Friday, March 18, 2011

Daffodils and Damask.....

....and other small things
I'm loving right now!

Tea towels
from Anthropologie ~

Due to a severe case of
 spring fever, I'm loving
all the ones featuring birds,
but if Bernese Mountain Dogs
or Bull Dogs remind you of spring, 
they have some cute towels
you can snap up on-line
for half off, here.

Dry roads, washed clean
 by our first spring rain
{Gracie likes it, too.}
We hit 50 degrees F. for 
the first time this week 
since November.  And with
the sun out.....heavenly.

Essential oils, which I mix
with jojoba oil and rub on my wrists. 
 The one I seem to be using most these
 days is lemon, for energy.
Reminds me of Love's Fresh Lemon
cologne, which I wore in sixth grade : )

Excellent reviews of the new
Jane Eyre movie with
Mia Wasikowska as Jane and
Michael Fassbender as Mr. Rochester.
Understated, yet transfixing 
according to one journalist.
Can't wait to see it at a
matinee over our spring break!

Prosecco, an Italian sparkling
wine that is light, dry and bubbly, much 
 like champagne. To me, it tastes like
spring in a glass. If you have 
a champagne stopper, it keeps well in 
the refrigerator after opening.  
I like to have it on hand for little 

the laundry's put away
it's Wednesday
an A on a history exam
no cavities

You get the picture!

Can't seem to get
enough of them.
I like to post sayings
and words on the 
bulletin board by the door that
leads out to our garage.
Usually printed from my
computer or scrawled
on a piece of paper.  Decided to
kick it up a notch with
this lovely, purchased at
25% off this week here:

The dignity of the Japanese people.
No looting, no violence, just a quiet
commitment to moving ahead.
One woman I saw on TV even
bowed before being scanned with 
wand for traces of radiation, 
to the worker wielding the wand.

True grace.

What are you loving,
these days??
I would love to know.

Have a wonderful weekend
and as my new sign says,
give GOOD!


PS:  The reference to
damask in the post title
is to the stencil that I
finally finished painting in 
our powder room....and YES,
I still love it.  {Thank goodness!!}


Farmgirl Paints said...

wow girlie that turned out gorgeous!!! really beautiful. that quote is quite good too. might have to put that up somewhere:)

traci said...

that stencil is great suzanne. that had to take a lot of time.

i thought the same thing about japan and it's people. no looting. their heads held high. this country could learn a lot from them.

have a great weekend.

deborah said...

first of all, i love this post. somebody recently told me i say "love" too much. yeah, sort of bums me out....for her;) i'm lovin' sunshine and sunsets (like always). i'm loving stripes and dreaming of flip-flops. i'm loving cilantro in everything. i'm loving old rulers and yardsticks, globes and maps. and i love they can heal and transform when it seems nothing else can. (must. get. that. print.)
p.s. love your bathroom walls. and love's lemon? haven't thought about that in forever.....or since 6th grade.
have a most wonderful weekend:)

Lisa said...

Suzanne, I've been stalking the Anthro sales since you told me the towels go on sale! I love your damask stencil - it came out great! Is there anything so heavenly as a semi-warm day after a long winter? Even though we still have a bit of snow on the ground I discovered some sprouts pushing their way up through the earth yesterday. I'm so thankful spring is springing! Happy weekend my friend. Enjoy your prosecco!

La Dolfina said...

I just love it here my friend, it's such a place of love. I too am so moved by the grace of the Japanese people. They are simply amazing... I remember my Father telling me about how taken he was with their culture when he was stationed there in the Navy as a young man. He would always tell me that if there was a dollar bill lying on the ground they would walk by it as it didn't belong to them. It's been awe inspiring to watch them deal with this tragedy.
Sorry I've been away, I'm always struggling with balance in my life. Please always know how special you are and what a gift your beautiful blog is!
Much love and best wishes for a 50 degree weekend!!!

Delishhh said...

Ohh i can't wait for spring. I am loving the light these days, it's light until 7ish and it makes me so happy. I have not been to Anthropoligie in agess, might need to stop by just to see those tea towels. So i am very curious about the oils? Is it the smell that give you energy? Awesome post!

Anne Lorys - Fiona and Twig said...

Your stencil turned out beautifully, Suzanne!

I'm looking forward to that movie, too.

Happy weekend!

Joanna said...

Sweet sweet post (pretty music too), and that quote is just PERFECT! Those tea towels are far too beautiful to be used to dry the dishes - they should be framed!

Have a wonderful weekend.


lisaroyhandbags said...

Your stencil looks awesome! I'd love to tackle one in my powder room next time I'm back in Canada. I love all of the things you've shown - your poster is perfection. And prosecco would be great this weekend for no reason at all!
I've always admired the grace of Japanese people and doesn't this disaster just bring it to the surface? My heart goes out to these dear dear people - a true inspiration for all of us.
happy weekend! xo

hometown girl said...

lovely suzanne! i love damask it's one of my favorite patterns. i too am amazed by the will of the Japanese people. good friends of ours have family there who are missing and ones that have died. makes me count my blessings. enjoy your weekend. xo susan

Anonymous said...

Your damask turned out great! As always, I love reading your inspiring words.
Have a wonderful weekend.

Blondie's Journal said...

Very sweet post, Suzanne. I think about what is happening in Japan all the time and I, too, see their grace under pressure {putting it mildly}. It is such a sad time for everybody.

I am hoping to see the Jane Eyre movie...I adored the book. I saw a trailer for it and it really looks good.

Love the stenciling you did on your looks beautiful! great job!

Have a good weekend, my friend!


Style Attic said...

Saved the best for last :) Gorgeous work and a wonderful compilation of all things warm, fresh and yellow! Have a great weekend. XO, Kelly

Kathysue said...

Hi Suzanne, Hmmmmm?? What I am loving now, Definitely tulips, pink, yellow, white. The rain hitting against my window as I write. The smell of my first cup of coffee. A great phone conversation with my BFF. A call from my son while at his son's sports practices thanking me for all the times I took him to baseball and soccer, Okay that one just about did me in. Oh the sweet gifts of words spoken by someone we love more than life, now that is what I call a perfect moment. Happy weekend sweet friend,Kathysue

Jill said...

First, I LOVE that Eddie Ross reads your blog!

Second, I LOVE days like today, with perennial friends, shopping and talking and enjoying one another's company!

Beach House Living said...

Love the bird motifs too. I admit to picking up some french style ones a few months back...maybe too many.

Teacup Moments said...

I love Anthropologie tea towels too! And I do agree that prosecco should be on hand for small celebrations. Suddenly I feel like a glass of tintoretto. :)

Beth said...

Right this minute i love the fact that I have sneaked back to bed to catch up on blog reading whilst my little lovelies have gone to markets. I'm also loving the daffs, prosecco, little Gracie, Jane Eyre and everything else in this post!
Happy weekend.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good evening precious,

What am I loving these days? I am trying to love my "enemies" for that is my challenge. I am loving my life, for it is short and sweet, and I am loving my home, for it is all that I need to live in, and I am loving all of you who continually teach me to be gracious and creative. AND I LOVE how the Japanese bow. When I taught Japanese college exchange students English, I was impressed with the tradition that they NEVER leave the classroom until the SENSAI (teacher) leaves the room. I am also impressed by the Korean culture that GIVES THE LOWEST BOW TO the MOST HIGHLY RESPECTED GROUP OF PEOPLE IN THEIR CULTURE: TEACHERS. Now let's go to Korea....Have a marvelous weekend! Anita


I love the tea towels as well, especially the one with silverware on it.

My daughter and I got to see the pre-screening of Jane Eyre on Wednesday night. . . you will love it. . . every single moment of it.


Halo Hill said...

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh, I am loving your damask! Love love! I love to stencil, but there isn't anyway I'd tackle a big all over pattern like that! Rock ON!


Anonymous said...

Pretty post! I'm loving color today - and have started some larkspur seeds indoors.

My son and daughter-in-law live in Yokohama, so my heart & prayers are with Japan - the country and it's people are amazing.

Wishing you & yours a happy weekend,

Amy Arnaz said...

Good Morning Suzanne~
Like you, I am admiring the Japanese people. How they line up in an ORDERLY manner to receive food. No pushing or yelling or violence at all. Remarkable. Their example is refreshing compared to what we have seen occur in other recent natural disasters. Enjoy this lovely day. ~ Amy

quintessence said...

I'm loving that you did that stencil by yourself - looks fabulous!! Also dying to see Jane Eyre and I also keep a CASE of prosecco around for impromptu celebrations -

Lili said...

I'm loving your finished stencil Suzanne, and anything that involves a birdie too, like that pretty tea towel. What a lovely taste of Spring you had weather wise, we had some too! And yes, I can't even comprehend the horror of what the people of Japan are enduring, it's just so unbelievable. xoxo ~Lili

Mona Thompson said...

You did an amazing job on that damask stencil. That was a ton of work, I know. Your loving a lot of wonderful worthwhile things right now. Makes me pause. I need to reflect and make my own list. thanks for the inspiration. Mona

Jeanie said...

I'm loving a lot these days -- like you, daffodils, which I bought at the store today. And sunshine. My first walk to see the ducks. Seeing the first green in the garden poking its head, waiting patiently to grow tall and bloom. All this and so much more, not the least is your lovely blog!

June said...

Oh I love the sign Suzanne! I am such a lover of words too. They go through my head all day and I think..oh, I should write that down...and then they retreat back into my brain before I take the time to write them. I have always loved quotes. My kids think I speak in quotes rather than sentences. LOL!
I love the damask you painted on the walls of your powder room. So pretty. I always love to come a see the beautiful photos you share. Always an inspiration to me.
sending hugs

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Wow - impressive stencil! I would love it forever too :)

Such a happy post. Nothing like spring to put a click in your heels. Diamonds on the soles of your shoes!

Have a fab week! XOL

Dovecote Decor said...

"Wear your love like heaven... Wear your love like..." I'll be singing that all day!! God, I loved that stuff, it was a Proustian moment for me. Our daffodils are blooming away madly and Spring is popping in N.C. Swing by for our giveaway.

Dovecote Decor said...

I forgot to mention the stencil!! Its fantastic.

Stitchfork said...

You always give good Suzanne! Love you damask wall!
xo Cathy

Blooming Rose Musings said...

I am loving your powder room stencil. That must have been a lot of work! I am loving the fact that Spring is here and winter storms will soon be on their way out. I am also loving the strength and courage of the Japanese people during this extreme tragedy. I know all of our thoughts and prayers go out to them. AND, I am loving visiting your beautiful posts.

Jemsmom said...

Hello sweet Suzanne! I am so behind on all my blogging and emails, but I wanted to drop in and say, HI! Spring has sprung here and the pollen is killing us! It has been in the 80's so I am thankful for that and our walks on the beach! Your powder room is fabulous!!! You are a talented woman! I love Prosecco! We fell in love with it while we lived in Germany. Here is a crazy fact. You are only to call champagne champagne if you are in France and it has come from the champagne region. The name champagne is legally protected! That is why we have sparkling wine in America, cava in Spain, prosecco in Italy, and sekt in Germany! There. I have passed on my useless knowledge for the day!! :-)

The picture I took of our dog Murphy that you asked about was with my 50mm/ 1.8. I just love that picture of her! How are your classes going?

Seizing My Day said...

I love that little quote... I would add too it.. after Give good. Give God. =)

I am loving the little signs of spring. The robins. the almost blossoms. the flowers popping up. I love bird things too. I am a bird nerd. =)


paperbird said...

i love this post- your words of the japenese people touched my heart.

i am a girl who adores dishtowels with birds on them!

happy day to you suzanne :-)

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

Wow, I could write a million comments from this post. You have it all going on here!! The stencil looks FAB, even from the wee glimpse that you let us see.

Do we get a full reveal soon, you big tease?!


Linda said...

OH that stencil is gorgeous! I really enjoyed the little taste of spring this week, too! Hope the new snow melts quickly!