{appreciate the day}

How are you doing this evening??

Me...I am just plain content and happy:)
It was a lovely spring weekend here and I was able to spend the weekend doing everything I love the most!

Tinkering in the studio....
Snapping a few photographs....
Getting my hands dirty planting flowers...
and opening the pool!

I know...crazy...opening the pool in March in Indiana!
I don't care...it makes me happy! And sometimes....you just have to do what makes you happy regardless of what people might think:)
If you aren't lucky enough to see flowering dogwoods in all their glory....then I  might feel a little sorry for you:)
They are just the sweetest little charming flowers!

I get so excited when I see our little Dogwood Tree in the front yard starting to open.
Simple things really are the best!!

I snapped a few photographs of it's sweet little blossoms...some straight on and some at random angles!
You know what....sometimes things look better when you look at them from a different angle!
Such a metaphor for life:)

If you aren't happy with the way something might be going for you....change it.....or look at from a different angle:)

Spring really is just such a time for renewal of your soul.
Fresh air just does my spirit good:)

I don't need very much in life....
but a little time in nature...
some vino....
time spent with friends....
and a few other simple things!

it really is the simplest of things that can mean so much!

Just walking around my yard looking at the beauty unfold before my eyes makes me realize that even through the darkest of January days.....spring is sure to follow!
It's the cycle of life....
I'm convinced that...if we didn't know January...we wouldn't appreciate the sweet spring blossoms the way we Midwesterns do...
But if someone gave me a beach house in Florida...well.....i'm sure i'd appreciate not having to survive a below freezing January just fine:)

It's amazing the transformation that occurs once the weather warms...
and even without flowers to grace my patio...it still looks like a pretty happy place:)
It's not fancy...but it's all me!!!

I found these sweet little cushions at The Christmas Tree Shoppe!
I thought they were just so happy and just the right amount of sprucing to get my chairs through a couple more summers:)
I'd love to own a fabulous teak set......but.....for now i'll just continue to appreciate my little wrought iron chairs:)

L.C. was very happy to see the pool open....
She's a summer girl through and through!
I think with her arthritis winter is just hard on her:(

She's such a sweet soulful dog.
The kind of dog that can tell you intentions within 1 minute of meeting you.
I love that about her.
She doesn't need you....but if she likes you .....well then:)
 Hopefully soon i'll be building a cute little wood table to replace this one...I thought i'd get to it this weekend...but had to many irons in the fire and had to exercise a little patience....something that is not easy for me:)
Since it's not technically planting season yet...I thought i'd make a little happiness with some faux daisies!
Yep...just the right amount of happiness for the patio!!
thank goodness for pansies! I did get around to planting just a few!
I tell you...they are just the happiest flowers!
I like to think they are smiling right at me:)

Oh and I did start some zinnia seeds!! I sure hope they grow and bloom this summer!
We'll see....i've never hand very good luck with starting seeds!
But at least I try, right:)

I hope you were able to get out and just enjoy the simple things in life this weekend!!!!

“Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams."
~Ashley Smith


  1. i love love the coziness of your backyard space, it looks like a fantastic place to watch life unfold. i adore the springtime!!!

    that ring is fabulous : )

  2. I love those new cushions and your outdoor living space! Makes you feel so good to spend some time outside every day! Enjoy your week! ♥

  3. OMG. The colors, flower, pool, cushions, EVERYTHING!!! LOVE it all!

  4. pretty flowers & photos! love your pool area :)

  5. I just bought the same cushions from the CT shop! Saw them in the ad and ran right out and picked them up! Love the colors!

  6. Gosh what a beautiful place you have!! I love all of the great pictures - especially L.C. : )

  7. Lucky you to have warm enough temps to open that gorgeous pool, Heather! It was sooo nice and warm a week ago....then whammy! It got cold again up here! Agh! I'm itching to get planting, but I know it's way too early yet. Your deck looks so pretty with the touches of "Heather's Aqua". :) Have a fabulous week, girlie!

    oxo laurie

  8. Heather sounds like you had a lovely weekend-yesterday was gray and ugly, today was perfect, sunny with clean air-have you been on the bike yet-I have logged about 650 miles this year.

  9. Lovely photos. I think dogwoods are my favorite and they are so beautiful this year.

  10. Hi Heather, Thank you visiting my site. I have put you on my favorites..it's on my blogger spot..cause I do not know how to operate my site LOL. Love your pictures. I can see you are very artistic. Smiles to you, Susie(She Junks)

  11. Hi! So glad you stopped by my blog. Your patio and pool area looks fantastic!! I could hang out there for hours reading a book and relaxing...of course with some wine...You don't mind if I just come on over do you?! ;)

  12. Hi Heather! Glad you popped in my blog. I'm going to add myself as your newest follower b/c I just love you happy style. I would love to sit and have a glass of wine with you on your beautiful patio. Pansies are my ALL time favorite flower. They ARE so happy! We,however, plant them in late October/Early November here and they bloom thru the winter (since I live in SOUTH Texas). Happy Spring Ya'll!

  13. Hi Heather,
    Fun to check in with you now and then...to see how you're doing! I see that all is well now that spring has arrived and your health has improved. Spring has a way of making us all feel better.
    Have a blessed Easter,

  14. Heather, your blog and shop are really looking great, your creativity is soaring! I love the second to last shot too...with the pansies, just lovely!
    Happy Spring!
    xo J~

    (L.C. looks like such a love.) ♥

  15. Heather - all your images are gorgeous! I hope you are enjoying springtime in Indiana!

  16. I found your painted bottles via a pin. I love how you allowed the paint to get all hacked up and went with the distressed look. The paint is hard to get right in the first place and hard to keep perfect. Distressed is the way to go. Love your presentation.

  17. Do you allow your dog to swim in the pool at all? I'm so jealous you got to open your pool in march. This year I had to wait till June to open my pool.

    -Zane of ontario honey

  18. Love your work, your thoughts, your blog, your attitude. You are inspiring. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with us


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