Friday, March 18, 2016

Friday Happies

Hello! I hope you've had a good week. It's been a long time since I had a Friday Happies post. My friend Gillian was posting them a couple of years ago and I really enjoyed joining in with her sometimes. It's good to focus on the happy things in life, isn't it? I know I feel much better when I do. Here are a few things making me happy this week...


We found this Talavera pottery planter at a thrift store and I'm so excited! Longtime readers may know that I collect pieces in this style (not that I have a large collection, just a few things, really). Talavera is made in Mexico and is pretty ubiquitous here, but also quite expensive. This planter was wayyy cheaper at the thrift store than it would have been new. The Bear spotted it before I did and he grabbed it for me. The cashier said she'd just put it out fifteen minutes earlier and knew it would go fast. It's not often that I get to the cool stuff first, so I was thrilled.


With Hensfoot finished, I've been working on my Retro Kitchen sampler a lot. Currently, I'm stitching the brown jug in the top right corner. All the white spaces will be filled in with darker brown. I really love this sampler. It's easy, with lots of big spaces to stitch in the same color, but it's not mindless. There's still plenty of counting to keep it interesting. It's going quickly, so I'm already starting to think about what's next project-wise, but I'm enjoying it a lot.


Miss GB is extremely pleased with a prize she earned this week for good behavior and generally being an excellent chica. Her prize was something I'd been saving for her, Taylor Swift's 1989 album on CD. She loooves Taylor Swift ("She plays the guitar just like me," she tells me dreamily). I like Taylor a lot myself, so we're enjoying the CD together. She's very interested in the fake Polaroid photos that came with the CD and I think they're pretty cool too. I explained Polaroids to both children, who were by turns amazed and skeptical.


Speaking of photography, there's a new shutterbug in town. The LB has been having a lot of fun with our very first digital camera, which we bought before he was born. It started when he was photographing some 3-D printed items he'd made for a school project; the photos are mounted on a display board to share in class. He loved taking the photos and he kept going - now, he carries the camera everywhere with him. Before we know it, he'll be blogging.


It's daffodil season, and while I don't have any blooming in the yard this year (a serious bummer), I have been back to buying my cheap bunches at Trader Joe's. I can get 30 stems for under $5, which makes me incredibly happy.


I've been enjoying this necklace lately and wearing it often. It's from Isabelle Grace Jewelry and was a Christmas present from the Bear. The letter charms are stamped silver; L and E are the small Bears' first initials. He's L and she's E, if you're curious. :)


Don't look if you're trying to forget about them, and please understand that I wish I found them more resistible myself, but you need to know that Cadbury Mini Eggs are definitely making me happy right now too.

I hope you have a good weekend! Do you have plans? We'll be doing the usual - homework, yardwork, housework, etc. - but we do not have music lessons on Saturday (or next Saturday either, due to the university holiday break and the public schools break, which run back-to-back this year).  Tonight, I'll be taking the children to McDonald's for dinner, while the Bear helps a friend photograph his daughter's Easter pageant. I think there are some McNuggets with my name on them. We have a get-together with friends planned for tomorrow. There may be some hiking on Sunday. Not sure what else, but there will be beaucoup Taylor Swift, I can tell you that much.

36 comments:

  1. Great pottery find, and great necklace too. I am all for not using their real names as you can tell from my blog. I think when they are old enough they will be on their own social media and they can be in charge of that. I just feel like I need to protect my kids, even my oldest Mr 22!
    But you decide, you are their Mom.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  2. Great thrift store find! There is something so satisfying about that!
    Your cross-stitching is keeping me focused on mine. I am definitely going to download a pattern from Stitchrovia this weekend. I'm working a a complex piece, the type you need an occasional break from.
    Loved the little bears' reaction to Polaroid. Wish I still had my old one.
    As for names, only you know. My kids are in their 20s, so I do use their names. I did check with them and they don't mind. They aren't too worried about who's reading their mom's knitting blog!

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  3. Well done to miss bear for being an excellent chica! It looks like master bear has got himself another hobby! :o)

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  4. You're taunting me now, with the eggs.. You realise that if I see some I'll have to buy them..
    I love that planter!
    Have a great weekend Jennifer :)

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  5. I really enjoyed seeing your happy Friday post again! That planter is gorgeous. I would've snatched it up immediately, too.
    I think you are very smart not to use your children's name on your blog. I don't think you can be too careful these days. I even get worried sometimes about using my husband and son's names, too (even though my son is a young adult). I've actually thought about going back through my blog and changing every post with their names in it to their initials, but that would be 6 years of posts to go through. I've even gotten a little paranoid about mentioning what area I live in.
    Your sampler is awesome - I love retro stuff!
    Beautiful necklace. I have several similar ones (along with a couple of bracelets) with my children's names or initials on it. I have one with mine and my husband's names and wedding date on it, too. I've gotten my pieces from Lisa Leonard and Vintage Pearl.
    Since I've given up sugar, candy doesn't tempt me in the least anymore. I have to also throw in that I've lost weight, blood pressure went down, and the psoriasis I've had on my knees since I was 16 years old has totally cleared up! ;-)
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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  6. I love the pot, and the retro sampler looks really great. i need a project like that. my daughter loves Taylor swift too, i do too - but at a little lower volume! :)
    enjoy your weekend - if we are lucky weatherwise, i will spend a good deal of it in the garden.

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  7. It's wonderful to see all your happies! Great score on the thrift store planter, it's really pretty.
    And I do love the necklace, I think I need one too ;)
    Have a great weekend. We have rain headed in so I plan on knitting and reading.

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  8. Amazing planter! It's a great feeling to find something really special at the thrift store. I really like the retro sampler, and I see a lot of those brown jugs and plates etc at my thrift store. Your necklace is very sweet :) My daughter loves Taylor Swift too, and if I'm not mistaken I laid down a lot of money for a bottle of her perfume for my daughter at Christmas. Hook, line & sinker. Have a great weekend! My own weekend will be visiting darling Dad and putting a mug swap package together.
    Wendy

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  9. What a wonderful and happy post, thank you for sharing. Wishing you a wonderful weekend Jennifer. Enjoy!

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  10. Beautiful pot and lucky to snap that up ☺ Enjoy your weekend, here is quiet today but tomorrow sunday, on the road to visit my aged mum and others xo

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  11. How exciting to find that planter! You did good. :)
    I love the necklace too.
    I remember being fascinated with Polaroid camera's when I was young. It'll be interesting to see what LB does with that camera. He may develop a real interest in photography!

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  12. That is a gorgeous piece of pottery. It even matches the colors in your kitchen sampler. :) Love the idea of the fake polaroids in the cd. I had one many moons ago. Gosh, how fun it was to get instant pictures. My oh my how times have changed. Enjoy your weekend. I've been busily crocheting for a fundraising bazaar today. Hoping we sell a lot since we are donating proceeds to a local animal rescue group. Best wishes, Tammy

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  13. Love the planter & your necklace which is very sweet. I've yet to have any mini eggs yet which is surprising seeing as they are in every supermarket here at the moment. I'm glad you are enjoying yours xx

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  14. Such a great pottery find I can see why that would make you happy. Love the necklace, such a great keepsake with the children's initials. Enjoy your nuggets.

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  15. A lovely happy post. That pottery is a find, it's gorgeous. Hope you have a lovely weekend.

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  16. such lovely happies! your sampler is looking lovely and I love your necklace x we're big Taylor fans here too x

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  17. I usually walk straight past the eggs without even so much as a glance but next time I am not sure whether I may have to stop!!!
    Love your Talavera pot it is wonderfully bright and cheerful and shouts out Mexico.

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  18. Well done on spotting the planter Jennifer...the colours are really beautiful! Your sampler is looking lovely too and I love your necklace...so very pretty! x
    Happy weekend to you and yours,
    Susan x

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  19. Some wonderful happies there. Love the planter, what a great find, it's all about being in the right place at the right time, and I love your necklace too. Your stitching is really coming along, I'm so pleased that I've discovered cross stitch, I'm enjoying it very much. I remember getting my very first camera for Christmas one year, we were always limited though because of the cost of developing the photos, digital is so much better. Hope the LB continues to enjoy photography.

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  20. The Talavera pot is wonderful, lucky you. I'm a Taylor Swift fan too. Wish I could play guitar, my husband gave me one of his and a book, but I don't think it's going to happen, probably stick to the piano.

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  21. Your retro sampler looks cool, I like the solid bright colours on it. Mini eggs make me happy too and I don't think they count towards your GDA if they're on top of chocolate crispy nests ;-)
    Have a super weekend, Jennifer xx

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  22. Such a great list of happy things! That planter, wow, what a find. Nothing beats the thrill of a good second hand/thrift shop find, nothing. I'm pleased for you. And I love the necklace, it's simplicity is really effective. You've reminded me how much I enjoy these posts, both reading and writing them...I might have to follow you. xx

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  23. I enjoyed the things you shared in this post.. as a potter in the past I totally love that colorful pot you found. And it was fun to me to hear the kids reaction to Polaroid photos.. I used to have one of those cameras when I was a kid and it was fun to see them develop in front of your eyes. Enjoy your weekend!! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  24. Oh Jennifer, another post that takes me down memory lane. Miss Swizzle was a real favourite here and my daughter used to sing and play along on the guitar too. What a good eye the Bear has to spot the planter and your necklace is adorable. I wear my silver sycamore seed necklace that my daughter gave me every day and I feel her near to my heart. Hope you're having a blue sky weekend, here today it has been bone-chillingly cold.

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  25. That planter is a great find. I have a Taylor Swift fan in my house too (it's not me though!). Hope you're having a lovely weekend.

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  26. Your cross stitch is coming along beautifully. I am getting new glasses and a better light for the living room and who knows, I might manage some as well. I think it is the poor visibility that puts me off sometimes because I love doing it. Your necklace is gorgeous, I really like jewellery that has great sentimental value. I hope you manage a hike today. I'm missing walking at the moment, we've been a bit overwhelmed with football matches and other things at the weekends recently. Have a good day Jennifer. CJ xx

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  27. I hope you're having a lovely weekend, Jennifer. I've enjoyed reading about your Friday happies, they're a bit similar to mine although it's the Mama Mia soundtrack my girls are crazy for at the moment and even though I'm not avoiding them, we haven't really had many Cadbury mini eggs this year. I should get that rectified pronto!

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  28. Lots of happy things here - that planter is a knockout, and what a sweet necklace. Just think, if you had two more kids and named them, oh I don't know, Olivia and Victor, your necklace could spell LOVE. But I think it already spells that. :)

    Happy Spring to all the Bears!

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    1. P.S. Malted milk eggs for me. Mmmmmm.....

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  29. Yay for the Bear's pottery find, and the lovely necklace he found for you, Jennifer :) It will be fun to see how LB develops his interest in photography...I am happy we have digital photography to enjoy today. I wish I could share some of our daffodils with you, but am glad TJ's has some reasonably priced you can enjoy. Hope you had a happy weekend and will have a good week ahead xx

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  30. That planter is gorgeous.. what a great find.
    Love that your son is exploring with photography.. such a great hobby.. opens up your eye to looking at things differently.. find beauty in even the mundane.

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    1. I love your happies that planter is amazing, love the cross stitch! and you finished the Hensfoot how did I miss that? off to investigate. :) xx

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  32. Such a lovely piece of pottery. Your cross stitch matches it! Love the small bears developing personal interests. Hers, Taylor Swift and his, photography. I remember when our children started having definite likes and dislikes. It was so fun to see their individuality come out more with the passing years. Beautiful daffodils. Happy Spring!
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  33. Great charity shop find! I know that 'pounce, now!' sensation too! What a beautiful necklace, I love jewellery with lettering on, it is so romantic. X

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  34. I love your colourful planter, Jennifer. What a find! But even more I love the simple family things you blog about so well.

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