Here’s a simple list of 10 things that make me happy…
1. Smiling at someone and getting a smile in return.
2. Creating something, like a piece of embroidery or a soft sculpture.
3. Starting a new book or rereading/revisiting an old favorite for the umpteenth million time.
4. Singing and dancing (or baltering) around just for the fun of it ~ alone or with others.
5. Enjoying a warm cup of coffee or tea on the porch early in the morning while watching the neighborhood wake up.
6. Waking up to a bright and gorgeously sunny morning filled with bird songs (I am so longing for Spring).
7. Receiving a friendly letter or e-mail from someone ~ just because.
8. Engaging in an interesting, enjoyable, witty, goofy, anything and everything conversation with a friend.
9. Indulging in an extraordinarily rich and delectable piece of chocolate…or two.
10. When Jojo curls up next to me and purrs or Weiky wants a cuddle.
Oh, and Lil Bub
~ I adore this kitty!!!
It’s Happiness Indeed ~ What makes you happy?
Namaste ~ Ella
Posted by lawhimsy on February 23, 2013
It’s been yet another hectic start to a new week and it felt like yet another, weird sort of three-day weekend since we were completely without water for all of Saturday. I’m talking the entire town was dry since, due to the cold and snow, the electricity to the water supply was down. We’re still on a boil water alert and probably will be until tomorrow, but hey, I’m just glad it’s back, It’s one of those little things you use all the time and yet don’t take the time to appreciate until it’s just not there. A perfect lesson if ever there was one, to stop and be thankful for all those everyday sorts of things.
That said, you’re undoubtedly wondering – just what does this have to do with feet or shoes – and I’ll tell you…nothing. I just happened to have these two happy pics of my feet that I figured I’d share since I’m a bit *duh* feeling.
Here I am all cozy, comfy and toasty warm, showing off my favorite slippers (they were a gift and were from American Eagle), cute floral socks and the best pair of legwarmers ever!
These are my Tiptoe Glow Heel from ModCloth and I absolutely adore them to pieces! They remind me of my favorite pair of Jeffery Campbells and that’s a very, very good thing! Oh, and aren’t those tights something else?!
So there you go, a rather gratuitous blog post about my feet, lol! Here’s to a Happy and Productive week!
Namaste ~ Ella
Posted by lawhimsy on January 22, 2013
Let’s go on a journey that roams through the Worlds of here, there & other and let’s see what unfurls…
Halloween wraps fear in innocence,
As though it were a slightly sour sweet.
Let terror, then, be turned into a treat…
‘Tis the night – the night
Of the grave’s delight,
And the warlocks are at their play;
Ye think that without
The wild winds shout,
But no, it is they – it is they.
~Arthur Cleveland Coxe
A gypsy fire is on the hearth,
Sign of the carnival of mirth;
Through the dun fields and from the glade
Flash merry folk in masquerade,
For this is Hallowe’en!
Shadows of a thousand years rise again unseen,
Voices whisper in the trees, “Tonight is Halloween!”
At first cock-crow the ghosts must go
Back to their quiet graves below.
Halloween is a night of masks
Be someone else while the moment lasts.
Tricks and Treats shall come your way
As the spooks and ghouls come out to play.
Now that the veil between Worlds has thinned,
Open up and let the fun begin.
The day’s draw shorter as Winter’s night is near,
But rejoice right now and have no fear.
Laugh and play, delight and sing
On this the night of Halloween!
Namaste ~ Ella
~ This is dedicated to all those who were, are and will continue to be affected by Sandy. My thoughts are with you all!
* To find the name, artist and source of each piece simply click the image. I have sourced them all (or provided a link that has a source) to the best of my ability!
Posted by lawhimsy on October 31, 2012
Okay, so here it is April and the new stitchalong from Feeling Stitchy is here right along with the wacky weather (seriously, a tease of warm, now it’s chill and two days from now it’s supposed to be warm again and the pattern will no doubt repeat. Spring is a cruel, yet lovely mistress, no?). I have felt slightly unenthusiastic about this stitchalong, not because it isn’t freaking cute (which it is), but mostly because it’s really not my usual style of cute. Still, I decided to go ahead and stitch along since it’s good to get outside of one’s comfort zone and test new waters and Love and a Sandwich’s Monster Cupcake is certainly a fun way to do just that.
Color-Test Sketch with Cut-out Pattern Pieces
The first thing I did when I sketched out my color-test was to add a bit more happy cute to my Monster Cupcake and so red cheeks and a curved smile of a mouth were a perfect fit. I also decided to go a bit more peachy butter cream with my ‘frosting’ choice (it matched the felt I had on hand, tee-hee). I also happened to have this nice cotton fabric with a great striped pattern that I had only used on the infamous GummyBearPimpBandit (there’s a story I’ll have to share soon!).
One great thing about working with felt is that you can easily lay out the pieces to get an idea of what the finished project will look like (also playing with felt is fun and I think I want to make myself a felt board of some kind, you know as an inspiration board (if I call it that it’ll sound like a genuine work tool and not just an excuse to play, which is what it is and I really don’t care if it is since play is just as important when you’re grown-up as when you are a kid…but I digress, ahem…).
Playing With Felt Pieces
Stitching was easy and a pleasant way to spend an hour while I watched The Daily Show and The Colbert Report on re-run – though all of those little curves were a bit tricky, especially when Weiky wanted to help.
Almost Finished Piece with Color-Test Sketch
I still haven’t backed the finished Happy Monster Cupcake but since I can’t spare the hoop (I only have 3 hoops – I really need to thrift a bit more and what a great reason!) I’m thinking about using a bit of cardboard and felt to do so.
My Happy Monster Cupcake
All in all, it was really a fun stitchalong and I’m glad I just went for it. Of course now I’m craving a real cupcake and I may just have to get myself to the kitchen and whip some up…or get my sis to (hint. hint.).
Namaste ~ Ella
Posted by lawhimsy on April 12, 2012