Friday, 15 February 2013

52 Weeks of Happy...18/52



The happiest people don't have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything.


Joining in with the lovely Jen at little birdie, I am celebrating this week's simple happy moments, which are:

1. A beautiful scarf made for me by my friend Rachel. It was part of a craft swap we agreed to take part in months ago. I think I gave Rachel an embroidered tea towel and some jam. I can't help thinking I got the better end of the bargain there. The scarf is light as a feather and incredibly soft as it is crocheted with the most seductive silk blend yarn. Thank you Rachel!

2. Pancakes with Nutella. So good. I blame the children. 

3. The post office found my missing parcel! Too late for the blanket and the Valentine's cards but welcome all the same. I now have enough green cotton yarn to open a small shop.

4. A card from John. The design reminds me of old fashioned gypsy caravans and I like the way it looks next to the Russian dolls. Also, he gave me this and this. He knows me well.

Also making me happy...it's Friday, next week is half term and we can all have a rest after a very busy few weeks. We are going to spend the week with my family and I cannot wait. I need some sea air!



36 comments:

Jennifer said...

I love all of your happy things! I read a lot of crime novels (as well as true-crime) myself, so I will have to look for books by that author.

the linen cloud said...

Oh Gillian ... your scarf is so beautiful ... I just love the colours ... and your card is so pretty ... I love folk style prints like this ... it is mid term here too although we are back on Thursday ... a few days of fun will be much appreciated though ... enjoy your break ... Bee xx

Noelle the dreamer said...

'The happiest people don't have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything'...How true! Thanks for sharing!
Beautiful card!

Greer said...

Such loveliness here, especially that scarf. I think I have some cotton glacé in those colours in my stash x

Julia said...

The pancake looks so yummy!! And I love the card from your husband...very lovely!! I am excited for you to have a break next week and spend some time with your family! Please breathe in some of that sea air for me, too! Enjoy!

Lili@creativesavv said...

The color selection in the scarf is stunning. It makes me think of a winter's day at the beach.

Xelena said...

I can't stop myself saying oooooooh and aaaaah over your pictures. So much colour! I love the colours in the scarf. I absolutely love the green yarn. And the card is great too!
Is this book a good one? I see it has a kindle edition...I love detective stories.

dolly mixtures said...

Have a great half-term away. Just love your Russian dolls and folksy card xo

TACIStudio said...

Beautiful scarf n love the valentines card. How happy that urn going to,go see yr family. I love when I get to go see my family also. Enjoy it :)

Vintage Sheet Addict said...

Gosh that scarf is beautiful, and that zingy green! What a lovely card, very folky! :) x

Sue said...

What a lovely collection of lovely things. I must investigate Donna Leon.

Jo Shedden said...

Such great things and I love Alicia Paulson too. I only wish I had half her talent! Have a great weekend, and break next week, jx

Jooles said...

Beautiful scarf, what a clever and lovely friend you have.
I have Alicia's book it is beautiful and so informative, it love it
Yum to thoses pancakes!
have a lovely week with your family x
love jooles xxx

Lisa said...

Have a fabulous time during half term. Are you coming to the South? Maybe a trip to the CK shop at Gunwharf? Happy shopping if you do!
Lisa x

my little red suitcase said...

I too have just re-discovered the delights of chocolate spread, I have been putting on ryvetta! your Rowan wool looks lovely, I do love green. A lovely scarf and gifts! enjoy your break, Heather x

Linda Stefansdottir said...

Love the scarf and the card, and the green cotton! lucky you!! have a great half term with the family.

Coal Valley View said...

Oh beautiful! Everything - the scarf, the cotton (I've not yet used cotton) and I love the colours and design of your Valentines Card :-) Mel x

Jo said...

Such happy things. You're right about the card, it goes really well with the Russian dolls. Have a lovely half-term with your family.

PinkCatJo said...

The scarf is beautiful, perfect for the transition into spring. It looks like you've had a lovely week full of treats. Have a fantastic half term! x

love those cupcakes said...

Gorgeous pictures from your week. I tried an enormous pancake with banana (cooked with the pancake) and Nutella in Amsterdam the other week. Delish.

Tammy Chrzan said...

I always enjoy your happy photos... and Nutella goes good on anything!! :)

Col | Hello Olive said...

The card and the scarf are beautiful! Hope you're having a lovely weekend. x

June said...

Great photos. Love the scarf!
June

Ladybird Diaries said...

Gorgeous photos, the scarf is just lovely, it looks so cosy. I love Nutella too!
M xx

Irene said...

Brilliant pictures Gillian. I love the colours of your scarf, and what a simple but so effective gorgeous card.
irene
xxxx

Cheryl said...

Lovely presents, I love a good read. Yes to the chocolate pancakes too... yum! We're at the end of 1/2 term here, back to school on Monday! xx

Jelly Jam said...

Love those green colours.
Have a super family week,
Ellie
x

Leanne said...

Gillian,

Have a lovely week by the sea!!

And what lovely Valentine's gifts from your husband. I had a shrug and a sorry I forgot.... xx

Half term here this week, and the weather is predicted to be fine. Hooray!

Leanne xx

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous scarf :) And pancakes with nutella...mmm. No banana?
Meredith x

Annie @ knitsofacto said...

Those Russian dolls are adorable, they'd make me happy too! And parcels with yarn ... always good!

Have a happy week by the sea :D

steph said...

a post full of eyecandy!! thank you!

Sopa Azul said...

Ohhh... your matryoshka doll are adorable. Greetings.

Essie @ Pingere Antiques said...

Lovely Gillian - ooh I must try the Nutella!
Hope you all enjoy a lovely week by the sea.
Hope you don't mind me asking... I have just opened a Facebook page 'Pingere Country Antiques' and would be hugely grateful if you could 'Like' it. I promise not to clutter up your newsfeed!
Essie x

Neighborhood Watch said...

Just the other night my son and I were the only two home for supper and I made pancakes. We two love pancakes for dinner!
(And as a P.S. I made those jam filled valentine cookies. My boy's comment--"Oh! Like jammy dodgers." ?! Jammy dodger--if I am even spelling it right--is not something most American boys are familiar with, and I have never even used the term.)

Jenny said...

I have Alicia's embroidery book too. It's so beautiful - daunting, but beautiful.

Trudy said...

Pancakes and Nutella, yeah I'd blame the kids too!!