Friday, April 30, 2010

Visit Julie!

I'm so excited! One of my favorite artist and bloggers is having a give away.  My friend Julie, at Being Ruby, has made prints of a couple of pieces of her photographic art. You MUST go see for yourself -she is an amazing photographer and writer. You will enjoy your visit to her blog.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Lovely Party Shoes

One of my favorite 'crafty' blogger is Cori at Starview Sonnet.  Her latest creation is just too adorable not to share.  If you love to entertain as much as I do, I know her 'shoes' will put your thoughts in a rage thinking of how you can use these beautiful creations. I'm sure you will be thinking of a brunch, luncheon, or some social gathering that will require a purchase of shoes. They make me smile!

See more details at Cori's Etsy shop.

Aren't these just amazing. I can see them at a bridal brunch, a baby shower luncheon (new mom is ready for pretty feet again) - I think I could make these 'fit' any theme.

Friday, April 23, 2010

A Toast To Happiness

I read a tidbit somewhere a few weeks ago about the key factors of being happy and it immediately made me think of blogging. I could relate each factor to myself and to my virtual friends. I thought of all of the wonderful connections, bonds, friendships I’ve made through blogging. I am so grateful I can go into my little, private world each day and find people who share their heart, their passion, and positive thoughts, and how those things have given me such pleasure. At the same time, those same people allow me to do the same, which has given me a sense of fulfillment at this stage in life. Blogging has allowed me to live my dreams and passions, and it has allowed me to see and appreciate the priceless things in life - everything from creative writing talent to a great view of a rainy morning in Paris. Being connected with other bloggers has most definitely added to my happiness.

See if you relate to the happiness factors:

Connecting - Relationships are essential for happiness. Connecting and sharing with other people keeps us going, even in the tough times

Gratitude - Learning to be thankful for the big and the small things in live. In comparison, most people have a great life. Living a life that sees the glass half full rather than half empty makes for more happiness.

Passion - Living what you love obviously leads to more happiness. Even when there are things in life that aren't so fun, an unfulfilling job, finding ways to live your passion will lead to more happiness. Time spent, even minutes a day, doing the things give us pleasure, feed our soul, and give us meaning are important to being happy.

Seek simple pleasures - At a certain age, most people realize that money doesn't buy happiness. Learning to appreciate and treasure life's simple pleasures - a beautiful sunset, a really great cup of coffee, watching children laugh, puppies play, appreciate a piece of art or music - these pleasures are priceless.

I didn't realize it, but this is my 100th post. I guess it was fitting that I wrote about happiness gained from blogging - a coincidence, but very apropos.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Catching Up

San Francisco was wonderful - perfect weather, fabulous food, and great fun. It only took one day to remind me why San Francisco is one of my favorite cities. The side trips to Carmel and Sonoma were equally as exciting and well worth the time.

It was an amazing week, but now it's back to reality. I wish I could say I was in this beautiful bed catching up on sleep, but everything put on hold for the trip is now awaiting my immediate attention. For now, I'm making up for my time away I will be back to posting, visiting, reading, commenting, etc. in a few days. .

Nell Hills

Friday, April 16, 2010

I'll Be Throwing The Drapes Open

As I have shared before, I dream of a city apartment with a fabulous skyline view. As I speak (type) I am packing for a fun get-away trip to one of my favorite cities - San Francisco.

For the next week, I'll be turning the lights out, throwing the curtain wide open and going to sleep pretending I live in a beautiful high-rise (Pacific Heights).  In a very small way, I get to do something that otherwise would be impossible - living a dream. These special nights make me smile.

While I'm pretending - let me show you my Pacific Heights home.

Just in case you are interested in purchasing my dream -

  • Asking Price: $3,695,000
  • HOA Dues: $1987.00 per month.
  • Size: 3-bed, 3.5-bath, approximately 2800 square feet
Represented by Bernadette V. Lamothe of Sotheby’s International Realty

Monday, April 12, 2010

I Want One Of These

The phrase - a room of my own - is one I toss out when I want to push my husband's buttons. Actually, through the years it's become a joke between us. But I would truly love to have my own little personal sanctuary filled with my favorite things. A place to work, play, daydream, relax, indulge. Sometimes it's a garden shed and other times it's a dressing room. There are times when I want a private space, and then sometimes I want it to be a fun place I can share with friends.

For now I'll just keep dreaming. These make me smile!

Architectural Digest  Closet Tailors  Southern Accents  Traditional Living  Elle Decor  Paul Schulman Design

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Happy April

My welcome for April is a bit late, but nonetheless worthy of celebration. I said I love March, but in reality, I think April is my favorite spring month. Although the calendar officially denotes March as the official start of spring, where I live, March is still winter - we received eight inches of snow on the first day of spring.

It's April - everything is in full bloom. The birds are singing, the grass is green, the pear trees are white.. March makes me smile, but April has me grinning ear-to-ear. 

Happy Birthday to those lucky enough to have diamonds for a birthstone. Happy April in Paris, which I hear is fabulous.  Happy April!