{turquoise bottle craft}

Guess what.....the sun is shining today!!! And it's above 50 degrees!!!! woohoo!
The birds are chirping...
buds are swelling on the trees......
Flowers are poking out of the newly thawed Earth....
Cool spring breezes are announcing the arrival of warmer days....
Clouds are giving way to pretty blue skies....

It's a beautiful day and I am so thankful to be able to enjoy it!!

I've been just a wee bit stressed lately BUT......
Hearing of so much tragedy on the news, learning a friend has cancer, thinking of the homes of
 the children that I work with have to go home to.............all of that makes all the day to day stress I experience in life seem completely insignificant.

We all experience stressors in life......job stress....financial stress.....the simple stressors of everyday life.

But it is nothing compared to the stress that the people of Japan are feeling right now.
Or the stress of just being diagnosed with cancer...
Or the stress a child feels going home to a home where there is uncertainty at best and abuse at worst.

Thinking of people who must have it worse than I do....always make me stop right in my tracks and be completely grateful for the life I live and for everything I have going on in my life:)

I mean really....is a little stress at work or a little stress about whatever....anything compared to what the people of Japan are facing?

I have been a little stressed out lately.....but I have worked really hard to not let it affect me. I have instead decided to use the stress as a growing and learning opportunity. Stress can help us decide what it is that we really want in life.

We can choose to let a little stress make us act in unhealthy ways...eating too much...not exercising....not doing the things that make us happy OR we can realize it's a little bit of stress...make a plan...and decide just how much we'll let it affect us!!!!!!

And in my stressful week...I treated myself to some happy little tulips! One more thing that makes me happy! I am happy and grateful that I am able to spring for a little bouquet of tulips! It's the tiniest of things that really matter in life:)

Anywho....I thought....maybe on this Wednesday....you might need a little bouquet of tulips in your life too!

A little pick me up! A gentle little reminder that .... if you are experiencing any kind of stress right now....
it too will pass:):)

So here you are......
Some happy little tulips to bring a tiny smile to your life:)
I even wrapped them up for you:)

Turquoise and pink.....a very fabulous color combination! I love it and hope you do too!

One of my favorite sayings I just stumbled upon....
"if you want the rainbow, you must put up with the rain"
How true is that!

You know by now.....I keep forging forward in following my dreams! and whenever stressors enter my life...it just makes me even more determined to keep moving forward!

Keep moving forward in hoping to one day create beautiful things that make people happy for a living!
How great would that be!?!?

What are your dreams!?!?
Are moving in the right direction!?!?
If not, why???????

Life is too short to be anything but HAPPY!!! Unfortunately...I think some people just don't know how to be happy. I mean really happy....the kind of happy that isn't determined by external factors!!

So anyway.....
I also thought I would also show you an easy peasy thing to do if you've got some extra paint and some simple little jars or vases on your hands!!!

I don't know who ever did this simple craft first....but I L.O.V.E. it!

Simply paint the insides of bottles with the color of your choice!!

And can you believe it.....hues of turquoise are my choices:)

See...pure happiness!!! It never takes very much to make me happy! Simple things...happy times with people and wine! Happiness:)

What makes you completely happy....what makes your soul sing!?!?!?
Do you spend enough time doing the things that bring you pure bliss!?!??

I know I was thankful today just to walk around my yard and look for new activity! And guess what....the crocuses are just about to bloom!!! You know i'll be checking everyday from now on:)
I sure hope you have a splendid rest of your week!!! Be happy.......and don't stop following your dreams:)

“Never let go of hope. One day you will see that it all has finally come together. What you have always wished for has finally come to be. You will look back and laugh at what has passed and you will ask yourself... 'How did I get through all of that?” Unknown


  1. How pretty would those colors be for a babies room?! SO PRETTY and I NEVER would have thought of it!!

    I love tulips, they totally = spring!

  2. Thanks Heather! You're always a breathe of fresh air. Sometimes we all need reminded of how lucky we are! And you already know what I think of those fabulous tulips. And when I couldn't imagine them getting any better, you add those fabulous blue vases. P.E.R.F.E.C.T.I.O.N

  3. Those colors are gorgeous together! Love those tulips!

  4. The tragedy that is going on in Japan surely puts things into perspective. The tulips are so pretty. I looked for some the other day at the store but they were all out. So glad you got a bunch. They look great in the painted bottles. The paint doesn't come off with the water?

  5. cute!!!

    xoxo from rome

    (there's a NEW give-away)

  6. Those are so pretty! So how did you actually paint the inside of those jars?

  7. Lovely post!

    Sometimes it helps to put our stresses in perspective with what others are going through, it makes us so thankful for what we have.

    I love your painted vases!!!

  8. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the tulips and painted jars! Thanks for your encouragement on my new blog!

  9. I am so very happy that you stopped by my blog so that I could find my way to yours!! Your blog and your attitude are simply beautiful! Thank you for the tulips and the wonderful quotes!! Carpe diem!

  10. Delightful, Heather. As usual. Love the pink and turquoise color combo...it's always a HOT one!!!

  11. It really is so hard to watch the news right now :(
    On a better note, your tulips and jars are gorgeous! I bought some of the same flowers this week, one of my favorites!
    Thanks for stopping by!

  12. Hey Girl... Tulips my favorite flower and turq, my fav color! I am going to be camping on Edisto in April, when will you be there?

  13. So true! You always are able to help me put things in perspective :) Thanks for being a happy part of my day.

  14. Heather! You are awesome!!! You really ROCK at makin' people feel special...the colors...your blog is just HAPPY! Thank you so much for sharing your happiness with us!!

  15. I ♥ those tulips... the blue vases are perfect.

  16. Beautiful tulips! Once the flowers in my vase die, i'm going to buy some tulips! I love the combo of pink and turquoise.

  17. The Hope quote at the end was wonderful! And it is soooo true...never let go of hope! Thanks for your encouragement and beautiful happy tulip pics!!! have you heard of "One Thousand Gifts" yet?!!! It's for people who want to live life FULLY. You can check out the video at my blog today! I read the first chapter online and was blown away. Just waiting for the rest of the book now from Amazon!

  18. thanks for stopping by and leaving your blog on the lovely blogs list! glad to find you :)

  19. I'm wondering too how you actually painted the inside of the bottles...pour some in and then shake inside? And what kind of paint do you use so that the water doesn't take it off? Thanks!

  20. I'm a midwest girl waiting for spring to come around too.

    Great blog, and inspration.

    I'm your newest follower!

  21. Love these photos Heather- what a unique craft! How did you do that- paint the inside of the jars? The tulips are gorgeous too!
    Great job-

  22. Love this post...riding the waves, keeping your destination in sight, hope and inspiration, courage and determination will get you there! And love your beautiful blues! Here's some I found today you might like...
    There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. ~ Anais Nin ~


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