Monday, November 11, 2013

Random Happiness

It doesn't take much to make me happy . . . 

planting pansies in a pot on the porch . . . 

a walk on the beach on this glorious fall day . . . 

playing on the beach with Little Lulu even though I gave her a bath yesterday . . . 

 time to make my favorite cookies (1 cup peanut butter, 1 cup sugar, 1 egg) for JP . . .

looking at the goodies I made in a 3 hour craft workshop yesterday

a Christmas card hanger with decorated clothes pins . . . 

a little stamped muslin bag and Christmas cards . . .

a Thanksgiving candle and a bag to carry all my goodies home.

The Virginia House

I am headed downtown to my favorite antique store, American Home & Garden now and I will be really happy if I can find a little desk like this beautiful desk I saw at The Virginia House.

What is making you happy today?

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Hop on over to these parties with me to see what others are up to this week:

Art @ Home - My Happy List

The Little Red House - Mosaic Monday

The Dedicated House - Make It Pretty Monday


  1. It doesn't take much too make me happy either! Just walked on a new trail near where I live with my husband. Getting ready to figure out how to decorate my table for Thanksgiving and doing some raking of leaves. It is beautiful here today, about 70 degrees so I am enjoying the outside. Good luck with your shopping venture,

  2. Hope you find your desk. The craft that you made are really nice and great for Christmas.
    Today I am happy as my granddaughter called for help with her homework. She lives in Los Gatos so I don't get to see her much. So any time I can see or talk to her is very special. Beautiful day here in So CA.
    Have a wonderful week. Little Lulu looks like she was having a good time at the beach.

  3. You know what makes me truly happy? Knowing I'm important to someone. But my husband says I'm easily amused and this is what usually makes me literally jump for joy:

    pictures of dogs or horses
    teaching French
    my students when they have fun learning
    eating chocolate.

    TAH DAH!

    Hugs to you my dear friend and GOOD LUCK FINDING A DESK! I know you'll find something and paint it to your liking!! Anita

  4. You just inspired me for my next blog post. I tend to think my blog posts lately are too morose, too heavy. How about thinking about the things that make me happy....thank you, Carol!

  5. You had a creative spree, I can see, such cute things.

  6. How could you not be happy living in that darling "happy" house on the beach. Your front porch is so cheerful!
    Happy Day to you, Carol.

  7. I would love to play on the beach with that doggie. I think you made some wonderful crafts. :):) xoxo,Susie

  8. Hi Carol, I love the idea of decorated clothes pins for hanging Christmas cards. Every year I try to come up with a new way to show them off. I just gave Butchy a bath about an hour ago and I'm wondering how long he'll stay clean, LOL
    Our furry friends do have fun getting dirty, don't they?
    Keep Smiling,
    Your blogging sister, Connie :)

  9. Looks like you've had some fun. Those clothespins are adorable and the Card is stunning! Hope you find your desk, Wonder if you'll paint it and what color!

  10. Not a lot it pouring rain we do need it but I do like the sunshine.

  11. Having a nice day before the freeze tonight was great. I got a lot done. The simple joys are always best.

  12. I love your craft goodies ~ great work! I am happy we had a sunny day today. I am happy that I have flowers still blooming in my garden even though it is too wet and cold to get and enjoy them.

  13. I am feeling happy today because my new chair arrived. I'm starting to make this place a home!

  14. I am feeling happy just looking at all the things that made you happy, but most of all that my daughter is doing well after her surgery yesterday and I got the ornament exchange partner e-mails sent out....:) Oh....the cookies have no flour? And is it brown sugar or white? My hubby, daughter, and son would love them. I don;t like peanut butter myself, but I want to make some for them! Have a wonderful Tuesday....Vicky
    Life On Willie Mae Lane

  15. I really like those clothespins Carol!!! And oh my is LuLu getting so big!!!! Holy cow!! That crafting outing was well worth it with all of the goodies you made! And yummy cookies to boot! Yep a whole lot of happy here!!! Nicole

  16. Carol, I think the retired life suits you well. You always inspire me with the pretty sights of your home and beach.

  17. Simple things make me the happiest too Carol. Love all your creations and your front porch looks so welcoming. Love it all.

  18. Okay I love that Christmas card hangar. And today - being free in America makes me happy.

  19. This is a very sweet Happy List! I'll have my post live early in the AM....
    I would love some PB cookies right now! Yum!
    I love the clothespins for the Christmas card hanger. So clever!

  20. Was it a stamping up workshop? You made some fun things and most probably enjoyed the ladies there. I'm going to one this Saturday. We're spending the day in a log cabin. I will post about it!

  21. Carol...loved your Happy List!! My happy list today would be...the trip that we got to take with our kids and grandkids to the hills of Tennessee this past weekend. We had great family time with lots of memories made..went hiking, played games, had a camp fire and made s'mores.

  22. What a great list - I smiled at your pansies in the pot - sooo pretty!
    My happy today is dancing while packing - with the music blaring :)

  23. Such lovely moments, I like all of you Christmas things.

  24. All of YOUR happy pics have put a smile on my face...those crafts are so cute! :)

  25. I am happy just from reading this post! Lulu is adorable.

  26. Waking up every day with all that around you is wonderful! I think I would be happy all the time!

  27. Many times simple things are the best!! Love your little stamped bag!
    I am happy to snuggle in with my kitties (and later hubby) by the fire as we've got our first snowfall today! :)

  28. Love the crafts from your class, especially the clothespins for the card banner. Such a simple idea and so perfect!

  29. Right now, the only thing that's making me happy this morning is my warm coffee on this COLD morning! The sun coming in the windows and shining on the houseplants and my kitty's fur sure is pretty, but that sunshine is deceiving. I am dreaming of walking on your beach. ;-) Your crafts are really cute.

  30. Your site makes me happy instantly. I can smell the Peanut Butter cookies just by looking at them. I am pinning and tweeting this happy post.

  31. Oh Lulu is getting so big!! I love the pansies. I also really like your goodies you made in your all day craft workshop.
    Here it is a very gray day and I am trying to get up the energy to make myself go downstairs and cut glass for some stained glass gifts.

  32. Your post made me happy sharing your happy moments with us. Lulu looks wonderful on the beach, is she growing?
    Sarah x

  33. Looks like that class was really fun - and productive! I'm going to be happy when I get my house cleaned up for Thanksgiving company!

  34. BTW It's Nutty November at church (we're collecting peanut butter) so I'll be buying lots of it this week for our ministry, and I'll buy extra for us to have @ home….I'm trying the cookies!

  35. Oh what different yet similar worlds we live in. Gosh looking at your lovely bright colours :-) makes me happy.
    Here in the Highlands of Scotland where it is dark when I get up for work and dark when I get home and for the last few weeks feels like its rained or hailed all day long !
    My porch has inches of leaves that need sweeping away your is oh so neat. ?
    Annie x

  36. Speaking of happiness, your colorful photos always make me happy!

  37. Happiness is looking forward to a week off next week and getting on with the bathroom.
    I love all the Christmas things you've been working on, I need to do a few Christmas things next week as well.

  38. Man Lulu is growing fast. She's such a happy pup.
    I choose Happy so pretty much anything can make me happy generally.
    Right now 4pm would make me real happy. lol