Monday, November 4, 2013

52 Weeks of Happy - 44/52

Joining in with Jen, here are four happy photos from the past week.


I stopped into Whole Foods during the week and saw that they had Golden Delicious apples for sale. This is my absolute favorite kind of apple and I can't always find them here. I bought five of them and put four away in the crisper when I got home. I left one out on the counter so I could eat it at room temperature. I think apples taste best that way. I enjoyed it later, as an afternoon snack.


I think the Bear and I spend equal time behind our respective cameras, but I'm the one who is more likely to stand in the shadows watching the other parent with the children. They had all gone out to the backyard while he grilled some chicken for dinner and I observed from the breakfast nook. She told him to sit in the chair because she had a "performance" to show him. She sang, danced and marched back and forth. He watched right through to the end and clapped like he was in Carnegie Hall.


I treated myself to this pretty pendant from an Etsy shop called Penny's Lane. It's an illustration of the artist Frida Kahlo decoupaged onto wood, with a border of beads. I came across it while hunting for Dia de los Muertos-themed treasures a couple of weeks ago. Penny's shop has many beautiful handmade jewelry items and this pendant really caught my eye. I put it on a plain black velvet cord necklace. It's simple but distinctive and I like it very much.


I spent some time coloring. This is my "grown-up" coloring book, a book of illustrations of flowers and fairies, one picture for each letter of the alphabet. I bought this coloring book on a vacation to Yosemite before we had our children. I did several pages, then I ended up putting it away and forgetting about it in the throes of early motherhood. In the past year, I've been trying to make time for it again. There were still many pages to color in, and I've enjoyed it. I did this page while the small Bears were engaged in their own coloring activities. I used old, child-grade Crayola colored pencils. In another life, I took many drawing and painting classes and was actually a decent artist. I have good pastels and pencils put away and I'm thinking about taking them out again.

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Do you do an Advent calendar in your household? We do. I was just thinking about this yesterday morning. I buy ours at Trader Joe's every year, a simple cardboard one with tiny chocolates behind each flap. I think their calendars cost about $3. The small Bears enjoy the ritual so much; they open the new flap each morning after breakfast and then I slice the tiny chocolate piece in two with a paring knife so they can each have a bit. The Advent calendar was on my mind when I read a new post on The Purl Bee blog, featuring a beautiful wool-felt Advent calendar kit. Isn't it outrageous? Wow, it's incredibly pretty. I was kind of drooling. I would love to have one but I would need all year to make it and it's expensive. We'll stick with chocolate and cardboard for now, but maybe I'll look at ways to make a more permanent one for the future.

34 comments:

  1. That apple made my mouth water. I used to enjoy Golden delicious when I lived in South Africa, but since I was pregnant with little J I started craving braeburns and royal galas, and now my absolute favourite is a braeburn, which I am eating as I type here. That pendant you bought is so pretty and I can see why your eye caught it. Seeing your little girl perform like that remind me of when I was little, that was my all time favourite thing to do, perform to my parents or anyone for that matter, how very lovely! I love the fact that you have a grown up colouring in book and pretty good colouring in too, may I add. I still dream about our weeks in Yosemite, such a magical place and my heart yearns to go back there one day. We too get the cheap advent calendars every year, but next year I am going to be making some, something I have been meaning to do for such a very long time, so if you like that felt kit, grab it, I am sure you will enjoy every minute of making it. A lovely post with some wonderful happy moments. xoxo

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  2. I always like your happies Jennifer, such simple things, but so lovely and so appreciated by you. Your necklace is beautiful, hope you have fun wearing it, and I look forward to seeing some more of your artwork in the future. I love advent calenders, and have a collection of different ones, but they are the sort where you open the door and there is a picture, not chocolate ones, but I do buy a chocolate one each year too, I think that every day in December should start with chocolate!! Hope you have a good week. xx

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  3. Hello Jennifer. I've just popped over from Sarah at Down by the Sea. Do you know I was sure I signed up to follow you weeks ago but for some reason I'm not. I see your comments on my blog and couldn't understand why I couldn't see your posts. Well I am now a follower, definitely. Lovely post and I like your colouring in. I've just started to do a little bit of art journalling and am keen to do more projects. Anyway have a good week.
    Patricia

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  4. As always I enjoyed this thankful post. I love that you captured your husband watching your daughter and documented it too. Those types of moments get lost, but are really so special!

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  5. Lots of lovely happys again Jennifer x

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  6. A lovely post as always. Your new pendant is beautiful. We always do an advent calendar in this house, it's a fabric one I bought a number of years ago and I fill it with tiny sweets and little notes each year.
    Marianne x

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  7. hey jennifer, you have some talent in coloring right there..those are nice...

    thanks for stopping by at my blog and for the follow, i followed you on GFC..huggies♥
    rea

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  8. I could use a little happy today! Thanks for sharing yours.

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  9. My favorite apples are Honey Crisp. They're only in season for a short while and boy, are they expensive compared to other apples! I treat myself though, since it is something good for me, health-wise. Love your pendant - very pretty. Funny you should mention coloring - I recently got a grown-up coloring book too, but I haven't colored in it yet. Thanks for the reminder!

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  10. Yes, I can't eat apples from the fridge either. Too cold!

    When I was a child we always had an advent calendar like you described - cardboard, with little chocolates behind each door. When Bella was born I bought a large hanging felt Christmas tree filled with 24 pockets in the after Christmas sales for about £10 and have used it every year. I like that I can put whatever I want in the pockets. It's usually something edible, often chocolate. Before I won Jooles' calender I was pinning advent calendar ideas, but since I was lucky enough to win hers I'll continue with the same tradition, although I might put experiences like "hot chocolate in a cafe" in the pockets or very small toys, rather than chocolate every day. I think if you made something you'd use it for years and years so see it as an investment, of time and money. xx

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  11. We never store our apples in the fridge, we leave them on a fancy bowl on the kitchen table.
    I love advent calendars, at Ikea you can buy empty ones, so you can put something in the boxes yourself. When and if I have kids I'll make one, as I don't like chocolate as a present that much, maybe something like candy/chocolate every other day and a little something like stickers or crayons the other day.
    Hope you enjoy advent time with your family!

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  12. I don't put my apples in the fridge..
    Love your coloring book.. I find myself more interested in coloring in D's coloring book than he.. and he takes advantage of it..

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  13. I love the photo of Bear and your daughter - both completely caught up in the moment - wonderful. And yes that Purl Bee advent calender is smashing - would love to get around one making one some day but I always seem to run out of time! Have a lovely week x Jane

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  14. What a fab adult colouring book, and lovely photos again x

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  15. Hey Jennifer,
    I love that you have your own colouring book. It reminds me of time spent colouring as a little girl. My Dad wold always colour in alongside me. Perhaps he found it meditative and relaxing. I have a felt advent calendar that my Mum bought me when Alfie was little and i get it out every year. I also like to buy advent calendars similar to the one I would have as a child. It was cardboard and behind each window was a nativty picture. My Mum would just start the door off, so that we wouldn't tear the window. I loved coming down in the morning and finding out what was behind those twenty four doors!! Thank you for reminding me of this - a happy memory.

    Leanne xx

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  16. Hi Jennifer, a fun visit to your home today! I just love what good parents you and your husband are. I love those grown up coloring books. I had one.. somewhere.. lol. Enjoy your week!
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  17. Hi Jen, my great uncle used to have colouring books, he was so cute, he used to poke his tounge out the side of his mouth in concentration when he was colouring in. i miss him, but seeing your happy, and remembering him made me happy. thank you.

    Cate, x

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  18. Oh I love your photos! I especially love the picture of GB and her daddy watching her cute performance. I love moments like this! Our daughter loves to sing and dance for us all the time. We do have an Advent Calendar. We usually pick ours up from one of the craft stores. =)
    I hope you and your family have a wonderful week.

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  19. Lots of lovely happies, that apple looks yummy thanks for sharing.xx
    Clare xx

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  20. I love golden delicious apples and picked-up a few from Whole Foods last week… they are wonderful!! Your new pendant is very lovely, and I know you will enjoy wearing it. I love the photo of your daughter performing for your husband. My daughter does that quite often for us, too. I also love your grown-up coloring book! I need an Advent calendar, and I really like the idea and price of yours, so I think will buy mine from Trader Joe's this year.

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  21. I say you go back to those art classes lady!!! That page is beautiful and should be framed! And your necklace is fantastic! I really love Frida's work... I will be jumping over to check out Penny's sight! And how sweet is that shot of your husband watching your daughter... Definitely one of those magical moments!!! All the best this week friend!!!!

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  22. I love the babies in the tulips Jennifer, as tulips are one of my favourite flowers.

    In our house we have cloth advent calendars with 24 pockets which I fill with chocolates. I always think it would be a lot easier to buy a ready made one, but it's our family tradition so I daren't change it!

    Thank you for dropping in to Thriftwood earlier, you're very welcome

    Love Claire xxx

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  23. I love your colouring, its such a nice thing to do. You should definitely get your pastels and pencils out again! I started doing some painting again recently and had forgotten how much I enjoyed it.

    We have a fabric advent calendar with pockets that we fill we sweets and bits but I have also been pinning lots of lovely ones on Pinterest lately. So many great ideas that wouldn't cost much to make! xx

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  24. I always think it would be nice to make a permanent advent calendar, but usually it's too late when I think about it. I think you should dig out those art supplies and have a little doodle and see what turns up. I'm sure you'll enjoy doing it. I love that the Bear spent that time with GB watching her show and clapping. He sounds like a really great dad.

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  25. I always love your happies! Nothing beats an impromptu show from a child, I bet you and Bear will remember her performance forever! Advent calendars are a lot more popular here in the UK than I ever saw in the US - are you on Pinterest? I have so many easy, make-your-own advent calendar projects I've found in magazines and whatnot, drop me an email and I can share some with you (we're spending Christmas in PA this year so I'll definitely be making one to bring along, we have a lovely wooden tree one here with little doors and ornaments that definitely won't travel!). Thank you for sharing! Chrissie x

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  26. Another gorgeous post Jennifer, full to the brim with goodies! Your Frida pendant is beautiful - my younger daughter included Frida in her studies whilst she was in Uni doing her art degree - memories! Beautiful seeing Bear watching GB doing her act - all part of the beautiful tapestry of life that you weave together and remember in years to come. Your 'colouring in' book is wonderful Jennifer - I hope you hunt out your special pencils etc. and get back into it for you certainly have oodles of talent!Thank you so much for your lovely sharing and do have a fantastic week! Warm hugs, Joy xo

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  27. I love golden delicious apples too, they have always been one of my favorites. Having an adult coloring book is a good thing, my mom always had one too :)

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  28. Lovely moments, but i do like my apples cold, what a good daddy he is.

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  29. Your blog reflects your artistic interests and talent, Jennifer! Keep developing your wonderful artistry.
    My mom made a felt Christmas tree advent calendar for our family [not for $98]. She used red felt for the background, and sewed 24 little pockets below a big green felt tree. In the pockets she put little charms and novelly shaped buttons attached to tiny brass safety pins. It was treasured and used for more than 20 years...even after a mouse got into the Christmas decorations and munched on it :( But as a child I also remember my mom buying cardboard advent calendars with little windows [and no treats,] but I still enjoyed opening a new window each day :)
    Happy week to you and yours!
    Gracie xx

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  30. I love that photo of your husband and daughter and it comes with such a sweet story. Isn't it just so nice to treat yourself to something pretty one in awhile? Your necklace is beautiful! We've never had an advent calendar - just crossed out the days on wall calendar but it still brought excitement. It would be great to have an advent calender for Christmas and make it a new tradition. Thanks for sharing today.

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  31. It's nice the photo with your husband and your daughter, those are sweet moments that we keep in our hearts forever. I don't put apples in the fridge, they can be out and keep themselves right for several days.
    I think you should take those pencils and paints out and let your creativity be free darling :)

    Have a lovely week!

    Lluisa x

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  32. Hi Jennifer! Your November looks to be off to a good start. I wonder if you ever got a chance to try the golden Delicious apples from Dixen's Farm before they lost the orchard? They made the most wonderful applesauce. You mentioned having a challenge with potted plants. You practically have to sleep with them to keep them healthy here! Haha! I'm sure I exagerrate, but potted plants need so much water in our dry climate, and then they don't seem to really thrive. The reason I have a swedish ivy is that it's so easy. I enjoyed looking over your last few post and seeing our town from your eyes!

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  33. Ohhhh...I love coloring too!!!
    So relaxing...
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  34. colouring is a great idea!! love it! Also yes, must buy an advent calender! It is on my list and you have reminded me! Thanks Jennifer! xx

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