Friday, 14 June 2013

52 Weeks of Happy...35/52


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


Flowers and parcels seem to be the themes this week. Joining in with lovely Jen at little birdie, here are my happy moments from the past seven days:

1. Dahlias in the pots by the front door. They look so tropical. John and I recently painted the front of our house and I've re-stocked all our pots with fresh plants and planted a row of sunflowers along the front wall. I like to be greeted by cheerful flowers when I walk up to the front door, it makes me feel so much better.

2. A large wool order arrived this week, my biggest splurge yet. 26 balls of Rowan Pure Wool DK  - enough to make a large blanket for our bed, just like the one on the cover of this book. I know it could be made more cheaply with acrylic yarn but there will be hours of work in this blanket and I am in no rush to complete it. I want to enjoy the process, savour the feel of the yarn and cherish it for years to come.

3. The play of light in the shadows and reflections from these bottles of stocks. I know - they were on the coffee table on Wednesday but they were moved sharpish when John discovered that they interfered with perfect remote control positioning and his need to ALWAYS prop his feet up on the table.

4. Another parcel - a giveaway from Leanne of Today's Stuff, a little suitcase packed full with seeds, cards, candles and chocolate. So lovely. Thank you, Leanne. I love that she included some shells; Leanne lives in St Ives and her beautiful photographs or her local beaches feature regularly on her blog and always have me yearning for the sea.

Wishing you all a delightful weekend. Our plans depend on the weather. The sunshine vanished a week ago and we eagerly await it's reappearance. 

33 comments:

Penny said...

Nothing more gorgeous than having a delivery of yarn Gillian, I love the colours you have chosen and yes, you are right to take your time making something that will last a life time. We have had a delightful and surprising afternoon with crystal clear blue skies and sunshine after a rather wet week, I really hope it stays and shines your way, happy week-ending xox Penny

Helen - sittinginthekitchensink said...

Ohhh, that suitcase full of yarn looks delicious! I'm sure the blanket will be equally lovely. Love the line of stock-filled milk bottles too x

Vintage Sheet Addict said...

I love these happy posts of yours! They always make me smile! :) x

CJ said...

What a wonderful little suitcase of treasures. I'm having a manic time of re-arranging weekend activities to accommodate a little boy who isn't well, so it's been lovely to come and see your happy things. I'm feeling calmer now, thank you!

SaraJ said...

The light on those little bottles of stocks is fantastic. Really stunning. Have a good weekend. Eagerly awaiting the sunshine here too. x

Leanne said...

Gillian,

You arranged that suitcase so brilliantly!!

Have a great weekend.

Leanne xx

Louise said...

Lovely happy things - I love those little bottles and the suitcase looks great!

Susan Smith said...

Lovely pics and I think the comment about remote control positioning is so male. Sorry! Looking forward to seeing the blanket come together with those lovely colours.

Annie @ knitsofacto said...

Just catching up here (I seem to be behind with everyone). I love all the suitcase-y stuff that's happening in this post! And the stocks in the little bottles are just perfect :D

sweetpea family said...

I love your suitcase of yarn - let's hope the sun comes back soon x

Jo said...

What a suitcase of yarn! looking forward to that one.I have finished my tea cosy check it out here... Happy Weekend Jo x

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Coal Valley View said...

Hi Gillian,

Gorgeous photos, your stocks look great lined up there like that. Look at all that beautiful yarn! Lovely colours. You've just inspired me to line some of my old suitcases with fabric :-)

Have a lovely weekend!

Mel x

Tammy Chrzan said...

What beautiful things... The flowers are in lovely pots, are those milk jugs? I'd love to purchase some, I'll have to have a look for some the next time I'm in the UK.
I hope you're having a nice start to summer!
Tammy

Xelenacrochets said...

A suitcase full of yarn! Could be a name for a novel ;). Beautiful colours - what kind of blanket are you going to make?

katie said...

What gorgeous photos, love the stocks and laughed about them being moved! x

Anonymous said...

Oh, that wool...excuse me while I drool slightly... Can't wait to see the blanket, it's going to look fab!

Deborah Lee said...

OMG "swoon" I love the suitcase and your wool...Looked at the book and the crochet blanket looks amazing. Good luck with that project xx

Amanda Graham said...

What beautiful photos- so colourful a week- Love the suitcase and the wool:)

millefeuilles said...

I love these pictures and that yarn order has made me feel quite excited! There's nothing quite like the thrill of a new, big project.

Happy weekend to you and your wonderful family.

Stephanie

Hannapat said...

I so enjoy these posts!! That suitcase filled with yarn, I neeeeeed it!! I too got this book (early birthday pressie) and so want to make that blanket. I agree, something for your bed deserves good quality especially seeing you're going to spend ages making it. Loving the colours. Lucky you to get another parcel, a very lucky girl. Loving the dahlias, I love them they always remind me if home (SA). Xo

Jo said...

A yarn delivery is enough to make anyone happy, it looks absolutely scrummy, perfect for a lovely blanket. I love the little suitcase filled with goodies which you won, your luck must be in.

Gillian said...

Hi Tammy. They are just 250ml glass bottles, I bought them from here:
http://www.ampulla.co.uk/Shop-For-Glass/Glass-Water-&-Wine-Bottles/c-1-169-203/

Gililan x

grace said...

I so agree with spending more on gorgeous wool, makes the whole making process so much more special. X

June said...

Love the dahlias by the front door. We have planted some tubers this year - so far no sign of any growth:( Love your stocks in glass bottles.
June

Julia said...

I love fresh flowers by the front door... very welcoming! The dahlias are a gorgeous (tropical) color of pink! Oh how I love tropical plants! And how lucky of you to have won such a wonderful giveaway! Enjoy your weekend!!

sustainablemum said...

Gulp that is a lot of yarn! Love the pattern you will be crocheting, it will be beautiful when it is finished.

forgetmenots blue said...

Just lovely. The dahlias are beautiful. Your yarn order looks amazing good luck with the blanket x

Lisa said...

What a lovely giveaway win!
Fingers crossed the sun comes back soon.
Your flowers look so pretty in the glass bottles.
Lisa x

tea with lucy said...

So much pretty! That case of yarn is especially yummy.

rachel xo

Amelie Pou said...

Beautiful colours, those flowers in the bottles look amazing! And what a lovely giveaway.. I feel like doing one of my blog soon..

A little bit Country said...

Your photos are just so beautiful. I love the bottles lined up with their flowery prettiness. What an amazing giveaway prize xo

trishie said...

That giveaway pack is so awesome...lucky lady!

Ladybird Diaries said...

Love the suitcase full of gorgeous new yarn. Those colours will make such a lovely blanket.
M x