October 31, 2014

Bring Spring Indoors

Here’s a  little easy to care for indoor spring garden to cheer the soul that I recently made! I went to Home Depot and got some primroses and a pot of daffodils to plant.  A container of forget-me-nots would be pretty too!

Bring spring indoors by potting up some spring blooming flowers

I placed some little rocks on the bottom of this fabulous punch bowl (that I found at Goodwill last summer) for drainage.

rocks for drainage in the bottom of bowl

I didn’t add any extra dirt. I just took the plants out of their pots (but you can leave them in their pots depending on the container you use), placed them where I wanted them and used moss to cover any exposed areas.

Indoor spring garden planted in a thrifted container

I’m so glad I made this little garden since were supposed to get another snow storm in Atlanta. Ugh! Which means we’ll be house bound  (again) for a few days if it really happens!


Plus it was soooo good  to get my hands in some soil.  Can’t wait for spring!

Indoor spring garden of daffodils and primroses

In the mean time we’ll be staying warm and cozy at home!


A Simple Pleasure – Fresh Cut Camellias From The Garden

Life is full of little pleasures and joys if only we take the time to pay attention to them.  As I was walking my backyard in the freezing cold, thinking about all the leaves I’ve got pick up & shred with the mower and plants that need cutting back, I noticed that one of my camellias still had lots of blooms and even some buds.

A Simple Pleasure - fresh cut camellias from the garden

Fresh cut flowers on  a gloomy cold day would brighten any interior.

camellias on a diy mod podge tray

Free fresh cut flowers from my own garden (in November) on a tray that I made only makes it better!


fresh camellias in the living room

Objects are concealed from our view, not so much because they are out of the course of our visual ray as because we do not bring our minds and eyes to bear on them….

Henry David Thoreau (1817-18620)

$2.30 of Prettiness!

I bet you didn’t know that I have the largest Kroger Supermarket  (Fred Meyer, Ralphs)  in the US in my town!  Well I do. They tore down the old one  over a year ago and built a HUGE one. So huge that it takes me an average of  2 hours to go grocery shopping! I’m not a fan of the new size – it has a horrible layout!

sunflower closeup

At the old Kroger I used to know the flower lady and  would buy some marked down flowers every other week. But when they built the new Kroger, there were suddenly new people and no marked down flowers! Which made me sad because nothing brightens a room like fresh flowers.


Until last Friday!  I happened to be walking past and spied an assortment of flowers in a corner, went to have a look and low and behold they were marked down!

marked down flowers

I got two bunches of sunflowers for $1.15 each (and they aren’t even old)!

sunflowers in a glass vase

The new flower lady tells me that she will be marking down flowers Thursday evening into Friday morning from now on. Yay!

flowers on a burlap runner

It gives me so much enjoyment to be able to have some lovely fresh flowers on my dining room table. And what great timing! Clearance flowers available just when there’s not too much for me to pick in my yard.

yellow sunflowers

Having fresh flowers in winter is definitely something I’d call a “simple pleasure”. Just a little something that makes every day life a little sweeter!

What are some simple pleasures you enjoy?

The Pleasure of a Good Book

Books have always been an important part of my life. When I was little the first thing I did on the first day of summer break was head to the library and check out a stack of books. Having all summer to read what you want to read instead of what you have to read was pure bliss.

 reading glasses on a book

Reading a good book is one of my favorite things to do next to gardening.  Re-reading a book that I know well is like having a cozy chat with an old friend.

The Long Winter Little House on the Prairie book

So today, with the icy winds howling around the house, I’m going to  lose myself in a much loved book that I  read every year.

heart shaped sugar cookies

I’m going to nibble on my sugar cookies while I read and be more grateful than usual that I have a warm home and plenty to eat.

What books do you re-read?



Happiness is…..pleasure in simple things

Happiness is the little things in life….

morning light through toile curtains

…the morning sunlight shining through my favorite drapes

vintage tea towel

… or a pretty vintage tea towel

blue and black toile bedroom

…what’s better than slipping into some fresh sheets at night


…or how about blooming bulbs in the dead of winter! Did you force any bulbs? I did two pots of Narcissus.


I know some people don’t care for the smell of paperwhites but I love it! Every Christmas Target sells various containers of the bulbs and I always buy some at the after season sale (they’re pre-chilled and most of them have already started sprouting by then). Makes it easy to force bulbs cause all the work is done for you!

hand soap in sink area

How about a bottle of moisturizing handwash with a pretty label that brightens the sink area (I always buy them at TJMaxx – they have an unusual selection and they’re not expensive)

tips of spring flowers

Happiness is…..finding the first bits of green in the garden after a long, cold, (very cold for Atlanta) winter! Is spring here?  Now that would make me very very happy!

blue toile container with white roses

Those are just a few little things that are making me happy this week! What’s making you happy?

A Snowy Cozy Christmas Weekend

We had a really lovely Christmas and I hope you all did too! The thing that made this Christmas super special is that we got snow!!
It rarely snows in Atlanta in December and it’s even more rare to get snow on Christmas Day. It was a lovely surprise and made the day even more special for everyone. I think the children in the neighborhood enjoyed the snow more than any presents they received under their trees!
Here are a few wintery scenes from my garden….I’m sure the  snow will be gone by tomorrow.
Maxie is enjoying the snow and doesn’t want to come back inside. Yes, I’m leaving you and going inside where it’s warm…crazy dog!
I’ll make some scrumptious hot coffee with Peppermint Mocha creamer, snuggle under a plush throw, have a few Christmas cookies and enjoy my new books for the rest of today! I’m especially anxious to read The New Low Maintenance Garden!

Thanks for dropping by!


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