29 May 2011

Rediscover the little things

This was a recent post on the Daily Om website -  - and I wanted to share it.

Treasure Hunting
Discovering the Little Things that Make Us Happy
Rediscover the little things in life that make you happy; add a new little thing each day and be prepared to shine.

Life is full of little wonders that can make us happy. The sound of a baby’s laughter, a good book, the comforting smell of a favorite old sweatshirt, and the warmth from a cup of hot tea are simple pleasures that can easily put smiles on our faces. These “little things” are easily accessible to us and can be sources for finding happiness. A key to doing so is taking the time to put those rose colored glasses from childhood back on so you can easily find the joy in all the “little things” that life has to offer.

Finding a puppy rummaging through the laundry basket, trying on that perfect shade of lipstick, or discovering the extra change you left in your back pocket can turn into moments of delight. Like kids digging in the sandbox for buried trinkets, we may even begin to experience happiness when we engage in the seemingly mundane. Figuring out a software program can feel like deciphering a treasure map, and that first sip of tea in the morning can taste like a forbidden delicacy. Swaying to music playing on the radio can turn into an interpretive jig, riding a bike can seem like flying to the moon, and getting a phone call from that special someone can feel like winning the lottery. A pickup game of basketball becomes an exciting match among champions, and observing an elderly couple walking hand in hand can turn into a meditation on peace and contentment.

When we begin rediscovering that the little things in life can make us happy, we naturally want to share this joy with others. We may gush over a friend when we run into them unexpectedly, praise a street musician for their talents, or blow bubbles for the neighborhood kids to chase. We may even start to think of the little things we can do to make other people happy, which in turn makes us happy all over again. There is an endless supply of little things and little moments that can make us happy. All we have to do is look for them, and they’ll magically start to appear.

22 May 2011

Had a lovely relaxing week-end, which included seeing my gorgeous little niece today.  She has grown so much and is just gorgeous :)

On Saturday there was a plant sale at Buckden Towers, and the knot garden dedicated to Katherine of Aragon (first wife of King Henry VIII) was open to the public, so we went to have a look.

Portrait of Katherine of Aragon

Stopped at Frost's Garden Centre on the way home, and I treated myself to this beautiful hare for the garden.  Isn't he gorgeous?

The squirrels were visiting again this morning for food - they are so cute.  Now all I have to do is a get a photo of Hamish the Hedgehog who frequents the garden every night...

15 May 2011

It's been a good week-end.  They do always seem to fly by though, don't they?

Here's a peek into what I did and saw this week-end. . .

I think I like this shot just because it looks like a lush forest.
 I love the contrast of sunlight and shadows on this photo.
 I love trees...
 Such a pretty and peaceful place to sit and watch the world go by.

Look at this gorgeous family of ducks!  I just love the little ducklings - so precious :)
I really like the green of this door to this church.

A card I made.  Paper is 6x6 Dovecraft Designer Paper Pack - Fantasy, and the plain green paper was in my stash.  Ticket is hand cut and inked with Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Tattered Rose.  Hand written greeting and a black stamped flower.  Paper flowers are from e. Prima Marketing and flat-backed adhesive pearls are from The Hobby House.

14 May 2011

My parents celebrated 41 years of marriage this month.  What an awesome occasion.  I made this card for them.

Patterned paper squares you see are all from K & Company - Classic K Bailey 12x12 double sided papers.  Square paper punch and heart paper punch used.  Inking - I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Bundled Sage.  Didn't have a suitable pearl for the centre of the flower so I used a brad and stuck a large flat-backed pearl onto the brad.  Sentiment printed out on my printer and cut and inked, attached with brads.

13 May 2011

I made this for an online challenge on the Cardmaking & Papercraft website.  First time ever I'm doing a challenge <eep!>  It's always nice to see everyone's creations :)

Image is from the Lili of the Valley 'Cute Squares' range.  Paper is from K & Company Designer Paper - Classic K Bailey 12x12 2-Sided Paper.  I used a watercolour pencil to colour the large parcel red to match the papers I used. Brads are from my stash, and I hand wrote the 'happy birthday' sentiment.  Also did lots of sanding and inking.  Thanks for looking =)

6 May 2011

What a profound statement

"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."

~~~~ Dr. Adrian Rogers, 1931