Thursday, 15 May 2014

Ten random things making me happy

I've been enjoying the "Ten Random Things" posts in Blogland lately, and I also love the simple gratitude found in the posts about "Happy Things"...so I've combined the two. Here are ten random things making me happy today:


1. Very pretty velvet ribbon, in a smoky rose shade, happened upon in a shop I wandered into on a whim. 


2. My monthly Crochet Club, for those I taught at my Beginner's Crochet Workshops, met this week. I love the inspiration shared, the friendships formed, the exciting range of projects they are making - lots of happy times! They were all intrigued by the Pick n' Mix cushion in this month's Simply Crochet magazine, so I think a CAL for them is in the making...more on that soon.


3. A friend and follower of my blog gave me this T-shirt for Little Flower. A "saw this and thought of you" gift. So sweet!


4. A new poster for my kitchen - from the beautiful designs of Yvestown. As soon as Yvonne blogged about this, I snapped one up! The pink whisk, the green background...it all perfectly fits in my pink-and-green kitchen (the wall behind it is actually a pale green, the natural lighting washes out the colour in this photo). Darling Husband is unsure of this poster, it replaces a rather tasteful vintage print of heather, which was beautifully framed, but I'm moving that to another part of the house. Lately I've become tired of being a grown-up. The kitchen is my place, my happy space, and I want to fill it with fun and colour!


5. Two tea towels from Yvestown to go with the poster. Perfect.


6. I'm making slow but steady progress on my crochet project. I love these three colours together, they make me feel very content.


7. My favourite chocolate cookies, recipe found here. I don't make the filling suggested in the recipe. They are *perfect* just like this. 
8. Pink tulips given to me by a lovely friend, as a thank you for making this ballet bag for her little girl:


Similar to this one I made for Little Flower, based on a drawstring bag found in Helen Philipps' Pretty Patchwork Gifts.


9. This gorgeous fox, handmade with beautiful vintage fabrics and trims, by the amazingly creative vanilla squirrel. I am just smitten with this pretty lady! I have her on our mantle at the moment, and she makes me smile every time I enter the room. I'm a big fan of vanilla squirrel's work, I have a growing collection of her creations...


10. And last but not least, a delivery of party supplies! Bunny's birthday is Saturday - my girl is going to be 11!!! And though she's outgrown the little girl party themes and games, you know full well I'll be working my magic in other ways...details to follow! 

Enjoy your weekends, may we all have sunshine and smiles! 

Chrissie x

37 comments:

  1. 10 beautiful things that also made me smile. Hope you have a wonderful party, my daughter is coming home for the weekend in celebration of her birthday last Monday she was 30, how time flies!

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  2. Lovely post Chrissie - its all about the happy ! I love your box of party things, isn't Toot Sweet the best ? I had lots of their lovely stuff for my 50th last year. Gorgeous velvet ribbon, such a beautiful colour.
    Have a happy day,
    Kate x

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  3. This post is very happy indeed, and full of lovely colours and sweet things x

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  4. A lovely happy post. I particularly like the colour of your ribbon. It would be one that I'd never use though - just look at and touch. I have a drawer full of crafting supplies like that! x

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  5. love all these, the colours of your blanket remind me of my bedroom when I lived at home :)

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  6. Lovely post ! Little things can bring happiness...we just have to see them and appreciate...
    Have a fun weekend !
    Anna

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  7. I love the little fox Chrissie, just gorgeous!!
    Happy birthday to your girl. :)
    V x

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  8. Your 10 random happy things made me happy too, just by looking at the photos !
    And that little fox is indeed super cute :-)))
    Have a lovely weekend !

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  9. Lovely things to make you happy.
    Hugs and good luck with the party.
    Meredith

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  10. Wow! what a collection of fabulous happy things!
    Such a cute and perfect little T-shirt x
    love Jooles x x x

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  11. Lovely random happy things, hope your weekend continues in the same vein.

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  12. Such lovely random happy things! I have a little collection of Vanilla Squirrel makes too - I just can't resist them. Have fun organizing the birthday party, I know it'll be just fabulous.
    xx

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  13. Toot sweet! You reminded me of my "favorite" movie, haha. :) I hope she has a lovely party, the supplies are very pretty. My kitchen is all strawberries - red, green and lots of kitschy little things. You're right, it has to reflect being your happy place. That's the way I think about it too.

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  14. A lovely list, the kitchen poster and tea towels are gorgeous. I get tired of being a grown up too - the kitchen is our domain, let's make it pretty! CJ xx

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  15. Hi Chrissie ! Lovely collection of happy things::: T-shirt, ballet bag and vanilla squirrel are just fabulous! Love your crochet project::: Silvia

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  16. Oh love the colour of that velvet ribbon and all your happy things. I too saw that crochet cushion...then tried to read the instructions and scratched my head!! Oh lovely party supplies...off to investigate xo PS may crib your idea to combine the two themes, if you don't mind..... you are a clever sausage!

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  17. oh I want that fox! isn't he lovely! Heather x

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  18. Yes here's to sunshine and smiles all round. Great post as ever. Jo x

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  19. So lovely to read your random things! They are all very happy and lovely. I really like your new picture for your kitchen! xx

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  20. Lists like this always make me so happy! That box of party supplies looks gorgeous and I can't wait to see photos!

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  21. Such a lovely happy post! The little fox is adorable. Happy birthday to your daughter

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  22. Gorgeous post, Chrissie. The new grown-up me is loving the colours of your crochet. Your fox has such a kindly face - I've not heard of Vanilla Squirrel so off to have a little look see. A very happy birthday to your little big girl.

    Heather x

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  23. Love the colours in your latest crochet project Chrissie, I can see why they make you feel content, they are very calming and that velvet ribbon is gorgeous too. Have a great weekend and happy birthday to your daughter - I hope all her birthday dreams come true.
    Jane x

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  24. Yes I've enjoyed reading the '10 random things' around Blogland too. Really like the tranquil colours you've chosen for your grannies - I've got some pj's in those colours and I love them to bits! Enjoy your party weekend X

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  25. Lovely post, hope there are going to be lots of pics of the birthday party decorations etc. Just to let you know, Chrissie that I answered your question about the machine embroidery as a reply to your comment (if you've not seen it already). I highly recommend you give it a good. Happy birthday to your daughter. XX

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  26. Happy Birthday to Bunny! I hope she has a wonderful party.....those supplies look exciting!
    I very much enjoyed your post of ten random happy things, Chrissie!
    Wishing you a wonderful weekend!
    Helen xox

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  27. Such a happy post Chrissie...a joy to read. Happy weekend to you xxxx

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  28. That fox is adorable and those cookies look so yummy! I'd be happy too :-)

    Sarah x

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  29. I saw that pattern in Simply Crochet too and mentally added it to my to do list. I've seen it on her blog in different colours too and fancied trying it. I like the fact it has different stitches in each row - I'm easily bored! Having serious ribbon envy over that dusky pink beauty. x

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  30. What a lovely collection of things that bring you happiness, it's good to appreciate simple blessings.

    ukcitycrafter@live.co.uk

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  31. Yay ... so lovely to hear about your happy things ... Bee xx

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  32. Lovely post Chrissie :) Your Yvestown print ... what a fun thing :)

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  33. So much loveliness, no wonder you have so many things making you happy!
    Gill xx

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  34. I bought those exact same tea towels, and the postcards too. Your print looks great there, it works really well I think. So many lovely happy things here Chrissie, I feel happier just reading it! Have a great week. xx

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  35. Hello Chrissie.
    I really enjoyed your post and love the things that make you happy. Your daughters t shirt is very cute. Wishing you a lovely weekend xx

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  36. Hello lovely and sooooo lovely to be back and reading about all your news. Oh my you have been a very busy girl!!! Loving all these pretty thing and sometimes we need to treat ourselves to these pretty things for our kitchen to brighten up our days. I hope that the birthday preparations go to plan and that the girls have a wonderful time. Happy Birthday to your sweet girl, wow eleven it sure makes us wander where time goes!! Sending you much love xoxo

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  37. I love that first image, and those party supplies, I love parties! I might borrow this idea, like the sound of 10 random, happy things! :) x

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