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Friday, February 24, 2017

What’s Brightening My Day Right Now ~ Vol. II

Right now I am focusing on being thankful for even the littlest of things.

Here’s what’s brightening my days right now.

My dear friend Nicola sent me three lovely old glass molds. While I will eventually use them for their intended purpose for now they make a pretty vignette that helps keep our cut organic dill fresh.

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Nicola and her husband Patrick were dear mates of Mr. Decor’s while he was stationed in England. I of course have now claimed them as my own wonderful friends. It’s been far too long since we have seen them. (This was Sweet Guy’s christening.) But I hope we get together this July when we travel to England.

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The sweet springtime hyacinths and daffodils greeting me in our garden are SO cheerful.

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They are a day brightener to be sure.

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We use honey to sweeten many things here at Storybook Cottage. I have to be honest that I bought this bottle of Bumbleberry Farms honey at HomeGoods just for the adorable bottle. But it is SO good in tea and oatmeal.

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Tracy and I are celebrating 41 years of friendship this year. She recently came by plane to brighten four of my days this past week. Come to think of it, she is a LIFE brightener.

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A wee package arrived at Storybook Cottage containing Beatrice, The Book Mouse.

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Beatrice was lovingly handcrafted by my dear and talented friend Louise.

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Beatrice joins Bertram, who was a Christmas gift. Louise does not have a shop, but does take orders. If you need a wee mouse of your own feel free to leave her a message in the comments below.

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I’m gearing up for my presentation tomorrow at the National Cowgirl Museum to celebrate the 150th birthday of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Next week I will share some of the things I made for the display.

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Lastly, a deep and heartfelt “thank you” to everyone who left such sweet comments and comforting thoughts regarding Franz' s passing. They are truly bright pockets of sunshine on a gray day.

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I’d love to know what is brightening your days,

Laura

Friday, February 17, 2017

And In The End…

…There will always be a question as to who really rescued whom.

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Two weeks ago we shared that our beloved Franzie was ill.

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We had a stretch of warm weather that had him rallying a bit and we took advantage of this gift to enjoy all of his favorite things.

Walks.. err… rides around the neighborhood.

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Cheeseburgers

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Watching the ducks at the local park.

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Enjoying his first ice cream cone.

You can view the funny video HERE.

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But despite all this I could see the pain increase in his eyes.

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He valiantly still tried to follow my every move. But his legs began to give out more and more.

This past week I carried him everywhere so that he could continue to do what he loved best~ be my faithful companion.

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Franzie was never a vocal dog.

He would lift his right front paw when he wanted to be picked up.

This and many more sweet, small signals between us became our own love language.

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A few days ago he warmed his old bones in the dappled sun while I planted a few spring flowers.

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Even with such pockets of happiness my heart knew and began to shatter at the unspoken words I did not want to hear.

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My beloved friend lived the truest meaning of unconditional love and loyalty everyday.

Nothing I did for him will ever equal this precious gift that Franz gave to me.

He will be deeply missed.

The very best thing I can do in Franz’s honor is to encourage you to adopt a dog (or other animal) that nobody wants.

The neglected and abused.

The older dogs.

If you’re real special, there are also sickly dogs that need a good foster home.

I promise, PROMISE, PROMISE that they will reward you 1000 times over with their loyalty, kindness, and love.

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Miss you sweet boy,

Laura

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

This year I created small, simple vignettes here at Storybook Cottage using Grandma Jingles’ collection of antique Valentines and ostrich feathers.

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Some groupings were accented with the pearl hearts that I shared yesterday.

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The entire family will enjoy the holiday with a simple pasta dinner probably served in the cozy kitchen. 

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How will you celebrate?

Laura

Monday, February 13, 2017

DIY: Pretty Pearl Hearts

These pretty pearl hearts are so easy to make and add the perfect finishing touch to romantic d├ęcor.

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The Supplies

Wooden Heart Shapes

Craft Paint in shades of white

Craft Glue (I apply it with an old paintbrush.)

Pearls (I used a combination of vintage and new pearls.)

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For a smooth finish you could sand the hearts. I was in a hurry and didn’t. I simply applied a layer of white, then champagne colored, paint.

Some of the hearts were drilled with a hole so that antique lace ribbon could be strung through once the paint was dry.

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A thick layer of craft glue was applied to the entire top flat surface of the heart.

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Then pearls of various sizes, shapes and colors were sprinkled over the top of the wet glue. It takes about an hour for the glue to completely dry and secure the pearls. If any spots are missed on the heart just add a pearl here or there with a hot glue gun.

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The hearts were then tucked into various vignettes around Storybook Cottage.

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I may leave them out even after Valentine’s Day.

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They mix well with antique and vintage Valentine’s.

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Happy Crafting!

Laura

Sunday, February 12, 2017

The Very Best Home Furnishing

Earlier this week I was doing a bit of research for a historical presentation that I will be giving later this month. I was studying the book “Little House in the Ozarks”. It is a compilation of many columns Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote for the Missouri Realist. I found myself hovering over page 37. I read and reread the following:

“Let’s be cheerful! We have no more right to steal the brightness out of the day for our own family than we have to steal the purse of a stranger. Let us be as careful that our homes are furnished with pleasant and happy thoughts as we are that the rugs are the right color and texture and the furniture comfortable and beautiful.”

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I then examined myself.

I squirmed in my seat a little.

Had a sour mood of mine stole the brightness of the day from the people I loved most in the world?

Once again I was reminded that happiness in a home does not come from material things.

It comes from the love shared amongst the people who inhabit it.

In wishing you cheerful brightness I invite you to enter my giveaway HERE.

Here’s to pleasant and happy thoughts,

Laura

“When a person has an abundance, his life does not result from the things he possesses.” ~ Luke 12:15