm lives. Thanks for sharing yours, Carol, especially the art.
Amalia
xo

Anne's Attic - Design said...

Your husband is so very talented. I love the painting. Two artist under one roof must be heaven. Have a great week. xx Jo

Art @ Home said...

I look forward to seeing Steve's plein air painting hanging on your wall! :) Painting makes everything look fresh and clean. I do love fresh paint!

xo,
RJ

Kim said...

I always enjoy a peek at Steve's work!

cynthia lee designs said...

Beautiful photos of Summer time!!
~Cindy

Jann Olson said...

It certainly is a great bundle of little things! Steve's paintings are all amazing. Love the new one in the guest room! Lucky you to get everything painted white. Would love that.
hugs,
Jann

Vicky Hunt said...

Your garden is always so lovely! The cow jumping over the moon is adorable! Steve is so very talented and I love how you display his paintings throughout your home. Everything looks wonderful! Have a great week!

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Everything in this post is so lovely! How exciting to be getting your rooms painted.....a fresh canvas to add your signature pops of color. The paintings are so pretty.

Stacey said...

All the little things add up to the best days. I can't wait to see your new art. Are your friends still there?

Algodão Tão Doce said...

A amizade nos faz ver o mundo com olhos novos.
Feliz dia do amigo!!!!!
Beijos Marie.

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

The painting with the seagull is mesmerizing. The way Steve painted the wave, it's like I can hear it crashing on the sand from here.

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

It's fun to see what you've been up to in your colorful, little world, Carol. Steve's paintings are fabulous and add so much to your home.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Carol you husband is such a talented painter! I'm sure both paintings will add so much to your decor as they are bioth colorful and meaningful to you both. Enjoy them and have a happy week!

Helen Philipps said...

Gorgeous photos and your husband's paintings are wonderful. Love the blue and white room setting. Hope the house painting goes well (and quickly) and that you can soon get on with all the beautiful styling I know you will be doing.
Helen xox

Debby said...

You have beautiful flowers. Your husband's paintings are so colorful and look like photos.
Celebrating one tiny new grand baby born yesterday.
Hugs