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Friday, March 27, 2015

Bits of Bliss

I can’t post as much now that I am in school full time. But my very wise friend Miss Marty recently said to me “Your posts don’t always have to be epic.”

Happiness, beauty and little bits of bliss all still occur during the week in small doses. So I thought I would start sharing what brings a smile to my face each Friday.

Pretty pastel pretzels.

(For local D/FW peeps~ Central Market.)

I am one step closer to completing the laundry room.

Following up on my kitchen curtain saga there are now delightful white smocked drapes.

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Farmers markets are back!

Organic strawberries are red through and through and need nothing to sweeten them.

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Lastly, my niece “Birdie”, who visited a few weeks ago, is a young member of the National Audubon Society. Her birding journal could rival any aviary loving adults. Wanting to connect with her I cleaned up an old bird feeder, filled it with seed and positioned it in front of the kitchen bay window. 

A gift for her has turned out to be a gift for me.

Since I have begun a routine of spending my mornings at the kitchen table studying art history I have also become enchanted with the colors occurring right outside my window.

Introducing…my blue jay mama Beatrice...

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…Mr. Sidney O’Hara and his wife Scarlett…

Northern Cardinal male, Cardinalis cardinalis

and Rockwell the young robin.

What is making you smile this week?



Auntie Em said...

Excuse me...Do you really think this post isn't EPIC??!? lol First off, you are passing along a very wise lesson you have learned.
Second, those curtains are gorgeous!!! What a lovely sight they must be when you walk into your kitchen! Third...we will not see Strawberries like that in this area for months yet. And what we do see for the first few weeks will be hard and green inside. :p
And isn't feeding the birds one of the best things to do ever! We have had bird feeders in our yard for years. The numbers and types of these beautiful little creatures fluttering about in your yard. When you watch them you can feel yourself relax. I watch them take turns at the feeders. The large ones, of course, get their beaks in the trough first but they soon move along and the next biggest ones take their turn. But soon they fill up and fly off leaving the way clear for the little finches and chickadees.
Love this post. It was a great way to start my day and has made me smile. Thank you for sharing this little bit of your world! {{{hugs}}} :)

Loui♥ said...

perfect Friday offerings to be enjoyed with my coffee!
I agree! The curtains are GORGEOUS! DIY?
Bliss-fully smiling!
thanks sooo much for sharing!

Rita C. said...

Spring greetings, Laura! I'm catching up on a few of your recent posts, and just want you to know that even though your posts are less frequent, they are none the less full of heart and meaning to me. I love the smocked curtains, that style has always called to me (I had them in my first nursery 30 years ago, so sweet). You are juggling things so well IMHO, and my wish for you is strength and perseverance in reaching your goals, just like those beautiful birds outside your window trying to take care of their little part of their worlds. Kara Tippetts' story was so touching...gosh...what a pillar of strength and love she was. I could only hope to be that strong. Have a wonderfully restful weekend.

Karena Albert said...

So much springtime Laura, I love the smocked drapes and would love the source if you don't mind. I have been drizzling strawberries with my daughter's honey and toasted flax seed all week, yum!

The Arts by Karena

Vel Criste said...

The smocked drapes look great! Can't wait to see it all!

Vicki said...

Love the smocked drapes!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

This is a perfect post. I love the drapes, they are stunning and your pretty bird feeder and friends birds are so fun to see. You amaze me as always. xoxxo

Christine said...

Just a word of warning!!!!!
First it's ONE bird feeder, then TWO and then it's an addiction!
I love my birds.

crisdsanchez said...

This is an epic post!

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

What glorious pictures! Wow!

Marianne said...

Love the curtains! I have the sAme ones floor length in ecru in our bedroom. Isn't spring wonderful?!

Lorrie said...

Such pretty curtains! And the birds - wonderful!

lynn cockrell said...

Love your beautiful post, Laura! Those smocked curtains are perfect and the strawberries make me drool. My husband loves to feed the birds, so our yard is seldom without a feathered friend. They are spoiled because we spend a small fortune on seed for them, but the pleasure we both receive when the birds gather here is priceless. Your pictures are stunning, especially the cardinals(one of my personal favorites)!

Rue said...

Great minds think alike, Laura! I just posted happy things too lol

The new kitchen curtains look lovely and your new birdie friends are so sweet :)


Julie's Lifestyle said...

I love your new kitchen curtains. Hope you have a nice weekend!

Maureen Wyatt said...

Loving the smocked curtains! I need to learn the same lesson about not making every post and epic one.

Elizabeth Eiffel said...

I have never seen smocked curtains. They are beautiful. It's been 30 years since I've smocked, but your curtains are inspiring me to refresh my smocking skills (that were a touch shaky at the best of times as I was always overly ambitious with my smocking projects.) xxx