Thursday, June 16, 2011

Back soon...

Couldn't you just get lost in all that pink loveliness? I found this photo on flickr and thought, wow, I would love to climb in there for a nap and leave the cares of the world behind.
It looks like we're definitely going to be able to move on the first of the month (keep your fingers crossed), so I'll be on a blogging break until after the Fourth of July weekend. When I return, I'll have lots to share with you as we get settled in our new house.
Until then...

P.S. Furry First Fridays will return in August.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The garden beckons...

If you're in the mood for a garden party, be sure to stop by my other blog, The Pink Home, this week. There's plenty of beauty to be had there.
Wishing all of you a lovely week...

All photos by The Pink Home

Friday, June 10, 2011

There's no beauty in moving...

I wish it were otherwise, but even I have to admit there's not much beauty to be found while in the midst of packing and moving. But at least some of our containers are brightly colored ~ it adds a bit of cheerfulness to an otherwise dreary task.
Slowly but surely, scenes like the one below are taking over our house. This is a stack of items waiting to go into storage ~ things that we can either live without for a year or that we have no room for in our new place, which is adorable but a tad small. Have I mentioned that we're moving back East in a little over a year? Yes, two moves rather on top of one another (which is partly why I was so upset about having to suddenly move now). But once we're back in the Carolinas next year, we're staying put. Now that is a cheery thought.
In the meantime, my weekend will be full of boxes. Here's hoping yours is full of something a little more fun (and beautiful)...

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Beauty from a friend...

About a week ago, one of my dearest friends told me she found a little something for me and would be putting it in the mail. A small box arrived today and wrapped delicately in tissue paper were a half-dozen adorable napkin rings. She said they looked like sunshine to her, perfect for summer, and I couldn't agree more.
In thanking her today, I relayed that I had been thinking of changing out the look of my dining room table after we moved. I have these beautiful cream and yellow embroidered placemats and I thought I'd set up four of them instead of the usual runner or tablecloth. Upon receiving these little pieces of beauty, I knew instantly that was indeed what I would do ~ don't they look fabulous together? So, after we move, I'm going to put a lovely napkin in the holder and place one in the middle of each placemat. They will play nicely off my yellow cafe curtains. I'm beginning to see our new dining room in my head and I think it's going to look fabulous. 

Sunday, June 5, 2011

A last stroll through the garden...

I decided to take a break from packing and sorting for our unexpected move and take a quick stroll through the yard to see what was blooming. I have been so blessed to live in a home where the flowers are nearly always something worth seeing and today was no different. The roses in particular are lovely right now, so I captured a few photos to share with you. Hope you enjoy these little bits of beauty from my garden.
On the moving front, I do have wonderful news. We found a new house to rent in our neighborhood, which we love so much, thanks to our fabulous neighbors. In fact, we are still going to be living on the same block, just around the corner, which will make moving much easier. We've leased an absolutely adorable Craftsman beach cottage, complete with outdoor shower for washing off the sand and white picket fence ~ how fabulous is that? The owners are finishing up some work inside and we will be able to move in next month. I'll share some photos of our new place as soon as I am able.
In other happy news, it's also my blog anniversary this weekend ~ The Art of Living Beautifully is officially 2 years old. Thanks to all of you who keep reading.

I am linking to Show Off Your Cottage Monday at The House in the Roses.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Furry First Friday...

With so much going on with our unexpected move, I nearly forgot it was the first Friday of the month and therefore time for Furry First Friday. I hope all of you didn't forget as well.
I thought I'd share photos of my Russ with his new summer haircut. He's usually very fluffy with his longer fur, but we like to cut it short in the summer. It gives his coat a good chance to grow back out. He looks quite a bit younger with his short fur ~ it's odd, because of course, he's not getting any younger, bless him. At almost 14, he's nearly totally deaf, he doesn't see all that well and his arthritis causes him to be on regular pain medication. Despite all that, he's still quite happy. Dogs are the best, aren't they?

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

A busy June ahead...

"It is the month of June,
The month of leaves and roses,
When pleasant sights salute the eyes,
And pleasant scents the noses."
~ Nathaniel Parker Willis

I'm hoping your June has started with more peace and quiet than mine. Due to circumstances beyond our control, it appears we have to move from our fabulous little rented beach cottage, where we have lived for nearly four years. We are busy hunting another house to rent and I have already started packing. I spent the weekend incredibly upset ~ the move also means I have to delay the opening of my little Etsy shop, The Pink Home. Monday, I woke up and realized I couldn't afford to waste my energy on things I couldn't change, not when there are so many other things that need my attention. So for the next few weeks, I will be busy, busy, busy packing and doing other moving chores. Not quite how I wanted to spend June, but oh well ~ such is life sometimes.