Sunday, February 28, 2016

The beauty of taking time for yourself...

Sometimes I think we are much too hard on ourselves, always struggling to keep to this or that plan and always concentrating on making everyone else happy before ourselves. I suffer from it, too, and I can tell when I’ve been too busy or neglected myself a bit too long. Such has been the case recently and it has really come home to me the last couple of weeks.
I have spent so much time on work and worrying about other things lately that I have not paid much attention to the things that make my heart sing. Like enjoying some time alone, or spending time working on one of my many pushed-aside projects. I sat down the other day for a breather and was struck by the thought that the living room needed warming up. I think when I put away all the Christmas decorations, it left things feeling a bit empty.

Thinking I could use some time to do something fun, I decided to do something about it. I indulged myself, taking an entire afternoon to wander the stores, looking for something that might solve my living room dilemma. I fell in love with several pillows and decided to bring them home, realizing, suddenly, that for a woman who loves pillows, I had few in my living room. I also seemed to be out of candles, so I remedied that as well.

And then there was the elephant. Or rather, this metal elephant sculpture. Buying him would be a bit of an indulgence, but when I found myself returning again and again to stare at him, I decided to ignore the price tag and bring him home.

And I am so glad I did. He is an injection of personality and warmth. (I absolutely love elephants; they are simply amazing creatures.) And he goes marvelously in our living room, with all of its metallic accents.
With the elephant (I must name him) having taken up residence near the fireplace, pillows to populate the chairs and sofa and some lovely new candles to light, I indulged in an evening of music and reading and that wonderful feeling you get from the glow of candlelight.
And, I made a promise to do a better job of being good to myself in the future.

Wishing all of you a wonderful week...

I am linking to:

Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life
Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound

Photos by The Art of Living Beautifully

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Still in love with Downton Abbey...

Downton Abbey is rapidly coming to its conclusion. All good things come to an end, as they say, and I believe it is better for a show to go out while still on top, but is anyone else going to miss it as much as I am? Thank goodness for dvds and streaming – I shall watch it again and again, I’m sure.
I am very much looking forward to seeing how the story winds up; each episode has been such a pleasure. Which reminds me, I haven’t tracked down the companion guide to the latest season, so I better run and do that. Might as well complete the collection.

Photo by The Art of Living Beautifully

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Creating new patterns...

I have been busy creating new patterns the last few weeks for The Pink Home. You can see a peek of three of them above. The red one just didn’t work (and I couldn’t figure out how to save it) so that one went in the bin. The other two, however, did turn out well, so I thought I would share them.
First is Grandma’s Roses in Pink. You can see the wallpaper and a fabric swatch below, though the flowers look a bit more muted than they actually are due to the lighting.

Here’s a closer look at the pattern.

It’s a pretty pattern with a vintage feel, which is what I wanted, and it printed well on both fabric and wallpaper – the people I have shared it with so far have really liked it. You can find it in fabric, wallpaper and gift wrap on Spoonflower by clicking here.
Another time I’ll share the pink & black pattern, which also comes in a purple color way. It’s a pretty fun and dramatic pattern.

I am linking to Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound.

Photos and designs by The Pink Home

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Pretty pink tulips to chase away the cold...

Winter is back in my part of the world, with cold temperatures and biting winds this weekend. On the upside, I found some lovely bunches of tulips in the grocery store yesterday, so I brought a pink batch home with me ~ a sign that spring isn’t far away.
Here’s to warmer temperatures and pretty flowers.

Photo by The Art of Living Beautifully