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.